Thursday, June 29, 2006

A Bedtime Story

Once upon a time, Belle and the Beast (a cute, handsome Beast, and not really 'beast-like' at all) moved from their rented cottage house into their first castle. They spent an entire month fixing it up; every day and night they slaved like their friend Cinderella to get their castle ready for the big ball- painting, recarpeting, putting together furniture, etc.

Well, the big ball came and went. It was a big success and every villager who came to see the castle was very impressed and excited for Belle and the Beast. Congratulations were in order, for this castle took four years for Belle and the Beast to acquire.

Belle and the Beast were glad the ball was so much fun, but were having trouble picking a favorite room in their castle. All their hard work paid off and now they get to enjoy their castle, and of course, live happily ever after...

The End... Or is it only the beginning?

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Driving Miss Susie

I drove by myself tonight in the dark.

That might not sound like much, but for me, it's a big deal. I hate driving in the dark. With a passion. Especially by myself. I knew that by moving farther away from everything and having a longer commute, I was going to have to do it at some point and get used to driving at night, but tonight was the first time. A sick friend had a hankering for some Gatorade and Bo's and I had to help like a superhero must rescue the world. Well I did it and it felt great! I blasted some KLOVE and sang to my little heart's content driving down the highway eating french fries and drinking Pepsi, calling my beloved hubby every so often to tell him I was doing okay. My poor friend was even surprised to see me by myself at night, but I delivered the goods and sang my way home (My poor car is the only privileged thing to hear me attempt to sing, with the exception of my poor patient husband who puts up with it.). So I did it! Yay!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

We are a people who wait. It’s just what we do. At traffic lights, at checkout lines, at gas pumps and restaurants, we wait. I imagine that if we were to total it up, we would find that we spend a rather significant portion of our adult lives waiting for one thing or another. Sometimes our waiting is peaceful and mild mannered, yet at other times (perhaps as we become more and more used to the world of instant-everything) our waiting is filled with frustration and impatience. It’s not just the small stuff that we wait for. We all experience seasons in our life where we are waiting: waiting on an answer, waiting for God’s direction as we face a major decision, waiting for an end to a season of hurt or of doubt, waiting for justice to be done, waiting to be noticed, accepted, and loved. The bottom line is this: at some point in our lives we will wait, and while we are here in this place, waiting, what are we supposed to do?

I recently came across the story of a man who was in a season of waiting. The book of Habakkuk is one of those minor prophet books we often forget are tucked away in the Bible until we stumble across it, but what I found is a story chock full of humanity and relevance. If you have never read the book of Habakkuk I strongly recommend that you do so (it’s only three chapters long!), but here’s the skinny: Habakkuk was a prophet living in Judah during a time when he saw his own people disobeying the Lord. He waited and waited for justice to be done but it seemed to never come. When Habakkuk questions God’s lack of response and allowance of evil to continue, God responds by telling Habakkuk that He does know what has been going on and in fact is raising up the Babylonians (who are even more wicked than Judah) as a chastening rod against Judah. As you can imagine Habakkuk is even more perplexed and troubled by this answer and responds with more questions and more doubt about exactly what God is trying to accomplish. It is here where God responds a second time that I was struck by these words:

“For [the vision] is yet for the appointed time; It hastens towards the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it: For it will certainly come, it will not delay.” (2:3)

God proceeds to reveal to Habakkuk that He is completely in control of all that is taking place and that not only will He bring about His perfect plan, but that it will take place in His perfect time. When Habakkuk hears the Lord speak a second time, he has clearly undergone a change of perspective and responds with a heart of praise in the face of adversity, claiming that regardless of the current situation he faces he will rejoice in the Lord and allow God to be his source of joy and strength (v.18).

As I read this I began to think about the seasons of waiting I have experienced personally. So many times I have wanted to rush God into a solution that would benefit my needs immediately, only to find that God had a much better plan in store if I would only learn to wait on His timing. There are often times when we feel as though God is not responding as we think He ought to be, but it is during these times that we need to have a change of perspective and remember that God is in control of far more than we can even comprehend. While things in the here and now may not make the most sense to us, we must trust His plan and His timing. When we are able to leave things in the hands of the Creator, we no longer have to carry around the weight of controlling our outcomes and instead can find strength and peace in the God we serve. Regardless of our present circumstance, regardless of what we are waiting for, God is God, and therefore deserves all of the worship we can give.

Written by Brett, my awesome co-worker buddy

Saturday, June 17, 2006

A Great Day

We had a great day today, just being together, shopping for house stuff. When we left the house this morning, our task was monumental, but we were quite productive and we now have even more awesome stuff to make this our home. Husband didn't hit any rumble strips today, he made me laugh so much my cheeks hurt like on our wedding day, and I fell more in love with him than ever. What a great day!

Friday, June 16, 2006

Go see "Nacho Libre!"

It's one of the funniest movies ever! We giggled and laughed through the entire movie, which is awesome! It's also very educational for you parents out there, as it's got some Spanish sprinkled throughout as well. Take the kids to get educated about another culture and language while you all get entertained by Jack Black and the rest of the cast. What a fantabulous movie- one we for sure will be owning on DVD in the future. :-)

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

It figures...

that the first day ever I decide to wear a pink girly skirt to work all day long, it decides to pour hurricane- related monsoon torrential rains. Eight inches of rain in flip flops ain't nothing to sneeze at, and it took quite a while to not look like a drowned rat for the rest of the day, but I eventually managed to end up looking quite cute in my skirt.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

New Adventures in Homeownership

So apparently I'm the only person ever to hurt herself sweeping. Last night I really whacked myself on the chin while sweeping the driveway. It still hurts, but at least I didn't lock us out of the house again! I did that our first night we lived in the daggone house over Memorial Day weekend. I have been told these adventures will only get better, which is certainly a good thing, because I can't keep getting hurt like I did last night! We did however, buy a new broom today so it can't hurt me again. We also went and made six copies of the daggone house key too, so I won't get locked out again. Whew.