Saturday, April 23, 2005


Crowd

Friday Night

Group tonight was great. We had a wonderful time of catching up on each others lives and being able to pray for each other. After group we ended up watching a film that was totally worldly but ended up being good. What I got out of it was a very positive message of change, freedom, love and hope. It was neat. What I most enjoyed though was being with everyone. I love you guys so much and I am thankful that you are a part of my life. I pray for a stronger relationship amongst our group and a growth in God that we can not possibly imagine. I pray for strength tomorrow and that you would be able to express the love of our father.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Hospice

I didn't get a chance to mention how the Hospice went. I went in with the group not knowing what to expect. I thought it was going to be kind of hard especially talking to these people who are dying. What will I say? But these uncertainties the moment we stepped into the facility I felt Gods peace and knew exactly what we were going to do. I brought my guitar and the ladies were ready to paint nails and talk. We were able to bless 5 ladies that night. One lady named Anne, said that she had not talked with somebody like that in 5 years, 'not even to her family' That is totally God. Also I was able to play the guitar for another lady named Barb. She didn't know any of the songs that i was singing but she had a couple tears rolling down her face. It was neat to see Gods presence there. We were able to pray for the majority of them and just be a blessing. And that we were. I know that we too were very much blessed by their presence. That most definately will be something that we can do again. We pray for those ladies for strength, courage, peace, love.
What an experience. Thank you father. keep giving our group more opportunities. Afterwards we went to Applebee's and were able to hang with Luke!! Love you bro.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Psalm 121 in the Morning

Psalm 121
A song of ascents.
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills-
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD ,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip-
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD watches over you-
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD will keep you from all harm-
he will watch over your life;
8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

Wow, this Psalm is very comforting. It is amazing that the God that is the maker of heaven and earth can be the source of our help. It is just mind boggling that He could love us that much. "He will not let our foot slip, He never sleeps." Yes this was at the time of David and Israel at that time but we can use this now. God watched over Israel without sleeping. I could not stay up and watch over someone I really loved. That shows you how amazing our God is. He is our shade and will watch over our life now and forever more. He will keep us from Harm.

Things I am thankful for before I start my day.
-The incomprehensible love of God
-Gods provision and protection
-Gods guidance
-My family. (I had a great time with my Dad yesterday)
-VLI
-ASU *Yes my attitude is doing so much better in this area
-My kids at work-I love impacting their lives
-My New Boss, who is fighting for Christ with me in our facility
-That I am not alone in leadership
-For the pastors, guys from VLI, Dad, Servants helping with the College group

And the list can go on...
Thank you Lord

Sunday, April 17, 2005

The Response

Ok,
There has to be a response to that rediculous blog Gabe just posted. He was right on all the way until the end. Then he started making things up. So you can figure out what was actually made up.
So it is 12:25 now and we are still up. We are in the finals for our indoor soccer league and that takes place next saturday. We will find out the time on friday.
Back to Gabe's blog.....
...
that was pretty freakin funny!!-Even if he did stretch it at the end.
Sometimes we just can't outdo Gabe. He just has a knack for making you
laugh.

That is all from here...unless dina wants to say anything....

...Nope!-From Dina

alrighty then, goodnight

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Barbecue night

Tonight's bbq was amazing. We had some great food, we were very blessed. This is what was on the menu tonight

-steaks, fish, chicken
-bbq'd vegetables with seasoning
-dressed noodles
-multiple drinks
-cookies
-watermelon

Wow! It was great. Thank you everyone for bringing things to share. It was a good time. Tonight was beautiful as well. I love sitting in the back yard just hanging with the ones you love. I also enjoyed talking about enemas!!! Ha ha. This was more than a perfect blessing for finishing my 10 page paper. I am excited that the end is near, School is going a lot better. I am actually enjoying it more. A lot of good things are taking place. Tomorrow I will work on some things at starbucks, looking forward to that. I am currently reading the Case for Faith by Lee Strobel and am receiving some very insightful information about how to be certain of our faith in Christ. Especially for ministry purposes. A lot of good stuff.
Hope everyone has a good night.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Running and Oatmeal

This morning, I was able to exercise with Dina!! Yay!! We discovered the park North of Germann. That is a place that we will be visiting more often for the college group. Hopefully. Volleyball courts, basketball courts and ramada's. A very nice park. A fourty minute endeavor. Good times. Good job Dina. I am proud of you. See you all on Friday night at Buco de pebie's. Ha ha !!!!

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Before dinner, before Group

So I am sitting before the computer at the island of the kitchen getting ready to eat a delicious meal and before group actually starts. Right now I am thinking about where God is going to take our college/career group. God is bringing a lot of exciting new ideas to mind that I know I have never of thought before. Things like
-going to serve at orphanages, shelter homes, senior homes
-reaching out to the youth at movie theatres, skateparks, parks
-taking our worship and teachings to the world, like coffee shops, parks, and still am praying about more areas.

It is interesting because, some are saying that "it will not have the home feeling" and I was talking with David about a week ago about this very topic and "yes" we need to enjoy and be comfortable when we get together. But this is not the case all the time. As a follower of Jesus Christ we are never going to be completely comfortable. Comfort is not the goal. Living in this world is a discomfort in and of itself, especially if we are allowing ourselves to be set apart. Jesus many times when he was involved in his ministry was not comfortable. He caused stirrings. People became angry even. So there needs to be a balance. A time to come together in the comfort of a "known building" and worship and learn about God, but then a time to "be uncomfortable" by sharing God with the world (however it might look)

However it takes place, I am very excited.
Keep praying, keep being Christ to everyone you meet. Keep seeking the one who gives us everything and is everything. :) Peace with all of you

Monday, April 04, 2005

Another great day

today was a great day. I actually woke up excited to start my day. God is showing me how to fight the negative thinking when it comes to school. I have battled many negative thoughts today and I have gained victory. I am very excited. It is funny though because I didn't work any on my papers due at ASU. I will most definately do that tomorrow. I am going to get a lot of work done. I will end up going to the Coffee bean and just plugging away. I am looking forward to it. hopefully I will run into some people to talk to.




Things I did today that was great
-met new kids for the begining of a new 6 weeks for my kids fitness class
-Ate really good today (starting to follow food guide pyramid more strictly) "for energy"
-worked out
-had a successful school day (I actually enjoyed it)
-Prepared worship and read the rest of ephesians for wednesday
-did some laundry
-and I am going to go to bed early!!!

Goodnight- Love you

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Soccer, Motivation, and God

So our game went well. Except I was exhausted because we were short a man. I was able to put in 3 goals and have a couple assists. It was an interesting game because my style of play reflected the way I have been this week. "Un motivated". I was so tired mentally and physically the same. I am dealing with crunch time at ASU and I am so tired of the same thing at the University. I am having a hard time just wanting to do my projects. There was one day this past week where God helped me to get a couple hours done. And that is what is going to have to happen. God is the only way I will be able to have the strength to do it. I guess this is a good thing though, because it kinda forces me to rely on God more. But then again I don't know. How much of motivation is ourselves saying ok I am going to conquer this and then allow God to work through that. All I know is that I need God to help me. All I know is that I am in desperate need of a break, or a time of great peace. I am feeling a good amount of stress coming. It is so hard because my heart as of right now is totally on the ministry of God through the college group and at work. School really doesn't fit the picture in my eyes. And I sat down and thought about why I am doing school, and the reason is so that I can one day easily support a family. But beyond that the classes I am taking right now seem rather pointless. They are all upper division electives. I just need God to pull me through. "Lord please help, take my attitude away, and help me see school how you are seeing it."

Earlier today was a good time. Gabe and I were able to help out at "healthy Kids day" at the YMCA today and him and I administered kids fitness tests, and seeing the kids really enjoy that today was a blessing. On top of that before soccer tonight I caught up with the guys from VLI and we all went to the skate park at freestone and gave sodas, water and popsicles to the kids out there. It was neat to see them be so grateful and even have some ask about why we were doing it. I was able to share about Christ to a 12 year old and he told me "Yeah, I read the bible!, You know that story about those two brothers Abel and Abel!" He was awesome. So I shared that we are doing this because that is just what we do, as followers of Jesus we are called to serve one another and share Christ with all those who don't know him. What a blessing that was. I am so motivated to do more of that, I would love to get in the habit of doing something every weekend if I could.
Keep praying for the college group. That all of our hearts would continue to grow in God. Love you all