Monday, September 26, 2005

Photo time

Ok heres the link to the photos from Scott & Sarah's engagement party, for those of you that weren't able to be there, weren't there and would like to have to been and wanna c some photos, OR people who were there that still want to see photos of it :P

So, without further ado,
(hope it works, should do).

Yeah, so enjoy.

My w/end
Fri nite - went to my friend's bday thing which was a surprise party (she'd organised it 4 us so for the rest of us it was a surprise). Turned out to be real cool :) We went off into town and had dinner at the Viaduct at 'Wildfire' (a Brazilian restaurant for those that dont know which has good food), and then were picked up by none other than a limo heh which we cruised round the city in for a couple hrs - Westhaven marina, bit of the north shore, Ponsonby, Parnell, K'rd, Queen St, Mt Eden, Mission bay etc...the driver was pretty cool, was also nice being in a limo for the first time w/o wearing a ball dress hehe - and then we headed back to my friend's place. Then the random bit of the evening was when we headed out to the golf driving range at the airport - JKs golf course or whateva its called - hehe. And yeah its amazing the number of ppl that were there at like 1am. But yeah that was fun....apart from when i woke up the next morning with i think a pulled muscle in my back, ouch. But its starting to clear up now. Anyway the next morning we had bagels and waffles for breakfast b4 i had to shoot out the door to work.
Sat nite - saw 'Bewitched' with my mum, aunty, nana. They wanted to see it..but yeah it was alright, bit of a random movie tho heh.

Prayer Point
Could ya-all please keep my cousin Megan in ur prayers over the next few weeks...she got leukemia 4 years ago and has been in remission since then until just lately when it was found she's had a relapse :( at this stage, she's a day-patient on heavy chemo and yeah her wedding plans have had to be put on hold (the date was set for Dec 10 this year). So yeah..she's not a Christian and neither is the rest of her family. Pray that we might have an opportunity to share something of the gospel with her and the fam.

Other news of interest...
I now have a gmail account (thanks to Scott for givin me an invite). Im just gettin used to it, but it definitely rocks =) if ya want my gmail addy then drop me an email or IM or whateva and ill give it to ya.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Shout Out

First up, i thought i'd follow suit like some others have, and make a shout out to Carl - its good to hear your doing well, God is good, its so great how he has everything under His control! All the best with your recovery!

Weeks Events Thus Far
Well these past few days or so have been quite a whirlwind but i guess the best place to start is at the beginning right? Ok here i go...

This was the day of the workshops/conference thing. It was a good day, the 3 workshops i went to were: 'Run as to win the prize', 'Daily Personal Devotions', and 'Feminism & You'. They were all practical, now all i need to do is actually put what i learnt into...well...practise...mainly things from the first 2 workshops anyway.
However at the same time, my parents and some other family rushed off to Tauranga in the morning to see my great-nana....they made it down about an hour or so after she died. Just as a side-note, thanks to everyone for their condolences/support/prayers..esp. all those that have done meals for us this week, its been really nice =)
Then Sat nite was Scott & Sarah's engagement party and it went off well. An enjoyable night all round. If any of ya wanna see some pics from it, drop me a comment here and i might post some on my photo site.

Early Sun morning my uncle flew in from Melb, so i stayed up talkin to him in the early hours and didnt get to sleep till quite late...then had to be up by 9:30 to go over with him to my aunty's place to get some stuff for her from her place and drop off her cat to the cattery. So consequently i didnt get to go to morning church which sucked coz i heard it was Communion service too...ah well these things happen. Went to nite church tho, and that was good spending time praying for the nation as well as for America and all its recent events.

Went down early Tues morning to Tauranga. The funeral was in the avo and it went alright, as far as funerals go. Me and mum took turns playing the organ - had never played an organ in my life but it went alright. Nearly all the family were there which was good - nice catching up...even talkin to some i'd never really met b4. Got to hold one of the baby twins =)

The last couple days went back to uni, got a couple of assignments back and ended up, to my amazement, gettin As for both of them :) yeah so that was cool. Will see how long it lasts tho...usually ive nearly always just got marks in the middle range - Merits (NCEA) or B - but ah well. I need to get a good average for my papers this semester so i can apply for uni student exchange...

...and that about wraps it up. Oh but b4 i leave you with the lyrics to this good song by Kutless, all the best in voting tomorrow...

'Strong Tower'

When I wander through the desert
And I'm longing for my home
All my dreams have gone astray
When I'm stranded in the valley
And I'm tired and all alone
It seems like I've lost my way
I go running to Your moutain
Where your mercy sets me free
[chorus]You are my strong tower
Shelter over me
Beautiful and mighty
Everlasting King
You are my strong tower
Fortress when I'm weak
Your name is true and holy
And Your face is all I seek
In the middle of my darkness
In the midst of all my fear
You're my refuge and my hope
When the storm of life is raging
And the thunder's all I hear
You speak softly to my soul

Monday, September 05, 2005

Winning the War of Ideas

At our small group last week we watched this video on this topic and it was real good. Covered some good things. So thought i'd share some quotes from it:

'The root of our moral crisis is a crisis in our core ideas about life.'

'If you can get enough people to believe an idea, it will change the whole course of their society and culture.'

' has been on the plane of ideas that the secularization of culture began, and its only by a change of ideas that it can be reversed.'

'A value is whatever you hold to be more important than your own feelings.'

Isn't this the case with NZ (and every other Western nation)? I think so. Our culture is fast becoming more secularised and Christianity-rejecting with every passing day. The last two quotes there are also relevant with the leadup to our election. Which is now only 12 days away folks.

Yay i can finally enjoy some proper rest n relaxation (no not rock n roll :P) without feeling guilty heh. B/c i handed in my Geography assignment today, glad thats outta the way. Can enjoy the rest of my break now.

Links worth checking out
Today i visited Third Day's site and came across a song they've just written called 'Cry out to Jesus'. They wrote it in regard to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina and those affected by it. You can download it for free (after registering first). Its real nice.

For those interested in the Narnia soundtrack, you can listen to samples of the songs by different Christian aritsts on there, by going to Can't wait for it to be released :)