Quotes: two of my favorite at the moment

“When darkness seems to hide His face, I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.”
(from On Christ the Solid Rock)

‘Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,
At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,
When he bears his teeth, winter meets its death,
And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.’
(from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)

It’s been a while longer….

Books I’ve read in January:

  1. Death by Suburb-David L. Goetz X
  2. Blindside-Michael Lewis X
  3. Meditations on the Psalms-Dietrich Bonhoeffer X
  4. Born to Run-Christopher McDougall X
  5. Currently Reading: Freakonomics, A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything.

So as my lovely roommate recently told me, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged. I’m not very good at this blogging thing. I’d like to be better. I have to blog every week this semester since I’m getting internship credit at my job. So for now, I’m going to dip into my internship blog and post what I just wrote on here. I’m sorry, it’s kind of a downer post.

Until I started working at TEEM I never thought much about the weather conditions. In past years during the snow and ice storms we’ve had it becomes an exciting 4 day weekend to be off school and hang out with friends. We bundle up with our numerous layers of warm clothes, go out to play in the snow and get wet and tired. But after it’s over we have a warm change of clothes, a warm house, blankets and coffee waiting for us when we come back. Even a trip out to get food often is not that big of a deal because we have heated cars with four wheel drive to make a quick run to the grocery store. Until I started working at TEEM I viewed winter storms as a weekend of fun and a break from the everyday. Even though I still love it when the snow comes and the fun we have on our weekend breaks….I now cannot help but think of my friends on the streets, my friends who make their homes under bridges and on park benches. Where can they escape from the ice and snow? They can’t choose to leave the winter elements, they have to battle them. While I can choose to stay in the snow for a hour or 3 hours, they’ve been outside this whole weekend. Even though there are shelters in Oklahoma City, they are overcrowded because of the weather so there isn’t room for everyone. But even then, based on their criminal history, a violent offender is not allowed a place in the shelter and so he has to weather the storm on the streets because of his or her crime.

Never again can I be completely happy about the weather when I know my friends and our students are fighting and living in the midst of those elements with no way to escape them.

It’s been a while…

Hmm senior year….I have a love/hate relationship with you so far.

I just wrote a whole post about my job and how much I love it, but decided I didn’t want to post it. Ask me about it sometime and I’ll tell you.

I had to go to court today. It was an interesting experience. Small town courthouses are amusing. I hope you don’t have to go for real, but if you want an interesting people watching experience you should stop by!

Don’t be alarmed if you see a strange car in front of my house. I’m driving a rental car right now. It’s rather odd looking desktopBut it’s actually kind of fun to drive. So if you’re ever bored, please call and we’ll go for a ride in my car.  Hurry, get your reservations in, they might have to trade me out. TRUST ME you don’t want to miss this one.

I’m sitting in Cafe Plaid listening to Explosions in the Sky.

Beams of Heaven has been on my heart today….

        Oftentimes my sky is clear, 
	joy abounds without a tear;
	though a day so bright begun, 
	clouds may hide tomorrow's sun.
	There'll be a day that's always bright, 
	a day that never yields to night,
	and in its light the streets of glory 
	I shall behold someday.

	Harder yet may be the fight; 
	right may often yield to might;
	wickedness a while may reign; 
	Satan's cause may seem to gain.
	There is a God that rules above, 
	with hand of power and heart of love;
	if I am right, he'll fight my battle, 
	I shall have peace someday.

A 3 Hole Punch

Tonight I’m listening to Jeremy Riddle and have all the candles in my room lit. I’m sleepily contemplating more studying. I just finished organizing my notebook. While I was doing that I came to a realization….

For the first time in 4 years of college I bought a 3 hole punch. It’s changed my life. It makes me feel so organized. You all know that you get a lot of handouts in class. For the other 3 years of college I have had lots of loose paper floating around, so this year I figured I’d try to fix that. So far it’s working.

This semester I’m taking:
CAS 2033-Intro to the Nonprofit Sector
MKT 3013-Principles of Marketing
JMC 3813-Typography and Design
IAS 3033-International Human Rights
HR 3013-Intro to Human Relations

So far all of my classes have been really good. I think that it’s going to be a good semester. I like International Human Rights the best so far. I think it’s going to have good discussion and I know people in the class–namely my roommate Megan.

Bikes, Roommates, Hymns

I’ve been riding my bike a lot lately. In fact it’s a new bike. I like it because it’s blue. It matches Katherine’s bike. I love living so close to campus because it’s a 4 minute ride to campus and there is no hassle trying to find a parking place. It’s also nice to work out and exercise after a long summer of physical therapy and doctor’s appointments. Tonight was the first thunderstorm of the fall. Unluckily we were on campus with a roommate’s bike a while a way. So we rode through the water and lightening and thunder to get to roommate’s bike. Then we rode swiftly home, but as we rode the rain got harder and harder. Luckily just as we were locking our bikes up at home the rain began. But it was a great night. I just love memory making time with roommates. Now we’re curled up in our living room drinking coffee talking about life.

I always love the first RUF of the year because I loving singing hymns. I always forget about how much I love RUF hymns and worship when I’m away for the summer. It’s nice to be back.

It’s Camp Time!

I was thinking about how many camps that I have worked at or know people working at that are starting camp for the summer in these couple of weeks. Camps all over the nation. Friends from all over the nation are ministring the gospel this summer to youths and their families. Christian camping has played a big role in my life from the time I was a little girl. My family went to Horn Creek Family Camp in Colorado as we were growing up. It’s hard to put into words just how much those years together at Horn Creek mean. There are so many wonderful memories of climbing Horn Peak, banquet dinners, the rec center, shopping in Westcliffe, game nights, skit nights and the list goes on. But it’s more than just those things, the Lord used family camp in my family’s life to draw us to Him and to each other. These years are something that I will always be grateful for.

I’ve been blessed to be able to be summer staff at various camps around the nation for the past 6 years. I’ve met some of my best friends in the world through this. Even though we don’t get to talk a lot, when we do it’s like we never left off. I still always smile at staff orientation when the camp directors say…look around this circle because the people here will be in your wedding someday….it’s true! (I mean not that I would know since I’m not married yet…but that’s the caliber of friendships that are formed). I had the opportunity to see most of the United States. But most of all I got to watch God work in the hearts of youth and see Him draw them to Himself.

I’m excited to know of and have ties to so many camps this summer. One of the things that I’ve been thinking about is, it’s so exciting that all of these camps get to share in this kingdom work in these kids lives. It’s special to see that the gospel is being sent out in so many parts of our nation right now and that Christian kids are being discipled and mentored in their walk with the Lord. This ministry is a huge task. I’d just like to take a minute and challenge you to pray for the camping ministries that you know about this summer. “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Heb. 4)

These summers were by far the best summers of my life…each different in their own unique way, but still treasured summers. But they were also the hardest summers of my life. Because camp ministry is such a powerful ministry in these kids lives–it’s something that Satan does not want to happen and he will do anything in his power to stop it. The spiritual warfare during these summers was so difficult and  seeing the ways that Satan was attempting to sabotage God’s work. I can tell you from personal experience, the prayers of other believers are felt and coveted.

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Eph. 6)

Some camps to pray for…

1. Frontier Camp-Grapeland, Texas

2. Worldview Academy-Midland, Texas (Traveling Leadership Camp East and West Coast)

3. Pine Cove (Outback)-Columbus, Texas (Ministry of all Pine Cove Camps)

4. Camp Wabanna-Edgewater, MD

5. Kannakuk Kamps

My 2009 Reading List

This is my 2009 book list…I haven’t made a huge dent in it. But Summer time is helping. I’m hoping to finish at least half by the end of the summer. These are books that I’ve wanted to read throughout the years or that friends have recommended to me. I’m excited to see how many I make it through. The ones with the X by them are ones that I’ve already completed.

1.    Harry Potter Series-J.K Rowling (7) X
2.    The Unlikely Disciple-Kevin Roose X
3.    The Film Club-David Gilmour X
4.    Beauty-Robin Mckinley X
5.    Hunger Games-Suzanne Collins X
6.    Joker One-Donovan Campbell X
7.    Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs-Chuck Klosterman
8.    Concise Theology-J.I. Packer
9.    The Host-Stephanie Meyers
10.    Jesus Wants to Save Christians-Rob Bell
11.    The Imitation of Christ-Thomas a Kempis
12.     Confessions-St. Augustine
13.    City of God-St. Augustine
14.    Unveiling Islam-Ergun Mehmet Caner, Emir Fethi Caner
15.    The Count of Monte Cristo-Alexandre Dumas
16.    Girl Meets God-Lauren F. Winner
17.    Crazy Love-Francis Chan
18.    A Framework for Understanding Poverty-Dr. Ruby K. Payne
19.    Savage Inequalities-Jonathan Kozol
20.    Finding God at Harvard-Kelly Monroe Kullberg
21.    The Discipline of Grace-Jerry Bridges
22.    The Reign of Grace-Scotty Smith
23.    Gender-Frederica Matthews-Green
24.    Relationships: A Mess Worth Making-Tim Lane and Paul Tripp
25.    Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hand-Paul Tripp
26.    Practicing the Presence of God-Brother Lawrence
27.    What Are People For?: Essays-Wendell Berry (Amazon-RUF)
28.    Enduring Community-Les Newsom (Doug)
29.     A Quest for More: Living for Something Bigger Than You-Paul Tripp (PCPC Summer)
30.     So Brave, Young and Handsome-Leif Enger (Amazon RUF)
31.    True Spirituality-Francis Schaffer (Amazon RUF)
32.    A Thousand Resurrections-Maria Garriot (Amazon) X
33.    Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner-Dean Karnazes (Amazon) X
34.    Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible-Dietrich Bonhoeffer
35.    The Pillars of the Earth-Ken Foellet
36.     Shutter Island-Dennis Lehane X
37.    Holding Hands Holding Hearts-Richard D. Phillips and Sharon L. Phillips
38.    Witness-Whitaker Chambers
39.    Wuthering Heights-Emily Bronte
40.    Holiness-Nancy Leigh DeMoss
41.    The Ragamuffin Gospel-Brennan Manning
42.    Tess of the D’Urbervilles-Thomas Hardy
43.    The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter-Carson McCullers
44.    Crime and Punishment -Dostoevsky
45.    Utopia-Thomas Moore
46.    The Pursuit of Holiness-Jerry Bridges
47.    Chosen by God-RC Sproul
48.    Letters to Children-C.S. Lewis
49.    Reflections on the Psalms-C.S. Lewis
50.    Orthodoxy-Chesterton
51.    Abba’s Child-Manning
52.    12 Ordinary Men-John MacArthur
53.    Worship-Skip Ryan
54.    How to Worship Jesus Christ-Carroll
55.    God’s Passion for His Glory-Piper
56.    Disposable People-Kevin Bales
57.    Irresistable Revolution-Shane Claiborne
58.    Three Cups of Tea-Greg Mortenson
59.    In the Grip of Grace-Max Lucado
60.    Future Grace-John Piper
61.    Desiring God-John Piper
62.    Let Justice Roll-John Perkins (Urban Ministry)
63.    A Quiet Revolution-John Perkins (Urban Ministry)
64.    The Coming Race War-John Perkins and Bill Pannell (Urban)
65.    More Than Equals-Spencer Perkins and Chris Rice (Urban)
66.    The Count of Monte Cristo

67. The Poisonwood Bible

How many have you read?

Do you have any you recommend?