Thursday, January 31, 2008

Laugh In

So there's this old show called Laugh In and my parents are always laughing about it so I decide to go on Youtube and check it out. This is the first clip I come to...you may recognize the girl as actress Goldie Hahn (I think I spelled it right) Anyway thought yall could enjoy a laugh and I wanted to make sure all my readers knew the time zones :P ~ Chelsey

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Spurgeon and other things that made me think


"What are we, my brethren, and what is our father's house? What if ten thousand of us should fall merely to fill a ditch for him to march over? What if he took the whole of us, and crushed us to the dust, if he were lifted an inch higher, it were none too costly a sacrifice for such an One as he is, who has redeemed us unto God by his precious blood." C.H. Spurgeon-December 7, 1911

I was reading in a book "The Unquenchable Worshiper" by Matt Redman about worship the other day and he was relating the story of Fanny Crosby, a singer who was blinded when she was a baby. Someone once asked her if she ever wished she had not been blinded and her response really affected me, "Well, the good thing about being blind is that the very first face I'll see will be the face of Jesus"

I was talking with my dad about what Fanny Crosby said and he mentioned that if we have that kind of attitude about everything in our lives...it won't be trajedy after trajedy it will be joy after joy and excitement after excitement. Saying, "Okay Lord, I don't know why......happened but what do you want me to do with that...how do you want me to respond?" Makes it all seem so different. Sometimes it takes a different perspective to show you how you should be thinking. All I can say is wow...something to chew on for a while.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Thoughts during worship


We were singing PERFECT LAMB OF GOD by Adam Saks this morning...and the theme was talking about God's mercy in that he took our sins and became dirty so that we could be clean. And God put this scripture on my heart:
John 18:37 - 'Then Pilate said to him, "So you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world-to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice."'

I was like WOW...and I wasn't able to get to the mic before worship ended but I really felt that someone, somewhere isn't listening. I don't know if it's because they don't wantto hear or don't know how to hear...but they aren't listening.
Later on in chapter 20:29 Jesus is talking to Thomas after the resurrection and says: 'Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed"'

And I was thinking...because I'm not sure if this is for someone specific or if its for me..."am I hearing...am I listening?" something interesting to think about for myself...to evaluate...there is a line from a song by the Isaacs called Stand Still - "Stand still, and let God move...standing still is hard to do, when you feel you have reached the end He'll make a way for you...stand still and let God move." It's hard to hear God in the hustle and bustle of life. It's something I need to practice more often. Just waiting in the quiet to hear from God.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

DANCE CAMP (Part 2)



Well, yet another dance camp has come to a close. Tonight was very special for me. I told you yesterday that the theme for this winter camp was "Fragrances of the King" Well, tonight we learned the 7 fragrances meanings and were anointed with them and prayed over. It was certainly astounding to me that each prayer that was prayed over me was relevant in some aspect of my life. And the people who prayed over me don't know me well...so this is truly God at work in my life. Over the past three days, I was able to experience God in so many ways.

Anyway the 7 fragrances and their meanings:

Cassia: Kingly humility; Overcoming life
Aloes: Costly Worship
Henna: Emotional tenderness
Cedar of Lebanon: Strength; permanence; wholeness; restoration
Myrrh: Death to self; purification; preparation
Frankincense: Holiness; sacrifice; intercession
Spikenard: Intimacy; extravagant worship; passionate worship; pure; light; fire of love

Well, that's my night...I am so thankful for the opportunity to participate in this event...I am so blessed by my friends at dance camp.

Anyway, I took two classes today, Ballet and Dancing with Intention...using your spiritual gifts in the dancers life. Daryse taught ballet and it was amazing how much came back to me since I haven't specifically done classical ballet in about eight years :) But surprisingly I'm not sore! :) And then Yvonne taught about spiritual gifts...I love how Yvonne, though a long time dancer, is still first about the Lord and second about dance. So anyway...thats all for now.

Friday, January 18, 2008

DANCE CAMP!!!!


Well, I just got home from day two of Dance Camp at Resurrection Lutheran. I had SOOOOOOOOOOOO much fun today! This years theme is "The Fragrances of the King" from 2Corinthians 2:14-16, There are 7 fragrances of the king:
Myrrh(Es. 2:12,Ps.45:8,Song1:13,Matt2:11),
Frankincense(Ex30:34-35,Song3:6,Matt2:11),
Aloes(Ps45:8),
Cassia(Ps45:8),
Cedar of Lebanon(Ps92:12,Song4:11),
Henna(Song1:14,Ps51:17), and
Spikenard(Song1:12,Song4:13-14,Matt26:1-16,Mk14:3,Jn12:2-3)

Anyway I took three classes today:
Beginning Modern - Yvonne Peters
Dancing with Understanding - Carl Peters and Stephanie Hall
Prophetic Dance:How Can I tell? - Yvonne Peters and Daryse Osborne

modern class was very cool, I didn't think I'd done much modern before but I realized that half of what I'm taught at Abiding Worship IS modern. So we learned how to roll and do this amazing triplet combination across the floor along with tendues.

Dancing with Understanding was really neat. I learned the first six letters of the Hebrew alphabet...we concentrated on Aleph(pronounced like olive)and Beth(pronounced BAIT) and we learned that Aleph means Ox which is a messianic animal or an animal of sacrifice...and the character Aleph looks like God and man in God's image with a line separating the two...the division of heaven and earth and sin that separates us...so we got to dance Aleph which was very cool. and Beth means house with an open door on the left side...Jeremiah 1:14...talking about danger from the north.

Prophetic Dance was the most interesting of all for me. I learned that word Selah in the bible is a musical interlude or swell that is used as a time to meditate on what was said. So basically someone would read aloud a Psalm and then pause and the music would play what they just heard...paint a picture with music. "Dance is not worship, dance is an expression of worship...all worship is WORD based."
Spontaneous is voluntary-unpremeditated-natural (dancing in tongues or edifying self and man)
Prophetic is a divinely inspired utterance - running conversations (prophesy in movement - edifying God) it is prophetic if it edifies, exhorts or consoles...to take the body of Christ to a higher level of spiritual understanding. For instance if you have a word of tongues but there is no interpretation then it's not prophetic...its just for God. To make it prophetic...it must be understood by more than the dancer. 1 Cor 14:1-4, 1Cron 25:1-7, 1 Cor 14:37, Psalm 61:1-4

SOOO...that was day ONE of dance camp :) Tomorrow is Ballet and Dancing with Intention. Oh yeah, we also did a whole group dance which was cool. We'll do that again tomorrow...anyway I'm wiped out so I'm going to veg the rest of the night!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Okay, if I taught a dance class...

...and if I knew how to do Soulja Boy properly :D

in reality...i just saw this video and thought it was hilarious =)


Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.
Charles Spurgeon

Monday, January 14, 2008

thoughts and the icon of the week

Saturday night at youth group we sang two really amazing songs. He is Exalted and Give us Clean Hands And they really got me thinking.

He is exalted the King is exalted on High
I will praise You
He is exalted forever exalted
And I will praise His name

He is the Lord
Forever His truth shall reign
Heaven and Earth
Rejoice in His holy name
He is exalted the King is exalted on high
(by Twila Paris)

It's a really old song that we used to sing all the time when I was little. But just the thought that both Heaven and Earth are rejoicing together about one common purpose, one common name...wow.
Then we sang "Give us clean hands" talk about a powerful song...

We bow our hearts
We bend our knees
Oh Spirit come make us humble
We turn our eyes
From evil things
Oh Lord we cast down our idols

So give us clean hands
and give us pure hearts
Let us not lift our souls to another
Oh give us clean hands
and give us pure hearts
Let us not lift our souls to another
Oh God let this be
a generation that seeks
Who seeks Your face, Oh God of Jacob
Oh God let us be
a generation that seeks
Who seeks Your face, Oh God of Jacob
(by Chris Tomlin)

The words "Oh God let us be, a generation that seeks, who seeks your face, oh God of Jacob" really hit me. We want to be a generation who seeks his face. I want to seek his face...and its hard because there's this thing called LIFE that makes it hard. But that's where The Rebelution's idea "DO HARD THINGS" comes into play.

The Rebelution is about being the change in our generation. Waking people up so they realize they were created for something more. Going out of our comfort zone to make sure that the Gospel has an impact and wanting to do whatever we need to do to share what God has done for us. It's telling people that we, as a generation are not all the same and cannot be defined as "teenagers" as if it were a bad thing. We are young adults who have strong foundations, know what we believe and want to take a stand. We want to make sure the world knows that we are different. We are non-conformists and we want to share God with everyone.

So there's my 2 cents worth for today...

I almost forgot...the icon of the week

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Happy 50th Mom

Today is my mom's 50th birthday. Fifty years of serving God, and learning and growing towards being the Proverbs 31 woman.A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all." Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gateMy mom is amazing, I don't know what I'd be like without her...I love her so much! I am blessed to have her as a mom and I want to be like her and learn from her for a long time :) Happy Birthday Mom...love ya!

Friday, January 11, 2008

ASL 112-60

So anyway...this morning mom and I made the trip over to Cato to do late registration. I'm currently registered for James Wilson's class at 2-3:15 on Mondays and Wednesdays. Classes start on the 14th and I'm excited and nervous at the same time, but thankfully one of my classmates from last semester will be joining me!

my voice still has not returned...i sound like a cross between a munchkin and a chipmunk. lol I've had 2 people call already to see if it was really true and then laugh their heads off because I sound so funny...(yes I laughed with them) :) lol, my friends are crazy

anyway...thats all for tonite :)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Icon of the Week, ASL, and losing my voice


=)

Well, it's a good thing I checked my CPCC schedule tonight...I was only signed up for one class this semester...american sign language 2...but...it got canceled -_-...SOOOO now I've got to re-register with another ASL class...I don't really mind i guess.

More big news...well not so big...i've lost my voice and don't know where to find it. :) It started yesterday...but anyway Micah called this afternoon and basically cracked up every time I opened my mouth...lol...I really do sound pretty hilarious.

Anyway, I was sitting there last week trying to figure out my rubiks cube (now I've got TWO rubiks cubes...we found the 4x4 one today for $4) and the most random thought popped into my head..."life is like a rubiks cube"(random right?).
I'm sitting there wondering how ASL fits into my life because before CPCC it was a distant interest and now its a desire. Something I never thought about before CP but now I'm more sure that this is where God wants me. I don't know why...I don't know how it will fit into my future and thats when life is like a rubiks cube, you've got all the pieces but one on this side of life and you can't seem to get it to fit no matter how many ways you twist and turn it. Life is just full of twists and turns.

Anyway, it's almost dinner time and i'm going to try and figure out that rubiks cube :)

Sunday, January 6, 2008

icon of the WEEK


okay I have to admit that I laughted for a looong time when I saw this. :)
I'm changing it to weekly icons

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Crossroads

We have come to a turning point in the road. If we turn to the right mayhap our children and our children's children will go that way; but if we turn to the left, generations yet unborn will curse our names for having been unfaithful to God and to His Word.
Charles Spurgeon


Some of you who were at the Old School Youth Retreat may remember the message my mom brought on July 13th, 2007. She referenced Jeremiah 6:16 and Daniel 7:13-14

"I was really struck with the verse in Jeremiah last night. The picture of a person standing at a crossroads and looking down the roads trying to decide which one to take and not just glancing at each one, but taking a long look. Then, not knowing, the person called out to the Ancient of Days-"which path do I take? Which way is the good way? How do I know which one is best?" All of the roads looked good and this person wanted to make the very best choice - why was it so hard to choose? Which path would be the best? Then, the Ancient of Days answered -"Take this path. It is called "Old School." This path is the ancient path that I laid out from the beginning of creation. I cleared this path for you and I want you to walk down this path because as you walk down this path, you will find that it is the good way-the way that I made and I will walk with you."

And so the person thought about it for a while and because there were a lot of things about going down the path of Old School. It didn't sound like it would be fun-after all, it was "old" and wouldn't be the path to "today" or better yet-the path to "Tomorrow" be better? What about the paths of "Popularity" or "Coolness" or "old Enough"-aren't they more fun? This is a hard decision-why "Old School"? And the "Ancient of Days" replied, "The path may be old-even ancient, but it is beautiful-it is true-and it is a trustworthy road. When you walk along this path you will find all of the things that you desire that are good and true, trustworthy and faithful. You will not be disappointed by the One who has walked before you and cleared the way. This road will never be destroyed. But you must know that as you walk along this road, you will come to many more crossroads-there are many more and you must choose whether you will stay on the road of Old School or whether you will take another road. Just remember that Old School will take you where you really want to go-all the other roads will entice you with simple pleasures that turn into dangerous ruts and pot holes. But remember, the path I'm calling you to has been laid out from the beginning of time and will have no end. Other roads will come to a sudden dead end without warning or fall off into the dark canyon of destruction and death. Old School will lead you to eternity."

The decision is a challenging one because there are many things that are more appealing. What would friends think if I said I wanted to go down the road of "Old School"? They would laugh and tease me. It wouldn't be the cool thing to do-the decision has to be made-and it can only be made by one person. "What will I do? Which way will I go? What road holds the promise of hope? Which way leads me where I want to go? Which way is the truth?"

As you stand at the crossroads, remember the roads form the answer-the roads from the cross-the cross that Jesus died on to show you the way-the ancient path called "Old School" is tried and true and leads to eternity with the Savior. It may not be the "cool" road, but it is the good road-the one that will bless your days---the one where the Creator of the universe walks with you every step of the way. He will never lead you where you do not want to go."


So which path are you taking?

icon of the day


SO TRUE!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

...

Did you ever really notice her;
The one that laughs and smiles?
Did you ever look into her eyes;
See the tears she wants to cry?
Did you ever try to remove the mask
that she faithfully hides behind?
Take the time to unmask her;
you'll be amazed at what you find.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

great icons and funny sayings

I've been finding some of the coolest icons/funny sayings lately so I've decided that every day when I post(another new year resolution) that I'm going to put one in my post :) Some of them are relevant to me and other's aren't. Some of them are sad, others are happy, and others are just plain funny :)