Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Augustine

I was reading Augustin's Confessions for a class and some of this thoughts triggered me into thinking. How often are our eyes opened to what our friends have gone through by watching a movie or reading a story? If it's through the former, why does it all of a sudden seem real to us when we see it on screen?

This may not happen to you but it happened to me two summers ago. I was at a movie with two of my friends. One of the friends had recently had the tragedy of losing a loved one. Three quarters through the movie, a boy dies tragically. I will never forget the moment of sitting there watching the actors on the screen gather around the grave and wondering how my friend felt at that moment. It tugged at my heart and suddenly the compassion was real knowing that the friend has just been through that. A stream of light was shed on what this friend might have been going through.

How aware are we of what people are really going through? Even if we haven't gone through the experience ourselves, we can gain incite to how others around us have dealt with a similar situation. Take time and lend yourself to listen to someone else's story and experiences...you may be surprised or provoked by what you hear...

Monday, January 14, 2008

Falling Snow

See the pretty snowflakes
falling from the sky;
on walk and housetops
soft and thick they lie.

On the window-ledges
on branches bare;
now how fast they gotten,
filling all the air.

Look into the garden,
where the grass was green
covered by the snowflakes,
not a blade seen.

Now the bare black branches
all look soft and white.
Every twig is laden-
what a pretty sight!

-Unknown

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

2007 into 2008

The journey that we go throughout a year can be quite arduous but rewarding. I am not the same person that I was a year ago...all because the work of God! I learned to be completely honest and bare before God and let him speak his guidance and affirmation over me. These words from Mercy Me encouraged me this year:
"To hear you say, 'This one's mine.' My heart is spoken for."

Highlights of 2007
-birth of writing
-renewed friendships with a couple high school friends
-breaking free and learning how to speak directly to a controlling friend
-starting new friendships...especially with Elizabeth
-my brother dating Rachel
-PUSH Physical Theatre Apprenticeship
-accountability with Laura...bringing honesty and vulnerability to a whole new level
-high grades for fall semester
-getting revelations in Scripture and prophecies from the Lord
-birth of true contentment

lowlights of 2007
-losing a friendship due to my mistake of taking things into my own hands
-putting Faithful, our 14 yr old black lab, to sleep
-deaths of Sam and Karen, two Hope students


Derek Levendusky challenged me to not make a resolution about what I'm going to DO this year, but rather who I'm going to BE.
So my goals for 2008 are:
-to live a life worthy of the calling that I have received
-to be an imitator of God
-to be a child of Light
-to be an encourager
-to keep in this journey of contentment
-to be one who makes the most of every opportunity and has no regrets!