Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanskgiving Greetings! (A day early. . .)

We'll call this the "Random Becky Fact of the Day!"
Did you know. . . that I had two Thanksgivings before my first birthday?

Weird, huh? It's true. I was born on a Wednesday, Thanksgiving Eve, 1991. The next year, 1992, was a Leap Year. Therefore, my first birthday was on a Friday. So I celebrated Thanksgiving the day after I was born, and the day before I turned one. I wonder if there is any sort of certificate or medal awarded to people that go through this kind of weird experience. Because let me tell you, it confused me so much when it happened.

Moving on, I want to wish you all a very joyful Thanksgiving this year. It is most definitely my favorite holiday. One, because it means I get to spend time cooking, one of my favorite things to do. Two, because it brings the whole family together. And three, because of the way it focuses on looking beyond yourself. I challenge you to find something to do this Thanksgiving that gives someone else a reason to be thankful.

Okay, a survey I shall post. Actually, it is just a question that requires an answer. Don't fail me. .
"What is the thing you are most thankful for this year?"
Comment on this post and let me know! Be creative and honest. . . I'll tell you mine sometime next week, so you can wait expectantly for that. :)

Have a glorious Thanksgiving!


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A silent heart is free

"Sing to the LORD, you saints of his;

praise his holy name.

For his anger lasts only a moment,

but his favor lasts a lifetime;

weeping may remain for a night,

but rejoicing comes in the morning."

"You turned my wailing into dancing;

you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,

that my heart may sing to you and not be silent.

O LORD, my God, I will give you thanks forever. "

Psalm 30: 4-5, 11-12

Friday, November 14, 2008

For Fun. . .

For those of you who do not have facebook, or do not talk to me regularly, you may not be aware that I have a new laptop of my very own! We have money set aside for each of us kids as "college money", and found that this was something I was in need of for college. I'm afraid Mum and the kids are quite jealous (Dad has his own laptop, otherwise he might be too), but I simply tell them that if they would like to do my homework and write my papers for me, then they are more than welcome to have my laptop. I haven't had any offers yet. . .

So as I have been playing around, setting up different programs, and feeling utterly lost and confused by all that which comes like a second language to most of my peers, I ran across "Picassa 3" which I promptly downloaded. On our family computer, we had Picassa 2, and although I haven't found much terribly different, one feature caught my eye immediately. As a big fan of scrapbooking and black&white photos, I have had some fun using the "collage" button, and fiddling around with different pictures. Here are two collages I've made - one of my girl friends, and one of my guy friends. Neither is close to complete, and if your picture is missing, it is most likely because either 1.) it didn't fit, or 2.) I wasn't able to locate a photo of you, not because I don't love you. :)

I am planning to print out each of these pictures individually and create a "real" photo collage, using white and black picture frames, for the wall above my desk. I will most certainly let you know if that works out, and probably even take a picture of the final result.

Let's start Thanksgiving a few weeks early, and take time today to thank God for our friends.

Miss Becky

This is a blog I venture to quite regularly, and I always find it encouraging, uplifting, but mostly, challenging. Here is a post that appeared several days ago, and which caught my attention immediately. I hope you enjoy it too, and join with me in trusting our Father this day.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Oh dear. Once again, I have been neglecting my blog . And although I'm sure this matters to a total of like . . . 1.25 people in the world, my heart aches at the thought of those 1.25 people, sitting at home on the computer all day long, saying, "When will Becky post again?" So here it goes. . .

I have stayed very busy this semester. Are you surprised? Didn't think so. . . I believe it is either contagious or hereditary, but either way, I seem to have the "involvement bug." School hasn't been too overwhelming in and of itself. I am taking 12 hours, and getting good grades across the board. I just love my English teacher, and her class, but I'm not terribly wild about anything else I'm taking. However, I still manage to plug away, and I am looking forward to a very long winter break.

Other than school, mostly just the same activities as always. I get to spend a lot of time with the younger kids, driving to various events and babysitting frequently. I think that this year more than ever I have come to fully appreciate my family. I would even go so far as to boast that I have the best family out there. . .

Basketball season has started, and finally, I am not playing! If you know me, this may make you laugh. If you don't. . . never mind. :) But Abby is playing, and my good friend Camie is coaching, so I am going to be a presence, helping out where I can. The big news is that Mum is trying to extract herself from the inner workings of RHAA. Meaning someone needs to take her place. Meaning I volunteered. So I have been trying to figure out the system of communication, paperwork, etc. It's fun, for the most part, and since I've been helping her to some extent since we started, I'm figuring it out pretty quickly.

I am going to Christian Campus Fellowship (CCF) at MS&T every week, and really enjoying it. The music is great (contemporary stuff!) and the teaching always fits in with things God is teaching me personally at the time. (Weird how He works that out, huh?) Until this week, I had really not met a lot of people. Somehow, by the time Thursday night rolls around, I am always exhausted, and being outgoing and meeting new people is the last thing I want to do. Of course, it normally is. . . Anyways, this weekend they had a Night of Praise on Friday night, and a bonfire on Saturday night, and I actually talked to some people I didn't know! It was quite fun, and I am already looking forward to our next meeting.

And most exciting on the agenda is Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday! This year, it also happens to fall on my birthday. . . :) And I'm going to be 17. Which is just frightening to think about. So please don't mention it. I feel half-way in the grave already. . . this may just push me right in.

On the downside of life (or maybe this is the plus side, I can never quite tell), God has been working in my life a lot right now. I will avoid the gory details, but I would appreciate prayer in this time of breaking and reforming. I know that the prayers of His people are heard, so any you can send my way would be grealy appreciated.

Lastly. . .send me an e-mail, or comment on this post and let me know how you are doing! I've found that not only does busy-ness ruin my ability to communicate about my life with you all, it makes me kind of unavailable for keeping up on your lives as well! Vicious cycle right there. . . but that aside, I'd really love to hear from you!

Fingers sore, but smile on my face,

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Come to Jesus

Weak and wounded sinner
Lost and left to die
O, raise your head, for love is passing by
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus and live!

Now your burden's lifted
And carried far away
And precious blood has washed away the stain, so
Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus and live!

And like a newborn baby
Don't be afraid to crawl
And remember when you walk
Sometimes we
Fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus and live!

Sometimes the way is lonely
And steep and filled with pain
So if your sky is dark and pours the rain, then
Cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus and live!

O, and when the love spills over
And music fills the night
And when you can't contain your joy inside, then
Dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus and live!

And with your final heartbeat
Kiss the world goodbye
Then go in peace, and laugh on Glory's side, and
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus and live!

Isn't it humiliting to be told that we must come to Jesus! Think of the things about which we will not come to Jesus Christ. If you want to know how real you are, test yourself by these words - "Come to me . . ." In every dimension in which you are not real, you will argue or evade the issue altogether, rather than come; you will go through sorrow, rather than come; and you will do anything, rather than come the last lap of the race of seemingly unspeakable foolishness and say, "Just as I am, I come." As long as you have even the least bit of spiritual disrespect, it will always reveal itself in the fact that you are expecting God to tell you to do something very big, and yet all He is telling you to do is to "Come. . ." So let us come before Him, the one who gave His all for us, lay our burdens down, and live.