Thursday, May 21, 2015


When I was in OZ a couple months ago I bought some Vegemite and Marmite to bring home. I was told by my friend that I should eat a little bit on my toast everyday for a week and then I'd like it. So. . .. I've decided the first week after school I'm going to try it. I'll eat Vegemite every single day on toast for breaky for one week. We'll see if I like it. I'm encouraged by these two clips. Partly because apparently it's a fad now in America, partly because if I do it right I should love the stuff, right?

Monday, May 11, 2015

Monday all day.

This, this was my day today.

Please Jesus, make tomorrow better. Or if you could just make it so I can skip ahead to June 5 that would be great.

Here are the lyrics :)

Brand New Day
Some kind of magic
Happens late at night
When the moon smiles down at me
And bathes me in its light

I fell asleep beneath you
In the tall blades of grass
When I woke the world was new
I never had to ask

It's a brand new day
The sun is shining
It's a brand new day
For the first time in such a long long time
I know, I'll be ok

Most kind of stories
Save the best part for last
And most stories have a hero who finds
You make your past your past
Yeah you make your past your past

It's a brand new day
The sun is shining
It's a brand new day
For the first time in such a long long time
I know, I'll be ok

This cycle never ends
You gotta fall in order to mend

It's a brand new day
It's a brand new day
For the first time in such a long long time
I know, I'll be ok

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Turns in Life

These last few weeks have been some serious prayer time. I haven't spent time like this with God in a long while. I didn't plan on needing this time alone with Him but I'm glad now that I did. Life doesn't always go as we plan. It has turns that are scary, sad and waaaaay crazy fun. I haven't been broken by this last turn, more along the lines of curious as to what the next turn in life will bring. The last turn did however bring me back to God to talk and ask hard questions.

Last week I left work early and would go for a run and sit in the sun and have my conversations with God. What did I come away with? I'm not sure myself except that I am at peace (most of the time, I'm human after all). I was reminded that I need to refocus on my mission, making disciples for Christ. If in all the twists and turns that life brings I can focus on what He has asked me to do, make disciples, then nothing will shake me. When people come and go in my life, which they will, if I am always looking to Him and working on what he has called me to do then I will always be okay.

I wonder that if before this last turn in life I had been focused on the small, in comparison to the mission, insignificant things. Not that the people or the conversations were bad or wrong, they were just becoming too big in my head. This turn in life was so I could refocus and maybe learn all of this?

Sometimes with this journey of life I confuse myself. I'm good at talking circles. I'm good at making hope grow when I wasn't really given any. That's where remembering my job that I was called to helps. When there is so much I don't know or so much that I want, I have found it best to focus on what I do know. That I am loved by God, made by God and the last thing He asked for me to do before He left this earth was to go and make disciples of all people. So, working with what I do know I'm staying busy. I'm connecting with God in my serious prayer time.

I'm also praying that my next turn in life will be another of the waaaaay crazy fun ones.

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened."
Matthew 7:7,8

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Positive Distraction

I'm needing some distraction in my life. So I'm writing a list of things I am thankful for. Here it is in all it's glory:

1.       Work
2.       Friends
3.       Good adventures
4.       God
5.       Forgiveness
6.       Spring
7.       Teacher Summer Camp
8.       Changing my room around
9.       Sunlight through the window
10.   Reading time at school
11.   Warm sunny recess
12.   Sleeping in
13.   My IKEA feather duvet
14.   Bright colors
15.   Puppies
16.   New markers
17.   Coloring pages
18.   Art class
19.   A good school day
20.   A big salad
21.   Travel
22.   Airplane rides
23.   Kips
24.   Other languages
25.   Mentor friends
26.   Distraction
27.   Mangos fresh
28.   Guavas fresh
29.   Baking
30.   Cookies
31.   Mail
32.   Packages
33.   Getting packages
34.   Cakes
35.   Seeing God work
36.   A good book
37.   Kendra, my roommate
38.   Fro-Yo friend, Andrea
39.   Rachel
40.   Married couples who are my good friends
41.   Love
42.   Mountains
43.   Seas
44.   Oceans
45.   Salt water
46.   Ocean air mixed with my hair
47.   Freckles
48.   Cats
49.   Personal contact
50.   Snow
51.   Beaches
52.   Surfing
53.   Funny jokes
54.   Improv friends
55.   Someone who challenges me
56.   Running
57.   An open road to run on
58.   The early morning
59.   Sunrise
60.   Fog
61.   Sunsets
62.   Road trips
63.   Marathons
64.   Wombats
65.   Waterfalls
66.   New people
67.   Old friends
68.   Strechy pants
69.   Dates
70.   Nice dresses
71.   Surprises (good kind)
72.   Parties
73.   Apple products
74.   Talking all night
75.   Good solid conversations
76.   Lists of thankful things
77.   Hope
78.   Chi
79.   Decafe coffee in the morning
80.   Fresh roasted coffee mixed with fresh milk from the cow
81.   Dogs
82.   Memories
83.   The journey of life
84.   Plants
85.   New growth
86.   Conversations with God
87.   Sunshine on my face
88.   Tan lines
89.   Field trips
90.   Day trips of adventure
91.   Sleeping outside
92.   Waking up and seeing stars
93.   Cool night air on my face
94.   Photography
95.   Pictures
96.   My parents
97.   Calling my parents at all hours and having them answer
98.   Light bulbs going off in kids
99.   Singing
100.   Water
101.   Being crazy
102.   Learning how to live
103.   Learning how to grow up
104.   Friends who live close
105.   Chelche
106.   Francis Chan books
107.   New toys
108.   A Thousand Wishes perfume and lotion
109.   New luggage
110.   Swimsuits
111.   Birthdays
112.   Friday
113.   Sabbath
114.   Sabbath
115.   Sabbath
116.   Sabbath
117.   Missions
118.   Student Missionaries
119.   Swimming
120.   Boundaries
121.   Myers-Briggs
122.   Me
123.   Curly hair
124.   Warm summer nights
125.   Cold mornings
126.   Fires
127.   Rugging up
128.   Letting go
129.   Moving on
130.   Thriving
131.   Thrift store finds
132.   Long drives
133.   Cheap gas
134.   Holding hands
135.   Giggles
136.   Bigger pictures

137.   My calling