Saturday, August 30, 2008

august update

it's been awhile since I've posted, so here's an update on what's been going on!  I just got back from an incredible weekend in NYC, where I was a bridesmaid in my dear friend Jessica Oney's wedding.  the wedding was beautiful and I had a fantastic time.  It was great catching up with some of my Orlando friends throughout the weekend.  I just put pictures up on facebook, and I'll try to post a few here also.

with jess at the wedding
with Jess at the wedding

with amy burgess at the wedding
with Amy Burgess

when I flew back on Monday, I flew into DFW and went to the American Idol concert with Jenn Price... it was awesome!  haha!  we both watched the whole season and when the tickets went on sale, we just couldn't resist. It was a great concert... the guys were definitely better than the girls, and David Cook totally rocked out at the end.  I loved it!!

with jenn at the american idol concert
with Jenn at the American Idol concert

david cook rockin' it out
David Cook

audience shot
audience shot

We have 2 new student ministry staff members... yay!  Eric Perkins is our new Minister to Families, and he's going to oversee student ministry.  He's had a lot of experience, and is coming off 5 years on the mission field in Ecuador with his family.  Wes Hinote is our new High School Minister, and he starts on Tuesday.  We had an awesome week with Eric last week, and I'm sure this week is going to be great as well, since we'll finally all be in the office together!  I'm really excited about all of the possibilities... I think God's up to something big here, and I feel so blessed to be a part of it.

Whew!  as you can tell, Things have been crazy, but really good.  No more trips planned for me until thanksgiving, and I think we're going to Newnan, GA to visit my mom's family, so it should be fun!  I miss my family, but I'm loving where I am right now.

I'm off to bed now to rest up before tomorrow...

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

recent

here are a few recent things in my world:

music purchases

  • hillsong - "this is our God"  - I love their music, and this new live cd is awesome

  • phil wickham - "singalong" - this is actually a free download on his website... the cd is fantastic!  I love his style and originality

  • jonas brothers - "jonas brothers" - yep.  I did it.

  • coldplay - "viva la vida" - love it.  coldplay rocks.

  • tim hughes - "holding nothing back" - this is a great worship cd.  my favorite track is "everything"

  • selah - "all my praise" - this song is incredibly powerful.

  • natasha bedingfield - "soulmate" - love this song.


visitors to austin


  • my mom helped me move in (thanks mom!!)

  • julie cole (my cousin) she's fantastic!  she helped me decorate :)

  • leeanne barnett - we stayed up way too late talking... love this girl.

  • wes - my sweet brother bought a plane ticket just to fly out here and see me!  I have the best brothers in the world.

  • jenn and ryan and her parents are coming this weekend!  yay!!  they are my second family and I can't wait to show them around austin.


meals cooked

  • chicken quesadillas with corn tortillas

  • shrimp fra diavolo with whole grain pasta (yum!)

  • tomato soup with ezekiel bread (if you haven't tried ezekiel bread, it's amazing!)

  • I haven't been home enough to make much more, but I have lots of good ideas!


movies watched

  • "the dark knight" - increidble.  what more can I say??

  • "the other boleyn sister" - I love historical movies, and this one was really good.

  • "one night with the king" - after finishing our hs gbs study on the book of esther, we watched this and it was wonderful!

  • "sisterhood of the traveling pants 2" - cute movie... not a favorite.


new things in austin

  • kayaking on town lake

  • schlitterbahn

  • tubing down the guadalupe river

  • picnic at auditorium shores

  • meals at chuy's, kerbey lane, serrano's, magnolia cafe, pita pit, and several others... I love original austin food!

  • six flags fiesta texas - san antonio

  • round rock express game (astros minor league)


things coming up...

  • trip to NYC next week for jess and josh's wedding!  yay!!  I can't wait...

  • 2 new student ministry staff members as of september 1!  woohoo!

  • girls ministry kickoff at hpbc

  • thanksgiving & christmas in little rock with the fam

  • rob's graduation in birmingham - december 13

Saturday, August 09, 2008

can't think of a title for this one...

For those of you who got my email this week and have read my blog, thank you so much for your prayers and encouraging emails!  This has been a long week, but God has continued to prove himself faithful.  So you know, Rob had another seizure last night (Friday) at his house.  It was around 10:30, and he and some of his roomates cooked some dinner for some girls, and were just hanging out, and they were able to catch Rob as he passed out.  One of the girls is a nurse, so she knew exactly what to do (and not do)!  Rob's ok now, but it's just hard not knowing where he'll be when a seizure comes on.  Over the last few months, I've been amazed to see how God has protected Rob every time he has had a seizure, and has surrounded him with friends and family, or he has been able to get to them easily.  I am so aware of God's provision and protection through all of this, and it's been a huge answer to prayer.

I am continuing to pray for complete healing for Rob from this seizure disorder, and I ask of you to pray the same.   if you didn't get my email, the day after I wrote my last post about the song "healer" below, Rob had a seizure, and I was so reminded of this video the next day and how much it spoke to me.  I truly do believe God to be the Great Physician and Healer, and so we are joining together to pray for healing for Rob.  Thank you again to those of you who have already been praying to this end!

this is one of my favorite pictures of me, rob and wes!  this was at disney world in january 06.  I have this one framed in my office!
making pirate faces with Wes and Rob at Disney!

On a lighter note, I'm sitting in my living room watching the Cowboys play their first pre-season game and it's pretty exciting so far!  For some reason, I have a few HD channels, and so I'm loving watching the Cowboys and the Olympics on my new tv!  I feel like this summer has been such a whirlwind, and I'm ready for things to settle down a little bit, but I think they're about to get crazy again!  We have two new guys coming on our student ministry staff in a few weeks, and I can't wait to see what God has in store for student ministry here at HPBC.

I got home today from an overnight retreat the we did for our incoming freshmen called FISH camp, and we had a blast!  We had 15 students who went with us out to lake LBJ, and we hang out, talked about high school, and played on the lake for most of the day today!  I had a blast riding around in the boat and getting to know this group of students better.  It was so relaxing to be out on the water... I want a house on the lake someday!  I'm tired, so this is it for now, but hopefully the next entry will be more exciting than this one.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

healer

I've blogged a lot more lately than I usually do, but I really feel like God is up to some big things, and it's caused my thoughts to come tumbling out.  some serious, some not.

I ran across this song on a friend's blog the other day and the song and the story that inspired it brought me to tears yesterday.  it speaks of such truth and has such power behind it.

I believe confidently that God is a healer.  He is the Great Physician.
"Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."
Hebrews 4:16

how often do we pray with such boldness?  do we pray believing that God can do what He has clearly said He can do? I think we have been conformed to doubting and to hesitancy in our prayers.  God has really done a work in my prayer life recently, and I think it's changing the way I view God in an incredible way.

We must pray with confidence, with the knowledge that God is in control.  We must pray believing because we serve a God who can do the impossible.
"For nothing is impossible with God."
Luke 1:37

In the same vein, we must also pray trusting God with the outcome.

Here are the lyrics to the song.  It's going to be on Hillsong's new live cd "This is Our God" which releases in the US on August 12.

Healer
You hold my every moment
You calm my raging seas
You walk with me through fire
And heal all my disease

I trust in you
I trust in you

I believe
You're my healer
I believe
You are all i need
I believe
You're my portion
I believe
You're more than enough for me
Jesus, you're all i need

Nothing is impossible for you
Nothing is impossible
Nothing is impossible for you
You hold my world in your hands

Before the song begins, scripture is read.  It's part of Isaiah 53 out of The Message:
"Who believes what we've heard and seen? Who would have thought God's saving power would look like this?

The servant grew up before God-a scrawny seedling,
a scrubby plant in a parched field.
There was nothing attractive about him,
nothing to cause us to take a second look.
He was looked down on and passed over,
a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand.
One look at him and people turned away.
We looked down on him, thought he was scum.
But the fact is, it was our pains he carried-
our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us.
We thought he brought it on himself,
that God was punishing him for his own failures.
But it was our sins that did that to him,
that ripped and tore and crushed him-our sins!
He took the punishment, and that made us whole.

And by his stripes we are healed."