.comment-link {margin-left:.6em;}

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

random ramblings for today

I watched Grey's Anatomy last night. And yes, I did end up crying my little eyes out. The first thing my co-worker and I discussed this morning was the show. I was quite distressed about the whole thing. I know that it's not real, but I have a terrible habit of personalising things. These were some of my (very random) thoughts: "How would I feel if I was Izzy? But they've only been engaged for all of an hour! I love her dress (OK, slightly superficial there). How sweet - a TV romance without any sex involved" (FYI - Yes, I did cry when watching Maggie's (Blue Heelers) funeral, and also when Mitch (All Saints) died....even though I'd known for AGES that was coming as he's my friend's cousin....) What a horribly tragic way to end the series! And what a perfect song to use?

I'd heard Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars" before, but I never heard it the way I heard it last night. Does that make sense? I hope so. I think that song will, for me, be associated with that particular episode of one of my favourite shows for a long time to come. I'm just annoyed that I can't download it to my phone as "the fantastic company otherwise known as 3 mobile" (can you hear my sarcasm?) still don't have anything by Snow Patrol. They have Bob Evans (which makes me happy!), but no Snow Patrol.

My parents arrive on Tuesday next week for a week's "holiday" with me. My parents dislike Sydney - they were even seriously considering heading off to Fiji afterwards to recover! I wish I could head off to Fiji for a week. I can't believe that it's been more than a year since we were in Fiji. Wow - time flies!

We had Pat Mesiti preach at church on Sunday night. It's good to have Pat back.

Yesterday because of a malfunctioning car, I decided to take a different train into the city - the one that's a 5 minute walk from my house, instead of a 10 minute drive. - with the possibility of making it a permanent change. That change is definitely not going to happen. The train not only takes 30 minutes longer to get there, it's also more expensive! $10.40 for a return peak-hour ticket is a bit steep. It's still quicker for me to drive to the other train and drive home again than be inconvenienced by time and price.

I'm teaching a series on Prayer at the moment in our connect group. It's a study put out by the "Women of Faith" movement in the USA, and the study is called "Adventurous Prayer". It's a fantastic study, and more than a little challenging. So far we've learnt that 1) God has asked us to pray to Him, and 2) We can boldly approach him with our prayers. Last night was chapter 3 - where we studied the Lord's Prayer (Matt 6 & Luke 11), and how it works as a guideline to prayer. It's all very good.

I'm involved in auditions for our Christmas Choir at the moment, which is also exciting. It's looking to be a more traditional production this year. My friends have written the play, so I'm looking forward to seeing how it all goes.

OK I think I'm all randomed out for now - Oh - how could I forget! Australia was ROBBED by Ireland in the International Rules game on Sunday afternoon. One goal and an over in the last few seconds of the game. Well at least they actually played well and didn't try to win by other means (and yes, I am referring to the Italian Diving Team..!)

Till next time then!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

What a Day!

So it's been a while...a long while! So much has happened, yet I have so little time to write about it....so here are the highlights:


Oh! Intensifire Conference was last weekend (11-14), and it went OFF! Benny Perez and Mike Guglielmucci didn't make it - Benny was sick and Mike broke some bones in his face walking into a door (!), so Dave & Tim Hall from Adelaide (YEAH South Aussie's to the rescue!) came over and looked after thursday and friday of the conference. Then, Ps Chris Hill (TD Jake's Youth Pastor) took the last 4 sessions of the conference. Chris mentioned that he NEVER does 4 sessions in a row, so we were very blessed to have that opportunity.

Ps Tim Hall also spoke at the 6 & 8 pm meetings at church on the weekend, in which God continued to move powerfully.

I had the opportunity to sing at the 7pm meetings on Thursday night (David Hall) and Saturday night (Chris Hill), and also at the 6 & 8pm (Tim Hall) on Sunday night. Needless to say, they were quite huge meetings, and therefore I have exhausted my vocal capabilities! Apparently I sound quite....interesting....on the phone!

All of my connect group girls were really blessed over the duration of Intensire, which in turn blessed me....I guess that's the heart of a leader :)

Term 4 has kicked back into gear, and that means I'm back teaching at LSCA. However my teaching roster has dramatically decreased, with only 2 of my four students returning. I was expecting 1 not to return, as I'd been quite hard on her - 10 weeks with no improvement is a bit frustrating, especially when you know WHY there's no improvement...! But the second student who's not returning was a surprise, as she was doing really well. Oh well. I guess this happens.

Last night at Connect group, we were talking about what we had recieved at Intensifire. I mentioned to the girls that because of the anointing that we had recieved during Intensifire, that the enemy would be on our case to discourage us...little did I think that I'd be speaking to my self!

This morning as I was getting ready for work, my flatmate knocked on my door and asked if I'd been to my car this morning, as my boot was open. Some kind person had popped my boot open on my car and proceeded to take all of the CD's that I had in my car, including my CD wallet, which contained my mp3 collection, podcasts, audio sermons, etc. All up there's around $600 worth of stuff that was taken. What a way to start the day hey? And boy, did I have to work hard at keeping a good attitude - I'm still working on it now, some 12 hours later.

I even found a nice church to go and sit, pray, meditate in during lunch so that I kept my attitude right.

Whoever it was left their fork in my car - they must have had time for a little food while they were stealing my collection of CHRISTIAN CD's!!!

These are the CD's that I know have been taken:
Shawn McDonald - Simply Nothing
Robbie Seay Band - Better Days (how ironic)
Brooke Fraser - What to Do With Daylight
Nathan Tasker - Must be More (personally signed by Nathan & Band)
Bethany Dillon - Imagination
Planet Shakers - Arise
Planet Shakers - Pick it Up
Mercy Me - Coming Up To Breathe
United - United We Stand
DC Talk - Jesus Freak
Various - Rocketown:5
Youth Alive WA - Shout Your Glory
Liverpool CLC - Various rehearsal & parts CD's
Adam Lester - Alone (this really bites, as it's a rare CD)

Plus all of my stuff from iTunes that of course, wasn't backed up....

There's more, but at the moment that's all I can think of...

So I guess that's it for now...

Oh - RANDY - Im' really sorry that we didn't get to meet while you were in Sydney. I was "working" even longer hours at Intensifire than I do at my real job! I'll take a raincheck though?