Thursday, April 26, 2007

Spam

I pretty much hate these, but then I was remembering the days that Scot Bernhard used to spam my email and think it was funny. In honor of you, brother, here we go:

1. Grab the book nearest you, turn to page 18, line 4?

"He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me..." from Twelve Ordinary Men by MacArthur.

2. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can. What can you touch?
Nothing. But I am pointing out the window if that counts for anything.

3. What's the last thing you watched on TV? Technically, I watched Freedom Writers on the TV last night with Bailey and Summer, even though it was a movie.

4. Without looking, what time is it? 4:40pm

5. What time is it actually? 4:44pm

6. Except for the computer what can you hear? The song, "Give me Jesus" by Jeremy Camp, the a/c and the breeze rustling the trees outside my window.


7. When did you last step outside and what were you doing? Just about an hour ago as I was walking from the Library to home, ready to take a shower after my run (went running before the Library).

8. Before you started this survey what were you doing? Straightening my hair and getting ready for Amber's bridal shower.

9. What are you wearing? Flip-flops, jeans and a t-shirt (imprinted, shhh don't tell)


10. Did you dream last night? Not that I remember. But the night before that, my roommate threw one of my pillows at me while both of us were sleeping because she thought I was a machine gun in her own dream (go figure...)


11. When did you last laugh? When I saw Robby coming down the hill to go running as I was coming up. We always laugh (usually at Robby).

12. What's on the walls in the room you're in? A map of the world and pictures

13. Seen anything weird? No. But I'm sure we're bound to see weird things from our window tonight as the night life at TMC comes alive. :)

15. Last film or video seen? Freedom Writers last night. But before that, I'd have to say the announcements video in church on Sunday (I know, I'm sheltered)

16. If you became a multi-millionaire overnight what's the first thing you'd do? I would need time to think about that one. Hopefully, I would donate it all. There's just too many options for giving. Ask me in a later post.


17. Tell me something I don't know about yourself? Most people don't know that I play the guitar. Ummm, my RA team calls me "Mother hen" and claims that I know everything.

18. If you could change one thing about the world regardless of politics what would it be? That they would all know Jesus and Him crucified, hands down.

19. Do you like to dance? I think this is a rhetorical question. Heck yes I like to dance! I'm a little rusty on the skills, though. Something about being on contract...

20. What comment would you like to make to George Bush? I’m praying for you.


21. Your first child is a girl what do you name her? Oh I care for many names: Natalie, Rebekah, Stacey, Machenzie, Macy (yes, Prays!), etc.

22. Your first child is a boy what do you name him? Same thought process: Caleb, Matthew, Grant, Todd (from the Christie Miller Series, of course!), Darren, Scott, etc.

23. Would you ever consider living abroad? Are you joking me? Hopefully it's only a matter of time...

24. What do you want God to say to you when you reach the pearly gates? "Well done, good and faithful servant." duh.

Monday, April 23, 2007

And then I found $5.

Now for the 3rd post of the day...
Well, the helicoptors settled down and I haven't heard anything else.
Praise Jesus for safety.

Foreign Plane

Just saw Angela in the bathroom and she said that there is a foreign plane in our area that is unchartered. There are a ton of helicopters outside. Interesting to think about. My reply was, "well, maybe we'll be bombed and all die. I wouldn't mind going to heaven right now." Angela chucked nervously and said, "don't say that."

Makes me really think about what's important at the moment.

Maybe it's just someone who is lost. Maybe not.

I'll keep updates as I hear more.

Just Give Me Jesus

I have been listening to the song for a while now, and the more I listen to it, the more profound and meaningful it becomes. Ponder these lyrics:

In the morning, when I rise
In the morning, when I rise
In the morning, when I rise, give me Jesus
Give me Jesus,
Give me Jesus,
You can have all this world,
But give me Jesus
When I am alone
When I am alone
When I am alone, give me Jesus
Give me Jesus,
Give me Jesus,
You can have all this world,
But give me Jesus
When I come to die
When I come to die
When I come to die, give me Jesus
Give me Jesus,
Give me Jesus,
You can have all this world,
You can have all this world,
You can have all this world,
But give me Jesus
Is Jesus all you want?

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Jan, the one-woman panel

This morning was Youth Sunday at church. The youth groups took over "big church" or main service and ran the Sunday morning worship services! In the context of CoC, this means that our youth band (Rob, Andrew, John, Kayla, Anna, Kristen and I) leads the congregation in worship through music, and the kiddos--junior high and high school--sing as a choir on stage with us. Then Roger delivered an awesome message from Luke 13:1-9. It was titled, "Right with God, Ready for Anything." He referenced the events that took place at VTech on Monday as well as other life situations. Rog also talked about living in light of eternity. It was such a good reminder of true repentance and change, for the purpose of being right with God and thus ready for anything that happens in life.

Now moving on to another post about MHBS (Margrave Home Bible Study, after our leaders: Eric & Jeanene Margrave). We had another fabulous night at Jan's, of course. There were only 10 of us total this week, which seemed like a drastic difference from our record attendance last week. Regardless, it was good and we learned a lot digging deeper into Rog's sermon and edifying one another.

Becca, Maria and I went to Jan's early tonight. As we were leaving last week, we had the thought that we wanted to know Jan better, to sit at her feet and learn from what the Lord has done in her life. So tonight we went early to Bible Study and did just that! We asked her questions about her childhood, years in college, early marriage and how the Lord brought her from Souix City, Iowa to Santa Clarita, California. By the time for treats and testimonies (that was for you, Robby) after Bible study, she expressed to us how much she enjoyed chatting and we set up another time to get together! We were pretty much Titus 2-ing it up. It was kind-of humorous because we told her how much we had just learned about her, and her reply was that we barely knew anything thus far! I will think about lessons that I learned from Jan tonight and post it later (Lord willing). In the meantime, be thankful for and take advantage of time you can spend with those who are older and wiser than you.

Senior Comp is on Tuesday from 9am-12noon. I will be hiding away in my room until then. Pray if you remember!!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

three and-a-half hours

This is going to be an interactive post. I pose the question:
What could you do with your life in 3 1/2 hours?
Here's what I came up with:
  • drive more than 1/2 way to home in Sacramento from LA
  • go to Santa Monica in rush-hour traffic and come back
  • study for Senior Comp
  • record one song, completely mixed and everything
  • read any given book that is assigned to me for class
  • write the third of four papers for Foundations of Science (and still have time)
  • hike the longer hike (6 miles) of Tasley Canyon, driving included
  • sew a dress from scratch
  • nap :)
  • help Summer pack her apartment
  • sit through Monday night class (NT II with Dr. Hutchison)
  • read through all of the Psalms and Proverbs
  • go to one of Ryan's baseball games and then dinner with the fam afterwards
  • pack up my dorm room, entirely
  • post about 23957 blog posts
  • attend a class of Elementary Greek, summer session
  • and probably a lot more than this

The reason the time frame of 3 1/2 hours is on my mind is because I just spent that much time at Bible study!! Yay! I knew that we spend a lot of time at Jan's home on Sunday nights, but tonight I officially realized how much it really was. We start at 5:30 and stay at least until 8:00, and I personally don't usually leave with Becca and Maria until about 9:00. !! I know. It's amazing. Why is our Bible study so amazing, you ask? Well, mostly because it's a group of amazing CoC people in it. Tonight we had about 15, which I believe was a record. We are led by Eric Margrave in an in-depth study of the morning's sermon. It also helps that our pastor is a phenomenal teacher. Actually, all of our pastors are. We've been going through Philippians with Pastor Bob recently (past year). Today was Philippians 4:10-13. Read it and be challenged. I am so thankful to the Lord for Church of the Canyons, and MHBS!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

the gospel

I'm not one for linking much, but I believe we could all benefit from reading today's entry of Gunner's blog. I have nothing else to say.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

the new look

Hi friends. Yes, I have changed the look of the blog. The dark colors were getting hard for my old eyes to read. Maybe some of you can relate. I was also exploring some other good blogs and decided that I like the browns better than the blues. Not that all this is necessary or anything...just to satisfy some curiosity out there (namely, Summer's).

On another note, I am meeting with Tatlock this afternoon to discuss further PNG agendas: support raising, contacts, travel itinerary, etc. There has been no word from either of the Busers yet, so things are still up in the air as far as where I will be June 29 through July 19. Maybe Tat has some insight. I'll let y'all know when more info is available.

I've been reading through Gunner's blog and his and Cindi's time in Uganda with Judah and all else involved. Reading his words makes me so excited for PNG! I had lunch with the lovely Rachel Smith yesterday (she's our secretary for Student Life, even though her official title states otherwise). Sitting at the DTR tables over a meal in the caf create for some of the best conversations (even if you're not DTR-ing). At one point we were discussing what it looks like to obey the Lord in the area of being sent as a missionary, and what it looks like especially for single women like us. She has a passion for Bible translation as well, and it was so neat to hear her words and testimony of why she is not in the Bible translation field now, and why she doesn't think that's where the Lord is leading anymore, even though it's still a passion of hers. It was such an encouragement. I look foward to more times with Rachel.

On the mission side of things, thank you to all who are praying and who have been led to support this trip financially. I am greatly indebted to you all. Plans are coming along just fine. It's hard to believe that I am supposed to leave from LAX in less than a month! It seems like so many big things have to happen first, and I must admit that PNG is not always the first thing I think about every day. First there's the Senior Comp exam to pass. It takes place on the morning of April 24th, if you remember to pray. I have to pass it in order to graduate, and it's an exam of 18-19 essay question about the Bible. All the potential questions are accessible, and I have been studying for weeks now. Needless to say, I pretty much have to know the Bible. An example of some of the questions are:
- outline Genesis, Daniel and Romans
- give biblical and extrabiblical support for a young earth, universal flood
- identify over 40 theological terms
- define the Documentary Hypothesis (authorship of the Pentateuch)
- present the gospel message (harder than you think)
- explain the classic rational arguments used to defend the existence of God
- compare and contrast various views of church gov't
These are only some of the many questions. I am confident in the Old and New Testament sections, so these next two weeks will be focused on Systematic and Practical Theology.
Then after Senior Comp is over, there's graduation! Woo Hoo! Graduation thoughts are bitter-sweet, and I should write more about that later.
Then I have to go home, unpack, and repack. After about 10 days at home in Sacramento, I will fly from Sac to LA and meet up with the rest of the kids going to PNG from the states. We have a 24-hour team-building time in LA (Manhattan beach bonfire included) and then we leave the next morning! I'll leave PNG on July 19 and come back to LA on July 20, then catch a connecting flight back up to Sac.

Sorry today is so random...I wasn't really expecting to post much at all, but now it's a done deal. BTW, feel completely free to post comments if you have questions or anything of the sort. I would love to clarify anything that might be confusing!

Have a wonderful day, friends.

PS-I realized I never told you the outcome of the computer proficiency exam. I passed! Yay.

Monday, April 9, 2007

More Yosemite

Saw Dave in chapel this morning and all I could think was, "Dave! I miss you!" It's true...we had such a blast! In honor of our dorm staff team here in CDub, here are more beautiful pictures of us all. Plus, I know the fam can't wait to see them.

When we first got to Yosemite we stayed in cabins at a camp just north of the park. (We stayed there because we got there at about 12:30am on Friday morning. Who wants to set up camp then?) Tricia, Dave, Robby, Monique and I got up early in the morning and went to go scout out a campsite actually in the park. Monique had never been camping, so we had to give her the experience. This is Monique and I in the car waiting for the rest of the gang. Can you tell how tired we were?


Above we have me, Summer and Monique getting ready to leave for the hiking adventures of the day! This picture was taken at our campsite (isn't it beautiful?) as we were packing up lunch and all that fun jazz. We actually got the group camp site that was away from the other people and right next to the river. It was great.


Here we are: me, Bri, Summer and Monique with the beautiful Yosemite backdrop. This was before the adventures began.

Monique really likes taking pictures (can you tell?) so here we are again: me, Christian and Monique. T-Bone sneaked in the background of this one.

About 1/2 way up to the 600 stairs I was leading the way and saw this rock protruding into the trail. I turned around and held onto it as I yelled, "It's okay, Dave! I got the rock!" So Dave then wanted to help the scene and T-Bone posed as we took the picture. Good thing Dave and I were there to rescue T-Bone from the falling rock.

So after we climbed the 600 stairs and were ready to head back down the mountain, we partook in a little snack of oranges. This is Bri and me making orange smiles. We were extremely excited to be heading back down.


The boys posed for their CD cover here at Emerald Pools.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Overwhelming goodness...it's crazy wonderful.

Church
Thank you, Pastor Bob. It's fun to take note of the phrases he uses in sermons (like "crazy wonderful"). I have been overwhelmed by the Lord's goodness for about 2935 days now. This semester has seemed particularly difficult in working with girls on the wing, watching brothers and sisters in the Lord give in to sin, being confronted on my own sin, failing the Lord, and a myriad of other circumstances. Sin is gross and it messes us up! I ran into Siona in the caf one day early this semester and we exchanged the typical "how are you...good...how are you...good" conversation. As he hesitated in replying that he was doing "good," I asked, "Are you, really?" His response was, "You know what Kate? Even though crazy and hard things are happening in and around us, the Lord is still good. That makes me and everything else good." I think I just walked away from that moment stunned at his honesty and truth. Thanks, Ona. All this to say--since that 48.3-second conversation, I have been more aware of the Lord's goodness in this life.

Easter
Today is Easter. I heard the gospel message twice at church today(once in youth group and once in main service), and one of our high schoolers asked after youth group what the point of Jesus' resurrection is. She was having a hard time working through what that meant for her own life. I realized as she was asking this how much I take the resurrection for granted. Last night Summer and I were listening to How Deep the Father's Love for Us and pondering the different lyrics. That's the point of the resurrection. Because without the resurrection, we have no hope. Jesus merely died. "...and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins" (1 Corinthians 15:17). It was my sin that held Him there. It is wounds that mar the chosen One that bring many sons to glory. Charlie told us in youth group today that we get our English word for Easter from the Latin word for "east," which is the same word that means "rises" (for example, the sun rises in the east). How appropriate. How can we not see the Lord's overwhelming goodness in the resurrection of His Son?

Yosemite
We went to Yosemite Thursday to Saturday with the brothers.
Here we are right after the tunnel where everyone gets out to take pictures:
from left to right, bottom row: T-Bone, Monique, Summer
top row: Dave & Tricia, Bri, me, Robby, Christian


For those outside of the Master's bubble, Dave is our dorm's men's Resident Director, and Tricia is his lovely wife. They live in-between my and Robby's wings on 2nd floor. Summer is our women's RD who lives above Dave and Trish on 3rd floor. T-Bone and Monique are the Resident Assistants on 3rd floor, Robby and I on 2nd floor, and Bri and Christian are on 1st floor. Summer had the grand idea of going with the brothers to Yosemite to hike Half Dome, and this weekend was it! Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), the cables were down for the season, so we ended up hiking up but not all the way to Half Dome. This bridge is the farthest we went. Dave & Christian are about to toss the log over. Bri and I tossed a stick about the size of 1/2 our arm over to see how fast the river was going, but it immediately was sucked up into the water, never to be seen again. So as we were looking for something bigger, Christian joined the forces and found this dead tree lying on the ground. He and Dave were the only ones strong enough to lift it. It was pretty cool to watch it be tossed and turned down the falls.
My favorite memories besides the big hike on Good Friday was climbing lower Yosemite Falls and watching Christian and Robby pose at the top of the rocks as superheroes, playing Mafia after dark and just plain hanging out with everyone! God has granted us an awesome brother-sister team this year in His overwhelming goodness.

May you go today or tonight or this morning reflecting on the Lord's goodness--not only in the circumstances of your life--but also in the fact that He sent His Son to die for our sins and to raise on the third day, conquering eternal death and separation. On my behalf. On your behalf.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Busers

I made contact with Brooks and Brandon Buser tonight. They are the sons of Brad Buser, who was one of my professors last spring. I'm sitting in on Brad's same class again this semester, Cross-Cultural Church Planting. He's pretty much the one to blame for my opened eyes to unreached people groups (besides the Lord's grace, of course). Brooks and Brandon both live with their families in PNG and are career missionaries with NTM as well. I contacted each of them in regards to the possibility of me living with them after Interface is over. That's all for the PNG update as of now. Continue to pray for my own patience and reliance on the Lord.

I've been listening to John Piper's Desiring God radio podcasts this week, and he's expositing Romans. Yesterday and today were spent in Romans 8:28-30. As a counseling major, or as any Christian here at Master's, we use these verses quite frequently. I confess that hearing them has become quite routine--especially verse 28--and I have personally grown complacent in my understanding of them. However, Piper shed a whole new light on them this week. He taught on the doctrine of glorification from these three verses, pointing out that the reason we know that all things work for the good of those who love God is that one day we will be found with Him in a glorified state. Verses 29 and 30 are the foundation for our faith as believers in the promise of verse 28. Just some thoughts to ponder. I highly recommend the past two days' downloads.

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