Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Over the weekend is when I go to First Exposures for the volunteer mentoring program. It was the climax of my week! I thoroughly enjoyed getting aquainted with the kids and look forward to participating in their investigation of photography. We did a scavenger hunt and there are way more mentors than there are students. I am thinking that being a floater mentor would be most appropriate because I cannot get any confidence that I will be in San Francisco in the Spring. I am truly bummed. Anyway, the students were awesome. I met Jontonette, Shantel, Karen, Bethany, Erin, London, and many other students. The fun part about this situation is my first feelings weren't so hot to begin with, but after we all introduced ourselves to each other it was much more clear they are amazing kids to be working with!
Friday, September 21, 2007
The Missionary’s Predestined Purpose
Now the Lord says, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant . . . —Isaiah 49:5
The first thing that happens after we recognize our election by God in Christ Jesus is the destruction of our preconceived ideas, our narrow-minded thinking, and all of our other allegiances— we are turned solely into servants of God’s own purpose. The entire human race was created to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. Sin has diverted the human race onto another course, but it has not altered God’s purpose to the slightest degree. And when we are born again we are brought into the realization of God’s great purpose for the human race, namely, that He created us for Himself. This realization of our election by God is the most joyful on earth, and we must learn to rely on this tremendous creative purpose of God. The first thing God will do is force the interests of the whole world through the channel of our hearts. The love of God, and even His very nature, is introduced into us. And we see the nature of Almighty God purely focused in
John 3:16 — "For God so loved the world. . . ."
We must continually keep our soul open to the fact of God’s creative purpose, and never confuse or cloud it with our own intentions. If we do, God will have to force our intentions aside no matter how much it may hurt. A missionary is created for the purpose of being God’s servant, one in whom God is glorified. Once we realize that it is through the salvation of Jesus Christ that we are made perfectly fit for the purpose of God, we will understand why Jesus Christ is so strict and relentless in His demands. He demands absolute righteousness from His servants, because He has put into them the very nature of God.
Beware lest you forget God’s purpose for your life
***"I am a born again, spirit-filled believer in Jesus Christ!" I need to say that out loud, but for this moment I am writing it to you in an email. I need to get back to the basics of my faith. Who am I? In the last few years I always tell people, "I'm a Christian but I have no denomination." I feel like when I say that it is placing me in a very vague category of people. Growing up in a charismatic non-denominational (very missionary and youth oriented church) We didn't just claim, "I am a Christian." but "I am a born again Christian" or "I am a born again believer" "....in Christ." "spirit-filled" And we didn't just sit in church to ourselves, we did Chicago outreaches teaming with other churches, supported missionaries in several countries around the world, and had a youth group that was so encouraging and full of growth.
I shouldn't be timid about my faith and who I am. If I am asked I should say it with confidence because I have nothing to be scared of. God! What have I been doing all this time? Well, I know He has been shaping me through the support of many Judson friends, and now He is shaping me because I'm just getting more up close and personal with all the world has put in front of my face.
A song comes to mind:
DARLENE ZSCHECH - The Potter's Hand
I need to get down on my knees again and just praise, cry, and be with my Lord.
Monday, September 17, 2007
This is for the LEAP program that raises money for educational purposes by schools teaming with professionals in a sponsored Sandcastle contest.
I think these three boys in red shirts could be an aspiring team of future architects.
I like to think of this kid nicknamed, "The Professor".
When those of us from the architecture firm returned to the office we discussed and sketched a few ideas taking those drawn by the children and trying to think of one strong design based on their work.
Friday, September 14, 2007
My sweetheart, you are going to be a Mommy and I'm so proud to see how over the last 6 years you've grown in the Lord and it is such a blessing to have you as a friend and share these moments. HE has blessed you with so much! I can't tell you how much I am excited for you and the next time I see you there will be many BIG HUGS to go around :)
Do you have names to decide from yet?
Keep in touch!
I love you. You are precious.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
It was a very enjoyable performance. The reggae was super swingin' and the atmosphere was full of friends having a good time!
We checked out this church called, The Journey. Its a non-denominational church starting up officially on September 23rd. I think there is some awesome potential that can happen out of this church and location. God is good all the time!
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Monday, September 3, 2007
Friday night was at The Cellar
Saturday morning all of us girls went hunting for this coffee shop that is said to be o-so-Mmmmmm, called Blue Bottle. And when we did find it, we were surprised to see it was a hole in the wall kind of place, but the coffee was as good as expected. Yum :)
After Amanda and Alex had to head back to San Jose (a tout a l'heure). Melanie and I took a walk into Golden Gate Park. Where we saw a group of people that sort of resembled hippies but not quite exactly practice some song and dancing in front of a couple of Native American style tipees. It was very curious and that group had everyone's attention who were playing, BBQing, sunbathing, you name it. That group of chanting and swaying people had the stage.
Sunday was a quiet day and Labor Day we found Shakespeare in the Park Presidio. We sat outside on this old military property that has be rehabed for retreats and conferences. It appears to be a beautiful piece of estate and here we enjoyed the play, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
...and enjoyed watching the play picnic style :)
Without a care we took whatever road back home and enjoyed the surprising views as we came around the bends.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Look we're okay being goobers at dancing. It makes it more fun to be carefree about whether we can dance or not. Yes! We even made a train around the dance floor. I know, we're weird :)