Monthly Archives: September 2008

I Feel Full!

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Today was just what I needed! Thanks to everyone who was praying for my discouraged heart. God has been faithful and quickly answered those prayers! Of course, I can always use more…so, if you feel so led, please continue to pray!

Anyways, school this morning was good. We got to dive into the book of Romans and after class, a classmate felt led to share some of what’s been on his heart. Our class is an interesting mix of people: lots of walls to be broken down, lots of individuals trying to come together as a group, lots keeping us a part–so be praying for our class as well.

Upon leaving school, I received a text from Caitlin (a Schneple Schister) asking if she could cook me lunch–yes please! I am so spoiled! Caitlin woke up early on Monday and Tuesday to cook me and Jen breakfast, this morning Jojo cooked us some french toast (made with Cinnamon Bread!), and last night, Jen had us all over for dinner! So, after enjoying a quick lunch with roommates, I was off to Orange County. There, I got to spend some highly-coveted time alone–had a few phone conversations, some down time, and an enjoyable nap (not a good habit I’ve gotten myself into!). My mom came home from work and I was able to give her a massage and enjoy some conversation. My mom and Jim then cooked some dinner-Wild Alaskan salmon, spinach salad, and wild rice–finished off with a fruit cobbler concoction!

After an enjoyable time with the fam, I headed to Starbucks to meet a dear friend, Irene. The Lord really spoke through her to just encourage me and lift me up. We, as usual, enjoyed great conversation as we caught up on each other’s lives and what the Lord is doing in each of our hearts–some dramatic work going on! Painful at times, but much needed and appreciated! I left there feeling full and then God laid it upon my heart to call another friend, Kendal. We’ve been playing phone tag for approximately 7.5 weeks. This led to another FABULOUS conversation discussing all the Lord is up to in these times of “rest” in our lives–both of us are jobless at the present moment. I’ve definitely felt the need to be more faithful and responsible with my time though, so we’ll see how I take heed to that! Anyways, the conversation got me the whole way back home to San Diego and left me smiling. I am so blessed by the people in my life. It’s awesome to stop and see what God’s trying to tell us through His people. We can learn so much about Him through others, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to do just that!

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Hold Fast

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For those of you who don’t know, I spent the last week on Catalina Island with my H.S.E. class-hiking almost 30 miles, not showering, laughing and crying around the campfire, developing new friendships, and spending time on a ‘solo’.  This was a 24-hour time period we had out in the Catalina wilderness by our lonesome (with our sleeping bags, tarps, Bible, and journal-and, of course, the Lord)-meant to really foster spending time seeking after God.  This entry is a poem I wrote while out there-that shares a little bit of what’s going on in my heart.  But there’s a whole lot!

As I look upon all the beauty You’ve created in front of me
I wonder what happens to all my faith-why it can’t it just be
A single human being amongst the masses of billions of others
Could it be that You’ve created me different than another?

Lord, I believe, but help my unbelief with my own thoughts
Allow me to find strength in the reality; it’s me You’ve bought
Failed relationships, misconceptions, heartbreak-it’s nothing
You’re so much greater than any disappointment I could bring

So, mark this day down as the one I’m determined to be set free
From all the lies, let downs, and decisions I’ve made just for me
Show me Your ways, Oh Lord, and make them my own
Let me accept as Truth all these promises You’ve shown

Upon my asking and accepting, You’ve broken me apart
Rebuilt me from the beginning and given me a fresh start
You’ve captured me from the world I was living in
Taken my heart, made it Your own, cleansed from sin

You’ve stayed true to your ways-yesterday, today, tomorrow
Allow me to do my own as I let go of all my pain and sorrow
Lord, will You give me freedom as I identify myself in You
Hold fast, I will tell myself is absolutely all I need to do

(Rev. 3:3, 1 Cor. 15:2)

It’s been awhile…

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Hi, good and faithful reader(s)!

This has been a whirlwind month (as to be expected, I suppose) and it’s difficult to capture all that has happened, all that I’m learning, all that I’m realizing I want to learn, all the fun moments I’ve had, etc.  So-until then, I’ll leave you with a statement one of our leaders at school passed onto us:

“What comes to mind when you think about God is the most important thing about you”            -A.W Tozer (from The Knowledge of the Holy: The Attributes of God: Their Meaning in the Christian Life)

So….what comes to your mind?