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Thursday, November 25, 2004
on this occassion, i have to assert my americaness... for i find it difficult to give up my favourite holiday! how often do you get to eat your grandma's apple pie (at least 3 or 4 pieces of it ;) and watch the lions get absolutly abliterated by the opposing team! anyway, i wish everyone a happy thanksgiving! and in light of this day of praise, i thought i would take an idea that a few people have done and use the alphabete to say a few things that i am thankful for... this is by no means a complete list, but a start:
b- blogs... yes i procrastinate by reading them, yes i update my blog when i should be doing school work... yes i was a bit addicted for a while [i did update on choir tour after all], but all that aside, i love blogging and i love reading everyones blog... so fun... so interesting!
c- Canadians (you know that i love you all :) it has been a pleasure spending some time in "the great white north" home polar bears and it is fun to joke about going to school in an igloo when i go back home! Plus you have managed to eradicate most of my Michigan accent, for that i am truly thankful... and i am proud when i go home and my parents tell me that the Canadians have been affecting me ;) [english people was that the right form of effect/affect?]
d- dormmates! How interesting/fun you make my life!
e- enjoying the simple things
f-family (i know, the staple for "f" but i really am thankful for you!!!!! I love you mom dad and chris! I cant wait to see you this weekend!
g- george fredrich handel, a thanks goes out to him for writing The Messiah (this would also be a wonderful time to add in my thankfulness for choir... i would have put that under "c" but i couldn't exclude my thankfulness for Canadians... so i thought, hey i'll just fit choir in somewhere else and so here it is, under h for Handel (little tidbit: did you know that Handel is not in the Microsoft word dictionary... i find that sad but no need to fear! I just added his name to this list
h-. [the] history channel (oh dear, i am truly a nerd aren't i ;)
i- insightful people... i have been blessed by so many in my life... and people never cease to amaze me in the insights they have... oh i have so much left to learn and i thank you all for helping me in that ongoing learning process
j- jokes that make me smile/laugh really really hard
k- to keep striving for God
l- laughing, this may just be one of my favourite past times ever! Especially when your stomach hurts afterward from laughing so hard!
m-mountains... oh how i miss the rockies
these aren't the rockies, but still some very beautiful mountains! :)
n- no cost merchandize... no i do not mean stealing, but "f" was already used and so i could no longer say, "free stuff"- but i am dutch at heart and so free things just make me smile... especially free books!!! :)
o- onomatopoeias (what a cool word! terrible to spell though!)
p- people who are my friends (once again, needed to have that "f" space free!)
q- quirks- of places, people, things (by quirks i mean entirely good things... like how endearing it is to me that in Rehoboth we kept the volleyball net up with bungi-cords, and how at good old ruc we have a lake outside our apartment on our "porch"
s-soccer, definitely thankful for the sport!
t- t-shirts, love them!
u- the letter u... i have grown to appreciate this letter since i have crossed the border
v- very good nights of sleep (they don't come often, but when they do... oh how i love those hours... i know i know, i have resorted to using an adverb for the letter, but i'm getting near the end and the end of the alphabet is not as easy as say, the letter "f"
w- work- even though not always enjoyable, it is one of those blessings i am glad to have and should not complain about as much... but i wouldn't be sad if never see these in stacks of 10again:
x- x-rays... i have an x-ray of my arm and it is super cool! You can see the plate on my one bone and screw holes in the other... i also have the plate that used to be in my arm… its pretty cool! Anyway i guess that i am just thankful for the fact that x-rays-of my ankle, arm, mouth, have all helped in treating my numerous injuries
y- facing Your future 2003 (ok a bit of stretch, but how else was i supposed to fit in fyf!? Next year i think that i will list things i am thankful for using primarily the letter "f")
i also really wanted to put this picture up;)- oh the fyf days and celebrating the 4th on lake MI ;)
z- zebras- have you seen the stripes on those things... they are so cool plus as i was getting to the end of the alphabet my brain kind of stopped working... and "z" is a hard letter!
praise God from whom all blessings flow
praise Him all creatures here below
praise Him above ye heavenly hosts
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
Posted by lowercaseg ::
11:55 PM ::
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
memories of the past
i was feeling slightly nastalgic this morning and so i decided to search for pictures of new mexico, these are some of the ones that i found (if my internet was working a bit better i would have posted a few more, but as it stands right now my internet is only going to web pages after refreshing them about 10 times... so this will have to do for now)
mmm... red rocks! :)
found this in my search... kind of freaky when there is a picture of you on the internet that you had no idea about...
aahh... high school choir ;) found this picture as well... and if you look closly you kind find katy donkersloot in the back row ;) what wonderful memories! :)
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10:34 AM ::
Monday, November 15, 2004
50 minutes early!
have to love it when that night class gets out 50 min. early! i know i know, my tuition dollars are not serving thier full purpose, but still i cant complain about getting out early! so in the other news of the day... i decided that today would be a great day to start getting back in shape. after spending the weekend emmersing myself in the writing of two papers, and pretty much spending the last month (or two) sitting quite a bit, i thought hey... i should start running again. this i thought was a brilliant idea... so at the crack of dawn (or 8 o clock... this is crack of dawn for me... i arose and braved the bitter cold to run. about 10 steps into my run i realized that this was no longer a good idea. i remember the days of track practice when 2 miles was a basic warm up, now it is a workout which my muscles are not happy with me for. so here is to remembering and hoping that i can actually continue on my quest to get back into some sort of shape... eeekk
Posted by lowercaseg ::
9:31 PM ::
Friday, November 12, 2004
a while back, dan postma (inspired by sarah thompson) did a blog entry entitled the latest... i thought it was an awesome idea and thought hey that would be fun to do on my own blog. of corse had hoped to do my own "latest" list much much sooner, but unfortunatly things like papers get in the way... anyway better late then never i guess... here goes (not quite the same as dan's... but the same thing ;)
latest songs to stir me
this road- jars of clay
song for athene- john tavener
anything messiah! (side note... can't wait for december 3rd and 4th for the preformance!)
in christ alone
laudate pueri- mozart
agnus dei (ok so i cant remember the composer, which is quite aweful because how many agnus dei's are there! so many... not to many... just so many! i actually like many of the agnus dei's that i have been priviledged enough to sing, so lets just say all the ones that i have sung ;)
story of my life and jack both by peter mayer (*not the one who plays with jimmy buffet, there are two peter mayers in the world ;)
we will dance- david ruis
lead of love- caedmon's call
hands of the potter- caedmon's call
last of the mohicans- the theme track
prayer of the children- kurt bestor
he reigns (especailly the lines- And all the powers of darkness Tremble at what they’ve just heard ‘Cause all the powers of darkness Can’t drown out a single word
be thou my vision
the doxology (both redeemer choir and rehoboth style- oh how i miss singing more excellent praise!!!)
-i better stop myself there... i could go on for a while (oh how much do i love music!)
latest blessing that i still cant get over:
kuyper's cafe- i am amazed by the thoughts and the passion there
latest verses that challenge/inspire me:
" He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom" ecclesiastes 3.11
"I waited patiently for the LORD ; he turned to me and heard my cry. 2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. 3 He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD . 4 Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.  5 Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare. 6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but my ears you have pierced  ,  ; burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require. 7 Then I said, "Here I am, I have come- it is written about me in the scroll.  8 I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart." 9 I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, as you know, O LORD . 10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and salvation. I do not conceal your love and your truth from the great assembly. 11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, O LORD ; may your love and your truth always protect me. 12 For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me. 13 Be pleased, O LORD , to save me; O LORD , come quickly to help me. 14 May all who seek to take my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace. 15 May those who say to me, "Aha! Aha!" be appalled at their own shame. 16 But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation always say, "The LORD be exalted!" 17 Yet I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; O my God, do not delay. " Psalm 40
latest things that continuesly challenge me to think!
-neo-calvinism and piety (and piety in general)
-GREEK! (here's to hoping my gpa doesnt get seriously effected by this class! ;)
-heaven as a present but concelled (veiled) reality on earth
-how to stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before while using what they have taught in the present day
-how to fit more sleep into my life and continue to be involved ;)
-the month of november in general (wow, papers!)
latest areas to really interest me:
latest people i cant wait to see:
my family (particularly my brother!)- coming for the messiah! :)
rehoboth friends coming from calvin soon
latest things to suprise me:
trip to turkey/isreal (http://www.ttwmk.com)
passing dorm inspection! :) hurray... this didnt happen last year, i definitly failed!
latest things to make me laugh:
this political cartooon with kerry and bush singing to this land is your land (kind of a bit old now that the election is over, but still funny!
greek class (yes... to those who are in greek class, i am still laughing about deponent verbs and the way wolters told us to remember them [super helpful and makes me smile to remember!] i have decided that the dative is my favourite case!... i love the iota subscript and the fact that it only has 3 preposions that it is contstrued with [that we know of right now] is definitly helping it out!)
latest thing to bewilder me:
MY TWITCHING EYE... will it never stop!
and a few last thoughts
God= amazingly faithful, He has been continually challenging me and being faithful to me! i am just still so in awe (may i be faithful to his call)
Posted by lowercaseg ::
1:11 AM ::
Monday, November 08, 2004
this is from the 24-7 prayer website... labelled the vision:
The vision is JESUS – obsessively, dangerously, undeniably Jesus.
The vision is an army of young people.
You see bones? I see an army.
And they are FREE from materialism.
They laugh at 9-5 little prisons.
They could eat caviar on Monday and crusts on Tuesday.
They wouldn't even notice.
They know the meaning of the Matrix, the way the west was won.
They are mobile like the wind, they belong to the nations. They need no passport.
People write their addresses in pencil and wonder at their strange existence.
They are free yet they are slaves of the hurting and dirty and dying.
What is the vision ?
The vision is holiness that hurts the eyes.
It makes children laugh and adults angry.
It gave up the game of minimum integrity long ago to reach for the stars.
It scorns the good and strains for the best.
It is dangerously pure.
Light flickers from every secret motive, every private conversation.
It loves people away from their suicide leaps, their Satan games.
This is an army that will lay down its life for the cause.
A million times a day its soldiers
choose to loose that they might one day win the great 'Well done' of faithful sons and daughters.
Such heroes are as radical on Monday morning as Sunday night.
They don't need fame from names.
Instead they grin quietly upwards and hear the crowds chanting again and again: "COME ON!"
And this is the sound of the underground
The whisper of history in the making
Revolutionaries dreaming once again
Mystery is scheming in whispers
Conspiracy is breathing…This is the sound of the underground
And the army is discipl(in)ed.
Young people who beat their bodies into submission.
Every soldier would take a bullet for his comrade at arms.
The tattoo on their back boasts "for me to live is Christ and to die is gain".
Sacrifice fuels the fire of victory in their upward eyes. Winners. Martyrs.
Who can stop them ? Can hormones hold them back?
Can failure succeed? Can fear scare them or death kill them ?
And the generation prays
like a dying manwith groans beyond talking,with warrior cries, sulphuric tears andwith great barrow loads of laughter!Waiting. Watching: 24 – 7 – 365.
Whatever it takes they will give: Breaking the rules.
Shaking mediocrity from its cosy little hide.
Laying down their rights and their precious little wrongs, laughing at labels, fasting essentials. The advertisers cannot mould them.
Hollywood cannot hold them.
Peer-pressure is powerless to shake their resolve at late night parties before the cockerel cries.
They are incredibly cool, dangerously attractive
On the outside? They hardly care.
They wear clothes like costumes to communicate and celebrate but never to hide.
Would they surrender their image or their popularity?
They would lay down their very lives - swap seats with the man on death row - guilty as hell.
A throne for an electric chair.
With blood and sweat and many tears, with sleepless nights and fruitless days,
they pray as if it all depends on God and live as if it all depends on them.
Their DNA chooses JESUS. (He breathes out, they breathe in.)
Their subconscious sings. They had a blood transfusion with Jesus.
Their words make demons scream in shopping centres.
Don't you hear them coming? Herald the weirdo's! Summon the losers and the freaks.
Here come the frightened and forgotten with fire in their eyes.
They walk tall and trees applaud, skyscrapers bow, mountains are dwarfed by these children of another dimension.
Their prayers summon the hounds of heaven and invoke the ancient dream of Eden.
And this vision will be.
It will come to pass; it will come easily; it will come soon.How do I know? Because this is the longing of creation itself, the groaning of the Spirit, the very dream of God.
My tomorrow is his today.
My distant hope is his 3D. And my feeble, whispered, faithless prayer invokes a thunderous, resounding, bone-shaking great 'Amen!' from countless angels, from hero's of the faith, from Christ himself.
And he is the original dreamer, the ultimate winner.
Posted by lowercaseg ::
1:06 AM ::
Thursday, November 04, 2004
in the news this morning
so today someone brought me this political cartoon... i have to admit i rather liked it... not such a big fan of micheal moore if i must say so myself.
Posted by lowercaseg ::
11:07 PM ::
Monday, November 01, 2004
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11:57 PM ::