Thursday, June 03, 2010

a new leaf

One year is enough time to have passed between blog posts, right?

Anyway, the time has come for new changes. Namely, I am getting married on August 1st to a wonderful lady whom I met in junior high. We re-connected in the fall of 2009 and the rest is history. Our relationship as well as wedding plans are progressing swimmingly. We aren't perfect people, just perfect for each other.

We will be renting a sweet little waterfront cottage to start (so we can have time to figure out where we want to be) and are absolutely stoked for it.

God is good. So, so good.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Fit to worship God in.

"If my jacket and trousers, my hat and shoes, are fit to worship God in, they will do; will they not?"
.Thoreau.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Opposites.

The Poulsbohemian Cafe provides a delightful view of this gorgeous day in Poulsbo, WA. It makes me think of where I was and where I am. Call it a reflection, call in a comparison, but both Arizona and Washington have brought much realization on how this world carries on.


Arizona


The desert is a very sterile place. Rocks and dirt line the highways, flat terrain stretches for miles. The only collision my car had was with a tumbleweed. People don't linger outside during the summer but rather run from air-conditioned building to air-conditioned building. Summer looks like winter which looks like fall which looks like spring.
Three years in Arizona found me learning and growing much on a daily basis. Tempe and the community there opened my eyes to the world outside of Christian bubbles of my past. Out of any place I have lived (VA, WA, NC, PA, AZ) my time in Tempe has changed me the most. The people I lived life with taught me to see people through the eyes of love. My heart still longs for friendships of old and spontaneous nighttime bike rides to Casey's.



Washington


The two colors to best describe western WA are blue and green. The water winds its way throughout the land masses making transit slow yet beautiful. We daily pray for no insurrections from the trees as they greatly outnumber the humans. Families wade through low tides as their sandals are trapped by the muddy sand. Birds find sea creatures and drop them on hard surfaces in hopes of cracking the shell. Animals and plants flourish as the rain abounds. Rain is so common that it has a nickname, "liquid sunshine".
Since moving to the Kitsap Peninsula in August 09, I have faced the worst depression of my life thus far and haven't found a deep community of people... yet. Being employed by the DoD working with Navy submarines has caused me to grow older and harsher. I have found a few great people, but some days my extroverted self longs for more people.


I feel out of place. No idea where to call home because I don't feel at home anywhere. Feeling distant from a community. It will take a while for things to start falling into place. Praying for peace and joy are crucial to get through each day. Despite the beauty that surrounds me, I feel empty without love. We were made to love and to be loved.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Contentedness

I have been editing and changing the format of my blog for years. (I started blogging in 2004 and have gone on and off with writing in it. Right now is another "on" time.)
It seems as though I have not been content with how it looks. Sure I want to have everything look great, with matching colors and perhaps a cool picture, but regardless of how it looks, hasn't it always perfectly functioned as a blog?

Just today I added the quote you see at the top of this page. It is my prayer that the perspective shared in this quote will be true of my own life.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

darkness

It gets too dark in WA in winter.
I left work at 5:10 today and it felt like bedtime... thats not right.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

The KP

Well obviously I did not update the blog about Turkiye. Although much internal processing happened, not much conversation did. Moving to Washington directly after returning left me with many thoughts in my head but no outlet to discuss them.



But I am on the brink of awesomeness up here on the K.P. (Kitsap Peninsula)

I am making friends, finding cool placed (Vertical World), learning about mtn biking trails, and loving the surroundings.

I am about to start making good use of the beautiful Creation I am surrounded by.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Turkiye

This post will be updated as a continue to process our trip and have time to post.
But for now, let me say:

Our time was incredibly refreshing. Our patience and humility was tested.

Much restoration took place for me personally during our time. Praise the Lord.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

we need grace in accepting grace

Much of what I do is directly opposed to the gospel of Grace.

"Whatever past achievements might bring us honor, whatever past disgraces might make us blush, all have been crucified with Christ" - Brennan Manning

As much as I fight the traditional "church speak", I cannot help but see the truth in this statement.
How do I rank myself? Must I continue to compare myself with other people?


I have spent the last 18 years in school. What do I have to show for it? A college degree and a sweet resume. Achievements are written onto pieces of paper and cap & gown pictures are in a frame.

Jesus spent most of his time with those who society looked down upon. How was that a resume builder? Jesus did not climb the ladder of social status. He ended his life with people yelling at him. Yet his story and life are a revolution of love. More people have been changed by this one man than by anybody else. Hang out with the outcasts and change the world forever. It is revolutionary.

I am still processing through this concept as it has invaded my mind again (thanks to Manning's Ragamuffin Gospel).

Sunday, November 18, 2007

an alternate city

"Jesus lost the city that was so that you and I can be citizens of the city that is to come, and that makes us salt and light in the city that is."
-Tim Keller

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Flight of the Conchords

Ok, if you are not yet familiar with Flight of the Conchords, welcome.
Check this out, it is fantastic: