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11/25/08
tagged


7 random facts:
1. I got my haircut today:

2. I'm excited to finish reading this book! I just got it in today... started reading it at my friends house in Canada this past summer.

3. I am in a handbell choir.

4. I lived in Japan for 1 yr and taught English and made a wonderful friend there. Her name is Mari. This is a picture of her when she came for my wedding.

5. I know how to fix a cut extension cord.

6. I'm forgiven.
7. I hand code webpages and make all my own graphics... for example this page. It serves my obsession for always wanting to change things up... I have my own little space to always try something new here so I don't rearrange my apartment every month. :)




11/20/08
"bits of sunshine"


Worked with my friend's theme for awhile last night... and today for the first time in a week we have sunshine here. So I thought it appropriate to share a few pictures that capture some of the sunshine in my life:

The fact that I can open my window and get some fresh air into this apartment. The combination of my neighbor's smoke, our sickness, and my other neighbor's cleaners... it was time to for an air exchange.

Fabric I found at Salvation Army and Goodwill... yes I broke down and bought stuff... BUT I am going to use this stuff for Christmas presents. I needed... ahem... I wanted certain kinds of patterns and textures for my projects. :)

An old picture, I have hanging up on my screen board. It's my G'pa Sup, my brother and I. :) I smile when I see it... among other emotions. He was a professional photographer. He loved taking pics of us kids... so it was rare to get pics with him. Maybe someday I will blog about him... and his life.
And a random one... Gmail, today unveiled background for email... just a fun thing... so my email now looks like it's sitting on a wooden desk, on a notebook. They have 15+ different options now. I love being able to personalize things. :)

A print I received for christmas a couple years ago. I mosaic so to speak of the sower and the seeds.

From my friend Boots... she is super talented crafty lady... it's the flag of Macau... where I spent 2 months doing ministry with her and my other teammates.
And a last one... Jim Found... an unsuspecting man with simple desire for people to know the gospel. D and I got to attend a workshop of his last weekend actually on D's birthday (and he was so sick while he was there too! : [ ).Jim's message was about how we can share the gospel in every day relationships, dispelling fears of failure, and reminders that it is God who does the work and you are discovering his work as you make relationships with people, and then in those relationships find opportunities to share your faith and encourage theirs- that is what discipling is. He does have a website. When you first visit it, you might think that you are on the wrong site, but you're not... it's a plain unsuspecting page packed with good stuff.
I hope you had some bits of sunshine today too. Thanks Elizabeth for an inspiring blog title :]




11/17/08
48,589,993


48,589,993
That's the number of total Abortions since 1973. Since Roe vs. Wade...
Let's put that number into perspective because if you're like me, I have a hard time grasping large numbers. That amount of people equals the United States 54 largest cities. Again, 54 large cities... still didn't mean much, until I read the list of those 54 largest cities.
(this list is from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_cities_by_population. i tallied the population of the top 54 according to this data and it reached 48,375,698)

New York City, New York
Los Angeles, California
Chicago, Illinois
Houston, Texas
Phoenix, Arizona
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
San Antonio, Texas
San Diego, California
Dallas, Texas
San Jose, California
Detroit, Michigan
Jacksonville, Florida
Indianapolis, Indiana
San Francisco, California
Columbus, Ohio
Austin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Memphis, Tennessee
Charlotte, North Carolina
Baltimore, Maryland
El Paso, Texas
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Boston, Massachusetts
Seattle, Washington
Nashville, Tennessee
Denver, Colorado
Washington, District of Columbia
Las Vegas, Nevada
Louisville, Kentucky
Portland, Oregon
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Tucson, Arizona
Atlanta, Georgia
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Fresno, California
Long Beach, California
Sacramento, California
Mesa, Arizona
Kansas City, Missouri
Cleveland, Ohio
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Omaha, Nebraska
Miami, Florida
Oakland, California
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Raleigh, North Carolina
Honolulu, Hawaii
Arlington, Texas
Wichita, Kansas
St. Louis, Missouri
Santa Ana, California
Tampa, Florida




Just think we could have 2 of each of these cities... Humans are our greatest "natural resource" (workforce- ingenuity- creativity- friendship) We are the most valuable treasure on this Earth, why are we not treating the next generation as such?




11/6/08
Psalm 33


Sing joyfully to the LORD, You righteous;
it is fitting to for the upright to praise him.
Praise the LORD with the harp;
make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.
Sing to him a new song;
play skillfully, and shout for joy.
For the word of the LORD is right and true;
he is faithful in all he does.
The LORD love righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of his unfailing love.
By the word of the LORD were the heavens made,
their starry host by the breath of his mouth.
He gathers the waters of the sea into jars;
he puts the deep into storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the LORD;
let all the people of the world revere him.
For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm.
The LORD foils the plans of the nations;
he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever,
the purposes of his heart through all generations.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,
the people he chose for his inheritance.
From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind;
from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth-
he who forms the hearts of all,
who considers everything they do.
No kind is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior escapes by his great strength.
A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot save.
But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
to deliver them from death
and keep them alive in famine.
We wait in hope for the LORD;
he is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
May your unfailing love rest upon us,
O LORD,
even as we put out hope in you.




11/2/08
"Equality"


Lutheran Hour Ministries
By Pastor Klaus
For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For 'everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.' Romans 10: 12-13

Many Americans think our country stands for "equality." Politicians preach it; most of us believe it.

Equality has always sounded strange to me. Probably because I think equality is a pretty elusive beastie.

People aren't equal in strength or size. I watched the Olympics this past summer. I couldn't find a single thing I could do as well as the worst person in the competition.

We aren't equal in the things we can do or the speed at which we can do them. We aren't equal in money earned or in the value society places on our jobs. If you're not sure about that last statement, I encourage you to take a look at salaries for a starting teacher and a beginning NFL player.

They're not equal.

Although I admit equality is a wonderful concept, I'm not sure equality is ever going to be a reality... at least not when we stand in comparison with each other. This world has too much prejudice, too many misplaced values, and too much one-upmanship to make equality a reality.

On the other hand, just because I believe people aren't equal in everything, that doesn't mean I think they're equal in nothing.

True equality does exist before the Lord. Every man, woman, and child are equal in the fact that they are sinners and we are also equal in that we should be punished for our transgressions.

Just as true is this: Jesus came to save the world. Each of us. Every one of us.

When the Savior hung upon the cross, the sins of every man, woman, and child who had ever lived, who ever would live, were there with Him. When He died, His life was laid down as a ransom to save us all. No exceptions.

Before God we are equal. With faith in Jesus the day will come when we will stand before the judgment seat of God and He will declare us "Innocent." Why? Because we are all equally saved by grace through faith.

Every one of us. And that kind of equality, my friend, is something worth sharing, especially with all those you know who feel unequal to everybody.

THE PRAYER: Dear God, thank You for loving me enough to sacrifice Your Son for my sins. Help me to tell others about Your unconditional love which reaches out to everyone. In Jesus' Name. Amen.




11/1/08
I was tagged...



So I was tagged and my instructions were: go to your fourth online album and post the fourth picture from that album. So this was my 4th album up and my random picture of a catepillar on the 4th of July 2007.
My dilemma now is that I'm supposed to tag someone else, but I'm pretty sure no one else reads this faithfully except for Elizabeth who tagged me. So I guess this tag direction is going to fizzle out. :( WOw! It's November already!!



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