Archive for February, 2010

Top Ten Thursday

Posted: February 25, 2010 in General
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Today’s topic for Top Ten Thursday is reasons to go on the Spring Break Mission Trip to Baltimore, MD!

10. Get to go to state you might have never been to before.

9. Meet other college students at Peabody Music Institute

8. Tam cooks dinner for you!

7. The inner harbor is amazing…especially at night.

6. Playing with the Kids at the South Baltimore Recreation Center

5. Maria D’s pizza joint for Dinner!

4. The 11-12 hour ride in a 15 passenger van!

3. You get to hang out with some new people and serve the Lord.

2. It is only $65 for the whole week.

1. The people will bless you more than you expect.

Mindful Monday

Posted: February 25, 2010 in General
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Well, I have yet to write a Mindful Monday post since I’ve changed my topical series. Time and thoughts have not aligned long enough for me to get anything out on the blog.

So I am going to feed off of the topic we attempted to cover at Solomon’s Porch on Monday night in Parlor. The attendance was very low but the discussion among those that were there was genuine and honest. Ok – so you weren’t there so you’re wondering what the topic was…”Red and Yellow, Black and White…An Issue of Race.”

We established that there is no place in scripture that God talks about the different races. The only place that we see in scripture that God chose to make us different among each other was at the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9). This is when the people began to speak in many different languages and from there they divided and became the different nations all over the earth.

We are all created in the image of God so if you put that perspective in to play at the general assumption of racism then we’re telling God that His children are not worthy of respect. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Gen 1:27)

There is a scripture that tells us to love our neighbor…”To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”(Mark 12:33) This¬†doesn’t limit us to those who are only in our own race.

From the discussion and personal experience, we learned that many times this tension between two races comes from differences in upbringing and culture. We begin to judge their culture and not so much their skin color. So does that make it a racial issue? If so, how do you over come that? What is the proper way to learn and appreciate someone else’s culture without insulting them?

Another touchy issue when you’re talking about racism, especially in the south, is people today (my generation) is trying to live according to what they have learned and been told by their parents or grandparents during their time when racism was a huge issue due to segregation. I try not to talk about some of the history of racism…not to ignore it…but so that I am not speaking out of ignorance. History and the past is important to embrace and to acknowledge but some times that becomes bondage to us.

So what do we do now? The best that I can understand is that we love our neighbors as ourselves and we give grace where it needs to be given. That is what the bible tells us to do!

Would You Rather Wednesday?

Posted: February 24, 2010 in General

Here are some new Would You Rather questions for this week…

Swim through smelly sewer water or walk across hot coals with your bare feet?

Go hiking or watch television?

Go blind or deaf?

Be told you have a booger hanging from your nose or told you have bad breath?

Use an Apple Computer or an IBM?

Laugh or make others laugh?

Top Ten Thursday

Posted: February 18, 2010 in General
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Since its that time when the Winter Olympics are on… Why not have a top ten Winter Olympic sports to watch.

10. Curling (just for kicks and giggles)

9. Hockey

8. Bobsled

7. Short Track Speed Skating

6. Alphine Skiing

5. Ski Jumping

4. Speed Skating

3. Luge

2. Figure Skating

1. Snowboarding

GO USA!

Would You Rather Wednesday

Posted: February 17, 2010 in General
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Answer these questions:

Would you rather drink 1 gallon of ketchup or 1 gallon of mustard?

Would you rather eat 25 hot dogs or jump off a 50 ft high tree?

Would you rather 1 million dollars on Deal or No Deal or win 1 million dollars on Don’t Forget The Lyrics?

Would you rather date an athletic person or an emo person?

Would you rather own a car company or own a toy factory?

Would you rather be the sand castle or the wave?

Would you rather have a third leg or a third arm?

Today’s Top Ten are dumbest conversation hearts since it is Valentine’s Week:

10.URA 10

9. Be My Icon

8. Friend Me 2

7. Fax Me

6. Bite Me

5. Take a Walk

4. URA STAR

3.Melt My Heart

2. Tweet Me

1. me+you

Would You Rather Wednesday

Posted: February 10, 2010 in General

Would you rather…

  • Would you rather have x-ray vision or bionic hearing?
  • Would you rather kiss a jellyfish or step on a crab?
  • Would you rather have a beautiful house and ugly car or an ugly house and beautiful car?
  • Would you rather be invisible or be able to read minds?
  • Would you rather be a character in “The Hangover” or “The Holiday”?
  • Would you rather be with someone who is smart but ugly, or someone who is hot, but kind of stupid?

Topic Tuesday

Posted: February 10, 2010 in General

First one finally…

The topic this week is confidence! Random jump to such a strong underlying word, concept and emotion, but something that I have personally been battling over the last….28 years…

Confidence defined by Webster is a feeling or consciousness of one’s powers or of reliance on one’s circumstances, or faith or belief that one will act in a right, proper, or effective way.

I think most people think because I have shown myself to be capable with my talents that I am a confident person. To be honest, I know deep in my heart that the Lord will use me despite of that lack of confidence AND that he will use my developed talents to show ME that I am capable and usable. So many days I walk in to a situation knowing what I need to do and should do, but in my heart I am scared, insecure, and sometimes even screaming inside.

I did something that is some times dangerous. I asked some friends to tell me some areas that they think that I lack confidence so I have listed some of them with some areas that I think. Just to name a few…

Every time I go to take pictures at an event. Yes, even the ones I am just shooting for fun.

When I became the chaplain for the Volleyball team. I had no clue about the sport. I didn’t know how the girls would respond to me being there with them.

Sharing my faith some times.

Insecure in my physical looks. Questioning whether or not this is why I am still single.

Giving advice/Mentoring. I am scared I am going to lead someone in the wrong direction or that I won’t have the right answer.

The authority I have… Some times I let people take advantage of me because I desire to please people.

As I started the bible study with some of the female athletes.

So, as much as I accomplish and with the many talents I have… I still lack confidence in getting to the end result of being GREAT! And most importantly, because of my lack of confidence I am not giving God all the glory that He deserves because I am basically saying to Him that He is not big enough to use me or mold me in to the person that I should be. Standing still in my lack of confidence is hindering me from being obedient.

Do you lack confidence? If so, what do you lack confidence in?

Some times the truth hurts, but the other saying is true too that the TRUTH shall set you FREE!