Gramp the mail carrier

April 28, 2006


living life well

April 28, 2006

Gramp’s stamp collection was more than just a collection hobby he shared with me. It symbolized how he spent much of his life—as a mail carrier and then Postmaster in Aurora, Nebraska.

My favorite postman died April 6, 2006.

As our family sorted through memories of my kind, generous grandfather, I thought about Psalm 39:4,5: “Show me, O Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. You have made my days a mere handbreadth.”For a few months I’ve thought a lot about life-living. Not life plotting along. Not life survival. I long to live all of the adventure God has for me, not just part of it.

One of my favorite singer/songwriters, Nichole Nordeman, captures this idea in her song “Live”—the idea that God offers much more to life than we often experience…or expect.

Did You come that we might just survive?
Did You come so we could just get by?
Did You walk among us
so we might merely limp along beside?

You make me want to live
You came to shake us
And to wake us up to something more
Than we’d always settled for
And You make me want to live

Holding Gramp’s hand the evening of April 5, his weathered body tucked under the sheets, hours away from heaven, I cried.

The end of his life right before me caused me to reflect on my life.And I want my years to make a difference, to count for eternity.

More than ever, I’m passionate about being a follower of Jesus. I’m passionate in asking God that everyone would know someone who truly follows Jesus. John 10:10 captures Jesus’ incredible promise: “I came that they might have life and have it abundantly.”

Who wouldn’t want that? Yet living—real living—means trusting God to give us power for the abundant life He has for us. And that we can’t conjure up a life purpose worth living without Him.

How about you? Are you experiencing that abundant life? What will your children and grandchildren remember you for?


go Virginia!

April 21, 2006


I know, a 5K is only…what…3 miles, but I’m not a runner. However, I love cheering for friends, like Virginia, who are speedy on their feet. (Here with cheering cohort Jennifer at the Citrus Bowl and finish line for the Orlando corporate race. Campus Crusade had 120 or so runners!)


celebrating Gramp

April 19, 2006


We used to be the ShaBring 10 (we nicknamed ourselves, combining the last names of Shaneyfelt and Bring; we're witty like that).  Now we are 9. We celebrated the life of Gramp (Wayne Shaneyfelt) yesterday in Aurora, Nebraska. What a special time remembering a wonderfully kind man.


whoopty doo

April 17, 2006


This is why I take my camera with me at (almost) all times. Saw this on a grocery store's vending machine. Only in Nebraska can you get a can of soda to fit any mood. Well _______.


spring bloom

April 17, 2006


It is absolutely spring here in Lincoln. Flowers are literally breaking open as I watch. And the smell? Let's just say it's more original than the Bounce fabric softeners claiming "spring breeze."


branch life: connected and fruit-bearing

April 6, 2006


What an incredible day! Only 12 hours after losing Gramp, I had the privilege of spending time with precious college students on the other spectrum of life.

Two of them were Alpha Xi Deltas; Sara (left) and Renae (right). We dined at Chipotle for dinner, talking about what God is doing in the sorority now amidst bites of burrito and spicy salads.

We came back to the sorority house where they were hosting the Campus Crusade for Christ weekly meeting. I spoke on John 15 and "branch life." I was scheduled to speak about a month ago–and the timing couldn't have been more perfect. Seeing Gramp cross into eternity made me sense the brevity of life even more, causing me enjoy Jesus even more with the days I'm given. Tonight was a true blessing. I forgot how much I love college students!