Monday Mind Dump (5/9/16)

Luke Simmons / May 9, 2016
family, leadership

  • Really fun to have Tom Shrader with us preaching at Gateway yesterday.
  • He’s been such a meaningful person in my life, and I like that our church got to experience him.
  • He’s been through a lot of physical challenges lately and it was fun to see him gain strength as the day went on.
  • I don’t know if people in our church always notice the benefits of being part of Redemption, but having men like Tom impact my life and our church hopefully helps us appreciate it.
  • Wild weekend at the Simmons home hosting all five of the Braselton kids while Matthew and Kristie are celebrating their 15th anniversary in Hawaii.
  • Having 8 kids would be a lot of work.
  • But we had a great time, and it’s fun for our kids to get to spend a lot of time with some of their closest friends.
  • Crazy to think that one year ago today, I was beginning my sabbatical.
  • What an amazing gift that was — and has continued to be — for our family.
  • I think back with great fondness and gratitude for all that we got to do.
  • I’m not going to lie though…after a summer of being mostly out of the AZ heat, I’m kind of dreading this year.
  • Thankfully, this weekend has been amazingly nice.
  • Trying to enjoy it for all I can.
  • We have some fun things coming down the pike at Gateway that I’m looking forward to sharing more about — an amazing new resource we’re going to give away to our whole church, a fun summer event about marriage, beginning to build a team that will help us roll out the vision for building on our property, and a very fun retreat experience for Jr. High and High School students.
  • And some other things too.
  • I’d like to share more, but it’s kind of fun to be a tease. 🙂
  • This week is the end of my second year of seminary, so I’m now half-way through the Missional Training Center.
  • I’m so thankful for all that I’ve learned and all the ways that the professors have shaped me.
  • It’s been incredible to see such smart people who tremble before God and aren’t afraid to say, “I don’t know.”
  • This is actually the second time I’ve been half-way finished with a Master’s Degree, so I’m looking forward to going all the way on this one.
  • Please be in prayer for the families in our church.
  • This is always a crazy time of year as school winds down.
  • I’m praying that we’d all walk closely to Jesus and experience him in the midst of all that we have going.
  • Let’s aim for that today.
  • Have a good one.