Wednesday, August 31, 2005
What is this journey so you ask? Well it is a journey of finding my faith...finding my home...and in the words of U2...I still haven't found what I'm looking for...
It seems that my home is close but I don't want to go in. I am not sure why, but I just can't bring myself to go in...to take it as my home. I don't know what is. I think pride has a lot to do with it. Actually probably pride has everything to do with it. See...I was brought up Baptist (as many of you know) and I was basically taught the Baptists are the only ones right...and that especially that Catholics were wrong. I sort of clung to that. I remember my best friend in second grade was Catholic. We would get in fights all the time about differences in beliefs. It was funny. I even dated a Catholic in high school. I think I basically told him he was going to hell because he hadn't "asked Jesus into his heart." When I broke up with him...because "I wanted to date a Christian," he told me he would read his Bible more. That is a comment that always sticks in my mind. He then spread it around to the Chuck E. Cheese folks that I was anti-Catholic. There were a lot of Catholics there, so they would make comments from time to time.
Now...I must honestly say that i had never met a Catholic that impressed me much...they all seemed to be Catholic by name...and that was about it. They had no clue what they believed...and heaven forbid! they didn't even own a Bible! In college...I left the Baptist church. I just couldn't put up with the holy attitude my church was giving off any longer. I got in trouble for going line dancing once...the pastor would always get onto me for wearing pants...and the final straw was when I got in trouble for singing a song that had too much drums. What song was it you ask? Well click here to find out. It gets a little crazy in the end...oh yeah. So I left...I went to the plain ole Christian church. I found out about my freedom in Christ and totally had a change in perspective. Matt can agree with that.
Now here is where the real story begins:
I am probably going to have to post a lot to get the story up to date. I will just start with the very beginning for now.
A couple years ago, I started listening to Catholic radio. I think that some of you may remember this. At first it was mainly a big fascination. I sort of liked hearing of all the little rules and then laughing. Then, as I listened more, I noticed that Catholics weren't as bad as I once thought. It became my favorite radio station. (I know I know...I am a nerd) Brian T. would just shake his head at me. Well my friends...that is where the journey begins...I will give you more later.
On a side note:
I saw a big pink suburban today. It was sort of weird.
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Monday, August 22, 2005
First car: 94 geo tracker
First Love: Brian T
First kiss: real kiss? when i was 13 with some kid named Jason.
First screen name: ocmue814
First funeral: first one i remember is my grandpa...he died of lung cancer..
First tape/CD: I had tons of Patch the Pirate tapes growing up...but I think I had to share those with my sister. The first tape that sticks out in my mind was an amy grant tape that my dad got for christmas when i was in 8th grade and he gave it to me...but my mom thought that it was satanic music or something...so i would have to sneak to listen to it...ha
First pets: dog named snowball was my first dog.
First piercings/tattoos: my ears in second grade...first tattoo...when i was 19
First big trip: ft. meyers florida...that is where my grandma lived.
First time skiing: I lived in Colorado...so it is sad that I have never been.
First concert: this is funny...Rebecca St. James when I was in high school
First alcoholic drink: On my 21st b-day at the Cheesecake factory...i had a margarita..I know...I know...I am crazy.
First ticket violation: I don't even remember. ha.
First job: I had a paper route when I was going into 6th grade.
Last Kiss: Friday, August 12 before C. Brian left for Germany. I miss him. :( He comes back tonight!
Last car ride: just a few minutes ago...back from lunch
Last time you cried: been awhile, it was a little over 2 weeks ago...stupid fights...
Last movie watched: fraility...very good...you should watch it.
Last food you ate: chicken creole from yats.
Last item bought: gas...how depressing.
Last annoyance: it was a sympathy annoyance...for a friend that has to put up with a very annoying person.
Last time wanting to die: uh...never...that's a weird question.
Last alcoholic drink: a tequilla shot...at pepper's on saturday.
Last concert: ok...well...it depends on what a concert is...i saw neumatic at peppers on saturday...do great scott shows count as concerts? other than that...i saw sarah bauer...or ellery...ok...last big name? probably hootie and the blowfish.
Last phone call: hold on..let me check...it looks like it was Jason...last night.
Last time at the mall: saturday...I had to work.
Friday, August 19, 2005
Thursday, August 18, 2005
*School starts in a week and I am super excited.
*I miss Brian soo much :(. He is in Germany, and I haven't gotten to talk to him since last Friday. He gets back on Monday and I can't wait!!!!!
*I have so much to say and no time to say it. Plus, my number of returning visitors are way down. Are you guys still here??? I miss you guys too :(.
*Is it possible to be a liberal conservative? If so, I think Matt has it down. He is so liberal but at the same time, so conservative. I took him to a dance club for a few minutes, and that was hilarious. He was telling me about a girl dancing up against him and about another girl that told him that he could smack her butt for a dollar. I laughed so hard. Good times...Good times...
*I met some random people on friday. They were really nice. They made breakfast for me and Matt on Sunday. Weird....
*once again...I have no time to really think about writing anything extra cool. Hopefully soon my brain will find something good to talk about!
Sunday, August 14, 2005
Thursday, August 11, 2005
*I have been teaching math all week to incoming IUPUI freshman. That has been quite fun. I really like it. I think I may go the route of teaching college.
*Brian is playing with Avalon tonight...that's pretty cool
*tomorrow, he leaves for Germany to go play at World Youth Day...that's pretty cool too.
*I'm staying in Indiana...I guess that's cool
*guys are still weird...wouldn't you agree?
*I may be moving yet again soon...
*my b-day is on sunday...so wish me a happy one. I will be 23. I am glad for that...at least I won't be associated with the 21 year old crowd
*I was going to write something a bit more insightful...but I have to leave now...will write more later.
Monday, August 08, 2005
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Tony gave me some CD's to listen to the other day. They were of some guy named Patrick Madrid giving a talk. At one point he was talking about hell. I have a question. What is hell? Is it a burning abyss? Is it a state of mind? Who goes there? For that matter...who goes to heaven? I don't think saying "the sinner's prayer" is what does it for you. I also don't think being baptized is what does it for you. I think that your life needs to change to portray Christ. Patrick Madrid mentioned something about that passage in Matthew 25 where it says this:
But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne.
32"All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats;
33and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.
34"Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
35'For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;
36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.'
37"Then the righteous will answer Him, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink?
38'And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You?
39'When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?'
40"The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you,to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'
41"Then He will also say to those on His left, 'Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;
42for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink;
43I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.'
44"Then they themselves also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?'
45"Then He will answer them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.'
46"These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."
but then, in Ephesians 3: 8-9, it says by grace are you saved, not of works lest any man should boast.
What does that mean? Do you think with grace will come good works? Or where is it where it says faith without works is dead? So if you have good faith, then good works will come? So really, I remember the priest asking me all kinds of questions about where you get Jesus, well where is it?
Ok...I have strayed a little from the heaven and hell topic...I am good at that. I used to think I had everything figured out. I know I don't at all. What are your thoughts on heaven and hell? I have to go now...I will write more about this later...