to tie it all up…

This will be the last of my daily blog posts. That’s it–the two weeks are up! It’s been fun and challenging to get a post up every day (or sometimes very late at night). Most of my goals for the internship have been reached, though not quite as tidily as I’d have liked. Still, I feel that I’ve made the most of this blessing of extra time.

By the way, thank you to all of you who’ve read, liked, commented, and followed this blog. It means a lot to me. I’ll keep blogging, though not every day. And hopefully I’ll soon get my Etsy shop running again!

In the meantime, I’m having to go through the whole “saying goodbye” thing again. Yuck. However:

It started out as a feeling
Which then grew into a hope
Which then turned into a quiet thought
Which then turned into a quiet word
And then that word grew louder and louder
‘Til it was a battle cry
I’ll come back when you call me
No need to say goodbye  
–The Call, Regina Spektor

one day at a time

Take life one day at a time.

Don’t worry about tomorrow. Do what needs to be done today and leave it at that. 

(For example, this blog post.)

Another example: getting ready to leave Texas and fly back to Virginia. Deal with that tomorrow. Today, I need to write. 

Plan for the future, but don’t worry about it. Worrying won’t help. 

Take one day at a time.

The Fear of Losing Loved Ones

In the following, I’ve paraphrased several verses from the Bible (from the books of Matthew, Romans, Psalms, and I think Isaiah). Altogether, they’re meant to address the fear of losing loved ones and help give freedom from that. Fear is draining and unnecessary. This is something that I’ve struggled with, so I hope this will help you as well.

He who loves his family more than Me isn’t worthy of Me. If he doesn’t take up His cross and follow Me, he isn’t worthy. If he finds his life in earthly things, he’ll lose it. If he loses his life for My sake, he’ll find life anew.

Don’t fear that which can physically harm you and your family, but yet can’t kill your soul. God can kill body and soul, so fear him. However, look at how He cares for us: a common sparrow is under His care, and He loves us so much more! He knows every detail about us. So don’t be scared. We are His masterpiece. Whoever claims Jesus here and now, Jesus will claim when God Himself asks about him.

When we’re weak – that is, scared – we have help, the ultimate help. We don’t even need to be concerned about what to pray. The Holy Spirit within our beings cries out for us in the languages of the heart.

He crafted us and our family in the womb before we even met each other. Even when things get dark, God is our light, so tell me this: who should we be afraid of? Certainly not doctors or corrupt law enforcement or thieves or muggers, or an animal in the middle of the road.

God has paid a heavy price to save us. He’s promised good things for us: wings to fly and soar, as much strength as we need, plans for our benefit, the safety of our soul, His unending care and affection. He’s promised us peace.

River Dance and Writing

Note to myself for when I’m trying to concentrate:

However beautiful and inspiring River Dance (and other Irish dancing) can be, remember: watching River Dance doesn’t really motivate me to write. It just makes me want to twirl around, kicking and pretending that I can tap dance.

However, on the off chance that I want to be entertained…

Here’s some River Dancing.

 

Rhubarb??

You’ve probably heard someone say “What’s your beef?” to ask why you’re irked. And you may have also heard the word “grouse” used to mean that someone’s complaining.

However, have you ever heard someone say “rhubarb” to mean a squabble?

For the record, this is what I associate the term “rhubarb” with:

imagesHowever, according to dictionary.com, there is more than one definition of rhubarb:

rhubarb: noun, Slang. a quarrel or squabble

Never in my entire life have I heard someone say “There’s a rhubarb in the parking lot.” If someone told me “There’s a rhubarb in the garden,” I’d assume that a sour stalky vegetable had taken up residence there, not that people were bickering amongst the vegetables.

Is there a reason we use random food related words to describe discord?

Another World

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” – C.S. Lewis

This desire cannot be filled by any amount of fantasy worlds or adventures. It all must end sometime, and we are left in the world around us. The best hope for us then is that, truly, another world waits for us. There is more than what we see around us. We must be patient and wait for a long time before we can get to that incredible world, that True Narnia. But once we get there, the wait will seem like nothing compared to that world we were made for.

Go further up, and further in!

YWAM Woodcrest: Things Have Changed

Today I’d like to give you a small sample of how God has been working with me since I came to Texas. I say a small sample because…let’s be honest, a lot’s happened.

I don’t know where to begin.

Let’s start at the beginning. When the School of Writing first started, the leadership prayed for unity among us, the students and staff. We asked for it a couple of different times, but I forgot about it for awhile.

Apparently God didn’t.

During the following twelve weeks, our group kept growing tighter. We formed close bonds, and a sort of family was knitted.

We gradually became aware of how tightly knit we were. If one of us in our room had a bad night’s sleep, before bed the next night we’d pray together. If something was going on with our family back home, we’d let the group know and pray about it and have each other’s backs.

At one point, we had nine introverts and one extrovert all dancing together. As an introvert, let me tell you: that’s a big deal. Swing dancing with strangers? Never done that before. I have now. Performing crazy songs for open mic night? Okay. What about dancing during worship…in front of everyone? A lot tougher, but God got me to do it.

I’ve been able to open up to people and let them see a different side to me that no one, no one, not even my family and closest friends, has seen before. Things that, when you’re first discovering it, only a certain kind of comradery and trust can unlock.

We were blessed with a group that not only got along, but worked well together. Just in writing, we all had our own strengths to help each other, and weaknesses that we needed help with.

Together, we’ve had bad days, tired days, incredible days, fun days, average days, information overload days, even test days.

Brings to mind “Rejoice with those who rejoice, mourn with those who mourn.”

I must admit I was skeptical about those prayers. Seriously, twelve weeks? That’s not very long to form strong friendships.

Actually, it’s long enough for God. It can happen.

It did for me. It can for you.