Saturday, April 24, 2010

dis- and that, v. 4

here we go again,
because i simply can't focus lately!
that is, i can't focus enough
to get anything done that require long periods of concentration.

so, the pending food and theological blogs aren't done yet...
maybe tomorrow.

ANYWAYS, here we are!

dis and that, volume 4.

I dislike being weak and out of shape.  Softball practice proved that i am
NOT where i need to be for the season!
I do like that God made our bodies "rebound-able," in that
our bodies aren't cement molds that can't be put back into good shape!

I dislike my sweet tooth.  I wish it were a vegetable tooth!
I do like that some how, some way, my taste buds are liking non-sugary things more and more!

I dislike that our friends B+K live an ocean and a half continent away.
I do like that God made them awesome travelers ready to do his work!

I dislike how much fear controls me.
I do like that God making it quite clear that my fears are conquerable through Him.

I dislike spitter-sputter mist.  Just rain, clouds!  :)
I do like thunderstorms that aren't severe. It's cool when we can do what we need to do despite the fact that the skies are more-or-less splitting open!

That's about it for tonight.  I hope your Sunday is awesome tomorrow!

Monday, April 19, 2010



This post
is going to be about
almost nothing particular!

I said I'd post today
so here it is.


I have a few posts in the works that 
very well may end up
not getting posted.  

I mentioned once or twice 
a while back
that i had three or four politically inspired posts started.

Well, considering that these posts will only be resolved
by the elections this coming november. 
PLENTY of time to write!  


I neglected to mention last night
that one of the things i was up to lately
(which happened quite sporadically, actually!)
was that i got to see little Reese.  
Will my baby fever EVER end?  
Not if that little bundle of cuteness has anything to say about it.  
Do go read her story.  
At only 11 months, her story's got
written all over it!

Also, there are three little boys
age 1 month to about 15 months 
in our small group at church.
The oldest one comes in at the end each time
with a HUGE smile on his face.
He runs to his dad (who leads our class)
and points to everything in the room saying "Da???" (a.k.a. "that???")
He wants to know what everything is.  SO cute. 


we've got a buttercup (not butternut) squash here 
sitting on my kitchen table. 
I'm looking to make that up tomorrow or Wednesday. 
It'll be sort of delicious if the squash is still good when
it's cracked open. 


If anyone out there has even an inkling
of job opportunities for teachers around here (DSM),
let me know. 

please.  (I've already seen the job op. at Johnston, btw.)


Well, we have started a couple of plots
at a community garden just north of our apt.
A 12x18 plot is both smaller and bigger than 
I thought.
Small, because it's tricky to grow a lot of the 
plants (squash! blueberries!) I'd like to grow in that space .
Big, because a WHOLE lotta weeds can 
grow in that space. 
But don'tcha know, John got us another plot right next to ours
that just happened to be abandoned by a 
disenchanted wasgonnabeand/orwannabe fellow gardener.
Maybe some squash can happen after all.  You know,
the kind that can have a WHOLE lotta sugar, butter, and awesomeness. 


I'd better stop while I'm ahead...or behind. 
Mostly, I just wanted to quickly write something so I'd get back into it again. 
Look for a food post and maybe another theological post in the next coming days. 

And thanks for reading, whether you made it this far or not.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

just so you know i'm alive.


lately i've been -
learning about God
figuring out culinary adventures
spending time with my man
realizing i know almost nothing about growing plants
hanging out with a few friends
seeing some of my in-laws
talking with my family
playing games
reading the news
and relaxing a bit. 

so that's it for the short term...


i'll write more tomorrow!


Monday, April 5, 2010

Love won.

At church on Sunday
Pastor Phil shared with us that he 
saw a link on a news site Sunday morning
that (I think) was titled
"What the First Century Christians Thought About the Resurrection."

It claimed that many of the first century Christians did not believe that the resurrection actually happened. 

 ...there are only a few lot of issues with that.  
500, to be precise.

There were 500 people (well, not including women or children present)
who saw Christ rise into heaven.
Considering how many people lived in that region during that time
(let alone existed on earth),
and how many of them were witnesses to Jesus' amazing love and power, 
that's a pretty hefty number. 
Really, that's a hefty number even for today. 

What stuck with me more, however,
was what Pastor Phil said after he summarized the article's main idea. 
He said, 
"If Christianity weren't true, why are there so many people out there trying to disprove it?"

Now, this caught me for a moment.  
Not only was I expecting him to ask
          "Why are there so many people who believe in Christianity?",
but I was also did not anticipate an apologetics statement at the beginning of an Easter sermon. 

          -+-+- as a side note, I should have 
guessed a little apologetics would
have been thrown into an 
evangelical sermon.

It was an interesting statement Pastor Phil made.

After all, you don't see a movement
filled with spirited orators 
nor libraries of literature
attempting to denounce 
Santa Claus. 

We let our kids believe that a very rotund Kris Kringle 
will fit down [an almost always non-existent] chimney,
plop some presents under a blue spruce and
plump up a vibrant, sequin-adorned sock
until our lil kiddos are blue in the face.
It happens with Atheists, Born-again-Christians,
and anyone else well beyond and in between, 
as if Santa was some kind of miracle worker.

Christ is THE miracle-worker, and so much more. 

If someone out there is reading this
who doesn't know if they believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
here is an article that might help.  
It's better accompanied with reading the Bible and knowing the 
actual person who is our Messiah, 
so check out the book of John or Matthew and find a local church
that isn't afraid to tell you the truth of the Gospel.

But for those of us who do believe in Jesus
and call him our Savior AND Lord,
we know the miracle that He's
already done.