Archive for November, 2006

εἰρήνη

November 29, 2006

last night was the first attempt at multiplying our group. about 10 of us gathered downstairs and i led the time finishing up the book of ephesians, focusing on the armor of God passage.

i must admit that when i get to this part of ephesians my eyes glaze over. armor. sure, i need to be protected from the enemy. battle. okay, life is war i have been told, so bring it. spiritual warfare, not sure exactly how that looks in my life, but i’m guessing its there somewhere. so… know the armor i need, know that satan is lurking, and make sure everything stays on as it should and then… fight. but what battle is it, exactly? and what the heck is this sword for? forgive me, braveheart lovers.

moving on- when i attempted to studyi thought i’d see what “the google” had to offer and when i typed in “armor of God” the first thing that came up was armor of God pajamas. i am not kidding. this further proved to me the mere novelty this idea has become. maybe people are really not getting whats going on here. but hey, at least there is a cool costume involved.

anyways.

as i studied various things related to the armor of God i realized something that i just can’t get over. seriously. i can’t get it out of my head, or even completely in my head, just yet.

while most of the armor is defensive- things we are to use to protect ourselves- the one offensive weapon (if you want to call it that) is the sword of the spirit, the word of God. usually i imagine people waving around a bible aggressively trying to get people to repent and be saved. but this is not what is going on here because when Paul is writing, the NT hasn’t even been completed, much less compiled. the word of God is referring simply to the message of Jesus, the cleansing word of Jesus already mentioned earlier in ephesians 5:26.

the message of transformation possible through Jesus is what we are to attack with. this is amazing to me. we move forward with this message towards the goal of complete restoration for all things. we offer not violence or force, but transformation. reconciliation. which is why paul is trying to tell the ephesians their enemy is not physical. this makes the idea of peace so beautiful because it is something that must be offered to all that evil has marred, which is what our enemies are at the core; people overcome, at least momentarily, by evil. we all experience the poison that this broken world has leaked into creation, institutions, individuals by death and disease in all its various forms. and God offers peace to all of this.

something insightful was pointed out to me in the book of isaiah. read it for yourself and see the themes found in chapters 52-56

Salvation (deliverance in the OT) is declared to be coming, peace is on its way.
Jesus becomes the agent of this peace.
Restoration is established.
God says come get it. come get the peace that has been made possible to you through Jesus.
And if you weren’t sure, this peace is for the foreigner. the outcast. all people. everything.

swords will be beat into plowshares (isaiah 2)
the lamb will lay down with the wolf (isaiah 11)
trees will replace thorns (isaiah 55)
tears will be wiped away (rev. 7)
barren women will have children (isaiah 54)
beauty will come from ashes (isaiah 61)
ruins will be raised (amos 2)
years will be restored (joel 2)
wounds will be healed (jeremiah 30)

this is how God began to deal with the evil present in the world. He has bared the responsibility of restoring all things unto Him and we who have believed Jesus to be Lord now bare this same message, its what we fight with. delivering it to others and living it out ourselves.

there is no armor for our backs, you notice. just as God has an ultimate reconciliation in mind, we ourselves are moving forward towards that moment every step of the journey. even the steps marred by pain and darkness are steps covered in peace and ultimate healing from Jesus.
i can’t even begin to express the joy i am feeling right now for being a part of this movement. for being given the chance to experience this in my own life. to know a God who is such perfect love.

Evil is still a four-letter word; so, thank God, is love. God grant us grace to be so filled with that love that we may work in our own day with mature, Christian, and sober intelligence to address the problem of evil, to implement the victory achieved once for all on the cross, and to be agents, heralds, and living embodiments of that new creation in which the earth shall be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea.
_nt wright

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εἰρήνη

November 29, 2006

last night was the first attempt at multiplying our group. about 10 of us gathered downstairs and i led the time finishing up the book of ephesians, focusing on the armor of God passage.

i must admit that when i get to this part of ephesians my eyes glaze over. armor. sure, i need to be protected from the enemy. battle. okay, life is war i have been told, so bring it. spiritual warfare, not sure exactly how that looks in my life, but i’m guessing its there somewhere. so… know the armor i need, know that satan is lurking, and make sure everything stays on as it should and then… fight. but what battle is it, exactly? and what the heck is this sword for? forgive me, braveheart lovers.

moving on- when i attempted to studyi thought i’d see what “the google” had to offer and when i typed in “armor of God” the first thing that came up was armor of God pajamas. i am not kidding. this further proved to me the mere novelty this idea has become. maybe people are really not getting whats going on here. but hey, at least there is a cool costume involved.

anyways.

as i studied various things related to the armor of God i realized something that i just can’t get over. seriously. i can’t get it out of my head, or even completely in my head, just yet.

while most of the armor is defensive- things we are to use to protect ourselves- the one offensive weapon (if you want to call it that) is the sword of the spirit, the word of God. usually i imagine people waving around a bible aggressively trying to get people to repent and be saved. but this is not what is going on here because when Paul is writing, the NT hasn’t even been completed, much less compiled. the word of God is referring simply to the message of Jesus, the cleansing word of Jesus already mentioned earlier in ephesians 5:26.

the message of transformation possible through Jesus is what we are to attack with. this is amazing to me. we move forward with this message towards the goal of complete restoration for all things. we offer not violence or force, but transformation. reconciliation. which is why paul is trying to tell the ephesians their enemy is not physical. this makes the idea of peace so beautiful because it is something that must be offered to all that evil has marred, which is what our enemies are at the core; people overcome, at least momentarily, by evil. we all experience the poison that this broken world has leaked into creation, institutions, individuals by death and disease in all its various forms. and God offers peace to all of this.

something insightful was pointed out to me in the book of isaiah. read it for yourself and see the themes found in chapters 52-56

Salvation (deliverance in the OT) is declared to be coming, peace is on its way.
Jesus becomes the agent of this peace.
Restoration is established.
God says come get it. come get the peace that has been made possible to you through Jesus.
And if you weren’t sure, this peace is for the foreigner. the outcast. all people. everything.

swords will be beat into plowshares (isaiah 2)
the lamb will lay down with the wolf (isaiah 11)
trees will replace thorns (isaiah 55)
tears will be wiped away (rev. 7)
barren women will have children (isaiah 54)
beauty will come from ashes (isaiah 61)
ruins will be raised (amos 2)
years will be restored (joel 2)
wounds will be healed (jeremiah 30)

this is how God began to deal with the evil present in the world. He has bared the responsibility of restoring all things unto Him and we who have believed Jesus to be Lord now bare this same message, its what we fight with. delivering it to others and living it out ourselves.

there is no armor for our backs, you notice. just as God has an ultimate reconciliation in mind, we ourselves are moving forward towards that moment every step of the journey. even the steps marred by pain and darkness are steps covered in peace and ultimate healing from Jesus.
i can’t even begin to express the joy i am feeling right now for being a part of this movement. for being given the chance to experience this in my own life. to know a God who is such perfect love.

Evil is still a four-letter word; so, thank God, is love. God grant us grace to be so filled with that love that we may work in our own day with mature, Christian, and sober intelligence to address the problem of evil, to implement the victory achieved once for all on the cross, and to be agents, heralds, and living embodiments of that new creation in which the earth shall be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea.
_nt wright

when you can’t sleep, you do weird things.

November 29, 2006

do you guys remember these quizzes you used to always forward to your friends? i did them all the time in high school. i can’t sleep for various reasons, so nostalgia here i come.

1. ONE OF YOUR SCARS, HOW DID YOU GET IT? a 3 inch slash across my left wrist- hair straightener, winter term, junior year of college. i should stay away from hot appliances

2. WHAT IS ON THE WALLS IN YOUR ROOM? soon to be a huge dry erase board from IKEA and nothing else yet. i take my time settling in apparently (just moved to the new place in october)

3. WHAT DOES YOUR CELL PHONE LOOK LIKE? small nokia (canadian), lg flip phone mom lent me since i lost my original phone (states)

4. WHAT MUSIC DO YOU LISTEN TO? um, style? hard to explain. top 5 okay? Death Cab, Ingrid Michaelson, Maria Taylor, Jimmy Eat World, Paper Route (but this changes depending on the mood)

5. DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME YOU WERE BORN? 7:22 a.m.

6. WHAT DO YOU WANT MORE THAN ANYTHING RIGHT NOW? to know what i want right now. seriously. clarity would be nice.

7. WHAT DO YOU MISS? familiarity

8. WHAT IS YOUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION/S? car (not having it in vancouver makes me realize how lucky i am to even own one)

9. WHAT IS YOUR ZODIAC SIGN? aries

10. DO YOU GET CLAUSTROPHOBIC? not really

11. DO YOU GET SCARED IN THE DARK? not really

12. THE LAST PERSON TO MAKE YOU CRY? my mom

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE COLOGNE / PERFUME? i don’t wear perfume. but i do use coconut lime verbena from bath and body works

14. WHAT KIND OF HAIR/EYE COLOR DO YOU LIKE ON THE OPPOSITE SEX? surprise me. i do like blue or green eyes though

15. WHERE CAN YOU SEE YOURSELF BEING PROPOSED TO? ha. as if i have it all planned out. that’s kind of creepy i think.

16. COFFEE OR ENERGY DRINK? Coffee

17. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PIZZA TOPPING? pineapple

18. IF YOU CAN EAT ANYTHING RIGHT NOW, WHAT WOULD IT BE? not hungry

19. WHO IS THE LAST PERSON YOU MADE MAD? i would guess either kristin (only because i am with her all the time and its bound to happen) or my mom, who are both quite forgiving people

21. WHAT WAS THE FIRST GIFT SOMEONE EVER GAVE YOU? i have no idea. one that comes to mind is the bodyguard soundtrack i got for my birthday in like 5th grade i think. awesome. i wasn’t allowed to watch the movie but i loved whitney houston.

22. DO YOU LIKE ANYBODY? i like lots of people, why?

23. ARE YOU DOUBLE JOINTED? nope

24. FAVORITE CLOTHING BRAND? gap

25. WHAT’S YOUR DREAM CAR? something hybrid. but style-wise i really like nissan pathfinders

26. DO YOU HAVE A PET RIGHT NOW? nope but back home we have a german shephard (micah) and a cockatiel (chippie)

27. WHAT KIND IS IT? um, refer to 26

28. WOULD YOU FALL IN LOVE KNOWING THAT THE PERSON IS LEAVING? perhaps

29. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO TELL SOMEONE HOW MUCH THEY MEAN TO YOU? isn’t this kind of redundant? 🙂 i’d tell them, of course.

30. SAY A NUMBER FROM ONE TO A HUNDRED: 27

31. BLONDES OR BRUNETTES? brunettes (i am one, after all)

32. WHAT IS THE ONE NUMBER YOU CALL OFTEN? Shaunna’s

33. WHAT ANNOYS YOU MOST? i am kind of particular about food noises (jeffrey, you agree, right?)

34. HAVE YOU BEEN OUT OF YOUR COUNTRY? Yes

35. YOUR WEAKNESSES? coffee shops. i always have to get something it seems

37. FIRST JOB? babysitting

38. EVER DONE A PRANK CALL? Yes

39. WHAT WHERE YOU DOING BEFORE YOU FILLED OUT THIS? cleaning my room

40. inappropriate question

41. WHY DID YOU FILL OUT THIS SURVEY? can’t sleep

42. WHAT DO YOU GET COMPLIMENTED ABOUT MOST? my eyes. but more recently my accent (never the case back home)

43. WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF ALCOHOL BECAME ILLEGAL? well it seems to be illegal for certain types… cough. but if it was illegal in the sense that it was against the laws of the land, then i would refrain. i think.

44. WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY? its in april, i have no idea.

45. HOW MANY KIDS DO YOU WANT? well, when i was 18 i wanted 10. but now, let’s just say i’ve changed my mind. but i do want to adopt, almost more than have my own. there are so many children orphaned in the world, especially by AIDS.

46. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? not really

47. DO YOU WISH ON STARS? No

48. WHAT DID YOU DO THIS MORNING? had a meeting at work

49. WHAT DID YOU LAST EAT? a cookie (it was homemade, i couldnt resist)

50. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? sometimes

51. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? chicken

52. ANY BAD HABITS? the one that first comes to mind is being over-analytical- not always bad, but never always good… see, there i go…

53. WHAT IS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING CD ON THE SHELF? point of grace

54. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? good question.

55. HAVE YOU EVER TOLD A SECRET YOU SWORE NOT TO TELL? actually, i think i have. lame

56. DO LOOKS MATTER? yes, and i don’t think its shallow to say so.

57. HOW DO YOU RELEASE ANGER? by crying or venting to someone.

58. WHERE IS YOUR SECOND HOME? shaunna and jeffrey’s

59. THIS QUESTION HAS BEEN ERASED FROM THE PERSON BEFORE ME, SORRY, NEXT QUESTION.
no problem, thank you for the notice.

60. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE TOY AS A CHILD? barbies. lots and lots of barbies.

61. HOW MANY NUMBERS ARE IN YOUR CELL PHONE? wouldn’t it be kind of weird if i knew that by heart?

63. DO YOU USE SARCASM? of course not.

64. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN A MOSH PIT? i’ve been on the fringes of a few, im sure.

65. WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A GUY/GIRL? conversation, the ability to challenge, sensitivity, love for others/creation, humility, patience, someone who thinks for themself, adventure/sponteneity… basically, perfection. [i kid, i kid]

66. WHAT ARE YOUR NICKNAMES? lace, laceyface, laceybeth, lace of base, laceykins…

67. IF YOU COULD BUILD A HOUSE ANYWHERE, WHERE WOULD IT BE? well, i’ve never seen myself ever permanently settling down anywhere and i also consider myself a city girl. but a house in the mountains sounds quite nice actually. i think i could do that someday.

68.WHERE’S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO BE? reading a good book, drinking good coffee, in a great coffee shop.

69. WHERE IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE? running up a hill i am not expecting

70. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR? oatmeal chocolate chunk from ben & jerry’s

72. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COLOR(S)? kelly green

73. WHO/WHAT DO YOU MISS MOST RIGHT NOW? my nashville people

74. HOW MANY WISDOM TEETH DO YOU HAVE? none as of christmas ’02

75. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS? not really. i may even lose respect for those that do

76. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO? paper route, a band i was introduced to during the good ol’ days of union and constant music discovery.

77. LAST THING YOU DRANK? Water

78. LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? my mom

79. THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE IN THE OPPOSITE SEX? sometimes its how they interact with others, sometimes its their shoes, sometimes its what they are reading, sometimes its other things.

80. FAVORITE THOUGHT PROVOKING SONG? A New Law_Derek Webb

81. FAVORITE THING TO HATE? church marquis

82. FAVORITE DRINK(S)? a non-fat latte with raw sugar, thank you very much.

83. FAVORITE ZODIAC SIGN: don’t know

84. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SPORT? to play? i don’t play sports, which is why i picked up running

85. WHAT IS YOUR HAIR COLOR? dark brown, a few blonde streaks right now too

86. EYE COLOR? green

87. HEIGHT? 5’5″

88. SIBLINGS? Josh, 21

89. FAVORITE MONTH? depends on what city i live in. i do like fall though.

90. YOU LIKE SUSHI? yes, bring it.

91. LAST THING YOU WATCHED? grey’s anatomy last week. i hardly watch t.v.

92. FAVORITE DAY OF THE YEAR? Christmas

93. ARE YOU TOO SHY TO ASK SOMEONE OUT? i don’t know if shy is the right word. im really indecisive and would probably sike myself out somehow if i even attempted it. basically, im just glad im not a guy.

94. SUMMER OR WINTER? Summer but not really hot or humid

95. KISSES OR HUGS? either

96. RELATIONSHIPS OR ONE NIGHT STANDS? the former

97. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU BOUGHT? my lunch today

98. WHO IS THE LEAST LIKELY TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS? hopefully no one else feels the need to, im the pathetic insomniac

99. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING?
Generous Orthodoxy_Brian McLaren
The Last Word_NT Wright
[realizing i should add a more thoughtless book of some kind that brings harmony to the more weighty choices i usually prefer… suggestions welcomed]

100. ANYONE IN LOVE WITH YOU? my nephew is rather fond of me, which is quite good enough for me 🙂

when you can’t sleep, you do weird things.

November 29, 2006

do you guys remember these quizzes you used to always forward to your friends? i did them all the time in high school. i can’t sleep for various reasons, so nostalgia here i come.

1. ONE OF YOUR SCARS, HOW DID YOU GET IT? a 3 inch slash across my left wrist- hair straightener, winter term, junior year of college. i should stay away from hot appliances

2. WHAT IS ON THE WALLS IN YOUR ROOM? soon to be a huge dry erase board from IKEA and nothing else yet. i take my time settling in apparently (just moved to the new place in october)

3. WHAT DOES YOUR CELL PHONE LOOK LIKE? small nokia (canadian), lg flip phone mom lent me since i lost my original phone (states)

4. WHAT MUSIC DO YOU LISTEN TO? um, style? hard to explain. top 5 okay? Death Cab, Ingrid Michaelson, Maria Taylor, Jimmy Eat World, Paper Route (but this changes depending on the mood)

5. DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME YOU WERE BORN? 7:22 a.m.

6. WHAT DO YOU WANT MORE THAN ANYTHING RIGHT NOW? to know what i want right now. seriously. clarity would be nice.

7. WHAT DO YOU MISS? familiarity

8. WHAT IS YOUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION/S? car (not having it in vancouver makes me realize how lucky i am to even own one)

9. WHAT IS YOUR ZODIAC SIGN? aries

10. DO YOU GET CLAUSTROPHOBIC? not really

11. DO YOU GET SCARED IN THE DARK? not really

12. THE LAST PERSON TO MAKE YOU CRY? my mom

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE COLOGNE / PERFUME? i don’t wear perfume. but i do use coconut lime verbena from bath and body works

14. WHAT KIND OF HAIR/EYE COLOR DO YOU LIKE ON THE OPPOSITE SEX? surprise me. i do like blue or green eyes though

15. WHERE CAN YOU SEE YOURSELF BEING PROPOSED TO? ha. as if i have it all planned out. that’s kind of creepy i think.

16. COFFEE OR ENERGY DRINK? Coffee

17. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PIZZA TOPPING? pineapple

18. IF YOU CAN EAT ANYTHING RIGHT NOW, WHAT WOULD IT BE? not hungry

19. WHO IS THE LAST PERSON YOU MADE MAD? i would guess either kristin (only because i am with her all the time and its bound to happen) or my mom, who are both quite forgiving people

21. WHAT WAS THE FIRST GIFT SOMEONE EVER GAVE YOU? i have no idea. one that comes to mind is the bodyguard soundtrack i got for my birthday in like 5th grade i think. awesome. i wasn’t allowed to watch the movie but i loved whitney houston.

22. DO YOU LIKE ANYBODY? i like lots of people, why?

23. ARE YOU DOUBLE JOINTED? nope

24. FAVORITE CLOTHING BRAND? gap

25. WHAT’S YOUR DREAM CAR? something hybrid. but style-wise i really like nissan pathfinders

26. DO YOU HAVE A PET RIGHT NOW? nope but back home we have a german shephard (micah) and a cockatiel (chippie)

27. WHAT KIND IS IT? um, refer to 26

28. WOULD YOU FALL IN LOVE KNOWING THAT THE PERSON IS LEAVING? perhaps

29. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO TELL SOMEONE HOW MUCH THEY MEAN TO YOU? isn’t this kind of redundant? 🙂 i’d tell them, of course.

30. SAY A NUMBER FROM ONE TO A HUNDRED: 27

31. BLONDES OR BRUNETTES? brunettes (i am one, after all)

32. WHAT IS THE ONE NUMBER YOU CALL OFTEN? Shaunna’s

33. WHAT ANNOYS YOU MOST? i am kind of particular about food noises (jeffrey, you agree, right?)

34. HAVE YOU BEEN OUT OF YOUR COUNTRY? Yes

35. YOUR WEAKNESSES? coffee shops. i always have to get something it seems

37. FIRST JOB? babysitting

38. EVER DONE A PRANK CALL? Yes

39. WHAT WHERE YOU DOING BEFORE YOU FILLED OUT THIS? cleaning my room

40. inappropriate question

41. WHY DID YOU FILL OUT THIS SURVEY? can’t sleep

42. WHAT DO YOU GET COMPLIMENTED ABOUT MOST? my eyes. but more recently my accent (never the case back home)

43. WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF ALCOHOL BECAME ILLEGAL? well it seems to be illegal for certain types… cough. but if it was illegal in the sense that it was against the laws of the land, then i would refrain. i think.

44. WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY? its in april, i have no idea.

45. HOW MANY KIDS DO YOU WANT? well, when i was 18 i wanted 10. but now, let’s just say i’ve changed my mind. but i do want to adopt, almost more than have my own. there are so many children orphaned in the world, especially by AIDS.

46. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? not really

47. DO YOU WISH ON STARS? No

48. WHAT DID YOU DO THIS MORNING? had a meeting at work

49. WHAT DID YOU LAST EAT? a cookie (it was homemade, i couldnt resist)

50. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? sometimes

51. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? chicken

52. ANY BAD HABITS? the one that first comes to mind is being over-analytical- not always bad, but never always good… see, there i go…

53. WHAT IS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING CD ON THE SHELF? point of grace

54. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? good question.

55. HAVE YOU EVER TOLD A SECRET YOU SWORE NOT TO TELL? actually, i think i have. lame

56. DO LOOKS MATTER? yes, and i don’t think its shallow to say so.

57. HOW DO YOU RELEASE ANGER? by crying or venting to someone.

58. WHERE IS YOUR SECOND HOME? shaunna and jeffrey’s

59. THIS QUESTION HAS BEEN ERASED FROM THE PERSON BEFORE ME, SORRY, NEXT QUESTION.
no problem, thank you for the notice.

60. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE TOY AS A CHILD? barbies. lots and lots of barbies.

61. HOW MANY NUMBERS ARE IN YOUR CELL PHONE? wouldn’t it be kind of weird if i knew that by heart?

63. DO YOU USE SARCASM? of course not.

64. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN A MOSH PIT? i’ve been on the fringes of a few, im sure.

65. WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A GUY/GIRL? conversation, the ability to challenge, sensitivity, love for others/creation, humility, patience, someone who thinks for themself, adventure/sponteneity… basically, perfection. [i kid, i kid]

66. WHAT ARE YOUR NICKNAMES? lace, laceyface, laceybeth, lace of base, laceykins…

67. IF YOU COULD BUILD A HOUSE ANYWHERE, WHERE WOULD IT BE? well, i’ve never seen myself ever permanently settling down anywhere and i also consider myself a city girl. but a house in the mountains sounds quite nice actually. i think i could do that someday.

68.WHERE’S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO BE? reading a good book, drinking good coffee, in a great coffee shop.

69. WHERE IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE? running up a hill i am not expecting

70. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR? oatmeal chocolate chunk from ben & jerry’s

72. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COLOR(S)? kelly green

73. WHO/WHAT DO YOU MISS MOST RIGHT NOW? my nashville people

74. HOW MANY WISDOM TEETH DO YOU HAVE? none as of christmas ’02

75. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS? not really. i may even lose respect for those that do

76. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO? paper route, a band i was introduced to during the good ol’ days of union and constant music discovery.

77. LAST THING YOU DRANK? Water

78. LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? my mom

79. THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE IN THE OPPOSITE SEX? sometimes its how they interact with others, sometimes its their shoes, sometimes its what they are reading, sometimes its other things.

80. FAVORITE THOUGHT PROVOKING SONG? A New Law_Derek Webb

81. FAVORITE THING TO HATE? church marquis

82. FAVORITE DRINK(S)? a non-fat latte with raw sugar, thank you very much.

83. FAVORITE ZODIAC SIGN: don’t know

84. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SPORT? to play? i don’t play sports, which is why i picked up running

85. WHAT IS YOUR HAIR COLOR? dark brown, a few blonde streaks right now too

86. EYE COLOR? green

87. HEIGHT? 5’5″

88. SIBLINGS? Josh, 21

89. FAVORITE MONTH? depends on what city i live in. i do like fall though.

90. YOU LIKE SUSHI? yes, bring it.

91. LAST THING YOU WATCHED? grey’s anatomy last week. i hardly watch t.v.

92. FAVORITE DAY OF THE YEAR? Christmas

93. ARE YOU TOO SHY TO ASK SOMEONE OUT? i don’t know if shy is the right word. im really indecisive and would probably sike myself out somehow if i even attempted it. basically, im just glad im not a guy.

94. SUMMER OR WINTER? Summer but not really hot or humid

95. KISSES OR HUGS? either

96. RELATIONSHIPS OR ONE NIGHT STANDS? the former

97. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU BOUGHT? my lunch today

98. WHO IS THE LEAST LIKELY TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS? hopefully no one else feels the need to, im the pathetic insomniac

99. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING?
Generous Orthodoxy_Brian McLaren
The Last Word_NT Wright
[realizing i should add a more thoughtless book of some kind that brings harmony to the more weighty choices i usually prefer… suggestions welcomed]

100. ANYONE IN LOVE WITH YOU? my nephew is rather fond of me, which is quite good enough for me 🙂

flickr

November 28, 2006

to the delight of at least my mom, i have started a flickr account. so mom, here you go 🙂
i posted some pictures i took over the weekend. i hear it was 70 and sunny at home… maybe by june i will know what 70 degrees feels like again. i miss my flip flops.

flickr

November 28, 2006

to the delight of at least my mom, i have started a flickr account. so mom, here you go 🙂
i posted some pictures i took over the weekend. i hear it was 70 and sunny at home… maybe by june i will know what 70 degrees feels like again. i miss my flip flops.

labyrinth as journey

November 27, 2006

i embarked upon the path set before me noticing the narrow way in which it had been paved. i found safety in my initial steps forward for there were many, many other journeyers following along the same path. after some time, i realized i was being passed by some of these, but this was okay. it was simply the way of the journey; sometimes others moved faster than you and you simply allowed it to be, never attempting to mimic them. after all, you had to set your own pace. others moved more slowly and you were to simply pass them, never forcing them to quicken their step just because you were advancing. still there were others who darted in and out of the guideposts, believing their way was better than the one so carefully laid for them. their stumbles were not cause for judgment, for i knew of my own wanderings far to well. maybe it would take them longer, maybe they’d need more help, but if they kept going, they would turn out okay.

as i journeyed along the path i noticed my steps seemed to be taking me farther away even from where i had begun. this was nothing to be afraid of because i knew i was progressing and that moving forward could at times look like moving backwards. others passed me now going the opposite direction. this was no cause for alarm, for the only way out was to first make your way completely in. so i kept moving. i observed those leading the way ahead of me and smiled at the child who continued to glance back at his father, making sure he wasn’t getting off course.

train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.

and so the child continued ahead, at his father’s assurance, full of excitement and curiousity.

i say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of God.

eventually i knew i had made it to the center and i paused to take it in. others were arriving and yet others were leaving because, you see, the center was the point from which journeying ended and journeying began; it was a journey of movement. aware of this, it was my time to move. to move out in order to be ushered back in.

i left knowing that the next time around my journey back could take less time. it could be harder. it could be more confusing. but i knew i would get there all the same. as i heard the tiny voice of the child who remained far ahead of me and the crunching of the gravel from the older woman who walked almost along side me, i knew i could at least rely upon one thing.

i would never walk the path alone.

labyrinth as journey

November 27, 2006

i embarked upon the path set before me noticing the narrow way in which it had been paved. i found safety in my initial steps forward for there were many, many other journeyers following along the same path. after some time, i realized i was being passed by some of these, but this was okay. it was simply the way of the journey; sometimes others moved faster than you and you simply allowed it to be, never attempting to mimic them. after all, you had to set your own pace. others moved more slowly and you were to simply pass them, never forcing them to quicken their step just because you were advancing. still there were others who darted in and out of the guideposts, believing their way was better than the one so carefully laid for them. their stumbles were not cause for judgment, for i knew of my own wanderings far to well. maybe it would take them longer, maybe they’d need more help, but if they kept going, they would turn out okay.

as i journeyed along the path i noticed my steps seemed to be taking me farther away even from where i had begun. this was nothing to be afraid of because i knew i was progressing and that moving forward could at times look like moving backwards. others passed me now going the opposite direction. this was no cause for alarm, for the only way out was to first make your way completely in. so i kept moving. i observed those leading the way ahead of me and smiled at the child who continued to glance back at his father, making sure he wasn’t getting off course.

train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.

and so the child continued ahead, at his father’s assurance, full of excitement and curiousity.

i say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of God.

eventually i knew i had made it to the center and i paused to take it in. others were arriving and yet others were leaving because, you see, the center was the point from which journeying ended and journeying began; it was a journey of movement. aware of this, it was my time to move. to move out in order to be ushered back in.

i left knowing that the next time around my journey back could take less time. it could be harder. it could be more confusing. but i knew i would get there all the same. as i heard the tiny voice of the child who remained far ahead of me and the crunching of the gravel from the older woman who walked almost along side me, i knew i could at least rely upon one thing.

i would never walk the path alone.

erwin + snow

November 27, 2006

two things of interest, erwin mcmanus and snow.

neither are related, but can you expect anything else from me?

on friday i listened to a teaching by erwin mcmanus, a pastor out of los angeles. he teaches on the narrow way of Jesus in the most articulate, powerful way i have ever heard. give it a listen if you have an hour to spare.

moving on to less weighty things…

so this weekend it snowed. i was at a prayer retreat on bowen island and while vancouver got a few inches, we got about two feet.

two feet.

do my running shoes or pumas count as snow shoes? my frozen feet would say no chance.

and did i mention i have no gloves?

what is this girl from tennessee doing in canada?

pictures to come.

erwin + snow

November 26, 2006

two things of interest, erwin mcmanus and snow.

neither are related, but can you expect anything else from me?

on friday i listened to a teaching by erwin mcmanus, a pastor out of los angeles. he teaches on the narrow way of Jesus in the most articulate, powerful way i have ever heard. give it a listen if you have an hour to spare.

moving on to less weighty things…

so this weekend it snowed. i was at a prayer retreat on bowen island and while vancouver got a few inches, we got about two feet.

two feet.

do my running shoes or pumas count as snow shoes? my frozen feet would say no chance.

and did i mention i have no gloves?

what is this girl from tennessee doing in canada?

pictures to come.