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The rest of my vacation in San Luis Obispo

It has been a while since I have updated, and I don’t really feel like writing a lot so I am going to do a recap of the rest of my vacation in photos!

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All in all it was a really relaxing vacation. Since I have been back in Oregon I have been just relaxing at home a lot and hanging out with my parents. I am going down to Eugene next week and hanging out in Salem until then. I have a few projects in mind, but I will post about them later once they are further along.

I loved getting to see so many people while I was in SLO, but was kind of bummed I didn’t get to catch up with and actually talk with as many people as I wanted to. But I guess that is what skype and the phone are for, so I’m hoping to skype and catch up with some people that I miss dearly before school starts : )

Oh and lastly I am almost done with Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis! I am loving it and will probably give a review/thoughts on the book once I am done in the next day or two!

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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!!

In A Heartbeat

In A Heartbeat is the name of the book I just finished reading. I picked it up at the air port in Sac before coming up to Oregon. It is written by the Tuohy couple, the one that the Blind Side is about. It was really good and inspiring. If you have seen the blind side you know that they took in a struggling black football player and became his family. This book was really a good read though because they didn’t just talk about their experience with Michael. They talked about their philosophy of giving. Also, they are Christian and so it was awesome to read about it with that frame of mind, and they talk about how God and Christianity influences how and why they give. Basically, they believe in cheerful giving, which is very biblically based in my opinion. It was also really sweet to read about the other ways they have found to give both financially and through investing time.I loved how at the end of the book they wrote about other ways to give that don’t involve large sums of money.

Anyway, I would recommend it to anyone who really liked the movie and/or wants to read about ways to give back and get involved with a Christian perspective.

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