Thursday, April 30, 2009

It's the good stuff

I love my Blackberry.

I love how it brings the internet to my day-to-day world.  

I love how I can never have to get to a computer, and never really miss out on anything important. 

Does it save me time? nah.  I doubt it.  I check it constantly.  But it's so convenient.

Like yesterday morning.  The alarm went off (on the Blackberry) . 
 And shortly thereafter, an email arrived (on the same Blackberry) from Thomas Edison stating that my financial aid mess, had finally be sorted out, and I have the green light to enroll in classes.  

Which is so royally awesome, because I had started wondering if I I was going to have to delay school for another year.  (And I was pretty fed up with having time to study but nothing to study)  So bring on the mayhem and stress of classes.  In 5 months I will be graduated.  Way cool. 

And while I discuss things I enjoy.... lets you sign up for free text alerts.  And so everyday I get one or two texts notifying me of crucial things.  (somebody has pig flu...somebody died of pig flu.... somebody ate bacon... Miley Cyrus blew her nose... the time Heath Ledger died? yeah, I knew about that before the twins at the bike shop...and they were sitting on the computer surfing People)

Speaking of pig flu.... lemme remove the 'huh' factor.

You've heard of the human flu, right?
And you've heard of the bird flu...

Well, basically pigs have the flu, too.  But beyond that, because they are suseptible to all 3 viruses, their bodies are like demonic virus laboratory's where the three virus types  all chill and mix and match until they crank out something really deadly and contagious.

Ironically, there's been no confirmed cases of pigs having this strain of the flu....

But tell me all about our little trailer by the sea....Joshua Kadison

Monday, April 27, 2009

A real update.

The littleDodge  Colt just keeps running.  I keep expecting it to keel over anytime and leave me hitchhiking.  But God's keeping it together for me.  Gotta' love that provision.  Though it would be nice to have a car I could trust to make the trip up to Illinois and see the Grandparents.  Hopefully that'll be soon.

Yesterday Cory mentioned rocking our upcoming week like "pebble stars."

I said "huh?"

"Pebble stars"  he said, holding up his fore-finger and pinky a half-inch apart.  "Little-bitty rock stars"

This is going to have to be a fun year.  Sis' wedding is less than 3 weeks away. Scary.  Then Jas' wedding in just a few weeks past that.  And sometime this summer I need to go roadtripping. I want to check out the west coast. never been there.  But then this Fall we have Erd's wedding, which is starting to sound like another awesome roadtrip.   And I love how we get two weeks of paid vacation.  Too much fun.

You know, it's taken me a little while to get used to the cubical life of working indoors. But as it comes along, and as the paychecks roll in, and as I watch the college debt disappear, I am more and more grateful.  And I am finding that I have a bunch of sweet coworkers, and plenty of fellow Christians to fellowship with. It's good stuff.

This job requires more sales techniques then I have used in the past.  And I am finding it to help me in my day-to-day life.  Last Tuesday we went out to share the gospel downtown.  I was surprised at how much more bold I was.  I'd walk up to people in their line-of-path  so they had to give me a second of their time.  Whoa! I'm forcing my religion on them?! what a freak!  Or am I?  If all Christians believed that everybody who did not trust God as Savior was going to burn in a lake of fire...then wouldn't the very love and compassion this religion is built around (James1:27) compel us to try to reach them?  I'm pushy when I sell day-to-day products.  Why do people think me so strange then when I take up 10 seconds of their time to ask them if they've considered their eternal destiny?
This morning, I was running through my Psalms for both yesterday and today.  Verse 8 of Chapter 26 really jumped out at me.  
"LORD, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth"
And it brought to mind a song based on the poems found throughout the last letters of Samuel Rutherford.....  (History Lesson of the day: Sam Rutherford wrote Lex Rex, an early work arguing why the law should be  greater than the king.  He based his findings on Deuteronmy 17, and his work was partially the basis for writers like John Locke, who's forward thinking made this freedom we call America possible)

We'll have to put together a sextet at church and sing this. 

"The Sands of Time are Sinking" 


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

And Therefore will the Lord Wait...

Ah, the goodness of our God!

I know, I sound like a super-spiritual freak, but I can't help it.  (If you want to skip my ramble and get to the blog update, just scroll down..) I got attracted to Is 30:21 the other day in something I was reading:

"and thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left"

whoa! I have to fast and pray just for guidance on what career to be in. So, this is an awesome promise.

So I pull out the Bible and go to Isaiah 30.

And in the first verse God is chastising Israel for leaning on Egypt for help. For going to false prophets for good words. And I was immediately convicted. How many times do I "shop around" for advice? And look where we pull it from! The movies. The music. Our friends. And if they don't tell us what we want to hear, all too often we "... say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:"

And now we have a country full of Joel Olsteen's prophesying how we can "be better" and "be happy"....

And look what the Holy One of Israel says, "Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon: therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant."

And look at America. Our troubles are building. (Or even look at our individual lives...)The keep piling up. And boom. soon we (either individually, or as a nation) will fall.

LOL. Go ahead and laugh.. That's what the Israelites did "But ye said, No; for we will flee upon horses; therefore shall ye flee: and, We will ride upon the swift; therefore shall they that pursue you be swift."
Ha! we think we're gonna' pull through. Just a little more positive thinking, and we'll make it..

I hope we don't. Skip ahead. down there to verse 18. I love it. This is our God. I can't wait for this day.

"And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him."

"will the Lord wait" why? "that he may be gracious unto you". Oh. My. Word. wow. Such love. Such desire. It reminds me of Isaiah 62 where it talks about the Lord rejoicing over Israel " the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride..."

And if that is how He loves Israel, how much more his own children? His own bride? He waits for us. Anticipates that day. Whoa.

And look at how we will respond to the world and the desires we once knew:
"Ye shall defile also the covering of thy graven images of silver, and the ornament of thy molten images of gold: thou shalt cast them away as a menstruous cloth; thou shalt say unto it, Get thee hence."

I can't wait. This is awesome. Our God is awesome. Amazing. I love Him so much.


So on the random news of my life, there is little to report. I get up, go to work, and come home. Throw in some occasional family time and a lot of time studying, and well, there you have it.

The other day a customer mentioned that she had moved to the US from Germany sometime back in the 50's. "Now, what prompted you to do that?" I asked.
"Oh, I met this army boy over there, and you know, when you are in love you can just be so stupid. I guess God had to make it that way or the human race would never have survived."

She was a little cynical, but she continued.

"You know, finding your soulmate is like winning the lottery. It's pretty amazing if it happens. But otherwise its more of a two-way street, and it's not always 50/50"

And then, at the end of the day, I had another man make a humorous, slightly deprecating comment on marriage. To which I responsed "Whoa. I'm still a young unmarried, squirt, don't disenchant me just yet!"

"Ah, naw, sonny. I'm not gonna' disenchant you. These have been the best years of my life. Just remember that from now on you'll have to buy your soda with two straws in it."

You walk past me 
I can feel your pain 
Time changes everything 
One truth always stays the same 
You're still you   

Monday, April 6, 2009

Mecies Anew

It's morning. which means we have new mercies for today.  Not for the week. Tomorrow's mercies will be there tomorrow morning. And Wednesday's mercies will be there on Wednesday.  Thank God.

So for a random update.

A couple of months ago I moved off of my brother's floor and started renting a room from one of the church families. It's been a real blessing.  Actually, my whole life this year has been so blessed. The way God provided through so many people for my trip to Africa. 
My Brother's generosity to keep me afloat on my return.
And the way God has blessed me with such an awesome job.  (and yeah, there's moments I hate it)
Not to mention such an incredible, blessed church family to worship with.

Speaking of church family... in the sermon yesterday, pastor briefly touched on "stepping out in faith"  based on Peter's walking on water.

And how we are all so anxious to prove our faith by jumping out of the boat and trying some new idea for God.

Sometimes it's OUR idea. But we expect that if get started on it, God will reward our faith and "bail us out"

Peter didn't go that way.  Listen to him:  "Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water."

If it be thou...

Then, and only then should we try it. 

Thanks, Pastor. Good words.

Only if you have a second....
I was having my morning devotions, and the coffee house music was distracting me. So I turned on Pandora. 

 The combination of the songs that played and the scriptures I was reading was awesome

Psalms 36: 6-10

"Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast. How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart."

Psalms 66: 1-6

Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious. 

Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men.He turned the sea into dry land: they went through the flood on foot: there did we rejoice in him.He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard:Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved.