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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 🙂 ) 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 the 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. 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 🙂

 

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, 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 🙂

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

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 🙂

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 🙂 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?

Things that happened before coming to California

So, last I updated I had met Tyler’s friend Alexa who was possibly looking for a roommate. Well, we had coffee and talked and she came over to look at the apartment, and…..WE ARE GOING TO BE ROOMMATES!!! Honestly I am so excited! We click and seem to get along really well! Plus she loves Jesus, and it has been evident in the small amount of time I have been able to spend with her. Looking back on this whole process I realize that with all the other girls I was usually settling for someone who didn’t know the Lord or wasn’t actively walking with Him.  I was just happy to have someone to occupy the other room and share half the rent with. But, as always, God had a bigger plan for my roommate situation. All of those other girls didn’t work out so that Alexa and I could meet and be able to live together! In the end I’m so glad that I waited on the Lord, and of course His plan was better than anything I thought of myself! So once I get back to Oregon Alexa is going to move in! I’m so excited!!

Other news: SUMMER SCHOOL IS OVER!!! The last week was a little rough with a final and then two essays, but I got them done! And now it is summer! WOOO!! I will say taking 16 units over summer was a little crazy and I would never do it again. But it was worth it to be able to graduate in the Spring! AHHH! Sometimes it still doesn’t seem real that I am graduating in less than a year. I still have no clue what I am going to do the next year. Either move back to SLO and work or go onto grad school. I have fall quarter to figure that out, mainly because I would have to apply to grad school by February.  So that will be something to think about and pray a lot about in these next few months.

Also, I found the church that I think is going to be my home church in Eugene! I am really excited! It is the church Alexa usually goes to, but the Sunday I was going she couldn’t make it. So I went alone, but as soon as I got there people introduced themselves and were very welcoming. The worship was great and the message was based in the word and focused on Jesus. Also a girl who introduced herself and asked if it was my first time asked if I wanted to go to coffee and get to know each other. It actually reminded me a lot of Calvary, and maybe that is a comfort thing wanting a church that is similar. When I left the service I was kind of bummed that I wouldn’t be able to go again for about a month (between being in California and Salem), so I feel like that was a sign that it is a church that I can become a member of and grow a lot in this next year!

Overall I am actually looking forward to fall quarter and all the things that the Lord has in store for me!

I don’t feel like writing my paper….so I am going to write on here

Thursday night going out to camp Harlow and the campfire was a really great night. There were skits (most of which were kind of inside jokes, so I didn’t totally get them) and songs, and worship. Overall it was really great night! There was this one presentation, it wasn’t really a skit because there wasn’t anyone talking. But it was like a visual representation of sin and the Gospel. A person put a chair with a sign taped to it that read sin. There was music playing and then a girl from the leadership team was up on stage. She would look at the chair and think about it, and then walk away, then look back at it. Finally she went over to and was looking at the chair and finally touched it, just with one finger, but she touched it. And she was stuck, she couldn’t take her finger away from the chair. She tried so hard, but couldn’t. Then her hand got stuck on the chair. After that two girls who seemed to be friends walked up on stage. They waved at her, but she stood in front of the sign that said sin, and tried to act as normal as possible. This process went on, until she was kneeling/sitting on the chair and totally stuck, heartbroken and crying. Then a man came up on stage. Slowly, little by little, he took her hands and legs off the chair. Then he took her place on the chair. Finally he threw the chair off the stage (it was outside, so he threw it onto some dirt) symbolizing the defeat of sin. It was just such a real and beautiful picture of Jesus coming and saving us from sin.

He died so that we could have life.

What a beautiful thing? I can’t think of anything more beautiful and filled with love. So much so that had tears coming down my face by the time he finally tossed the chair off stage. I wish I had taken a video of it so other people could have seen it, but I didn’t so my description will just have to do.

Also Thursday night I met one of Tyler’s friends who is on the leadership team out at Harlow and she is possibly looking for a roommate and a new place to live. So that is really exciting! She seems really nice. Talking with her it was evident that she has a fire and passion for the Lord. It was so awesome and refreshing to talk to another woman that has that fire! It reminded me of friendships from SLO, and that was just really great! Tomorrow I am going to go to the church she normally goes to, and then we are going to have lunch and she is going to come look at the apartment! I am looking forward to checking out another church down here, and hopefully getting closer to finding a home church. One other thing, she is part of a bible study of women who are really getting into the word and talking about what it is saying. I’m pretty excited to go check this out too, probably once I get back from California. But I really want to find a solid group of women to become a part of, because especially at the end of the year I was really coming to realize how important fellowship and community with other sisters in Christ is for my relationship with the Lord and just my life in general!!

These past few days I have been in pseudo-summer. Basically not having class or any commitments, but having school work to do. I think it might be worse than having class because summer is so close, yet so far!! Well now off to make it a little closer and work on my 311 paper

p.s. I fly into California in less than a week! And in less than a week Vince and Angela will be married!! So exciting!!!!

p.p.s. I am wanting some good books to read while on vacation! Any suggestions??? I think Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis will be one, but I have a feeling I am going to finish that and want some others to read! I am open to suggestions!!

Almost done with summer school! (and other updates about life)

I am approaching the last stretch of summer school! WOO! This week is going to be a busy one though! I have my thesis for 310 due Monday, 6 page paper journal about the readings for 310 due Tuesday, final in 310 Wednesday. Then next Monday I have a 6 page research project paper for 311 due, where I am going out to survey people. And finally next Wednesday I have a 5-8 page social issues paper comparing views of theorists for 310 due! I am hoping to have the papers done sooner, hopefully I can write the 310 one Thursday and Friday and then work on my 311 one over the weekend and be done Monday the 16th!!

Last night Ashley & Rachel (friends from elementary-high school) came down to my apartment in Eugene. It was really fun to hang out and make dinner! We made pizza, I must say my favorite was the BBQ chicken over the more traditional tomato sauce, pepperoni, mushroom, olive & onion. But it was nice to hang out at home and not be alone. I know that sounds really sad and depressing, but it hasn’t been all bad living by myself. I think being an only child was preparing me to live on my own for this summer. Also Gavin & I talk a lot or skype when I get lonely. BUT, I would love to talk/skype with other people and catch up on life : )

Speaking of catching up, I booked my tickets for visiting in August! I am flying down to Orange County August 20 for Vince & Angela’s wedding (which I can’t wait for! It is going to be so much fun!) Then Disneyland Sunday, which I am SO excited for especially because I have a FREE ticket!! After that I am going to be in SLO until August 31 when I am taking the train back to Salem. I am actually kind of excited to take the train back, which I normally wouldn’t be because it is a 22-24 hour train ride. But I am hoping it will be pretty with summer and the sunset. I am in no hurry to get back, so why not travel in one of the most relaxing ways?? Also it was half the price of a plane ticket out of SLO, so it is hard to beat! Can’t wait for all the fun things that I LOVE about SLO!!! Line dancing, farmers, the beach, Crusade, the drive-in …. not to mention the wonderful people who live there : ) Please let me know if you are going to be in town I want to hang out with you : ) ♥ ♥ ♥

Roommate situation update: God is sooooo good! Right now there are 4 girls (yes you read that right FOUR!) interested!! The first of the four came today to look at the place and meet. She seemed really nice and said she would get back to me early next week about her decision. The second one is coming early next week to look at the place and meet me. The other two have emailed me and we are still talking over email! I am really really really hoping & praying that one of these girls works out! I would really love for this whole situation to be resolved and the application process started by the time I go down to California! It would be so nice to not have to worry about that and just have a very relaxing vacation in California! I would appreciate any prayers for a resolved roommate situation.

Earlier this week as I was watering my veggies I noticed my green beans and broccoli have started growing! So I thought I would post some pictures. The green beans aren’t as small as when I first found them, they were such cute baby string beans! But the broccoli is still a little baby! It is just so cute!! Is it sad that I think baby vegetables I am growing are cute? Oh well, I think they are!

Green Beans

Baby Broccoli

I put my index finger next to it to give some scale of how small and cute it is!

These little yellow flowers have bloomed all over my cucumber plant!

I have been going to CCF, and it has been good and a nice way to get to meet more people. They are going through Colossians. This last Tuesday Joe, the intern who is speaking this summer talked about the gospel and what it means to have our life hidden in Christ’s. It was just a really great reminder about what God did for us by having Jesus live a sinless life & die on the cross to atone for our sins! Sometimes I think I do not remember this enough and how amazing God is with how much he loves us! Also side note, sometimes an old man named Bud comes to CCF, I would guess he is in his 70s or 80s. I think during the school year sometimes his wife comes with him too. He comes before worship and then listens to the message. Then afterwords he hands out roses from his garden to all the women. (He only does this when roses are in season) But he is such a cute old man! So for the past 2 weeks I have had a rose from Bud in a vase on my dining room table. This is my one from this last Tuesday:

One last thing, I was going through my music today on my iTunes because my computer was getting full and I don’t listen to A LOT of the music on my computer (I had over 5,000 songs!) Then I was just listening to random music and I came across a song called Come Save by Sarah Reeves, and have pretty much fallen in love with this song! These were some of the lyrics that really spoke to me:

Addicted to our pride
Come save
Consumed in self delight
Come save
Break us and free us from these chains
We desperately need your grace

You can listen to the song on YouTube here: Come Save by Sarah Reeves I would definitely recommend at least taking a listen. Also I am pretty excited to check out her other music!

Thinking of you guys often!!

p.s. I was thinking about music after I had written this post, and it seemed fit to mention another song I have been slightly obsessive about The Glory of It All by David Crowder Band (the title is a link to the song on YouTube). I know it came out a while ago, but it SO good! I just love the message of the song! These are the lyrics of the chorus:

Oh, the glory of it all
Is He came here
For the rescue of us all
That we may live
For the glory of it all
Oh, the glory of it all