Thursday, April 27, 2006

Blurry vision

How's your vision? Is it 20/20? Today I remembered that my vision is not 20/20...my spiritual vision that is. My focus gets stuck on the situation right in front of my face and I couldn't see the big picture. Thankfully someone made a comment that got my attention and brought me back into focus.

Here's a shocker for you.

Are you ready???

It's not all about me!

I know! I know! I am as surprised as you are!

That wasn't the comment made, just part of the realization of it being about the bigger picture and not my small view.

He works all things together for good to those love God, who have been called according to HIS purposes...not mine. (MPV = Marie Paraphrased Version)

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding weight of glory, while we do not look at the things that are seen. For the things that are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
(2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

So it's been a while...

You know how you plan to do something tomorrow because today is so busy, but tomorrow never comes. That's how it's been with me and updating the blog. I meant to tell you more about my weekend in Cedartown...like when the security alarm people called the police on us because I am alarm code, button pushing challenged. Also about hearing the civil tornado siren wailing and realizing I was on the floor between two sheet glass windows. I thought I was going to be killed by shards of flying glass. Yes, that's a little dramatic, but when you are scared of storms and it's about 3:30am and everyone else is sleeping through the tornado warning...your mind can imagine the worst. I prayed ALOT!

Since my last blog....
  • I began my last quarter of college. Graduation is June 15. I can't wait!!
  • I went on a "Testosterone-free weekend" with beautiful ladies that have been my best friends since we were teens. Of course, that's only been a couple of years, right girls?! ;o) They signed confidentiality agreements and will not tell any of my teenage secrets.
  • We began preparation to move our organization to a new location. My office suite will be moved first. How many boxes do you think are packed? I mean, come on, seriously. We have 20 more days. Plenty of time, right?! NOT!!

On a different note, one of my dear friend's baby Caleb went Home to be with Jesus on Monday night. Please pray for her, her husband, and their families.

That's it for now. I will try to manage my time better and keep up with the blogging.

No, I mean it.

I will.

Stop laughing.

giggle, giggle, snort

Sunday, April 09, 2006

My Weekend, Part One: A stray dog

Thursday night I went to Cedartown on a Singles Leadership Team planning retreat. We stayed in the cabin of a relative of a friend. It was a nice cabin in the middle of no where. My "bed" was on the floor...a stack of thick cushions that you melted into while sleeping. Very comfy!

Friday morning, I walked up the driveway and down the street. A stray dog decided to join me. He chased bugs, birds, squirrels and marked his territory on every mailbox and patch of weeds on the side of the road. My new friend stayed ahead of me just far enough that he could be there to protect me, or so I thought. On the way back to the cabin, two mean looking dogs ran from behind a mobile home. My fierce protector looked up at me and whimpered as if to ask for my help. I told him that he was supposed to take care of me. ;o) We ignored the scary dogs and kept walking. When we got to a cross roads, I realized I couldn't remember the way back to the cabin. I am directionally challenged. (See previous post) I decided to ignore the "Keep out! Private Property" sign and followed my canine escort onto the gravel road. It's a good thing because soon I saw the house number at the end of the driveway. I said outloud "That's where I live." The dog immediately walked down the driveway and up to the front door of the cabin. The irony is the motivational phrase "Walk your dog even if you don't have one" came to mind just before I left the cabin. And I prayed for God's protection too. Hmmmm. Maybe that brown dog was an answer to prayer.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Do you belong in the zoo?

Some of the singles group (and some alumni) from church went on a "behind the scenes tour" of Zoo Atlanta on Saturday. We woke up to rain but decided to go anyway. I am so glad we did! The skies cleared and the sun shone brightly with the perfect breeze. What a great day! (Thanks for the prayers, HL!)

We saw the lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Actually they were koala bears. :o) So very cute and cuddly. The twins gorillas were so adorable too. The bird show was fun, even with a hawk flying over head. Our tour guide and friend J said husbands and kids can be trained but wives can't. All the women in the crowd mumbled. It was like "Oh no he didn't!"

My favorite part, much to my surprise, was feeding Kelly who is a sleek and slim 7500 lb elephant. They want her to weigh as much as the other elephants, somewhere in the 8000s. The trainer was feeding her wheat bread. I wanted to tell Kelly to eat the bread and some chips, take a nap, eat some cake, take another nap, eat some pizza, take another nap....etc etc etc. That would bulk her up really quick! :o)

Kelly's eyelashes were long and so pretty. I wanted to curl them. The trainer realized Kelly was napping every time after eating a piece of bread (atta girl Kelly!) and decided to feed her some large pellets. They looked like large pieces of rabbit food. LARGE pieces! BIG! HUGE! So we all got a handful of the pellets...did I mention they were big?....and Kelly ate them out of our hands. It was totally gross and totally cool at the same time! Like totally! Oh my gosh!

I couldn't wait to wash my hands after that. Then we walked by the tractor hauling the elephant poo...yes, it smells as bad as you can imagine...and were free to roam the zoo on our own. On the way home, AC and I stopped and got Icee's at Burger King. Possibly the best Icee I've ever had.

Later that night, we had snow cones at the Towel's apartment. YUM YUM! It's great to be a kid!