28th September 2011

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Of all the things in this life
Only one would I boast,
For in all of this world
I love love the most.
Some call it a feeling, and others an action.
These words about love
By themselves give no traction.
For if love were just a feeling then where is the cost?
And if love were just an action then are feelings lost?
No, it cannot be so,
For God is love and His feelings He’d show
For with action and feeling nailed to the cross
Christ paid the cost with His life for the lost.
For love is a feeling when two love birds stare.
Its an action.
A verb
Of indescribable care.
Love is patient and kind,
that’s what is said,
Not rude or resentful,
In God’s word I’ve read.
Love always rejoices when the truth wins out.
It doesn’t give up,
Lose faith,
Doubt.
Above all love endures.
Though the road gets rough,
It toughs out the going
when the going gets tough.

Of all the things in this life

Only one would I boast,

For in all of this world

I love love the most.

Some call it a feeling, and others an action.

These words about love

By themselves give no traction.

For if love were just a feeling then where is the cost?

And if love were just an action then are feelings lost?

No, it cannot be so,

For God is love and His feelings He’d show

For with action and feeling nailed to the cross

Christ paid the cost with His life for the lost.

For love is a feeling when two love birds stare.

Its an action.

A verb

Of indescribable care.

Love is patient and kind,

that’s what is said,

Not rude or resentful,

In God’s word I’ve read.

Love always rejoices when the truth wins out.

It doesn’t give up,

Lose faith,

Doubt.

Above all love endures.

Though the road gets rough,

It toughs out the going

when the going gets tough.

8th August 2011

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Humility: The Righteous Antagonist of My Proud Heart

 ”A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you’re looking down, you can’t see something that’s above you.”—C.S. Lewis” 

I love this quote by C.S. Lewis because it elegantly shows how pride causes me to take my eyes off of God and puts the focus on myself. When God is no longer the focus of my heart it becomes easy to create a  world where I am the one deserving of respect and admiration from others. I become puffed up with pride, consumed with myself, because my sight is no longer focused on the One by whom all things exist.

“In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.”Psalm10:4 

When I look to God and I see how great He is …the depth of His wisdom and knowledge …the love that He has for a people who would rather love themselves …and His desire for “… all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” 1 Tim. 2:4 

…I cannot help but be humbled. Nothing I have done makes me deserving of this love …therefore I am deserving of nothing, but because of Christ’s gift on the cross I have been given everything: new life in Christ. 

The message of HUMILITY at church today made me think about some of the times that I have allowed pride to keep me from God and from sharing the love that I have found with others. I was reminded today of a recent game I played where I was so upset with the way that the players showed such little respect for our team. My own pride, believing that I deserved their respect, caused my heart to become hardened towards them and whatever chance I had to show them Christ’s love …I squandered. My focus had quickly slipped from desiring Christ glorified …to desiring myself respected. 

Why do I feel like I am entitled to respect?? When Christ,who “through Him all things were made(John 1:3)” WAS entitled to respect …yet he endured unyielding ridicule at the hands of mere men as he was tortured and made to carry his own cross to die an excruciating death that we might have Life abundantly. 

Lord, may my eyes be so transfixed on You that my desire to be respected is over-ridden by my desire to see You glorified. Fill me with your love and root out the pride in my life that keeps me from You. 

15th July 2011

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One More Week …

It definitely doesn’t feel like I’ve been in Spain for 3 weeks and I have one more week before I head home! Crazy. Well, actually, my final presentation will be done on Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on who gets chosen to present first. Thursday night we will have our farewell party which I hear is crazy. Every class has to present some kind of dance that they learned in class. Today, our teacher was going over dances in class and asked if there was someone who was good at dancing that would show the class how to dance to a Spanish beat. My brasilena amiga Michelle started chanting nah-tan, nah-tan …so I was unwillngly chosen to demonstrate how to dance for the final party.  Yeah …no. haha… I just kept saying, ¨no se bailar! No se bailar!¨ Michelle didn´t help me out AT ALL cause she yelled at me in front of the teacher, ¨Tu sabes bailar! Has bailado conmigo!¨(You know how to dance! You´ve danced with me!) Special shout out to Oliver who just laughed at my predicament. Thanks bro!;)

Two weekends ago we went to Segovia to tour a castle and a cathedral for around 4 hours …This weekend we are heading off to Candeleda where we get to eat good food and swim in a fresh water lagoon. This trip is definitely more my style.

I´m not super excited about coming back to the U.S next weekend…but I am super excited about coming back to UT and the friends that I love. Can´t wait to see what God will do this next semester …and where He will choose to send us to do His work after graduation. It´s going to be epic.

Hasta Pronto mi amigos!

11th July 2011

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To live is Christ, and to die is gain

As rainy morning wore into afternoon and the fighting bogged down, the Marines continued to take casualties. Often it was the corpsmen [medics] themselves who died as they tried to preserve life.  William Hoopes of Chattanooga was crouching beside a medic named Kelly, who put his head above a protective ridge and placed binoculars to his eyes-just for an instant-to spot a sniper who was peppering his area.  In that instant the sniper shot him through the Adam’s apple.  Hoopes, a pharmacist’s mate himself, struggled frantically to save his friend.  “I took my forceps and reached into his neck to grasp the artery and pinch it off,” Hoopes recalled. “His blood was spurting.  He had no speech but his eyes were on me.  He knew I was trying to save his life. I tried everything in the world. I couldn’t get the artery. I was trying so hard. And all the while he just looked at me. He looked directly into my face. The last thing he did as the blood spurts became less and less was to pat me on the arm as if to say, ‘That’s all right.’ Then he died.”

In this heart-breaking moment I want to be Hoopes and I want to be Kelly.I want to be able to say to suffering and perishing people, “I tried everything in the world… . I was trying so hard.” And I want to be able to say to those around me when I die, “It’s all right. To live is Christ, and to die is gain.”   (pp. 125-126, Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper)

This story really got to me. I want to live a radical life for Christ. I want to have a love for people and a crazy passion to see Christ glorified whatever the cost.

Don´t allow me to fall asleep God. Hold onto my heart and lead me where you would have me go.

Only one more weekend in Spain …12 days until I´ll be back in Toledo. Its been a great experience here. I love the people, the teaching, the friends, the beauty of the nature around us, but when I get home I know I´ll be glad to be back.:)

5th July 2011

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"God is the goal of forgiveness. He is also the ground and the means of forgiveness. It comes from him; it was accomplished through his Son; and it leads people back to him with their sins cast into the deepest sea. Therefore the motive for  being a forgiving person is the joy of being freely and joyfully at  home with God. At great cost to himself God gave us what we needed above  all things: himself for our enjoyment forever. God´s forgiveness is  important for one reason: It gives us God!”-John Piper(Don´t Waste Your Life).

"God is the goal of forgiveness. He is also the ground and the means of forgiveness. It comes from him; it was accomplished through his Son; and it leads people back to him with their sins cast into the deepest sea. Therefore the motive for being a forgiving person is the joy of being freely and joyfully at home with God. At great cost to himself God gave us what we needed above all things: himself for our enjoyment forever. God´s forgiveness is important for one reason: It gives us God!”-John Piper(Don´t Waste Your Life).

3rd July 2011

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Went to the Alcazar in Segovia yesterday. Absolutely the most impressive castle I could imagine. We were at the top at one point looking down over the city and you could sky dive off the side if you wanted. SO beautiful.

Went to the Alcazar in Segovia yesterday. Absolutely the most impressive castle I could imagine. We were at the top at one point looking down over the city and you could sky dive off the side if you wanted. SO beautiful.

30th June 2011

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Que Pasa amigos?!

Hola Amigos!

Took the placement test yesterday! I thought I bombed it but I actually got into the 2nd level of the program which made me happy. Most people with minors in Spanish got placed into level 4.  My first classes ran from 9-11 and then 1130-130 today, and based on how my classes are going I may actually bump up to a level 3 difficulty …if I feel like doing that to myself. Ha.

I was done for the day  after I took the placement test yesterday. Oliver, my roomate Ryan, and I ate lunch, took a siesta, and got ready for the fiesta that night. Spaniards really know how to throw a party. Haha …this picture I uploaded was one before the party started. 30 mins later everyone in that picture was dancing like crazy, representing about 10 countries. Laurie said, “only Spaniards would throw a party right before classes start the next day.” Gotta give it up for the Brazilians at the party. Those people will just keep dancing till you kick them out. Hahaha

Hasta Luego!

P.S Due to tumblr not allowing me to post this yesterday …much has happened since that is yet to be documented. :)

30th June 2011

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Hola Amigos!
Took the placement test yesterday! I thought I bombed it but I actually got into the 2nd level of the program which made me happy. Most people with minors in Spanish got placed into level 4.  My first classes ran from 9-11 and then 1130-130 today, and based on how my classes are going I may actually bump up to a level 3 difficulty …if I feel like doing that to myself. Ha.
I was done for the day  after I took the placement test yesterday. Oliver, my roomate Ryan, and I ate lunch, took a siesta, and got ready for the fiesta that night. Spaniards really know how to throw a party. Haha …this picture I uploaded was one before the party started. 30 mins later everyone in that picture was dancing like crazy, representing about 10 countries. Laurie said, “only Spaniards would throw a party right before classes start the next day.” Gotta give it up for the Brazilians at the party. Those people will just keep dancing till you kick them out. Hahaha
Well, its 6:00 …prolly time for some exploring.
Hasta Luego!

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Hola Amigos!

Took the placement test yesterday! I thought I bombed it but I actually got into the 2nd level of the program which made me happy. Most people with minors in Spanish got placed into level 4.  My first classes ran from 9-11 and then 1130-130 today, and based on how my classes are going I may actually bump up to a level 3 difficulty …if I feel like doing that to myself. Ha.

I was done for the day  after I took the placement test yesterday. Oliver, my roomate Ryan, and I ate lunch, took a siesta, and got ready for the fiesta that night. Spaniards really know how to throw a party. Haha …this picture I uploaded was one before the party started. 30 mins later everyone in that picture was dancing like crazy, representing about 10 countries. Laurie said, “only Spaniards would throw a party right before classes start the next day.” Gotta give it up for the Brazilians at the party. Those people will just keep dancing till you kick them out. Hahaha

Well, its 6:00 …prolly time for some exploring.

Hasta Luego!

27th June 2011

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I arrived in Madrid, Spain yesterday around 3am. Fortunately, I was  able to sleep really well in the Airplane and so jet lag has not been an  issue at all. I woke up at 7:30(1:30am back home) this morning and felt  completely refreshed after having spent a day walking around the city  of Toledo, taking pictures, and eating Spanish cuisine. The city here is  amazing! Most of it has been around for thousands of years, so the  architecture is truly an interesting thing to see. We are living in the  &#8220;old Toledo&#8221; part of the city which accounts for about half of its size.
This  morning our group of about 9 from UT as well as groups from Brazil,  Japan, Egypt, and other countries took our placement test right after  breakfest. I felt incredibly lacking after hanging out with Alex, a  Biology pre-med major from Nashville, Tennessee, who rivals even our  professors here. I hope I didn&#8217;t get placed in the bottom level &#8230;but  wherever I get placed I know It will be an incredible learning  experience like nothing I&#8217;ve ever had.
The people here are very  friendly, but most of them speak little to no English. However, they are  incredibly good at guessing what you are trying to say. I am not. Right  now they speak too fast and too long for my poor mind to keep up with  but I&#8217;m hoping that will change by the end of the trip. The temperature  over here is at around 100*F. Hace mucho calor! It&#8217;s typical for Spanish  people to take a nap in the afternoon after lunch until around 4 or 5  in order to escape the heat of the day. Also, lunch and dinner are  served at completely different times. Lunch is at about 1:30 ..so not  that off &#8230;but dinner is served around 9pm and some host families  served their exchange students closer to 11. Crazy!
Well, we have our welcoming party tonight at 7:45 so I&#8217;m going to take a little nap.
Hasta luego!

I arrived in Madrid, Spain yesterday around 3am. Fortunately, I was able to sleep really well in the Airplane and so jet lag has not been an issue at all. I woke up at 7:30(1:30am back home) this morning and felt completely refreshed after having spent a day walking around the city of Toledo, taking pictures, and eating Spanish cuisine. The city here is amazing! Most of it has been around for thousands of years, so the architecture is truly an interesting thing to see. We are living in the “old Toledo” part of the city which accounts for about half of its size.

This morning our group of about 9 from UT as well as groups from Brazil, Japan, Egypt, and other countries took our placement test right after breakfest. I felt incredibly lacking after hanging out with Alex, a Biology pre-med major from Nashville, Tennessee, who rivals even our professors here. I hope I didn’t get placed in the bottom level …but wherever I get placed I know It will be an incredible learning experience like nothing I’ve ever had.

The people here are very friendly, but most of them speak little to no English. However, they are incredibly good at guessing what you are trying to say. I am not. Right now they speak too fast and too long for my poor mind to keep up with but I’m hoping that will change by the end of the trip. The temperature over here is at around 100*F. Hace mucho calor! It’s typical for Spanish people to take a nap in the afternoon after lunch until around 4 or 5 in order to escape the heat of the day. Also, lunch and dinner are served at completely different times. Lunch is at about 1:30 ..so not that off …but dinner is served around 9pm and some host families served their exchange students closer to 11. Crazy!

Well, we have our welcoming party tonight at 7:45 so I’m going to take a little nap.

Hasta luego!

27th June 2011

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My 2nd day in Spain!