Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
p.s. Thanks for all the comments! I'm more excited to write when I know people are actually reading it. I'll write some more thoughts tomorrow.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Me: Oh nothing really....just homework. Oh, and homework. Oh yeah, and more homework!
Yea verily, in accordance with prophecy, it doth be true. This isn't a bad thing though, because I'm loving every second of it. I don't have very long to write because, well...I have to do homework. Ha! I'm going to just share a few thoughts that have been going around in my little brain for the past few days that have come from what I'm studying.
~In studying Bibliology, we get to know the importance of Scripture to a Christian and how important it is for us to have absolute confidence in the Bible. We need to have complete confidence in the Word of God or our faith will be undermined, shaken, and shattered. We can appreciate the light of the Bible in that it causes us to realize that we're in darkness...it then guides us in the correct way to eliminate that darkness, sometimes in ways that we would never dream of. "The closer you look, the greater the Book!"
~Think of your favorite song. You play it all the time, right? If you listen to that same song, but without the words...only the instruments, you would enjoy it more than someone who hadn't heard the song, because you know the words. Even if they aren't being played, you still know them and therefore get more out of the instrumental version than the other person. Well, we stand alongside many non-believers and see nature and the awesomeness of creation. What's the difference? We have the Bible, the Word of God. We have the "words" that go with the song of creation and therefore get much more out of it. That alone should inspire us to share the "words" with those who don't know them!!
~Satan is relentless. We will always have circumstances that give us a "reason" not to move forward in faith. That's exactly what he wants.
~Many times, the only thing that stops us from doing something stupid is the fear of punishment...not remorse for what we're about to do.
I'll stop there for now. One other thing though....I went to community college for 2 years. I put up with a lot of junk there and eventually accepted the fact that my faith and my God would be bashed on a daily basis. Today, my Evangelism teacher, Chris, came into class and told us all to stand up. We then proceeded to open class by singing "How Deep The Father's Love." No accompaniment.....just 80 voices in a small, crowded classroom declaring "His wounds have paid my ransom!"
What a different atmosphere from Cerritos College. Did I mention that I love this school? :)
Saturday, August 23, 2008
On your 21st birthday, what are you supposed to go do??? Have a DRINK!!
My roomie Kaylee took me out for my first drink as an official 21 year old. We drove to the Jackson Coffee Company where I enjoyed....................drum roll please..................
So we stayed there for a little while listening to the live music that was going on that night....
Aaand Jenna and Alysse stopped by for a few minutes to sing "happy birthday" to me really loudly.....and dance a little.....
And then Kaylee, Katie, and I finished off the night with a picnic in our dorm. We watched "The King And I" (which we sang along to...quite loudly) and ate more food than any normal person would eat at midnight. It was fantastic! Thank you Jesus for blessing me with amazing roommates and a ton of lovely new Christian friends! I wouldn't trade any of this for the world!!
Angie, Me, Jenna, Katie, and Kaylee
So, in various parts of the country, they have Civil War reenactments. No really....they do. Hundreds of grown men spend the day dressed in Civil War garb shooting fake guns at each other. It was truly phenomenal. I enjoyed it greatly! I totally wanted to go out on the battlefield for a closer look....but don't worry, I contained my excitement and stayed put.
This was the funny little infantry band. While we were listening to them, I was thinking...these people have to get together and practice sometime......can you imagine being their next door neighbor?! In the middle of the night you hear the "oom pa pa" of Yankee Doodle for 2 hours. haha I laughed when I had that thought.
This would be the part where they shoot the fake guns at each other. It was slightly hilarious. I thought I'd make the pic black and white so it would seem a little more authentic.
This is my favorite picture. You can see all of the "dead" men on the battlefield. haha!! The "battle" took about an hour so some of them just stayed there on the ground for most of the time. It was funny, because several of them took the opportunity to catch up with each other and chat it up a bit. There were huge bangs from cannons and muskets going off and dudes running and riding horses all over the place while shouting at the top of their lungs, and here these guys are on the ground propped up on one elbow just having a grand old time talking to each other. It was great. haha
Katie, Alysse, Bill (aka. Billiam), and Me walking back from the stimulating event.
I have more pics of both my roomies and the Civil War on my facebook for those who are so inclined.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Walking through the halls of the school, you really don't pass anyone without saying hi. If you do, you're kinda rude. For the most part, everyone knows everyone and calls them by name, but for the new people, we smile and nod....actually 90% of the time, you introduce yourself. Within 2 weeks, I know that everyone will know everyone by name. The teachers make it a point to stop you and find out who you are. A lot of the staff members have been studying our pictures that we sent in on applications so that they'll know us faster. I was studying outside in the backyard with my friend Whitney last night and one of my teacher's wife came up and brought us dessert. Like I said......once you enroll...you're part of an amazing family that you never know existed.
It's also very diverse. Just today, I met someone from Ontario, someone from Belgium, someone from New Hampshire, and someone from Korea. That's just today. It's a lovely example of the Church as a whole. It doesn't matter what you look like, what language you speak, or what culture you come from, we all have Christ in common and therefore we all have no trouble bonding. I was talking to my RA a few days ago and again to one of my teachers today about how one of the major benefits of being in a school this small and this close is that you get to see all the parts of the body of Christ working together on a daily basis. That's what makes this place go. Most of the time, we just go to church a few times a week for a few hours and a lot of times it's easy to forget that we don't even see a fraction of the big picture that God sees! Here, I'm able to grasp it a little better and it really does make me desire to jump in and do my part as well.
Last but not least, thank you to all of you who have sent me birthday wishes!! I was kind of bummed that I was going to have to spend my birthday so far away from home, but it's been a great day! My roomies woke me up this morning by singing "happy birthday" in harmony. It was truly beautiful! haha Some of them had put cards on my desk for me, and my roommate Kaylee bought me a NTBI mug. I've had staff members stopping me in the hall all day to wish me a happy birthday. And on top of all that, I had to empty both my text message inbox and my voicemail inbox because I got so many wonderful messages from all of you at home! Thank you so much!! I love and miss you all!!
Time to go listen to the thunder...........it's loud. :)
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Classes start tomorrow. :)
Monday, August 18, 2008
This is a picture of the school. The tree is kinda in the way...but yep, there it is!
This is in my dorm. This is our "living room" I guess. We each have a desk of our own...mine is the one in the corner with the suitcase in front of it. And the shelves are the best part of the room...that's where we store all our food. Yeah!
This is my bedroom. I'm on the top bunk for a change and it's fabulous because I get to look straight out the window. I can't wait for the leaves to change color! Then I can wake up each morning and see all the pretty colors!
So that's what the dorm looks like. I stole these pics from my roommate Kaylee's facebook. Shhhh..don't tell her. But the credit for the fab photos goes to her.
I'm going to end with a quick story. We had a missionary by the name of James Comancho come and speak to us today. He was telling stories of the difficulty of cross-cultural evangelism, especially in superstitious countries. There was recently a group of missionaries sent to a small tribe in Brazil (I think it was Brazil....) and they were shocked at how horribly they were being treated by the natives. They had been asked to come to the tribe, but when the natives talked to them, it was in a very angry, demeaning, and plainly mean manner. The missionaries were so frustrated with their efforts seemingly being wasted on the natives, that they were ready to pull out. It turned out that the tribe's traditional belief was that there was an evil spirit who would hurt them by hurting or killing the ones they loved. Therefore, it was customary for them to speak in an angry and cruel manner to the ones that they truly loved. The natives treated the missionaries "hatefully" out of pure love for them and joy that they had come to their tribe. There are millions of people out there who have such a twisted perspective on reality and spirituality. That's why we're here. To be trained to reach them, whether they be in a remote tribe or our next door neighbor.
I love and miss you all! Send me mail! :)
Saturday, August 16, 2008
I registered for my classes today too. For those of you who have been asking, here's the list:
-Old Testament History
-Evangelism in a Postmodern World
-Geography of Israel
I'll have my plate full, but I've never been more excited to start school! Many of you know that I've never really had a love for school. At all. I'm beyond excited to see what God has for me this semester!! As my mom and I were driving back to the hotel this evening we were listening to the song "Speak O Lord" by Keith & Kristyn Getty. I usually like to listen to or sing this song in preparation for a church service or Bible study, but I now hear it and get excited to hear Him speak on a whole new level!
|"Speak, O Lord"|
Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
Copyright © 2005 Thankyou Music
Speak, O Lord, as we come to You
To receive the food of Your Holy Word.
Take Your truth, plant it deep in us;
Shape and fashion us in Your likeness,
That the light of Christ might be seen today
In our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in us
All Your purposes for Your glory.
Teach us, Lord, full obedience,
Holy reverence, true humility;
Test our thoughts and our attitudes
In the radiance of Your purity.
Cause our faith to rise; cause our eyes to see
Your majestic love and authority.
Words of pow'r that can never fail—
Let their truth prevail over unbelief.
Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds;
Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us—
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time
That will echo down through eternity.
And by grace we'll stand on Your promises,
And by faith we'll walk as You walk with us.
Speak, O Lord, till Your church is built
And the earth is filled with Your glory.
Friday, August 15, 2008
If I ever had any doubts or worries about going to NTBI, they are now eliminated. God is so good and so faithful. I can't wait to see what He has for me!
Please continue to pray! I move in tomorrow. :)
Thursday, August 14, 2008
On our flight from L.A. to Dallas, I sat next to the sweetest elderly German lady. Not only did she make pleasant conversation and keep my mind off the whole nightmare of flying, she invited me to visit her either in Germany or in her summer house in Italy. Hmm...maybe I need to forget Michigan and head to my native country. Heck Yeah!!
Last night, my lovely friends Antonia and Zeek visited me to say goodbye. They had just come from Coldstone where all of my ex-employees had gathered at 10:30 at night to put together a scrapbook for me. It was full of pictures, letters, and a ton of good memories!!! It was by far one of the greatest gifts I have ever received!
To everyone who has called me today, I have received your messages and I'll call you all back when things settle down a little bit. Thanks for your prayers and please continue to pray as we get the ball rolling out here.
I love and miss you all!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Julie left for camp today, so she was the first goodbye that I had to face. I knew it would be hard, but she's one of the reason I've never really entertained any thoughts of leaving California. She's the best baby sister anyone could hope to have and I'm going to miss her like crazy.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
In 1986, Dan Harrison was on holiday in
On a hike through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air. The elephant seemed distressed, so Dan approached it very carefully.
He got down on one knee and inspected the elephant's foot and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it..
As carefully and as gently as he could, Dan worked the wood out with his hunting knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot.
The elephant turned to face the man, and with a rather curious look on its face, stared at him for several tense moments.
Dan stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled. Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away.
Dan never forgot that elephant or the events of that day.
Twenty years later, Dan was walking through the
As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked over to near where Dan and his son Dan Jr. were standing.
The large bull elephant stared at Dan , lifted its front foot off the ground, and then put it down. The elephant did that several times then trumpeted loudly, all the while staring at the man.
Remembering the encounter in 1986, Dan couldn't help wondering if this was the same elephant.
Dan summoned up his courage, looked to see if any guards were around and then climbed over the railing and made his way into the enclosure. He walked right up to the elephant and stared back in wonder.
The elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around one of Dan's legs and slammed him against the railing, killing him instantly.
Probably wasn't the same elephant.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Two of them happened at the retreat that my sisters and I went to over the past week.
1) While I was introducing a song about heaven, I encouraged everyone there to go outside that night and just look up. The night before, my sisters and I had been in complete awe at the number of stars that we could see. When you live in Los Angeles, you kinda forget that there are even any stars out there. So anyway, I encouraged them to look at the millions of stars and the beauty of the sky above us and know that if we can see something that amazing here on earth, just think how much greater heaven is going to be! Later on that night, we were all walking back to our cabin and about 10 of us ended up having a "star party"....we stood out there for a good 20 minutes just looking at the stars. You could see the Big Dipper, the Little Dipper, Orion's belt, the Milky Way! ( that was my personal favorite) and tons of shooting stars! Who can look at that and say it was all an accident?! Beautiful things like that prove to us that we have a Beautiful God!
2) Here I am at a retreat with 40 people whom I've either never met or have only seen once or twice in passing. After two days of being with them, we all felt like part of the family! It just goes to prove that it doesn't matter what church you belong to or what people you fellowship with, we're all children of the same Father and therefore all part of the same family. When we were packing up and getting ready to leave, I was stopped by this guy named Tim. Before the retreat, I had never met Tim and had no idea who he was. He, however, knew exactly who I was. He knew that a year and a half ago, my college pastor and good friend Mike Gardiner passed away in a car accident. He knew that Mike's wife Amy had survived. He knew that the Sunday after Mike's passing, our whole college group went to his church because we didn't really have any place else to go that night. After over a year, he remembered every detail. And not only that, he has been praying for our college group GAP and for Mike's wife, Amy, ever since. I didn't even know what to say, I was so blessed and grateful. God is so faithful to provide prayer and support even when it seems like everything and everyone have moved on. He never fails to surprise me with the most unexpected, yet wonderful blessings!
3) I love Subway. Most people know that. So when I was working at Coldstone about 3 years ago, I used to go to Subway almost every day. I went so often, in fact, that the employees knew me by name and could prepare my order without me saying anything. My affinity for Subway sandwiches gave me the opportunity to become great friends with one of the employees named Arem. I invited him to come to church with me and he came weekly for quite a few months. Then we all went to the Harvest Crusade and Arem went down and asked Jesus to be his Savior. After that, I lost touch with him. I've often wondered if he continued to follow Christ and I, along with my GAP friends, have prayed for him for over a year. He randomly resurfaced yesterday and I was so excited and thrilled to hear that not only is he still going to church, he is involved and serving there and he is excited about Christ and growing in Him. He told me yesterday that it all started when he came to church with me, 3 years ago. It's amazing how God can use something silly like my ridiculous love for Subway sandwiches to bring a dear friend to Christ.
I though that was pretty awesome! Our God is awesome!!!