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I’ve attended four Thanksgiving dinners in the last five days. We have three junior high and two elementary after school programs and hosted dinners for all of them (two were combined). The staff cooked the food, decorated and served. It was a lot of work, but also a lot of fun.

My dinner was last night and God was good….everything worked out perfectly! The food was great, the staff worked hard, and there were a lot of people in attendance! I’m thankful we had the opportunity to serve our families and bless them. It was great to see the kids excited about all the food!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Music: William J. KirkpatrickWords: Louisa M. R. Stead, in Songs of Triumph, 1882.

These words are said to have written been after Stead witnessed her husband drown.

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more!

Listen to this hymn here.

What great theology! Written 125 years ago, but still solid. Hymns have been ministering to me a lot lately.

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Confession.

Many of my friends have said they appreciate me for being “real.”  I’ve always valued this too, until recently when I’ve realized something.

If I do not like someone it is almost impossible for me to hide it.

I’m a naturally reserved, introverted person often caught up in my own thoughts and need to remind myself to say hello to people.  I love to discuss and talk with my good friends, but I HATE small talk so people tend to think I’m quiet and shy when I really wouldn’t categorize myself that way.  And, I do try to be real.  I try to be comfortable with who I am and have integrity with how I relate to people.

But, in trying to be authentic and transparent, when I have to interact with people I’ve decided that I do not like (for various reasons), my body language and facial expressions show the dislike, even when I’d rather seem neutral.

To clarify, I do try to give people the benefit of the doubt and not hold grudges.  And usually the type of people I’m most likely to dislike is:

A) someone with an opposite personality to me who thinks I’m wrong for being NOT LIKE THEM

B) know it alls

C) people who cannot admit when they’re wrong or take criticism

When I have to deal with A, B and C, it is sooooo hard to not physically show disdain.  I’m an introvert, so I can keep my words under control (most of the time), but the eye rolling, avoidance, ignoring and mocking behind their backs is SO HARD not to do.

I need to change this.  It’s still important to me to “keep it real” but, not this real.

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On Wednesdays we have “Options” where the kids can choose an activity.  One of the Options is Cooking.  They’ve made brownies, beef wraps and this week…cupcakes!  We’ve had some students from Eastern University volunteering and they were a lot of help!

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Too much candy.

More from the cutest little girl in France!

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Questions.

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Yesterday he asked me what termites like to eat and where do they live, even though he already knew the answer.  They eat wood and live in mounds. 🙂

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From White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Backpack by Peggy McIntosh:

1. I can if I wish arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time.

2. If I should need to move, I can be pretty sure of renting or purchasing housing in an area
which I can afford and in which I would want to live.

3. I can be pretty sure that my neighbors in such a location will be neutral or pleasant to me.

4. I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed.

5. I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented.

6. When I am told about our national heritage or about “civilization,” I am shown that people of my color made it what it is.

7. I can be sure that my children will be given curricular materials that testify to the existence of their race.

8. If I want to, I can be pretty sure of finding a publisher for this piece on white privilege.

9. I can go into a music shop and count on finding the music of my race represented, into a supermarket and find the staple foods which fit with my cultural traditions, into a hairdresser’s shop
and find someone who can cut my hair.

10. Whether I checks, credit cards, or cash, I can count on my skin color not to work against
the appearance of financial reliability.

Read the rest in this pdf here.

[Source: Arloa Sutter]

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