Monday, September 19, 2011

Summer 2011 Summary

CANNOT believe another summer has come and gone.. time to reflect on a few highlights
1. second annual Skagway trip with Rikkaela Ruby!! got to helicopter up to the Meade Glacier again and walk on it way too amazing :)
2. Earth Cruising.. Herbert trail, Boyscout Beach, Dredge Lakes , Thane, Eaglecrest Road
3. 50 mile road bike ride Auke Rec to Echo Cove and back with my buddy Brianna
4. Klondike Relay!!! 10 person (9 for my team since Bill did 2 legs) running relay starts in Skagway, AK ends in Whitehorse, Canada over 100 miles all together I completed 13.1 miles in the middle of the night
5. goes along with #4 BEST northern lights.. purple and green dancing all over
6. Bowling league.. except for the fact I think I got worse over the summer instead of better
7. Halibut fishing with my sister Kristi and Carl.. caught our limit all between 40-50 lbs on a beautiful sunny day

8. Kristi's entire week with me here!
9.. Hiking of course.. Best trail of the summer was Salmon Creek
10. Biking Perseverance Trail with Sara when she came up for a couple week visit in May, such an intense but beautiful ride
12. Disc Golf!!!!! my current favorite activity

12. Fires on the back porch with my Juneau family :)
13. Brenna coming back for a visit!
14. Morgan Fisher (now Ramseth) wedding having Chrissy and her mom come up
15. Jarah and Ann being leaders of the women project, means I once again got to hang out with those amazing ladies in Juneau!
Amazing but too quick of a summer.. but I am going to leave it at that for now

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Confessions. Prayers. Desires.

I just want to write on here that once again somehow I have fallen into a patch of complacency in my walk with God. This past fall and again recently I have done things I only knew as a person I was capable of doing but never actually thought I would do. Here are some of my thoughts.

"And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come into the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes into the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God."
~John 3:19-21

Pastor Brian spoke this morning at church exactly what God has put in my heart many of times and extra hard yesterday, this I believe was God clearly speaking to me (and to others in our local body) through Brian. I cannot ignore this. I am standing at a crossroad, one way leading me closer to God and one drawing me away towards worldy pleasures that I know could never satisfy me or bring me joy. The big question, am I going to choose to serve my almighty God or am I going to choose to walk away from Him down a self distructive path that will only bring me hardship.

Because I am a new creation in Christ, I can honestly say I do not enjoy worldly activities therefore I do not understand why I even do them. But I do. Against every grain in my body.

The worst part seems to be avoiding true repentace. Rather than falling on my face crying out to God, mourning the things I have done, I just carry on as if nothing is wrong. As if I can just go on with my normal life, skipping this giant necessary step for me to truly make God the #1 pursuit in my life.

I greatly desire to draw closer and closer to my Maker and my Savior. To only have my sights set on Him. To be completely in the light and not hiding in the shadows. To be pursueing Him so hard that my thoughts and actions constantly reflect Him. To rely on the body of believers He has surrounded me with, to draw strength from Him through them. To listen and discern and act on the things His Spirit reveals to me. To constantly be looking for ways to serve and minister to the people around me out of the love God fills me with. To encourage my brothers and sisters to be doing the same.

I am so thankful I serve a loving, patient, merciful God who knows me inside and out. I need prayers right now that I do not lose sight of all of this, that God makes clear to me my limitations on what situations I can handle and which ones I cannot so I faithfully avoid them. Constant choices. Constant crossroads. My prayer is that in the near future I can write an update reporting that God is once again my life. That everything I do stems from my roots in Him and in His Word. That I have truely repented and turned away from the things drawing me away from the True Light. That I would once again be living out of a heart of ministry.

Today I am making the choice to quit being complacent, to quit just thinking about all of this all of the time but never acting on these thoughts. God constantly reveals to me what He wants me to spend my time doing but it seems I rarely actually do just that. I sadly let those thoughts pass right on by. By keeping all of this to myself, I have helped Satan keep a strong hold on my life. Not anymore.

Until my next update, know God is good. God is working all around us. Let us recognize that and give Him thanks and praise for it all! :)

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Colossians 1:9-14

"For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins."