Sunday, August 28, 2011

100 things I'm thankful for:

  1. Family
  2. Friends
  3. Flowers
  4. Trees
  5. Clouds
  6. Stars
  7. Fireflys
  8. The Ocean
  9. Rain
  10. Autumn
  11. Sunrise
  12. Sunset
  13. Children
  14. Butterflys
  15. Chocolate
  16. Peanut Butter
  17. Protein
  18. My legs
  19. My arms
  20. My feet
  21. My hands
  22. My fingers
  23. My toes
  24. My eyes
  25. My eyelids
  26. My eyelashes
  27. My belly button
  28. The ability to hear
  29. The ability to see
  30. The ability to smell
  31. God's word
  32. The Father
  33. The Son
  34. The Holy Spirit
  35. Soul Food
  36. Italian Food
  37. Accents
  38. Culture!
  39. The ability to think
  40. The ability to process
  41. The ability to speak
  42. The ability to critique
  43. Mistakes
  44. Unanswered prayers
  45. Answered prayer
  46. Oatmeal
  47. The ability to feel
  48. The ability to touch
  49. The ability to taste
  50. Laughter
  51. Tears
  52. Pain
  53. Joy
  54. Morning
  55. Mourning
  56. Evening
  57. Dusk
  58. Dawn
  59. Deer
  60. Dew
  61. Snow
  62. Speech
  63. Actions
  64. Love
  65. The rich
  66. The poor
  67. The middle class
  68. electricity
  69. Running water
  70. Cell phones
  71. the ability to read
  72. Doc and Ms. Judy
  73. Corrie ten Boon
  74. Elisabeth Elliott
  75. Dannah Gresh
  76. Shannon Ethridge
  77. The Mangan's
  78. Marlena and Shawn Graves
  79. Crossroads Bible College
  80. Cedarvillle University
  81. Eastern Nazarene College
  82. Carmille Akande
  83. Corey MacPherson
  84. Jewel Johnson
  85. Martin Luther King Jr. 
  86. Frederick Douglas
  87. Teeth
  88. Tongue
  89. Christmas!
  90. Birthdays!
  91. Caterpillars
  92. Education
  93. Donors
  94. Grants
  95. Scholorships
  96. Roommates
  97. Difficult people
  98. Clean clothes
  99. Chapstick
  100. MUSIC!
All these things I am grateful for and so much more

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Post 14

Why is New England known for being spiritually dead..........or is America in general becoming spiritually dead (I had church-searching problems in OH too...people weren't as odd though)?

You go to one church and they emphasize the importance of a personal relationship with Christ and why we need to take care of the body of Christ; yet the opportunity to shine the light of Christ to the neighborhood where the church is located in is not seized.

You go to another church and they emphasize the importance of being the hands and feet in the local community, yet nothing is done to nourish those that are within the church.

You go to another church where the people are sweeter than southern style sweet ice tea, yet there's really no meat to the service.

And you go to another church where worshiping God is emphasized yet there is no teaching involved.

And then you go to another service where they teach and preach deep truths of Christ, yet they're as cold as ice at the north pole.

So the question is; where do I go? Do I go to the "sweet" church or the community outreach church and try and find a Bible study elsewhere? Do I go to the cold  but solid church and try to find friends elsewhere (oh wait, one of the reasons I'm looking for a church is to have fellowship and find friends)?

And so my church journey continues. I've been told this process takes about a year. "Lord help me to be patient"

Monday, August 15, 2011

Post 13

One thing that I love about Monday's is that it's the beginning of a new week; a time to start afresh and begin a new. I'm not one to work out like there's no tomorrow but I don't mind exercising. SO this morning I got up a couple hours before work and walked alongside of the beach for about 45 minutes. was raining. Usually I'm not a fan of being outside in the rain but it was very refreshing this morning. This time enabled me to think on the goodness of the Lord, something I never do enough.

Things are getting busier at work. Students are beginning to move in early and want to talk about life. One thing that is SO valuable that I learned from my Youth Ministry minor is that so many young adults just want to be heard because they have no one to listen to them, no one to glean wisdom from, no one to wrestle through the serious issues of life. I think one of the greatest mistakes many parents make is not letting their children's voice be heard. Yes, a parent has the right to set guidelines and rules and standards and requirements but a child needs to have the freedom to respectfully express what's going on in their head without being cut off and thrown to the side like what they say isn't worth a penny, let a lone a dime. All that to say, I see my job as not only a job, but a ministry and I'm excited for what God's going to teach me and how he'll use me.

On a lighter note, my boss played a trick on me today by putting some flash drive in my computer to make the mouse go crazy and move about without me even touching it. SOOOOOOooooooo.....while he was at lunch I drenched his office in the scent of Amber Romance and then I even had a chance to spray his neck (and ear-but that was an accident). The funny thing about it, he didn't even smell anything until 3 hours after I sprayed everything down. Laughter is good for the soul. Until next time.


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Post 12

Today I've been feeling a little down. I think it's partly because I'm exhausted (and it's only the beginning of August, what am I going to do when the students get here?).

I miss human touch (it's my 2nd love language). So I'm asking the Lord to wrap his arms around me. So I've decided to take myself out to dinner tomorrow.....and maybe I'll buy myself some flowers.

Well I'm going to go get some shut eye so I'm not in the same place around this time tomorrow. But before I go, I've been doing  some online shopping lately and you know how there's now a customer service rep. ready to "chat" with you help you with any of your questions? Well at the end of our little session I've begun to tell people about Jesus. Usually the rep. signs off rather quickly and doesn't respond to what I'm saying. But even though I haven't been receiving any responses I think I'm going to continue because if one person starts to search for the truth, it will be 100% worth it. Until next time! :)