Tuesday, July 31, 2007
And all it took for me to get back were:
-one cancelled flight
-one phone call to American Airlines
-one cab ride to the train station
-one, one hour train ride to Fort Lauderdale
-one shuttle ride to the airport
-several conversations with strangers
-much waiting around
-one 4 1/2 hour flight home
I'm sure glad to be back!
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Don't get me wrong, it's not that there isn't anywhere else to eat...my hotel happens to be right by tons or restaurants and a HUGE shopping/entertainment center.
I just choose to go to Whole Foods because it's so delicious.
I LOVE it!!!
Cool thing is...their Whole Foods' out here are huge...like Albertson's huge!
Whole Foods-You rock!!!
A) I could never do
B) I was too afraid to do
1. Go to another state.
2. Be by myself...alone for a weekend.
3. Drive a car I've never driven before in a place I've never been before.
4. Meet TONS of new people and not be scared.
5. Talk to an Executive Pastor and act normal (or as normal as someone like me could be).
6. Fly alone.
7. Find my way through an airport.
8. Trust God fully.
What a great, growing weekend!
This morning while we were singing in the service, the song we sang said something like:
"What can I do, but thank you
what can I do but give my life to you
what can I do, but praise you
doing my best to make my everyday
a hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah".
Hallelujah means praise the Lord.
Another definition in the dictionary is a shout of joy, praise, or gratitude.
While singing this at church and listening to God's Word being communicated in such a passionate and honest way I couldn't help but be moved by God's Spirit.
God has been and is so faithful in my life.
If it wasn't for Him I wouldn't even be out here and I couldn't have done all of the great things he's allowed me to do up until now.
I really do want my life to be a "Hallelujah".
He deserves that and SO much more from me.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
I know that things that happen on accident or by coincidence are pretty cool, but there's just something about being intentional and purposeful that really gets to me.
I love it when I plan ahead, make a strategic plan and follow through.
The fruit is that much sweeter because I saw something and I did something about it.
It's like it takes the responsibility back onto you. If you see something then you must DO something about it.
Don't wait for someone else or something else to solve or change it...if you/I see it, then God wants us to DO/ACT!
I really believe it's time for the church to believe this and stop blaming everything under the sun for it's failures and misguidance.
BTW, the "church" includes me.
Here's the low-down of my second day here:
-Got up at 7:04am (snoozed it twice).
-Breakfast-yogurt, OJ, toast, banana.
-Got picked up by Renee, my amazing realtor.
-Saw some great town houses, quads, condos!
-Met with Rhonda at Starbucks (HR from Christ Fellowship)...had great conversation with her.
-Met with Kathryn (another CF employee) and had a great lunch/time with her at Whole Foods...I had the most delicious sweet and sour chicken with steamed rice :)
-Got lost on the way to CF Royal Palms, but eventually found it.
-Toured Royal Palms campus with Pastor Doug.
-Met up with Jeremy and Stephen to observe Surge 56 (5th-6th grade) and Middle School (7th-8th) in action (while there was a CRAZY rain storm outside-we could hear it pounding on the roof).
-Hung out with students and staff after the service :)
-Came outside to completely CLEAR skies!
-Stopped by Whole Foods for a tuna sandwich, Arizona and chips.
-Watched a little Super Sweet Sixteen!
-Talked to Bibi and my mom.
It's been a great and challenging day!
I've had some reflection time too.
God has a plan and it will soon unravel!
Friday, July 27, 2007
I am posting this very post from my hotel in Florida!
I had great flights...all went better than I could have ever imagined!
Things I learned while flying today:
1-I fit perfectly into the middle of two seats on an airplane.
2-Airplane bathroom mirrors BAD; Airport bathroom mirrors GOOD!
3-Making friends is easy!
I drove myself to my hotel :)
Never once got lost!
I just came back from dinner with two amazing people (the Lonsberrys). Had a BLT and fries.
I've already cried (as all of you can imagine) many times...but I am ready to obey God with all my heart.
I'm excited to meet more people and see what God wants me to see (good or bad).
Thanks to all of you who have been fasting and praying...love you guys!
Thursday, July 26, 2007
They were used at the Student Leadership Conference this year during the "Connect Session". I love the fact that there wasn't even a need for a speaker to share on this purpose. Just the life on life examples of these womens' lives is amazing!
I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
*If you went to the conference it'll make sense to you :)
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
I went out yesterday (my day off) to run some errands that I'd been putting off for a while.
*Buy money order for newly sponsored boy from Rwanda
*Send out some letters
*Pick up book from Chris
*Throw some loads in the wash
*Buy some of my favorite body lotion at Bath and Body Works
All went as planned except for the last item on my list.
As I walked into Bath and Body Works a spirit of joy came over me--just knowing I'd get to use my favorite lotion IN THE WORLD, Magnolia Blossom, once again made me so happy!
I finished my last bottle almost a month ago and have been using some Avon body cream my mom had in her room.
As I scanned the walls looking for the Magnolia Blossom display of body cream, hand lotion, body wash, body gel, perfume, body spray...I never found it.
I panicked and saw a girl stocking shelves, hoping she could offer some hope, I asked, "Excuse me, where is your Magnolia Blossom display?", her answer, "Oh, its' been discontinued".
Ah, it was painful! I love that lotion and it has the perfect scent...I've never found any thing like it.
I asked what other scent is most like it and she said either the Cherry or White Cherry Blossom. I walked over to the display she signaled to and smelled...not even close.
I was ready to walk out with my chin against my chest when I looked below and saw a small fortune of Magnolia Blossom body creams hidden on the bottom shelf.
I don't know if it was the resonating sound of the woman's voice saying "discontinued" or the pure joy of finding them, but I quickly snatched 8 bottles (which was no easy task) and walked them over to the counter.
Even though they cost me $68, I really don't regret it :)
Trust me...you'll thank me when you smell me--it's THAT good!
Monday, July 23, 2007
There's been some tears (but with me, that usually happens) and also some frustration.
You know those times when everything in your life seems to be...not explainable?
I wish I could articulate what's going on inside my heart, my head at this very moment, but it's so difficult just to get all of that in order, for my own sanity's sake.
The more I write the more depressed I sound...don't worry, I'm not--I'm just doing some processing.
I love the life God has given me, it's just that I'm getting to this point in my life where I have to make decisions that are really life-altering.
It's lonely too.
It's not just Florida...it's my WHOLE life that needs to be dealt with.
This is the point where I'd say something like, "I'd really appreciate your prayers" but if you're reading this, you've probably been praying for me...
So NOW, this is the point where I say, THANK YOU!
Friday, July 20, 2007
As I mentioned before, I started reading Josh's blog a long time ago.
He's fun, funny, wise and so friendly.
We met last year at Saddleback through Chris Reed and when he found out I was Allison's fan...his ego was definately affected.
He's still THE BLOG ALL STAR!
I found it through Josh Griffin's blog a while ago.
Yes, I admit it...they inspired me to get a blog and I am their blog fan...well mostly her blog fan (sorry Josh...I still read yours though).
She's creative, smart and witty---and cooks up some good posts.
We met at Saddleback last week.
In person she's as sweet as she appears to be in her posts.
I felt like a groupie when I approached her on Tuesday evening...
before doing so I asked Edgar if he thought it was a bit psycho/stalker-ish to come up and say "Hi, I read your blog!".
He said it would be...but I still did it.
I'm glad I did!
And as a direct result of that, I fell into the wrong impression that when people said "bare feet" they were really saying "bear feet".
I'm sure you're thinking, "How could you confuse an animals feet with a foot that has nothing on it?".
I know, I'm weird, but follow me...
I figured that a bear never wears shoes, socks, sandals, etc. so when I didn't wear any of those around the house I was mimicking a bear.
It never dawned on me that there could actually be a word that meant there's nothing on it.
Needless to say, I now know the difference, but wow was I dumb!
After that we went to Target to get some stuff for my car and some stuff I've been meaning to get for my mom.
I got all of those things...plus some extra goodies too.
I don't think I've ever had such a random and seemingly useless amount of things in a shopping cart all at once.
Here's what was purchased:
-Castrol GTX oil
-a set of "Uno" cards
-crossword puzzle book
-"Scrabble" board game
-Beach Boys "Sounds of Summer" CD
-Michael Jackson "Number Ones" CD
-"Scene It" game
I'm listening to my Michael CD as I type...and I love it! Reminds me of the sweetness of the 80's.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
This is why:
After two days of putting up with picky students (on my own with Ricky) Edgar, Bibi and Janette came out to Saddleback to join us for the night.
After taking in the evening session we all headed back to the hotel for a little evening swim.
We got hungry and at about 1am Leo F., Janette, Bibi, German and I went out to find a place that was open.
Of course--nothing was open so we went to the only thing that would be open at that kind of hour: AmPm and the Shell station Mini Mart.
Here are our adventures:
Our delicious purchases
Best quotes for the night:
#1 GERMAN: "I can't, I'll get fungus"
#2 BIBI: "They [nachos] taste like noogies"
#3 JESSICA: "Let's have a north pole treat, Icees and Hostess snowballs"
Such a fun night...just posting this I had some uncontrollable laughter, just thinking of that night.
You should visit sometime :)
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
I'm supposed to fly out on Friday, July 27th and come back home just in time for VBS the following Monday.
As I typed, I got this funny feeling in my stomach.
I can't believe I'm actually going to go out there!
Thursday, July 12, 2007
All of the students are doing some interactive service experiences on campus right now.
Can't wait for tonight!!!!
There's a special 15 year old that's going to speak on God calling him to collect loose change in order that he can loosen chains-helping modern day slavery.
I'm positive that it will really speak to the students!
Can't wait to sleep in my own bed tomorrow night!!!!
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
and now, Student Leadership Conference!
I promise to post about all of the amazing things that have happened and are happening here once I get a chance.
It has been fun and challenging!
Please pray that our students continue to "get it" and are challenged...enough to be changed and make a difference when they go back home.
By difference, I don't so much want to focus on the "doing" but on them being a different person in and through Jesus.
Have a great rest of the week!
Monday, July 2, 2007
I really do!
BUT they haven't been reading/commenting on my posts and haven't been posting on their blogs lately.
Please post guys...I check every day (with the exception of weekends).
P.S. I just found out Aaron Li has been reading my blog!!! Hi Aaron, thanks for reading!