Monday, March 30, 2009

The Botanical Garden

A couple of weekends ago, my mom, grandparents, and Jason all came to visit. We joined the Gatwood girls at the Botanical Gardens for some good fun in nature.

A closer look:
That's better! Everyone looking down
Weirdest shaped cactus ever

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Starved for God's glory

We are all starved for the glory of God, not self. No one goes to the Grand Canyon to increase self esteem. Why do we go? Because there is greater healing for the soul in beholding splendor than there is in beholding self. Indeed, what could be more ludicrous in a vast and glorious universe like this than a human being, on the speck called earth, standing in front of the mirror trying to find signifigance in his own self-image? It is a great sadness that this is the gospel of the modern world.
John Piper, Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Sometimes I wish...

I had spent more than 2 years in the 80s. I mean, look at this video.


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

YAY Amy!

I'm so proud of my dear friend Amy for passing her state board test to be a certified nurse! Woot woot! Congrats! You'll be one AWESOME nurse!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

My roommate is funny

I love spring!


Recently in the ASU newspaper, I found something that reminded me of Jay Leno's "headlines" segment.

It is early in the morning and I grab the daily newspaper and open it up.

I see this headline and think "awesome!" and begin to read.

I read through the first column, and my eyes naturally are drawn downward...

to rest upon this lady. As I had just been reading about an explosion, my immediate thought was that she had been standing over the explosion.

Nope, just talking about hip hop. Oops.

Monday, March 9, 2009

I'm all ears

Just one of my random musings (in an attempt to procrastinate a multitude of other things I should be doing right now)...

I've recently come to realize that listening is one of the greatest gifts you can give someone. We all have our own personal opinions, thoughts, values, goals, dreams, stories, etc; but it's not enough to just have them - we want to tell someone else about them. Not only do we want to have our own voice, we want someone to hear that voice. We crave expression, we desire to be relatable, and we yearn for confirmation. God created us in his own image - he is inherently relational, and I wholeheartedly believe he created us to be the same way. We need relationships, with communication and trust, to give our life value and fullness.
It is so important to have your thoughts validated by someone else; to know that they are truly listening to what you're saying. And the hardest thing about it - it's completely out of your control. That's why I feel like it's so wonderful to find someone who cares enough to listen. As I was talking to Jason on the phone yesterday, I realized how grateful I am that he listens to me, so very well, and how selfless of him to serve me in that way. Listening is a choice, and he chooses to listen to me. Too often in my relationships, I'm too busy, too tired, too annoyed, too selfish to listen. How much more impact could I have on the world if I took the time to listen to others and truly care about them?
Isn't it such a precious gift to give of yourself and your time to listen? The understanding that being heard is out of my control brings fear, that someday my friends are going to get fed up with all my venting, complaining, crying, wallowing, rambling...and just stop listening. There's a lot of power my friends hold over me, because without them listening, I honestly might go crazy with loneliness. It's a scary thought. I'm really more dependent than I sometimes like to think I am.
I guess where I'm going with this blog is to make us all think a little more about what we spend our time doing. I hope that the next time you are with someone, you'll take the time to stop and listen. You have so much power to completely change that person's day only by taking the time to hear what they have to say. Everyone wants to be heard, are you willing to listen?

Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
Jeremiah 29:12