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Archive for April, 2008

A great cloud of witnesses.

Tertullian wrote, “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.”

Check out this video about the ones who took their faith seriously. The Church is so much bigger than just us. Our heritage humbles me.

(via Elizabeth, who needs to go public with her new website)

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Hebrews 12:15

Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God.  Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many. 

“Each of us have an inner sense of what is right or fair or just.  WHen one becomes offended or disappointed by others and allows the hurt to germinate in the heart, bitterness and resentment will take root.  Bitterness is an unforgiving spirit manifesting in a negative, critical attitude.”

(Source: a website I can’t remember!)

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I can’t deny that I am enjoying my new life in Washington, DC. While I definitely miss people in NYC, and still consider NYC the best city in the world, my life here is 1000 x’s more relaxed.

Six months ago I was working 75 + hours a week, with only one day off that was usually filled with errands or cleaning and preparing for the next week. I was on the edge of burn out and, if I’m honest, was becoming someone that I didn’t want to be. I often treated my teammates with such impatience and lack of mercy and grace. Really, I am so ashamed to think about all the times I was such a jerk to people. Ugh. My life was RUSH RUSH RUSH GO GO GO and I realize now that I wasn’t enjoying it or even LIVING it.

It’s taken me several weeks to adjust to DC. I still don’t know if I could commit to technically “liking” it here, but this feeling of being stress free is very, very nice. I miss the intensity of my life in NYC, but intensity can be a drug, it can be addicting, and you find yourself chasing the intensity and not God.

Six months ago today I would have been, after a hard week of work, spending my Saturday working from 8am to 9pm. Six months later I spent my Saturday sleeping late, going swimming, having lunch with my roommate, leisurely grocery shopping, and taking a couple of girls to the movies. It was relaxing and not rushed. Tomorrow is Sunday and I will be able to have a true Sabbath with no obligations.

And, it’s been a long time coming, but….I don’t feel guilty for enjoying my life.

I have the privilege of still serving kids at risk and sharing the love of Jesus with them AND the opportunity to live LIFE and appreciate every moment, not just rush through.

What a difference six months makes.

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Personality test.

My Personality

Neuroticism
32
Extraversion
34
Openness to Experience
27
Agreeableness
50
Conscientiousness
61

You rarely get angry and it takes a lot to make you angry, however you are not generally self conscious about yourself. People generally perceive you as distant and reserved, and you do not usually reach out to others. You prefer facts over fantasy and are more interested in what is happening in the real word. You do not like to claim that you are better than other people, and generally shy from talking yourself up, however you believe that a certain amount of deception in social relationships is necessary. You are guarded in new relationships and less willing to openly reveal the whole truth about yourself. You have a strong sense of duty and obligation, and feel a moral obligation to do the right thing.

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The best Uggs

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Anniversary.

Today is the 5th anniversary of My Life Is Bigger Than This Moment.

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Tourist in Washington, DC.

Although I’ve been in DC about two months, I haven’t done any site seeing. It was great to have Abby and Craig to be a tourist with me. Last night we visited the monuments (National, Abe, Vietnam, Capitol building, WWII). Today we visited the National Archives and saw the Bill of Rights, Constitution, and Declaration of Independence and then stopped by 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

At the White House with Craig and Abby.
At the White House!

Bill of Rights.
I got a little teary-eyed reading this!

Bill of Rights.
Fancy handwriting.

Waiting in the rain.
It rained a lot this weekend. You have no idea.

We also had time to catch up on personal stuff and Abby and Craig are my new heroes. Seriously, the 90 hour weeks that they work (no exaggeration) in serving God and others is AMAZING. I’m so thankful they took the time to visit DC and hang out with me!

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Midnight Monumenting.

Craig, Abby and Abe

My very good friends Abby and Craig are visiting. Tonight my housemates took us “Midnight Monumenting” where you go visit the monuments in DC late at night. It was so much fun because there aren’t any crowds and it’s just cooler to do things at night. But soon after this photo was taken, as we were walking to the Vietnam War Memorial, the rain started pouring and we were completely soaked. I don’t have photos to document how wet we got, but it was pretty bad. But, as Craig said, we’ll be talking about this night for years to come. Funny.

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