Dance It Out

September 16, 2010

I’ve spent all morning working on my resume and looking at apartments online…is that tunnel vision creeping in?

What must I do to…break out of the stress of recreating my life?  Despite all the excitement, trying to find a new job and a new place to live at the same time has been just a tad bit overwhelming (wondering when I will ever be just whelmed – name that movie).  So I must…DANCE! I must dance I tell you!  In true Meredith and Christina form, I chose to dance it out.  That’s right.  With no one around (except a dog and cat who looked at me perplexed) I blared my favorite dance music and jumped around wildly.  But don’t let that alarm you, with my years of dance experience, I did manage to throw in some more fashioned moves here and there.  What can I tell you? I feel de-stressed already; oh the joys of dancing it out.

And so for your viewing pleasure, please enjoy the following dance clip from my inspiration, the Grey’s Anatomy Dance Crew:


5 Favorite Things

August 11, 2010

I’m totally copying this idea from another blog (which is one of my favorite things) who copied it from someone else! So consider this a huge form of flattery, as a copy of a copy.  

#1. Photography blogs!  

Specifically this one: I think I spent most of the afternoon just looking at their blog and all their amazing fantastic photos.  And this is where I got the idea for my 5 Favorite Things so it just fits that their blog would be #1.  Looking at photography blogs makes we want to be a professional photographer, or at least get better at it.  It’s just a hobby for me right now and I look at more pictures right now than I take but one day I have the feeling that will change.  

This is a link to the entry with my favorite picture:  Can you guess which one it is?  

#2.  Rita’s Water Ice  

And it’s now in Austin.  Ok, here’s my love story with Rita’s Water Ice.  I grew up visiting my grandparents in Philadelphia every summer.  One of the special treats we always got was Rita’s.  I always looked forward to getting it while we were there.  Sad to say, they were only up north, but we always knew what a hit Rita’s would be if they ever opened a store in the South considering how extremely hot it gets here.  And boy were we right! And now, there’s a store in Austin, less than a 30 minute drive for me.  I thought this day would never come but I’m so glad it did!  This is the crazy smile I had on my face at my first visit to the Austin store; I could hardly contain my excitement.  I shared the joy with my dear friend Meagan, and now she’s taking friends there. Oh, how the joy continues!  

Can you see the joy people? Can you?


#3.  Bubblegum  

Writing that word makes me want some right now…why do I not have any in my purse? There is nothing like a good piece of bubble gum…how the sugar seeps into your mouth during the first few chews…anyway!  It’s so delicious.  I’m personally not a fan of mint gum; it makes my stomach hurt (crazy when “everyone” says mint is supposed to soothe an upset stomach).   One of my fav kinds of bubble gum: bubble tape!  Who doesn’t want tape that’s really delicious bubble gum?  

childhood memories folks


#4.  My Red Converse Shoes  

They are so fun, bright, and red.  And I like them and that I’m wearing them today…  

feel the love


#5.  My new facial and ear piercings  

Doesn’t that sound funny, facial piercings? I think it’s funny, and it’s funny that a few months ago all I had was one hole in each ear.  Now I have 2 holes in my left ear and dun-dun-nuh-na: 5 in my right! And to top it all off, I got my nose pierced (again for the 5th time)!!!!! What can I say, I really want the nose piercing to work so I’m willing to do it until it does….is the saying the 5 time’s the charm? I don’t know and I don’t care; I just like my piercings!  

look at all the metal in my face

In the Silence

June 8, 2010

Is there ever a moment where the world is silent?
not a wind rustles a leaf
not a bird chirps in the sky
not an animal’s footprint makes a crunch
not a car honks its horn
not a phone rings with news
not a thought is whispered
or a breath relieved with a sigh

Ever the silence
roars like thunder
a thousand paper cuts
on my human heart

But You are in every sound
in the silence so loud
I hear You
You are
never quiet

Your language
not of words
but of Life

Every thing

is  You


Your words
Life, Life
is You


does not


You are


Jesus Did What?

May 27, 2010

If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, or even if you’ve just been around Christianity, most likely you’ve heard or heard of the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand with only five loaves of bread and two fish.  It is a story used to teach many different principles; it’s preached from many different angles, and has been successful in building many people’s faith and believe in Jesus and the miraculous.

Recently in intern class, our director, Jonathan Bowles, has been teaching us that in order to get the most out of what we read in the Bible, we need to read what comes before and after a particular verse or story.  Basically, read it in context of what’s happening around it, not just in and of itself.  Well, if you back up the story of feeding the five thousand to see what happens right before it, the previous event gives a new and deeper meaning to the story.

Right before the story of the five thousand is the story of John the Baptist being beheaded.  John was beheaded at the request of Herodias, the wife of  King Herod, even though King Herod himself didn’t want to kill John.

After that, it says in Matthew 14:12-14,  ” Later, John’s disciples came for his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus what had happened.  As soon as Jesus heard the news, he left in a boat to a remote area to be alone. But the crowds heard where he was headed and followed on foot from many towns.  Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.”

This must have been a personal loss to Jesus.  Not only was John Jesus’ cousin, but he was the one who prepared the way for his coming and baptized him (see Matthew 3).   These are Jesus’ very words about John the Baptist in Matthew 11:11, “I tell you the truth, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John the Baptist.”  We see that this new must have affected Jesus because it says, “As soon as Jesus heard the news, he left in a boat to a remote area to be alone” (Matthew 14:13).  It affected Jesus so much that he wanted to be alone.  And yet, when he saw the crowds who followed him, he didn’t say,  “I’m dealing with something and need to be alone.”  He didn’t focus on his own personal pain or what he was dealing with internally.  Instead, he ministered to the people’s needs.  He had compassion on them, healed them, performed a miracle, and fed more than five thousand people!  All at a time when he had just experienced a personal tragedy.

How do you respond in times of personal tragedy? In times of internal pain and struggle? Even if you are on your way to “be alone,” if someone is in your path in need, do you stop, put aside your own issues, and care for them?

This perspective on the story encourages me.  It shows me that when I am faced with trying times, times when all I want to do is be alone and mourn, that it is in fact possible to not only minister to, but to heal others and let the miraculous happen.   Our own personal struggles do not determine or hinder our ability to minister and touch people’s lives.  It simply doesn’t.  Too many times, I see people shrink back due to something painful going on in their lives.  Instead of allowing your personal circumstances to cause you to “be alone,” let that pain produce compassion for others in your life.

I think pain is acutally intended to be a catalyst for growth in our lives; it sparks a change; it lets us know we need to change.  But often times, we allow it be a tranquilizer or paralyzer in our lives.  It stops us dead in our tracks, caught waist deep in quick sand and sinking fast.  I don’t believe for a second that’s what God wants for us in our lives.  I think He takes great joy in seeing us overcome and be victorious in the midst of painful situations in our lives.

So the next time you experience a large dose of pain in your life, I encourage you to allow that pain to cause growth, change, ministry, and miracles in your life.  Don’t shrink back.  Instead reach out in compassion to those in your life and see what God can do!