Monthly Archives: May 2010

Musical Chairs

Today I felt like I was playing a game of musical chairs. I started off in the dental chair, because I had a broken filling that needed to be fixed. After they drilled out the old, broken parts, they fitted me for a crown, so I had an hour to go run errands before it would be ready. So I got in my car and drove to see my wax lady, and got my eyebrows done. Then I drove home to throw in a load of laundry, before heading back to the dentist for part 2. Once I was done at the dentist, I took a short nap, then headed to Pasadena, where I sat in my hairstylist’s chair for 3 hours getting my hair done. Happy with the final results.

my new 'do

Wordful Wednesday – Travel

I love to travel and wish I had the time and money to be able to do it more. One of my dream jobs when I was younger was to either travel the world as a photojournalist, or as a food critic (since another love of mine is food).

Here are a few pics from places that I have been:

In San Francisco at the Golden Gate Bridge

At the Giza pyramids in Egypt

Victoria Falls at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, Africa

London, England

What are some of your favorite places that you have traveled? Any ideas where I should travel to next?

Would you Rather?

Would You Rather be offered your dream job tomorrow OR meet your dream guy tomorrow?
I would like to meet my dream guy. I like my job and with this economy, I am very grateful to have a job, especially one where I get to help others. The only thing missing is my dream guy.

Would You Rather have unlimited money or the ability to Teleport?
The MONEY!! It would be awesome to pay off some debt, buy my own place, be able to travel, donate to my favorite charities, etc. I think there is a ton more benefits to having the money.

Would You Rather always take a cold shower or sleep an hour less than you need to be fully rested?
I have to have a hot shower, always! so I will give up the hour of sleep. I don’t sleep that much as it is, so I’m never fully rested, so it wouldn’t be much of difference.

What would your answers be?

Commitment cards

The following was taken from a blog I had posted on my MySpace account 2 years ago (remember when people used MySpace…LOL). I don’t remember where I had originally gotten the post from. It was brought to my mind tonight when I was reflecting on how my life has changed in the last year and some possible upcoming changes and opportunities that I have to serve:

Matthew 19:27-29. “Peter answered Him, ‘We have left everything to follow You! What, then, will there be for us?’ Jesus said to them … ‘You who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for My sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.”

Peter is wanting to know what’s in it for him to follow Jesus. Contrast that with his original commitment to Jesus in Mark 1:17-18, “‘Come, follow Me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once they left their nets and followed Him.'” There were no conditions, no footnotes, and no fine print. But now Peter’s concerned about houses and fields and closeness to his family.

Peter’s not alone. His mindset here uncovers a troubling tendency in our commitment to Christ. Unconditional commitment to Christ tends to become conditional. As our lives get more complex, as we accumulate more and accomplish more, we start to add little footnotes and conditions to what began as an ‘anything goes’ commitment to the Lord.

There was probably some time in your life when you opened yourself up totally to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. “It doesn’t matter where I live, how much money I make, what position I get, what I wear, what I drive, who goes with me.” But that can change. Now the Lord might be asking you to do something that might risk or change some of those parts of your life. Suddenly, you’re giving the Lord a contract with certain requirements – living in certain conditions, being near your family, keeping your position or some prized possessions, keeping a special person in your life, being comfortable. You’re saying, “Yes, Lord, but…” Added conditions. The word “but” cannot follow the word “Lord.”

Jesus assured Peter he was losing nothing any more than you lose the money you invest in a stock that later goes sky high. In fact, Jesus promises a reward 100 times any sacrifice you make. What a return! But that kind of reward is reserved for those who give Jesus a blank piece of paper, not a contract. “Even
with all I have now, Lord, and all I want, anything goes.”

What footnotes or conditions have you added to your once blank commitment card? My biggest one is trying to keep some semblance of control over my life and my “things”. Another big one for me is fear/lack of absolute trust; fear of the unknown, fear of making the wrong decision, how will this affect that, not trusting that all of my needs will be taken care of, etc. which I supposed really ties into control. I know that He is worthy of everything I have, of a no-strings-attached commitment from me. Yet sometimes it is so hard for me, and maybe for some of you. But not Jesus; he abandoned EVERYTHING for each of us. I hope that I can start letting go of my strings – control, fear, my “things”, etc. and start living with total abandon, with my only commitment being to Him, not to my self, my things, other people, and without my imposed conditions. Who’s with me? What will your commitment card say?

Hurricane chasing

Today while I was talking with a friend, it brought up some memories from my childhood that I had forgotten about. The first was from the summer of 1996. I went to Mrytle Beach, South Carolina with my friend Beth and her family, as she was moving there to go to college. While we were there, Hurricane Bertha hit. We had vacated our hotel right on the beach and were at Beth’s apartment, when Bertha came rolling through. Just after it had passed where her apartment was, we thought “wouldn’t it be fun to go chase after it, kinda like that movie ‘Twister'”. So she and I got in her car and started driving through the city, in pursuit of Hurricane Bertha, dodging flying tree branches and other random objects, until we were told by the police to head back to shelter.

The second memory that came to mind today was a few years after that, when I was all alone at my dad’s house. My dad has a small home up in the mountains, away from most of civilization, and home to many of God’s creatures. It was often that you could look out the window and see deer eating from our lawn or the fruit trees, or hear the sounds of wolves or some other creature not too far away. Well one day I had heard a noise outside and when I looked out of the door, I saw a black bear that had knocked over our burner barrel, filled with garbage, and it was tearing through the garbage, making a huge mess. For whatever crazy reason, I ran outside onto the porch, and began yelling at the bear to stop, trying to get him to move on. He, however, was not in the mood to be yelled at by me, and he stood straight up and began growling at me. I eventually ran into the house, locking the doors behind me (as if a bear could open an unlocked door?) and began panicking as it started to move closer to the porch. I guess he thought it best to move on, as he just walked on passed the porch and back into the woods.

After telling my friend these stories today, it made me think of how I can be so quick to put myself into stupid, dangerous situations, without thinking through the possible consequences of my actions. It is as true now as it was back then, but now it is more related to relationships with others, rather than dangerous animals or nature. At church we are currently studying Love.Sex.The Bible: a study of the Song of Solomon. We are being challenged to look at our dating relationships in accordance to what the scriptures say. There have been countless times that I have gotten myself into reckless and dangerous relationships, and a few times that God has saved me from them. I am learning that I need to see myself how God sees me, and to really take time and use caution in my relationships, whether its a dating relationship, a friendship, relationships with coworkers, etc. I have learned that living in the moment or for the moment is not what God wants for me…..He wants me to live for Him and His kingdom and make decisions and choices that are for eternity.

My 1st Five Question Friday

Five Question Friday, is a chance to get to know one another better. Here are the 5 questions for today and a way for you to get to know more about me.  You could also leave me a lovely comment here with your responses as well 🙂

1.  Do you have an iPhone, if so, how do you get apps and what are your favorites?
No, I do not have an iPhone.  I currently have the Omnia from Samsung and am thinking about maybe getting a Blackberry in the future.

2.  What is your fondest memory of K-3rd grade?
I don’t really remember much about those years.  I do remember that at the beginning of 3rd grade, my cousin Kristine and I were actually in the same class, which was nice. But then part-way through the year, my family moved to another city.

3.  What makes you cringe at the thought of touching?
spiders, snakes, dead animals

4.  If you could have any celebrity show up on your doorstep, who would it be and why?
I was just watching the movie Valentine’s Day, loaded with celebrities, and it got me thinking that it would be fun to hang out with George Lopez – we would have a lot of laughs, or go “punk” people with Ashton Kutcher.

5.  What would you say is your best physical feature? my eyes