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Friday, June 30, 2006

Four things about me....

Thanks, Caroline, for passing this on!

A) Four jobs I have had in my life: No order of preference
Dog Groomer

B) Four movies I would watch over and over:
Joan of Arc (with Leelee Sobieski)
Bride & Prejudice
The Count of Monte Cristo
the original Star Wars trilogy

C) Four places I have lived:

D) Four TV shows I love to watch:
Due South!
Monarch of the Glen

E) Four places I have been on vacation:
New Zealand
Callander/North Bay

F) Four websites I visit daily:

G) Four of my favorite foods:
Anything Italian
Almost anything Indian
Rice! and beans if possible

H) Four places I would rather be right now:
With my sister and sweet nephew Caleb!
On the beach in Baja
Swimming/floating in some warm ocean somewhere
In Calgary with Stacey

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Strawberry Fields and Orangeville

Tuesday found me standing on a hill, stooping in the grass looking for tiny field-strawberries. Said berries were bright, red and sweet, but only the size of half of the last joint of my pinky finger. Hidden beneath leaves of three, it took about ten to make a small bite.

My friend Amanda (of Alberta) introduced me to this wonderous phenomenon during my journey to the YWAM base that sits outside of Orangeville. She invited me up for the day, and I gladly braved Cambridge/Kitchener morning rush-hour traffic to come.

The main reason Amanda wanted me to come out was to see the speaker who was at their base that week: Carol Love-Joy. She is a First Nations woman from Alberta. She works in intercession, reconciliation (among the church, natives, French, English, etc), and welcoming people to Canada. Amanda told her about me and my ongoing struggles with immigration, and she prayed for me, welcomed me, and blessed me. I was a weeping mess. It was really a great time to worship with the YWAMers, pray together, rejoice, eat yummy Korean/Japanese curry, and spend an afternoon with Amanda just talking.

While at the base I also met a couple on staff from Tanzania--who know my Tanzanians! Actually, it's more like I know their Tanzanians. So we talked for a while about the YWAM base in Dar es Salaam/Mwandege, the clinic, the people, the leaders, the churches. It was great. I even managed to remember enough Swahili to give greetings to them, blessings, and sing along to a few Tanzanian songs.

An Egyptian couple also came to talk to Carol. They are Muslim converts who are ministering to Muslims in the area. I hope to talk to them more and get to know them, as my heart is also to reach Muslims here and on the other side of the map.

A big hearty thanks to everyone who made my visit to the YWAM base in Orangeville wonderful! Thank you, Carol, for welcoming me to your nation. Thanks all for standing with me as we continue to pray for breakthrough in the immigration department. I have been much encouraged and strengthened by so many coming along side me. Bless you.

On another related note, I was reading the paper yesterday and came across this story: 'We offer a full apology to Chinese Canadians'
As I read it I just sat and wept, thinking about all the immigrants who went through such terrible things, and were filled with shame because they weren't welcomed here by the government. At the same time I was blessed by the fact that the man's friend would lend him $1000 without interest so he could bring his family over--a loan that took him 17 years to repay.

I'm reminded more and more of the grace that God has shown me, and I am so thankful for all He is doing and has done and will do on my behalf. Thank you, Lord!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Auction Day

Yesterday was my first time at a live auction. It was Jason's idea, but now I'm really glad I went along.....I might be addicted to auctions now.

It was almost like an estate sale, but the old couple who lived in the house were just moving to a retirement community (they weren't dead), and I think that made it easier for the family to sell off things. There were two auctioniers, who took turns as their voices got tired. It was so much fun!

Here are a few things we wanted but didn't get: a really nice two person wooden bench/loveseat sorta thing made from solid maple. There was a really nice sideboard as well, with mirror and shelves and drawers, all hand carved and newly refinished. Gorgeous. There was also a table that was the size of a computer desk but expanded to fill a living room (like my mom's, only with this one you could sit at either end because there was no cabinet for the leaves). And I'm not a teacup person, but there was a cute tea cup that was like in the old style--all in pink paint drawn the two oldest school houses in the region on white background. It was pretty, but cost a pretty penny that I wouldn't spend on it. There was also a grandfather clock that went REALLY cheap. Disgustingly cheap. But we don't have room for one, and it was still too much for us! But Jason wants one someday, so when we get a house we'll have to hit the estate auction circuit again.

Some things we came away with (and most of them at a steal!): fifty old-style canning jars with glass tops and metal screws: $2! A set of four pyrex baking dishes with four glass lids: $2! A really cool painting of a farm that Jason says looks just like his grandparent's farm; a second painting of a pond and weeping willows. Those are going up on the walls soon. The one of the pond will match my couch exactly, and it's the perfect size to put either on the wall behind the couch or over the tv. We also found a new dining table that will fit two snugly or probably eight if we tried hard. It's expandable, and the sides also fold down to make it smaller if need be. It's an older table, but looks like new, and again with matching chairs and all made of maple. They told us they used to have it "out on the farm." We hope to bring it to our farmhouse one day! I also got a marble lazy susan.

We got some neat stuff, but mostly just had a good time bidding and looking at things and hanging out with a bunch of strangers. Try it sometime!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Flixster--see also sidebar

Genevieve sent me this cool movie quiz thing. You and your friends take it, and you find out how movie compatable you are! Thanks, Gen! So, if you want to see if we're compatable, click on the link below. :)

Compatability Test

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Now everyone go out and plant a large shade tree and park that gas-guzzler! Enough said.

Can't wait for July--new Pirates movie!

My pirate name is:
Bloody Mary Bonney
Every pirate lives for something different. For some, it's the open sea. For others (the masochists), it's the food. For you, it's definitely the fighting. You can be a little bit unpredictable, but a pirate's life is far from full of certainties, so that fits in pretty well. Arr!
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Friday, June 16, 2006

Family Addition!

It is my great joy to announce to everyone that there is a new baby in our family!!!! My cousin Jenni gave birth to her second daughter, Estella Lea, on Tuesday. Hooray for babies! Pictured with her is her seven-year-old, Lauren.

I was also informed yesterday by my mother that she and her husband & girls will be moving to New Mexico in July! That's a big shocker for me--they've never even come out for a visit! But he has a job in the area, so they'll move out here. I haven't seen Jenni since I was nine and she was fourteen--we never seemed to be able to cross paths at family things since then.

Congrats Jenni, Ryan & Lauren on your new bundle of joy! I hope to see you all next time I visit my parents!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Another book review...........

This is a post for those of you who have nothing better to do than to read books all day......or for those who only occasionally have time to read books so you want it to be a good one when you pick one up. Welcome!

(Here should be a picture of The Testament by John Grisham, but it refuses to upload)

I read this book a few weeks ago, upon someone else's recommendation (would give them props here but I can't remember who!). I've honestly never before picked up any of John's work, because I'd written him off as one of those mass-market authors who can't write above a grade five reading level or make his books distinct from one another. I was skeptical to say the least. But the library exists, and they had ten copies, and it's free, eh? so I haven't wasted any money on the book and if it's really poorly written, I don't even have to feel obliged to finish it to get my money's worth because I didn't buy it.

It turned out to be this fantastic book about a gazillionaire who leaves all of his money to an illegitimate, unacknowledged daughter he hasn't seen in thirty years who has changed her name to escape having to know him, leaving all of his other money-hungry, self-serving children with debt worth millions in the lurch.

I won't give away the ending because it's too good. But trust me on this one, it's well worth the read.

(here is a picture of the cover of Discipline: the Glad Surrender by Elisabeth Elliot)

This is a good book if you like challenges. It's an easy read, and a lot of simple truths, but what she says is a bit hard-hitting and brings quite the perspective to one's life. I enjoyed it. I was challenged by it. I hope I was changed by it. It's a good one.

(Insert picture of All She Ever Wanted by Lynn Austin)

Lynn Austin is an incredible authoress I discovered a few months ago (see my first book review with the Chronicles of the Kings series). I was a bit hesitant to pick up modern fiction by someone who writes really steller historical fiction, because there's always this huge risk that she's good at the one and not the other. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, eh? Again, here is the beauty of the library: it doesn't cost anything to give it a try, and I don't have to like everything I read!

What was I so worried about, anyway? This was a really incredible book--very true-to-life and it felt real. Essentially, this book was about generational sins--or how our parents' and grandparents' and ancestors' choices all trickle down to us in one way or another, for good or for ill. And it's also about over coming that and stopping the transmission of bad choices from our generatioin to our children's. Very good. Excellent. Try it and see.

(again, picture here of The Face of God by Bill Myers)

I'd heard a bit about Bill Myers before I read this book, but not much. I just saw it online and thought I'd check the library for it. Have I mentioned yet what an ingenious invention is the library? That you can go and check out all sorts of books that you'd only ever read once anyway, read them at your leisure, and then share them with your neighbours. Ingenious! Imagine if you donate say $20 to the library to buy a book that you love. And in the next ten years, only one person per year reads that book. But if each personhad spent $20 to buy that book, that's a total of $220. But if the library buys it, and me and ten people read it, that's like getting 11 books for $20. Pretty cool, eh? So personally, I'm not even that much upset if I forget to return something ontime and have to pay a late fee, because it's just going to buy more books, right?

Back to the review, though.... I loved this book! (hence my featuring of it) It was awesome. Something that struck me even before I read the book was the author's preface, that he finished the manuscript on September 11, 2001. Same sort of thing as happened with Ted Dekker's Thunder of Heaven, that he had finished writing the book before all these things happened, and consequently was concerned about the timing of the release of the book and both authors changed some small details in light of events.

With such an intro, you might have guessed this book has to do with terrorism, the middle east, and most of all, religion. And what people do in the name of religion, in the name of God, and for the sake of preserving their religion. Christians and Muslims alike. It's really thought-provoking and insightful into what happens when we kill Jesus for the sake of doing church the way we think it should be done, and how the church suddenly becomes a machine and an organization instead of the bride of Christ. Really good. Pick it up.

That's all for now. Someday I'll figure out what's up with my methods or my madness and post some pictures again.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

More on pole, or Pole Sana

“There is so much suffering in the world; I think of it as a kind of muffled cry on the other side of silence. If our senses were sharp enough to apprehend it all, I think the pain of it would destroy us.”

(a quote from Dorothea in BBC's miniseries Middlemarch, based on the work of George Eliot)

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Some thoughts.............

It is certain that when money clinks in the money chest, greed and avarice can be increased; but when the church intercedes, the result is in the hands of God alone.

I’m not sure why this stuck out to me—it’s one of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses that he nailed to the door of the church way back when, beginning the reformation and the Protestant church. I know he’s talking about the buying of indulgences in place of actual repentance and prayer for our friends and relatives, but I think it has a bit to do with compassion as well.

On the women’s retreat this year I spoke a bit about compassion. And for most of us it’s easier to write a cheque c/o the UN or Feed the Children and think we’ve satisfied God’s commandment to help the poor. There’s nothing wrong with writing a cheque, either, giving of our resources to help people who don’t have anything. In fact, with the state of our first-world nations, I think it is rather an obligation.

There’s an interesting line in the Anne of Green Gables movie (for those of you who want to be technical it’s in Anne of Avonlea). Rachel Lynd and Marilla are on the porch talking to Anne about the new minister at their church. Rachel is taking issue with him (forgive me for lack of word-for-word quotes as I don’t currently own the movies) on a particular topic. He was preaching that ‘the heathen won’t be eternally condemned,’ and Rachel wonders aloud ‘why are we sending them all that money to the missionaries for then?’ Don’t ask me why, but as I was doing the dishes and making dinner tonight, I began to think about this.

It is my own firm belief that we are held accountable for the knowledge we have. That means for people who are raised in the church but don’t choose to follow Christ, the judgment that awaits them is severe (hell). For they have had every opportunity to know Jesus; they have the truth of God set before them, and they have not accepted it. On the other hand we have tribes deep in the interior of Tanzania (for example—having just come from there myself) who don’t speak Swahili (the national language) or even know that they are citizens of a nation called Tanzania; much less do they know about Jesus and His death on the cross that has paid the penalty for our sins. They cannot choose to either accept or reject Him because they know not Him. So on judgment day, they will be judged fairly, which means that they will not have as harsh a judgment as those who were raised in the church. (I believe the Bible supports me on this, although you are free to differ and we have no row between us.) For God is just, and He is also merciful.

Romans 1 says that creation itself proclaims God’s majesty, His power, His very character through what He fashioned by His own hands. And so even those who don’t know His name can see with their own eyes that He exists. There is something within all people that cries out to the Creator. So even these remote tribes in the Amazon or bush-bush Tanzania have a choice to follow the Creator or the created. It is instinctive, in the sense that it is within all of us. Now if they choose to follow this inkling towards the Creator, I believe that if they are open, the Holy Spirit will reveal to them the knowledge of Christ. But they must seek it; just as we here must seek Him more and more. (For more specific examples on this topic, check out Don Richardson’s Eternity in Their Hearts.) Anyway, my point here is that all men (meaning people) can know God if they seek Him. That’s Biblical (Jeremiah 29:13). So why do we send out missionaries, if people won’t be held accountable on judgment day for not knowing Christ if they were never preached Christ? Isn’t that a waste of time and money and it doesn’t matter anyway?

My thoughts are: they won’t be judged harshly for this; but what of us?