20 July, 2006


As I laid in bed tonight, reminiscing John's 22nd birthday party and the wonderful friends that I will miss so badly, I began to worry about my European tour. So many thoughts followed each other in my mind that I cried out to God for peace. Where did he lead me? No other place than Psalm 23. Here follows my prayer tonight as I responded to that message.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
I may think I made my European plans, but what do I know? You are providing everything.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
I may not want to follow it, but your guidance has nothing but good in store for me.
He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.
Your peace is constantly flowing in my life, regardless of circumstances. You will eradicate my sin, regardless of what it is.
He leads me in right paths for his name's sake.
Because you want your glory to be proclaimed, you redeems my actions and make me a shining evangelist.
Even though I walk through the valley of deep darkness I will fear no evil,
I may not see your ultimate plan and wisdom, but what is trust? A firm belief in your ability to fulfill your promises.
for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
No one can take our means of communication away. No one can separate us.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You make it obvious to those who hate me that they can do nothing against me.
you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
What more do I need? Even physical comfort is not beyond your ability, though our relationship is not based on physical things.
Only goodness and mercy (steadfast love) shall follow me all the days of my life,
I have no need to watch my back or hide my trail. You take care of that.
and I shall return to dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
What glory! I WILL live with you, regardless of what happens here and now. Praise you!

12 July, 2006

WOW long time no post

OK, so...everybody has a cellphone. And my mind has fractured. Again. Quick update:

Alcohol: So I went to Mad Mex and hated margaritas, but the mango/lime drink I had with vodka was really good. My fave so far is tequila, the really woody-tasting kind. John was kind enough to share, so I had a wee taste. The taste lasted for MINUTES!!!

Work: Stressful, but it's my fault for working 12 hours on most days. 3 categories... Secretary job: Still not the most exciting thing--I can't wait until we move. PT tech: Pretty fun, the therapist is starting to talk to me :-P Fencing: like, WHOA! 4 hours of 16 elementary-aged little kids with weapons is STRESSFUL! But we (all) still have fun.

Sleep: Last weekend was crazy. I slept more than 12 hours for 3 days in a row. My general health is way bad considering that I'm constantly running from place to place and not eating and not sleeping during the week and Europe is stressing me out. But as per John's suggestion, I started doing sit-ups in the morning. I hit the snooze button and do sit-ups or leg lifts for 3 minutes until the alarm goes off, and then devotions. Speaking of which...

Spiritual stuff: I have had no huge "revelations" of theology recently. Those are my favorite. However, God's been teaching me about fellowship with believers and non-believers. Also, a lot about love. My Sunday Summary will be up soon, I trust.

Babies: I love them! I visited my best friend (from childhood) on the weekend of July 4th, and held her firstborn for the first time. Amy laughed at my reaction to holding Angela; I looked up and said, "I want one!" "You gotta find a prince first," she said, leaning on Tony. I glared back. I suppose this is how married friends tease single friends. Until my prince speaks up, though, I'll just go crazy over Angela. The sweet thing made me cry! She's so precious, and she's Amy's own flesh and blood! What a miracle! *sniff* Amy is my newest hero :-)

Children: I love them, too! On Sunday our church had its first picnic. People played volleyball almost all day. If they weren't playing volleyball, they were eating or drinking or chasing little kids who had water balloons. My arms do not like volleyball, so I spared them the torment and tossed the friz, played "grassketball" and soccer, got wet, got others wet, and played "pirate ship" on the playground. I was Captain Barbossa at first, but Thomas decided he was captain and I was a pirate princess. Sarah Calvetti put flowers in my braid, which got my hair all sticky, but was really sweet. Mrs. Pierson told me I "looked like the Pied Piper" at the end of the day because I had a horde of children running after me :-)

Violin: Cool! After the picnic I gave Katie Caldwell her first violin lesson, which was probably frustrating to her but I think she'll do really well. Our next lesson will probably be in a month because of my European tour. THEN on Monday Lisa brought over an old violin she inherited from a great-great aunt. She wanted to play, but her violin was out of tune. So I tried tuning it, and then realized the strings were on the wrong pegs...and the bridge was in the wrong place...and the tailpiece was too far forward, etc. So I ended up dismantling all the loose pieces and putting new strings on. (She has bona fide catgut violin strings! I didn't touch that set of strings-they're too valuable :-) ) But because I moved the tailpiece, the wire holding it down refused to stay in place and Lisa ended up without a functional violin. Oh, and I snapped the bridge in the process >{ but there was a spare :-P So now I have a violin student and a wonderful old instrument that needs a wire thingy. Sorry, Lisa! I REALLY hope to fix it before I leave for Europe, and then we can play for real :-D

Europe: If you really want to know, ask me in person or send an e-mail. There's a lot going on. But I'm trying to decide if I should get a new blog for Europe, just post on this one, or get one of those travel-blog thingeys out there. Perhaps I'll just keep it to an e-mail list and post selections of my e-mails to my blog. What do you think?

Local travel: I got my driver's license today. Hopefully I won't be such a burden to others now.

Uhy-yuy-yoi, as my coworker would say. I wonder what life will look like in a week.