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Month: June 2011 (page 1 of 2)

Journal Entry [Sunday, March 28th, 2010]

Apex last night and Grace this morning.  

Last night Pastor Rob shared a story of the celebration of the 100 anniversary of Christian missionaries coming to a certain country (Paupa New Guinea?).  At this event, one of the natives of the land got up and made an announcement.  He was only of the oldest men still living and he said that he had important information and if he didn’t reveal it, it would die with him.  He said that when the missionaries first came, the people didn’t want them there, so they poisoned them.  Missionary children started dying.  Yet as the number of graves rose, the missionaries did not give up or get discouraged.  This elderly man ended by saying, “It was watching them die that made us want to join them.”

Lord, so often we hear people say that people will come to Jesus as they watch how we live.  Yet here it is death that brought the change.

I want to live and die as such.  Oh Lord, I am reminded of my desire to be martyred for you and my desire to live everyday as a martyr.  May I both live and die for Your Glory.  In watching me die, may others want to join the cause of Christ.  Oh, I know that it is not easy.  Perhaps it means a lifetime of sickness.  May I be found faithful as I pass through the fire.

Use my life, Lord.  Use my sickness.  May my life truly be a beautiful, broken offering to you.

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i. hate. my. mac.

Subtitle: Computer Woes

Ok.  That’s not true.  I really love my mac.  We’re just going through a little bit of a “phase” right now.  (Sounds like parents talking about their teenagers!)

Last winter, my hard drive crashed.  I lost everything.

So…I got a new hard drive.  And an external hard drive.  And I backed it up religiously.

Last week, my hard drive crashed again.

I took it into the Mac store and the guy said, “Well, you’ll need a new hard drive.  Is it backed up?”

“Yep.  I backed it up earlier this week.”

“Awesome!  Then you’ll just need a new hard drive and then reinstall your OS.”

That’s easy enough.

One new hard drive and new OS later…I plug in my external hard drive to discover that although all the dates are there when I backed up my computer, there aren’t any files!  Thanks a lot, Time Machine! I should have just backed it up myself.  šŸ™  And…everything just “feels” wrong…it doesn’t feel like my computer at all.  I’ve had problems with even the most basic program installations.

Enough of my computer woes!  It’s just technology…and in the course of all eternity, it doesn’t matter that much.  Hopefully when Mr. Mays flies in next week (!!), he’ll be able to help me a little bit more.  He’s much more tech-y than I am.  We’re usually on opposite sides of this mac v ps war.  But I’m afraid that with all my mac problems, I’m losing ground in this battle….

On the off chance (the very off chance) that a macintosh executive ever reads this:  you would very much restore my faith in your company if you fixed this problem!  šŸ™

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prayer

I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt;
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low by thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things
to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.  Amen.

John Wesley

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