Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Autumn days...

Today is a happy autumn day. I thank God for days like these.

Went to frankfurt to help with an interview. Fell asleep in trains. Understood my German lesson. Cycled through falling leaves.

Happy today.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

He Knows My Name ...

Thought about this song while in Church on Sunday. I was all freaked out when thinking about going to a German churc service in a quaint village church. Yes, I have been there before but it still scared me. Church while a place of comfort, is also many times a place of judgment...with a rather small congregation, it makes it harder to fade into the surroundin...

But I am grateful God met me there. He knows what I need and works in (strange) congregations around the world. I am kept at peace because of this.

Yes, I have a maker, who knows me through and through. Who understands me even when I don't understand myself.

Thank you Jesus.

Friday, October 16, 2009

part of a devotional....

Taken from here

Reminded to be "whatever" with God... To have Faith and not be scared...

..... And I've decided that "Whatever" can be, if we so choose, the defining word of the Christian life. Because while few other words carry the same potential for dismissive rudeness, no other words hold the same potential for all-out surrender and steadfast faith.

I find you guilty in your sins.Whatever you say, Lord, I repent and accept the sacrifice of your Son who atoned for them.

This situation you're in is going to hurt.Whatever. I know my faith will be made strong through trials, and that I can do all things through your strength.

You don't know what the future holds; only I do.Whatever it is, you deserve glory and honor and praise. Bring it on!

I want you to [go to Africa / give to this homeless person / quit this job / plant this church / preach my Word]Whatever!

I know you think this is unfair compared to that person's situation, but do not let comparison steal my joy from you.Whatever, God. Whatever.

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I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am (Phil. 4:11). Whatever you say.

Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31). Whatever you say.

Whatever a man sows, this he will also reap (Gal. 6:7). Whatever you say.

Whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether slave or free (Eph. 6:8). Whatever you say.

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things (Phil. 4:8).

Whatever

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Guten tag! Wie gehts dir?

Haha, yes, I am slowly learning German every day for the past 2 weeks. I am with 13 other unsuspecting students, with at least 3/4 my sister's age or younger. I feel old, but its a breath of fresh air, from feeling too old to feeling young again... The picture above is of the location of my school, above cafes on the main shopping street. Which means window shopping on my way back from school everyday. I am sort of reminded of days in Welligton, NZ since I too passed by street shops on my way back. :) Going back in time...

So, hello from Germany. I am almost fully settled and now go to classes every morning. My apartment is in Panoramastrasse and if I walk up the hill at my backyard, I am in a forest which would slowly lead me to cows... very picturesque. Quite interesting. Below is a picture of my street. Unfortunately, I live on the left side... not the right.. :) A very german neighbourhood but slowly feeling less alienated.

After a series of crazy hectic weeks, I finally arrived and in the first days, was unable to be constructive. Feels like living a dream, somedays a good dream, some other days.. wondering what on earth am i doing here?!? haha.... I tell people i talk to online its too cold to do anything constructive. Currently in hibernation mode... This is not good as I am currently super busy at work. But, i am taking it easy so you can imgaine how this might not be the best thing to do! oops...

So, 3 months of this life before further steps. I don't know what they will look like. My frog has been vry busy at work and with life. I am trying to not be instangl afraid of people just because.

hmmm, lets see how it goes and in the mean time, I will try not to freezeeeee..


The food that started it all. Mozerella cheese, basillicum and slices of tomatoes! Good night world, take care and I will try harder to keep in touch!