Free And Living

Free And Living

31 July 2008

When my heart finally shut up, He spoke these words to me.

"Let heaven fill your thoughts, Mish. Do not think only about things down here on earth. For you died when Christ died, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your real life, Mish, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory. So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you..."

Col. 3.2-5ish

Warning: Laments Below

There are things in this life I will never come to terms with...

Like profit margins for the sick and the dying
Like women and children being prostituted
Like the multi-million dollar pornography industry
Like children kidnapped into militia armies
Like family members never speaking again
Like minimum wage workers w/ bosses who could care less
Like war for self-interest
Like pretty much our whole world

Recently, a friend said that she thinks limbo would be just like earth is now, and that she would like that. I told her that's my version of hell. Today, I am mourning for the injustices I've created myself and the injustices that occur in the world, everyday.

28 July 2008

My Birthday Weekend

Included a surprise visit from my wonderful mom, an evening at the Portland City Grill overlooking the city, a walk to the Portland Art Museum for the NW Art Awards Celebration which meant a free art show (my favorite artiste was Dan Attoe), free live music and free food, a birthday party at Laurelhurst Park with my amazing friends and some members of my family, a clothes swap at my house, a dinner at the Screen Door where my husband knows Rick, a loyal Peet's customer that just so happens to be the Chef, consequently we received an appetizer and dessert, gratis!

My Birthday Surprise, and I'm 82

21 July 2008

I Love Portland

"I love Portland," I exclaim as I drop my bike near the curb. There are piles and piles of stuff on the corner, and it's all free! Apparently, the owner of the house had a garage sale, and either didn't sell much or had entirely too much stuff. My friend, Eike, and I dig through the piles of clothes and trinkets. Something catches my eye, and it's a large turquoise lamp with one of those huge fifties modern white lamp shades. It appears to have some sort of stain on the shade because it's hard to keep white, white, and the top to keep the shade on the lamp is missing too. This doesn't stop me. We load up Eike's basket with a large lamp, clothes and head back to her house.

Today, I buy a small box of cap nuts from Freddies, and Steve finds a washer in the basement. We assemble it, and the stained side of the lamp shade faces the wall. It looks brand new to me. One man's trash is another man's treasure, and this is why I love Portland.

11 July 2008

Pastors Gone Wild!

Every week I listen to Irving Bible Church's podcast to keep me updated on what's going on there since I design their Sunday worship piece. This past week, the passage is Roman 7.15-25. The gist of the text is that we do what we do not want to do, and we do not do what we want to do.

Pastor Andy described playing basketball in an Irving league a few years back (their team being made up of IBC church members). An elbow was thrown, and a fight ensued. Punches were thrown, and Pastor Andy and a friend got kicked out of the game. Then Pastor Andy said in his sermon, "Are you going to punch somebody in the nose and then invite them to receive Jesus?"

This question just cracks me up. The whole situation makes me laugh. Pastors gone wild! I love it.