Yay! 'Twas an incredibly GOOD day today.....

Started with an *ahem!* invigorating round of mental gymnastics with Tom (what he calls "Sunday school.....")...... we all whine abt how he's out to stump us..... but I have to honestly admit that I kinda..... enjoy it! It's nice to examine things that you thought you knew...... as I figured out today, the whole point IS to take smthg out of the context of the wealth of your knowledge, turning it around a bit, then inserting it back into your mental fabric. ^_____^

And then Sunday service..... Jean led for the first time!!!!!! *yay Jean~~!!!!* I must say..... well done! Very well-prepared.

The one downer from today...... it was Pastor James' last day at CCCO. I'm gonna miss him and Beate. They are wonderful ppl...... I don't know why they're leaving or where they're going next -- all I can say is that I'm thankful God gave me the chance to rub shoulders with such amazing, radical individuals.

The afternoon was FUN! Went out to lunch with a bunch of friends..... a rare treat! And then we visited the new War Museum, which was also fun. I loooooove museums..... ^______^ (anyone wanna visit another museum SOON????) It was such a good afternoon! I was in such good company. *grin* Makes me super thankful that I have such wonderful friends to share memories with.

And it was shutterbug frenzy! Here are some pictures from today..... Much thanks to Denise for the pix! And sorry to anyone who's UBER offended that I posted their image..... I only posted it b/c I thought you looked wonderful! But if any of you really have a problem with anything, let me know and I'll remove it (not the group pix though....).

lunchtime bunch!

pretty colours....

*aieeeee!* it's karen!

flags of Canada..... war museum

inside the LeBreton Gallery..... it's tilted!

museum bunch!

itsa chungiiiiiii~!

sitting on top of the roof..... a little bit riske perhaps?!? (not in a scandalous way..... in a daaaangerous way.....!)

GOOOORGEOUS picture of pam and denise! ^-^

I have AWSOME friends...... *group huuuuug!*


*wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!* God is good. A- IN HYDRO BABY!!!! Definitely time to celebrate. *runs to get a cooler..... yummy harvest berries!* Yep yep..... definitely a God-thing...... I totally did not see this coming. But it's such a high! So hard work actually DOES pay off?? *hee.......* I guess when my prof said that things usually work out ok, he meant it. *wheeee........* I'm giddy. My sentences don't flow..... whatever's in my head's just spilling out. My most sincere apologies. =P

**ha..... i'm never gonna get this post written...... too busy talking to ppl i don't usually talk to! ah well...... i wouldn't trade these conversations for a measly post.**

On a different note...... I've been listening to Nichole Nordeman's "Woven & Spun"....... Carmie's unwanted CD! Girl, I dunno what's wrong with you! The songs are soooooo amazing. Lyrics-wise at least....... She has such an amazing way with words. At least two of the tracks have moved me to tears at one time or another...... The last track being one of them. I dunno why, really..... Surely other ppl have written about the same thing?

It's about giving God thanks, even when things don't work out our way, and we don't get what we want, or evn what we think we need. Maybe it's because of the things she talks about in the song, are what anyone else would consider basic necessities. It really strikes a chord with me..... that even water, food, a home, peace..... even if I don't have these, God is still God. He still has a plan to provide for me...... no matter what happens the thing that should still be coming out of my mouth is praise, and there is something to be thankful for, even when things go south.

**i'm thinking of u joshi! it's truely amazing..... that i should be blogging abt this song when i 'happened' to decide to talk to u**


Send some rain, would You send some rain?
'Cause the earth is dry and needs to drink again
And the sun is high and we are sinking in the shade
Would You send a cloud, thunder long and loud?
Let the sky grow black and send soem mercy down
Surely You can see that we are thirsty and afraid
But maybe not, not today
Maybe You'll provide in other ways
And if that's the case.....

We'll give thanks to You with gratitude
For lessons learned in how to thirst for You
How to bless the very sun that warms our face
If You never send us rain

Daily bread, give us daily bread
Bless our bodies, keep our children fed
Fill our cups, then fill them up again tonight
Wrap us up
And warm us through
Tucked away beneath our sturdy roofs
Let us slumber safe from danger's view this time
Or maybe not, not today
Maybe You'll provide in other ways
And if that's the case....

We'll give thanks to You
With gratitude
A lesson learned to hunger after You
That a starry sky offers a better view if no roof is overhead
And if we never taste that bread

Oh the differences that often are between
Everything we want and what we really need

So grant us peace, Jesus grant us peace
Move our hearts to hear a single beat
Between alibis and enemies tonight
Or maybe not, not today
Peace might be another world away
And if that's the case....

We'll give thanks to You
With gratitude
For lessons learned in how to trust in You
That we are blessed beyond what we could ever dream
In abundance or in need
And if You never grant us peace

But Jesus, would You please.....

written by Nichole Nordeman
(c) 2002 Ariose Music/ ASCAP/ Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing

This is what it means to be loved.... to know that the promise was when everything fell, we'd be held -- Natalie Grant ><(>