Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Challenging Blog Post

Oh Hey! There is this couple that are missionaries in Haiti and I have been reading their blog. Here is a blog post that they wrote a little bit ago that I thought was very challenging and encouraging. I am so thankful for your obedience and faithfulness.

Blog post..

It has been a while since I have had a good chance to sit down and blog and I don't really have one of those chances now but I wanted to update everyone on the cholera outbreak here.

We have had to stop buying fish from any of the guys in our group because of the fear of the people that the fish that live in the ocean go and drink the water that comes out of the rivers and so they can make you sick. Our fisherman have just paid their money to put their kids all in school and now have no income because people are too afraid to buy fish. We do not have any cases here in Montrouis of contracted disease. The little mission hospital where we have our eye clinic has had 4 die and have treated hundreds. It is harder finding IV saline so keep that in your prayers.

This is Haiti's first significant cholera outbreak in 50 years. It is caused by a river in the Artibonite valley that became contaminated. We have seen about 3000 cases reported with almost 300 deaths. That is a terrible ratio even for a disease of this severity. The lack of understanding by the people of the cause of the disease and even bigger...fear. Fear killed many of the victims. They were afraid to drink more water because they heard water is what made them sick...so they died of dehydration. Tap tap drivers, local transportation, refused to carry passengers that were sick so they left them on the sides of the road to die...because they were afraid. Many hospitals and workers were afraid to take in patients and work with them at the onset because they did not know the cause of the disease...so patients died outside the hospitals. Fear is a powerful thing and a major part of life here in this little corner of reality.

People have some of the most irrational fears you can imagine. They are so scared of frogs because if it peepees in your eyes you will go blind...tough one to disprove but they get so upset with me for picking up frogs. Lucky for me, none have been able to pee in my eyes yet.

People fear all sorts of things concerning the spirits and voodoo. They fear many animals because it may be a lougau in disguise. They fear zombies. They fear witch doctors. The fear upsetting the family spirits. They fear dishonoring someone in power. They fear the government due to past leaders indiscriminately killing dissenters. They fear hunger. They fear food they are not familiar with. They fear a slight fever.

But out of all the fears that affect the people here, the one that is the greatest risk for them is the fear that comfortable Americans have of being drawn out of their comfort zone. The fear of millions of "Christians" that if they really give in to what God wants them to do to reach the world with His love, then He might send them to some crazy place like Haiti. When the reality is that if we would just surrender fully to God, He is most likely to keep us exactly where He had already placed us, but use us more effectively to fullfill our deepest desires and impact the lives of people from our home town to the far reaches of the world's densest jungles. But the fear that somehow God is going to demand something radical of us is a fear used by satan to keep us from really amounting to anything eternal. The fear is so strong that it triggers our defense mechanisms in our minds that cause us to build up walls to reality. We allow ourselves to be consumed by our surroundings in order to dull the sensation of reality. The sensation that just possibly we have totally missed it. Somehow we have convinced ourselves that our selfish, self serving, self helping, loveless, sacrificeless form of religion we inherited from our parents and perfected ourselves is somehow the Christianity described in the Bible.

That fear is the most dangerous fear in the world. More orphans, widows, homeless, starving, sick, helpless, and desperate souls die each year because of that fear than because of any fear I encounter here that we like to call "irrational". You want to talk about irrational? Is it rational to believe that a God who has ALL power in the universe and LOVES me more than I can comprehend could possibly devise a plan for me that is anything short of spectacularly amazing? I wish the greatest fear of my friends back home was frog peepee. Then maybe we could change the world.

Our greatest fear should be of the day we stand before a Holy God. We will give account for every thought, every action, every dollar, and all of our skills. I somehow don't think excuses like our kids are too small, our parents are aging now, when I get that raise we will give more, when we pay off some debt, if I could just hear from God, we're just waiting until we know for certain, I just don't feel "called", I just don't think this church is feeding me, I can't align myself with that pastor, that youth group is too culturally relevant, that church is not culturally relevant enough, etc. is going to pass when God asks why we would not obey the hundreds of instances in His word that He commands us to reach the world with His love. If we all feared that day as much as the Haitians fear zombies we could take care of the millions of orphans in subsahara Africa that become prostitutes because we are not there to give them a home. Or the sick in India that die because they don't have access to antibiotics that cost 75 cents. As I was typing this a man showed up from PAP crying. He has interpreted for us before at crusades. Degraff sat in my yard and cried as he explained that 3 days ago his 18 month old only son died of respiratory arrest and is in the morgue because he can't afford to have him buried. At the same time Joy was walking and met a man from another village sitting by the road holding a dead baby. The child died after leaving the hospital and the father had no money to get a tap tap to get back home. The world is literally dying and we spend our days complaining about the lines in Walmart.



Love you!

Dybs

Monday, December 13, 2010

I was assured that this isn't too depressing

All morning I’ve been struggling to figure out something to write on here. SOMETHING, Anything that might be worth your time. I wrote the date on my calendar and all of last week I saw it approaching and thought of all sorts of witty, amusing things to say but those have seemed to escape me and out of all the thoughts running through my head none of them seem worth sharing because they feel incomplete or lacking definition or even direction. (ß Longest sentence ever, but I didn’t major in English, only minor) But alas, I’ll share some anyways in hope that maybe you will make some sense of their dicombobulatedness.

The over arching theme in my heart this morning is hurt, but not a bad hurt. I hurt for the people in my life that don’t know Christ. I think about the times that I’ve asked for this and prayed that the Lord would reveal a deeper understanding of the hurt He feels when he watches his children who have gone astray. I know that any hurt I feel has to be miniscule in comparison to His and yet now that I feel even a little bit of it, I feel weak, fatigued, and a bit overwhelmed. It is as if I’ve bit off more than I can chew, as if He gave me more than I can handle. I’m tempted to ignore the hurt and the fact that there are people in my life who need Him but annoyingly and persistently (can I say that about scripture?) I keep remembering “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. (1 Cor 10:13)” I’m well aware that the context of this verse isn’t necessarily applied well but nevertheless I can’t get it out of my head and I can’t help but think that there is a reason for that.

The other thing that is making me hurt is my sin and the sin of my friends who claim Christ. I’ve been recently pained by watching friends hurt friends, and friends holding bitterness and sadness, and myself and others being deliberately disobedient to a loving God. I woke up Sunday feeling guilty and heavy in regards to these things. In my head I was mulling over decisions that I’ve made recently. It makes me feel physically sick to think that there have been times recently that when I’ve been faced with a moral dilemma and I’ve deliberately decided to choose what is wrong. As I was sitting in the car mulling all this over on the 4.5 hour drive I looked over at Nathan who was smiling. Annoyed, I asked “why are you smirking?” (Ridiculously thinking that he could see my anguish and was enjoying it) and he said, “I’m not smirking, I’m smiling.” So I said, “and why are you smiling?” and in a matter of fact tone he said, “because of what you’re whistling.” At this point I wasn’t aware that I was whistling because I do it a lot when I’m bored/thinking/working… and so I listened and it was Great is thy faithfulness the hymn. I smiled and almost instantly the verses from Lam. 3 popped into my head ever so conveniently. “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” I wrestled with it all day, and again this morning, and the entire time that hymn has been in my head no matter how hard I tried to replace it with annoying rap songs.

I see that there is a theme here and in my head I know that He is faithful, but I can’t quite put my finger on what it is that He wants me to apply it to. So I suppose I’ll wrestle some more, and as long as the theme remains at my forefront, I can’t help but hope that the outcome will be bearable at the least.

Lastly, I’ve been gifted by way of grooveshark some tunes with lyrics that have pointed me in a direction of gratitude. Love and miss you.

Oh the devil’s singing over me
An age old song
That I am cursed and gone astray
Singing the first verse so conveniently
He’s forgotten the refrain
Jesus saves!”

Shane and Shane “Embracing Accusation”

I need thee every hour most gracious Lord
no tender voice like thine can peace afford

I need Thee O I need Thee
Every hour I need Thee O bless me now my Savior
I come to Thee

I need Thee every hour stay Thou nearby
Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh

Jadon Lavik “I Need Thee”

Deliver me from my prideful mind
It weighs heavier on me all the time
What a silent, yet, such a deadly crime
To think that I own my own life

So humble me just like You did
The king who lost his mind in the wilderness
And don’t let me go back
Until I confess
You are the only God

Bethany Dillon “Deliver Me”

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Joy

Kelsey Keizer

I was reading the other day... Good old Chuck Swindoll... it was his book "Laugh Again: Experience Outrageous Joy" this is the excerpt that especially stuck out...

"I know of no greater need today than the need for joy. Unexplainable, contagious joy. Outrageous Joy. When that kind of joy comes aboard our ship of life, it brings good things with it - like enthusiasm for life, determination to hang in there, and a strong desire to be of encouragment for others. Such qualities make our voyage bearable when we hit open seas and encouter high waves of hardship that tend to demoralize and paralyze. There is nothing better than a joyful attitude when we face the challenges life throws at us."

"The happiest people are rarely the richest, or most beautiful, or even the most talented. Happy people do not depend on excitement and 'fun' supplied by externals. They enjoy the fundamental, often very simple things in life. They waste no time thinking other pastures are greener; they do not yearn for yesterday or tomorrow. They savor the moment, glad to be alive, enjoying their work, their families, the good things around them. They are adaptable; they can bend with the wind, adjust to changes in their times, enjoy the contests of life, and feel themselves in harmony with the world. Their eyes are turned outward; they are aware. They have the capacity to love."

Although I think you are outwardly beautiful Kels, I couldn't help think of you when he was talking about all the qualities of a joyful person. Your enthusiasm for life and determination. Your committment to the people around you, and the encouragment you are to them. You get excited over small things and its contagious. I will never forget the kind of teammate you were. How, whether you were in the game or not, you were the most excited person. Encouraging those around you and celebrating little plays. You are a great example of what it means to live a life full of outrageous joy... and I am so thankful to be able to have you in my life. Miss you Kels!

KD

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Return

Dearest Kelsey,

I read this the other day and it encouraged me.

I hope you like it.


“Come, let us return to the LORD.

He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us;

he has injured us

but he will bind up our wounds.

After two days he will revive us;

on the third day

he will restore us,

that we may live in his presence.

Let us acknowledge the LORD;

let us press on to acknowledge him.

As surely as the sun rises,

he will appear;

he will come to us like the winter rains,

like the spring rains that water the earth.”

-Hosea 6:1-3

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Crooked

Last year, you broke into my parents' house. You dug through their overstuffed room of storage. You found their billion pound Christmas tree in the farthest corner of the overstuffed room. You dragged it out. Up the stairs. Around the corner. Onto the pink (salmon?!) carpet. And you pulled out the pieces one...by...one.

You proceeded to put up their Christmas tree because you knew they would not be able to, yet you somehow knew how important it was for them to come home to a place that felt like Christmas. You finished. The tree was crooked. You tried to fix it...to no avail.

My parents arrived home after two long weeks of crisis. My mom saw the tree. She cried. She could not figure out how the Christmas tree got up! She called me. "I know who it was, but I'm not telling. Ha ha." (Early 90s board game DreamPhone reference, anyone? Anyone?) Somehow, the erect Christmas tree alleviated a bit of the scariness, the unfamiliar, the loneliness of the season where nothing seemed "usual".

My mom saw that it was crooked. This was her favorite part about it. A perfectly crooked Christmas tree seemed fitting, given the season our family had just had. Their Thanksgiving and Christmas was unlike any other, but it turned out to be a beautiful season. Their traditions went awol, but it was a Christmas they will never forget.

The details continue and you already know most of them. The point of this story is that Christmas 2010 for Kelsey Keizer is going to be unlike any other. At times the Christmas season in Praha will feel sacry, unfamiliar, lonely.....anything but usual. How could it feel usual? The bigger point of the story is that there is a raw and pure beauty in crooked Christmas trees. And I pray that you will know and understand the crooked Christmas trees as they come to your door this holiday season.

May the lonely unfamiliar be overcome by a beautiful unfamiliar. May the lack of traditions entice you to create new ones. May your crooked Christmas trees be known to you as signs of the goodness and faithfulness of God. And may you always, always, always remember that Christmas is not in anything familiar, usual, traditional.....Christmas is Christ and Christ is with you in Praha.

Love from here to there and back again,
adrianne

Monday, November 29, 2010

Christmas Gift

I think I'm going to get you this for Christmas...

Monday, November 22, 2010

A Call to Anguish

KELSEY! A friend sent me this video a few weeks ago, and it rocked my world! I still find myself listening to it over and over. It's full of passion and calls us to action. Here's the link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGMG_PVaJoI

In the season of Thanksgiving, I want you to be well aware that many people are extremely thankful for your friendship and your example of faith as you boldly proclaim the Gospel in Prague. Maybe you can teach some of your Czech friends about the traditions surrounding Thanksgiving--- can you find a big turkey to roast over there???

Love and prayers sent your way!
-Dayna

The Price of Wool in Transylvania

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1zZvpdPEJQ

My favorite scene thus far...

Friday, November 12, 2010

To live is Christ, to die is gain

Roses are red
Violets are blue
I'm angry at BBM
Because it delays by talking to you!

Have you seen the movie, End of the Spear? Great movie re-telling the story of Jim Elliot and his desire to reach out to this lost and dangerous indian tribe in Ecuador. With years of training, planning, studying, praying and searching, he finally got his chance to make contact with the tribe. Upon arriving Jim's son asked, "if they come to attack you, will you shoot back and defend yourself?" And Jim said, "no. I'm ready for heaven, they're not." Once Jim and his four men arrived to the shore of the tribe's village, within hours all of the men were speared and killed. Then, soon after their death, all of the wives and children of the killed fathers returned to the village to love on those people, proclaiming the gospel, and living out forgiveness and love, completely giving up their entire lives for the sake of the lost. Even Jim's son returned as an adult to live with the people, and live with the man that killed his father. One quote from Jim Elliot that really hits home and made me think of you and pray with even more eagerness for you is this - "he is no fool to give what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose."

Even though you're not in a country where any moment you could be speared and killed, the people around you are dying, lost, and with no hope. Robbie and I were both so broken yet refreshed after watching that movie and realized how often we make the gospel more difficult than it has to be, missing the big eternal picture of what it's really about. Continue to press on - abiding in Christ and delighting in the glory of God as you lay down your life for those around you - in the way you plan, understand the culture, intentionality, studying the word, praying, everything, and may you delight in God and endure in His grace.

Here's also a poem I wrote in class that kinda relates - its about the prostitute Gomer that God tells Hosea to marry - giving more of a reality of the need for Christ in our world.

Hosea

My oil here is low, very dim now
The linen turned to sandpaper between my thighs
feasting on a dwindled pocketbook;
stomach hollow, hunting for my lovers.
Endless chase, thornbushes blocking the path
of but a coat tail grazing the tip of my raw finger
in desperate reach. Come back. Where did they go?
Lewdness seeped through the hole in
my wool, attempting to conceal the
unfaithfulness between my breasts.
Allured in this desert
yet You speak tenderly to me.
Betrothed in righteousness and justice
You found me and clothed me.

LOVE YOU KK!! I'm thankful for your partnership in the gospel!

anna

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Blog Hide and Go Seek

KK. Click on the blogs posted in May. There was one that was caught in the draft folder that I just reposted--so it's in the May postings. It is titled Memories From Warmer Weather.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Wady Bug


Rae was a Lady Bug for Halloween. The cutest little lady bug I've ever seen really. The next day, I asked her what she was for Halloween. She said, "A Wady bug!" Then when asked what you say when you go up to someone's door to get candy, she said after much deliberation, "Um, Um, Um, Umm. Please?"

Hilarious. And on any other day, Rae you are right on the money. :)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

I should really be updating my own blog...hahaha!

Hey Kelsey!
Hope things are going well for ya! Since I have been TERRIBLE about updating my blog in the last, say 2 or so months, I'm due for some great information to give you!! Haha. Not exactly the case actually...
My life has returned to normal to be quite honest. I've started my internship at an outpatient clinic and am living with my grandparents. No more time off from school, no more breaks - it's go go go all the time. Crazy, really. The clinic sees patients constantly, nothing like places I've been to or observed in. It's a slow day when there are less than 6 people in the gym at one time, if you have less than 20 patients on your schedule or if you have time to breathe. ;)
All that to say that I LOVE the clinic that I'm working at. Yes, it's busy. Yes, my whole body typically hurts by the end of the day. But the people that I work with are so much fun. They are hilarious, fun-loving, joyful people who truly love helping people - plus a majority of them love Jesus!! It's been great. I'm exhausted nearly all the time, but this is the type of place I could definitely work at once I'm free from school.
The hardest part of the job...seeing all these people hurting and many who have serious health problems. There are so many people who are overweight and have back problems due to that...usually major back issues like ruptured discs and degenerative changes in the spine...things PTs cannot actually fix. We can only provide exercises and treatment to make them comfortable and decrease the pain as much as possible. Some days it gets to me more than others. Today was one of those days. I was watching a PT perform wound debridement on someone who had stage-4 cancer. The spouse was telling me about their kids and the treatment that the person was going through. I nearly started crying. It just broke my heart hearing about the couple, and it was so sweet that they came to the clinic together. The spouse would clean the wound a couple of times a day when they weren't coming to the clinic. There have been other times where I want to go easy on a patient because I know they are in pain, but I know that ultimately, the pain is a necessary evil in order for them to get stronger and gain motion and get back to normal function. It's hard to watch people in pain everyday and see that what you have them do increases that pain.
The payoff to that is that we get to see them through the awful, the bad, the ok, the good, and the great. :) Spending so much time with these people and working with them until their pain becomes non-existent - that's what makes it worth it all. I think being able to work in the atmosphere that I am in is a huge encouragement as well!
Anyway, there's a glimpse into my life now that I'm back on track!! I'm off to bed now to hopefully get a few more hours of sleep tonight. :D

Love you, KK!! Take care of yourself there in Prague!

Kpax

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Puttin the Bearcats on the map!

Boo Yah! It's the first time since I've been coaching to have a conference player of the week.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Read the caption

http://sports.todaysbigthing.com/2010/10/04

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Shawn Johnson

Knew you would really LOVE this!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Faith

Kelsey Keizer! What up homegirl? I absolutely LOVED seeing you last month, you are such an encouragement and inspiration in my life! I'm also pumped that you're back in action over in Prague and all those girls lives. So I was thinking, could you send me a prayer list of specific people and things I can be fighting with you in? I'd love that.
So, instead of e-mailing you, I'll post it on your blog. I am really liking this Revelation study that we are doing. I really liked last weeks session, especially when she talked about John and the life attracting revelation. I so badly want to experience God and everything he has for me. I especially thought the third point was most challenging for me. "He had a history of allowing his former conceptions of Christ to be altered." If we are set in our ways, refuse to allow our doctrine to be challenged, we won't receive any revelation because God is looking for people who will be changed by it. I have grown up in the same association of churches, whereI have don't the same things for my whole life. Am I willing to hear from God and be changed from a new way? We talked about this a little when you were here, but I really liked how she put it.
I read Mark 6:5 today, "And he could do no might work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. He marveled because of their unbelief." Oh Jesus.. give me more faith!!!!
LOVE YOU LOTS!!!!

Dybs

Monday, October 4, 2010

what if...

kk! you're back across the pond again, ready to take on more days, weeks, and months of adventure ahead of you. although i've never been to prague, i'm guessing there's still the chance of a post-weekend case of the mondays. if not, i'm sure you know what i mean :)

today was that kind of monday for me. while chatting with a friend before the start of class tonight, i realized that maybe what i need to make my monday a bit better is a cute, cuddly, clean-smelling baby to hug and squeeze and love for an hour (then give back to his/her parents). HA! since the baby idea is a little too far out of reach (i'm surrounded by young, mostly unmarried grad students who have yet to start families), i decided another great mood lifter would be a puppy. i've always kind of wanted a puppy - when i was little the answer was always no because my mom doesn't like dogs. now that i don't have anyone holding me back it's been a serious contemplation from one day to the next: do i get a puppy, do i not get a puppy? right now i'm working on keeping 3 house plants alive - but you must understand for a while it was a struggle to keep a small cactus going, so this is a step in the right direction. since the weekly plant-watering and sunning of my house plants is still a work in progress, i've decided to put the puppy idea on hold for now.

since you now know of my life goals to having a week without mondays, a baby to cuddle for only an hour, and a puppy to play with, you're probably wondering what this has to do with you, prague, or really anything relevant at all. i can't say that i blame you. through this conversation with my friend before class, i realized that since my first two choices are more unrealistic than i'd like, perhaps a bit of ellen degeneres would do the trick. IT WORKED! after studying for a quiz and reading what seemed like a zillion pages of relatively interesting information, i've been you-tubing (yes, this is a verb) ellen videos for the remainder of my evening/your early morning :)

this video isn't the funniest, or even the shortest of some of the videos i've been checking out. i know ellen videos are frequenting this blog so to save you from the repeat, i thought i'd show you one youprobably haven't seen before. (hint: you can skip ahead to 2:30 - the second half is definitely the better part of the video.)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/15/ellen-degeneres-in-chicag_n_612855.html

after the monday that i had, watching this blog got me thinking: what if ellen showed up at my workplace to spice things up for an hour? would i give her an extra piece of candy from the dish on my desk? maybe show her around, introduce her to my favorite coworkers? or maybe i'd just sit her down and ask her about the weather forecast for the week.

love you loads, my dear friend. thanks for allowing me a very good excuse to update you with a mediocre update to my monday, with the help of our friend ellen.

lb

Monday, August 23, 2010

Mosaic is Aflight!? Afloat?... Going

Hello Kelsey Keizer,
Here comes another update from the cube with high walls. Today there was a brief but urgent uproar about my controlling of the thermostat. Apparently the batteries went dead without informing me therefore leaving our section of the office quite warm. I didn't notice. However after several complaints from my co-workers and upon further review of the thermostat, a maintenance report (yes I had to fill out an online form to acquire 3 AAA batteries) was submitted and we are beginning to feel the coolness that comes with air conditioning. Repercussions may include moving me to a new cubicle if I don't take my thermostat responsibilities more seriously.
In other news it was quite the weekend at the Schaepe household. Friday evening we went to a fancy restaurant and spent entirely too much on sea bass for Nathan's birthday (the 22nd). We then proceeded to a successful surprise party for Anna White which included the longest and maybe most irritating game of telephone pictionary I've ever played. Then kpax stayed the night at our house and I saw her for approximately 30 seconds. Saturday we watched 3 movies including Gladiator and Bring It On 1&2. Nathan will never admit to the last two but trust me, it happened and he liked it. We then went to a dual surprise party for my brother and his fiance. Each planned a surprise birthday party for each other which was super awkward but turned out to be not awkward at all because they both really knew about each other parties and duped all the guests. Complicated? Yes. We wrapped up our weekend Sunday with another birthday party/outing at my parents house for Nathan and my brother Ben. (You have not miscounted, that was the 4th). We shot bows and arrows which was fun and a terrible idea for anyone with bad shoulders. After eating entirely too much corn and mashed potatoes we drove to our church meeting in a food comatose.
This is where the title comes into effect.
Our church plant that we are extremely fortunate to be a part of is well on its way. We have been meeting in different houses on Sunday evenings. Its been super great and we have met tons of new people who are passionate about Lincoln, and young families and Jesus. Its a really encouraging and uplifting environment to be in, not to mention hilarious. We shared a ton of laughs last night and got to know each other better. Since the church is still getting off the ground its pretty low key and open forum so anyone can share anything and discussion is facilitated and encouraged by our pastor. I felt super led to share about Exodus 17 and how our group of friends play that out so well and how that has shaped my view of how the church should be. It was awesome. It was so great to hear open struggles and praises and prayers and voices united in song. The first few meetings I felt really uncomfortable but I'm beginning to feel at home and its great to feel at home. I think Jesus is doing some really cool and powerful things in the Mosaic Leadership Team and I'm super excited.

ALMOST AS EXCITED AS I AM FOR YOU TO BE BACK IN THE U-S-A! I'm stinkin' pumped about that!

Okay, love you, bye bye.

Monday, August 16, 2010


I am in great anticipation for when you come home to Des Moines. But since you are still in Europe, when I look at my wall, I always am reminded of you...and Leigha and Lauren :)

LOVE YOU!!!


1 Peter 1:22 - "You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart."

More

Hey Kelsey :)

I love you and can't wait to see you!...

In the meantime, I love this song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98YyCqPVYHE

Love,
Leigha

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Let's reminisce on a time we....



Hopped of the plane at LAX...

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Knees Drawn Up

"I turn in my sleep and draw up my knees except that there is no I at this moment but just my knees which draw up themselves by some complex autonomy of bones, tendons, muscles, like an empty self-service elevator working off calls from floor to floor after closing time. And with my knees drawn up, I dream I am sitting down. I am sitting on a stool at a bar, and my glass has left a wet ring on the wooden counter-top. With my finger, I start to move the wet around. I move it this way and that way with nothing much on my dream of a mind. And then on the smooth counter of the bar I write a name. When I have finished writing it, I start to weep, and the tears wake me up. I cannot remember the name I wrote, but I know that it was a name that I would be willing to die for. Maybe it was the secret name of God or the secret name of the world. Maybe it was my own secret name. The dream is only a dream, but the tears are exceedingly real" (Buechner).

Monday, August 9, 2010

another great movie pick...

only this time someone else picked wacked out one...I am currently watching some shoot-um scenes...I have covered my and plugged my ears on MULTIPLE occasions and other than Boondock Saints I dont think I have ever heard the "F-bomb" dropped so often:) so thats what youre missing over here on 39th street:)

Also there was some crazy rain last night...3 inches in like an hour and your room got water in it so Dennis had to come in and do some work.  Apparently they are looking to sell the place as soon as this lease is up b/c they are moving.

I always try and think of funny stories to tell you and I think for sure I have a bunch but when I sit down to tell you about them I totally forget...probably my blogs are the most boring to read:)

Leigha wanted me to tell you that she is watching this movie, eating chips, peeling skin off her legs and wishing you were here to give her a back rub...and holy cow one of the main guys just got shot!...I knew that would happen.

anyway, Love you bunches and cant wait to see you soon!!!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Why complain?

Philippians 2:14-16 (NIV)

14Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe 16as you hold out the word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.

So the last night of Epicenter was Wednesday, and the last two messages hit me more than any others did all summer. The passage above is just a small morsel that I took away from the two teachings.

Why do we complain or argue anyway? It's because we are believing a lie. We are believing a lie that God is withholding something good from us. Instead of believing a lie, we should uphold the TRUTH. The truth is that "in all things God works for the good of those who love him" (Romans 8:28).

Where are we bound by lies that we are believing? We need to search the Word for the TRUTH that will surely set us free.

35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36As it is written:
"For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered."

37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39).

Monday, August 2, 2010



Wish you could have enjoyed the breakfast cupcake feast. :) Hope you have as good a start to the week as I did. --Bia

Monday, July 26, 2010

Miley Cyrus - My Inspiration

So this past week, I was in Minnesota for vacation with a friend and her family. Best part of the trip (besides getting launched out of a four-person tube and losing a chunk of my knee)? Listening to a four-year-old girl sing her heart out to "The Best of Both Worlds" by Miley Cyrus. Now, I'm not a huge Hannah Montana fan by any means, but it made me smile watching this little girl sing her heart out with reckless abandon. What made it even better was the fact that the two teenage boys in the van with us joined in the fun too. I only wished I had known the words so I could have sung along! How awesome would it be if God's people could rock out to Him like they do to Hannah Montana? According to Matthew Henry, "Praise is a duty in which we ought to be frequent and abundant." What if that was true of all of us? I think people would have a lot more smiles on their faces, and God would have a pretty big one of His own! Imagine the possibilities!

Psalm 98
Sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvelous things;
his right hand and his holy arm
have worked salvation for him.
The Lord has made his salvation known
and revealed his righteousness to the nations.
He has remembered his love
and his faithfulness to the house of Israel;
all the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,
burst into jubilant song with music;
make music to the Lord with the harp,
with the harp and the sound of singing,
with trumpets and the blast of the ram's horn -
shout for joy before the Lord, the King.
Let the sea resound, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it.
Let the rivers clap their hands,
let the mountains sing together for joy;
let them sing before the Lord,
for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
and the peoples with equity.

The Wonder of of the Cross

KK!

That last post was powerful. God Soverignly revealed Himself in that situation and continues to. May it point us back to the precious cross - John 16:33 Jesus says, "I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. but take heart, I have overcome the world." Christ overcame the grave, bearing the full wrath of God on our behalf and clothing us in His righteousness, not because of anything we've done, but because of His own purpose and grace - that He may be glorified. May we take heart in Him.

Here's some lyrics to a song, "The Wonder of the Cross." It's beautiful and challenging.

O Precious sight, my Savior stands,
Dying for me, with outstretched hands.
O precious sight, I love to gaze,
remembering salvations day,
remembering salvations day.
Though my eyes linger on this scene,
My passing time and years not steal
the power with which it impacts me,
The freshness of its mystery,
The freshness of its mystery.

(Chorus)
May I never lose the wonder,
the wonder of the cross.
May I see it like the first time,
Standing as a sinner lost.
Undone by mercy and left speechless,
watching wide eyed at the cost.
May I never lose the wonder,
the wonder of the cross.

Behold the God-Man crucified,
The perfect sinless sacrifice.
As blood ran down those nails and wood,
History was split in two, yes
History was split in two.
Behold the empty wooden tree,
His body gone, alive and free.
We sing with everlasting joy,
For sin and death have been destroyed,
for sin and death have been destroyed.

(Chorus)


May we continually live in view of His mercy and in awe of the cross. Keep fighting for the gospel, KK. "Gurad the good deposit that was entrusted to you; guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us." 2 Timothy 1:14.

Friday, July 23, 2010

In the storms of life...

Hey KK!
Well the last few weeks have been a roller coaster. Don't know if you heard anything about the Pella FCA camp, but there was a tragic accident at the swimming pool and two boys drowned. I worked camp all week hanging out mostly around the basketball courts. Met some amazing men and women who love the Lord and was deeply encouraged by the response from coaches and huddle leaders after the accident on Wednesday night. It was one of those things that you never expect to happen, but when it does, at a camp like FCA, people respond in incredible ways and the Lord continued to be present in very real ways the rest of the week.

It's been super hot in Iowa lately and tonight there was an incredible thunderstorm. Storms are one of my favorite things in nature. They remind me of the awesome power of God in the thunder and lightening and pouring rain. This might seem strange, but storms calm me down. I seriously feel completely relaxed and at peace in the midst of a storm.

I wonder if that feeling of calmness and peace is God trying to show me how to respond during the real storms and struggles that occur in life? That I can trust that He is taking care of things even though rain is pouring down so hard that I can't see a thing and lightening is striking all around? Tonight's storm was especially amazing because the clouds were huge and full of lightening. Then I saw the moon popping out from behind one of the biggest, darkest clouds in the sky. It was really an amazing sight...I wish my description gave it justice...

It was an incredibly powerful moment for me to watch this. It reminded me that light exists despite the darkness that seemed to "cover" it during the storm. The moon never stopped shining because of the storm, it was only hidden for a short time - and it was only my finite vision that could not see it. Often I forget during the difficult times in life to look for the light! The light exists always - Psalm 139:12 says, "even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you." I think about how many times in my life I let the darkness of my trials consume me and forget that light overcomes the darkness! I worry about trying to tell people about the Lord for fear that they will reject me and never hear the truth. But the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it (John 1:5)! I pray that the Lord empowers you to speak truth as His light will overcome the darkness. May the Lord speak through you in incredible ways during your camps, your practices, and your travels!

Last week was probably one of the hardest, most emotional times I've experienced in my life. FCA is my second family and my heart broke for the families of these kids, the staff, the lifeguards, and everyone close to the situation. But the stories coming out of this situation and the way that God has worked would make your jaw drop in awe. Your former coach, Micah Parker, was the speaker, and his messages were painfully applicable to the week. The night of the accident, he spoke about how to overcome tragedy. He talked about losing his first wife to a sudden heart attack and how we needed to ask God, not "why did this happen?", but "how are you going to use this?" And that night, the sister of one of the boys took that message home to her grieving parents knowing that there was truth and hope in that message. Amazing stuff, truly amazing.

To end this, I wanted to share something with you from the week that I thought was pretty cool. :) Coach Parker told the story of the Drake Women's team the year that you made it to the NCAA tournament to play Tennessee. He passed out a scouting sheet with information about each of the girls on the team that year and went through all the players that ended up injured or out for the season. As he described you, he said he hoped his girls grew up to be like Kelsey Keizer. I thought that was an incredible testament to the way that you live your life and how much you have impacted the people around you! I hope this can be encouragement to you in your race - that you will continue to impact those around you through your actions and words as you shine the light of Christ into the darkness of our world. May the Lord bless you in the place that he has called you to share the Gospel!

Love and prayers,
KPax

Monday, July 19, 2010

Fireworks, Harry Potter and Insanity

You never know what can happen when you get K Pax, Wert, and I together....

Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ApeITwduo4

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A Brief Update


Hahaha, get it... brief?!
As you can tell, its been a long day of work. :)
As I'm getting ready to leave the office and realizing that the neighbors internet hasn't been working lately (yes, we steal and I'm unashamed) and yesterday was my day to post, it hits me that I need to get in gear!
Update on life.
1. Work is going awesome. I am officially a 1 job employee as of last Friday. It doesn't feel much different but I'm pumped to no longer have to use the glove box.
2. I had a great 4th of July with Sarah B. and KPax. My favorite part was almost shooting Kpax and B. with a bottle rocket. I don't think they were nearly as amused as I was.
3. Nathan and I are planning a camping trip for the first week of August with our friends Eric and Michelle. We're going to the black hills and various places within them.
4. I went to 3 wedding events this past weekend. A high school friend, Goph's and one of Nathan's high school friends. Lets just say I'm weddinged out and that 3 dresses in 3 days is a stretch for me. (Although I had a blast at Goph's wedding and we once again made B. dance to Apple Bottom Jeans. It was so great. I also ate entirely too many skittles and gummy bears from the candy bar.)
5. While in the Des Moines area I stopped at your old house. I briefly pondered how such a tall person could use the short shower in the basement. I then cuddled and talked with Dayna and Jenna (separately) and pondered how fortunate you were to live with 2 incredible friends like them.
6. I'm trying some new recipes. I will make them for you sometime but for now they are secret. (Mainly because I'm not sure if they will be good or not.
7. Katie Dewitt was at Goph's wedding. I forgot how inappropriate we can be while in the same vicinity.
8. I have not stopped missing, praying and being thankful for you and your cause.
9. I'm super excited for September and being able to hug you at the lake party.
That is it... or at least all I can come up with on the fly.
Love from the cube with high walls,
Katie

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

And you thought fireworks were only on July 4th...

Hey KK!
Well, I just got back from a fun filled weekend in Lincoln, NE hanging out with Wert and Sarah B. Being from Iowa, I've never been much for fireworks and I definitely haven't ever set off my own. Alas, a time comes in a person's life where change is a must. So Nathan gave me some little firework things that you light and it just makes a popping noise. Don't ask me what it was called 'cause I am far from well versed in the nomenclature of fireworks. :) Beside those little things, sparklers were about as "dangerous" as I got. Wert had some neighbors who invested a LOT of money in a bunch; however, and we were able to watch a great show from the backyard.

All-in-all, it was a great weekend. On Tuesday, I was able to meet with a good friend from Omaha (who I played ball with in college) and then hook up for lunch with Sarah B who was picking up Anna White from the Omaha airport. It was pretty much the perfect day - no rushing between friends and not much downtime to wait around either!!

Now I'm back in Des Moines. I took some pictures of our fun times in Lincoln but my camera cord is still at my parents house, so I'll get them up when I can...also the reason I haven't updated my blog recently (haha). ;)

Tonight I'm headed to AllPlay in DSM to Goph's bachelorette party!! Can you believe she's getting married already this weekend??! I feel like the time has just flown, so I can only imagine how it has for her. Yep that's right, sparks will fly two weeks in a row!! So there's been great celebrations this month and it's only getting started. I have my roommate's (from college) wedding the weekend after Goph's. I'm definitely pumped for the CAKE (and I think I'll probably use my bum hips as an excuse not to get my groove on, haha)!!

Anyway, just thought I'd share the excitement that is happening this month. FCA camp is all next week, so I'm pretty pumped about that too!! Maybe I'll just cut and paste this entry to my blog...just kidding. :)

Hope you're enjoying the summer and all the camps and excitement you have going on over there!!!!

Love ya,
KPax

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

P.S.

Watching World Cup like crazy too!!! :D Love it! I'm really for Ghana at this point!

2Pac isn't the only one going through Changes....

Baahaha ok, lame title buuuut :) So graduation is complete and I am officially a graduate of Rhema Bible Training Center! I have an interview tomorrow morning for their school of world missions for a possible third year, so pray that goes well! I am kind of nervous for it!
My roommate just bought a house so I moved in with her, well renting from her, and its awesome. I never realized the freedom a house has over an apartment, but its great! :D My room is still covered in Africa stuff, and my heart still beats for it daily. I know I'll get back over, but it's all on God's time. :D
I am about to head back to IA for a month! It will be so good to see corn and green again! I love the south, but there is nothing like home. 'Ya'll' has become an official word in my vocabulary, so I am hoping that people can understand me when I get home.
The new jam for the month is called "He wants it all" by a family band called "Forever Jones". Check it. Love it. Cry to it. :D
I will let you know how the interview goes tom! I need to catch up on my sleep! Heart, Ria

Enduring Humor

After all these years, this is still hilarious!

The Only Thing That Could Improve Dairy Queen


Sunday, June 27, 2010

World Cup

Kelsey!

I have, obviously, been loving the World Cup. I love the beautiful game. The roar of victory. The almost heart attacks while watching the U.S. play, while at work. The fact that there IS more to life than soccer, because of Jesus! I don’t know if you know this, but the U.S. goalkeeper, Tim Howard, is a Christian. As is famous Brazilian player, Kaka. Here are some links that really encouraged me:

http://www.timhowardstory.com/ (He is involved – or was – in Athletes in Action: Soccer)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaká (I wasn’t able to find an official site…but check out the bottom on Personal Life!).

There are many other Christian soccer players (http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=33192&ref=BPNews-RSSFeed0621; http://worldsoccerjourneys.com/world-cup/christian-athletes/; http://www.beyondtheultimate.org/) on the U.S. Men’s National Team and other countries’ teams but I wanted to say I’m encouraged by all you athletes who play for Christ and to make Him known.

Love you.

Friday, June 25, 2010

To Christ The Lord Let Every Tongue

To Christ the Lord let every tongue
Its noblest tribute bring
When He’s the subject of the song
Who can refuse to sing?
Survey the beauties of His face
And on His glories dwell
Think of the wonder of His grace
And all His triumphs tell

He saw me plunged in deep distress
He fled to my relief
For me He bore the shameful cross
And carried all my grief
His hand a thousand blessings pours
Upon my guilty head
His presence gilds my darkest hours
And guards my sleeping bed

To Him I owe my life and breath
And all the joys I have
He makes me triumph over death
And saves me from the grave
To Heaven the place of His abode
He brings my weary feet
Shows me the glories of my God
And makes my joy complete

Since from His bounty I receive
Such proofs of love divine
Had I a thousand hearts to give
Lord, they should all be Thine
A thousand men could not compose
A worthy song to bring
Yet Your love is a melody
Our hearts can’t help but sing!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Greetings!

BJ (left) and I spent last week in Haiti. Northern plateau, not an area directly impacted by the earthquake. Although, the very nice and talkative lady above hosted over a dozen extra house guests for quite a while as people were displaced from Port au Prince.

Part of our week was spent helping install concrete floors in existing homes. What a difference it makes during rains and decreasing rats and parasites. Generally, better health. BJ snapped the following picture, which I believe could be interpreted as me in charge - or, more likely - step away from the hoe. Perhaps even, "Talk to the hand." :)































On a related note, I just ordered the book Friendship at the Margins: Discovering Mutuality in Service and Mission from Amazon. I believe it will discuss the purpose of mission work and the role of forming friendships. You, Miss Kelsey, excel in this area. Shrinking the world. Making Christ known by example. And when in other countries, making sure we crazy Americans have humility and look for what we can learn from others. In Haiti. In Czechoslovakia. Wherever. You already know that, of course. Praying for you and excited about the difference you are making in this world. Talk to you probably sooner that I think, Kelsey. Blessings!
- Lee Towe










Saturday, June 19, 2010



I'm studying for an ethical research training. I have to pass all of the quizzes before class begins on Monday. Here is an example of a review, pre-quiz question. After sifting through all of the legal jargon in the explanation of the case study, I click on the answer. "Yes, the investigator does need to obtain new informed consent."

There is nothing more dejecting than to hear that you may be correct. May! May be correct?

This class is going to be terrible...

The Bachelorette

Please tell me you are watching this season. It's the most ridiculous, therefore entertaining thing ever.

Head here for some recaps:

http://www.ihategreenbeans.com/

Monday, June 14, 2010

The Dog Days of Summer

Last week I began a new workout plan... and let me tell you, it's incredible! On any given week night at 6pm you can find me, an ex-marine, and 200+ Lawrencians stretching, jack-jumping (it's ok, I made it up), lunging, and running until our legs won't run us anymore. Correction: running until MY legs won't run anymore. It's called Dog Days, and it's a free workout program for anyone in Lawrence to meet in a big grassy area on campus at 6am and 6pm 4 days a week for a good sweat and even more encouragement. Apparently it's been going on for years but I just found out about it all from a coworker last week and I've been sucked into it ever since. If I go 22 more times this summer I even get a Dog Days t-shirt :)

But there's a bigger point to this all... and as long-winded as I usually am, I'll get there eventually. Lately I've been feeling sluggish in too many ways. My motivation was dwindling, my workouts were boring (and few and far between), my eating habits were far from healthy, and the busy-ness of work was sucking my energy to do anything fun after I left the office each day. Life wasn't miserable or even hard, it just didn't have that extra spark that usually gets me through my days.

Moving to a new place is scary. There will always be struggles, long days, good days, and friends to miss, whether you're 45 minutes, 4 hours, or 7 time zones away. As much as I still miss my friends when I'm in Kansas, I've slowly adapted into an attitude of appreciation; for the friends I have here and the others who are near and dear to my heart but living all around the world. But what I'm starting to miss more is the community, a place to belong. I miss walking down the sidewalk and seeing someone I really know, or even just more than one familiar face. As fun and adventurous as life can be in a new place, it's hard not knowing a lot of people. But every time I feel this way I'm reminded to pray for you, for your neighbors, for the strangers that surround you daily, and for your familiar faces. I pray that you're encouraged most on the days when it's needed most.

You see, the other day when I started my first Dog Days workout, I was greeted with more smiles than I could've ever expected. High school girls were meeting up with friends after school, middle-aged women were pushing strollers on their way to meet up with their friends, and the surprisingly large 60+ crowd was already stretching in the grass. The woman at the check-in table smiled at me, even looked me in the eyes. Then later one of the white-haired guys ran past me uphill (talk about motivation!) and on his way by gave an encouraging "good job!" to the group of runners around him. But my favorite part is at the very end of the run, after the hills and stairs and laps and turns, when I finally get back to the end of the course. All the runners who've already finished crowd around the sidewalk and wait for the rest of the runners, clapping and cheering us on as we get to the nonexistent finish line. One woman in particular gave me a pat on the back as I slowed down and we walked toward the parking lot together. I have no idea who she is or what she does, but she smiled at me. Congratulated me on finishing one of the "tough runs" and joked about the old guy that passed her, too.

I still don't know who she is and I haven't been able to pick her out of the crowd since, but she gave me something that day that I'll never forget - a little extra hope. Now every time I go back, I think of her and the women pushing strollers and the old guys who will soon pass me on the running trail, and I can't help but feel so encouraged by their presence. I wonder how many people might feel the same way after bumping into you today...

lb

Monday, June 7, 2010

What Empty Hands Can Bring

A love song, You must have heard a thousand times
How can mine compare
For so long I've wondered if I'm lost behind
A thousand tongues there, a thousand tongues there

It's all been done before, but I'll do it again
Cause I know that You want me to
It's all said before, but I'll say it again
Cause I know that You love to hear it from me

I see all the ways I don't add up
And all that I never did
But You seek empty hands still lifted up
With nothing to give, nothing to give

More beautiful to You
Than the songs of Angels and gifts of Kings
More beautiful to You
Are what empty hands can bring
And what desperate tongues can sing
And when broken hearts cling to you

An update from the cube with high walls...

Thats right, its officially unofficial that I've started my new position and moved to the cube with high walls; and let me tell you, I'm loving it!
Officially unofficial? you ask. Well, I'm still doing both positions until they hire a replacement but they let me move down to my new home on May 10th and I'm doing research and development about 70% of the time. Its pretty awesome. I love being in the lab more even though I can't skype as much as I used to (I know, I know; when I was skyping I was stealing).
My new manager is from India and she is teaching me some crazy stuff about the Indian culture. Last week she started teaching me how to write the Hindi alphabet, which is really weird but very interesting. She is also very open to learning new things and discussing Christianity which is fun and nerve wrecking at times.
In other news..... I'm having a really hard time thinking of other news.....
Oh, I went to Chicago for 4 days over Memorial Day weekend and it was great. I didn't get to go to a Cubs game like I've always wanted but hopefully I'll get to do that next time. I did however get to spend some great quality time with my friend Josi. She mentored me for a couple of years in college but our relationship has shifted to a deep friendship and its always really great catching up with her. We stayed up late almost every night talking about some heavy stuff. One of my favorite questions that we talked about was, "Have you let anyone really know you?" More often than not, I think people just know the bare minimum of me. I think one of my greatest fears is that when someone gets to know me they will feel like they've been fooled for a long time. Or that they will be shocked by some of my thoughts, sins and elements of my character. However, it feels so good to be known. As Jos and I layed there talking in the dark there was no fear or shame or guilt and as we dug deeper into each other's closets of junk it was almost as if those secrets and revisited confessions melted away into a profound peace, one that I hadn't felt in a long time. It feels good to be known.
In that moment there was also a painful and beautiful feeling of God's presence. Painful because it had been so long since I felt so close to the Lord and it made me feel very very small, tiny in fact, and so beautiful that it nearly moved me to tears. (No tears actually fell, I couldn't ruin my tough rep) It reminded me of a time that I was riding in a car with a great friend listening to Kari Jobe's "You Are for Me" for the very first time and God's presence being thick and tangible. Its moments like those that make me desire Jesus.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ffdbo9Hypo


So faithful
So constant
So loving and so true
So powerful in all you do
You fill me
You see me
You know my every move
You love for me to sing to you

I know that you are for me
I know that you are for me
I know that you will never forsake me in my weakness
I know that you have come down
Even if to write upon my heart
To remind me who you are

I miss you Kelsey Keizer. And, I'm praying that you'll be given an opportunity to be seen and known and to sit in the thickness of God's presence.


Friday, June 4, 2010

Pictures Worth A Thousand Words

Now this is perfect imagery of my relationship with Christ.





Psalm 86:11-13

Teach me your way, O LORD,
and I will walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear your name.

I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart;
I will glorify your name forever.

For great is your love toward me;
you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Worldwide Bulldogs

You've probably seen this. But who doesn't love to see so many kids runnin around in Bulldog gear?!

Go to 5:30 into the video.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day

Kelsey,

Des Moines has awakened from its Winter slumber as Spring has passed and Summer has arrived. It’s Memorial Day (technically yesterday but I'm only 33 minutes late)!

God has been doing a LOT these days! I’m constantly amazed at how faithful He is and how the Lord comes through in all situations. Although, many times God acts in a way that I do not understand or perceive to be right, it always is. There have been many times in the recent weeks and months as our Bible study has gone out to share the gospel or serve people around Des Moines and though I expect God to work, I can assume that though we ask and seek God in prayer before we go, I often doubt that He really will or is working. However, each and every time we have gone and placed our plans at His feet, the Lord blesses us abundantly.

The hardest part, however, is the waiting. I listened to a Mark Darling message on a Friday afternoon before we went out sharing the gospel (which was unbelievable with some great God stories), and he talked on waiting. Mark references Psalm 89 as the psalm writer (Ethan the Ezrahite) says, “O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies! Where is there anyone as mighty as you, O Lord? You are entirely faithful.”

It is an impossibility for the Lord not to be faithful. So, in time, we will see Him act, for he is faithful to His word.

As for me, I will leave you with three verses from which we can wait, and trust, to see God move:

Galatians 6:9 – “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”

Hebrews 10:35-36 – “So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.”

Micah 7:7 – “As for me, I look to the Lord for help. I wait confidently for God to save me, and my God will certainly hear me.”

Love you dearly,

Katherine

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I'm in love...


Just wanted to share that I have a new love.... Tostitos LIME tortilla chips. If you have the ability to get them.- do. :D (You don't even need salsa.) <3

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

oh wow

so not only is this a day late, but i wrote out a VERY LONG list of my "really good" excuses for not writing yesterday, I also coppied a funny story that one of my students wrote about me, being old, scary, poor and bitter:) he said "no disrespect though Miss Lindvall, no disrespect" :) i laughed really hard.

and the reason why it all got deleted was b/c we switched classes and i somehow lost the warm up question and was freaking out and all the kids were swarming around my desk and so i exited...what an idiot:) haha im exagirating but that is really what happened...

2 corinthians 6:3-10
we live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us and no one will find fault with our ministry. we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind. We have been beaten, been put in prison, face angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights, and gone without food. We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us and by our sincere love. We faithfully preach the truth. God's power is working in us. We use the weapons of righteousness in the right hand for attack and the left hand for defences. we serve God whether people honor us or dispise us. We are honest but they call us imposters. we are ignored though we are well knokwn. We live close to death, but are still alive. We have been beaten but we have not been killed. Our hearts ache but we always have joy. we are poor but we give spiritual riches to others. we own nothing and yet we have everything.

ill post that story later, its pretty funny, i think:)