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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Soccer

I love playing soccer. I haven't played very much since my college days. I try to do something with it in every new place we have moved to. In Grand Junction I coached 10-11 year old girls. That was really fun and a good experience.

Now here at this place I figured there had to be something I could do. So my friend from work knew of a place in scranton that has soccer programs so she gave me the website. I wrote them an email just asking for information and what leagues they have, if they have coed, if they do indoor, when the seasons start, you know basic information questions. Next thing I know I got a call from a guy. He plays on the recreational indoor league and needed a player for his team. He wanted to know if I was interested. I said yes, but as the time got closer to our game I started getting nervous. I knew there were no girls on our team so that was nerve wracking and I had never met anyone. So I show up and play with all boys against all boys. I guess they are men anywhere from 20-40. Slowly I've gotten to know my team more and they are so nice to me and keep wanting me to come back and play. :-) I love it and have so much fun with it. I even scored a goal with my head last night. We play once a week. The season is ending soon though.
It only gets a little interesting when the men get all competitive and a little angry at each other. Then I just lay low and play my game without talkign to anyone. Its so much fun.

All this to say, I've learned that even when I'm very hesitant to do things because I don't know people or I'm scared, I need to just do it because in the end I'm always glad I did.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Pictures from the parade




An old Friend

This last week I had a wonderful friend come to visit me. It was just what I needed this week. Good ol' roommate Helaine Rozelle came all the way from Dunbar WI to visit me while she was on spring break. I can't even tell you how nice it was to have a friend that I feel so comfortable with. We lived with each other for 1 year at Northland and the level of comfortableness that you develop with your friends from college especially your roommates is unexplainable. The odd thing is, you will never be in a situation that will prompt that kind of friend ship again. It was great to have that christian fellowship too.

We spent a day in New Jersey shopping with another friend. I loved having her in the kitchen while I cooked and cleaned up. Staying up late talking about nothing in particular. I loved have a shopping buddy who happens to have the same sort of habits and ideas about shopping.

Its funny how you can enjoy your time so much with someone and you don't even have to do anything in particular.

On Sat we went to the famous Scranton St. Patrick's Day Parade. It was so much fun. I do like to do stuff like that. I guess it has a reputation of being a pretty roudy parade but it wasn't too bad where we were. And guess who else showed up for the parade. The famous Hillary Clinton. She came so close to us and we got some very funny pictures of her. :-)

On saturday we sadly had to go and take Helaine back to her ride. I'm so glad that she gave up her break to come and cheer me up as Helaine can always do to any room she walks into. :-) I love her to death and I will miss her company in this Scranton PA.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Trusting God

I'm trying to think how I can word what I'm feeling right now. Its like I know all the right things to say, but yet its hard to believe them and act and respond to my belief. I have a tendacy to worry and stress about things, finances, schedules, even stuff like the economy and the voting and what's going to happen to our lives in this country, what if's. Somedays I feel like I just worry about everything under the sun.

At the same time, I don't know how unsaved people can live every day with out the under riding assurance that there is a God in control, that he takes care of us, and that his plan is sovereign for every issue that I worry about. I know that the "world" worries about things and I can't figure out how they just go about everyday without some sort of assurance that someone is controlling this whole world.

Some days I feel like the only reason I should get up and control my thoughts is because I believe that there is a God. But at the same time, if I'm looking for some sort of calming feeling to overcome me when I think or read about God's promises on loving and taking care of us, there isn't much relief. But I'm starting to realize (probably again, I'm always in need of remembering this fact) that Faith isn't about feelings. A good friend Meghan Osborne was the person who first started to make me realize this and through her death it really became a realization. I choose to everday put my Faith in a God who I believe in, I believe that the Bible is true even when I don't understand everything there is to understand about it. I have to choose to believe that events and situations are all part of God's plan.

I think even just writing this out has made things seem a little brighter. I don't know if this will make sense to people or sound like I'm crazy. But its just something that I have to remind my self about. God is in Control, His way is Best, and there is no need to worry about things.
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