Archive for March, 2008

An Abundant Life

Anne Jackson asked this question on her blog:

What does an abundant life look like to you?

Here was my 10 second, off the cuff comment….

  1. By Terry Foester on Mar 19, 2008 | Reply

    I have such a negative take on my abundant life right now.

    Like every trendy person (i tend to be a trend follower), I’ve been trying to simplify the last couple of years. I finally got around to giving things away.

    This led to some more extreme behaviors. My buddy and I started hanging around homeless people. The more we hung with them, the more we felt convicted about our lives.

    This past weekend, I brought one of my homeless friends to my house. Introduced him to my wife and kids, and we ate a meal together. We hung out all afternoon. It was a great time.

    Then I dropped him off, under his bridge by the train station in Wilmington. And drove away.

    I’m annoyed at myself for having such an abundant life.

If you check out Anne’s blog, you’ll read a lot of really great responses of what the abundant life is – in Christ.

My response looks at it purely from a material perspective. In fact, I sound a little angry. I’m starting to understand this strange unexpected perspective of ‘a life of abundance’ colliding with the actions of helping those in need. It’s almost as if when my hands and feet interact with people in need (with the overarching goal to help) – that anger is some sort of odd by-product. Maybe righteous anger? I don’t know.



and i will open up my heart and let the hero let me sing

OK – I did a quick blog about Eli schooling me in coco-nutty bowling…now it’s time for a blog about Eden’s coolness.


Eden was singing “I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever” today. We are always laughing at how our kids will learn songs really quick, but they don’t always hear the words correctly. But they usually make up something that’s pretty close – and funny too.

Here are the correct lyrics for the chorus:
Over the mountains and the sea, Your River runs with love for me
And I will open up my heart and let the healer set me free

Here is Eden’s interpretation:
And I will open up my heart and let the hero let me sing.

I like Eden’s version. Kids are smart. Smarter than we think.

eli beat me in a video game

eli beat me in a video game. i had imagined this would happen at some point in our video game adventures years from now, but never expected it this early. eli is 5. and he beat me. and i was trying really hard. no joke.

we were playing “Ooh & Aah’s Coco-Nutty Bowling” at playhouse disney.


eli schooled me. he scored 4,915. i think i scored 4,300. he was trash talking me the whole way.

great job eli!

See if you can beat a 5 year old in coco nutty bowling…try it.

You Alone Can Rescue – Matt Redman

Matt Redman sang a new song @ the Passion DC regional that I really enjoyed hearing. It’s called You Alone Can Rescue. I think from what Matt Redman said – he’s still finishing the verses for the song.

It’s a salvation song – the lyrics are so beautiful. If you have a minute, reflect on these lyrics today…

1st Chorus:
You alone can rescue
You alone can save
You alone can lift us from the grave
You came down to find us – led us out of death
To You alone belongs the highest praise

2nd Chorus:
Now we are more than conquerers through your deathless love
And nothing Lord will have a hold on us
You’re the saving promise – You will never fail
To You Alone Belongs the highest praise

We lift up our eyes, we lift up our eyes, You are the giver of life

I have several blogs coming that reflect on what I learned by volunteering at the passion DC regionals.


author – Terry Foester

I'm a family man at heart. I admit my world revolves around my wife Libby and our 3 hooligans...Eli, Eden and Silas. They are easy to love. I'm trying to learn to love the rest of you. I also like to ask questions.

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