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Monday, January 26, 2009

Lame but proud

Ok so I chose peanut butter over cheetos and my legs hurt from working out! I know its lame but hey baby steps here...

Friday, January 23, 2009

What happend to us?

I interpret for a variety of people all day and somethings just shock me. I don't understand how some of our priorities have gotten so out of whack. We crave TV over heat, I have people who will call their phone companies because they are behind on their $125.00 a month cable bill and then call their family for help on their heat bill. Umm hello? Cut of the TV and pay for the heat!!!!! We have money for beer and cigarettes but not for food? I just don't understand.

Now I don't have problems with those priorities, but I have acknowledged many times that I despise my desire for all things 'worldly' but I can't seem to stop. Not having a TV has helped, I never fully understood how much those commercials affected me. however I still have the desire to look good for those around me. I want to have a nice house that is big enough for everything and everyone, the new car, nice TV the Wii, everything. But why?

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Too Much to say for a wordless wednesday!

Well first off for those of you wondering the wedding date I just got a confirmation from the Church it will be July 11th! However I will warn you that this is going to be a 'smallish' wedding. I would like to invite everyone but you know how it goes.....

Second I wanted to follow up on an earlier post that I made about Church and why we go. I want to make sure it is clear that we as Christians, need to be fed. I think Church is a great place for that to happen but I've noticed that a lot of Churches today aren't providing that so if not there, where? There are many other options, Bible classes, Bible Studies, On-line sources...and so on. Devotions (self study) are good and should be a part of life but we also need to be challenged by others. Not only in our faith, but also that our interpretations of the Word are correct. Just wanted to put that out there!

In HIS Grip,

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

So true...

I was reading the intro to the study guide for "The Faith" a 6 week study I'm starting tomorrow night and part of it hit me pretty hard:

"...polls that show very little difference between Christians and the rest of society in certain key moral and spiritual areas have led some to conclude that Christianity in its present form is no longer a viable option for people seeking meaning and happiness in life. Certain leaders in the 'emerging Church' movement want to lay aside the label 'evangelical' and create an entirely new identity for the faith, forged in the fires of postmodernism and pop culture.

Everywhere the pressure to change is being exerted....Believers want new programs, more 'relevant' worship services, contemporary music, and teaching that is less theological and more practical in its thrust.

Some of this is good and should be welcomed...

But while much must be reviewed and many things can be changed, what must NOT change is that the body of truth received by the apostles and passed on intact throughout the centuries."

Have I compromised? Have I chosen friendship and worship over my faith. Or is that a part of my faith that needs to be addressed as long as I'm pursuing theological studies outside of the Church? Humm lots to think about.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Slow and steady wins the race...

I am completely aware that if I was to set up high and lofty goals of I will do this and I won't do that, it would fail. So I'm working on slow and steady changes that will hopefully become a habit. Here is what I have done so far:

~I am continuing with my weekly Bible study the topic is changing to Ester. That starts next week and postings about it should follow.

~I've also signed up for a 6 week class called "The Faith: What Christians Believe, Why They Believe It, and Why It Matters" I'm excited for this one. It will make my week a little crazier but it should be good.

~I'm trying to get back to mostly homemade foods including making some of the foods that I use ie pasta! There have been a few times where it would have been very easy to just go to a fast food restaurant and get dinner fast I've chosen to go home instead. Now I need to work on having things prepared and in the freezer for quick meals...

~ I've actually gone to a gym and have plans to do it again tomorrow. I also hope to start doing more at home. It helps that I have a friend who is also getting married this summer (same date actually) and we have that motivation.

~ Because of the closeness in time of our wedding dates (Seth and mine) it could be well, horrible. But we are both doing a great job of just being honest with each other!

Friday, January 9, 2009


WooHoo! So for you who didn't figure out the pictures in my last post I'm engaged!

Here is how it happened:
I went up to the Cities for New Years Eve and that night before we went to our friends house for the party we opened Christmas presents and Ryan suggested that we go downtown to get some pictures of the Christmas lights (don't ask to see them I somehow forgot my memory card.) We started out in Rice Park and then continued on around town, we stopped at Candyland (yumm!) and then went to Kellogg Park. Wow that was a beautiful site. We had a great time sliding on the ice like little kids. While we were there we looked down at the Mississippi and saw Raspberry Island, and decided to go down, that is A LOT of stairs! Once we reached the bottom we walked through the band shell and to a circle of lit up trees. Just standing in the circle looking up at Kellogg Park with Ryan standing behind me, he told me a secret. Ryan not only had managed to get New Years Day off (amazing feat in itself) but we had reservations for Mannys Steak House! Then he started fidgeting when I turned around to see what he was doing he had both hands behind his back, then he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!

We started back towards the car (since we were supposed to go to our friends house for a party) and on they way he told me my parents were expecting a call. He had e-mailed them and all of the friends at the party to let them in on what he was going to do that night. He had also driven around St. Paul on Monday with his friend Greg (thanks Greg) and scouted around and also set up for Greg to watch Dutch and the party to 'start' at 10:00 (it really started at 7:30.)

I was (really still am) in shock for the next 3 or 4 days I didn't even call most of the people I should have I was so excited! So if any of you are those people that I forgot to call, Sorry.