Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Goodness: 45

1) Old friendships made new again. God has the ability to redeem.
2) A catch up coffee date with Kathy. She is one of those friends that speaks straight into my soul.
3) TNDC. We are making our way through the New Times Best Phoenix Restaurants. So far, we have three down. Yummy food is the best!

Goodness: 44

1) In finishing up my paper for the Pastoral Counseling class I took in January, I was reminded of few things: I am chosen. I am valuable. I am purposeful. I am a sinner. God's grace is all I need. Simple, yes, but nonetheless, truth.
2) Watching 60 high schoolers get pumped to get hunted down and then nailed with a water balloon.
3) Driving around town with the windows completely down and Patty Griffin up.

Goodness: 41-43

Friday: Having dinner served to us as a WyldLife family. We are blessed by the Ujanos.
Saturday: So much to celebrate! A great hike for Brooks' 35th Birthday and a fun 80's bridesmaids outing in Old Town Scottsdale to celebrate Katelin's last days as a bachelorette.
Sunday: Family. I am so fortunate to have a family that loves me. Here is where I know I am purposeful.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Goodness: 40

1) Memories of all the fun shenanigans I had living in the Young Life House. I was so blessed to have such a great college experience with good people.
2) Feeling like I was back in college again being on the U of A campus. I don't miss "school," but I do miss the school atmosphere.
3) Having great conversation and experiences all day long with friends.

Goodness: 39

1) Seeing how He is working on hearts.
2) Lunch with VR and losing time in the midst of good conversation.
3) Knowing I'll never be good enough for God (hard but good), but that He still loves me and sent Jesus for me.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Goodness: 38

1) Realizing the lack of work accomplished for my Pastoral Counseling class is not as much as I remembered.
2) Exercising with my sister. Although I may hate it while I'm doing a million squats, there's a sense of pride and accomplishment when I'm done.
3) Spending time with good friends over a new (and yummy) find. Sala Thai, thank you for providing a great environment for conversation and burning my taste buds in the meantime.

Goodness: 37

I guess I'm getting busier and busier (or lazier and lazier) when it comes to updating this thing. Some days I don't even think anyone cares, but that's not the point, right? I remind myself that I started writing about God's goodness because if forced me to recognize Him in all parts of my life.
This is for Monday:
1) Having a convo over lunch and getting pumped for the upcoming season in Young Life. I know He has great things planned.
2) Knowing that this plethora of rain will bring green mountains and tons of spring flowers!
3) A long overdue dinner with the Allman family. Their friendship is real and refreshing.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Goodness: Catch up to 36

Gosh, what a crazy week. Here is my long list of the last 7 days I have missed. Starting from Monday then finishing up todays.

30. Laughing so hard I couldn't stand up anymore at DMYL Meat Olympics. Who knew chicken shotputting could be so hysterical?
31. Traveling in an RV with 9 other very fun folks. Humor is the same even across four different generations.
32. Getting to know the group I will be spending a month serving with at Woodleaf in July. I have a feeling God has some great stuff in store for us.
33. Praying over a hurting high schooler as she cries in my arms and feeling an overwhelming sense that God had us both in his arms. She is a blessing in my life.
34. Watching over 2,500 high schoolers from all over Arizona rock out to "Don't Stop Believin'" at the All Arizona Young Life Club. Forty of those were Desert Mountain Wolves (The most we've ever brought outside of our own club). "The harvest is plenty, but the workers are few."
35. Spending some long overdue time with my mom. She understands me and loves me just as I am.
36. Being humbled by the greatness of our God. I learned this little fact below in church today. Looks like Teddy Roosevelt understood how little we are and big God is.

President Theodore Roosevelt's love of the outdoors is well documented.  He was responsible for the creation of several National Parks and Monuments.  In his first Inaugural address, he spoke freely of the blessings of God upon our nation saying, "I reverently invoke for my guidance the direction and favor of Almighty God."  It is said that when President Roosevelt entertained diplomatic guests at the White House he was fond of taking them out to the back lawn at the end of the day.  As the President stood gazing at the night sky, all eyes would eventually be cast heavenward as his were.  In his day, the vast array of stars was not dimmed by the city lights, and the magnificent display of God's brilliant creation would overcome the party.  After a long moment, Mr. Roosevelt would say, "Gentlemen, I believe we are small enough now.  Let's go to bed."

Monday, March 1, 2010

Goodness: 27-29

After a great weekend....

Friday: Ice skating with middle schoolers. I love the freedom of embarrassing myself in front of tons of teenagers.
Saturday: The amazing group of friends I have here in Arizona. The day was filled with laughter and fun. I am so blessed.
Sunday: Connecting with the Lord through worship and a great message looking at the Word.