Sally: Well may be it just means that we should remember that we forgot them or something. Anyway it's about old friends.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Sally: Well may be it just means that we should remember that we forgot them or something. Anyway it's about old friends.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
So how, you ask, can we easily determine what these words signify?
Glad you asked.
I give you, for the first time ever, the How Socially Awkward Are You? Scorecard!! Tally up your scores to see what category you fall into. I'm basing the questions off the dictionary definitions and extending it to other pursuits outside the ones listed above.
* You are able to give an answer to any question regarding the Lord of the Rings and/or Harry Potter franchise. (Nerd)
* You spendmost of your free time researching - anything. (Geek)
* Much of your conversation is "correcting" someone else's conversation. (Geek)
* You don't mind eating anything as long as there's money involved. (Dork)
* When watching comicbook movies, you are not only annoyed or disappointed by the differences from the original comicbook, but you rant about them afterwards (even though you will buy them anyway). (Nerd)
* Your Amazon wishlist includes anything in the sci-fi genre and/or textbooks. (Nerd)
* Impressions of any "Austin Powers" character is in your standard repetoire. (Dork)
* When reading XKCD, you get most of the jokes (without using Google or feigning laughter). (Geek)
* Bathroom humor is your primary source of laughter. (Dork)
* You are able to use the words "Linux", "meme", "avatar" and "bytecode" properly in conversation. (Geek)
* You are unable to differentiate between they're/their/there or you're/your. (Dork)
* Improper grammatics annoy the crap out of you. (Geek)
* Your movie collection includes one or more Star Wars DVDs. (Nerd)
* Your movie collection includes anything with Sean William Scott. (Dork)
* You don't consider Orson Scott Card "true" sci-fi. (Nerd)
* You are more knowledgeable about another timeperiod than your own. (Geek)
* There is a shelf in your house/apartment/parents basement showcasing some kind of collection. (Nerd)
* You spent the better portion of your morning writing a blogpost analyzing the differences between nerds, geeks, and dorks. (Dork)
Mostly Geek: While you are knowledgeable about computers, history, grammatics or math, its hard for you to talk to the opposite sex. On the bright side you can spell properly and will likely be richer than anyone you graduated with.
Mostly Nerd: People love you because you're fun...until you start talking about LOTR or the differences between Spiderman the comicbooks or Spiderman the movie. Even though you can sit through the entire series of Star Trek, I don't recommend it.
Mostly Dork: Geeks and nerds sometimes have a hard time with you, but you likely dated in highschool and can make anyone laugh. But please stop with the impressions - they're getting old.
After scoring myself, I'm mostly a geek, but am slowly gaining "nerd" characteristics. I think this was cemented last night when I excitedly opened an Amazon package and it contained the Firefly series. My "geek"-ness will be more established when my new commentaries come in the mail this week... And when I talk about how excited I am about these things in public, I solidify my dorkiness.
So how socially awkward are you? ;)
(And if you're offended by this, well, I just can't help you.)
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Oh look! That's what we're talking about! *Segue!!!*
Sidenote: I think I've been reading webcomics too much lately...my brain moves differently now than it did 24 hours ago...
If you didn't know, we are currently in the Season of Advent (based on the Christian calendar). It's the 4 week long season between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The word Advent comes from the Latin word, which means "coming", which is similar to the Greek phrase Maranatha (you see how I made that connection?...yeah).
This season was designed initially as a time to spend fasting and praying as Christians waited for the coming celebration of the birth of the Messiah. It was like the Nov/Dec version of Lent. In that time, pastors and priests would preach on the expectation of the arrival of the Christ-child, and how that expectation was manifested in our lives.
It was a time of self-denial in anticipation of a coming celebration.
Cause who doesn't want to celebrate a birth? Who doesn't want to celebrate the hope of new life? Who doesn't want to celebrate life in general?
That's what Jesus' birth brought. Like the majority of all births, there was the sheer joy of the birth of a child. Unlike the majority of babies, this particular baby carried with Him the hope of a future new life. He was called Immanuel, which means "God with us." He was known as the Messiah, the Savior, the Anointed One.
In birth, He came as the hope of parents. He came as the hope of Israel.
In His life, death and resurrection, Jesus ended up being the hope of the whole world. He ended up being the hope for life after death. He gave the world the inauguration of true hope.
Hope in life.
Hope in faith.
Hope in the midst of persecution and trials.
Hope in death.
Hope in God.
So how does that go with waiting? Glad you asked.
Right now, the season of Advent waits to begin the celebration of the birth of the Messiah. But beyond that, the world and mankind wait for the return of the King. (like I said, too many webcomics...)
Our lives are full of expectancy. We wait for the bus, we wait for our paychecks, we wait for new shows, new gadgets, more time.
But the whole world is waiting for the coming of God. We hope in the midst of the waiting. We say Maranatha - "Come Lord."
In the meantime, we celebrate. And party-hardy
What are you waiting for? What are you hoping for? What are you hoping in? What are you celebrating?
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
In tallying up the scores, the three awesomely great people that played each got 9/10. But I'm going to make each of you a Rockin' the Yuletide CD. Because I'm a giver. =) It won't get to you before Christmas 09 commences, but it will assuredly be to you BEFORE Christmas '10 begins. That much I can promise.
So, Erica G, Sara and Adina, send me your current physical addresses to sarniclew at gmail dot com and you'll get a super rad Christmas mix. Just because you're cool. And I'm on break and need things to keep me occupied. =)
Thanks for playing!!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
I know that a lot of fundamentalist Christians have a problem with you. They see "satan" instead of "Santa." And I'm sorry for that. That must suck. You get a lot of flack from a lot of people and I don't want to give that to you. Sure, I have some weirdness with you coming in through people's chimmneys (but if you came through a window, I suppose I'd be more creeped out) and those flying reindeer kinda freak my stuff out. And I won't even go into the elves you have up in the North Pole, especially Elf on a Shelf (except for that Will Ferrell movie...that was hilarious!)
All that to say that, I feel pretty ambiguous towards you. You're a jolly guy who, for some reason in every mall around the world, makes small children cry. If you're so jolly, why do they cry so much? I think it's a valid question. But I'll likely tell my unlikely future children the story of Ol' Saint Nikolas, cause that's a pretty freaking cool story.Santa, thanks for reading this blog. And thanks for helping kids have imaginations. Good times.
In closing, can I leave you with some of my Christmas list? I've been pretty good this year, I think (leaving out the incidents with over-spending at Wal-Mart).
* Any Word Biblical Commentary
* the "Firefly" season
* Peace in my family
* Help with my friend's burned-down house
* Veritas church moving in the community
I know you're not God and can't do some of those things. But whatever you can help with, that'd be great. And I'm going to let my friends leave their lists too. Since we know you're reading the blog.
Merry Christmas Santa.
What would you say to Santa? And what's on your Christmas list?
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
1 Peter 3.13-17
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
But since the weather in the Puget Sound has required that I put on two coats just to keep from shivering all day long, I'm now reconsidering my aforementioned prejudices to residing in Arizona or Texas (since Heather and Stephen will be in Waco...maybe I'll transfer to Truett.) Or maybe I'll just pray that God sends me on a mission to Hawaii. Sure, that'll do. =)
Kansas, you're still dead to me.
Friday, December 4, 2009
* All I Want for Christmas is You, Mariah Carey
* Another Christmas Song, Stephen Colbert (A Colbert Christmas)
* Baby, It's Cold Outside, Dean Martin feat. Martina McBride (Christmas with Dino)
* Behold the Lamb of God, Andrew Peterson (Behold the Lamb of God)
* Christmas Eve, Sarajevo 12/24, The Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Christmas Eve & Other Stories)
* The Christmas Song, 'N Sync (Home for Christmas)
* Don't Save It all for Christmas Day, Avalon (Joy)
* Hallelujah, David Phelps (One Wintry Night)
* Handel's Messiah: Hallelujah Chorus, Oliver Von Dohnayi: Slovak National Philharmonic Orchestra
* I Pray On Christmas, Harry Connick, Jr. (When My Heart Finds Christmas)
* Joy (to the World), Avalon (Joy)
* Labor of Love, sung by Jill Philips (Behold the Lamb of God, Andrew Peterson)
* A Mad-Russian's Christmas, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Christmas Eve & Other Stories)
* Matthew's Begats, Andrew Peterson (Behold the Lamb of God)
* Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, 'N Sync (Home for Christmas)
* O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, Casting Crowns (Peace on Earth)
* O Holy Night, David Phelps (One Wintry Night)
* The Singer [Let There Be Light], David Phelps (One Wintry Night)
* Sleigh Ride, Harry Connick, Jr. (When My Heart Finds Christmas)
* There's Still Magic, Alli Rogers (The Silent Stars EP)
What are your Christmas music must-haves?
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Some have been poignant: sometimes learning from other people's mistakes costs less than learning from your own.
Some have been not so poignant but still ultimately helpful: remember to check your bank account before making big purchases.
It is in this vein that I present to you, Sarah's life lesson #847: always listen to your hair stylist. Especially the week before your sister's wedding.
What are some life lessons that you've learned? Care to share so we can avoid unnecessary pain? Have you learned any recently?
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Favorite new drink:
Favorite picture of all-time:
Favorite new website:
Awkward Family Photos
Favorite new band:
And new favorite song, which happens to be by them:
"Washed by the Water"
Favorite thing I'm waiting for:
Favorite vegetarian dish:
Stuffed Bell Peppers
Thursday, November 19, 2009
But I digress...
Are you going to head to the theatre this weekend to see Twilight: New Moon? And a post-script question: are you Team Edward or Team Jacob? Or do you care at all?
Even if this movie isn't up your cinematic alley, you have to admit, it's a huge deal. Like Titanic. Or my birthday. =)
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
For those of you that haven't known me long enough to remember exegetical seasons, congratulations. It is that time of the school year when I become hermit-like, only eating the nuts and berries found near the library for food and speaking only in grunts. It is a brutal season for anyone near me, as well as for my own sanity.
The 2nd problematic layer of this exegetical season (which will run until November 30th if I'm lucky or December 15th if I'm not) is that I haven't had an exegetical season in almost 2 years. I can't remember how to write one, what to look for, and I'm easily distracted (the other day, instead of writing, I made a Christmas present for my parents and for my roomie).
So if you see a zombie-hermit-sleep-walker in the greater Seattle area mumbling about what it means to endure suffering for the sake of Christ and how that applys to our lives and in what ways, do not be alarmed. Just give the curly-headed creature a sip of Dr. Pepper and a cookie and send her back to her apartment. You'll have done the right thing.
And in other news, I've just learned about NeedToBreathe. And they're awesome. You should check them out.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
"Wal-Mart", I replied.
She stared back in shock. And probably a little of disgust.
Ahhh...the sweet satisfaction of dressing adorably and affordably.
(So you can kiss it, stores I can't afford (and wouldn't shop at anyway for your blatant "sex sells" approach to marketing coupled with the fact that you don't make clothes for women with curves!!!!))
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Last week I stole off Bryan Allain's blog to bring us our Talk Thursday about what things we fully support.
This week, because we like to do things in pairs and because my friend Jamie thought we should, I pose the antithesis to our previous question:
What things do you absolutely, completely, without reserve not support? I mean, what things in this world would you recommend only to your nemesis? Or just things you really don't like?
Here are mine:
* Treating animals like people (ie: dressing them, carrying them in purses, talking to them in baby-talk)
* Mt. Dew
* Joel Osteen
* Porn/sex trafficking
* The Pittsburgh Steelers
* The multi-billion dollar robotic industry
* Proof-texting/using Bible verses out of context
* Applications on Facebook
* The length of MLB & NBA seasons
* Chumming for sharks
* Feeding squirrels
So what about you?
Monday, November 2, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Last night I made soup. From scratch. In my own kitchen. Not for the first time, but definitely the first time in a LONG time.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I know that you guys have very strong feelings on some stuff. So I ask: what are some things you fully support?
These things below are some things I give my 100% support to. If needed, I could come up with valid reasons why. I won't, but rest assured that I could. What about you?
* The Dr. Pepper Bottling Company
* Showering AT LEAST every other day
* Seattle Seahawks football (even when they suck)
* The destruction of robots
* Proper hermeuntical methods
* Biblical studies
* Squirrel hunting
* Global missions
* The new iTunes Genius Mix feature
* Veritas Church
* Nestle CoffeeMate fat-free French Vanilla creamer
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Until then...here's a glimpse of the last two weeks:
Our team of 6 met up in Amsterdam on Thursday, October 8th. We had spoken on the phone but I only knew 2 others personally. I was not worried about the Ukrainian people, the food or the travels – I was concerned with how the team dynamics would be. And the Lord was so provident in how He placed this team together that my worries dissipated within a day.
It was fairly up-in-the-air as to what we would be doing on a daily basis, so we expected that we needed to be flexible and that definitely came out as we began planning what we would be doing for our time there. We were “stationed” in a little church in the village region of Brusilov, about 2 hours southwest of Kyiv. There is a team of several pastors who live in that area as church planters with whom we worked daily. It was so inspiring to hear their stories of church planting and the struggles they have faced and how the Lord has continued to move there. The area of Brusilov has 37 villages that these pastors are working to evangelize. In the last 15 years, they have evangelized and seen active growth in 27 of those villages. It was our honor to partner with them as they continue to spread the gospel.
Our days were filled with morning prayer meetings (which were 2 hours long, each!), prayer-walking, evening services, and copious amounts of food. We were invited to a different church in the area every evening to preach, sing, and give our testimonies. This was difficult for some people in the group who were not accustomed to public speaking, but the Lord worked mightily through their words and it was amazing to see His power displayed, even in the midst of our personal discomfort.
The most powerful moments of the time there were for me were our prayer walks in 21 of the surrounding villages. Our team and one or two of the pastors would drive to a village and the pastors would share of what work has been done there and what they hope to accomplish, and they would tell us of the strongholds that satan has there. Alcoholism and witchcraft/the occult are two ways that satan has continued to prevent many people from hearing the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We would spend time there in corporate prayer and as we were able to, we would talk to anyone we encountered. Personally, I have never experienced prayer like that before in my life. It was powerful and the presence of the Lord was nearly tangible among us.
During our time there, I was surprised by how unlike a foreign country it felt. Few people spoke English, the writing was completely foreign, we were around mostly farmers whereas I am a city-girl. However, I felt like I was simply in another part of my own world. I expected that I would be shocked or unfamiliar with things, but it did not make me feel disconnected from the people there or even their way of life.
The only downfall of the trip was that I came back with a little friend – a stomach bug. It hit me early and was unfortunately accompanied by a fever, causing me to panic that I had the typhoid fever! It was a little ridiculous for such a small thing, but praise God, it’s gone (we hope!) now. =)
Thank you again SOOOOOOOO much for your support for this trip. You will never know the impact you made on lives in Ukraine, but I feel so blessed for the impact you make on mine.
Even though I’m no longer in Ukraine, please still take the time to pray for that area. The pastors and ministers there are doing a tremendous work and would still appreciate all the prayers you can give. Be in prayer for the region of Brusilov, as well Ukraine in general. They are in a time of religious and political freedom, but that can change in a moment.
That was long, but trust me...I could have been MUCH more verbose! =)
Thursday, October 22, 2009
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* It is the largest country in Europe - slightly smaller than Texas
* There are 49 million + residents
* It is highly developed with 98% of Ukrainians who are literate
* The national "religion" is Eastern Orthodox Christianity
But do they know Jesus?
Less than 72 hours from right now, I will be heading off into the sunset of Brusilov, Ukraine with a team of 6 people from across the Unites States.
We don't know what we'll be doing.
We don't know each other.
We don't know what to expect.
And yet we're going.
I'll be real honest - I'm not excited yet. I'm not scared, but I'm not stoked. The prayer is that God will change my heart and attitude dramatically in the next two days.
I can't wait to share this experience with you all.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Last week, I followed the link over to Tyler Stanton's blog. I warn you now...if you're at work, do not do this. If you sit in a cubicle, surrounded by 15 people who answer phones or if you have to answer phones, do not go there. Wait until you can get home and laugh without restrain. Because unfortunately for my co-workers, I have the laugh of a hyena. And a donkey. And a midget on steriods. Combined.
I have been laughing at this blog all morning. I now want to share the joy.
And if you know of any other blogs that crack your stuff and that can contribute to my workday distractions, please list them here.* If yours is hilarious, please let us know so we can all experience the mirth.
*If my boss reads this, this post was for the sake of posting and not because I actually read blogs at work...
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Something is not the same
I'm through with playing by
The rules of someone else's game
Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It's time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes
It's time to try defying gravity
I think I'll try defying gravity
And you can't pull me down
Cuz someone says they're so
Some things I cannot change
But till I try I'll never know
Too long I've been afraid of
Losing love I guess I've lost
Well if that's love
It comes at much too high a cost
I'd sooner buy defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye, I'm defying gravity
And you can't pull me down!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
There are significant moments when I think Jesus is like Keith Urban.
Is it the hair? Maybe....
But really, I think it's mostly that I treat Jesus like some eternal, cosmic celebrity.
As much as I like and respect Keith Urban and would love to be his friend, I'm not. We don't have a relationship, he doesn't know me. I don't know who he is or what he's about. I know the music he has written or played and I know who he's married to, but really that's where it ends. There is nothing substantial drawing us together.
I often think of Jesus the same way. I like and respect him; I would love to be His friend; I know about who He is, and really, sometimes that's where it ends.
Except that it's completely not true - we are intricately and substantially draw together. Jesus knows me - intimately! We are friends (even when I forget); I know what He's about because He's told me and left a love letter unpacking the details. I even know who His bride is - it's me! Whenever I hear His love song, I get overwhelmed and in awe of the power of His music. He'll even come within a few rows of me, but because I don't want to look insane, I choose not to run and embrace Him.
Keith Urban will never stop his concert, step up to the mic and say in his sexy, Aussie drawl, "Sarah Nicole Lewis, I love you. Escape together with me."
But Jesus would. And Jesus did. He didn't stop a concert - He stopped the power of sin and death and said "Sarah Nicole Lewis, I love you. I love you when you forget that I'm intimately involved in the details of your life. I love you even when you don't want me to be involved. I love you when you compare me to a country music star and forget that we're friends. I love you because of your loud laugh and your expressive nature and your big hair. I love you so much that I died and came back to life so we could be eternally and completely drawn together."
Keith Urban may be super talented and Nicole Kidman may be a lucky, lucky woman, but at the end of the day, Jesus knows me.
And I'm good with that.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
If we're not friends on Facebook, that's weird and we should be.
Anyway, as of Saturday, I will be a new resident of Maple Valley, WA. Federal Way will sadly be short one loud laugher.
But it's a new change...a big change. I won't be living with my parents, I'll be living on my own, I'll have to actually cook meals rather than just live off Easy Mac and cereal. (Who am I kidding? Of course I'll live off Easy Mac and cereal...)
There are lots of big changes going on for a lot of people. So share yours. Are you excited? Are you nervous? Do you think you're going to chuck? (Maybe that's just me...) Let us know. Nothing is too small or dorky to share. If it wasn't for the move to the MV, my change would be my underwear. And yes, I would share that with you all. ;)
Monday, September 14, 2009
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Thursday, September 10, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Swimming in my veins.
Filling up my brains.
Only two more hours
And I'm headed back towards the mains
Of my life up north
Where it's rainy & wet
Where my pillow is
Where the $$ is
And yet through it all
In my brain will be
In my veins will be
Thursday, September 3, 2009
To get us jump-started, let's have a summer re-cap. I know that a lot of you went on trips, had awesome experiences or did nothing at all.
Share with your fellow bloggers how your summer was. Pictures will always be welcome. =)
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
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Monday, August 10, 2009
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Thursday, August 6, 2009
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
* New clothes
* Leaving on time
* Mom unexpectedly making sausage & bacon for me (I love living at home!)
* A rock-awesome mix CD for the commute
* Jack Johnson playing in the coffee shop
* Realizing that it's Friday
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
The Common Denominator?...
These things just make me want a vacation. Listening to Kenny who makes me want to listen to James who makes me want to listen to Jimmy Buffett who makes me want to sip a margarita on a sunny beach with a good book with Justin Timberlake.
Man, I need a vacation.
What about you?
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
If you know me, you know that I am not a big fan of “topical sermons.” I have heard enough poorly exegeted messages that it has left me with a foul taste in my mouth for what I consider proof-texting. So I unfortunately tend to shy away from and devalue the practice of topical sermons.
Which is exactly what my pastor is doing for the month of July.
However, I trust Bob and know that he is a hermeneutical guy. So I made an agreement with my brain that I would calm down, let him preach, and me refrain from judgment for the month.
I am glad God got to me.
Two Sundays ago, Bob preached on the book of Revelation. Indeed, yes, the whole book. And yes, I went into PTSD when I heard about apocaplyticism, pre-,a-, and post-millenialism; I got the shakes when I heard 666 and the “rapture” referenced. But it was a beautiful exposition of a book that we simply can’t and don’t understand.
Over on SereYodh, you too can learn about some heavy topics that we’ll be delving into during the month of July. I have posted about Revelation from Bob’s sermon (and added my own notes). I’m still the “research” hand of Bob’s sermon-planning, a task that I have missed and love.
Hope you learn some interesting things in the next few weeks!!
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
What would happen if we tried to forget about the waiting and revel in the now? I know that I would have no idea what to do with myself. As we speak....er....type, I'm waiting on a phone call from World Vision. I am daydreaming of working for them and what my life could look like if I had that experience. But what would happen if rather than wait all day for this phone call, I simply chose to live my life? To do things purposefully without dwelling in the moments to come, but to honor the moments I have now.
I'm waiting on a phone call.
I could be living right this minute, writing to you.
What are you waiting on? What are you waiting for?
Monday, July 6, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
But one thing I noticed is that you can' t be a "pseudo-fan" of soccer - it's all or nothing, baby. In the Qwest field seats, there is a section for the die-hard fans. You are required to stand the full 90 minutes and twirl your scarf about your head. (It kind of reminded me of a college football game.)
And this sport is international. There are no boundaries. If I could learn to like soccer, I could connect with anyone in most of the world.
The question then is, how to learn to love soccer? Hmmm....
I think perhaps it's best to learn by observing...
Perhaps I judged soccer too swiftly.... I could be a fan after all... ;)