Sunday, October 20, 2013

Idols


When I was a little girl in Sunday School and my Sunday School teachers would talk about idols, I would always envision the golden calf story from Exodus. I would hear the teacher say that, "Today our idols are very different looking. What is it you spend most of your time doing?" And immediately I would think "I watch Nickelodeon too much!" I then became devastated that my precious Nickelodeon shows were idols. When I was older, it became music or (not surprisingly) celebrities. Those were my idols.

I still have idols today. They take on different forms. Sometimes it's my thoughts control me. Other times, it's what another person might think of me. And lately, I'm guilty of doing everything on my own. I realized this week that I'm tired and getting to the point of exhaustion. I dropped my seminary class because with the High School play, the Vienna trip, and the classes I teach, it had become too much for me. The idol of fear crept in immediately and my first response was "What will people think?" I believe this is the idol that holds me captive the most. I'm such a people pleaser, I don't want to hurt other people, and I certainly don't want people to think bad of me.

Fortunately, Papa God knows best and has given me a roommate and several friends who have been teaching me that it's OK not to always have to please people. It's OK that people won't like me all the time. And I can go ahead with my life and walk in freedom with that. This morning, I let myself sleep in, I let myself talk quietly with God and flesh out a few things in my heart.

We're always going to have idols. We're always going to have these "things" or these emotions that we'll grasp onto in order to control the world around us better. And thankfully, we'll always have a Father who knows that we're going to run to the tangible and he's just there, waiting for us to turn around, hand over the idol and be loved on.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Viva la France

France is about 15 minutes from the border of Germany where I am living. France is also one of my favorite places in the world. So, what better way to celebrate my birthday than to borrow a friend's minivan and drive over the border to Strasbourg? This is exactly what me and six of my friends did on Saturday.

We had so much fun together listening to 90s music, eating yummy French food for lunch, getting makeovers and manicures, doing some shopping, and enjoying sushi for dinner. Our hotel was lovely and a nice retreat away from Kandern. On Sunday we slept in, then went and had brunch at an adorable little French cafe. Before leaving I rode a carousel with Lexi & Erin and then enjoyed a ride home with DJ Lexi at her iPad ;)

I'm extremely thankful and blessed to have such a wonderful community of friends over here. This birthday was definitely memorable and one I'll look back on fondly in years to come.


Friday, October 11, 2013

35

Just a short post tonight to say that I am grateful to be alive and grateful that I've had 35 of the most exciting years one could ever imagine! I have the best family, best friends, and best students anyone could ever ask for. Blessed beyond measure, thankful that God chose me for this journey, and so glad that I have such awesome people to walk alongside me in it.

35 is officially mid-thirties. I don't know if I even feel 30 sometimes. It's OK. I'm glad that God has given me a vibrant spirit because I think I'll always feel forever young.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Peace and Tea

I am a slacker.

Well, ok, I will give myself some grace.

I am a slacker when it comes to updating my blog lately.

Actually, I'm a slacker when it comes to updating anything. Blogs, newsletters, grades...(although, that last one isn't my fault. I went to upload grades three times and they still haven't showed up on the website!)

However, if you do receive my newsletter, here's the deal on that:

I was working on my newsletter on Friday evening and on Saturday my computer decided it would be all ridiculous and shut down on me. After troubleshooting over the phone w/Apple for an hour (that should be quite the phone bill), they determined my hard drive had crashed. Wonderful. Because we all know a hard drive for a MacBook Pro isn't going to be cheap. So, on Monday, I drove into Basel and handed over the computer to the geniuses at the Mac store. They determined it would be ready in 2-3 days.

Yesterday (Wednesday), I got a text that my computer was ready to be picked up. Driving back into Basel, I was oddly at peace. There was money in my account to pay for the repairs and I knew God was going to take care of me. Still, there's just something about actually having to hand over that money. Oy. (Also, when I say drive now, I mean that I am driving a manual/stick and I'm doing it all the time. It is amazing to me that something I dreaded so much a few months ago, I don't really even think about anymore)

I got to the Mac store and found out that my computer did not need a new hard drive. A wire had just come loose underneath and it was fine! And the best part? NO CHARGE!!!!! Yay Jesus! So, with the money I didn't spend, I treated myself to a Skinny Pumpkin Spiced Latte at Starbucks.

In other random news, I've been getting into tea lately. Being from the South, I grew up on my mother's sweet iced tea. But I have to say that I prefer a cup of hot, black tea over the iced stuff now. Tonight I had dinner at a friend's house from church and she gave me a tea pot and Yorkshire Tea! I'm already excited about making a cup tomorrow! In fact, I might be starting to prefer it over coffee (Miracles will never cease!).

All that to say, God is good. In the midst of a few chaotic moments, I still find time to revel in bliss and am thankful for the ways he has provided for me in the last week.