Thursday, March 29, 2007

Thankful Thursdays #10

This week has been great full of little and big joys. God has been good to me. I thank Him for…

-Hearing good speakers
-Good cheesecake made by someone else
-Car rides with friends
-Answered prayer
-Talking to my family
-My spirit being refreshed and renewed
-Scripture becoming alive to me
-Dollar store foam swords that lead to sword flights
-TV nights with my neighbor
-Walked into my office during youth tonight to grab something and noticed a nice neat pile of dirt in the center of my desk…got to love inside jokes
-Testimonies that inspire
-Clean kitchens

That's my thankful list...what's been a blessing for you this week?

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Is it a sin?

Last night I met with six teens who are preparing to be baptized. The book that is guiding us used John 10:27 “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me” to show obedience as a reason to be baptized. One of the guys asked, “then would not being baptized be a sin?” I gave an answer, but I am not totally satisfied with it. So I am curious, what do you think, is it a sin for a Christian to not be baptized and how do you support your answer?

Monday, March 26, 2007

A Very Merry March Unbirthday:

“Happy Birthday Liz” yelled two very excited girls, just before our baptism class began tonight. They gave me box and a card. “It’s a cake!” one exclaimed before I could even open the box. It was a time of great joy and laughter as I told them how thankful I was for their thoughtfulness and gifts but had to add they were a month early. They were okay with that adding that I just wouldn’t get anything next month.

The whole situation brought to mind I only have a month till my 25 Challenges time is up. I still have 10 to go. We’ll see how it goes.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Thankful Thursdays #9

Last week was very full, this week was a chance to sit back and just relax. It was wonderful. I thank God for the rest and for…

-The freedom to take a break from blogging so that the urgent need to post didn’t control me
-Chocolate milk
-Books that inspire
-Friends ability to discuss and share thoughts and wisdom as equals
-Chick flicks
-The sun is still shinning at 5pm
-Helpful retail people who take the extra effort to find answers
-Spring is here…even if the weather disagrees
-Invitations for coffee
-Words of encouragement
-Parents who support the church’s youth ministry
-Children’s statements in general
-Windy nights with an eerie almost magical sky

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Thankful Thursdays #8

There’s a sleepover happening at my place right now, Mollie is going to help me with this weeks praising God. We thank the Lord for:

-The roof over our heads (and that rent was paid)
-Sandal weather, I’ve been wearing mine since Monday
-That we live in a free country
-Youth willing to step into leadership
-Those who sweep the floor after everyone else has left
-Our families, they’re great
-One hour photo development
-That I survived the all-nighter
-Friends to play Dutch blitz
-Growing up and picking out own groceries
-New ministry connections

What are you thankful for this week?

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Hibranation, Blue, and the Vortex Returns

I have fully recovered from Monday’s adventures, only Tuesday did not exist this week. A few of the youth were over at the church today preparing for tomorrows two events. They all agreed with me that this week Tuesday just did not happen. My current theory is that it slipped into some time space continuum vortex.

I am overwhelmed by the week, all that has happened, will happen, and things left to do to make it happen. When it is all done I think I will hibernate for the rest of winter. Yet that anticipation is building for youth tomorrow night. Two weeks ago I issued the teens a challenge to have 40 participate and I would do something "extreme". Only a few more hours to see if they will come through on there side of the challenge.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

I survived!

The night went great. There were enough activities that fit the flow of the night and watching the sunrise was beautiful. It was a success, even if one of the kids broke a toe. I'm going to go sleep now.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Anticipation and iPod

The anticipation grows in 11 hours and 26 minutes the youth from the church and a few friends will be flooding in for an all-nighter. Not just any all-nighter. It is the first one I have ever planned. I would expect to be feeling a whole range of emotions but instead I just feel sleepy and hungry. Thinking that is not a good way to start off because I already know that is how the day will end. Connected with the youth group last week I shared quotes from a youth trip. Someone dear to me was offended on my behalf by the second comment "you should have been born mute". Till she heard the context, turns out Jay isn’t really rude at all:

Once upon a time in Erwin the Car during a road trip David lost his ipod. It was such a tragic event that we immediately stopped at the nearest Tim Hortons to search. Actually the guys searched I went and bought a tea and cookies (to share). Then David went to buy something and Jay and I moved the car then searched for the ipod. Finally Jay went in we reparked –again, and than successfully searched for the ipod. It was in one of those overly obvious places that when once found you feel foolish. David asked me not to tell Jay where it had been. I agreed to the secret. After Jay found the Erwin we were on the road and Jay asked, "so where was the ipod". To which I explained it had been here all but we couldn’t find it because it had slipped through a vortex into a different time/space continuum. He laughed and said:

"Funny so where was it?"
"I told you time/space continuum."
"No, where was it?"
"Time/space continuum"
"Where was it?"
"Vortex. Time/Space. Continuum."
"David where what it"
"You, heard Liz.".

He let out a very frustrated "fine!" and was silent for a few moments then asked one last time, "Okay, I really like to know, where was the ipod?" "I told you, a different time/space contiuum…vortex." Jay looked over at me and finished with, "You should have been born mute." I laughed so hard -so did David. Happy Days

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Shopping, Movies, and Challenges

Went up (over, down, at? Not sure which preposition actually fits) to Halifax today to pick up some things for next weeks events. It was a very enjoyable trip, good discussion, we shoot and bagged everything on our list and a many things that weren’t. The problem with shopping, I find things I never new I wanted. Or maybe I knew I wanted but it was in my sub-conscious and seeing the sale price brings the thought to the forefront of my mind.

My most spontaneous was box set of four beloved British chick flicks (Notting Hill, About a Boy, Love Actually, and Bridget Jones 2). I was very happy with the purchase and want to have a girls night…only all my girls are either busy or away. So here I sit alone with no popcorn, friends, or movie watching. Yet as depressing as that sounds it’s been a good night -I own four movies I love and better still my mummy called.

We talked a little about everything. It was good. She asked me what challenges I am plotting for the new year. I think I’ve decided to do the NaMoWriMo in November. Finial thought: what would be the top five girlie movies of all time? Taking nominations all weekend.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Thankful Thursdays #7

Some one asked me how my day was. My first answer was just long. I’ve taken a little more time and it did feel long. I but I also see how blessed I am. Today, I thank God for…

-Gina May and her xbox which is ‘mine’ for a week
-Wisdom past on from others to me
-Zion Hill, I haven’t been in over seven years but a fellow camper friend posted on my facebook and it made me smile and brought back good memories.
-Someone willing to run a few errands for me so that I could focus on youth for another hour.
-Late night phone calls
-Msn, as much as I complain about it being a limited communication method which it is, it does help me connect with Japanese friends with is very happy.
-People willing to use their gifts and time for God
-Having the chance to share what I believe with someone who sought me out to ask questions.
-Others trust in me
-Heaters in cars.
-Good books that inspire
-My parents who love me

What are you thankful for this week?

Into The Water

Last week I asked the students to write down questions and doubts they had about God, Jesus and the church. Over the next few weeks we are going to look at a few of the themes they brought up. Tomorrow we’re going to look at the first of their questions. The student asked, "why is it good to get baptised when one is a Christian?"

Since the subject was fresh on my mind, I brought the topic up with a friend. She was baptised as an infant and doesn’t see the point of ever getting re-baptised now. People know she is a Christian and her life is the testimony. She added that if someone had explained the importance in the first years after she accepted Christ than maybe but not now she was baptised as a child and that is enough.

The conversation was longer than that and she made good arguments. But…there is always a but, I think adult baptism is important. Isn’t it an outward, visible sign of the inward change? What do you think and how would you respond to the students?

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

The Following Is Not About Pie

Watching TV a few weeks ago I heard something that is still running around in my brain. The main character has been ordered to visit a physiatrist. They are in one of their meetings and he is explaining what he is. The physiatrist replies with something like,

“The things people strongly declare they are is often what we are not”
I liked it. Got me thinking of the truth behind that statement.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Road Trips

Last week was full with a visitation to Bethany for two of the guys in our youth group. I love road trips. They’re great for bonding. Some of the greatest things are said, those odd quirky sayings that sometimes form inside jokes. On the way home Jay said both these (directed at me):

"You need to get married and have kids so I can teach them stuff"

"You should have been born mute"

I laughed a lot. Quotes are just another reason people should go on road trips.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Thankful Thursdays #6

I am thankful for...

-Good preaching that convicts and awakens!
-Road trips.
-Tea. All types all flavours especially enjoying the caffeine.
-Tanya Nace!
-Laughter, even when it’s at my expense.
-Falling snow, that magical light fluffy snow that fills the sky and makes you feel you’re in a giant snow globe.
-God given strength, self-control and victory.
-Free movie rentals.
-Fresh salad.
-Those who are willing to pass on their wisdom and training.
-Hugging friends.
-Pillows and sleep...I feel like the a living zombie. I am off to bed. Night.

Bonsai Faith #6

Real faith starts with connection and communication with God. Not just talk or knowledge of prayer (anyone whose been around the block could right the next best seller on prayer) it takes action. Insight from Hudson Taylor:

One I used to try to think very much and very often about Jesus, but I often forgot Him. Now I trust Jesus to keep my heart remembering Him, and He does so.