Saturday, June 27, 2009

See Less Expect More

Hey world.  How are you?  Life in Argentina is only getting closer!  I've been working a lot lately..again.  But hey..that's fine!  I also made some calendars of this month and the next for fun.  Just thought I'd share them with you.  Anything new going on in your life?


P.S. Sorry, there isn't much here this time...maybe next time!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A Non-mathematical Tangent

Well hello there.  How are you?  I'm pretty great!  I leave for Argentina a month from today!  Basically a month from right now I will most likely be in the air!!  I am soooo excited!!!  It's crazy that it's really that soon!!  Until then I'm working about 30 or so hours a week.  It's good.  The Lord's providing me with some money for my trip.  Hallelujah!

It's nice talking with people through video chat on the computer.  Especially people that I don't get to see very often! :) I did that tonight!  Got to talk with la Princesa Paraguaya! :) I talked with Emma, Meredith, Gianni, and a little bit of Will and Carol.  Fun stuff! :)

Also, I had home group with my parents tonight.  That was fun.  We talked about home groups and a few other things.  But tonight was just about sharing life together and being there for each other.  Nearly everyone was there and there were also a lot of prayer requests.  It was great to see how we can support each other.  That's something that Christians should really be more about.  I mean it's really what we're supposed to be about but I don't think enough of it truly happens. We also listened to a song called "The Real Me" by Natalie Grant.  It was pretty good.  The lyrics were also very good, talking about how we don't need to wear masks.  Being ourselves is what it's all about.  Wearing masks and hiding our real selves is pointless.  It's something that many, if not all, of us do.  But why do we do it?  I think one of the main reasons is fear.  Fear of being found out.  Fear of losing our pride.  Fear of being truly known.  And so much more.  But the truth is if we go out without all of these masks and disguises it is so freeing.  Yeah, it's really scary putting ourselves out there for people to see but having someone to trust and be able to share everything with is crucial.  It is really healthy, both spiritually and physically.  Keeping stuff like that inside can really hurt and although we may think it will only hurt more letting it out, that pain is very temporary.  The freedom that comes in confiding in someone is hard to describe.  It's fantastic!  If you don't have someone that you can share your life with, the ups AND the downs, I suggest that you find someone.  It's great to share with God, but so is having a physical person to share your life with.  God can use this relationship to both of your benefit.  It's also usually best if this sort of relationship is with someone of the same sex and around your same age so that you are better able to relate with that person.  This may not be the case in every circumstance though.

So..there's my two cents..who knows where that came from?  I didn't really know what I was going to write when I came here.  Maybe that was God speaking?  I'm not really sure...


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Getting Better

Hello life!  It's me again.  Just hangin' out and holdin' on.  Well, actually I'm doing more than just holding on.  Life's going well.  I've just been hangin' out and enjoying the Summer.  We got home from our two week (ish) vacation late Thursday night (technically early Friday morning but who's counting).  It's good to be back.  I haven't had to work yet but I start back up tomorrow, Tuesday.  Today I hung out with Glenn and we watched Defiance which was a good movie.  Not much to say about it though.  Fun hangin' out with Glenn though... :)

After that I decided to go to Best Buy since I was already close.  I got to talk with a guy who was working there named Lawrence.  He came over to me, introduced himself and asked me if I was involved in Young Life.  I guess he figured it out because I was wearing a Knoxville Young Life shirt.  It was a nice little conversation and I felt the Holy Spirit nudging me about halfway through the conversation to ask him if there was anything I pray for him about.  He said about the passing the certification for some stuff there.  He also asked me what he could pray for me about.  It was a great experience.  It was great to see God at work and to really feel it and know it was Him! :) :)

Also, driving today I noticed that that's one of the times that I really feel like I can worship.  I get to worship God as loud as I want in the car.  I was listening to a live David Crowder Band CD and worshipping the Lord while driving.  It was really excellent!  So all that loud singing can be so much more!  It's a great thing!  I'm glad that God showed me that! :)

I've been staying up a little later than normal lately just talking with a friend of mine.  I just met a really nice young woman from Paraguay.  I met her at my cousin's house in Iowa a couple weeks ago.  I'm hoping to be able to go spend some time with her after studying abroad in Argentina.  We'll see how that goes.

So is good..dare I say great!  I dare! :)  Hope life finds you well!  Remember God loves you more than you know! :)