Thursday, February 23, 2006

My Favorite Number!

Four jobs you have had in your life:
1. Day Care worker
2. Library Slave
3. Area Director at Spring Hill Camp
4. Jr High Youth Pastor

Four Movies You Would Watch Over and Over
1. Pirates of the Caribbean
2. Sound of Music
3. Hitch
4. Jared's Home Movies so I can hear his dad's voice

What's on your desk right now?
1. Computer - harddrive, screen, speakers etc
2. Cards from Students
3. An Empty Coffee cup
4. Stuff I need to do and haven't gotten to yet

Four places you have lived:
1. Saskatoon Sakatchewan CANADA
2. Temperance, MI
3. Spokane, WA
4. Long Beach, CA

Four Books I Could Read Over and Over:
1. The Bible (I know I have to say this ... but it's true.)
2. The Heavenly Man
3. Redeeming Love
4. My Utmost for His Highest

Four TV shows you love to watch:
1. Seinfeld
2. Home Decorating Shows
3. CSI
4. Saved by the Bell

Four favorite places you have been on vacation:
1. Anything that involved my family and a long car ride
2. Hearst Castle
3. Washington State-my family doesn't just go to one city
4. Niagara Falls Ontario

Four websites I visit daily:
1. MySpace
2. Hotmail
3. Google

Four of my favorite foods:
1. Mom's Stoganoff
2. Chicken
3. Strawberry's
4. Coffee

Four places I would rather be right now:
1. In Azusa
2. Out to lunch with a student
3. getting a massage-AMEN EMILY!
4. Snowboarding with Jared

Four favorite drinks (Non-alcoholic)
1. Butterscotch latte from Zadok's coffee in Pismo Beach, CA
2. Water with Lemon
3. Russian Tea
4. Water with Lemon

Four things I always carry with me:
1. My Phone-gotta make those calls
2. Cherry Chapstick-gotta carry on the tradition
3. Trash that people put in my purse
4. Picture of my nephew EVAN!

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

How to survive life in LA...

Sometimes it is just overwhelming to be a full time graduate student and youth pastor along with all the other things I attempt to do and do well. So here is how I survive doing all those things while living in LA:

-Catch up with my family and friends in Michigan while driving to Long Beach for work.
-Work out in the mornings
-Go to the salon to have my hair washed and styled since I can't cut it yet
-Spend the last few hours of each day either watching a movie with Jared, going on a walk with Jared, studying with Jared, reading the Bible with Jared, watching Jared make pancakes at 1:00 in the morning, driving with Jared...pretty much anything with Jared in it...
-Do all things well, but not put undue pressure on myself
-Enjoy each minute with my roomates-even though I live in Long Beach half the time...

That's about it...I will not only survive-I will make it through this and do my best:)

Saturday, February 4, 2006

Jr. High Winter Camp!

These pictures say it all!

Really Clean!

This was the title of the tract that I signed on that fateful day I decided to "be a christian" in 1986. Of course I am extremely thankful for that day in my life, and more importantly everything that led up to that and ever since then. What I have been realizing more and more every day is that there is an essential NEED to become really clean that can only come through healing in Jesus Christ.

Healing whether it is healing from past sins, hurts, things others have done to wrong you etc, never comes in an instant (or I guess I could say rarely). True healing that lasts is a process that only comes to completion as we allow Jesus to strip us bare: exposing the root of the problem, allowing Him to clease us, and then re-clothe us in His beauty.

For me, this process is almost always difficult and is painful. I never like to see those things in me which I try to desperately to keep hidden. And yet as the healing process continues, I find that I am becoming really clean!

Thank you Lord for your power and patience to make me Really Clean!