Monday, May 24, 2010

stamp of approval: tortilla chips

Food Should Taste Good Brand- Multigrain. 10 chips for 140 calories. I promise you can PRONOUNCE every ingredient in these too.

Food that's food and isn't processed tastes so good! I can hardly eat anything that's processed because it either tastes really salty or really sweet. Yuck.

Here's to eating healthy... for life! If you need more tips, check out some of the healthy eating/fitness blogs to the right on my blogroll. These girls know how to BLOG and are awesome foodies with great tips, recipes, etc!

Saturday, May 22, 2010




p.s. yes, i'm ridiculous. judge me all you want!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Every four years...

Seems like the Lord has decided to do significant things in my life in increments of four years.

8 years ago I graduated from High School. And that summer the Lord rescued me out of my depravity and made me alive with HIM! Jesus saved my life that summer before college, and I will never be more grateful for anything else in my life. No accomplishment, milestone, degree, etc. can ever compare to the greatness of knowing Him.

4 years ago I graduated from the University of Texas! HOOK'EM HORNS. I am a very proud Texas Ex. I'm so thankful for my time at UT, as it's where I really fell in love with the Lord, and began the learning process of living a life for Him. College was so fun!

And today, 2010, I am three and half-ish months away from beginning a journey that's exciting, yet nerve racking, but humbling. I know without a doubt that God is leading me to NYC for the sake of His gospel. And with that, I can't have any doubt that it's not going to be awesome! I'm nothing special. I'm no super Christian. I don't have all the right answers. I still struggle with sin. But with God all things are possible. He uses ordinary people to do crazy things for Him. I'm a prime example of an ordinary person who's just been changed for the sake of the gospel.

What are you willing to do for the Lord that others won't? I challenge you to think about that today.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Alliance Theological Seminary.

Above is a picture of my seminary. It's on Worth Street in Downtown Manhattan. It's actually one block south of Chinatown (can we say what a great lunch spot?) It's a typical high rise building right in the city. From the outside, it looks just like a normal building. There are no other buildings besides this one. I don't have a walk across "campus". I'll spend most of my afternoons this Fall like most New Yorkers, inside of a building with a millions of people going along their way right outside. This excites me, as crazy as it might sound. Some people hear about my plan and are so excited for me, and some people hear it and literally think I'm crazy. The only response I have to negative comments (especially when I tell them that I still don't have a place a live), is that I can't get over the peace I feel about this decision to pursue God's call in my life in New York City. I haven't had one doubt that I chose the wrong location or school. The peace that I feel about this is beyond explaining, but know that I go to bed at night knowing that my future is a bit unknown, but I'm peaceful. It's kinda weird not to be panicking about this, but I'm just not. I told God, I was ALL IN to His plan for my life. I know this is going to be an adventure. So ready or not... here I come, New York City.

I'm taking four classes (this is kinda weird to think about)

1. Introduction to Spiritual Formation (basically who am I in Christ, and what has He called my life to look like).
2. Perspectives in Mission (What's God's heart for missions? Why do we go?)
3. The New Testament
4. The Old Testament

I have class Monday from 2-5, Tuesday from 2-5, Wednesday 2-5, and 6-9. Pretty cool schedule if you ask me. This leaves a perfect time for a part time job in the morning if I want. It also leaves time for me to hang out with my guests on Thursday or Friday :)

Below is a verse that's been really encouraging to me lately. I'm not going to the nations in another country, but I will be amongst the nations in NYC (one of the biggest reasons I chose it over Boston).

Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:20

What do I have to fear about the future when God promises He is with me ALWAYS, to the end of age?