Please pray for me. I have been given the oppertunity to apply for a job which I feel very much unqualified. I am actually suprised and honored that Jesus would want me to think and concider this oppertunity. If I were to accept, I would have to quit my wonderful job which I love and also release some of the ministry I serve in now. However, I would be learning an amazing amount by strong women of God and could see this as a ‘spiritual promotion’- if you want to call it that.
It is as though He sees something in me that can tackle this opening and would like me to look into it. I met with the people today and we decised that I would come with a decision to apply/decline by the end of the week. I am going to fast tomorrow and see what He will tell me- it would be wonderful if you could take time as you read this right now to say a quick prayer for me. God will honor it and it would mean a great deal to me. Thank you…
I have a friend whose wife is throwing him a suprise birthday party. My fiance and I are really close to this family and we wouldn’t miss it for the world. The only problem is that he is impossible to buy for. Do you know the type of person I am speaking of? There is always one or two in a family that are just…well impossible to buy for.
I looked for Blazzer tickets for his present from me and Travis (my fiance), only they are an arm and a leg! What ever happened to the cheap tickets where you went to a sporting event and you left grumbling about the food prices?! Man, those where the good old days, lol. Not today, the tickets are SO much more expensive than I thought they would be. (I mean come on, when did they go to any kind of NBA Championship recently?)
With that said-I need help! I have no idea what to got him and the party is on Saturday. Does anyone know of a great present that doesn’t cost over $75? He is also a person who doesn’t want a ‘thing’. He would rather get an event or something like that. Anyways, any ideas or thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
I spent Christmas with my parents in Edmonds and Lynwood, WA. Crazy, I am home in the beautiful city of Edmonds, WA and love it! Yet I must say as everything else is wonderful, the most shocking change since coming home is the traffic. Now, I’ve lived in more states and cities than I would like to say and feel all the right to say what I will say…
What has happened to the drivers in Seattle?! You all have been morphed into the Californians that have all moved here. And although I am guilty of ‘Californian Stops’ I know that a red light does not mean go faster-that would be yellow. It’s like the East Coast has plopped itself down into lovely, polite Seattle and now the intersections are full of people who are content to sit in the middle of intersections pretending that they are not being yelled at by the people who have the right to go. Come on…In the city where you would almost never hear a car honk, I was amazed at show much I heard when I was downtown seeing the Nutcracker. With all this seen and heard, I asked my Father if this was normal or just abnoral holiday traffic. -‘normal’ says him.
So, I will let go of my amazment, shock and let go of my feelings. I live in Portland and the traffic in Seattle does not effect me. So I can say fully- I myself cannot fix Seattle. Yet I can do the one thing I can think of when I’m here-to not drive unless I have to. Yikes.
The leaves are gone and in it’s place are icicles and frost. the birds no longer churp and dance on the branches but instead the wind whistles and has the trees dance with her to her unheard waltz. What does winter hold?
Lakes and rivers freeze, protecting fish and other pieces which have found their way to the riverbed. Protecting them with branches and mud, beavers bravely live between the two worlds. The trees and wind as their neighbors and eating the fish trapped under the ice ready for the catch.
What does winter hold?
For me, it holds warm memories of sitting around a fire snuggling in a favorite blanket. Hot cocoa and thick books waiting to be picked up. Watching movies over and over and staying in bed half an hour after waking up.
The cosy hats as my helmet, gloves as a sword and fleece lined coats as a shield prepare me to fight mother nature. With all her weapons : snow, wind and ice…my warmth is well protected.
-that warmth snuggly and tightly held in my memories.
New Year Resolutions are huge. I think they are the only way gyms stay in business. I can remember years ago, going into a gym with a friend a couple of weeks after the new year, and can clearly remember what it felt like to be so excited to work out. The thrill of changing into clothes that really should not fit that tightly to anyone’s body, drinking the sugar drinks promising to be hydrating and stepping onto the dreaded machine- the scale.
…ahh the memories. That excitedness and anticipation to see change sadly lasted only a couple months. None the less, I think it is healthy to have the ambition to want to change the old to new. A friend of mine is wanting to loose weight while another friend wants to be able to stick to boundries she has set for herself.
I myself, am not sure what I want as a resolutoin. Knowing I don’t have to choose anything is a bit releaving, however I find I’m addicted to the feeling of…well, hope. Having the hope to acomplish what I want to. Now I know many could challenge and debate whether my thought process is healthy, but I am content to hope for tomorrow. Hope that I can do something that could improve me either physicaly, emotionaly or even spiritualy.
What is your New Year’s Resolution?
Here is a tough story-but true. I wish it weren’t…
Travis and I were in the parking lot of a Target when a woman passed us with her two children at her side. She was holding her son and her daughter was next to her-she was about 4. We heard horrible words the mother was yelling to her daughter- ‘Just shut up Cory. Just f*@! off Cory’ I’m telling you the truth when i say my that my face got hot and I was ready to ring that mothers neck. I was shocked that she would tell her daughter that…stuptified. What was she thinking?! What must the daughter be feeling?!
I took Child Educatoin for my work and what that mother said to her children and what else she might be saying is seriously damaging to both the kids. Where was the mothers love? Was it in the ‘shut-up’ or ‘f*@! off’?
People, if we are given children- we need to be the best parents we can be for our kids. Period. I do not see ANY good coming out of sharp and hurtful words.
Lord, may You open the eyes of the parents who are hurting their kids daily. I pray that You send someone who will either show them how to stop cussing out their kids or You take the kids out of the family. And I also pray for the kids-protect them. Lord, allow them to become deaf when their parents are frustrated at them and start saying hurtful things. May You also bring people into their lives who give encouraging, life giving words. Amen.
I’M ENGAGED! My apologies to you for the delay in writing this. Travis proposed at the Goroto in Portland. He asked me to ‘be my bride’ in a Christmas lit garden- very romantic and sweet.
Thank you God for giving me such a wonderful man and may I continue to strive to better partner for him.
This is Travis and I in Poland. We were standing in the iron gates of an old castle in the southern snowy countryside. It was icy and freezing and while we looked at the different treasures it held inside and outside the walls, a beautiful cat followed us in and out of the castle. My heart fell in love with the beautiful animal which seemed so comfortable in the snow. I tried to keep it as warm as possible but had to say goodbye when leaving for home. I thought about taking it home with me to Portland…but unfortunatly Trav said customs wouldn’t quite have much mercy for a stray cat I would be trying to bring home. Come on custom people…have a heart won’t you people?! 🙂
I live near a gorge. It’s a wonderful and beautiful sight to see and expore in, but in the winter and spring time- it’s windy. Now I’m not talking about wind that gently blows your hair or wind that make tree leaves look as if their dacing to an unheard symphony. No-I’m talking about the wind that picks up trees, topples garbage cans, makes telephone poles sway and makes you think that to go outside is suicide. I for one did my part of grumbling because of the cold and well… freezing cold wind. Howeve I decided to turn a leaf and embrace the energy it brings to the city. I mean really, how often can I remember holding my hat onto my head and running diagonally because of the power of the wind?
This wonderous wind instead makes me more thankful for the normal conveniences I would have taken for granted. Example: hats which protect my ears, fleece lined gloves, electric blankes, tall shrubbs to hide behind from the wind, cars with heating and tall buildings to protect me from the speading leaves and debree.
So thank you!
(even though i can say this right now snuggled inside my electric blanket listening to christmas music… I will see how I feel tomorrow when I have to walk to and from to school.)
My appologies for not writing so often. I admit I am tired and frustrated. I am tired from the month and a half of traveling around the world. (as much fun as that sounds-believe me, it can get old) And frustrated because I am now stuck at my fathers house without any transportation for three weeks. I am afraid God heard me when I was complaining saying all I wanted was peace and quiet. well, I have it and I am board out of my mind.
I will be going back to school Sept 10th. I am looking forward to it and am excited about school. I know-that’s crazy. But that is my only sense of stabiblity. I also have to face a year so full of stuff I get a headache thinking about it.
student/leadership secretary/teacher/barista/girlfriend/the list goes on…
So, all in all I think I would ask you to pray for me concerning my quiet times. I know without a shadow that I will be dependant on those times this coming year, but I also know I need to start them now if I am to go into school with this pattern. So, I need to start this quiet time and so far all I have done is nod my head and say’oh, yeah that’s important.’
Thanks and I hope to write later saying my quiet time has become a daily habit.