Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Trip to the Alma Mater

So we went to Abilene for Sing Song this last weekend. It was alot of fun...the clubs that Matt and I were in (Ko Jo Kai and Galaxy) both got second place...again! But they were very cute and both had good shows. I had to remember to be sensitive to my brother and sister, trying to remember how upset we were when we lost. I had to assure them that there is no conspiracy, though I do remember wondering about that when I was the Kojie director! I am confident that their lives will go on and they will still be able to function in society...eventually! The hosts and hostesses were fabulous...I was especially proud of the ones that I knew, and equally entertained by the ones I did not. I am always amazed at the talent. My favorite number in the show was an a cappella version of "Poor Wayfaring Stranger" to the beat of none other than SHADES, the ACU step team! It was AWESOME! Sing Song is such a funny thing when you really think about it...what a neat tradition...and yet, so weird! I got to talk to Kendall and Vivi (the director and his wife) and they told me that they are thinking of having a big reunion of old hosts and hostesses next year for the 50th Sing Song and 100th year of ACU...it was actually pretty sad just how excited I got about that! Being a hostess is one of my favorite memories from ACU...we had such a fun group...and there are people that I am great friends with today because of that experience...Watching the show reminded me how much fun I had being on stage in both Sing Song and all of the theatre productions I was a part of. There is just something about live performance that you can't beat.

I got to Abilene last Tuesday because the Kojies wanted some advice on their show ( I obviously wasn't much help!) Matt couldn't come out until Saturday, so I got a SMALL taste of single-parenthood...and it was SO HARD! How do these people do it?! I wasn't even going to work! And I only have one child! That's just a side note, and it takes me back to a blog that Mike Cope wrote a few weeks ago about reaching out to single parents. I am so thankful for my partner, and help-mate...He is such a good daddy and I don't know what I would do without him. I was also very relieved to read his blog last week entitled, " I hate bachelorhood"! I'm glad he didn't enjoy it too much!

Every time Matt and I are in Abilene we realize how much we miss it there. We actually drove around on Sunday afternoon just looking at all of the houses for sale! We just talked about how while we love where we are and being close to our families, we still feel like we have not found a home. We don't know where we are supposed to end up...maybe just on another side of the metroplex, but we definitely have that "just passing through" feeling. We still would really love to go to Nashville, but who knows what God has in store? I guess we'll just have to wait and see...

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Thank you Casting Crowns for Today's Inspiration

"Who am I,
that the Lord of all the earth would care to know my name;
would care to feel my hurt?"

Who are we not to feel the hurts of others and to reach out when the God of all the universe has given us so undeservingly not only his love and salvation, but his broken heart for our sins, our sadness, and our loss.

Who are we to turn our back upon the widow and the orphan, the homeless man on the street, the person sitting next to us in the pew?

Who are we to fill our thoughts and storehouses up with things of this world, when a home more rich and beautiful than anything on this earth has been prepared for us?

Who are we to set our eyes and hearts upon the things that will surely burn, when God has promised us eternity with Him for only fixing our eyes on things eternal?

Who are we to withold from others the forgiveness that has so freely been given to us?

Who are we to deserve this love, this forgiveness, this hope, when all that we do is hate, hold grudges, and complain?

Answer: We are no one, we are nothing, we are hopeless...

But thanks to his mercy and grace, we are free...

It will never be possible to attain the promises that God has for us, but we can choose to live our lives in hope of that day and bathed in His righteousness. We can choose to set our eyes on the only one who can truly satisfy, and we can try to remember exactly who we are...

"I am a flower quickly fading,
Here today and gone tomorrow.
A wave tossed in the ocean;
A vapor in the wind.
Still you hear me when I'm calling;
Lord, you catch me when I'm falling.
And you've taught me who I am.