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You’ve Been Remade

I was driving back to Eugene from Salem a few weeks ago and this song came on the radio. I was so moved by the lyrics and truth in the song. Sometimes I believe lies about my sin (past sin especially) that I am no longer good or worthy in God’s eyes or I just get really down on myself about things that have happened in the past. This song is such a great reminder about how it is not about what I do good or bad, but it is about what Jesus did for me on the cross and how I live my life differently because of that. I have been remade and am constantly being remade and refined by God into the person He wants me to be. Realizing this and truly believing that I am not the person I once was and that God has made me into a new person can make all the difference in how I live and how I see and treat other people. It is always so amazing to me that God loves me so much that He would show such grace to me and bring me into the most loving and personal relationship with Him. Even more amazing is that He longs for a personal relationship with every single person, He is there with open arms waiting for each of us to come running to Him. I am so thankful for His love and this song as a reminder of what Jesus did for me on the cross.

Thankfulness

I love Thanksgiving! I don’t know if there is an American out there who doesn’t. If there is they should probably have their sanity evaluated because they are crazy. Thanksgiving this year was nice, small but nice. It was just my parents and me, and this is the first year in a long time I can remember it being just the three of us. But it was great and I loved getting to help my mom in the kitchen cook. Then yesterday I came back to Eugene to go to the game! Oh it was such a good game. I had enough layers and hand warmers that I wasn’t cold which made the game that much more enjoyable! Next week is the civil war, which is pretty much impossible to get tickets for and if we win then we are off to the national championship!! Boy did I transfer the right year!! But I also wanted to make a little list of things I am thankful for:

  • Friends! From high school, Poly and here in Eugene! I feel so blessed to have so many great friends in many different places that I am still able to keep in contact with.
  • My parents! Honestly we don’t get along sometimes, but overall they are some of the most loving and caring parents and I am so thankful for them! I have loved getting to live closer to them since June and I am thankful for all that living closer has allowed me to do and that I get to see them a lot more frequently!
  • Gavin! Ok I am going to be supper cheesy, but really I am so thankful for him! He is always there to encourage me, comfort me and challenge me to grow. He is the best boyfriend I could have ever asked for and so much more. I am thankful that we are not only surviving, but thriving in our time apart. I think that really speaks to a relationship when you are apart for a month at a time, but are still growing in the relationship and in our relationship with God. Lastly I am so thankful that we get to spend a week together with each of our families over break! It will be the most amount of time we have spent together since I moved!
  • Lastly I am extremely thankful for my personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. I think back to two years ago and where I was and am so thankful for where He has brought me. I am thankful for all the people that God has used in my life to bring me closer to Him. I’m thankful for an amazing God who, despite me being messed up and broken, out of his love and grace has forgiven me and loves me intimately.

Now that Thanksgiving is over it is officially Christmas time!! I love this season and everything that comes with it! Also I am excited to send out Christmas cards (to people in CA πŸ™‚ ) over the next few days!! They have been a labor of love, but I am so happy with how they turned out!

What are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving? What are you most excited for about this Christmas season?

Our security in Christ

Today in church we went over the end of Romans 8 and it is such a powerful passage. Particularly verses 37-39

“No in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that

neither death nor life,

neither angels not demons,

neither the present nor the future,

nor any powers,

neither height nor depth,

nor anything else in all creation,

will be able to separate us from theΒ love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 

How great is is that we have a God that loves us so much that He won’t let any of those things separate us from Him. It seriously blows my mind when I stop and think about it.Β I am loving the church I am going to (Ekklesia). Going through Romans 8 has been so great. The pastor would talk on a few verses a morning and in those two verses there would be so much truth and knowledge to be learned about God.

 

On another note, I can’t believe the term is almost over! It seems like all my teachers saved the loads of work for the end! In the next two weeks I have 4 papers, a midterm, a discussion and normal homework. Then its finals week! But in less than 3 weeks I will be done and 3 weeks from today Gavin will be here!! So at least there is that to look forward to πŸ™‚

 

Is anybody else have lots of work at the end of this term?? Also I just remembered that I have homework due online on Thanksgiving!! Seriously what teacher doesn’t change the due date when the normal day the homework is due is Thanksgiving?!? Am I the only one that thinks this is a little ridiculous???

I love songs that speak to your soul…

…and today at church they played a song that did. It was oh so good! They had played it before and I had wanted to find it and then buy it. Later today I decided to finally do some searching to find a recording of the song. I looked around and found some songs with the same title as the one I was looking for, but were definitely not the right one. Then I finally found it! It turns out that the girl who leads worship wrote the song! How cool?! I finally found it on her Vimeo account (and then on youtube). So now I share with you the song that has been in my head since church and has been playing constantly since I found it online.

I love the lyrics! The chorus is my favorite, but really the whole song is so great.

 

King of Glory,Β Most Holy

Meet me here

You are mighty, shelter me draw me near

I am fifthly, Majesty cleanse my soul

Take me broken, mend and then make me whole

In your way Yahweh

A much needed lift after a rough week

This last week has been a little pretty rough. Between midterms, group projects, discussion groups, research proposals, missing people in SLO, hormones doing their thing, the rain starting and life in general I just have had not the best week.

So you are probably like “KC where is the lift after this rough week?”

Well I was on grooveshark making a playlist of praise/worship songs. (BTW if you haven’t check out gooveshark its pretty cool. Basically like Pandora – commercials + getting to make your own playlist = amazingness) So I was making my playlist and typed in “How Deep The Father’s Love” because lets be honest what a great song right? I was looking through the artists that had done a version of the song and I saw a name I wasn’t expecting to see owl city. Now if you don’t know owl city please go listen to them here, here and here.

Onto the ultimate lift in my day/week. Mmmmmmm such goodness.

Reasons why this what this was the best lift to my day

  1. I LOVE this song! It is such a good song! I feel like I am such a sucker for hymns. The lyrics are always so poignant and to the heart.
  2. Owl city makes such happy music it can’t help but put a smile on your face, or at least I can’t.
  3. Put the first two together and what do you get? KC overcome by the reality of the lyrics of the song = shedding a few tears (I mentioned the hormones earlier, right?) BUT at the same time smiling the biggest smile because of the lyrics (funny how they can do that to you huh? laughing and crying) AND smiling because Owl City’s music just puts a smile on my face!

So now my friends feast your ears on this lovely little tune πŸ™‚

Sidenote this song isn’t on any of their albums ultimate sad face 😦 BUT it is on grooveshark and youtube πŸ™‚

Now off to study more for my midterm tomorrow, looking forward to a relaxing evening tomorrow and making leek potato soup. Yes I’m SO excited. Hopefully it turns out well & I will have a delicious recipe to share with you all. Also I have other recipes to share and other things of life. Sometimes there are just so many ideas floating around in my head it is hard to find the time to write them all down!

p.s. while I was writing this it started to thunder and lightening and I could see the lightening flash outside my window. For some reason I find thunder and lightening storms really relaxing. Is that strange? Well I love it. Bring it on thunder and lightening you make for perfect studying weather!

Quick Update

This is mostly just because I haven’t posted in a while and give you all a quick update on life! In the past week I have:

  • Gone on Fall Retreat with CCF
  • Found a bible study!! YAY!!!!
  • Started taking midterms
  • Gotten my ticket for the UO v. UCLA game (STOKED!!!)
  • Went home for a dentist appointment
  • And done the normal go to school, do homework & life thing

 

So between all of those I have been pretty busy! But I am excited to write about all those things, well maybe not my dentist appointment, and let you all know what has been going on in my life! I am going to try really hard to post about some of those things Thursday or Friday! Also I am hoping to try out a new recipe and let you all know how it goes πŸ™‚

Hope your weeks started off well! Halfway to the weekend!!

I LOVE MY DUCKS…and other happenings of the weekend

Photo Credit

Actually before I get to the game I want to write about my Friday night/Saturday morning. Alexa has a friend who is involved in a middle school ministry called Campus Life (it seems similar to Young Life) and she needed volunteers for, drumroll please…..A MIDDLE SCHOOL ALL NIGHTER!! WOOOO!! The aim of the night was to have a fun night and get the kids interested in the program so then they would come to the meetings and here the good news that is Jesus Christ! So there were middle schools from all around the Eugene area. The group was split in half (about 500 students in each group!!) so there was less middle school chaos. The first place our group went for the night was skate world. Skate world is a pretty standard 80’s skating rink. For the most part there was chaos, but it was fun! Alexa and I got to skate some so that was pretty cool! I did really well too, and the only time I fell was because this big kid ran into me while I was trying to keep kids that didn’t have skates on from coming on the skating rink/area. They had a presentation about what Campus Life is and very briefly talked about Jesus and the Gospel. Alexa and I kind of crashed during this, considering it was almost 3am and the kiddos were all paying attention to the presentation we took advantage of the situation. Then we all loaded buses and headed over to the Regional Sports Complex in Springfield. Here there was volleyball, ping pong, basketball, dodge ball, air brush tattoos, a dance, laser tag and FOOD!! So for the rest of the night we made sure everyone was safe, not doing stupid things and trying to stay awake/coherent. I got home around 7:30 talked to Gavin before he headed to Fresno for the game and then CRASHED! It was verrrryyy nice to sleep after spending 11 hours chaperoning middle schoolers

GAME DAY!

Basically I am pretty stoked on Oregon football. The enthusiasm here is phenomenal, I love it! It makes me wish Poly had this kind of spirit, because I probably would have been more into football and sports there. But, these are the differences between big Pac-10 schools and smaller FCS schools. Anyway, game day started out pretty good the video above was posted on Saturday and got me even more pumped for the game, even though I didn’t have a ticket (rant on how the ticketing system s-u-c-k-s at another time). I went with Alexa to watch the game at a friends parents house. First about the game: the first half scared me a little. I wish they could just come out in the first half how they have been playing the second half. Thankfully we rocked Stanford’s world in the second half and won by two touch downs!! Also, we are now #3!!!! WOOOOO!! Now Ohio State needs to loose (sorry Ryan if you are reading this) and Oregon win out, and we are going to the BCS National Title Game!!! Woooooooo! How awesome would that be?!?!?! Basically it would be amazing! So I’m rooting for anyone that plays Alabama or Ohio State and of course representing my ducks πŸ™‚ Also here is a link to the original I Love My Ducks video from before the Rose Bowl

As far as watching the game goes I met some really awesome people! One girl was friends with Tyler B from high school, so that was really cool! Another girl was from Santa Clarita originally and knew people that I know from Poly. (Heather if you are reading this, she said she knew you from church!) What a small world right?! So that was really awesome to get to watch the game and get to know some sweet people. After the game honestly I was exhausted! A few people came over and we watched an episode of community, which was pretty funny, and then I was ready for bed!

Sunday was my catch up day! Both on sleep and some homework. I was feeling a little sick/catching a cold so I went to church slept a lot did some stuff around the house and then went to CCF. It was cool to go and catch up with people I had met this summer and get to hear the message. The college pastor is looking at 1 Cor. 13 and the different characteristics of love and how they apply to relationships (dating, marriage, friendship and people you encounter) Sunday he talked about patience and it was good and interesting how patience truly is a HUGE part of loving someone.

Thats all for now! How were all of your weekends?? Did you have a college football game that you were especially into or cared about the results of?