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Culture Shock: China/Canada

I have two good friends who just recently bought cars. Qiong is from China and Megan is from Canada. Qiong started driving a few months ago and Megan hasn’t driven in a long time. Needless to say we have had various Fort Worth car adventures!

Culture Shock China: The Car Wash

Qiong’s car window had been bombed by the birds in the tree her assigned parking spot is under. I suggested an automatic car wash. Who doesn’t love sitting in the car when the big machine thing gets it all soapy and then shoots water everywhere? Great childhood memories! I didn’t really think about the fact that it could be scary for a new driver. We get to the car wash and she drives in. Unfortunately the sensor wasn’t working and so it never told her to stop…We had to back up and over the sensors. Finally we were crooked in the car wash. Because I am a sign obeyer, I didn’t want us to get out of the car. The solution was to let the experienced driver fix the problem. Qiong had to climb over into the backseat and I had to climb in the driver’s seat. It was hilarious trying to get everything set so the sensors would trigger.

ImageThis is us in the car wash. So fun!

Culture Shock: Canada

My friend Megan is super excited about her new car! Tonight we decided to make an ATM run. She drives a stick shift which is impressive to me because I can’t even imagine having the skill necessary to do that. We turned wrong off the highway and drove through a little neighborhood while I tried to get the GPS to work. It kept searching when I had only typed in half of the address. Fail. I couldn’t tell Megan was nervous until she would ask questions like, “Am I in a lane?” or my personal favorite “I just ran my first red light!” (aka it turned yellow haha) We saw the bank on our left side and the GPS FINALLY realized where we were. It told us to make a U-Turn at the next light. Apparently you aren’t allowed to make U-Turns in Canada so this was Megan’s first U-Turn!

After the successful turn, Meg cracked me up when she said that all the people around us were probably yelling at her because she was driving 10 km slower. I was sitting there wondering if I really heard her right. Kilometers are something that you run in races, right? Who drives in kilometers? Canadians!!!!

At the bank the car stalled. I’m not even sure how you do that or what that means, but Megan was cracking up that she had stalled a car for the first time ever.

I love driving adventures! Just wait till I try to drive in Canada and make a U-Turn and get arrested by the Mounties. Or when I try to drive a car in China….oh man!!!! I’m taking the bus. Yay for my brave international friends!

Test Me in This

I don’t know why I’ve been in such a blogging mood the last couple of days! Maybe I miss all the writing now that I’m done with my papers! (kind of). I just checked my bank account and just had to blog! Let me explain…last semester I got my car towed and had to pay $250 to get it out of the impound lot. Probably one of the most memorable nights of my life. And one of the funniest. Oh the memories. Anyway, that significantly chopped my poor seminary student bank account to shreds. Now, I am very blessed to have parents who love me and are very generous to their minimum wage employed child. But there comes a time when you want to stop taking money from your parents and grow up. At the beginning of this semester one of the youth’s Sunday School lessons was about tithing. I always tithe, but was challenged to actually test the Lord. I decided to not take any money from my parents and completely trust that the Lord would provide for me this semester. Dad always asks me if I need more money and I just keep saying “no.” I love checking my bank account and seeing that the Lord is abundantly providing. I can eat, have a roof over my head, and have some left over. The Lord is good!

:Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” Malachi 3:10

I think the biggest lesson I have learned is that He pours out spiritual blessings, not material blessings. We definitely get the better end of the deal!

LOTR

So maybe I’ve spent a good chunk of my Spring Break either sleeping in a youth weekend induced coma or writing papers and essay tests. Needless to say I have put significant emphasis on the sleeping part. My body is a lot more exhausted than I realized lol. Anyway, spiritual warfare stuff has come up a lot this semester. I have been craving Lord of the Rings since before the Christmas break. Yes, I have LOTR cravings. Who knew? I love all the symbolism, etc. One of my favorite parts (aside from the wonderfulness of Aragon) is the part where Gandolf fights the giant fire demon thing. It has always reminded me of what Christ does for us. He tells the fire demon thing, “You shall not pass.” I love the fact that the Lord fights for us and that as Christians there are certain lines that the devil and his demons cannot pass. It also cracks me up that Gollum reminds me of Nathan Miller. I feel like I’m having middle school/early high school flashbacks! hahahah

Say what?

Here is the conversation I had with the checker today at H-E-B in Waco on the way home. I had one ear bud in my ear and was getting ready to listen to a podcast when I got back in the car.

Checker: Are you learning English?

Me: No….I speak English.

Checker: Then you must be learning Portuguese.

Me: Uhhh….(really confused about why he thinks this) no. I’m just listening to a podcast.

I have no idea.

Spared to Serve

“…I will spare them, just as in compassion a man spares his son who serves him,” Malachi 3:17b

“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:32

 

Cowtown 10k!!!!

I knew I had something to post about!! Haha. Last Saturday I ran my first ever 10k. It was SO MUCH FUN!!! I wish I could run one every weekend! It was awesome to run with a bazillion people for 6.1 miles lol. No seriously. The only downside was that it was about 40 degrees outside. Brrr….Thankfully Tabitha was in the medical tent and she stretched out my tired muscles! Running is one of my favorite things. Definitely a love-hate relationship, but when it’s fun…it’s fun!

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“Now fear the Lord and s…

“Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshipped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshuah 24:14-15