Friday, June 26, 2009

Summer itinerary, part 2

I should write in this thing more. Too bad it's a rare occurrence for me to come up with something that's actually worth writing about. That's what my journal is for. No one reads it but me, and I don't care if I ramble on and on about nothing (which I do a lot, by the way, as you can probably already see by this point in this particular entry...).

Anyway. I'm actually just bored right now. I realized yesterday that it was the halfway point of summer break. This made me extremely happy. Only 51 more days to go!! Needless to say, with my thrilling summer life, I am definitely ready to get back to Lee. Luckily though, the second half of my summer is supposed to be a little more exciting than the first half. Monday, I'm heading off to work camp for three weeks. That should be fun (albeit potentially awkward. Oh boy. Maybe I'll have something entertaining to write about when I get back, hmm?). After that, Christy and I are trying to work it out so I can go spend a few days in the wonderful world of Nashville with her (with the added bonus of possibly getting to see other friends from Lee? Yes?). My grandparents are also dying for me to come stay a few days at their house, so I'm going to do my best to do that before heading back to school. Oh, and Kristi was going to try to come visit me, too, but I'm not totally sure if that's still going to work out or not... We'll see, I guess. So yeah, I have some things to keep me occupied for the rest of the summer, I think. :)

Yep, lame update. Sorry--I had to cure the boredom somehow.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

YouTube makes my life better

Has anyone else out there ever seen the show Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye? It used to air on PAX (which is now “I,” or something else equally lame), but I think they only air the reruns in Canada now. Anyway, it used to be my favorite show ever, and about a week ago, I discovered that pretty much every episode has been uploaded on YouTube.

Best discovery of my entire life.

I’m in the process of re-watching all three seasons of it and have been watching 2 or 3 episodes every night (look, I used to be freakin’ obsessed with this show. Finding it on YouTube basically made my entire life. Besides, I have to do something to cure my boredom). SOOO GOOD!!! It has been especially useful in getting my mind off of all the complications that have been going on in my brain lately. Ahh, I love a good distraction.

P.S. If you’re at all interesting in watching…
Check it out: SueThomasEpisodes @ YouTube (start with the pilot episode)

Monday, June 15, 2009

He speaks through cucumbers, too...

I’m pretty sure that VeggieTales is the most brilliant thing…ever. Seriously. It was a very significant part of my childhood, and songs like, “The Song of the Cebu” and “His Cheeseburger” continue to be part of my daily (or at least weekly) life. Really, I can recite almost every VeggieTales song circa 1999 and earlier (my mom eventually stopped buying every single one that came out, so sadly, I fell a little behind in my relationship with Bob, Larry, and friends). In fact, this evening, my friend Chad and I had this great little singalong to “I Can Be Your Friend” and “The New & Improved Bunny Song.” It was pretty awesome. Also, I still think God speaks to me through those vegetables (especially Junior Asparagus). No, reallyHe does! But then, God tends to get my attention in funny little ways (oftentimes via the shuffle feature on my mp3 player…), and that totally includes animated vegetables in a kid’s show. It’s so fitting for me, and hey, it works. I guess whatever it takes to get the message across, right?

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Earth and dirt and You

Listening To: Wholly Yours (B) by David Crowder Band

I think I should learn to accept that my life at home is hopelessly lame. It's just a (rather unfortunate) fact. I had so much random energy today that I had to go outside and sprint across the yard a few times to get rid of some of it...and since when do I like running?!

I'm so tired of missing people. Sometimes, I miss my friends so much, I think I'm going to explode. Facebook is nice (and I am definitely thankful for it), but it's just not the same as actually being with everyone. I'm also sick of waiting. Waiting, waiting, waiting. Story of my entire life. AHH! Two and a half months seems like forever right about now. Sigh. 68 more days.

Being alone so much gives me way more time to think and write. That can be a really good thing and a really bad thing at the same time. On one hand, I like being more in touch with myself again. When I'm at school, I get soooo busy and involved with social things (which I do enjoy) that I don't have as much time to be with me. I hate how I never get to write in my journal, or how, when I do, it's always kind of rushed and I don't get to think things through very well. On the other hand, though, when I'm alone so much, I start thinking and analyzing way too much. This is really problematic when it comes to specific situations in my life. I think and I analyze and I think and I analyze...and I over-think and I overanalyze...I get myself so confused that I hardly know what's reality anymore. This is especially bad when there is literally nothing I can do about anything for the rest of the summer. Oh, life! It feels like a mess sometimes.

I have to say, though, that God has definitely used this "alone time" to His advantage. It took Him awhile, but He finally got through. It's hard to explain completely. I'll just say that it's easy to ignore God when you have plenty of things to fill up your life, but when you're by yourself for a good majority of the time, it gets a little trickier. I somehow managed it for about a month, but the other night, I had to come to terms with reality. It was a little rough, but I feel like maybe now, I can finally start coming out of this ridiculous spiritual dullness/confusion/apathy/whatever it is that I've been dealing with for like, a year now. I feel a lot more at peace about things, at least. :)

The song "Wholly Yours" recently gained major significance in my life. I've always liked the song, but had never really listened to the lyrics. Man. That is an incredible song.
"I am full of earth
You are heaven's worth
I am stained with dirt
Prone to depravity

You are everything
That is bright and clean
The antonym of me
You are divinity

But a certain sign of grace is this
From a broken earth
Flowers come up
Pushing through the dirt

You are holy, holy, holy
All heaven cries, 'Holy, holy God'
You are holy, holy, holy
I wanna be holy like You are

You are everything
That is bright and clean
And You're covering
Me with Your majesty

And the truest sign of grace was this
From wounded hands
Redemption fell down
Liberating man

You are holy, holy, holy
All heaven cries, 'Holy, holy God'
You are holy, holy, holy
I wanna be holy like You are

But the harder I try
The more clearly that I
Feel the depth of our fall
And the weight of it all
And so this might could be
The most impossible thing
Your grandness in me
Making me clean

Glory, hallelujah
Glory, glory, hallelujah

You are holy, holy, holy
All heaven cries, 'Holy, holy God'
You are holy, holy, holy
I wanna be holy, holy God

So here I am, all of me
Finally, everything
Wholly, wholly, wholly
I am wholly, wholly, wholly
I am wholly, wholly, wholly Yours

I am full of earth and dirt and You."
Wow. When I really listened to that song for the first time, it made me want to cry. I mean, how unworthy am I that God would give me so much grace, so much love? I can try so hard to be the person He wants me to be, to be holy like He is, and I do just that--I try, over and over and over. And you know what? I fail...over and over and over. I don't have the capacity to do it on my own. The past year of my life is proof enough of that. Yet God is always there, and when I start to feel so hopeless, like I am the world's biggest failure and will never get it right, He shows me that He's big enough for both of us. He covers my imperfection with Himself. I make things way too complicated. I don't have to become holy on my own; I simply have to surrender myself wholly to Him and He takes care of the rest.

"I am full of earth and dirt...and You."