Wednesday, December 31, 2003

hmm, it appears my blog time is still in the States. Truely, it is already an hour and 13 minutes into the New Year here as I post this...
Happy New Year!! :-)
Just a quick note for now, may have time for a more traditional, reflective post later.

Sunday, December 28, 2003

This morning's church service warrents a blog...
Sermon was a thought provoking look at Luke 2, where Anna and Simeon greet baby Jesus on his first trip to the Temple. How I've forgotten so many amazing things from the Bible I don't know, take another look at Galations sometime for
But what really made this Sunday different was a little annoucement the leader made right before starting communion. "And now Valli and Jennifer Howard will come up and lead us in learning the song Communion Hymn for Christmas." HUH?! Who? A sharp look from my mother told me I should walk to the front if I knew what was good for me. How I was going to stand before a microphone and lead the church in a song I'd never sung was a problem my brain furiously working out. Fortunately, as my mother took the hymnal from my hands the pianist began to play a vaguely familiar song. Mom had been practicing (supposedly I had been informed of this event and should have practiced too) and I had subconsciously picked up the main bits of the song. I muddled my way through the first verse, after which I'd caught on and was able to do a convincing job of "teaching" the song for the next few minutes.
Needless to say, the next time I'm asked to sing in church and it gets canceled I'll keep practicing anyway (just to be safe.) At least life is never boring at home... :-)
I don't want to fill my blog with quiz results but I thought this one was funny. I did say I was never going to get old....
Forrest Gump!

What movie Do you Belong in?(many different outcomes!)
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I don't really want to be the Jenny in Forest Gump though.

Friday, December 26, 2003

A missionary friend gave us the following psalm as part of a Christmas gift this year:
The Lord is my therapist, I shall not worry.
He maketh me to lie down without sleeping
He leadeth me in the paths of those who care,
He restoreth my peace of mind.

Yea, though I walk through the fantasies
and fears of this earthly life, I feel
no anxiety.
For the promise of Thy presence reassures

Thou preparest my heart to love even my
Thou fillest my head with insights.
My spirit soars!

Surely, acceptance and forgiveness shall be
my constant companions and I
shall live in the sanctity and sanity of
Thy shadow forever.
- Ann Shields

Thursday, December 25, 2003

Christmas with my family never fails to surprise me. Athough it was only my parents and me this morning it was great fun. Woke up early(naturally) on Christmas morning. :-) Wished a few friends Merry Christmas online...even heard from a grumpy sleepy individual in Australia. Then my mother woke up and convinced my dad that he wanted to cook us all omlets before opening gifts. Wasn't till around 11 that we finally remembered the tree. Then my dad and I played the game where we guess what each gift is, except there was a new twist this year where we kept guessing even after the paper was off. Its amazing the things you can come up with for tea towels... I received 3 old shoes, one of which I already owned. hehe Really I get to pick out 3 pairs of Congolese sandals to take back with me but since I pick them out my mother just collected random shoes to wrap. I also got some pretty Congolese fabric.
The rest of the day has been spent baking the traditional birthday cake for tonight, napping and hanging out. Even though our family has shrunk this year the ones I've got are quite worth it. :-)

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Ok, time I post on this thing. Been meaning to all vacation. Where is all that free time I was promised? hmm...
Merry Christmas!! So many thoughts going through my head about years past, how special this year is, and next year will be great too with my baby nephew/neice.
I'm am the Christmas Carol:ghost of Christmases past, present and future (check, check, check); Tiny Tim (cough cough), no sign of Scrooge yet though.
I'll write more when the storm in my brain calms a bit.
As for hope...alive and well, especially on this morning when we celebrate our Savior's comming. :-)

Sunday, December 07, 2003

Are There Days?

Are there days when the only one to wish you a good morning is the sun? The only one to rejoice at beauty of the new sunrise you created are the rocks and trees? Are there days when we all forget you even though you are all around? It’s been awhile since I’ve remembered you, far too long when its you who gets me through each moment. Through this one, and the next, and all those that came before and passed unnoticed. The air I breathe, you created out of nothing.
Does it break your heart when we fill up our time with the things in your hands rather than grasping for your hands instead? Asking and pleading for more and more when you know that without it, when nothing’s left, we’d finally realize you are all there ever was.
Are there days when the only ones to sing your praises are the birds? Those you gave the hearts to choose, choose to speak only in harsh tones. Rough and hard they shout at one another, destroying the beauty you filled the air with.
Are there days when you are forgotten Lord?

“Here is a trustworthy saying:
If we died with him,
we will also live with him;
if we endure,
we will also reign with him.
If we disown him,
he will also disown us;
if we are faithless,
he will remain faithful,
for he cannot disown himself.”
2 Timothy 2:11-13

In the middle of "dead week" I remembered this. So easy to forget yet so important. Amazing what a little time with God can do...

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Psalm 121

A song of ascents.

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills-
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD ,
the Maker of heaven and earth.