Monday, January 30, 2006

The Beginning of My Public Speaking Career?


Well, my presentation at Calgary Christian School went very well I think. Although, the video in my power point wouldn't work. Still, I think the message was clear: that we can each make a difference in our own way if we listen to the voice of God leading us. Y'know, the good 'ol starfish story....anyway, they may ask me back to speak to the high school (eek) and to be part of some fundraising work for HIV/Aids in Africa. On va voir, as my Beninese friends used to say.

Thank you everyone for your prayers! I wasn't even that nervous!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Who Am I?

I'm giving a presentation on my trip to South Africa to 200 junior high kids tomorrow afternoon. Why? Because a friend of mine put it into place at the school she works at and because I hope what God has me say will impact someone, somehow...but I still wonder....who am I?

Lord, prepare these students and teachers to hear your message and touch their hearts like you've touched mine. And help me to trust that You'll use me up on that stage like you used me in SA.

And let's have some fun doing it!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The Results Are In!

Canada has a new prime minister! Some people at work were unsure, some were happy, some don't trust PM Stephen Harper and as for me, well, I'd just like to give the new guys a chance after 12(?)long years of Liberal government. I have no clue when it comes to politics so you may all laugh at me, but I am excited to see change. Maybe that's just my nature. I enjoy change. Lots of people don't. Anyway, I just hope our new government has a positive influence on Canada because I want to be proud of my country. And be all patriotic-like, waving the flag, donning my touque, and proudly proclaiming my adoration for this Great White North of ours! Go Canada Go!

Sunday, January 22, 2006

WHO AM I GOING TO VOTE FOR??????

Ok, I admit it, this federal election has almost completely passed me by and now I have to decide who to vote for before tomorrow! I did an online quiz, issue by issue, and was suprised to discover that I agreed mostly with the NDP! Only thing is, I don't think I want to vote for them. I better do some more last minute cramming on these parties!

The thing I want most out of this election is to be able to be proud of my country, because right now, I'm mostly embarassed by it.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Soup Party!

A bunch of us from the museum got together to have yet another one of our popular soup parties. It was supposed to be a great alternative to freezing our butts off during the cold Canadian winter, but since the winter has overall been downright balmy, it's just an excuse to hang out and eat!

Last night we made wonton soup from scratch! Sooooo wonton-y! And then we watched this bizarre Chinese flick called Shaolin Kung-Fu Soccer or something. Pretty amusing after a couple of drinks and a full belly of soup!

I highly recommend the "soup party."

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Cafe Mediterranean

How about passing the evening chatting with friends (and brother) while sipping yummy fruity teas and puffing on vanilla-flavored shisha through a water pipe? I am definitely in favor of cultures and people who take time to chill and enjoy eachother's company.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Today's Advice....

DON'T WAIT 2 YEARS BEFORE SEEING YOUR DENTIST!

Unless you like spending an hour of your day with some stranger's hand in your mouth, scraping plaque off your teeth. Yick. And my wallet wasn't too impressed either. Nooooo benefits....ouch, ouch, ouch.

Worth every penny I say through my beautifully polished clenched teeth!

Waiting For My Sight

It is so GOOD to have friends who really understand and speak Truth to my soul. Their words are "life-giving water; words of true wisdom are as refreshing as a bubbling brook. (Prov 18:4)"

I feel as though lately I've been like a blind person groping in the dark but the words of some of my dearest friends have helped me to stay still and wait for God to bring me sight again.

Thank you.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Exhausted

It is 1:30 am. I can't sleep...again. What is with this insomnia? I used to be able to sleep anytime, anywhere and now I toss and turn all night. The scariest thing is how my body has seemed to adjust because I can still manage to get through the day on a limited supply of energy. But my fear is that one of these days I'm going to crash and crash hard. It's taking a toll on me emotionally and spiritually, not to mention physically. I pray and pray but get no relief from this.

Anyone got any advice on how to sleep? Or how to pray for it?

Thursday, January 12, 2006


Christopher


A co-worker of mine, Mike, sent me some great packages while I was in South Africa last year. In it he put crayons, colouring books, stickers and a few toys for the kids at Beautiful Gate. I had one of these kids, Christopher, colour a picture of some horses for Mike and put a message on it from him. I kept it until I got home and then I gave it to Mike, along with a photo of Christopher blown up to 8x10.

He had it framed and I just saw the finished product today! It's so beautiful with the picture of Christopher and his colouring of the horses below. I was touched by Mike's care and concern for these children; in fact, I am touched by the involvement of many of my co-workers at the museum!

I have been getting updates from friends still at BG and it breaks my heart to hear how these children, though relatively healthy physically, are struggling emotionally, wondering why their families do not take them home, or why they don't have families at all. These children need families! I want to be a family for a child in need someday. Someday soon.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Happy New Year

So, Christmas, my birthday and New Years have come and gone faster than the exodus of Glenbow employees at quittin' time. I wanted to come up with something witty or profound or funny about the last few weeks but it is all a blur of work, Christmas parties and food (mainly of the sugar variety. I was never so happy to see salted nuts on our coffee table in the staff room!) I was thankful to be with my family but there never seems to be enough time especially now that there are in-laws involved in both my sister and my mother's lives, not to mention Scott's girlfriend's family who wanted some of Scott at Christmas. On Christmas day I would have been stranded had I not been invited to my sister's place to celebrate with her husband's fam. (our immediate family does the Christmas Eve thing). It's a strange adjustment, how my family has changed and will continue to change. (Scott and Amanda are looking at rings).

As for my Africa plans, well, I was pretty sure I wanted to head off to Nigeria but because of the accident and death of Rahim, it likely will not happen and I am sort of stuck back at square one, my longing for Africa delayed some more. I know though, that it will happen and maybe more time here is necessary. I've been building some close relationships with some co-workers and I'm going to get involved in a worship arts community/discipleship group here and heck, if I stay till the summer, I might get to see a whole bunch of YWAMers from SA including my crazy best friend Mike Ozaki who MUST see the Calgary Stampede!