Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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Here is from when I got the Bronze award at work... ;)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Sin Boldly you say?

Hey guys! So I don't post all that often... obviously... but I decided to write a post for a book that I read recently... Sin Boldly by Cathleen Falsani...

The title was definetly an eye catcher for me and caused me to be rather curious as to what does it mean to Sin Boldly... and is that as a Christian a good thing... aren't we called to not sin...?

After I got out of my cloud of confusion of what direction the book would take I was surprised both by the simplicity and beauty of language. Falsani went through stories of her life by painting pictures of the experiences that God has guided her through. We have all learned at least one definition of the word grace, however Falsani tells a story of how grace prevails even in the most dire of circumstances. From remote villages in Africa, to Katrina destroyed areas, to a funeral for the late Pope.

How often do you look for grace to emerge from the ashes? How often do you pray for grace to come and over come the ugly of this world? But it does... it really does... I had never thought of grace touching each experience in my life. This book doesn't contain a ton of theological rock your brain until something convicting and wowing pops out about grace. Rather, takes a more simple don't overlook experiences look at grace. It truly is everywhere and even if you don't think you have experienced it in one way or another, you need to take a step back and realize that you really have.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Wondering what to do with this weekend...

As I am staring at the weather report it is glaringly obvious that there will be some sort of large down pour tomorrow ALL DAY...

So I am sorting out what I can do to entertain my parents tomorrow...

There are museums... which don't interest my dad...

I would love to take the boat to Georgetown from Old Town Alexandria... but the rain...

I am just not feeling all that creative...

Boo for rain during the weekend...

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The crazy life

So, I would really work on posting more online... hmmm... maybe in my free time... or maybe when I'm at work and mildly bored... I just can't decide... ;)

My last free night was last week Friday... I have tonight free... and my next free night isn't until Thursday the 18th... I have various activities that I could take a day off from but yeah if I look at the schedule it's a little overwhelming... My parents are in town this weekend and next Thursday I'm heading to New Hampshire for the weekend.

So get this... I don't really like comcast... I called them last night because my internet was down but my tv was working... so I played around with my modem... my router... and my computer for 10 minutes until I realized the wrong lights were on for the modem thus the modem was having issues... so I called Comcast convinced there was a modem problem... after the guy went through and told me to switch cables... turn this thing on and off... push this button and that button... and 20 minutes later he tells me... you have a modem problem... the only two solutions he could offer... 1. having them drop one off next Wednesday 2. having me pick one up off of a street I have never heard of. when I asked for directions there he told me that 7-11's sell maps and maybe I should look into that... DANG!!! So that man really made me mad.. the nerve of some people... arg!!!

ok... now back to patent examining... ;)

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Messy Spirituality

My friend Jess has given out a bunch of these books and challenged her Bloggy friends to write a review... so here's mine!! ;)

I'm a mess, you're a mess, we're all messes...

That is the concept of the book Messy Spirituality, by Michael Yaconelli. No human on this earth is perfect. We all have flaws we all make mistakes but though God wants us to strive to be more like Him, He will accept us even when we faulter.

Yaconelli tells stories and draws parellels between biblical men and women, people in his own life, and stories that he has heard from others. He uses all those examples to show what a honest messy walk with Jesus looks like. It's the alcoholic husband choosing to follow God and love his wife, it's when your child survives cancer and your only response to why she lived is "I don't know," and it's those days that though you want to give God 100% you only have 70% to give but He recognizes your growth.

Reading the book really made me appreciate the churches and people I have meant along my Christian walk. I didn't become a Christian until college, got plugged in right away to great churches, bible studies, and friendships. At no point did I ever feel unwelcome or out of place. I have never regularly attended a legalistic, it's all about the rules church. Jeans have always been acceptable attire to the services and an un-tucked shirt, uncombed hair, or even blurting out during a service never caused a stir. So in reading this book I had a hard time relating to those who felt condemned and unaccepted by others in the church. Though I do know it exists in todays churches. We need to move beyond the worlds mold, the standards, peoples view of us, how the world wants us to act, and hand the chalk to Jesus so He can replace any incorrect perceptions with how He views us, and wants us to act ALL with an out pouring of His love.

"The mess of our lives and our crippledness is what most qualifies us to be chosen by Jesus."

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Michigan ROAD TRIP!!

Woo hoo! So I am officially taking off in a few weeks for a Michigan road trip...

I fly into Detroit and kidnap my moms car, then head off. First to Saline for a night. Then to Grand Rapids for two nights. Then off to Marshall for a night. And then last but not least I head back to Farmington to spend the day with the fam before flying out the next day.

I am beyond excited to go home, I haven't been back since December. I also realized that I haven't seen many of my friends since moving out to Virginia, and I really miss them all a ton. It's crazy cause I leave next week Friday! NEXT WEEK... oh I hope this week goes by quick!

Jamie

Sunday, April 6, 2008

A small plant in the middle of the African Safari...

Have you ever felt like a small plant in the middle of an African Safari...?

Welp ya'll that's kind of what I feel like...

Why you ask...

Welp, I live in the DC area filled with fun inexpensive things to do, historical documents and landmarks, and around this time of year tourists... Don't get me wrong, I can't claim the whole region as my own and I don't dislike all tourists. Yet they kind of get me feeling like a small plant in the middle of an African Safari... Basically the tourists arrive in droves for the purpose of seeing and ooohhhhing and ahhhhhing said historical things and taking advantage of those inexpensive things to do. Just as someone on safari would want to go and ooohhhh and ahhhhh at animals along the way.

But those safarians don't so much care about the small plant, they don't plan on running it over unless it gets in the way, and they don't really understand the ecosystem in which me (the little plant) is trying to survive they seem more concerned about the next photo op of a lion... just as tourists don't really notice the people who live in the DC area who are trying to exist in an already crazy area...

OK yes I did pick a crazy area to live, which is kinda my own fault, yet there is no other patent office in the US... so kinda stuck in that regard... yet from now until late August is considered tourist season... a time of New York and Florida license plates... people who don't understand that garbage doesn't belong just dropped anywhere... crowded metros... crowded metros filled with strollers... not being able to take a walk without fear of ruining a photo that someone is trying to take... people cutting across 3 lanes of traffic because they are about to miss their exit (actually that is a year round occurrence.. :) )

It kinda stinks being the small plant... ;)