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Friday Devotional

From “My Utmost for His Highest:”

Are you severely troubled right now? Are you afraid and confused by the waves and the turbulence God sovereignly allows to enter your life? Have you left no stone of your faith unturned, yet still not found any well of peace, joy, or comfort? Does your life seem completely barren to you? Then look up and receive the quiet contentment of the Lord Jesus. Reflecting His peace is proof that you are right with God, because you are exhibiting the freedom to turn your mind to Him. If you are not right with God, you can never turn your mind anywhere but on yourself. Allowing anything to hide the face of Jesus Christ from you either causes you to become troubled or gives you a false sense of security.

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you . . . —John 14:27

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Hitting home

One of my favorite parts of the week is teaching Sunday School at my church every Sunday morning.

Now if you know me at all, you may find this slightly ironic. I’m generally not a fan of kids. I don’t get that excited over little babies, I’m not afraid to admit that they all pretty much look creepy when they’re born (myself included!), and I cannot stand the sound of whining. Literally- it makes my skin crawl.

And yet, every weekend, I volunteer my time to play with children and help them learn about Jesus Christ. And I love it! I’ve worked in the children’s ministry pretty consistently in the last three and a half years, but it’s only been in the last year that I’ve really dedicated myself to the elementary aged group.

I’ve gotten to form relationships with so many of these children, and watch them grow in life and through their understanding of The Gospel. They are funny, incredibly smart, and amaze me just about every week with their insight and unique views of the world. Sure, they’re crazy and exhausting and even a little sassy, but they teach me more than I can even begin to teach them.

Usually our lessons are pretty basic, and I’m more focused on making sure the game/verse/activity goes smoothly than the actual story. For some reason though, today’s really hit home.

For the month of August we’re discussing grace, and this week we discussed the story of The Lost/Prodigal Son. As I watched the video, I was shocked at how immediately I disagreed with the story. The son was rude and awful to his father, he leaves, spends all his father’s money, and then returns back to his father…who accepts him with open arms and unrelenting love.

Whaaaaaat?? I thought. That is so stupid. He’s such a selfish jerk. I would never accept him back like that!

And then…it hit me. Of course he accepted him back. Did the son deserve it? Probably not. But his father extended him grace, just like Our Father extended it to all of mankind. He loved us as sinners, when we most certainly didn’t deserve anything at all. We’re all selfish jerks sometimes, but it’s on the grace of God that we can stand and be judged.

It has nothing to do with what we’ve done or what we will do. And if I’m truly going to love others like the Bible has instructed me to do, I need need to remember first what God has done for me, and continues to do every day through the death and resurrection of his Son.

You didn’t think Sunday School was so deep, huh? 😉

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Rough

Today was a rough day.

My 13 year old yellow lab, Hunter Charles Franz, was put to sleep this morning. He was old, had a hard time getting around, and after a physical this morning they discovered he had cancer all over his body.

 

He looks pretty innocent, but he was actually a pretty terrible dog in his youth. He chewed almost all of the furniture in our house, destroyed baseboards and carpet, ran away more times than I can remember, dug huge holes in the backyard, would go for a swim in the pool whenever he felt like it (especially in the middle of the night), and just generally ignored any/all commands.

But he was the most sweet, loving, and gentle dog ever. And we will miss the little goober.

In other words, I just thought this was pretty deep and true:

 

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I wont that.

 

Minus the cig, of course. 🙂

PS: This is the scene that the title comes from, if you didn’t already know.

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5 Questions

Can we pause a moment and talk about how someone found my blog by searching for “dirty yoda pics” online?……Yeah, not really sure what to think about that either.

Anyways, yesterday was a pretty lazy Saturday. Lots of naps, movie-watching, and a few productive errands. 🙂 Just what I needed, methinks.

San Antonio was a neat city! I randomly had a couple of friends living in the surrounding area, so I actually got to visit with them and not be entirely alone. Win.

I didn’t see the Alamo, sadly, although I hear it’s kind of a let-down. (Small, simple, not overly ostentatious. Does anyone else think the word ostentatious is a little ostentatious? No? I digress.)

I did see/eat a bunch of delicious Tex Mex food, and see/drink a lot of delicious margaritas. I think I had tequila all three days I was at the conference. There’s not much I enjoy more than a legit, brown-colored margarita on the rocks with salt. And chips. With salt. (Can someone say sodium-problem?)

I also saw, what I believe to be, a very accurate representation of Mexico:

That was the ceiling of the “authentic” restaurant.

They’re so blurry because I was starting to have a seizure due to the bright, flashy colors.

The rest of San Antonio was a little more relaxing.

(The view from my hotel room balcony. That’s the Riverwalk below!)

I also got to see the astronauts from NASA’s last mission:

And a man who decided to run for President of the United States a few days after he spoke at my conference:

(Gov. Rick Perry, in case you haven’t been watching the news.)

Overall, I’d count it as a pretty successful trip. I did do a lot of work stuff too, I promise! It just wasn’t nearly as exciting and photo-worthy. 😉

So this 5 Personal Questions thing has floated around some of the blog-world, and I thought I’d give it a try:

1) What are you really good at? What are you really bad at?

I’m really good at multitasking, reading comprehension (from novels to bill legislation), directions, and planning.

I’m bad at putting furniture together, painting, almost anything creative, and putting cute/stylish outfits together.

2) Have you ever been in a car accident? What happened?

When I was 17 (?) I backed out of our driveway, avoided a set of trashcans, and managed to nail the door of the Escalade parked directly across from our driveway. I felt terrible, and had to knock on the neighbor’s door to tell her about the whole thing.

I was also side-swiped while going about 50 mph. They took out my side-view mirror, and messed up my passenger door pretty badly.

3) Why did you attend your college?

I went to the Florida State University because I wanted to stay in-state (I had the 100% bright futures scholarship), and they gave me additional money to attend. I also really fell in love with the campus when I toured, and thought it would be a good distance (far but not too far) from home.

4) How did your parents’ relationship influence you?

My parents got divorced when I was maybe 7-8, but they were pretty good amount keeping it as cordial and friendly as possible. I would say they both probably stressed the importance of not getting married super young, and also being financially independent and responsible before you commit to that type of long-term relationship, if at all possible.

5) What were the three happiest moments of your life?

This is a toughie! I’m fortunate enough to have had a lot of happy moments so far. Three that really stick out was when I finished my first half marathon, when FSU beat Duke 66-61 last January (and I got to rush the court with all of my friends), and when I was sailing on the sea of Galilee in Israel earlier this summer. Pretty random group of events, but I figure they all represent pretty different and exciting parts of my life.

Off to do the Sunday-school thing. 🙂 Happy weekend!

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Totally Rad

This weekend has completely flown by! How is it already Sunday night?? I’m heading out to Texas tomorrow morning for a work conference. I’m most likely going to see this bad boy:

I hear it’s pretty sweet. And as a history nerd, I dig old buildings.

As I said in an earlier post, my friend Elizabeth tagged me in the 7 Links Challenge. Well, since I’ve been neglecting the blog a little, and posting just an assortment of random thoughts like a crazy cat lady in WalMart, I was inspired to take a little spin on the challenge, inspired by this post. Yeah, there’s not a lot on common with the 7 Links Challenge and the list I’m going to share below, except for the fact that they both involve the number 7, but since when do I do anything really normal on here? Exactly.

So, ladies and gentlemen, I give you my 7 favorite movies of the 1980’s:

7. Back to the Future

Marty McFly is hot. (Even his mom thought so.) And Doc is just adorable.

6. Footloose

Jump back! Tractors, dancing, fighting, dance-fighting..what’s not to love?!

5. Top Gun

When Tom Cruise was less crazy and more sexy. “I feel the need, the need for speed!”

4. Pretty Woman

Because you, too, can be a beautiful hooker who makes it rich.

3. Dirty Dancing

Nobody puts baby in the corner.

2. Pretty in Pink

I want Duckie to be my best friend. “May I admire you again today?”

1. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Because that leopard vest and those white shoes are just too dang cute.

 

So, what do you think? It was really hard to limit it to only seven (since the 80’s were a time of cinematic genius), but is there any of your favorites you’d add to the list?

 

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Thursday Randoms

This is already been one heck of a week. About 70% of our office feels like they’re coming down with something (myself included), I’m severely sleep deprived (self inflicted, of course), and I just bought a plane ticket for me to go to San Antonio all next week for work. Yikes. I need the weekend. And Kickboxing tonight. 🙂

This week has also been super random. My Tuesday night was spent drinking wine from Napa, eating various meats and cheeses, lobster, and watching Shark Week. (I know, can I get any classier? Or whiter?)

Anyways, Shark Week is awesome. I love it. But this looks better: AMC Mob Week. It’s even hosted by Rudi Guiliani! Oh, the irony. I haven’t watched any of it, because COMCASTCRAP hasn’t installed my cable or internet yet, but it looks like a pretty sweet lineup. Lord knows I’ll be watching that Godfather marathon this weekend. I love me some Michael Corleone.

This is just really cute:

Elephants may just be my new favorite animal. Besides pigs.

Ryan and I are running this loop on Saturday for our training: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/44132208

If you can’t see it, just know there are a lot of hills. It’s gonna be awful. 7.85 miles of crap. So why am I excited?- I’m a freak.

 

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