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So, I think I might try to be a bit more regular on here again. I’ve been thinking this for a few months […yeah], and now I’m finally getting by butt back in gear. [Edit: or “my butt back in gear” – which ever floats your boat. I do have a sinus infection right now, so when I say “my butt back in gear,” it does have a tendency to sound like “by butt back in gear.”]

For those who had been trying to keep track of my doings, I’m still working at the gas station in the town where I live. This has been proven to be such a blessing! It’s amazing to see God working in my life, using me to reach out to people that others wouldn’t think worth reaching out to. [And also I don’t have to drive that far during inclement weather, and on nice days {when I feel like it} I can ride my bike or even walk to work.]

A life-altering event happened this summer: I got my first vehicle! It’s a 2009 Chevy Traverse LT, with Bose speakers, a rear-view camera, and a button to both open and close the hatch! [Okay, they’re separate buttons, but I don’t have to hoist the hatch open or slam it shut.] I’d been looking at getting a Ford Escape, but God stepped in, had Dad’s uncle talk about selling his 2009 Chevy Traverse LT for the trade-in price in front of Mom, had my paternal grandma be about to close a CD so that she could loan me some money [she was planning on doing this, anyway, but the timing was perfect], and ….

Ain't he purdy?

Ain’t he purdy?

I’d been planning on naming him [yes, my Traverse is a him] Mr. Harper, after Seamus Harper. But my Harper was not going to be a Seamus.

And then I got my license plate. The first three letters were D – A – G. I named him Dagwood Harper. ^_^

My friend B spent the summer with us, as she works summers at the gas station [the rest of the year she’s too busy being an insane, double-majoring, multiple-minoring college student – love you, sis!], and I’m still dealing with my feelings of loneliness as I have no close friends in the area again because they live too far away to see on a daily or weekly [or frankly even monthly] basis. [Side note, God is taking care of that – more may come later 😉 ]

I’ve started working in the kitchen of the gas station, which means I now make subs and pizzas on a regular basis. You know those Flatizzas Subway just came out with? We’ve been making them for a while. I can’t tell you if the ones we make are better than the ones Subway makes, because ….

I decided to try going gluten-free this summer as well, because I’d been experiencing symptoms that I might be gluten intolerant. Psoriasis is a symptom, as is “chicken skin” on the backs of your arms, and migraines. I’ve had more than my fair share of migraines – with no medical reason. [They did a CAT scan on my head, and found nothing. B’dm chh! {That was a drum sound}] There are more symptoms, but these were some of mine. The way I found out that I was gluten intolerant was avoiding gluten for a week or so, and then having delicious granola. And then I had some pasta the next day [and cake – it was maternal Grandma’s birthday], and pasta the next day [leftovers from the previous night’s dinner] … and I felt like crap for the rest of the week as the gluten worked it’s way out of my system.

Anyway. I’m working on writing up some amusing anecdotes, and I’m hoping to get back on a semi-regular schedule.

God bless you and your day!

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Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to MEEE! [I say in a very Gollum-like manner]

Your milk’s expired.

Pinning it Down

This is a short post, as I really don’t have a whole lot to say. Then why am I writing? Because sometimes I just need to. I’m weird like that.

Anyway, I am now on Pinterest! You will find me wasting more time on the internet because I must fill my boards with pins. I think that’s how it works…. ^_^

This is my pinterest wall? board? …. Whatever.

The Call of the Quilted Cthulhu

It was the year 2000 […or 1999; I don’t really remember…], and my parents, Sister, and I were shopping at a touristy place not too far from our home. [Have you ever played tourist in your local area? It’s fun.] We came across a shop that sold quilts, and Mom and Dad decided that Sister […]

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Different Functions, Same God

I gave my first sermon on Sunday [that’s yesterday, October 21, 2012] for Laity Sunday. The United Methodist Church has a tradition of being led by the lay people when a pastor couldn’t make it to church [which was often because the pastors were circuit-riders – there weren’t enough pastors to go around], and we celebrate this tradition once a year.

God gave me the sermon way back in August. I was reading Nehemiah 3. For those not familiar with Nehemiah 3, the entire chapter lists everyone who did anything with rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem. It’s not very exciting, and I found myself wondering, “Why should I care about any of this?” I found myself thinking, “This doesn’t pertain to me. This is pointless.”

Then God smacked me over the head and pointed me toward Romans 12:3-8.

“Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” [Romans 12:4-5]

I realized that, in the same way the people of Judah were all working together to accomplish their goal, Christians today are doing the same thing – we’re trying to build the Kingdom of God.

We go about this using our God-given spiritual gifts. Every gift looks different; every gift serves a different function, but they all contribute to the same goal, to the same God.

Sometimes, though, jealousies occur. How many times have I said that I wished I could be like someone else? Too many times. But it’s so easy to be jealous, especially when we see everyone else’s gifts so clearly.

I then used the simile from Fruits Basket [I couldn’t get it out of my head], that everyone is like an onigiri. We can see so clearly the umeboshi on everyone else’s backs, but we can’t see our own. When we look at ourselves, all we see is plain white rice. I wrote, “Don’t be jealous of others for their gifts, because you have gifts, too. Maybe you just haven’t seen what they are yet.”

Of course I had to use this picture from Fruits Basket in my sermon 😉

I had to show what an onigiri is, because the majority of the congregation I was speaking to are over the age of 40, and don’t know much about Japanese culture. [My own parents were confused until I showed them pictures – it’s a good thing I was using PowerPoint as well and could easily show everyone pictures.]

All in all, I guess it went well. That’s what everyone said. I only had one person tell me I could have spoken more, made my sermon longer. Maybe I’m just one of the few short-winded Methodists. ^_^

Yesterday I also was officially accepted to be in the candidacy process for becoming a Methodist pastor. I sure was busy yesterday. 😀