Archive for August, 2012


This summer I was stuck in a Doctor’s office with too much free time.  After making the receptionist laugh for a good 10 minutes and filling out far too much useless paperwork I pulled a blank sheet of paper out and stared at it.  I can occupy myself with my mind for far too long, but sometimes I feel like I should actually have something to show for it….and I’m a firm believer in the thought that we waste little snippets of time here and there with nothingness.  Honestly, if it was socially acceptable to eat while showering just think how much time we’d save. Heh. :3

All that to say, I decided to make a list defining little ways I like to live….mostly things without depth, so don’t get super excited.  But my little list resurfaced a few days ago and I figured “Hey, easy blog opportunity.”

So please enjoy my  apt “field notes” or rather “rules for living”….don’t giggle TOO much.  And I’d love to hear YOURS.




1)  Dress like a traveler-inspire people with a look, remember to keep moving, and always comfort over style.






2) Make beautiful things- take the time to add your personal touch to little things….it’s simple joy to you and makes life special for others.  After all a few extra seconds is well spent when it blesses others.






3) Savor everything- Information overload can make you sick….technology overload doesn’t make you feel alive.  Quality over quantity.  Find joy in every little beautiful thing, He put it there for a reason.  Look just a little closer.








4)  Keep it natural.  Never look over processed, unnatural.  Don’t baby yourself with useless medication, but take care of what you’ve been blessed with.  Don’t be owned by any substance…make your body a slave to last, not destroying with selfish decisions.








5) DON’T miss an opportunity!  Better to have an awkward memory then one made up of “what-ifs” and regrets.  After all, no matter how many weird experiences you avoid, someone inevitably will STILL think you’re crazy.  And never be afraid to laugh loudly.






6) Live UNASHAMEDLY in a way that if you shouted your identity in Christ to everyone….no one would doubt it.  Every part of you points to Him for the purpose of glorifying Him alone.

Pray often.  Love others.  Show the same grace God showed to you.  Be the first to say sorry.  Find joy in Him. Always.




A few lyrics from Sovereign Grace that came to mind as I was giving some things over to the Lord last night:

Every morning that breaks there are mercies anew.
Every breath that I take is Your faithfulness proved,
And at the end of each day, when my labors are through,
I will sing of Your mercies anew

When I’ve fallen and strayed, there were mercies anew.
For you sought me in love and my heart you pursued.
In the face of my sin, Lord, You never withdrew.
So I sing of Your mercies anew.

And Your mercies they will never end;
For ten thousand years they remain.
And when this world’s beauty has passed away,
Your mercies will be unchanged.

And when the storms swirl and rage, there are mercies anew.
In affliction and pain, You will carry me through.
And at the end of my days, when your throne fills my view,
I will sing of Your mercies anew.
I will sing of Your mercies anew.

I love the verses and songs God brings to mind at just the right time.  That’s all I got for now folks.

Running till I can fly,



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It’s strange to be back at college.  New Tribes is a whole little world of it’s own, where it seems like time speeds by yet moves so very slowly, and a million things happen every single day because you’re interacting with so many different lives.

I was incredibly blessed to be able to take part in the student training program and man, God shaped my heart in incredible ways in that short time.  I’ve noticed lots of little ugly things in my heart as of late, and I’ve had to chase them to their twisted roots: pride, self dependance, anger….so much to break down and destroy.

And then registration and the craziness of being the ones “in the know”. 🙂  It was exciting to me looking back at how God has changed me and grown me here and seeing freshman coming to this place, knowing the same thing will happen to them.  And getting to be the first wierdos they came into contact with?  It was the bomb. 😀


And after orientation, classes hit me hard in the gut.  Homework load for this semester is definitely not the lightest.  But man, classes are INCREDIBLE.

So in case you wondered, here’s what my day looks like.

Sleep in till the last possible second then jump out of bed, wake up my roommate (who does not yet own an alarm clock, so she’s counting on me), run to brush my teeth, and then throw on some clothes.  I find it incredibly hilarious that awkward dance roommates do as they get to know each other…what they’re comfortable with, understanding their humor, etc.  I sorta don’t dance quite well.  I run with open arms into the other person and then try to clean up the rubble of the collision as best as I can. :3

8 am- History of missions in the church- Ok, our teacher is the sweetest little wise old man ever, a doctor who has a passion for church history….but it’s 8 am, he has a soothing monotone voice, and THEN he turns off the lights so we can see the projector or “Sleep a little better”…HIS words, not mine.  But so far I’ve been good and it’s been pretty sweet seeing how history has shaped where we are as a church today, the incredible martyrs of the past, and history in general.  I got really excited recently to know about where we switched over from elders and deacons (1st Corinthians church model) to America’s now popular “one pastor, one authority” view.

9 am- Chapel.  Mostly orientation stuff right now.  This I DO struggle to stay awake in.

10 am- Romans. BAH! I cannot say enough good things about this course…and we’re just beginning.  I know the doctrine of grace is something many feel is overpreached in today’s postmodern society, but man, I rarely hear about it, so it’s been incredible reminding myself of a positional faith and God’s incredible grace…and what comes with it.  Earlier this week I was reading a Paul Tripp article over my lunch shift in the office and he said,

I would much rather have life be predictable and comfortable, thank you. I don’t want to experience the hardships of uncomfortable grace even though I know I still need to grow and change.

I made part of that bold for a reason. 😉  Grace should bring about change and conviction.  Anyways, I’ll probably write just about what God is teaching me about grace sometime, because that’s a post in and of itself.

11am- Galatians.  Seriously, how crazy is this?!  Romans theme is the righteousness of God pertaining to the gospel….Galatians is the defense of this gospel.  So yeah, they go hand in hand, ’nuff said.

12pm- grab lunch, run to the office for my shift.  Spend some quality alone time. 🙂  Image

The rest of the day: Study my brains out.  Potentially a campus life planning meeting.  Maybe settlers.  Or perhaps a night with my youth group.

Homework right now is putting together an outline of Romans (so incredibly daunting), a whole load of reading, some review stuff….pretty much I’ve studied all weekend.  But it’s grand!  This is the good stuff folks!

And now for some visual glimpses….


Some decorating I did for the inside of our dorm…


Part of the mural on our door.  I love that people say it looks like Dr. Suess. Grand compliment. 🙂


2 incredible roommates. That’s Larry on the left, my ACTUAL roomie, and  Claire on the right. 🙂  I love these girls so much already.  Interesting fact, there is no makeup in this picture…and I really haven’t worn makeup since I’ve gotten here.  It’s a good place to be. 🙂

And one final little jewel?  My recent study music.

To build a Home- The Cinematic Orchestra http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhHKfSFGdUI

Fresh pair of eyes- Brooke Waggoner http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uQI8be9NsY

My heart with you- The Rescues (bah! I love this song so much!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8y0w91ehIo

Dreams and Disasters- Owl City (peppy peppy!)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqHp5oFnxf0

K…that’s all I got for now.

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I wish I could somehow capture in words the rustic, eccentric oddicity of Ontario.  Our simple cabin with crooked floors and a bipolar shower.  The never-ending lake that pushes you to boat just a little bit farther hoping to find the end, but never quite.   The surrounding company, a fine display of RVs and tents, babbling in Russian and Spanish.  Such interesting people. An old man with a parrot on his shoulder, a woman with a newborn infant, and old woman who sits and stares at the lake all day.  The feather-covered floating dock a ways off from the shore.  The countryside on a walk, fields guarded by split rail fences, exuding the feeling of a regular Pride and Prejudice/Anne of Green Gables moment.  And the stars. Eeesh, the stars at night reflecting off of the lake, bordered only by the silhouette of clouds made visible by a full moon.

Suffice to say, it’s been wonderful.  Relaxing in the sun, feet hanging off the 30 foot bridge, filling my heart with the Word, stretching my mind with Walt Whitman, long sun drenched rain drenched walks, time with family, games and laughter and fun, truly just a time to reconnect a lot of pieces.

I mused today with my Dad that life feels like a long stretch of moving platforms and I’m vaulting from one to another.  I want to stop and work out how I’m going to jump towards the one in the distance but it’s enough work to focus on the next one that’s coming up.  Kinda my life right now, heading back to college, STP, classes, helping Evan jump in a whole new world, relationships, and more coming.  And that’s just the present.

So honestly this trip has given me time to finally look at all that’s coming and give it over to the Lord.  The self-dependent, non-committal, sinful spirit I like to fall back into needs to be slapped upside the head quite often with the truth that He is hope and that hope will never disappoint.  Portions from reading Isaiah last night, these specifically came from chapter 46 and brought a lot of peace to my heart.

“….You whom I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth, even to your old age and gray hairs I AM HE, I am He who will sustain you.  I have made you and I will carry you. I will sustain you and I will rescue you….Remember this, fix it in your mind, take it to heart…remember the former things, things of long ago.  I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.  I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.  I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please….What I have said, that will I bring about; what I have planned that will I do….I am bringing my righteousness near, it is not far away; and my salvation will not be delayed….”

For the times I am tempted to doubt Him in the present….how can I begin to forget Him in the past?

He is so faithful.


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