Saturday, February 28, 2009
Yea, I like the way those pictures turned out. The first one was of a little girl that we watch in Daycare, and her pregnant mommy. The second was of a the girl Annie ( I think that's her name) from my law class who let me take some pictures. And the third was of my friend Brandon, who blows glass at my other friends house. I thought they would all make nice portraits, and I was right.
Back to MY DAY... I did a very SMALL amount of studying, before I went to the MALL..... Ahhhh, yes the MALL sucked me in. I need a new pair of shoes, and I went to the place I hate like no other. I went to the MALL, and I hated every second of it. So much so, that I could not stand being there for very long. It's almost like people put on their big fake faces to fake it up for the world to see. And sadly, they aren't exactly putting on what I would call their "good face." Usually it is just a very worldly face that is extremely materialistic and prideful. This is just my way of saying, I HATE THE MALL, and it was a stupid decision for me to go there. NUFF SAID.The mall was yuck, but hanging out with Jesse & Nick was not yuck. It started off at Nick's house. I took them to get pizza, and gave Nick his first lesson on how to drive a stick shift. Then we went back and played a little bit more video games. After that, I talked them into going to several big SUPERMARKET's to try to spend as much drive time in their electric cart's as possible. From the 4 stores we visited late at night, we only got a total of about 17 seconds of drive time. No matter though. The night kind of ended with a little King of the ice mound. Ya know how when big parking lots are plowed, and it has warmed up several times, but not enough to rid the lot of the big nasty sharp and jagged massive mounds of ice/dirt yet. Well, we played king of the hill on one of those. It was a bad idea, because it was really sharp, and it was hard to get down from. But we can say we did it now. And that is all that matters.....
For she said, if I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. --Mark 5:26
Now that is faith. Unmoving, solid, extreme faith you can sink your teeth into. She didn't know exactly what He was about, but she knew he healed, and did amazing things, and for her that was enough. wow to that.
Friday, February 27, 2009
everything would be spinning. OK, this is mikey signning off.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
I am in bed right now as I type, but tomorrow when I get to a computer I am going to upload some of the pictures from this weeks photography assignment. They turned out real good I thought.
I LOVE GOD WITH ALL MY HEART, MORE THAN ANYTHING ON EARTH, FOREVER!! Amen
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Like I said earlier, this week's photography assignment is Portraits. And at Young Life, after all the kids left. I asked Ashley, wife of Josh V(Main YL area director) if I could take a picture of her pregnant belly & face. I really hope it turned out good. It has the potential of being a really neat shot. We will see tomorrow though.
Monday, February 23, 2009
I came home right after work to "study." Now, there is a mistake in that sentence. I cannot study at home for some reason. There are far to many distractions, and in reality, there just aren't very many places physically in my house, or I should say my parent's house that are conducive to studying. I got home, and the couch beckoned my name. Before I knew it, Cash Cab was on the Discovery channel, and I just had to watch one...or two episodes. Once that was over, I grabbed my book bag, and went downstairs to sit at the table, spread out, and start in on the work load. DIDN'T HAPPEN, I forgot my dad stayed home from school because he is sick, and so the T.V. was on. So, I just went off to the library. I was there for what seemed forever, and didn't really get much done. Do you ever have those days where the motivation just is not there??
Went back to work, and did all that stuff. I didn't really feel like I had done anything of significance until I got to BSF (Bible Study Fellowship).I took this picture of a depiction of the Tabernacle community. We are studying that while studying the Life of Moses, so I thought it was only fitting to snap a picture. I wish I wish I wish I had my notes from the lecture in front of me. Not that I don't remember what we talked about, but because I am able to recall much better when I have my notes in front of me. It was based around complaining, and how God views complaining. WOW, I took a lot from this weeks lesson. Mainly, GOD HATES COMPLAINING.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
As soon as I left Tom's, I went directly to Dave Church. It was good because George really came out of his shell. He was asking questions, and that is just Jesus at work in his heart. SO AWESOME TO SEE!! Sorry this is such a brief BLOG, I am at school and updated quickly. TA TA!!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Because today was a Saturday, you better believe it was filled with some studying. I got to the school library at about 1:00PM. I studied there for a while, and I guess I just got restless. I take adderall because I have ADHD, and took some later on in the afternoon. Like maybe 3 or so, this was my first mistake. I changed locations from the school library to the downtown central library because I wanted to get over to my best friends house to take some portraits of him and his roommates (this weeks assignment in Photography is portraits). So I did that, and when the downtown library closed, I got my pictures. I didn't want to drive all the way back back on campus to finish study time, so I went to the closest Starbucks to study. I didn't want to be "that guy" who shows up, unpacks, and studies at a coffee shop w/o purchasing anything. SO, I got a coffee which was my 2nd mistake because I forgot how much coffee makes me totally wired. SO, now it is late'ish (little after 10PM) and I am wide awake. DO'OH!! My mind is racing because of the Adderall I probably did not need to take in the first place, and the coffee that I definitely didn't need to drink.
Friday, February 20, 2009
The evening rolled around, and my cousin and I went to a Mad Ants basketball game. Fort Wayne's B-Ball team is not very good, but they had a unique half time show. It was the rubber man, and let me tell you, he was pretty crazy. He could fit through a tennis racket and a toilet bowl lid. Check out these pictures, then I am going to bed.
I guess I can explain them a little bit. Ya see the first picture is of them bringing him out in a clear box. Yea, it didn't even look like a human could survive in that thing, and out popped this dude. Then he got all freakishly flexible and it was just like, "wow that is almost creepy." But, whatever, it was entertainment.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I was at the library this morning….of course, and I just saw a guy make the “sweetest” move on a girl. The guy was originally sitting off to the left by himself. The girl came in a while later and started working on her math or chemistry---it sounded advanced. Meanwhile, the guy repositioned himself without her really paying much notice. He was watching her...more than he was doing whatever work he may have meant to be working on. When the time was right, he made eye contact with her, packed his stuff and stood at her table asking if she understood the work alright. To which she smiled and replied, "not really." He offered his assistance and she quickly accepted. I assume they only knew each other from class, I also believe they are both freshmen, but possibly in an advanced math or chemistry class. He was very sweet and slow to make his move; it was cool to see it all play out in front of me. The world needs more guys like him. Of course I am making a lot of assumptions, but outwardly, the world needs more guys like him.
When I got off work, I went directly to Tom's house. Tom is one of the Young Life staff in Fort Wayne. We had planned on meeting at his house and then all going together to the Snider basketball game.
We met, and prayed, and talked about some of the methods to reach out to the Young Life kids. After we prayed, Tom made a neat comment. He said, "ya know, Paul puts so much importance on writing to different churches, and lifting people up in Christ, I just think that God is looking down on us smiling right now, just the fact that we are all gathered here talking, writing, and thinking out new and better ways to reach kids for Christ, I just think it's a beautiful thing." Well, I agree with Tom, and it felt good, kind of made my heart melt a little bit. Pretty powerful too. So, then it was off to the game.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
After class I wanted to go get my "TAN" on. So I did just that. And now I feel like I have been sizzling like a weenie on a hibachi. For real! This picture may not show it very clearly, but I am red like a lobster. And of course, because of the protective eye things, I have some real cute WHITE spots around my eyes. All is well though. Not a complaint, just a state of being. Next time I will remember not to tan so long, OR, tan more often. Either alternatitives would have averted this uncomfortable state I am currently in.
Monday, February 16, 2009
It said this...
-Shame is the gateway to Grace.
~If you're not ashamed of what you've done, or you can't understand shame, then you won't be able to grasp Grace. Grace has many deep theological definitions. I like this one, grace is undeserved love and affection. I do not deserve for God to love me so much that he knows every hair on my head. I do not deserve for God to give his only son for my life, sins and short comings, but he did. I understand very clearly what I have done and continually do wrong. By God's grace I am wiped clean. Beautiful God, simply beautiful.
The night really ended with me and my parents watching the movie Donnie Darko. The last time I watched it was at my friend Tony's house. It was a pretty strange situation that only the BLOG post from that day can do justice. ~CLICK HERE~ to see what i'm talking about. I live a "unique" life. To me it is pretty exciting on a daily basis. Maybe later this week I will share the statistics of my BLOG. They are nothing HUGE, but pretty interesting to say the least, to me they are anyways.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
I had made a decision last Sunday at Dave church. I made a decision based on my friend George's reaction after we left. George, who is turning his life around, in an amazing and GOD driven sort of way, said to me, "I really feel at peace there." This in itself, is a huge statement for George. George struggles with anxiety, and does not feel comfortable around strangers. I brought him to Dave church the first time a while back, like 6 weeks ago and he got dropped right into the thick of it. Loud singing and praising to God. I knew it was what he needed, but could only tell him by throwing him into it. I knew he was ready, and I guess I just kind of assumed God would do the rest. I had faith that He would. I rambeled a little bit, i'm not sorry, but I will get back to the library now. The DECISION I had made was that I had to get George back. Ya see, when we left last week, George said to me, "man, we should get some pizza and stay and chill with them." The two times we had gone before last week, he was real antsy to get out of there a.s.a.p. I knew it was a "God thing." So, as soon as he said that, I went with it right away. In fact, God told me that needed to take precedence over whatever else.It was not an audible voice, but it might as well have been. I believe fully that when the Holy Spirit puts something on your heart, you just know it. And the Holy Spirit also gives discernment to know what is of Him, and what is not. So now the CONFLICT came around. I am committed to Young Life. I knew there was a chance I had a Young Life meeting, but instead of checking it right away, and planning accordingly. I just didn't. I suppose maybe I knew inside I would have one, but just didn't want to deal with any possible confliction. So, when I was at the library today I got a text message reminding me along with all the other leaders that we had a Young Life meeting. DO'OH!! It happened. I replied and said briefly that I could not attend because of something important. I got a message back....then a phone call from the YL area director. We talked for a while, and I explained it, but I kind of sugar coated it. I didn't lie directly to him, but sort of in a way. I beat around the bush, and didn't tell him I "kind of had an idea" that we had a meeting. Instead I left him with the thought that I "forgot." I did not tell him what I knew in my heart, which was that God told me to take George. Maybe because I didn't want to tell him that and then find out it was not true.... So I took George, and did not go to the leader meeting. Turns out that tonight was a huge breakthrough for George and Dave Church. We, as a church talked about something really important at Dave church tonight. We talked about our plan as a church. We got some specific things to pray about, and a plan of action in Christ to flow with. George heard it, and said, "I have never really been a part of a church before, it has never really made sense till I came here. I want to be part of this, can I be a part of this?" I about fell apart. My eyes were literally welling up with tears. This was amazing! George "get's it," and see's that what we are doing is for Christ. Like Dave said, the Cause (spreading the news of Salvation) must be more important than the people (body of believers in the Church). That does not mean that you should not build up the body, or grow them, quite the opposite in fact. It was a beautiful thing. God amazes me over and over again. I wrote a lot today. I threw in some pictures to lessen the blow though. Hope it all made sense. :o)
P.S. I tried to call Josh (YL area director) tonight. But, he was not available. I will be calling him tomorrow first thing to tell him exactly what was going on, and apologizing for not being 100% straight forward and explaining why I was not.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
What did my V-Day consist of you might be asking yourself. Well, I will tell you. CLEANING! I cleaned my bathroom, and managed to take an incredibly long long time.