The journey...

Life is in the journey, not the destination, so do what you can and take it one day at a time. Go slow, do it right, and make your changes permanent — then help out others who are where you were.

~Jillian Michaels

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Weekend adventures...

This is an outline of my weekend...

(Wed - technically not weekend) - I bought the Wii Fit riser for my step aerobics and it kicked my butt!
I did 1 hour and boy were my legs screaming @ me.

Friday - Mom (right) and I walked 1 1/2 hours at the Cancer Relay for Life and I "re"-injured myself in the same way as before. *sigh* Right hip and left knee...such is life! I'm sporting my Super(wo)man shirt though!

Me & Mom again...Relay for Life

Other points of the weekend that don't have beautiful photos to paint the greater

**Thursday - a small metal thing came flying up on the highway and smashed into my windshield. I still get chills every time I look at the crack because it freaks me out! Ay! BAD NEWS: Insurance won't cover it. *sigh*

**Saturday - I met up with my friends, Ashley and Amy, and we went to the Greek festival in Overland Park. I CHEATED! I had food that was definitely not on my plan and felt guilty the remainder of the day <--I think I have a problem. :(

**Saturday night - I met up with Audrey (who finally has a blog now) & her husband Matt to go bowling and grab some dinner. Can I just say that there is nothing PG rated about "cosmic bowling?" Oh my! When we initially walked in a bit before 10 everything was fine and dandy, casual joking and conversation with the bowlers next to us - but within 10 minutes it went from family-friendly environment to a straight up club & bar atmosphere. I mean, I've been to cosmic bowling before but this was just over the top. The lights went down and these huge projector screens were up over the lanes displaying mainly Rap & Hip-hop music videos and I don't know if I've ever seen so much skin apart from Water Aerobics. Seriously, if it's possible for porn to be words - we heard it! Everyone was half dressed in the videos (and that's really being generous) and you almost had to bowl with your eyes closed. Have you ever been somewhere and when you left you just felt dirty? That's how it was when we prematurely finished our game and left the alley. We followed that up by going to Applebees where I got the Weight Watcher Fiesta Lime tilapia...but it was WAY too late to be eating so I'm not delighted for my weigh in tomorrow. I'm sure I'll pay for it but it's too late to fix it now.

Sunday - WAA HOO! We took the gospel to the streets today for a not so "traditional" type of service. *smile* Charlie, our pastor, decided that instead of being "boxed in" by 4 walls, why don't we try meeting up at one of the local parks during normal service times to have an outreach. We gave out free brats, hot dogs, chips and drinks and just shared the love of God with people. It really was a beautiful picture and I wish I had taken real photos to share. My pastor asked Jamie and I to go pray with a girl (Liz) who was wanting prayer. After having some REALLY good conversation for about 30 minutes or so Audrey came and joined us (to give her a Bible) and it was just a beautiful picture of everyone working together to present the truth of the gospel, not just in words but in acts of love and service. Through conversation we learned that Liz and "her man" (as she kept calling him), are living in their car due to the economy and both have lost their jobs. He's an alcoholic and occasionally abusive. Just last night, their friend got stabbed 3 times in that very park and was hospitalized. She has been mad at God for awhile because a few years back she was in an accident and her friend died. She said, "Why didn't God take me? My friend was good, but I'm living through all this junk every day and I sometimes wish it was me gone." She believes in God and the devil but isn't sure about her life and eternity. She really had a lot to say about how she's seen so many hypocrites in the church who just live it out a couple days a week when they are "at church," but you wouldn't know it if you caught them outside of the building. I didn't find it odd at all that she brought up hypocrites because right when we arrived at the park I went and sat alone to read, and in Romans it was talking about that very thing. In fact it says that God's name is "blasphemed" because of these people who preach one thing yet live contrary.

Romans 2:21-25 (NKJV)
You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal? You who say, “Do not commit adultery,” do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who make your boast in the law, do you dishonor God through breaking the law? For “the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you,” as it is written.

About an hour after finishing our conversation, Liz walks up to me and says, "Hey, if you want you can come sit and talk to me some more over there by my man. I don't know what it is about you...I can't really come up with the word, but I really like talking to you and I can tell you guys are good people." I responded and said, "Let's call that word you are looking for LOVE. I genuinely love you and really care about you. Of course I'll come sit and talk to you and I would also love to take you out to dinner some time this week." Once I got ready to leave, she said, "Man, you guys DO really love us because you've already stayed longer than your flyer's advertised." I laughed at how she said it and said of course we do, that's why we are here.
It was a WONDERFUL Sunday needless to say!

Verse of the Day:

Romans 12:2 (NKJV)
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.


Shauna said...

Girl you are busy, I can not keep up! Check out your skinny face in those pictures with your mom! That story about what happened in the park is totally awesome! Looks like I need to workout some off your eating this weekend! See ya tomorrow.

Magic Brush said...

What an amazing weekend!!!! That park experience is awesome!

My fav part of this post tho' was about the cosmic bowling! I laughed and laughed. Never been... but you gave me a good visual.

When my son NOah was 4 or 5 we went to bowl one afternoon with him. The lady in the lane next to us was sporting a 1/2 shirt... showing her tummy. Noah casually walks up to her and says "um ma'am (at least he remembered his manners) need to pull your pants up and your stomach is showing". Oh what a cutie! She took it well!