Monday, February 28, 2005

Tongue Fast

The evening service tonight was part of a series on the tongue; each week we have been challenged to take a “tongue fast”. The fast is to abstain from areas that our tongue gets us into trouble. Tonight was specifically slander, gossip, and betraying trust. Ouch, definitely got a big “C” of convictions tonight.

Sins of the tongue get overlooked and undermined; slander, gossip and betraying trust are a cancer in the church. How often has someone been torn down confidences been broken in the name of prayer support? Maybe its more than a tongue issue…rather a love issue.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Passport Woes

January 2004 I was present my first passport, I was so excited at the thought of filling with exotic stamps. And with my absolute hatred, I would even go as far as to say deep loathing for paper I thought “sweet, I don’t have to go through this process for five years!”

How wrong I was. Sadly a month into my internship my original passport was damaged. Just a note to passport holders: passports do not like to be washed and dried” This began a four month drama full of dashed hopes, tears, and much more paper work then applying for a passport (detest paper work).

I was very thankful to have the replacement passport in my hand. Only, this week I learned that the passport does not have the newest security measures…so to travel I need a new passport. Started the filling out of paper work today, yuck!

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Endurance

Starting something and keeping on going are two very different things; each with their unique challenges. One needs the motivation to "just do it" (thank you nike) the other requires the persistence of endurance. I have a dream of running a 10 km race before I turn 25 (only a year and two months away) so yesterday I begin training. Starting was fairly easy...finishing will be another story. I know there will be dark, cold days when the last thing I want to do is run a few miles. This dream, any dream for that matter, requires endurance.

Endurance requires grace and strength. I hope that I will process both.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Site Update

It is hard to believe that in just five days Selinda and I will have been back in Canada for three months. Our internship was a filled with adventures, struggles and joy. It definitely stretched my worldview and me. If you are intrested, the website has just been updated with pictures and videos from our five months on the other side of the ocean:

http://homepage.mac.com/robinwhite/selliz/index.htm

Thanks Robin for all the work you've done to create and mantaining the site!

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Transitions

I am horrible at making omelettes. They start out fine but what ends up on the plate is more of a glorified scrambled thing. There is this delicate moment in the middle of the process when everything falls apart leaving me with egg-mush. It’s all about the transition if you want a prefect omelette; opening my eyes to what a challenge transitions can be. Life is full of transitions and changes; takes patience and care to navigate through them. I am in that “post-Bethany-pre-whatever-I-am-going-to-do-with-my-life”. The future is unknown. What ever it holds I doubt it what I expect. I might end up with egg-mush.

My Cousin Bill’s advice is: “Put a little butter in the pan, it helps the omelette to stop sticking and flip over better. And a sturdy spatula”