Monday, June 13, 2011

In My Mind

This is my prayer in the desert
When all that's within me feels dry
This is my prayer in my hunger and need
My God is the God who provides
And this is my prayer in the fire
In weakness or trial or pain
There is a faith proved
Of more worth than gold
So refine me Lord through the flames
And I will bring praise
I will bring praise
No weapon formed against me shall remain
I will rejoice
I will declare
God is my victory and He is here
And this is my prayer in the battle
When triumph is still on it's way
I am a conqueror and co-heir with Christ
So firm on His promise I'll stand
All of my life
In every season
You are still God
I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship
This is my prayer in the harvest
When favor and providence flow
I know I'm filled to be emptied again
The seed I've recieved I will sow

Sunday, June 12, 2011


I have realized lately that I enjoy researching online a lot.

I've found myself diving into many different topics, trying to find out of authors and websites actually know what they are writing about, and then examining the ideas stirred up by what I find. It's actually relaxing for me when I don't have a deadline or pressure to find certain information!

I am so thankful to live in the "Information Age" and to have access to, for example, "495,000,000 results in 0.18 seconds" when I type in the terms "what to look for in a church."

And the revolution of videos online! Wow, to be able to actually see as someone speaks on a topic? videos have been very interesting and thought-provoking. I love the concept of TED Talks--get experts in the field to share information and ideas with other experts in different fields. Crossing entertainment experts with science experts, artists with math wizzes, and musicians with technology brings even more innovation and ideas! It is just one of the many new venues that exist thanks to how "small" the world has become with technology.

There is so much knowledge available, and I want to use what is at my fingertips to be "prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect..." (1 Peter 3:15) I want to "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." I hope being knowledgeable in many areas will help me be "as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves."

Friday, June 10, 2011

Wearing Nothing New

One of my friends posted this on facebook today, and I thought it was pretty inspiring and worth sharing. How about you? Do you shop at thrift stores?

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Alen Menken Mashup

Come with me now to see my world
Come run the hidden pine trails of the forest
I can open your eyes
Take you wonder by wonder
There's more to see than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done
So prepare for a chance of a lifetime
Be prepared for sensational news
A shining new era
Is tiptoeing nearer
Let's get down to business - to defeat the Huns!
I can go the distanceI don't care how far
Somehow I'll be strong
I know ev'ry mile
Will be worth my while.
Why should I worry? Why should I care?
It's the time of your life, so live it well!
Everybody look left, everybody look right
Everywhere you look I'm
Standing in the spotlight!Some other folks might be
A little bit smarter than I am
Bigger and stronger too (Maybe).
When I was a lad I ate four dozen eggs
Ev'ry morning to help me get large
And now that I'm grown I eat five dozen eggs
So I'm roughly the size of a barge!
It's barbaric, but hey, it's home!


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Emily Time

I met with Emily at Panera to write blog posts.

We've talked the whole time.

Topics have included: small government vs. big government, Glenn Beck, Grover Cleveland, Pixar, Doctor Who, Where's George? Dollars, Vlogbrothers, ozone levels, dress codes, panera food, medicines, vlogging, old blogs and when we started blogging.

Now I believe we're going to make a vlog. (It's awkward writing while you're being videotaped.)

How's your day going?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

February 16th, 1887

It is February 16th, 1887, and President Cleveland removes his coat as he walks inside. He has come before the House of Representatives, with his response to House bill number 10203, "An Act to enable the Commissioner of Agriculture to make a special distribution of seeds in drought-stricken counties of Texas, and making an appropriation therefor."

He clears his throat, and begins.

"It is represented that a long-continued and extensive drought has existed in certain portions of the State of Texas, resulting in a failure of crops and consequent distress and destitution." His gaze meets Speaker Carlisle's, and he continues. "Though there has been some difference in statements concerning the extent of the people's needs in the localities thus affected, there seems to be no doubt that there has existed a condition calling for relief; and I am willing to believe that, notwithstanding the aid already furnished, a donation of seed-grain to the farmers located in this region, to enable them to put in new crops, would serve to avert a continuance or return of an unfortunate blight."

Texas representatives Charles Stewart and James Jones sighed as Cleveland stated, "And yet I feel obliged to withhold my approval of the plan as proposed by this bill, to indulge a benevolent and charitable sentiment through the appropriation of public funds for that purpose." Another veto.

Cleveland met the gazes of the House with determination. "I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution." Many eyes flared at his blatant disregard of their judgement, but he continued steadfastly on. "I do not believe that the power and duty of the general government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit."

A few agreed, glad to see their votes which had been overpowered agreed with the President, as he went on.

"A prevalent tendency to disregard the limited mission of this power and duty should, I think, be steadfastly resisted, to the end that the lesson should be constantly enforced that, though the people support the government, the government should not support the people." Cleveland paused, letting his point settle in.

Then, he smiled, and continued on, reminding the House of this truth of the American people: "The friendliness and charity of our countrymen can always be relied upon to relieve their fellow-citizens in misfortune. This has been repeatedly and quite lately demonstrated. Federal aid in such cases encourages the expectation of paternal care on the part of the government and weakens the sturdiness of our national character, while it prevents the indulgence among our people of that kindly sentiment and conduct which strengthens the bonds of a common brotherhood."

He continued on with alternate solutions but it is interesting to note that the private sector raised much more than the government was going to give to these Texas farmers.

Monday, June 6, 2011

I Have Decided

Night of worship, singing lessons from my husband, and 1 Kings 16.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Answering the Call

Have you heard about what God is doing is Kansas City, MO?

Last year, I believe, revival broke out and God showed up in some powerful ways, which is what got many people in my circles talking about the International House of Prayer (IHOP). However, their mission and vision is truly inspiring.

They aim to have "24/7 Worship with Prayer and 24/7 Works of Justice." This dedication to combine passion for fulfilling God's work constantly and the amount of administration that takes is mind-blowing and inspiring.

One aspect that caught my eye is their NightWatch ministry. This is a group of dedicated people who have changed their lifestyles to man their worship and prayer room from midnight to 6:00 AM. In one sense, out of all the ministries out there in the world, this one could seem small or insignificant. Yet God has called people to pray, and they have answered that call. Who know what dynamics their prayers have changed?

These dedicated people inspire me to fulfill whatever task God puts in my life, no matter how odd, different, or challenging it may be.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Reflections on WorshipArts

It is amazing to think we have completed our fifth semester of WorshipArts. I remember when we started with just 5 students and one worship team; now we have 27 students, two worship teams, a drama team, a Beginnings team, and one photography student. Last Saturday we had our Friends and Family Worship Night and the culmination of their hundreds of hours of practice was so rewarding.
It was incredible to start the night off with a group of 8 to 12-year-olds strumming and singing away as Peter stood on the side and played along with them. One of my friends came up to me afterwards and pointed out that it was a beautiful picture of God the Father's love for us--sometimes we get off tempo and sing out of key, but He just keeps smiling at us, playing along, delighted that we are worshiping with all our hearts!

In between everything as the night went on our drama team performed 4 skits from the OneTimeBlind drama scripts, and they blew us away with simple, funny, and truth-saturated skits. It's hard to pick a favorite, but I think The Stool would be it because it really illustrates the fact that giving God control is important and not as easy as we say it is. Plus our students did a fabulous job! I also enjoyed the monoluge by "The Devil" about our memories and how shocking it is we remember TV commercial jingles and nursery rhymes, but we don't know scripture. They also performed an incredible human video (read this wiki article if you don't know what that is) that shared God's redemption for us all in a powerful, impacting, and relevant way. I will definitely share the video here when it's up!

Our team Horizon did a great job leading everyone in worship and it was phenomenal to see new and returning students go to the next level in not just their skill, but also in their passion for Christ. Finally, Genesis, our student ministry team which has traveled to multiple youth groups and bible studies this year, ended us off with an intimate and passionate time of worship. I've been privileged to see these students from day one, and I must say that the word for this team is passion--their passion for excellent music and their passion for Christ has skyrocketed!

It is a blessing, privilege and honor to be the wife of the man God has called to lead this ministry experience training program for youth. Next semester we are expanding to teaching a full photography track, video production track, and message track (writing) all with the purpose of training youth to use their gifts to get plugged in with their local churches.

(Technically though the semester is done, we are preparing for the WorshipArts festival and Horizon and Genesis are playing, as well as the drama group will share their performances. Check out the facebook event!)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Closing The Book

I have realized I have a bit of a chronic problem.

I don't finish reading books.

I think this may have started the year of our engagement. We were recommended A LOT of books, and I wanted to get all the knowledge I could before we got married. So I started just about every book that was recommended to us, and I dragged Peter along on the word absorption adventure with me. So we started Love & Respect. And I Promise. And I Promise You. And about 3 other books related to more specific aspects of marriage.

Then we got married, and the plague of starting to read or reread books and leaving them unfinished continued. Too Busy Not To PrayA Wrinkle in Time, Emily of New Moon, FoundationAs Sure As the Dawn, and Hooked: New Science on How Casual Sex Is Affecting Our Children.

Wow. That's a lot of books.

I definitely feel like I get the gist of a book before it is over, but I know I'm missing out on a lot. Maybe it's my constantly full and changing lifestyle? Maybe it's that I find enough to apply to my life that I just stop before I get overwhelmed or forget things? Maybe I'm just suffering from the short attention span of my generation?

I don't know what the reason is, but I definitely want to finish more of what I start.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Writing Rebirth

I think I need to get better at writing.

I need to make it a priority. And I think that means I need to plan. But planning takes time and discipline, and right now I don't feel like I have an excess of either of those to fuel my thoughts of penning (or typing) more about my life.


However, today is a great day to start writing. Today, my friends, is June first. First's are new and clean, they are usually untouched and full of optimism. I've got a clean slate, the reset button has been pressed, I've just eaten a new mushroom in Mario and booya, I've got another life and I can last longer.

Would it be crazy of me to try to post a blog post every day this month? Could I stick with it? Am I going to fail after day two like my last attempt and just get discouraged again?

Maybe if I'm less particular about it. Maybe if I just WRITE, instead of being dissatisfied and putting myself down for not writing something stellar, I just share what I'm thinking, and tell you what I'm doing.

Is that simplicity really worth writing? And more it truly worth reading?

It would take planning. I'd have to make time everyday. I did it for a few weeks back when I tried that whole 750 words thing. (We both failed, by the way. It was a good thing we stopped though because it was making us a bit irritated with each other for appearing to make writing more important than spending time together.) So I know it's possible to write every day.

I've learned about ProBlogger's 31 Days to Build a Better Blog, and I might start looking into that, because I want more purpose to my writing. I want to make an impact, and they have tips to get your words out there. But I know I won't always stick to those rules.

Plus, June means summer, and summer is busy, but not as busy as the school year. So maybe it'll be easier for me!

What about you? What are you going to change in your life this month?
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