Kamis, 28 Desember 2006
Kamis, 14 Desember 2006
Rabu, 13 Desember 2006
ministry is not at all what i expected it to be. when i was a teen, i thought, "how great it would be to be at church all day!" and it is. it's an amazing blessing and honor to work among so many Godly, upright people. it's always encouraging. but, there is a side to ministry that most people will never see. lorin and i have had to grow up big time. it's not easy. and from what i can see, it never will be. but, this is where God has called us. i love being in the ministry. i love how it stretches me, even though in the midst of change and heartache, it can feel like it's not even worth it. but, it always is.
Senin, 27 November 2006
Selasa, 14 November 2006
respect: willingness to show consideration or appreciation; polite expressions of consideration or deference.
fear God, dear child—respect your leaders; don't be defiant or mutinous...
funny...it doesn't say respect them if you agree with them. it doesn't matter who you are...if you disagree with the president, it's fine, but you have to respect him as our nation's leader. what happened from the time i was a teen until now? it blows my mind.
our society needs a lesson in responsibility.
To Be a Responsible Citizen
1-3Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it's God's order. So live responsibly as a citizen. If you're irresponsible to the state, then you're irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible. Duly constituted authorities are only a threat if you're trying to get by with something. Decent citizens should have nothing to fear.
3-5Do you want to be on good terms with the government? Be a responsible citizen and you'll get on just fine, the government working to your advantage. But if you're breaking the rules right and left, watch out. The police aren't there just to be admired in their uniforms. God also has an interest in keeping order, and he uses them to do it. That's why you must live responsibly—not just to avoid punishment but also because it's the right way to live.
6-7That's also why you pay taxes—so that an orderly way of life can be maintained. Fulfill your obligations as a citizen. Pay your taxes, pay your bills, respect your leaders.
8-10Don't run up debts, except for the huge debt of love you owe each other. When you love others, you complete what the law has been after all along. The law code—don't sleep with another person's spouse, don't take someone's life, don't take what isn't yours, don't always be wanting what you don't have, and any other "don't" you can think of—finally adds up to this: Love other people as well as you do yourself. You can't go wrong when you love others. When you add up everything in the law code, the sum total is love.
11-14But make sure that you don't get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed. We can't afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight. Get out of bed and get dressed! Don't loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about!
Rabu, 01 November 2006
Senin, 30 Oktober 2006
crave is coming up...i'm so excited!! joe hohman's coming!!
Jumat, 27 Oktober 2006
i'm married to the perfect man
nestle crunch dark choclate stix are really good
i can't control a darn thing, except the response i have to everything around me
i wish i was turning 24 again...instead of 25
i love our woodburner
lorin's grandma can't say fajita...she pronounces it like "fygeeta"
Selasa, 17 Oktober 2006
last christmas wasn't even fun for us because we ended up having to go to 9 places in 2 days. i realize now that we are never going to make everyone happy. what's the point in killing ourselves to get everywhere when it's never enough? this year, we're only committing to seeing our parents. i want to enjoy my holiday and focus on my husband and what christmas is all about.
Rabu, 11 Oktober 2006
Senin, 09 Oktober 2006
the weather was gorgeous yesterday, so i went for a drive. i went alone and it was completely refreshing. i drove around vienna for about an hour and a half with the sunroof and window open. it was just me and God...me thanking Him for His handiwork, Him ministering the peace i needed. it's amazing how uncomplicated life feels in His presence. i've learned i don't have the slightest clue what i'm doing...and it's ok. He knows. i've given up on any plans i think i should have. He'll tell me when i need to make a move and He certainly makes it clear when i shouldn't.
"many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails."
Jumat, 06 Oktober 2006
Rabu, 04 Oktober 2006
we hung around the church after the conference was over and met some amazing people who showed us around. we saw the stage, backstage, editing suites, everything. it was so fun!! one of the guys we met, let lorin and mikel take a couple t-shirts based on pastor franklin's series:
if you've noticed that the title of my blog is in italian, it's my ode to joy.
Rabu, 27 September 2006
I know that You are God
In the secret of Your presence
I know there I am restored
When You call I won’t refuse
Each new day again I’ll choose
There is no one else for me
None but Jesus
Crucified to set me free
Now I live to bring Him praise
In the chaos, in confusion
I know You’re Sovereign still
In the moment of my weakness
You give me grace to do Your will
When You call I won’t delay
This my song through all my days
All my delight is in You Lord
All of my hope, all of my strength
All my delight is in You Lord Forevermore
Jumat, 22 September 2006
Senin, 18 September 2006
Rabu, 06 September 2006
Selasa, 05 September 2006
i still can't believe steve irwin died...it reminds me of a song...crrazay...
yesterday being labor day, my dad invited us over to my aunt's house for a barbeque. there were 9 of us there: my dad, step-mom, sister and her boyfriend(matt), my aunt, 2 of my aunt's friends, me and lorin. everyone wanted to play volleyball, so matt and my aunt set up the net. since there were 9 of us, i volunteered to sit out. they played for a while (that alone looked like a game of catch the chicken, palsy-style), and after the ball rolled into the neighbor's yard, my dad decided to kick the ball 30 feet into the air, only to have it land peacefully atop a very large tree. everyone (except me) scrambled to find something to knock the ball down with - some had sticks, some had large rocks. lorin was the first to attempt the virtually impossible. as he threw the small log up into the air, i noticed it was headed not for the tree directly above him, but the neighbor's car! it came down with a loud crash and everyone came barreling towards me...i started running for fear of being trampled, but turned around just to catch a glimpse of the madness. i cannot describe in words how hilarious it is to see 40 and 50 year olds running in panic to hide like children. when i turned to look, i saw each of them running like bulls, nostrils flared, cursing aloud. my sister ran into the house and sat on a couch, to act as though she had nothing to do with it. eventually my dad and lorin walked over to assess the damage...turns out the neighbor didn't hear it and no damage was done. the rest of the night was spent trying to retrieve the dumb ball. we never got it down.
Jumat, 18 Agustus 2006
last night was so much fun. although, we didn't get home until 1:20am...i hated that part. we went to friday's with a bunch of people we met at revolution this year. everybody was so cool. hopefully we'll get the chance to hang out more.
tonight, lorin and i are going shopping to find him some sweet clothes to wear for the 4 services he's preaching this weekend. i'm so proud of him! i'm going to try to be the good little wife and go to all 4, but we'll see how that works out.
Kamis, 17 Agustus 2006
Senin, 14 Agustus 2006
Jumat, 11 Agustus 2006
a special thanks to my girl, gabby, for the lovely gift of ginger snaps!
the last one made me laugh hysterically. they had something like 918 salvations in 7 days or something. i'm so glad lorin had that opportunity, but i'm really glad he's home!
Senin, 07 Agustus 2006
Rabu, 26 Juli 2006
i mentioned recently that one of my favorite shows is dirty jobs. well, i watched an episode featuring geoduck farmers the other day and it was by far one of the most disgusting things i've ever seen. geoduck is actually pronounced like gooey-duck. it's something like a clam, but it's got this long siphon thing coming out of it. it's really gross. if a re-run comes on, i recommend watching it. yes, i think it's funny when things are gross. :)
people actually eat these things!!
Rabu, 19 Juli 2006
i think i'll leave it at that.
Senin, 17 Juli 2006
i've found that without even realizing it, i've begun to kill the critic in me. i like myself so much more when i'm just a little less critical and a little more loving and accepting. i think i was way to critical as a teen. i can see why people saw me as cold or distant. i'm not that person anymore. i love the things God can do in you when you let go. it's so much easier to let go than to hold on to things that seem important and ultimately will never make a difference.
i had a conversation with my mom's boyfriend last night that really made me think. we were talking about choices that people make. my question is, are the choices i'm making and the things i am doing going to make a difference or matter in the grand scheme of things? i hope so. i love conversations that make me think and change.
dirty jobs is one of my new favorite shows.
Jumat, 14 Juli 2006
i know...thrilling, right???
Jumat, 16 Juni 2006
Selasa, 23 Mei 2006
My lonely days are over
And life is like a song
At last the skies above are blue
And my heart was wrapped up in clover
The night I looked at you
I found a dream that I can speak to
A dream that I could call my own
I found a thrill to press my cheek to
A thrill that I have never known
You smiled, and then the spell was cast
And here we are in heaven
And you are mine at last
happy 3rd, love!
Senin, 15 Mei 2006
i love music and i love when i find a song that expresses the way i feel when i can't find the words myself. for some reason mutemath reminds me so much of guatemala. i'm listening to them right now and this song just happens to be perfect for how i'm feeling:
Come on can’t I dream for one day / There’s nothing that can’t be done / But how long should it take somebody / Before they can be someone / ‘Cause I know there’s got to be another level / Somewhere closer to the other side / And I’m feeling like it’s now or never / Can I break the spell of the typical / I’ve lived through my share of misfortune / And I’ve worked in the blazing sun / But how long should it take somebody / Before they can be someone. / Cause I know there’s got to be another level / Somewhere closer to the other side / And I’m feeling like it’s now or never. / Can I break the spell of the typical. / The typicalI’m just the typical / Can I break the spell of the typical / Because it’s dragging me down / I’d like to know about when / When does it all turn around
Selasa, 09 Mei 2006
thanks for lettin me rant!
Selasa, 02 Mei 2006
Rabu, 05 April 2006
anyway, lorin and i went to see jerry seinfeld a couple of weeks ago...he was hilarious! i didn't stop laughing once. it was fun...thanks, neil!
Jumat, 31 Maret 2006
joy, if you are reading this, i pray only God's very best for you and matt in your new life together. i hope you know how much your friendship means to me. i know tonight and tomorrow are going to be crazy hectic, so i'll just say now that i truly believe you and i crossed paths the way we did for a reason. i'm so happy for you! you've worked so hard to make this day perfect and i know it will be. i'm praying for you!! love ya!
oh...and, amy...you're next!!
Rabu, 22 Maret 2006
Rabu, 08 Maret 2006
Kamis, 02 Maret 2006
ummm....i really have nothing. you know how you read someone's blog and they're like, "i don't really have anything to write about..." but then they end up writing a whole paragraph on some random topic? i do that.
refuge and jr. refuge went great last night. i love the new seating set-up. i love the new lighting. i love that we can haze again. it felt good. the energy was good, p&w was awesome, mike did a great job. i am so excited to see where God is taking us. this generation is very different than the ones before it. i feel myself loving them more and more. i've never seen so much hurt. if we can be a haven for them, i'll do anything to make it happen. we've got an amazing team. the leaders in refuge are the best in the world. i love them all. it's like they're all experts at what they do. they do it in excellence and they do it for others, not themselves. that's the way it should be. we're just gonna keep getting better.
this is totally off topic, but i'm all over the place today. my husband and i recently started tivo-ing ed young's program. it's so cool. once i start, i can't stop watching. if you get the chance, watch it, you'll be intrigued.
k, kiddies, that's it for now!
Jumat, 17 Februari 2006
Rabu, 15 Februari 2006
Selasa, 14 Februari 2006
Kamis, 09 Februari 2006
Jumat, 03 Februari 2006
oh...and hi, dad!!
Selasa, 24 Januari 2006
Minggu, 22 Januari 2006
here's another pic of lorin's b-day cake.
these are some of the cookies kelli and i made for Christmas!
this was my last cake for course 3. (it got a little smashed in the car.) it took 4 hours to make the roses and leaves for this cake.
let me know what you think!
this was my very first cake. it's looks weird. it looked better in person - ask josh.
this was a cake from course 2. it took about 9 hours to make all of the flowers on the cake.
this is the cake i made for lorin's birthday.