Today

Icecream1 Today was a good day. Emily and me caught the 7:45am flight from DFW to Orange County, and still had time to grab breakfast at Mimi's before church at Los Altos in Long Beach at 11.

Los Altos is the little church I grew up in. What a wonderful and caring church family! After worship, the church went to the park for a birthday picnic for my cousin, Emily (not to be confused with my wife, Emily)…and had a wonderful time. After that, I got the chance to spend some brief moments with my sister for the first time since we got the news that she's pregnant! Uncle Tim…I like the sound of that.

There was one low point, however, as one of the brethren this morning responded that when they saw Emily and me from across the room, they though Emily (my wife) was in fact…my daughter!

Ouch.

All of us took naps. Me, Em, Mom, Dad, Sis. Zzzzzzzzzzz……

Tonight, we're going out to eat with my parents.

This is the Spivey way: eat, worship, eat, sleep, eat, laugh, drink coffee…sleep. Like giraffes, hyenas, eels, and other species…we have our routines.

Tomorrow, the Southern California Church Planting Summit begins. Should be interesting, informative, and visionary. Now, I hear the ice cream man coming down the street playing "It's a Small World." Time for some "Froze Toes"..the big frozen foot ice cream with a gumball for a big toe. Mmmm….

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  1. Loved your “TODAY” post. I had wanted to write but didn’t want to intrude as I only know you through the eyes of my grandchildren Holly & Hunter Howard & parents, Tom & Kristie. I have heard many wonderful sermons during my visits with them at HO & have thought you to be a true man of God. You touched me from the 1st post Kristie sent of the “TOUGH DAY” & was so touched I too cried ,as I know my HUNTER & he loves you deeply & knowing you are leaving; had to break his heart. And also through our Holly & her love of your girls. You trusted her with your most priceless treasures the “girls” And through you she was taught responsibility & the real love of children. For that I am so grateful. You have touched this family’s lives in more ways than you will ever know. Even my oldest son, who if taught by someone like you, might realize that he has some things to do to make his life complete in the sight of GOD. And he too, has listened to you & admired you. But I hesitated to write as I know you are being overwelmed with many of these from those who know & love you so.
    “TODAY” was it. You said the things that gave me the words I felt might be something that could have meaning to you. What a JOy to hear of your visit home on Sunday. The talk with your sister & finding out you are going to be UNCLE TIM now. How wonderful. It had to fill your ,somewhat mixed heart; with rages of JOY. And to go to your home church & be among the people you grew up around. And to hear you talk of the naps, the talks, the ice cream man coming, It brought a SMILE to my face. I never have believed the saying, “YOU CAN”T EVER GO HOME AGAIN” NOT TRUE! You proved it. You went to a place of peace & comfort & wisdom of your parents. You see TIM, HOME is REAL..LIKE ,GOD IS REAL. And sometimes we have to go where it began to get the right perspective on where to go from here. You had to know that at HOME you would hear nothing but the TRUTH. And all of it came with LOVE & CARING. Family is REAL & for those who don’t realize that & reach out at a time like you are facing now, just are missing a real point in the meaning of LIFE… It is my prayer that your “TODAY” gave you what you were looking for & that you & your sweet EMILY & those precious girls will take this new JOURNEY & know no matter where you are ,you will be the same man of GOD that my grandchildren will always remember you to be & that HUNTER will know that Mr. Tim was the one who taught him to throw that curve ball & Holy will look back as your gilrs grow & think ,I hope I did something to make the times with them good & purposeful. ALL successes you see. No failures. Good things to think about as you move on to a new endeavor, whatever God chooses it to be. YES, TIM, EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN & THAT THERE IS SOMETHING, A MEMORY, A WORD, A SMILE OR JUST THE SMELL OF MOM’S KITCHEN & YOUR DAD IN HIS CHAIR BEING THE DAD HE ALWAYS TRIED TO BE, NEVER FAILING YOU. FOR THOSE WHO DON’T HAVE THIS OR REALIZE IT, THEY HAVE SUCH A VOID IN THE LIFE THEY LIVE. YOU DON’T HAVE THE VOID. YOUR VOID MAY BE OF THE THINGS AT HO FOR THE NOW BUT AS TIME PASSES ONLY THE GOOD MEMORIES & THE TEARS OF A 13 YR OLD BOY WHO LOVED YOU & THOUGHT HE WAS AS BIG AS THE REST OF YOU GUYS PLAYING GOLF & DOING THE THINGS ALL OF YOU ALLOWED HIM TO DO TO GROW & BECOME WISE IN HIS TIME EVEN THOUGH HE IS WISER THAN HIS AGE NOW. PROUD GRANDMOTHER TALKING HERE……..YOUR “TODAY” TOUCHED ME TO THE VERY BOTTOM OF MY HEART & I PRAY IT GAVE YOU THE TRUE MEANING OF WHAT GOING HOME IS ALL ABOUT & YOU ARE AT PEACE ON THIS NEW JOURNEY.
    SORRY TO BE SO LONG BUT MY KIDS SAY I AM TO CHATTY & THEY TUNE ME OUT ,BUT I REALLY DON’T THINK YOU WILL TUNE ME OUT BECAUSE I AM TELLING YOU SOMETHING TO PUT IN A LITLE PIECE OF YOUR HEART TO CARRY WITH YOU WHERE EVER YOU GO……….AND WHEN IT TUGS AT YOU, YOU ALWAYS KNOW HEY,”I CAN ALWAYS GO HOME AGAIN”
    GOD BLESS & MUCH HAPPINESS IN WHATEVER GOD HAS FOR YOU & YOURS IT WILL BE “TRUE TO YOU”
    MARTHA DAVIS
    KRISTIE HOWARD’S MOTHER

  2. Got to spend Mother’s Day with Mom at Los Altos, hope she was there and gave you hug. Funny your sister said that she wasn’t sure at the time that she was then the email came a few days later. Cool Uncle Tim.

  3. Tim,
    So glad you are able to have some R and R. We probably will not be able to come to your final sermon and party–much to our chagrin. But we continue to pray for God to reveal to you in HIS time how and where you will serve in the Kingdom next. I know whereever and whatever it will be–IT WILL BE EXCITING! WE DON’T SERVE A BORING GOD!! 🙂
    Love you bro.
    God Speed,
    Bruce Archer

  4. I have loved reading your blog lately. It has been very insightful. I like that you have kinda reverted to your childhood (ice cream trucks, frozen toes, and naps with Mom) in this time of uncertainty. It is always nice to go home. Ya know? Where the people love you no matter what else is going on in your life.
    Wanted you to know that even I (someone older) went straight to my mom and dad when this announcement was made a couple of Sundays ago. I needed someone older and wiser to tell me that it was all going to be okay.
    And, it will be okay. I am praying that God make a place especially for you and Emily and the girls. And I believe He is doing just that.

  5. First of all, I’ve said some pretty embarrassing things before. I hope the Southern California Church Planting Summit goes well for y’all.
    Sundays are good nap days. Glad y’all are having fun. God bless you, your family, and your ministry search.