Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Long time...

Well it has been quite a while since I have written in here. My birthday has passed and I am officially 23 years old. I now have a car (I hope to put up pictures at some point), which I am not sure is a good thing considering what is going on in this country with gas prices.

Quickly shifting...I am very disheartened by what is going on down here in the South with regard to Hurricane Katrina. It is devestating to see the effects nature can bring to the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. So much of our own human nature is exposed as a result of the collision with the natural ways of this world. I am disheartened, yes, because lives have been taken and destroyed; families have been torn apart and left with nothing; communities have been left to pick up pieces of what was once whole; and the nation must look on in fear and awe that this was something of which we have no control.

I was reading Hosea the other day (as I referred to it because Jesus quotes him in Matthew 9) and and this is what I came across:

"Come, let us return to the Lord;
for He has torn us, that He may heal us;
He has struck us down, and He will bind us up.

After two days He will revive us;
on the third day He will raise us up,
that we may live before Him.

Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord;
His going out is sure as the dawn;
He will come to us as the showers,
as the spring rains that water the earth."

God is. That is the reality of our lives and in that simple statement we find out complete signficance. Hosea acknowledged that God had brought destruction to them (God is just), but that He is also a merciful, redeeming God. In these days, when destruction has been brought to us by the God who controls all things I pray, as Hosea did, for us to press on to know the Lord. We are all unsure as to why this happened, but God is also a redeemer and I trust that He will be glorified in all of this.

Let us take the time to think put perspective on this whole situation, to see just who we truly are and how we fit into this whole spectrum of life. For what purpose is everything we devote our lives? Is this yet another example or reminder that we are to serve God alone? That all the materialism and silver spoons we have in this country are temporary and hold no value in the Kingdom of Heaven? Again, I don't know why it happened, but I do know that many of us do tend to give Him more thought and attention in times of great peril and strife. So if that is the case, "let us know, let us press on to know the Lord."

I love you all.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Do You Get Free Slurpees?


So throughout the summer I knew this was inevitable. My support was low and I wasn't receiving paychecks from Crusade. I had no car and knew that it was a vital asset for raising support. During our Ministry Partner Development (MPD) training I realized that I truly do enjoy sharing what God has done through the ministry I have been a part of and how excited I am to serve Him at the University of Florida. I saw that doing this in person only increased my passion and wish to have the opportunity to share with current supporters and future supporters in person. Thus a car is necessary.

To supplement my income I applied for jobs all around town. I began at Home Depot and Target, thinking I could do stock and possibly work the overnight shifts to have the days free. Neither were interested, so I applied at a few more places and eventually landed the job at the haven we know as 7-Eleven! The hours are early--I am up well before the sun rises and I arrive at work while it is still mostly dark. I still go to bed late so I am not sure if this will catch up to me eventually.

I have to told many people about this awesome place of employment (I actually do like working there thus far). The greatest thing about telling them is the questions they ask, of which the most popular is "do you get free Slurpees?" The answer behind this ultimate question is a simple...YES!!!!!!!!!! Well the catch is that I don't get them in the Slurpee cup like normal, paying customers, but I do get unlimited amounts in our courtesy cups though and that is fine by me.

So in these days I am riding my bike, well my cousin's bike, to work, getting off work, relaxing for a little bit, and then the other fun job of finding Ministry Partners. God is faithful in so many ways and I am truly comforted in Him. He is true to His promises because He is true to Himself.

Much love in His grace.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Pondering...

There is a lot about which I ponder. Many times I write these thoughts down in a personal journal; other times I type them out online for the world to see. I am not sure if these thoughts that I am about to type merit the word "deep" or "philosophical," but as I sit here on the couch wanting to post something of significance I feel a burning need to provide my readers with words of substance and meaning.

Nothing comes to mind though...

So I will simply write words that share more than I ever could:

"The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. 'The LORD is my portion,' says my soul, 'therefore I will hope in Him.'" --Lamentations 3:22-24

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

A little love.


This is love for all my peeps at New Staff Training this summer. I am sitting here, by myself, in Port Orange, Florida wondering where all my loved ones have gone. The crazy classes, the boring sessions on finances and MPD, and of course those wild nights at CB & Potts. I loved getting to know so many of you guys and I thoroughly enjoyed all the relationship conversations we had pre-Dr. Henry Cloud. It was crazy to see how God created so many couples this summer and I hope to be invited to many weddings in the coming years.



I will never forget the awesome trips and memorable nights, especially 4th of July in Estes and the night we were officially commissioned as staff with Campus Crusade for Christ. There was so much love shared this summer I felt like the type of Christians living as described in Acts 4:32--"and the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and soul." Man it was so beautiful and something I shall cherish forever!

There was the C&C Sundays crew. I loved those mornings when we new we would get a good message at church only to look forward to some awesome queso and questioning going on. MK and EAnn...riding in the car with you guys rocked this past summer, even with all the spiritual warfare we may have experienced with the dropping of flags on the Interstate or traveling to that strange, foreign place called Boulder. There is also the good ole Starbucks crew that allowed me to at least think I could stay awake through all those MPD sessions!

And then there is 508. Man...the summer would not have been the same without my boys in 508 and their honorary crew members. I give mad love to Jared, Mikey, Aaron, and Drew for making this summer amazing. The mornings in prayer were great and the times on the court were possibly some of the best in my life. I thank you for your brotherhood and I look forward to the love in Christ we shall share throughout the years!

I have got mad love for all you all and I thank God for what He has done this summer and I look forward to seeing what He is going to do through all of us in the years to come.

I will end on the verse that had been impressed on my heart throughout this summer. I hope you find it all as an encouragement as you raise support and report to where you will serve our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ:

"These things I say to you so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world." John 16:33

Monday, August 08, 2005

The transition has been made.


So I am trying out this new journal that I have signed up for because I notice that you can post pictures on it and it seems easier than the one I had before.

As I have begun to work with it I seem to like it more already. Over to my left is a picture of some elk in the Rocky Mountains. I went up with a huge crew on the 4th of the July and probably had my best day in Colorado that day.

I am also writing in here to say that this marks the transition from my old journal to my new one so please put this journal in your bookmarks. You may be able to read past entries to my old journal by clicking on the links to your right.

Leave comments and let me know if you like this one better.

Much love in His grace.