Mustard Seeds

Mustard Seeds

Friday, August 28, 2009

Random? Yes.

I forgot I wrote this and I have no idea why I even wrote it but in the spirit of being random here it is. (because of the small column the lines are all off so I put dashes between the lines)

There are entirely too many raisins in my cereal this morning --
and I wonder, why even create raisins? --
Why ruin a perfectly good grape? --
The poor grapes never had a chance. --
It is necessary that all semblance of the grape --
disappear for the raisin to be formed and made re-edible? --
It’s just sad --
that the juice and crunch must be eradicated --
leaving you with a shriveled waste of a formerly wonderful thing. --
Raisins don’t refresh you when it is hot outside. --
They don’t leave you feeling satisfied. --
They are just dried remnants of what they should be, --
not living up to their full potential. --
Their true purpose is never realized. --
I ponder these things as I devour my raisin bran before the flakes get soggy. --
There were entirely too many raisins in my cereal this morning. --

Friday, August 21, 2009

This Weekend

Off to Lake Mead today with the family (minus my Mom but adding some friends). I am really excited to wakeboard, kneeboard, tube and all that jazz. Laura is joining us as we head up and she heads back from Vegas and I am really excited to have her here till next Saturday! Party! =)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Community

Community (according to Webster): a unified body of individuals; people with common interests living in a particular area; a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society
Fellowship (also according to Webster): a community of interest, activity, feeling, or experience; a company of equals or friends

I love that God works through all types of communities and is present in all fellowship. It is something that I have had to realize while transitioning back into the real world from my little bubble in Tahoe. Our group had such strong community there and you could easily find someone to hang out with and get into a deep spiritual conversation with just by walking out of your cabin. I was a constant state of spiritual growth and God centered conversation. It was amazing and it helped me realize the importance of asking the tough questions of people such as, "How is your walk with the Lord? Are you spending time with Him? What are you learning?" And losing that fellowship by leaving project was extremely tough for me. I felt like God got quieter and my world got louder. But that is where even more growth in the Lord and a new lesson came in. God was present in Lake Tahoe but just because that chapter of my life is done does not mean I left God behind.

God is just as present in my loud world of Temecula as he was in Tahoe and He will be just as much a part of my life in SLO when I go back to school. The people I am friends with here and at school create just as amazing of a community as I had this summer and I am learning from them too. It is harder to dig deep spiritually with people now that other things rob our focus from God but that does not mean I can't get deeper with people. God is just teaching me to be vulnerable with other people and be bold in asking my friends how their walks with God are. A different community doesn't mean less fellowship, it just means different growing experiences and more opportunities to follow the Lord's calling to be bold in my faith. I still share a common interest with the Christians around me here, therefore I still have community.


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Important Stuff

Towards the end of Project I went on a date with Jesus for five hours. I made a list (naturally =) of what God had taught me during the summer and what I was going to take away from the experience. I think it would sum up my trip a little better to just type out this list. So what did I get from project?:
*the realization that I have a warped view of myself as a daughter of the king (ask me about it!)
*I am complacent in my life. (school, my walk with the Lord, etc.)
*sharing God's love with people is just that, loving... it is an open honest experience that should not be pushy or scary
*being quiet and humble before the Lord is vital to my walk
*discipline in my quiet times is not a bad thing but rather is a important factor
*His love never fails and His plan is unparalleled
*Satan lies to me a lot and I buy into them easily (this prevents me from investing in people and in the Lord, it also prevents them from investing in me)
*the cross should leave me in a place of brokenness and pure joy
*Patience, Trust and Obedience
*God chases after people hardcore.



God is good! His creation is beautiful!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Humanlab

http://www.myspace.com/humanlab

This is a sweet new band I met in Tahoe. Their music is really cool and they will be in SLO in September. I got to hang out with them a few times and really minster to them, it was awesome!

Final Hurrah

I am blogging about my summer in a very random way but I wanted to quickly highlight our final banquet that we had on the M.S. Dixie II. It was so fun to have everyone together on the boat for dinner, dancing, and gorgeous views of the lake.

Here begins the picture tour of the night:




Saturday, August 15, 2009

Sharing

One of the things I wanted to grow in this summer is sharing my faith with strangers and random people I run into. This is also the thing I was most scared to grow comfortable in (because then I would have to talk to people). I dreaded sharing with people and I was not looking forward to spending four hours every Sunday going out and doing just that. But God changed my heart towards sharing and I am so grateful. I love talking to people now and while it still takes boldness and motivation to go out and talk to people I don't dread it at all anymore. I have a heart for the lost in a way that makes me excited to share with them what God has done in my life and how his love and grace has transformed who I am. One conversation that I will always remember was on the beach with Andree. She was so open and was actually excited to hear what we had to say. She had been observing one of her friends who is a Christian and had seen how God had comforted her and given her hope. it was obvious that God was chasing after Andree and was trying to get her attention. We shared our stories and a booklet called "Would You Like to Know God Personally?" (aka the KGP) Cheezy title, I know, but it presents the gospel really clearly. She was excited to hear the gospel and when we thanked her for talking to us and being so open about her views (she believed in love and peace but was trying to find it in nature and the world instead of in the creator of our world) she was really grateful that we talked to her. She did not accept the Lord there but the seed that was planted was so encouraging. It made me excited to see that people are hungry for truth and for God. He is so real and so blatantly chases people sometimes. He so deeply desires a personal relationship with each of us, its incredible.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Fun Things to do in Tahoe

Apart from amazing spiritual growth and a lot of sweet bible studies we had free time in which we were able to explore Tahoe and the surrounding areas. I was able to experience some pretty fun things so here is a list.. since I love those so much. =)

1. Angora and Rock Jumping - I jumped off of the 40ft rock and that was it. After fourty five minutes that was all I got up the guts to do. The guys I went with were very supportive and talked me through it but I only jumped when one person was left watching and no one else was there to see it. =) I was a chicken.

2. Zephyr Cove - This is a christian conference center with a sweet dock we could jump off of. The dock was probably 10 feet or so out of the water but made for a really fun day (we did this a few different days). One thing I learned from this is that gainers are scary and I do not approve... also that I am ok with this making me more mom like.



3. San Francisco - This trip was completely different then the last time I went to city. I was with four other people and we did some touristy things but my favorite parts of the day were driving to the coast (where we jumped off of sand dunes and I found tons of sand dollars), the restaurant we ate at which turned out to be sort of a gay bar (the southern guys I was with were very freaked out), and the Giants game we went to that night. All 35+ of us met up for the game and it was awesome despite the fact that the Giants played horribly and I watched a total of 10 minutes of the game.


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Video for the Twins

Caitlin and Bailey, I forgot I filmed this... so here it is!

video

So far behind!

I have a lot of catching up to do now that I have fast internet. This summer has been a whirlwind of things being on LTSP (Lake Tahoe Summer Project). So I will be blogging a lot the next few weeks to catch up my online journal... here goes!