Saturday, September 11, 2010

Change #1

So, in my last post I mentioned how I was going to start changing some things in my life. One of the first things that I have decided to do is do a missions trip. I have missed doing this and I have taken the initiative and have signed up to go on a Global Expedition with I Am Second in June of 2011 and I will be going to Soroti, Uganda in Africa to help plant churches and work on the HIV/AIDS Hope Project.

For more info and to sponsor me click here.

Then, to fill my oikofugic nature, I will be enjoying a Holy Land Cruise with my friend Carol. We are going with church and will be visiting Turkey, Greece, Israel and Egypt. We will be able to visit the many sights that Paul went to on his journeys. Some of the things that I am excited to do while on this trip are...

My first cruise on Royal Caribbean's Vision of the Seas...

Visiting Istanbul's Blue Mosque...

Ephesus, Turkey...

The Spice Markets in Istanbul...


Riding a camel in Giza around the pyramids...

The beautiful island of Mykonos, Greece...

0:) Jen

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A Change is in Order

Recently, a good friend of mine recommended a book to me. It was one of those books that was written for a single woman. So what happens - Inner cringing happened. The thought of reading another one of those books made me want to lose my dinner...and I hadn't even eaten a thing! But, after a quick second of who was offering me this, I decided that I was going to give this one a shot. Why? Because my friend never forces anything on me and if she says this really helped her in her at-the-time-singleness, then I too may be helped.

Are you ready for my findings?

This book rocked my world.

The past few years I have thought to myself, "Why on earth are you still single!?!?!"
And I always answered back, "I have no clue! You are quite the perfect catch! You can sing, cook, are independent, you love people and they love you back! So what if you hate cleaning, there's maids for that!"

After reading this book, I realize that there are several things that I indeed need to work on and the book is quite correct. One of the things that I really like are the comparisons that she made throughout the book to both Esther and Ruth. I feel that I really relate best to Esther and Esther had to overcome several obstacles before she became presentable to King Xerxes. Those three things were:
  1. her past
  2. her present
  3. her future
And it just so happens that those are the exact three things that I need to work on. Let's face it, we all have a past and some are harder than others, my current standings aren't desirable for what I want currently and definitely not for the future either. I have many things that I need to work on (I'm not listing them) in all of these areas.

The author recommends taking 6 months to work on these things and getting to know God better. This is something I should be working on on a daily basis anyways. So here goes nothing!

0:) Jen

PS: If you are wondering what the book is here you go!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Curiousity and Wonder

Does anyone ever wonder why God has you exactly where you are?

I do.

All the time.

And right now I find myself questioning everything that I am doing and everything that I am involved in. From music to small group and even my job. I am thirsting for something, but I don't know what. Nothing satisfies me in this current day and age. I know that God has something up is endless sleeve for me, but I don't know what. I do want to know of course. The everlasting question of why comes to mind.

Why do I have to wait?
Why do you have me where I am at this particular moment?
Why do I have to be nice?

These questions may seem silly to some, but on the inside everyone thinks these same thoughts.

In a month from now, I will have the answer to those questions. No matter what I do, god has always faithfully given me an answer by way of a situation or by a lesson that I have learned. You may think that I am completely impatient asking these questions, but in actuality I am quite patient.

I am just curious.