Funkay-Fresh Friday Links 8.29.14 FOOTBALL TIME

This may be my favorite edition of Funkay-Fresh Friday Links to date!!!

The Kick-Off of Spartan Football is HERE! Finally. After 9 months of waiting, we are back in a big way…

Sunrise over the new Spartan Stadium scoreboard.


The Schedule.

Catch a tour of the North End Zone.

Earlier this summer, Coach D traveled to Bristol to visit ESPN, here are the highlights!

Just a little throwback to remind you how far we have come.

and now for some 2014 Hype

It Starts Here!!!

Happy Football Friday!!!

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Heads v. Hearts

I was scrolling Instagram one fine afternoon and came across this lovely little pictorial about emotions and energy and where we feel things. I am a firm believer in head and heart emotions. It should go without saying, I was fascinated by this! It got me thinking about how we internalize emotions and the “what if” of it all… Like I said, fascinating!


One of the things that I thought about was Proverbs 4:23. When we don’t guard our hearts our minds sometimes get a little cray-cray. Everything we do flows from our heart… If you don’t believe me, tweet me a holla and we can chat!

I looked at the emotions where the heart energy was the strongest: anger, fear, happiness, anxiety, love and pride. I thought on what the Bible says about those things:

Rid yourself of anger.”

Perfect love drives out fear.”

Come share in your Master’s happiness.”

Cast all your anxiety on Him because he cares for you.”

Faith, Hope and Love but the greatest of these is Love.”

Pride goes before destruction.”

For me all of this is evidence as to why it is essential to guard my heart. Protect it from the things of this world that can entangle it and trip you up. When we let things get to our heart so freely our minds gets pulled in all kinds of directions. Where our hearts are, our minds follow. It’s true with love, it’s true with commitment, it’s true with hard work and grit. In all the greatest sports movies, it’s the heart that reigns over the head and the body. It’s the heart that is the driving force. It makes me wonder what happens if we would all just live life with a little more heart. Put more heart into how we love, how we perform our professions, how we take care of our bodies, how we treat other humans.

Think of how impressive the world would become!

I don’t know about you but I think it would make all the difference.

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Preaching Good on a Tuesday

Seems to be Tuesday is my day to have Christ call me out with simple reminders before I make messes of my life… Our God is so good like that!

I read this from an old preacher today…

“Blessedness is the greatest of perils because it tends to dull our keen sense of dependence on God and make us prone to presumption.”

Isn’t that how life works? We get blessed beyond belief then our senses dull because after all, all is well.

Just a reminder to keep watch, guard your heart and never take for granted the blessings from our Savior.

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In the Middle of a Tuesday Afternoon

Sometimes I am at work, going about my day and I start to get discouraged. I start to believe the little nagging lie that this isn’t where I am supposed to be and that God’s plan isn’t alive and well in my life. I get busy in the day-to-day hustle and lost in the thought that I should be doing bigger, grander and more impactful things with my life. (Don’t act like you haven’t gotten caught in that lie- It happens to the best of us.)
Then a mom walks into my office with her oldest daughter. There is worry in her eyes. She is a worried Mama wanting and needing the best for her babygirl. They are looking for a classroom on this big, sometimes intimidating campus. I stop my work and I show them where it is. The conversation ebbs and flows around topics like campus life, parking and academics. Then, in perfect Jesus Fashion, the conversation drifts to Christ.
In the middle of a Tuesday afternoon.
I don’t know how it happened. It’s one of those “God Things”. The girl saw my bracelets. They had heard of my church. They knew some friends in our Life Group. We lived and grew up in the same city. How does God do that?
In the middle of a Tuesday afternoon.
The mom told me I was an answer to her prayers- She prayed this morning about her daughter. About this new chapter. They walked into my office- Literally the first person she met on this campus happened to be me, and I happened to be a Christian. I told her I was humbled but it wasn’t me… It was all God.
He orchestrates this amazing symphony of our lives. He interconnects our stories. He reminds us He’s got us.
In the middle of a Tuesday afternoon.
He’s got us… Perfectly.
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Monday Musings 8.18.14


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