Friday, February 29, 2008

You're Beautiful

I have been burdened since the early days to participate in theologically sound worship through music--much of what I attribute to the early days of training under Matt & Randy. I have found increasingly more and more that music worship leaders do not take theology into as much consideration as they should. Many are more concerned more with sound and appearance than anything else. But we all know this. One of my favorite worship song writers is Phil Wickham, and his newest album, Cannons, is off the charts! Each song is unique and well-written, and definitely theologically sound. I've been struck by one song in particular this week, and thought you might be encouraged by the lyrics, too! It's called You're Beautiful.

The song consists of four verses, the first two recognizing God in the light of day and His power in the stars at night. In the last two verses Phil tells the story of Christ's redemption, sharing the truth of His suffering, death, burial, resurrection and ascension in verse three, and painting a beautiful picture of the hope to come in verse four, when "death is just a memory and tears are no more", and we are united with Christ. Here are the lyrics:

You're Beautiful
by Phil Wickham

I see your face in every sunrise
The colors of the morning are inside your eyes
The world awakens in the light of the day
I look up to the sky and say... You’re Beautiful

I see your pow’r in the moonlit night
Where planets are in motion and galaxies are bright
We are amazed in the light of the stars
Its all proclaiming who you are... You’re beautiful

I see you there hanging on a tree
You bled and then you died and then you rose again for me
Now you are setting on your heavenly throne
Soon you will be coming home... You’re Beautiful

When we arrive at eternity’s shore
Where death is just a memory and tears are no more
We’ll enter in as the wedding bells ring
Your bride will come together and we’ll sing... You’re Beautiful

Thursday, February 21, 2008


Cloudy weather provides for a taste for yummy soup!

PLS--or potato leak soup is one of my family's favorite homemade soups to enjoy in the rainy weather. My mom found it in a
Sesame Street magazine in 1992--
a secret recipe for
getting kids to eat their veggies. :)

4 fat leeks: cut off the root, green parts and 1st layer of skin,
cut the rest of the stalk in 1/2 pieces and break apart
so you can wash the sand out of the leek. Let drain.

Melt 3 tablespoons of margarine or butter in a large pot.
Place the washed and cut leeks into it and cook
approx 5 min until tender.
Add slowly 1 can of chicken broth
(beef and vegetable broths taste icky)
and 1 can of water.
Cut and peel about 1 lb of potatoes (2 large bakers)
and toss into the pot.

Boil all of it about 20 minutes until the potatoes are cooked through.
Let cool until room temp-(-VERY IMPORTANT-
if it is hot in the blender, it will explode all over and burn you),
then put into a blender and puree.

Add 1 can of EVAPORATED MILK (not condensed sweetened milk).
Heat up slowly as it will burn once the milk is added
if you heat it too quickly.

Serve with bacon bits and warm bread, YUM, Yum...
Supposedly it can also be served cold,
but I have never liked cold soup.
This soup tastes just as great reheated for leftovers!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Saturday Snowboarding

Team K squared hit the slopes at Mt. High yesterday! Kate & I spent about 4 hours on the east side of the mountain, riding, carving, jumping, and having a blast! Unlike Dave, we experienced no casualties. Our bones are happily intact to tell the story today!

Enjoy the following footage we put together to tell the story...


Saturday, February 16, 2008

Who Needs Theology?

I just finished a 2-day adventure of reading Who Needs Theology? (by Grenz & Olson) and writing a 500 word response on it. As expressed in a previous post, the study of theology is not exactly what my little heart desires. When I expressed to my professor that I was having a difficult time finding the purpose of studying theology in my own life, his response was:
I don't know why anyone else studies theology but I study theology because I am a person of faith. I cannot help but study theology because I want to know God, since theology is the study of God.
Ouch. Actually, it was pretty profound & humbling to me.

Before reading this particular book I was hesitant to study theology formally. Through personal experience I have seen many Christians begin to doubt their faith and even walk away from it as they study theology further, developing many unanswerable questions. However, after reading this book I have come to agree with the authors in that the reality of studying theology, or the study of God himself, is for the purpose of glorifying God in all that we are and do. They are not quick to deny the dangers of theological study. I believe it is important for any Christian studying theology, either formally or informally, to study in a spirit of humility and for the purpose of application (as opposed to mere knowledge). Instructions on how to practically apply the study of theology to one’s life are found later in the book, but I would like to read more about how to avoid theology as a negative partner to Christian living. Perhaps this cannot be done, as each life is specific and unique.

After thoroughly and thoughtfully considering the words of these authors, I have been deeply encouraged and spurred on to study theology proactively. While dangers still prevail, I have learned that we must approach the discipline of theology in a Christ-like manner, having a humble and teachable heart. The purpose of studying Christian theology is to better understand our Creator, and ultimately, that we might respond in a spirit of worship. Jesus tells the woman at the well that “...the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.” I believe that the study of Christian theology leads one to the truths in which we are able to rightfully worship God.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

aka S.A.D.

I promised Summer that I would post about Valentine's day on her favorite holiday of all the year! So here's to you, friend!

I was talking with a dear friend this morning and wished her a "happy Valentine's day" (as I thought appropriate) and her response was:

"psh. Or happy S.A.D. Singles Awareness Day!"

hahahaha it was so funny to me! So here you are, Summer. This is my Valentine's day post. It's also Single's Awareness Day. I hope my post hasn't let you down. :) Love you!!

This is a face I love!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Check off the List

I'm one of those people who has a [mental] list of things to do before I get too old (or die). Becoming a professional snowboarder is potentially included on that. But a more realistic activity I have always wanted to pursue...try out...accomplish is that of a triathalon!

So...I finally registered to participate in the Newport Beach Triathalon! It takes place on April 20th. I decided to go with the Newport Beach one because it's a sprint triathalon, which means that the distances are shorter. They are as follows:

swim: 1/2 mile (open-water, wetsuits allowed)
bike: 15 miles (usually with an incline)
run: 3 miles (run 1.5 miles, turn around, come back)

I've been reading a lot recently about triathalons, both in books and in the newspaper. Last week I came across an article in the LA Times about how triathalons are becoming the "new marathon" because they're not as boring. Word. Something I read that was particularly interesting and encouraging is that triatheletes generally do well if the individual excels in one of the events and is good in the other two. Since I've been swimming since birth (well, almost) I am a strong swimmer. Anyone can ride a bike, so that's just about the strategy. And running--puh-leez. So at this point it's all about putting the three together!

If you've ever participated in a triathalon yourself, I would love to get pointers and input!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

What I want to be...

So...I've decided what I want to be when I grow up. Seriously. The revelation came to me about 3 weeks ago after much thinking know... :)
I want to be a professional snowboarder.
So far the responses I've received have been both discouraging (Summer's rolling of the eyes and laughter) and pondering (Rachel & Becca's responses of "how do you get there?").
Here's how it's gonna happen:
- get a job at Sports Chalet so I can get free lift tickets to Mt. High & major discounts in Big Bear/Mammoth
- go snowboarding every other day (gotta leave space for muscle recovery)
- get sponsored
- go to the Olympics
- be in commercials for snowboarding
- get rich & famous off of that
I wish I were home in NorCal for a few more days to take advantage of the nice Tahoe slopes! Alas, as I haven't gone to the snow in 3 weeks (much too long...) so here is a little tribute to my snow buddies!

Tamsen & me: Donner Ranch (12.31.07)

me & John (on chair behind us) & Hannah: Big Bear (1.18.08)

Hannah & me & Cody: Big Bear (1.18.08)

Can't WAIT to go next weekend with the roommate!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

9,460,800 Minutes Ago

me & Megan, Christmas Eve 2007

Megan Ingelore Wright was born into our family on February 7, 1990. She and I shared a room from the time of her birth until I was in college. It was sharing a room in those early years that really makes me appreciate her now! I love you, little sister! Here are some fun facts you might appreciate about Megan:

  • she's 1 inch taller than me, standing the tallest of all the sisters
  • she graduated high school last month, making all 4 of us 17 when we graduated high school
  • she just got a new longboard skateboard
  • she was a really good soccer player at a young age but gave it up to pursue dancing
  • she was an Irish dancer for many years of her life
  • her dream college is Cal Poly, SLO, to major in viticulture
  • her childhood dream career was to be a vet (not anymore)
  • she is the 2nd youngest of all the grandchildren, and the youngest girl
  • she's a really good cook and baker
  • we were on swim team for a year or so together
  • she scored the highest on standardized testing out of all of us
  • she's SO funny. seriously. Funny.
  • she's really creative...the artsy-fartsy type
  • she's the one who found our dog, Gidgette
  • she still asks mom to come with her to run errands
  • she is a morning person
  • her favorite food is...mexican? chinese? all of the above, of course!
  • her middle name is German
  • my mom wanted to name her Amy, but her dad (our g-pa) didn't like it
  • she was "unplanned" if you know what I mean
  • she used to complain all the time that she couldn't do anything because she was "too little" or was "the youngest." in reality, she always got to go first because she was the youngest.
  • she created "Donut Wednesdays" where she & mom (now all of us) go to the donut store for breakfast on Wednesday mornings
  • she has mad house/pet sitting skills
  • she & I have been mistaken for twins on more than one occasion
  • she's 18 years old today!
  • her family nickname is any form of "bugs" or "buggins" or "Megan Inge-binga"

I love you, Megan!!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

We are Donkeys

I spent this afternoon keeping up on watching the videos for class. Don't worry--the Superbowl was on in the background. :)

Since we're still introducing the course (Intro to Theology), our prof is teaching about the Who/What/Where/When/Why/Hows? of doing theology. Yes, I am learning a lot, but some of it is rather given material. Anyway, he referenced an author commenting on Matthew 21 (Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem) and I was really struck by the comments. Maybe you will be, too:

"We theologians, and church musicians, we pastoral counselors and biblical scholars, we educators and activists...we are all donkeys, a guild of donkeys who happen to be on the spot, and who are called in the providence of God to carry for a while that most special and precious of burdens Our job is to carry it--carry him--faithfully, steadily, humbly, proudly, unashamedly, joyfully--along that treacherous path which leads finally to Calvary."
- Timothy George

The point in the triumphal entry was not to focus on the donkey. It was to focus on the One the donkey was carrying. And it's easy in ministry to focus on ourselves. 

"Humility is not a virtue we cultivate, it is a gift which comes to us as we focus on the object of our vision, on the precious cargo we are permitted to bear for a while."

We're cultivating godliness as we cultivate perseverance, as we cultivate endurance, as we cultivate survival, humility happens.