Monday, November 27, 2006

One Word Quiz

From Udge and Little Light

You can only answer with one word. No explanations.

1. Yourself: constant
2. Your spouse: future
3. Your hair: straight
4. Your mother: lovely
5. Your father: guru
6. Your favorite item: house
7. Your dream last night: invisible
8. Your favorite drink: water
9. Your dream car: owned
10. The room you are in: office
11. Your ex: nonexistent
12. Your fear: loneliness
13. What you want to be in 10 years: mommy
14. Who you hung out with last night: myself
15. What you're not: mean
16. Muffins: yum
17: One of your wish list items: husband
18: Time: speeding
19. The last thing you did: drove
20. What you are wearing: flipflops
21. Your favorite weather: stormy
22. Your favorite book: fiction
23. The last thing you ate: stromboli
24. Your life: busy
25. Your mood: peaceful
26. Your best friend: stressed
27. What you're thinking about right now: decorating
28. Your car: shiny
29. What you are doing at the moment: thinking
30. Your summer: vacation
31. Your relationship status: waiting
32. What is on your TV: kleenex
33. What is the weather like: mild
34. When was the last time you laughed: tonight

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Home Again.....

Well, just so you all know that I'm still here...... ;-) sorry for the lack of posts lately -- just kinda busy and not really anything blog-worthy going on!

I spent a great long weekend at home with my family for Thanksgiving. We had the gang over for lunch on Thursday, shopped a little (definitely NOT early) and saw a movie (Happy Feet) on Friday. My sis and bro-in-law left to spend the weekend with his family, so it was just me and the folks shopping and another movie (Casino Royale) on Saturday.

Church today, then the drive back.....which was horrible due to wrecks and construction. What should have been about 3 hours, was almost 4! Yuck. But, I'm home now.....my house is still standing (it was a little nerve-wracking to leave it unattended!)......and I'm ready to finish unpacking and crawl into bed!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Retreat

Why is that I almost always come back tired from a retreat?

This past weekend was our singles retreat at church -- totally planned and executed by folks in our group -- and for the first time in a long, long time, I was able to go and just participate! No planning, no worrying, no constant working. It was wonderful. But I'm still really tired!

We drove up in shifts after work on Friday to Turner Falls near Davis, OK. Visited and played mafia for a while on Friday night. Proved that it was truly not a youth group or college group trip when we were all up and about before 8 am on Saturday! After breakfast, we piled into the back of Brad's truck and drove into the park. Climbed up to some ruins and walked back to see the falls, then headed back to the cabin. We had our first session on missional living -- basically reforming our idea of "evangelism" to just learning how to impact every person that we come in contact with by sharing our lives with them and in turn being able to show the love of God.

After lunch, we all went outside and played a great round of Capture the Flag. I don't think I've played that since a week at camp in middle school! It was so much fun, but my legs are screaming at me today! We came back in and played a few inside games, then had the last session. After a yummy hamburger dinner, we made a campfire, cooked s'mores and worshiped by firelight.

This morning, we cleaned up the cabin and headed back in time to make it for the end of church because one of our friends was getting baptized! It truly was a great weekend!

This afternoon I spent resting a little -- but more straightening and getting ready to host Dinner Club for the first time in my new house tomorrow night!

Now, I'm off to bed......

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Cold weather?

The past few weeks it has gotten pretty chilly at night. So, rather than risk blowing myself and my new house to the moon, I decided it prudent to have a licensed HVAC company come and check my furnace out before I shifted it over for the winter. They came this morning (in the 9-12 appointment slot -- they made it to my house about 10:40) and officially pronounced my heater in good shape and ready to go.

Now it is going to be in the 80s this week..... oh well, maybe winter will come anyway.

Letting go

I will admit -- Sunday morning sermons don't usually stick with me throughout the week. But the one from this past Sunday has and probably will for a while. Maybe it is just the spot that I'm in right now, but what Scott talked about really hit me.

He started off showing a clip from Finding Nemo where Marlin and Dory are trapped in the whale. The scene is showing Marlin and Dory arguing about letting go -- not letting fear and what-ifs get in the way of possibility. Scott brought it around to us asking, what do we need to let go of in order to have the relationship with God that he desires??

I know that God put dreams and desires in my heart for a reason. I believe that he might even bless me enough to make some of them come true. But I also know that he wants me to rely on Him first and foremost. And I will confess, that is something that I don't do very well. So, I must work to make him first in my life -- and not believe that his love is conditional when things in my life don't work out the way that I plan.

So, no, I'm not letting go of the dreams and wishes. I'm trying to let go of letting those dreams become barriers to my relationship with God.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Torture.....

Why do I torture myself? On the one hand I love the happily ever after of so many movies..... on the other hand it is a reminder that my life is not fairy tale with a prince on the horizon.

I wonder, when do I need to let go of the dream?