Week In Review

June 27, 2009

Of course everyone loves Saturdays… but I especially LOVE Saturdays.  Today is a really good one because I am still in my bed after noon (I sort of have an excuse since my den and my bedroom are the exact same space).  This week was so intense and it has been extremely necessary to take a load off today, take a deep breath, and get my bearings.  I love doing a big rundown of life on Saturdays… so here it goes-


1. New Shopping Experiences that I must tell about-
logo02127So Lush is one of Chet’s obsessions that just happens to have a store in the North Park Mall (2 seconds from my work).  We were going to the mall anyway and then saw that they had an awesome deal on stuff… so it happened.  I purchased my first “fresh handmade cosmetic” from Lush.  Its this exfoliating body butter stuff called Buffy.  This guy, who we will call Javier from Felicity, showed me how it worked on my arm.  There is a definite differences.  Gosh, I’m obsessed.  And since it was my first time, they threw in some free soap that smells like Christmas.  Thanks Chet for enlightening me.  And to anyone else that is looking to making a change in the life of their toiletries, check out the website- here.  Lauren uses their bar shampoo… kinda weird, but she loves it.
The other new experience in North Park Mall was Paper Source.  Yes, I am already extremely familiar with this brand, but let me just say the internet does not come close to doing it justice.  Me and Chet looked like idiots touching every single piece of paper, but oh was it worth it.  They have such amazing designs and patterns.  It blows my mind.  I remember a couple of years ago when I first got to know Stacey, we were looking at stationary she had worked on.  I was freaking out and I remember her saying of course you love stationary- you’re a designer.  Ever since that moment in time, I have not felt like I have needed to justify my obsession.  This piece to the left is part of their new embossed collection. There is one with flowers on it.  Best combo- flowers and stationary.  I just love these things. Not to mention, the incredible plain paper at that store.  It was probably a sin for me to be in that store.  The website will never be the same thing again now that I have held the real thing in my hand.
2. American Idol-
It finally happened.  Sometimes it seems like talk of American Idol tryouts have been going on for 10 years… but it really happened yesterday.  The outcome was a no, but I am still really glad I tried out.  If I only tried out to sit on the 10th row of the new Cowboys Stadium- it was totally worth it.  Maybe I will be in a shot saying “WELCOME TO DALLAS” or “I’m the next American Idol”.  Who knows.  It was an adventure that I was hesitant to go on at times, but of course God is sovereign and brought me exactly where I was supposed to be.  Now I never have to wonder what would have happened.  The Lord has orchestrated it every which-a-way.  I am confident to follow His plan even when I feel like I’m walking into a dark cave with no light in sight.  
3. The Lord’s work at Park Cities-
I had been frustrated with the way things were at Park Cities, and didn’t see hope of a change.  I think a lot of us have felt this way and were looking only to fleshly circumstances for the future.  The Lord brought our focus back to Himself in our weakness and has encouraged us far beyond what we could have asked for.  My boss, Andrew, has started having a short prayer time for all of us in the sanctuary at some point in the day.  It has been so good to go back to Christ and lay the needs to this ministry before Him.  Since we have started this new routine, I have been so much more encouraged to try even harder and live out the love of Christ to these students.  
This Wednesday night was Girl’s Night- clearly going to be fun.  Court, Kait, and I put a lot of thought into how to make this a fun and also beneficial night.  It ended up being a sleepover without the sleeping.
 All the girls came to the church and we had some snacks.  They just hung out and then we brought out face masks.  The response couldn’t have been better.  They were all running around with green faces.  It was awesome.  
There were at least 40 girls.  Then Chet and Becky brought up cookie dough egg rolls that we had made.  If you have ever had one of these, you know that we are now talking about on of the most bonding girl desserts of all time.  We played some games and had a short time of talking.  At the end, we prayed and they all linked arms in a big circle.  It made all the frustrating moments and hard work so worth it.  The Lord has already done so much in this group.  I cannot wait until we go to camp tomorrow.  Please pray that it will bring all the kids in the ministry together and that the Lord will reveal Himself in a new way to the students.  It should be incredible.
Oh and all my girls were wearing footie pajamas.  This is why they are the best.
4. This song always rings true to my soul-
(listen to Sandra’s newest version.  It really makes me want to cry every time.  I am so grateful for the truth in her lyrics.)

Thy mercy, my God, is the theme of my song,
The joy of my heart. and the boast of my tongue;
Thy free grace alone, from the first to the last,
Hath won my affections, and bound my soul fast.

Without Thy sweet mercy I could not live here;
Sin would reduce me to utter despair;
But, through Thy free goodness, my spirits revive,
And He that first made me still keeps me alive.

Thy mercy is more than a match for my heart,
Which wonders to feel its own hardness depart;
Dissolved by Thy goodness, I fall to the ground,
And weep to the praise of the mercy I’ve found.

Great Father of mercies, Thy goodness I own,
And the covenant love of Thy crucified Son;
All praise to the Spirit, Whose whisper divine
Seals mercy, and pardon, and righteousness mine.
All praise to the Spirit, Whose whisper divine
Seals mercy, and pardon, and righteousness mine.


Finals Week.

June 25, 2009

It is officially finals week: no sleep, intense hang out sessishs, lots of work to be done…. yep. Its been finals week.  We are going to camp on Sunday so there have been 100’s of tasks to be done at work.  This has for sure been the craziest week of summer, but one of the best for sure.  Last night we had a 5 girl slumbo… always awesome.  And we have had the great pleasure of hosting Chet and Ryan in this great city of Dallas. 

I am so short on sleep right now, so I’m going to update this more later.  Hope you are loving your week.  P.s. Its past the middle of June.  How did that happen?

This week has been extremely intense work wise, but don’t get me wrong… I have loved it!  Our prayers for the ministry (and yours as well) are being answered so obviously.  The Bible studies we are leading have been really beneficial.  And for me and my girls, time outside of that group has been awesome.  I have been so encouraged to hear where the Lord has brought these girls from and where they feel Him calling them.  

Not only have I gotten close to the girls, but also to the other interns.  Our work hours have been filled with ridiculous videos, inside jokes, food and laughs galore.  We have all gotten to know what pushes each others buttons (which leads to so many great things- specifically abbrev. between all the girls and Paul), but also what each other is passionate about and cares deeply for.  It is so evident that the Lord ordained us all to be here together this summer and be in ministry together.  

Kait, and Courtney (our 7th and 8th grade intern), and I have been spending a lot of time together this weekend.  We had a slumbo last night and just decided we should press repeat and do it again tonight.  We got to meet her family and hang out at her pool all day in the Texas sunshine.  People’s hospitality has been incredible here.  I am beginning to understand how the Lord blesses people and gives them a heart to serve just by opening their home to others.  I clearly don’t know where I will be in the future, but if the Lord doesn’t call me overseas, I would love to open my home.  Dinner and a bed means so much.  Its like the host is saying, “I support your ministry and your heart.  I would love to hear about it and give a little something back to you.”  Its awesome to see the Lord working in all areas of the Church.

One last thing and then I need to go get somethings done… I am so SO so encouraged by my friends.  The Lord is using them in such a mighty way.  Check out Kimberlee’s blog here.  She just got to Honduras this past Thursday and will be there for a month.  Amy is joining her in about a week.  Their job is to love children and show them Christ’s love.  I absolutely love these girls and am so blessed by the Lord working in their lives.  They have stepped out in faith and gone where the Lord has called them to be.  But in the same regard, I am also so blessed by my friends who are living the Gospel during their normal life.  Whether they are being Christ to co-workers who have no other believers around them or supporting the local church in whatever way is needed, they are being obedient.  They have heard the call of the Lord on their summer and are answering with an attitude of joy.  I know the God is real because of the way He has changed the lives of people all around me.  It has been such a blessing to be stripped of all things “home-y” and realized that it is not the possessions or cities that I love about my life.  Its the relationships that the Lord has given me in family and friends.  Specifically one great one who I will celebrate with from 7 hours away tomorrow- my father… who is the very best and by far funniest.

P.S.  I will also be celebrating Father’s Day with great friends in Texas…. CHET AND RYAN!!!!

Death of Polaroids.

June 18, 2009

So polaroids are dead.  How depressing is that?  The other day I was thinking of how sad this makes me.  I saw a house so cutely decorated with family polaroid photos on the wall.  I was wishing this could be a possibility for my future home.  Guess that can’t happen.  But here is the good news… PHOTOSHOP.  I’m pretty sure I will just take digital photos and make it appear like the good ole days.  I have pretty much cleared off my computer of photos for space reasons, but here is one of Jack in polaroid form.