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Thursday, September 30, 2004

Silversmithing

So, every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:50 I can be found in my Canadian Literature class, taught by Professor Cook. acouple days ago he read us a story that I absolutely loved and want to share with this blogging world. I don't know if you will like it or not but I thought it was very hmm... for the lack of a big word... good! Hopefully this isn't illegal or anything. Anyway. The story...

There was a group of women in a Bible Study on the Book of Malachi. As they were studying chapter three, they came across verse three, which says: "He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver." This verse puzzled the women and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God. One of the women offered to find out about the process of refining and get back to the group at their next Bible Study. That week the woman called a silver smith and made an appointment to watch him work. She didn't mention anything about the reason for her interest in silver beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver.

As she watched the silver smith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities. The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot - then she thought again about the verse, "He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver." She asked the silver smith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined. The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left even a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed. The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silver smith, how do you know when the silver is fully refined? He smiled at her and answered:

"Oh that's easy - It's finished when I can see my image in it."

Wow. When Prof. Cook read that I was just blown away by that last sentence. Some may be like... "what the deal yo." Haha, but that just reminds me again of what our ultimate goal as Christians is... to become like Christ and show God's love through our own actions and lives. I always wonder whether I am doing a proper job of showing God's love or whether I'm sucking at it. Hehe, don't worry, I know I do a good job sometimes, but man are there times when I could sure use some Jesus in my actions and words. Sheesh.

Hehe, anyway, thats my little shpeel for the day. Off to read some MORE English homework that is overdue. Whoopdeedoo!

Chow my friends :)

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Sunday, September 26, 2004

Oh my. Has it already been a week?

Well people, I apologize profusely for not blogging in a week! I honestly have no clue how it went by already but gosh darn it the last time I blogged was 2 saturdays ago. So I guess I better eh.

Well. My week has been pretty good. I'm still having tons of fun with my dormmates and fellow neighbours and Redeemerites. I seem to have a lot to do and yet I don't have much homework. I'm not sure how it works, but hey its a good enough of system for me.

Currently, I'm at home for the weekend and boy is it nice to be back. My sister and I went with Redeemer to Wonderland for the day (yesterday) and then got picked up by my Dad to come home. We got home just in time for the last few ladies of mom's "tea" to leave. This "tea" was really just a ploy to sell these amazing cleaning products that her friend sells. Hehe, well it wasn't a ploy, those who came knew the stuff was going to be sold to them. Hehe, anyway. To make a long story short we didn't have to sit through it at all and just got the leftover goodies, and Mom got tons of free gifts for hosting and the amount that was sold. So all in all, sweet deal!

I was too exhausted to go to Saturday Night @ UA last night so stayed home with my wonderful mother instead. Unfortunately I missed some action, reportedly some man walked up on the stage while our friend Laird was starting his sermon or talk (its an outreach - they don't like to call it a sermon) and ahem, created some conflict [;) Tal]. But it was suppposedly a good night anyway. Church this morning was awesome. I got to see and visit with all everyone I've missed so much the past few weeks. Poor Karima couldn't go out for her birthday after all - don't you hate work which makes you come in on short notice when you've already had plans. Grr. Oh and good news which has officially been announced. We now have a new senior pastor, a Mr. David Wall(s). I can't remember whether its 'Walls', or 'Wall.' So don't quote me on it. He spoke during the summer and I thought he did a good job so I'm pretty excited. He comes from some church in the States and has been all over America doing some really cool stuff. As Christina would say... Rock on! Hehe, she'll understand ;).

Grandpa also visited today which was really fun. It was good to see him and chat with him. Overall this weekend has been really good to sit and chat with the fam. Get back into the old routine if you know what I mean, except this old routine is the good one!

I'm going to end this with a shoutout to Tal who was bored out of her skull when I talked dto her earlier this afternoon. What kind of conflict did you start? I want to hear all about how the meeting went, hehe, and I'm so sorry I wasn't there to make it even more exciting.
Oh... and hows the place looking? Should I prepare myself to walk into a disaster? I should shouldn't I.

Haha, anyway, off I go to watch some more TV and see how my Dad's audition went and then go to bed. Does anyone else notice that when they go home they feel their tiredness? Huhhhh. Chow :) I'll see some of you soon.

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Saturday, September 18, 2004

Laundry has been done!

Well, it is now Saturday night. And I am sitting in my room with my fellow sick friend and dormmate, Gayle. We both have colds. Sniff...sniff... Boourns to colds. The rest of 201 are out playing ping pong at the moment. But Gayle and I were just too tired to do much of anything. Anyway, I just thought I'd complain about my filled up head and my scabby red nose that won't stop dripping and my throat and its ugly sounding cough. Hehe, what a description. Today I've actually been feeling a lot better than the past couple days htough so I am thankful for that. Sudafed is my hero for the next week.

Many apologies for that previous uber long blog. I had no idea I wrote that much. I wouldn't even want to read through that whole thing. Goodness.

My family went to Muskoka for the day today. How jealous am I. They drove up early this morning and are coming back tonight with my bike in tow. That I am excited about. I think they're hauling it up here in Diana's vee-hicle. So I won't get to see the fam but I do get a bike which is a nice thing, and probably my other blanket and maybe some other htings. Who knows. I think I only asked for my blanket.

Oh and good news. Well actually I don't know if its been announced yet so when I hear that its been announced I'll let you all know.

Oh, and even more exciting news! I did laundry. Woop!Woop! Hehe, I know I know, I'm a loser. I just love the smell of clean laundry. Hehe, except part of the purpose was to shrink my new jeans, except I didn't actually put them in the dryer so I'm hoping they either shrunk or I'm goign to have to wash them again soon cuz they probably didn't shrink as much as I needed them to.

Okay. Yeah I'm done. Going to the Bridge church tomorrow. I think its going to be a good time. Its this new church at a movie theatre in Burlington that a bus from Redeemer goes too. Sounds really cool. AND! they send you home with a bag lunch. Who could pass that up! Sweet deal.

Chow my friends :). Miss you terribly.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Trying to be smart here

Okay. So this blog is pretty much going to try to be a deep blog. Deep coming from a dumb blonde though is a lot different coming from like a blonde Gayle. Just to clarify. Hehe, anyway. I was just completely bowled over last night with the conversations going on and just things that were said. Let me elaborate for those of you who weren't in dorm 201 last night. Ryan Timmy and most of us girls were just chatting away and we got to talking about our lives and our backgrounds and such, the difficulty of folding and wearing hospital gowns... shootings in schools and hometowns... things like that... you know. Hehe, anyway, the conversation eventually moved on to more interesting topics. Ryan and Tal talked about experiences they'd had and stories they'd heard about such as near-death experiences and angels, demons, things like that. I totally didn't want to go to bed, it was all so interesting to me! Over the years I have written so many events or circumstances off and not even thought about them. Last night, and other times before, made me realize how much God works in this world! For many years Satan has been a powerful force in my family and home trying to disrupt everything and cause a lot of turmoil. And he has definitely been relatively successful many times. But yet I look back and see how completely God was there... he had never left, we had just made the decision to be stupid for a matter of minutes. God has gotten my family through so many financial, emotional, and health worries and so much other stuff I can't even begin to list. Anyway, our conversations last night just reassured me and reminded me of that fact. Ryan also made this exciting point that we can know who our guardian angels are and he believes that every person has a few guardian angels. My heart burst when I heard this because it just makes me love God even more knowing I have a guardian. And I agree with Ryan! There are too many things in this world and in my life that are non-write-offable, hehe, if thats a word. I can't say I know who my guardian angels are, I can't say I've had any experiences with angels. I can say I know how powerful Satan is. I know what he can do to a person inside, how he can twist and twist at your heart. My heart has been full of fear and hesitance and... To this day I am afraid of my home in the dark, in the broad daylight especially when I am alone. It does not feel safe to me and I have a constant feeling of being watched. My parents and I agree that this shouldn't be written off either. I don't know exactly what I'm trying to say here. I just felt the need to comment about what we talked about last night and share some of why it was so effective to me. It again made my heart burst and reassured me of God's presence. He has been doing that a lot lately. I hope my sister will forgive me if she didn't want this put on the worldwideweb but she became a Christian again the week before we moved back to school! Praise God! is all I can say. I cried as she was in the other room talking to Mom and Dad and just saying how she couldn't do it by herself anymore. Some of you know of the troubles I have had with my sister in the past, the fear and resentment I've felt watching her take the wrong roads, rebel if you will, just wanting to shake her a billion times and say you know, STOP! Anyway, so many prayers have been answered by her accepting Christ again and this is just yet another example of God telling me... Hello! I am here. I am with you. You can come to me. You have no need to fear. And now this past couple days He has been telling me that He's got angels watching over me. How can I not shower him with thanks. This just reminded me of a couple statements in my devotions I've been reading the past couple of days. Statements like "The only safe place is in Jesus." "God is not capable of anything less than the best". "Jesus is the solid rock of our foundation." These constant reminders show me God's grace, love, confidence, trust in me and just encourage me in my faith and inspire me to trudge on and give more of myself to God, in hopes of allowing myself to give all of me. Anyway, this turned out to be quite a hulabaloo of a blog. Hehe, i.e. a long one. Please pray for my 1st year friend whos having a rough time adjusting to all the schoolwork and reading these profs give us. I know she can do it, and God will help her through it so... Well, time to either decorate my room... or do homework. Haven't decided yet. Chow my friends, God Bless.

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Sunday, September 12, 2004

1 week

Well, I just realized that it has been officially one week since my last blog and since I moved in back on Redeemer's campus. And boy has it been a crazy busy week! I don't know what to talk about and yet theres so much I could write on here about. I've spent the week shopping, going to a late night luau, going to HotSpot, an amazing worship time, going to the Decade Dance in my sister's sequin dress and looking hilarious with my dormmates and fellow Redeemerites, and basically just hanging out with all ze friends that I have missed so much over the summer. Today we went to Booster Juice. Emm... If you've never had a Booster Juice you are totally missing out and I will have to take you sometime... (i.e. people from UAC ;). My room is a mess unfortunately. It is smaller than my first year room and somehow I have tons and tons of clothes so I don't know where to put it all. i have two boxes of clothes under my bed still! My most favorite thing about these apartments though is the ultra high bed! THese are IKEA beds and when I got here I switched ours around and flipped it over so now its almost at my hip height. And for those of you who know me my hips are kind of high off the ground. Hehe. So yeah its uber cool. Anyway, I'm in the middle of making KD so I should probably go check it before it lights the building on fire. CHow my friends :). I miss you all... sniff...sniff... but hope to see you soon!

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Sunday, September 05, 2004

Well its Sunday. So far its another gorgeous day outside. This weekend slash week has been crazy busy. I haven't had much time to stop and think which is frustrating the hec out of me. Yesterday we packed up the van and trailer, to the brim I might add, and drove out to Hamilton to move Anne into her new place. It is really nice actually which we are all glad of. Goodness me she had a lot of stuff though. I've been feeling guilty for packing quite a few boxes but we almost couldn't fit all her stuff in! My, my. Its kinda sad to see her go I'm afraid. I know I'm moving out tomorrow and will be only 10mins. drive away but I loved living with her again here at home and am going to miss hanging out with her. Hopefully we can hangout more than usual this year. That does remind me that I am moving back to school tomorrow. I need someone to reassure me that its going to be great I'm afraid. At the moment I'm kind of sick thinking about it. I said goodbye to Leslie and Pat and Shannon, and I hoped to see a few others but didn't. Hmm... I am going to miss them so terribly. I think this year might actually be harder than the first. God has blessed me so much though and I'm trying to trust him with this year. Its become a bit easier with how He has helped me so far. I have the opportunity for a job at Zellers at my usual pay of just over $9/hr which is so amazing, I wasn't expecting to be able to get the same hourly wage. As well as a job He has blessed me with so many people who care about me and have hsowed it by giving me gifts of money. They are small but so appreciated, I don't know what I'd do without them. And I've already said this but throughout this summer He has just given me a sense of my future and I am more certain now than before that I am meant to work with kids in some way, shape, or form. This does make it hard though because all I want to do is skip school and find some kids work with! I know I can do that at school but I want to do it fulltime and I want to do it now! Hehe, I guess Gods giving me patience at the same time. Geez. Well, time to get back to packing slash making bread slash doing my sisters hair slash accomplishing 50 other things I have to do in time for tomorrow. See you soon my friends... and goodbye to my friends from home. I hope to visit you sooner than later. Chow.