Thursday, February 16, 2012

A Prayer for Keeping Our Amazement

“Hearing this, Jesus was amazed and said to those following him, ‘I assure you: I have not found anyone in Israel with so great a faith!’”
Matthew 8:10

Gracious Father, this verse stopped me in my tracks.  I find it unbelievable that Jesus was amazed.  And amazed by what?  By a man's faith. How can the God of the universe, the creator of all things, be amazed by his own creature? If I were Jesus I’d think, "Finally, someone gets it!  It's about time!"

But Your word says that Jesus was amazed.  Abba, its so easy for me to become calloused. In my job, in my interactions with people, without realizing it I become numb and lose the capacity to be amazed.  In an often subconscious effort to be unaffected and unimpressed, I often find myself thinking "I've seen worse" or "that could have been done better." I confess that my heart you created to feel deep emotions often times barely skims the surface of those plummeting depths.  Theodore Roosevelt said, “comparison is the thief of joy.”  Similarly, it's comparison that is often the thief of our amazement and every other God-given emotion we are meant to experience and express.

The Jesus who wept over his friend Lazarus' death, and who moments later raised him from the dead (John 11:29-44), was amazed at this Centurion's faith. This is the Jesus we're called to emulate. Oh Lord, that we would fight to feel emotion like Jesus did. 

Father, in the morning, at midday and in the evening may we first and foremost direct our amazement toward you.  May we be amazed by your unfailing love, your abundant mercy, your matchless righteousness and selfless sacrifice.  As we move through our days, give us the eyes to see what amazes you - in people, in creation, and in whatever situations we may face. May the gospel-breathed life in our hearts allow us to plunge the expanse of emotion you've created us to live with. May our gospel-driven expressions of your heart point others to you, whether it be in weeping with a grieving friend or rejoicing in a small but significant accomplishment of a co-worker. So very amen I pray, in your matchless and magnificent name. 

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Insta Friday: How is it February already?

I've been reading friends Insta Friday posts for months.
And every time, I think "man, those iphone camera's are LEGIT!"

I'm waiting for the iPhone 5. 
I know, it's going to be awhile. 
But I figure, why wait till the to share my insta photos, blurry-ness and all?
So bear with my Droid Incredible and I, here we go.

My friend Chelsea celebrated a birthday. 
She has X Box Kinect, which, honestly, I'd never heard of. 
But it's incredible. 
My life will never be the same.

 I start of my nights at work with pockets bulging with saline flushes, alcohol wipes, sissors, carpojex, pens, sharpies and who knows what else.

Long Beach Airport to SFO. 
Jet Blue.

Watching Obama's State of the Union from 30,000 feet?  
Sure, since there's nothing else to do.

I brought home movies for my mom and I to watch while she was in hospital.
Don't worry, I ditched the cases, that would've taken up half my 42.6 lb suitcase.

Speciaty's may be one of the best cafe's on the planet. 
Getting to have lunch there with friend Kim while I was home was such a treat. 
So were the pepproncini's on my sandwich.

Toms has ballet flats? What?

On my way back to my LA home.
At the gate, I opened the gift my mom had given me (I may have jumped the gun - she told me to open it on the plane).

Christian and Reinna's wedding was last Saturday. 
After they ran down the aisle, the whole bridal ran back to the front and did a choreographed dance!
So cute and so unexpected!

They had an incredible dessert set up...

 s'mores to top off the evening...

And CHURROS for their favor!

I do love that the LA smogs gives us such beautiful sunsets

These are our lockers at work. 
Mine is way down at the bottom in the back corner.

73 degrees in february = perfect bike weather

In between night shifts you can find my door looking like this, just a friendly reminder to my housemates  to keep the volume down

Graham crackers and peanut butter - why have i never tried it before?
It's my new favorite work snack.

does insta friday include videos? 
if it doesn't, it should. 
i'm leaving you with a  little nugget from my talented roomies.
i love coming home to this.
sorry it's sideways... but it's really the audio that's important :).

linking up here for the first time:

life rearranged