Monday, October 31, 2011

I'm Baaaaaaacccckkkk.

Got a hankerin for blogging again. And now that I recently turned shhhh.....3.0., I feel I have a lot on my mind and much to write about. :-)
Today is Halloween but I'm not thinking about that as much as I'm thinking about Luther. Today is the day that Luther nailed his 95 theses to the Castle Church door. It served as a catalyst for the Protestant Reformation and more importantly, spoke the truth of Justification through Faith alone. And regardless of what you think of the theses, you have to admit...this man had balls.
He had a fire to speak something out. And instead of sitting on it, he did something about it.
What are we doing with our lives? Are we speaking out against injustice? Are we proclaiming TRUTH? Are we fighting for things we believe in? Or are we sitting on them, hoping someone else will rise to the challenge?
I'm challenged. I just turned another chapter in my life. And as I think about the kind of woman I want to be and the kind of life I want to lead, I am compelled to live a feisty sort of life with lots of good mischief involved. :)

I leave you with a quote by Luther that I love...

“The law is divine and holy. Let the law have his glory, but yet no law, be it never so divine and holy, ought to teach me that I am justified, and shall live through it. I grant it may teach me that I ought to love God and my neighbour; also to live in chastity, soberness, patience, etc., but it ought not to show me, how I should be delivered from sin, the devil, death, and hell.

Here I must take counsel of the gospel. I must hearken to the gospel, which teacheth me, not what I ought to do, (for that is the proper office of the law,) but what Jesus Christ the Son of God hath done for me : to wit, that He suffered and died to deliver me from sin and death. The gospel willeth me to receive this, and to believe it. And this is the truth of the gospel. It is also the principal article of all Christian doctrine, wherein the knowledge of all godliness consisteth.

Most necessary it is, therefore, that we should know this article well, teach it unto others, and beat it into their heads continually.”

–Martin Luther, St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians (Philadelphia: Smith, English & Co., 1860), 206.

Monday, May 25, 2009

On my way!

I'm back! It's been a while since I've blogged and thought a trip to South Africa is a good reason to start back up again.

I guess I'd better start by explaining why I am going to South Africa in the first place. Now that I have my summers off as a Resident Director, it gives me an opportunity to still do mission work and travel as it is a passion of mine. So as I looked to this summer, I was praying about where I should be. The thought of leading a trip sounded exciting but exhuasting and I knew the Lord just wanted me to take a summer to rest and be restored in my relationship with Him.

That is when I remembered the Siplings. Tom and Cindy Sipling were a couple I met while I was on the World Race. They are an awesome couple with huge hearts and a desire to minister to all who come across their path. When I remembered their work in South Africa, I decided to contact them and see if I could stay with them for the summer...they said YES!

So I am off to Cape Town, South Africa. I know the Lord has a lot in store for me but I really have no idea what. So far, I know I will be spending a lot of time with Him, going to Zimbabwe on a missions trip for two weeks, and doing ministry with the Siplings. Other than that, I welcome you to join me on an adventure!

It has already started out to be more of an adventure than I anticipated. Some of you know, a week ago I lost my passport. And you wouldn't think it, but that little blue book can cause you a whole heck of a lot of heart ache if you misplace it. I was absolutley beside myself. And as I felt the Lord calling me to trust in Him, something stopped me. This whole past year I have seen my faith in the Lord's work dwindle and my own self-reliance rise up. It is not something I'm proud of and it took me a long time to see it. But in misplacing my passport, the Lord revealed to me where my trust was. I praise the Lord for the lesson He taught me through it and feel like it was an introduction to the many lessons he wants to teach me during this time about trust and putting Him first in my life. Oh, and as a side note..I found it in the most random place! I am not taking my eyes off it now!

I would appreciate your prayers as I spend this time in Africa. I believe that some crazy things are going to happen in my heart and in the people I meet. Thank you!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

A restless heart for his glory

I've hit and past my 4 week mark. For the past year and 3 months, I haven't been in the same place for more than 3 or 4 weeks. Most of those moves not only involved a physical move, but a change in culture, currency, language and environment. I am starting to find that after about 3 or 4 weeks I start to feel an urge to move on. So now, half the battle is staying in one place and making life work. Staying is one thing I've never been good at. You know how most people are moved out of their comfort zone when being called by the Lord to leave? I am out of my comfort zone when the Lord calls me to stay. In the past two months here in Chicago, I've never felt so strongly that I have wanted to leave a place. But for the first time in a long while, I'm going to stay and make this my new adventure.

I think I fear the conventional life. Staying put feels like I am surrendering to mundaneness. And while this doesn't have to be true, I feel trapped. Even in looking to my future, I am at battle with myself. I feel pressure and a pull to walk down the traditional, successful road in life. Yet, I feel at the same time like I was made for MUCH more.

At the end of the day, my heart is for the Lord. But I believe he has given me a restless heart for his glory. Every time I read this prayer by Sir Francis Drake, I am brought to tears:

"Disturb us, O Lord when we are too well pleased with ourselves,
when our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little,
when we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, O Lord when with the abundance of things we possess
we have lost our thirst for the waters of life;
having fallen in love with life, we have ceased to dream of eternity.
And in our efforts to build a new earth, we have allowed our vision of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, O Lord, to dare more boldly
to venture on wider seas where storms will show your majesty
where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars.

We ask you to push back the horizons of our hopes;
and to push us in the future in strength, courage and love.
This we ask in the name of our Captain,
who is Jesus Christ."

This is my prayer.

Friday, March 14, 2008

No one mourns the wicked

So last night I got to see Wicked in all its glory. For those of you who are not familiar, it is a theater production that has been going on for about three years in Chicago. But it is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Incredibly hilarious, witty and the music..well, there are no words. So I have already seen it twice but my roommate suggested that we try the drawing for the front row tickets ($25) which I have tried before unsuccessfully. However, Thursday handed us a good card because we got front row tickets!! And OH MY GOLLY GOSH! It was out of this world! Sitting in the front row put me in seventh heaven. I mean, the whole first act I literally had my mouth gaping wide open, huge smiles big eyes. I was It was awesome.
I also decided that I want to fall in love with a guy who will sing to me like Fiero. But I promise I won't be green.

Today I started my job. So you know when you are walking down the streets of Chicago, just ho humming on your merry little way. And all of a sudden someone stops you in your tracks, gets right in your face and says, "Hey, could I talk to you for a minute?" They hold a clipboard and your next two minutes will be surely filled with some pitch to get you to join on to some good cause? whew. Well, thats me. haha.

I am workin the streets of Chicago for Children International. I talk to every person who will be gracious enough to stop recruiting them to support kids dying of poverty overseas. It is actually an amazing cause and I am totally on board. But I am not sure if I can cut it! The boss says I have the skills, but I have a feeling I will come home both physically, emotionally and mentally exhausted. I'm no quitter, so I'm going to give it my best shot. But if the weather dips below 20, I might be a quitter. I don't know. hehe..wink wink.

Enough for now. ciao.

Sunday, March 2, 2008


Life in Chicago has been harder than expected for many reasons that I won't bore you with now. But at the root of it is moving on from last year and seeking my purpose in life. I am all mixed up inside and hate this process but embrace it at the same time. No one sums my feelings up better than my former teammate and friend, Jimmy:

"The adjustment phase is like a grieving process. There's no timetable, no expectations, no "right" way to deal. It's a process that must be walked, a journey that must be taken - this completing step is imperative for the success or failure of the pilgrimage. It's similar to a butterfly emerging or a chick hatching from its shell. It cannot forego the experience of fighting through because ultimately the struggle is what guarantees life on the other side. It's not uncompassionate to allow the process to happen - in fact, it's the only healthy way! Re-entry takes support, takes time, takes starting something new and applying all that you've learned: that God is still, somehow, in control."

Friends, thank you for your patience with me as I continue to find my place.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Got mace?

Got mace? I do. haha. It's my first time owning some and I'm pretty proud of myself. And thats the face I will use when I'm walking down the street with it. No need to mess with this gal. I got mace and I'm not afraid to use it!
I figured moving to Chicago warrented getting some, especially since my apartment is four blocks from the ghetto bus stop. It has been only three days here in the Windy City and I am having a rough go of it. It has been emotional for me to start over yet again with a new church, new friends, new job, new life, etc. And to top it all off, I lost my credit cards, liscence and brand new public transit card (cost 75 dollars I can't get refunded) on the bus today. I was on my way to an interview and had to call my mom crying my little eye balls out. It was pathetic.
I just don't know how I feel about all this starting over business. I crave deep relationships in my life but love the freedom that comes with being mobile. I am constantly a torn person. But I believe, even with losing all my cards today, that God is stripping me down of everything that is comfortable to me. It has been a while since I have been so dependent on him. And even though it hurts and sucks sometimes, I know I need to embrace being out of my element. It is had for me to brave the "newcomers" group at church again and to go to all these interviews for jobs I don't really want to work at.
But as the great theologian, Beyonce, points out..."I'm a survivor, I ain't gonna give up. No, I ain't gonna stop. I'm gonna work harder." Preach it girl.
Thanks for your prayers for me during this time. Transistions are never easy, but they are necessary. And I'm just waiting to see what the Lord has to teach me as I walk this crazy thing called life.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

I left my heart in Chicago

What up folks! Well, I had a bitterly cold and snowy week in Chicago. It was awesome to see everyone again. Here is what I did (in no particular order ;-))

*Chilled with my Trinity folk
*Visited with the family I used to babysit grow, it's so crazy!
*Went to chapel at Moody
*Looked at college students at Moody wondering when I turned into an adult
*Ate pad thai at panang..mmmm!
*Giggled till 2am with Hannah putting our faces on celebrities bodies online
*Sleepovers gallore!
*Hung with Lewis the Great, Stacia and Dan the mighty, Ruthina "Wang" and Tracy the mostest
*Went to a wedding of a gal in my old small group!!!
*Walked around chi-town
*Saw my Abby friend and her darling children

and on that note..I'm moving back to Chicago..yipeee!! I got a place on the west side. UH HUH. And I move on Saturday. I know, kind of quick, right? Still on the job market but I think I'm ready for the move.

So, holla at yo girl if you are around the downtown area. I got a piece of floor you could pull up for a while and hang if you needed.

Sorry I didn't take many pics. Maybe I'm taking a sabbatical from all the pics I took last year. But here was my supa fun night with Dan and Stace in the cid:

Peace out! See you in Chicago!!