T-W-O

August 24, 2010

I leave for Kenya in 2 weeks!

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Sorry. Freak out session over.

I’m so pumped. I can’t even describe it. P-U-M-P-E-D.

Oh. I stared a new blog for my Kenyan life.

http://www.karibu2kenya.wordpress.com

2 weeks. 😀

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Kickin’ it Old Skool!!!

August 12, 2010

I’m an old person.

Notice the pen behind the ear.... Yikes.

A picture says a thousand words.

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Lately I’ve felt really old. And also have alot of peace. Does peace come with old age? Or old age come with peace? Or is it, maturity comes with peace and/or vice versa?….Yeah. I like the last question better.

Anywho, Happy Friday young’ns!

Do Work!!!

August 10, 2010

Today was very challenging. Challenging in the matters of not being easily annoyed, not letting my emotions get the best of me, taking my thoughts captive, fighting for 100% belief, being obedient the first time, etc.

Just very challenging. Some points I felt defeated. And I must admit checking the mailbox can be the best or worst part of my day, recently.

Well, earlier this summer I randomly gave a goal or “challenge” to myself. And that would be to learn to sing and play A Mighty Fortress by Christy Nockels. LOVE HER!! Anyway, at the time of buying the sheet music online I didn’t really understand or fully believe I would complete the task that was set before me. However, I’ve noticed recently that in my moments of defeat or when I feel defeat or unbelief welling up in me, I get the biggest urge to play the piano. So needless to say that’s what I did today. I met my challenge(s) head on, worked hard on them, praised  God through them, and could feel weights being lifted off of me.

A mighty fortress is our God
A sacred refuge is Your Name
Your Kingdom is unshakable
With You forever we will reign

We will keep our eyes on You
We will keep our eyes on You
So we can set our hearts on You
Lord we will set our hearts on You!

If you haven’t heard that song. You should!….after you finish reading my blog. 🙂 It’s amazing and it has more than blessed me. I’m learning daily to set my heart more and more on Him because of His steadfast love for me. Thank you God for being unshakable when we continue to be moved by things we can and cannot change.

I’d like to share one scripture that I came across for the first time today. It was exactly what I needed and it constantly  challenges me every time I recite it for memory purposes. I know that in the days and journey ahead it will serve it’s purpose.

David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.

– 1 Chronicles 28:20

Your challenge: DO WORK!!!


Youtube-ing

August 7, 2010

OH THE JOYS THAT COME WITH YOUTUBE!!! Here’s a few of my favorite clips that I just discovered recently:

(all 3 are different.)

(hope you find them enjoyable as well)

5 a.m.

August 5, 2010

As of late for the past couple of days I find myself being wide awake around the same hour: 5 a.m. Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m a night owl and usually goes to sleep around 2 a.m. during the summer and always after midnight when I was in school.

That’s beside the point. The point is that at these early hours of the day I find God just really calling me to a quiet time with Him. To worship. To pray. To study. To read. And at some points, he turns my fleshly routine of checking FB into meaningful and intentional conversations with whoever he decides to pop up on chat. It awesome.

And for what purpose? Intimacy. Intimacy is familiarity, close and warm friendship, personal relationship. I feel like these are the times that God is really testing/trying me, building me up, and just getting the best out of me.

When I was younger…like really young, and I couldn’t sleep, I would be sooooo upset and cry, especially if it was a school night, because I’d be so screwed during the school day. Hahaha, now that THAT confession is over, I say that to say this. That now I know why that happens and I take joy in it. To know that God is wanting to talk to me. And for me to talk to him.  It’s kind of like having your lover wake you up just cause they want to talk because something is on their heart. I know nothing about the previous statement PHYSICALLY (lol), but spiritually that is what it seems like to me.

So I roll over. Turn on the lamp. Grab my bible. And start having amazing chats that sometimes lead to worship, but mainly leads to even sweeter peace.

I <3 Quotes

August 2, 2010

“We get one story, you and I, and one story alone. God has established the elements, the setting and the climax and resolution. It would be a crime not to venture out, wouldn’t it?”

-Donald Miller,Through Painted Deserts”

ACME

July 28, 2010

It has just hit me like a ton of bricks that I thought was secure and stable above my head.

I’M NO LONGER IN COLLEGE.

THE WHOLE COMMUNITY THAT I HAD IS NO LONGER TANGIBLE.

MY COMFORTS HAVE BEEN GONE FOR A WHILE AND AREN’T COMING BACK….

kind of like a infant/toddler having their pacifier taken away. The parents having already hidden it and the toddler crying (which I must admit I did) looking for it and realizing they can’t have it back.

HOWEVER, the toddler does grow in knowing that it’s not something that they need. That everything is okay, and provided for, and life seems to be open and free for them. I plan on this happening to me, soon.

I’ve noticed the growth already within me. I’ve noticed my challenges and I’ve noticed my victories. I know “I’m a big kid now,” but it’s still taking me time to adjust. I thought everything was fine, but when you are untagging some old/horrible pics of yourself and your favorite and kindred professor randomly calls you and you talk for over an hour just about life….IT HITS YOU!

DANG YOU ACME! DANG YOU CHANGES! But THANK YOU GOD for the growth, the unexpected blessings, the relationships that (hopefully) won’t ever change, and for being all that I REALLY NEED.

I’m ready to walk ahead into this new chapter of life. I’m oh so excited and I feel like I’m being trusted with something that is precious and beautiful yet really fragile. I’m blessed to know that God knows I can handle it.

Thanks for listening (reading), I just had to let it out.

SMFQ

July 27, 2010

A new thing I’m starting.

SMFQ means Slap My Face Quote.

Have you been holding back from a risky, costly course to which you know in your heart God has called you? Hold back no longer. Your God is faithful to you, and adequate for you. You will never need more than He can supply, and what He supplies, both materially and spiritually, will always be enough for the present.

– James I. Packer

Clean Heart

July 26, 2010

This song, and lyrics especially, have been on my mind and heart constantly over the past few weeks.

I hope it speaks to you as well.

I thought I wasn’t going to blog. But after reading a special friend’s blog it ignited something in me. I guess you could say it challenged me to type about what I spend most of my time doing that I have never written about on here. She talked about her job (nurse), which I call her ministry.

Well, I’ll talk about Kenya, which I call my heart.

I think I spend every moment of my days thinking about this wonderful place and the wonderful people there.

Did I ever tell you that I’m moving to Kenya? Well….I’m moving to Kenya. Yeah, it still hasn’t completely sunk in.

What does Kenya mean to me? Kenya means joy, challenges, victory, glory, beauty, pain, thirst, worship, dance, laughter, affection, trials, triumph, ….. I could go on and on.

It’s been a lil over 1 year since I’ve been home from Kenya and it hasn’t left my mind and heart one day. Honestly.

Kenya, I’m so ready for you. To be welcomed home. To be loved on and ministered to by those I’ve sought out to help/love on. The spirit within you and your people is pure and is always optimistic. The fight within you inspires me to become a better person and puts everything into perspective. Kenya, you are so full of joy!!! It makes me smile just to think about it. I love that you are so open and accepting to anyone.  I can’t wait till we meet again and build a stronger and more intentional relationship. I hope that I can repay you for all that you’ve done for me.

See you soon.