Thursday, April 29, 2010

I ran 8 miles with my friend this morning, and have been enjoying this absolutely gorgeous day! I absolutely love the wind and the clouds. They make my heart soar!

I'm trying to stay positive as I finish out the semester. There are so many projects to finish up this weekend, job and scholarship applications to fill out, etc. As long as I can remember how beautiful it is outside, hopefully I'll be able to complete everything with a smile in my heart.

Now I'm off to finish some more homework!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

This is something I just wrote, kinda reflecting on my day. I went to a baptism and a funeral, and starting thinking about how amazing it is that both can somehow be a new birth. Anyway, here it is:

The light of the moon brightens the night.
It gives clarity to my thoughts, as I sit here and write.

The truths of life are simple, yet strong.
They exist in the world to help us along.

Death and life dance back and forth,
setting and rising on this earth.
When one chapter ends, a new one begins.
Who's to say which is better, the beginning or the end?
Friendships, too, do bloom and fade.
I often wonder who will remain,
but I trust that the One who made the stars shine,
brings people into my life at the proper time.

Circumstances may come, and try to make us change,
but grounded in faith, we will never give in.
The Lord writes our story, and we but respond
to the grace which He gives us, to help us along.

Turning with faith and trust to our God
brings us strength, and carries us one.
Love all with undying fire,
so the light of the world can burn brighter and brighter.
And when we've finished, come to the end,
we'll be ready to start all over again.
In His presence, forever and ever,
praising and thanking Him. Amen.

Friday, April 23, 2010

This week was special, because I did an absurd activity every day! It all started with a fortune cookie which said, "Only one who attempts the absurd can achieve the impossible." My friend and I decided to do something absurd every day for a week. Here are mine!

Day 1: Eating off the kids menu at a fancy cafe
Day 2: I carried over from when my friend and I got kicked out of a restaurant, and ate our pizza while sitting behind a bench
Day 3: Rollerblading with knee-high striped socks while wearing plaid shorts
Day 4: In my neighborhood, driving in the bike lane and using my turn signal when the road curved
Day 5: Riding a stationary bike in the street, and using cycling turn signals
Day 6: Having a picnic lunch on a median

I also wanted to wash my car in the rain, but it never rained! haha All I can say is that coming up with something absurd to do requires a whole new way of thinking, and helps you find the humor in life! I strongly recommend trying it sometime. :)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Here are some of my thoughts on the past.

Sometimes, a trip down memory lane only serves to bring my spirit down. All the horrible things that have happened, the mistakes I've made, and the mountain of regrets, all cast a depressing shadow on my present and future.
That's not why the past exists, though. In fact, it shouldn't bring me down, but, instead, propel me forward. You know why? When you follow the timeline of your past, you can trace the hand of God! In every event, He was present, guiding you through the trouble and pain, towards a future filled with promise.
See? That's encouraging, not discouraging. It's another reminder that He sends, to tell me of His plan, and to assure me of His faithfulness.
Plus, then, the struggles that I'm going through now will serve as landmarks when I look back, powerfully demonstrating the ways that God is guiding me home.

Monday, April 19, 2010

In class today, we discussed some of Robert Frost's poetry. I love his descriptions! His use of words is powerful, and readily brings an image to mind.

The poem that struck me today is "The Road Not Taken," especially the final stanza, which reads "I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."

It deals with the time of life that I'm in right now. I'm getting ready to follow a career path, and am having to chose between different "roads" that my life could take. Looking back on my decision, I'll probably engage in some longing for knowledge of what "the other road" would have brought me, but, hopefully, I'll mostly sigh with contentment, knowing that the road I chose was the best.
This should be interesting. Who knows what I'll end up posting on here, but hey, it'll be something different. There probably won't be a theme or anything like that. It'll be my thoughts on thoughts, and stuff like that.

Here's to newness!