Friday, May 27, 2005

a cat at the window

last night i came home and i was washing my face in the bathroom, when suddenly there was a noise at the window, and what to my wondering eyes did appear?

and we are on the third floor, and i could not figure out how she got to the front of the house, but i just imagined that someone let her on the balcony and did not know that she had gotten away. so i pulled the screen out, and hauled that cat in and then i got into bed. all of a sudden what do i hear? that cat, outside again!!! how how how?!?! how could this be? well it would appear that she managed to knock the screen out of beth's window, so off came the bathroom screen again (this appears to be the only window that she will come in) and i hauled her in again. and then made sure to close beth's window as the screen is lying in the middle of the roof. i tell you, there are no dull moments with this cat around.

on another note, i wish summer were here, summer makes everything feel good, and brings light to many situations. and shines light into darkness and hidden things. i am ready for summer. and new-ness.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

that baby is huge!!

well. Jeff and Mary Smith had their little baby.. oh wait, not little, very very big baby. 11lbs 12 oz.
imagine, that is a lot of baby to be birthed. and Mary, the most wonderful lady did it all naturally with no drugs! yowza. that is inspiring. Hey, we were healed of the curse of the pain of childbirth when Jesus rose again. Jeff and Mary proved that faith is indeed believing in things unseen. (how many other women deliver 11lb babies with no pain? well more to come i am sure of it).

the weather is so nice here. but i fear that it will get hotter soon. you can already feel the temperature difference when you come up the stairs to our apartment. last june we nearly suffocated in here. at the very least i am now in the room with the nice big windows and a breezy little breeze to blow through them.

last night, mike came and taught the downtown cells (plus a few added extra lovelies from the body) about budgeting and credit and money, and it was very interesting and very eye opening. it's weird, coming from a family that has (seemingly, maybe there were) never had financial worries. if i've ever needed money it has been there. i said to cat last night that her and robyn and i are all totally in a similar boat, where growing up, we pretty much had everything we needed and almost everything we wanted. so it is kind of hard to learn how to be wise with money (what do you mean i can't just buy new clothes that i want as opposed to what i need... oh because i need to pay rent and buy groceries. hmm i guess that makes sense). but it is also exciting. this year i am going to pay all my own rent for the first time since i started school. it is scary but exciting. and i know that it will go well because God gave me a word that the transition would be easy, and God's words never come back to him empty. this i know.

do you ever have one of those days where so much can make you grumpy? where anything that under normal circumstances would be fine, can make you feel sad and upset and lonely and want to just be alone and grumpy and feel sorry for yourself? i hate those days. i had a day like that yesterday, but praise God , i am learning to bite my tongue, and i am all the better for it. also, Romans 12:2 says 'do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will'. somedays overcoming our thoughts is the biggest battle we face with the enemy. he knows that we are still with our old minds and he is going to do everything to try and make us fall into that trap. well... this is one girl it is not going to work on. I know who I am in Christ. I am more than a conqueror. awesome.

it is going to be a very good day.