Friday, February 29, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Wednesday night six of the students from my youth group and I visited the areas rehabilitation centre for a games night. The clients have different degrees of physical or mental challenges. For most of them the centre will be their home for the rest of their lives with few actually visiting.

We weren’t really sure what to expect. The guys partnered up with clients and played scategories. The girls coloured and talked with clients. I remember one the woman at my table saying, “no one is to old to colour.”

This week I am thankful for the little things that I often take for granted. I am also thankful that the youth group went to the centre and that for a few they connected this act was them serving Jesus. Last I am thankful for the time I spent colouring with new friends; you are really never too old to colour.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Thankful Thursday (On Sunday)

I am thankful for a chance to sit and rest. Friday night we had an all-nighter for the youth group. Most of the week was spent getting everything prepared and just didn’t happen (I slept). This is my first real opportunity to blog.

Reviewing the weeks happenings I thank God for…

-Sleep; there is nothing more wonderful than hours of uninterrupted sleep after a night without.
-The leaders in my youth ministry…they are AMAZINGLY AWESOME! The youth group would not function without them.
-Friends who help prepare when they really don’t have to
-Chick flicks…and novels and friends to watch and discuss the stories with.
-My cats, they’re officially its now and have been so friendly and cuddly since.
-Having vision, purpose, and clear direction.
-The smell of clean clothes.
-Projects.
-Meeting new people.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Sunday Scribbles: “Sleep (and/or Teeth)”

5 AM

My alarm goes off most mornings at 5 AM, even I think it’s crazy. It started as an attempt to totally change my sleep patterns. I wanted to be an early riser...it hasn’t happened yet. During NaNoWriMo those early hours became my mad writing time. I tried to keep it up after November but quickly slipped into a new routine. Now, having the alarm blare just before the crack of dawn, gives me an odd sense of joy. When the first beep goes off I know I can hit snooze 12 to 16 more times before I actually have to move…I find comfort in that. I’ve also found that I actually remember two or three dreams from this sleep-awake-sleep routine, which has been wonderful for my dream journal. I like my bizarre dreams lately. They’ve about owning a candy caf√© or having the power to teleport, even the dream about finding cures to pledges by eating bananas.

My dreams haven’t always been so fluffy, in college I had this reoccurring dream about teeth. The setting was either looking into a mirror or just me in blackness and once I was sitting on my dorm bed. The dream would start with my touching a tooth, normally a molar, which was wiggly. I would touch it again and it would be so loose that it would fall out. The first few times I had this dream that is all that would happen. Then the dream changed and the tooth that was loose would be a very noticeable one, like my front teeth. Once it felt so real when I woke up I really thought the tooth was gone. Then the dream evolved, after loosing the first tooth I would then touch my other teeth and they would either fall out or just disappear. I had this dream very few weeks my freshmen year.

One of my apartment mates was in psych at the time and decided I would make a great case study. I’d tell her my dreams (not all of them were about teeth just the majority) and she would analyze them. She concluded that I had deep self-esteem issues, desired acceptance and approval and that the loosing of my teeth was a manifestation of my fears…or something. If she was right the only good news from this tale is I haven’t had the teeth dream in years.

More sleepy stories to sink your teeth into visit Sunday Scribbles.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Thankful Thursday

My laptop is in an eternal state of hibernation. Till my power cord (the one the cats thought was a chew toy) is replace my ability to post regularly will be somewhat limited. I aim to post on Sundays and Thursdays with the odd note when I can. Sorry for those who visit faithfully; I am not sure when I’ll be back to a daily writing routine.
In spite of frayed cord this has been a week full of joy. I thank God that I or the cats weren’t zapped or harmed by the damaged cord. I’m also thankful for…

-surprises
-pie. I bought one at a bake sale this morning and shared it with the youth group tonight
-meetings happening (after five failed attempts)
-plan B
-my Bible Study
-good youth nights
-a phone call saying I have a free movie rental
-Valentine’s Day. I might be in the minority but I really love this day. I loved finding cute boxes of cards for the children and youth, I love sending cards, I love that the people who I sent cards to are going to forgive me for sending them today. I loved today and am thankful it happened.
Happy Valentines Day

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Sunday Scribbles: "Fridge Space"

While driving home tonight at the start of a mild snowstorm the radio was announcing a great getaway contest they are having to escape the cold. We always want to be somewhere else. In the winter it’s a hot beach, in the summer it a cruise in Alaska.

Reminds me of a week trip my youth group took to Toronto when I was 16. The team was made of youth groups from across North America. I always thought it was odd that our group was only one from Canada. It was July and at the time the city was experiencing a record-breaking heat wave. The Americans couldn’t believe "cold Canada" could be so hot. We just wanted to stay cool. The place we were sleeping didn’t have air conditioning. It did have a kitchenette a mini freezer that was a little shorter that a bathtub with a ledge about a foot from the bottom and about a foot higher that me when I was sitting. How do I know this? We would take five minute turns resting inside just to cool off. (Mom don’t worry it’s in the past and we always had the lid open a crack and there was always someone guarding/waiting for their turn).

This could be a commentary on how dissatisfied we can be…but really I just remember having a lot of fun fitting into a small fridge like space. I think there is a picture somewhere of me sleeping it that freezer…I should hunt it down.

For more stories on small cold spaces visit Sunday Scribbles.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Friday's Five

Hush Your Mouth
1. Do you like the thrill of a chase?
Somewhat
2. What winds you up?
Future plans –in a good way.
3. Are you a loud talker?
Yes
4. What comes easy to you?
Sleep
5. What did you dream about recently?
Two nights ago I dreamt I was in elementary school about to take an exam that would determine the rest of my life.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Thankful Thursdays

I thank God...

for rest
for creativity
for being with me in disappointments
and good meetings that didn’t feel like meetings

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Ash Wednesday

The season of lent began today. The next forty days are a time remembering Jesus’ temptation in the desert as well as his sacrifice. I know it is not apart of my church’s tradition but I’ve participate in lent since a conversation my last year of high school. It was my friends’ disbelief that I wasn’t giving up something and their explanation of the reasons and symbolism that cause me to agree to give up pop. I’ve since done a bit more digging. I found it interesting that historically the focus was on adding spiritual disciplines not just abstaining or sacrificing. The deliberate adding to ones life challenged me so for the next forty days I plan to focus on memorising a chapter of the Bible. I’m also given up dairy for lent. I’ve already failed, I had milk in my tea before I remember my commitment…I start tomorrow?

Is anyone else giving up or adding something to their lives?

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Cat Tales

Yesterday’s kitty appointment went well with the vet. They are healthy, got their booster shots, and scheduled to become its in "two" weeks. I also learned that they are now too big to fit in a laundry basket, under a blanket, together, which was my method of transporting them the last time.

This very critical piece of information was not discovered until we were already on the road and through the second set of lights on our way to vets. Kima found away to wiggle between the basket and the side of the blanket, then squirmed to the edge of the car seat where the blanket wasn’t pushed under the basket to free herself. She proceeded to explore the car. Next she decided it was time to rescue her brother. The two were loose and free while I was driving. It was nerve racking. The only thing cute about it was them both stretching up to look out the passenger window.

Thankful the animal hospital loaned me two carriers for the visit and drive home. It made the waiting room experience stress free. Added bonus they said I could come in the day before their next visit to borrow the carriers again…no more laundry basket fiascos.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Know By Heart

On my desk sits a jar of honey my mom bought me my first year of college. On it is taped the verse “how sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth” Psalm 119:103, we got the idea from the camp speaker that summer. When I look at it and really notice it, that simple jar of honey reminds me to treasure God’s word –to learn it, know it, and live it. I know memorializing scripture is good. I believe it is important to hide God’s word in our hearts. Do I really believe that? Do we really believe that?

What was the last verse you memorized?
Why did you memorize this passage?
How long ago was it since you memorized this passage?
Do you still know it?

The last passage I memorized was John 3:17 this past Christmas. I learned as I taught it to the children, and we only learned it because the play we did had them say the verse in unison. I still know the passage, but then it’s only been two months. I have monthly memory verse for the children, do the kids actually remember the verse from six months ago? From four months? Three? Last week? Some times the verse we learn is new to me but often I am relearning verses from my own Sunday school days. Outside of this I’m not studying any new passages.

We know it is good, we tell people it is important, but we don’t really do it, do we? It is like we look on memorizing Scripture as a children’s thing. It makes a good time filler during Sunday school. Thursdays youth topic is memorizing scripture…I’m not sure what I am going to say to make it matter to their lives. As a discipline it has to have more purpose than filler. What are your thoughts?
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
Psalm 119:11

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Sunday Scribbles: "Foul"

Friday night’s freezing rain caused a spontaneous sleep-over at Danielle’s after movie night. Arriving home I realised the Inu and Kima, my darling kitties, needed to be rescued from my bedroom. They had slipped into my room while I was getting ready the night before and had not escaped before I shut the door. A very foul smell greeted me as I opened the bedroom door.

Cleaning is not my forte. To be honest I put it off as long as possible...and some times longer. I know it’s important and I love it when the place is clean. This isn’t a failure on my mothers part, she taught me how to clean. I just don’t. The biggest motivators for tiding up this past year were people were coming over or I had run out of clean dishes. I feel ashamed but it’s true. Yet, I spent a good part of Saturday scrubbing and scoring for the pure reason of wanting a clean apartment (and to remove the smell).

Maybe I’m turning over a new leaf, who knows? I’ve been motivated by a show I discovered on Kelly’s blog, How Clean is Your House?

It’s become a favourite; the homes are horrible yet I can't look way. I learn good tips, I see how gross things can get if not kept in check, and I have a sense of pride/relief that I’m not the worst of the foul fiends (which then gives me guilt). If you are interested in the rest of the episode here's part 2 and 3.

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Friday, February 01, 2008

Friday's Five

The feelings that I feel:

1. What are you set on?
The sewing project I just bought all the fabric and a giant white button for, cooking dinner for friends Saturday night, and a trip to Halifax…ooh and summer plans.
2. What do you have to do right?
Everything, what can you really set out to do wrong?
3. Have any kids?
No, unless you count the kids I work with.
4. Are you patient?
I have my moments, not sure how few or far between they are.
5. Friday fill-in: I know if I put my mind to it
things will be finished (not just started).

What are your answers?