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Posted on July 23, 2013 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (4)

I was at my friend Tom’s church this past Sunday. He taught about fasting and taking time out of your life for God. I have fasted before, but not much, so I’d like to instill that as a somewhat regular practice. I’m not sure what form it will take, but I’ll be praying about what God wants me to do in that area. Of course, often I would be fasting from food for a short time, but we can fast from other things, too. Tom said to think about things that we al...

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Feeling God Through Others

Posted on August 1, 2011 at 11:39 PM Comments comments (1)

I don’t know if I mentioned it or not, but I was a camp counselor last month for a week. It was an amazing time. I don’t want to try to write about everything that happened; I almost feel like that would diminish it somehow. However, I do want to share what God showed me through some of the amazing people with whom I had the privilege to spend a week.

 

First, I want to share a little about my small group. There were three of us counselors (I was the oldest by an...

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Fasting

Posted on February 12, 2011 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (1)

I don’t know that much about Biblical fasting. I’ve only done it once, but I do remember it being an experience I want to repeat. I’m in a Bible study with some women at church going through a workbook based on the book, The Power of a Praying Woman by Stormie Omartian. The 6th week is about prayer and knowing God’s will. As I’m going through just the first day, I realize part of why I have such a hard time knowing His will. I DON’T BRING THINGS BEFORE HIM ...

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Not Quite Paleo

Posted on February 11, 2011 at 3:19 PM Comments comments (2)

I’m still not sure how to proceed, but I’m learning more. I remain skeptical about some aspects of the paleo, but apparently, I’m not alone. For instance, they say no potatoes, legumes, or grains, but there is quite a bit of evidence that both paleo and modern hunter/gatherer (HG) groups all these things. In fact, a mortar and pestle was discovered at a site that claims to be 30K years old, so they o...

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Ecumenical Patriarch Update

Posted on February 10, 2011 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

I have some friends who wrote to me to let me know they've been Orthodox for 13 years. I had no idea, since i haven't seen them since the first time I went to college. They gave me some good information to correct my previous post, so I wanted to make sure to include it:

...the Ecumenical Patriarch is a Pope of sorts, but he is not at the top of the pyramid as in Roman circles. He is the first among equals with regard to several other patriarchs of the same rank. They have jur...
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Clarification

Posted on January 14, 2011 at 8:56 AM Comments comments (1)

After a realy good conversation with my friend Megan yesterday, I think I need to clarify some things from my last post (even for myself). I am ABSOLUTELY NOT saying that we should avoid all chemicals. In fact, we need many of them in the forms of medicine, etc, not to mention the ones that make up our body anyway. It is important to remember that not all chemicals are bad (i.e. medicine) and not all things natural things are good (snake venom might be all natural, but I don’t want to d...

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Paleo Pathway?

Posted on January 11, 2011 at 6:33 PM Comments comments (2)

Recently. I’ve become aware o fsomething called the “paleo lifestyle”. It goes by several other names as well:

  • Paleolithic
  • Neanderthin
  • Caveman
  • Stone Age
  • Hunter-gatherer
  • Primal
  • Low-carb

This all started with an blog I read from someone who had decided to try going without soap and shampoo due to an article he read from someone who lives a paleo lifestyle. In a nutshell, it says that we didn’t &#...

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TV Junkie Reform?

Posted on October 4, 2010 at 3:26 PM Comments comments (1)

First, I need to apologize for the hiatus. I was pretty severely depressed sometime last month, and it’s taken me this long to start to get back on track, not only with my blog but also with my Bible reading. Thanks to Angie and Matthias, that is coming back under control. Moving on...

 

Anyone who knows me knows that I watch TV as much as possible. I have it on even when I’m not watching. I assume this stems from when I was younger and my mom had to work late. I ...

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Changling of God?

Posted on August 13, 2010 at 10:09 AM Comments comments (2)

I noticed something pretty interesting over the week. I was at home watching movies. I had heard a lot about the movie Crash, so I had checked it out from the library. It was pretty interesting and eye-opening. It’s basically about the hidden and not-so-hidden prejudices that we all harbor. It was very real and very disturbing.

 

What interested me, though, was my abnormal reaction to it. Usually, I just watch a movie and that’s it. This time, I was prof...

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Patriarch Bartholomew

Posted on August 9, 2010 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (1)

Patriarch Bartholomew

 

Non-Catholics don’t have anything like a Pope, right? That’s what I thought until last night’s 60 Minutes (watch). I was introduced to "His All Holiness, Bartholomew, Archbishop of...

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Accoutabilibuddy

Posted on July 30, 2010 at 11:08 AM Comments comments (0)

To use a word I learned from two friends at camp (thanks, Amie and Emily!). I have talked about accountability quite often recently. When I was talking about it with the bf, he asked me who my partner was, and I didn’t have one! I mean, I talk to my mom, him, and Angie about things, but I didn’t have an “official” set up. So, since I know how important it is, I asked Angie to pray about that for us, and she agreed. YAY! Now we’re talking about when to meet, what ...

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Outsiders

Posted on July 26, 2010 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Pastor Terry’s sermon yesterday was a survey of the book of Ruth. It brought up some interesting questions. He said that Ruth highlights our “Missionary God” and listed three practices that can indicate that we’re in tune with God’s missionary heart:

 

• Respecting outsiders

• Welcoming outsiders

• Including outsiders

 

Ruth was an outsider in the sense that she was a Moabite (nationality) and grew u...

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Crazy Love!

Posted on July 21, 2010 at 7:51 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, I'd forgotten how tired,depressed and emotionally spent I am after camp. Sheesh. I cried about everything and my boyfriend had to let me sleep more than usual. Luckily, he's pretty great and I recovered faster than I used to.

 

I realized something though. This year, I felt like I was fairly emotionally closed off; like I haven't been in years. I'm not sure why, but there you have it. I didn't surrender myself to the experience, to getting to know the campers and other...

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Incognito

Posted on July 9, 2010 at 2:06 PM Comments comments (2)

I'm off to camp tomorrow! Of course, this means that even if I wanted to, I won't be able to write a blog. What I'm going to try to do is hand-write (ugh) some bloggish things and post them when I get home (or from bf's house - where I'm going after camp for a few days). I make NO promises, but I will certainly try.

Accountability

Posted on June 29, 2010 at 11:16 PM Comments comments (1)

As promised, my awesome handout for the girls on accountability.


Preview of Accountability

Posted on June 25, 2010 at 3:06 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm not sure if I've talked about it here, but accountability is one of my pet issues of the Christian life. I had decided to work up some information to share with at least the girls in my cabin, so I thought it would be nice to share that information here, too. As soon as I'm done, I will post it!

To Camp or Not to Camp?

Posted on June 14, 2010 at 2:24 PM Comments comments (3)

I grew up going to a camp called Judson Hills (from the age of 12). After being a camper, I started being a counselor and was even on staff one summer. I LOVED that place (so did many others). The camp is no longer part of American Baptist Churches (don’t get me started on how they screwed that up), but the camp I counseled for the most (Sr. High) started going to Camp Koinonia. I haven’t counseled for quite a few years, but this year I felt the Lord calling me back. It’s th...

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Bible Reading

Posted on September 1, 2009 at 2:43 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm on day two of reading through the Bible in year: so far so good (lol). I'm using blueletterbible.org to keep track of what I'm reading. I really like their plans. They have several different ways to go through (traditional canon, chronological, NT/OT, etc.), so you have choices. I've chosen to go through chronologically. (I've read several places that the Bible as we know it is not in the order in which it was writt...

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Cat Got Your Tongue?

Posted on August 26, 2009 at 5:41 PM Comments comments (0)

Some of you know that I’ve been contemplating how much I talk. It’s a LOT, to understate. A few months ago, I mentioned thinking that I should be more deliberate about what I say. I’ve been doing that more in the last 2 weeks than all those months before. As a consequence, I’ve been much less talkative than usual. This could also be a result of less anxiety (one of the “symptoms” is excess chatter). Because of this, everyone at works asks me if I’m al...

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Tamed Tongue Transforms Thoughts

Posted on November 19, 2008 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

As I've mentioned, I’m trying to be more cognizant and careful about what I do and don't say. I’ve noticed over the last few days that it’s starting to affect my attitude. I work at a national pregnancy hotline, and you may have noticed from certain blog entries that I can get pretty frustrated with people. However, I’ve been trying not to make comments from that frustration. I have notic...

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