So...

What aspect of God's character stands out to you most right now?

For me, it's His victorious nature. I've been reading through the books of Samuel, Kings and Chronicles and have been continually built up by all the times that the LORD won the battles of His people. And the other times when He let their enemies win because of the Israelites' disobedience.

Why do I keep trying to live this life on my own?

"For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure." He provides the growth not only to obey but also to want to obey!
  • pistal77
    his patience!
    by pistal77 at 08/31/10 3:42PM
  • bikerdude16
    He knows best! I wanted to teach all 9th grade students this year, and I was really disappointed when I didn't get what I asked for. I am so blessed to have the students I ended up with instead. I've seen what I asked for, and I'm glad I didn't get it, after all. I wish I had been more open to the blessing when I first received it.
    by bikerdude16 at 08/31/10 4:45PM
  • whipsmile
    HIs artistry.
    by whipsmile at 08/31/10 6:07PM
  • dawnmk23
    faithfulness
    by dawnmk23 at 08/31/10 6:07PM
  • marla
    This is great! KEEP 'EM COMING!!!

    "I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth."
    by marla at 08/31/10 6:47PM
  • cellophane
    His grace. (probably becuase I have the song "Fool with a Fancy Guitar" on in my car any time I'm in it!)
    by cellophane at 09/02/10 9:35AM
  • marla
    I just got the CD today!!! I'll let you know what I think :)
    by marla at 09/02/10 10:38PM
  • kendralulu
    Congratulations, Aunt Marla!!!! :)
    by kendralulu at 10/12/10 10:49AM
  • themother
    Congratulations to all!
    by themother at 10/12/10 8:28PM
  • pistal77
    I heard the news!! Congratulations!!
    by pistal77 at 10/12/10 11:53PM
  • csusoftballgirl
    His Love
    by csusoftballgirl at 10/28/10 9:15PM
  • madtomkidd
    You cotton-headed ninny-muggins! It's not on the list, but I think the bard would have approved. (^_^)
    by madtomkidd at 11/06/10 6:55AM
  • whipsmile
    That is awesome!
    enjoy!
    by whipsmile at 11/12/10 7:39PM
  • kendralulu
    SO THRILLED FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)
    by kendralulu at 01/19/11 10:33PM
  • whipsmile
    you need to update...you have some news. ;-)
    by whipsmile at 01/25/11 3:37PM
  • katie_fitz_steinback
    Congratulations!! So excited for you!!!
    by katie_fitz_steinback at 01/26/11 8:38AM
  • tgatzajr
    You should give 'ol Kennon a "sister slap" on the shoulder and tell him to start posting! :-)
    by tgatzajr at 02/18/11 8:41PM
  • meg
    His pursuit of us.
    by meg at 05/24/11 12:30AM
  • meditationis
    Congratulations again! And, you ought to update. :-)
    by meditationis at 06/07/11 12:15AM

England trip journal is UP!

WOOHOO!

If you'd like to read it or at least look at some of our photos, go here. Enjoy! :-)
  • whipsmile
    what an amazing trip! That looked like so much fun!!
    by whipsmile at 06/01/10 7:13AM
  • kendralulu
    Love the new profile picture!! :)
    by kendralulu at 06/01/10 8:57AM
  • trx
    So do I!
    by trx at 06/01/10 10:29AM
  • chrispy
    that trip really looks like fun. the blisters though look painful.
    by chrispy at 06/01/10 11:29AM
  • cellophane
    AWESOME!
    by cellophane at 06/02/10 12:23PM
  • themother
    Enjoyed the written journal -- looking forward to hearing about it in person this weekend!
    by themother at 06/03/10 10:23AM
  • fullofgrace
    loved it!!
    by fullofgrace at 06/03/10 9:21PM
  • lastoflakewood
    That looks like so much fun!
    by lastoflakewood at 06/08/10 10:28PM
  • nickkrumrei
    Yes John was my Bible teacher at FC Golden days at his feet.
    by nickkrumrei at 06/10/10 3:47PM
  • tortilla
    wow! COOL TRIP!!!
    South Austin christian group that we knew of disbanned!!??
    Weird.
    BUT, there is a big group that meets down south that is intitutional but the people are GREAT! "Southwest"-- not sure if your friend is up for visiting that kind!
    ALSO, we REALLY want to start a group meeting around there SO BADLY! But send her our way on Sunday at 5:30. We only meet once in the evening. Last week was great. We met in the park and Colby led the Supper then we took a walk on the trails stopping and reading scriptures about his glory in nature and the breeze, etc. it was neat. so, if we can hook up with her just to be a friend, send her our info!!! i would love that!
    xoxoxoxox
    by tortilla at 06/18/10 11:52AM
  • kendralulu
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! *Hugs!*
    by kendralulu at 07/05/10 9:32AM
  • bikerdude16
    Hi, Marla! It's Leslie Warren from FC! I hope you remember me. My husband and I share an account. You can see my picture there if you don't remember who I am. It looks like you are having fun!
    by bikerdude16 at 08/06/10 7:53AM
  • cellophane
    I love AP's new album!!
    by cellophane at 08/12/10 9:00AM
  • kendralulu
    Thank you!! :)
    by kendralulu at 08/25/10 11:49PM

Thanks, Cheeks ;-)

1. The roundest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.

2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian .

3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.

4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption.

5. No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

6. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.

7. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.

8. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.

11. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

12. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: 'You stay here; I'll go on a head.'

13. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.

14. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: 'Keep off the Grass.'

15. The short fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.

16. The man who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

17. A backward poet writes inverse.

18. In a democracy it's your vote that counts. In feudalism it's your count that votes.

19. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.

20. If one studies at three different school does that keep the mind wandering?
  • kendralulu
    LOL! :) ~ How are you??
    by kendralulu at 05/10/10 2:55PM
  • mladyman
    Ouch!
    by mladyman at 05/10/10 9:39PM
  • littlelamb
    Oh dear. I nearly choked I was laughing so hard!
    by littlelamb at 05/10/10 11:06PM
  • matthew_and_brooke
    :) The first one got me distracted... we've run into a series of books we like starring "Sir Cumference" that explain various mathematical concepts. (Sir Cumference's family includes wife Lady Di of Ameter, and son Radius.)
    by matthew_and_brooke at 05/11/10 12:12AM
  • kennon
    littlelamb was laughing so hard she must have been punch drunk.
    by kennon at 05/11/10 6:10AM
  • whipsmile
    oooh, these are painful!
    by whipsmile at 05/11/10 10:03AM
  • sharon
    GROAN!!! :-D
    by sharon at 05/11/10 12:09PM
  • littlelamb
    by littlelamb at 05/11/10 1:14PM
  • nzmom
    Love these - had to share with my coworkers and children. LOL!
    by nzmom at 05/11/10 2:17PM
  • themother
    These were so awful they were hilarious! Must share with John....
    by themother at 05/11/10 9:58PM
  • yo
    He that would pun would pick a pocket;)
    by yo at 05/11/10 11:23PM
  • spike427
    har!!!!!!!!!!
    by spike427 at 05/12/10 12:17PM
  • bean
    i love these nerdy jokes - they're the best kind!
    by bean at 05/13/10 10:04AM
  • cellophane
    my pleasure, Cheeks! As soon as I read the first one, I knew I would have to share them with you! :)
    by cellophane at 05/13/10 3:16PM
  • misslynn
    Thanks! Now I can pass these on to Steve, who will appreciate them as much as I just did!
    by misslynn at 05/15/10 5:49PM
  • lefantstaf
    so, i wasnt the only one who shot rubber bands in math class...
    by lefantstaf at 05/21/10 11:11AM

Hopefully...

In a little over two weeks, I'll have my own picture of the Striding Edge that you see below! WOOHOO!!!!
  • jlmanager
    Yay!
    by jlmanager at 04/24/10 8:45AM
  • kendralulu
    Can't wait!!! :)
    by kendralulu at 04/24/10 9:07AM
  • whipsmile
    incredible.
    by whipsmile at 04/24/10 6:34PM
  • fullofgrace
    yay!
    by fullofgrace at 04/25/10 12:02AM
  • pistal77
    waiting!
    by pistal77 at 04/25/10 2:40PM
  • littlelamb
    Yay!!! I can't wait to hear about it!
    by littlelamb at 04/25/10 8:05PM
  • cellophane
    AWESOME! So excited that you guys still get to go!!
    by cellophane at 04/26/10 8:42AM
  • cellophane
    In a little over two weeks, I'll get to see my niece again!!! :)
    by cellophane at 04/26/10 8:42AM

an opportunity for more trust

It's such a small thing in the big scheme of my life, but the recent flight ban in Europe has had me very down since it's now up in the air if Pop and I will get to take our hike in England as we'd planned. I'm having a very hard time getting excited about it and even more, preparing for it.

But at the same, my eyes are opening to the wonderful opportunity God is handing me to trust Him more, to more fully acknowledge His absolute control over the world and my life, and to put a two-week trip into the right perspective of the big picture. It's a hard lesson, but it's definitely helping me to try to redefine my priorities. In the end, this trip has always only been if the Lord wills! (And who knows? We've still got eight days - it may still be in His will that we go! Or go later. No sense in borrowing trouble before it happens. That's my new mantra.)
  • littlelamb
    I hope you get to go! This volcano has been a strange reminder that while we humans think we've tamed the world God is still in control and we are powerless.
    by littlelamb at 04/17/10 2:00PM
  • yo
    i read an article this week about one of europe'a leaders who was stuck because of the flight ban, but he was able to fly into spain and drive north. i wonder if driving or taking the train would get you to yoru destination, if you could fly into lower europe somewhere?
    by yo at 04/17/10 2:19PM
  • marla
    I'm not sure it'd be worth it - plus there are thousands of people who are stranded and need to get back home. I'd feel awful to take a place they could be using for a simple vacation. We'll just see! It's still over a week out. Only the Lord knows what will happen in that week.

    Pop and I are beginning to talk about researching alternative possibilities, though.
    by marla at 04/17/10 2:25PM
  • yo
    oregon is a popular hiking destination:)
    by yo at 04/17/10 7:49PM
  • mladyman
    You have such a good attitude about this -- what an encouragement to me. And what a reminder that God is in control! Hey, have you ever hiked the Appalachian Trail?
    by mladyman at 04/18/10 2:00PM
  • themother
    Glenn and Angelika are hoping to get home tomorrow by going through Detroit. We'll see. Hope your plans work out for England.
    by themother at 04/18/10 9:29PM
  • cellophane
    "No sense in borrowing trouble before it happens." LOVE IT!!
    by cellophane at 04/19/10 8:59AM
  • matthew_and_brooke
    You could start the Appalachian Trail in Maine and head south. :)

    And somebody has to point this out... the flight ban has your plans "up in the air"? Isn't that rather the problem? :)
    Groan all you like. Somebody had to do it.
    by matthew_and_brooke at 04/19/10 9:35AM
  • matthew_and_brooke
    Back to the Appalachian Trail, it starts at Mt Katahdin I believe in Baxter State Park (or ends, depending on your point of view.) Matthew's done it several times, but doesn't plan to do it again. He would highly recommend a walking stick.
    by matthew_and_brooke at 04/19/10 9:37AM
  • marla
    :-) Why else do you think I use that term, Brookey? ;-)

    And our Plan B is currently actually (God willing ;-) hiking in New Hampshire and Vermont...so not TOO far! Pop says that he's read that the AT in Maine is really rough to hike, so I'm all about something a bit more low-key. We shall see!
    by marla at 04/19/10 6:45PM
  • pistal77
    "No sense in borrowing trouble before it happens."
    i need to adopt that too!!
    by pistal77 at 04/19/10 7:03PM
  • matthew_and_brooke
    It was a little rough on Matthew's knees the last time he did it (2+ years ago). But Mt Katahdin has a knife edge trail that reminded me of one of the pictures you posted. Anyway, I hope you get to go to England, but if you end up in New England, give us a call.
    by matthew_and_brooke at 04/19/10 7:35PM
  • kendralulu
    :P for the jacket comment! :) I can send you a wish list. We were just at Target last night and bought a few things with gift cards. I LOVE Kohl's.....they have this Carter's pink elephant collection that is super cute! ;) ~ How are you? Love you lots!!!! :)
    by kendralulu at 04/20/10 7:59AM
  • fullofgrace

    by fullofgrace at 04/21/10 6:13PM
  • kendralulu
    Me too Sister! :)
    by kendralulu at 04/22/10 11:08PM