Monday, August 31, 2009

what to do?...

Ok, so my best friend is coming to visit me this weekend! I could not be more excited!

I'm trying to come up with a list of fun things (that won't break the bank) for us to do so we're not just wandering around Houston aimlessly. We tend to wander :)

I'm at a loss though. I live here for crying out loud and I can't think of anything that's particularly exciting. So I need your help!

If you're from Houston, where are some of your favorite places to go or things to do?

If you're not from Houston, what would you want to do if you were visiting here for a few days?

Help a sister out, please! I'm at a total loss!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

He's preparing my place...

I hate the start of a new school year. HATE. IT.

I love buying new school supplies....that's the only joy I get out of that dreaded week in August. Other than that, though, I utterly detest going back.

It has nothing to do with having to go to class or homework. I really don't mind any of that. I enjoy it actually. The problem is I always feel like I lose my place over the summer. I feel like I've forgotten (and everyone else has forgotten) where I belong.

I'm all for change and improving and all that....but I miss knowing where I go, where I fit.

*insert real issue here*

I know I'm not supposed to fit. I'm called to more than that.

"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:2

I'm not supposed to fit in. I'm called to stand out. To be different. I shouldn't have a place I'm comfortable. I'm made for more than that. My God didn't call me to be comfortable. He called me to be consistent. It's hard to be the one that doesn't back down on what I believe. It's difficult to watch "friends" disappear because they don't like the way I don't see gray areas between serving God and serving self. It hurts when I have to walk away from the girls I've turned to for support and companionship because I won't sit around and read Cosmo with them....Let's be honest. Sometimes it's not what I want to do at all. But He called me to be more. He called me to be different.

This God that gathers my scattered pieces. This God that makes sense of me when I can't make sense of myself. This God that will come after me no matter how far I run. This God that's in this thing for keeps. This God that won't just fight for me, but equips me to fight. THIS GOD calls me to be different....and so different I shall be.

In John 14:2, Jesus tells His disciples, "There are many rooms in my Father's house. I wouldn't tell you this, unless it was true. I am going there to prepare a place for each of you." I feel like I'm out of place, like I can't find where I belong....because I don't belong. This is not my home. This is not my place. He has gone to prepare my place. So that I "may dwell in the house of the Lord...and gaze upon His beauty." (Psalm 27:4) That's my place. That's where I belong...and until that day comes....

I'm fine feeling a little out of place.

Monday, August 3, 2009

a rhyming revealing

Tonight all of the Daycation staff are going out to dinner for an end of summer celebration! None of us knew where we were going though, and were all anxious to know our destination. Meredith and I got the assignment to come up with a clever way to reveal the big news, and this is what we came up with........

From June through to August, a Summer of fun.
With twenty-something counselors,
A job for everyone!
Monday through Friday, we work hard for our pay.
On this 3rd of August,
It's our turn to play!
We've looked all over town for just the right spot.
Is it here? Is it there?
Maybe so........Maybe not.
It could be barbecue, it could be Chinese.
It could even be a place with a giant mouse and cheese!
It has to be perfect. It's gotta be right!
Nothing less will do for this special night.
Should we eat? Should we putt?
Maybe go to Pizza Hut?
A full buffet and games to boot!
Two for one and plenty of food!
I think we've found a winner, don't you agree?
The best part is it's all for free!
Ok, don't worry, give me a break.
We know what you want is a big piece of steak.
Too bad that's expensive and we're on a budget.
How' bout a Happy Meal? A toy and some nuggets?
That's a great place! We can eat AND play!
Yes its the perfect spot for our special day!
So be there at 6:30, hungry and on time.
Follow the golden arches, you CANNOT be late!
You want to make sure you get a good plate!
Whatever you want, it's all up to you.
Just to be sure, so you know what to do.
We'll see you there. You don't want to miss it.
A great evening at..........
We totally had everyone convinced we were going to McDonald's! It was UH-mazing! We're pretty proud of our clever little poem :)
And for anyone who has not had the pleasure of visiting Taste of here. You really....and I mean DESPERATELY need to go! :)