Possible Life Planning with Friends!

I love life planning!  Dreaming is fun and it’s a big world.  I’d be happy doing many things and living in many different places.  The Bible says that we shouldn’t boast about tomorrow’s plans because we don’t know what will happen.  But I do have a lot of fun dreams and it’s important to have direction according to God’s will.

Everyone keeps asking me how long I’ll stay in Argentina.  I don’t know!  Idk if it will be forever or 6 months from now.  We’ll see what God says! 😀

I do know that my best friend and I have been talking about living with each other for years.  We’re super fun and compatible and both Christians and have so many of the same life goals.  We want pets and we wanna live in San Luis Obispo when we grow up!  And we wanna live together!

She’s way more reliable at keeping plans than I am and I’m happy living in many different places.  We like to be free and do what we want to do.

In her words, “Be happy.  Be bold.  Live your life.”

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Spring Goals!

Next week, we’ll be celebrating Spring here in the Southern Hemisphere.  I do suggest living in the Southern Hemisphere to anyone someday! 🙂  I’ve found I’m lacking discipline as many of us do.  We feel great so we stop exercising, for example.  It’s odd that once we begin doing something, it makes us happy; but it’s the motivation to get up and do it that we fail to do.  They also say (Idk who they are), that when you’re sick of something, you should do the things that made you fall in love with it in the first place.

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I really want to be more consistent and structured in my life and I have some goals about how to do so.

Sleep– I need to be in bed between the hours of 12am-8am. It’s healthier sleeping and waking up at the same time everyday.

Exercise– I love my exercise class and my coach.  What I need to do is put the one foot in front of the other to get there LOL.

Personal Boundaries– OK, it’s gonna get negative but not all of life is positive.  If I don’t like you, you don’t get to be in my life.  I’m sick of being called “mean” because I ignore people who are creepy.  I don’t make boundaries nearly enough, I just talk about it constantly.  I need to start doing it.  What have I got to lose? The people who love me and are setting the same boundaries and won’t say I’m mean anyways.  Who you surround yourself by says a lot about you!

Work– In Buenos Aires no one takes anything regarding time or commitments seriously.  It’s way too easy to get undisciplined here with your schedule.  We’re always late and we change plans frequently.  I should try to stay on schedule as much as possible.

Church– Missionary life is hard, friends.  Not to sound selfish but I thought being a missionary would be more fun and joyful.  I knew it would be a lot of work, but still.  I am at times disrespected, given advice by people that have no life experience, argued with in another language, kicked out of my seat by late people in large groups because I was alone and on time- so I’m being punished (welcome to Argentina), ignored by people because everyone here pretends they never got their emails – which is called lying, I have to take like five Saturday all day long ministry classes, interviews (no I’m not being paid), and background checks; however, this is the best church I’ve ever been to.  There is some joy in it.  I don’t like going around saying I’m a missionary as I haven’t served yet (long story that I put in another blog), I face persecution, I sound like a hypocrite, and frankly spend more time apologizing for Christians than being one.  But, if you read the Bible, every missionary went through this.  And when you’re “stuck on Malta”, what are you going to do with it?  I’m going to make the best of my time here despite the fact that as of late, I’m now convinced I have no idea what the heck I’m doing here and if I was even called???!!

Speech– Ever see the T-shirt: I’m educated, classy, and I say f*ck a lot?  I need to embrace the word missionary and remove a lot of other words in English and Spanish out of my speech haha.

Phone– this one is tough.  I need to just check it once every morning to wake up by my alarm and see what classes my students have cancelled.  I’m going to do the 8, 12, 4, and 8 rule.  I’m checking it 4 times a day just to be sure I’m not ignoring anything important like an invitation from a friend to have a real conversation, or a work call or something.

Get new students and build my business– I reserved 9 hours a week for a school that didn’t end up filing their contract paperwork after a month.  It cost me a lot of time and money so now I have to rebuild my business students up and it’s doable but it will take me another month or so.  But I really do enjoy teaching business English anyways so I’m not too bent out of shape about it.

Positivity– I want to be more positive.  Even if it means saying less or nothing at all.  Because not all of life is positive but I want to focus on what is.

 

Save Your Life

The only thing that will keep you alive is living your purpose.  (And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. 24“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. – Luke 9:23-24). This is the first resort; not the last resort because anything else you tried didn’t work.  He wants you to go out boldly.  He wants you to be audacious.  You have been chosen and you have the Holy Spirit living in you.

I woke up every single morning depressed the pressures of this world when the Bible says we don’t have to try so hard. (Jesus’ Prayer of Thanksgiving25 At that time Jesus prayed this prayer: “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. 26 Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way!27 “My Father has entrusted everything to me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” I was constantly depressed.  There was nothing on this planet that could satisfy me.  I was unfulfilled. – Matthew 11:25-30).

We are beings meant to fulfill a purpose.  (Confirming One’s Calling and Election3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. Anything outside the will of God will lead to unfulfillment.  Human beings are the Lord’s most important resource and the most misallocated ones at that.  2 Peter 1:3-4).  I thought that people were just supposed to be born knowing their purpose.  That pastors’ sons became pastors.  Everyone got married the day after graduation.  You needed to have the funds to spend 50k a year on seminary.  That’s how you get into full time ministry.  And anyone who wasn’t in that mold was just secondary.  He has nothing for me that will be spectacular. I took a spiritual gifts test at 28 years old and He told me I was a teacher.  I hated being on stage, I hated speeches, I didn’t like sitting through classes although I enjoyed education.  What does this have to do with someone who’s such a terrible public speaker?  And who makes mouths? he said.  (The LORD said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD? – Exodus 4:11).  So I signed up for children’s ministry and was good at it and loved it.  I tried to go back to school to get another degree in teaching but I ran out of student loans so it was impossible.

“Why didn’t you tell me this sooner?” I asked the Lord.  “Why didn’t you ask me sooner?” I believe He answered.

Fast forward a couple of years and I was in a position where I could go teach English overseas.  And my church was in Buenos Aires.  I truly believe I was called here.

I no longer wake up in the morning and cry on my way to work.  I’m no longer bullied by everyone in my life, because I have a place in the world.  I can’t tell you if that place will change but it isn’t always where you were born.  Sometimes it is.  I no longer feel hopeless because anything outside of the will of God isn’t safe.  (“When you cross the Jordan and live in the land which the LORD your God is giving you to inherit, and He gives you rest from all your enemies around you so that you live in security. – Deut. 12:10).  This doesn’t mean He isn’t going to bless you if you misinterpret what He said.  It even happens to pastors that they thought He said one thing and then the Lord will make it evident that we aren’t prophets LOL.  I certainly woke up one morning recently where I believe He said, “I appreciate you seeking knowledge; keep it up!  but you already know you’re not a prophet, just in case you need reminding.  I gave you the gift of teaching.”  LOL.  ( If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. – James 1:5)

What was I doing differently than before?  I know that the Lord gave me all of these things that I will tell you, because they are in the Bible.  But they are the things that we fail to read into more deeply.

  1. I was praying to God (Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he:before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no savior.- Isaiah43:10,11) every day that “dangerous” prayer Pastor Rick tells us to pray, “Use me.”  God isn’t going to spoil a willing resource.  If you woke up breathing today it’s because you have some task to fulfill.  Pastor Rick says happiness is the byproduct of doing His will for our lives.  I used to think, “This is like communism.  I didn’t ask to be forced to be here, or do this thing.”  Then I just did what He said in the spiritual gifts test as soon as He told me to do it.  The Lord loves a good miracle.  The Lord is not a communist.   He’s not going to give us a job we hate.  We like to create our own lives built off good intentions.  Let me tell you where good intentions got me: a job and life I hated with awful people.  I felt like I was on a merry-go-round from hell I couldn’t get off of.  Let’s put it this way, if I directed my own movie and Steven Spielberg directed my movie, who do you think would do a better job?  What do you think your Lord and Savior will do for you?  Even Jesus prayed, “If it’s Your will.”  (And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will. – Mark 14:36).  I must interject here, that we have heard terrible stories and have suffered terrible abuses from the world.  Praying “use me” doesn’t mean you’re going to get you martyred or jailed although I used both those Biblical examples hahaha.  This is a key part in where your faith lies.  It’s unsafe outside the Lord so you must submit to solace in Him.  He wants to hear your prayers, but you must live a life worthy of your calling (As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. – Ephesians 4:1 when Paul was writing from jail) or you’re cheating yourself and others of your spiritual gift.  Always regift your spiritual gift!
  2. I was praying all day long.  Did I make mistakes?  Absolutely.  Don’t drive yourself nuts.  I also asked the Holy Spirit to pray on my behalf when I didn’t know what to say myself. (In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. – Romans 8:26).
  3. I had to forgive.  It doesn’t mean I need to like, trust, or hang out with people who have harmed me.  The Bible says to be very careful with the people you surround yourself by (24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. – Proverbs 8:24) and to guard your heart in all matters. (Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. – Proverbs 4:23).  Also, if we are living in unforgiveness, the Lord will only forgive us as much as we forgive others.  (14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. – Matthew 6:14-15).  Trust me, He will pay them back.  He doesn’t condone abuse and knows it better than anyone.  Forgiveness is a command not an option.
  4. I walked in obedience.  We do not get to ignore the parts of the Bible that we don’t like.  It said that, “If you love me, you WILL keep my commandments. (John 14:15)”  Not you will keep my commands because you love me.  Love is the most important but it doesn’t cancel out every other sin.  (36 “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”Matthew 22:36-40)  Especially the sins society doesn’t think are popular, the ones that offend people that we need to sugar coat when the Bible didn’t say sugar coat, it said, lovingly tell others (https://bible.org/seriespage/lesson-14-gentle-art-correction-2-timothy-223-26) and doesn’t mean we stop witnessing because “Jesus talk” is scaring other people.  You don’t need to hold up signs that say, “Repent or go to hell.”  Those people even bother me.  I spent years apologizing for Christians instead of actually boldly declaring Christianity and living the Great Commission.  Luckily for us, repentance is available because Jesus made us white as snow. (9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. – 1 John 1:9)
  5. It’s our job to be an example to others.  (14 Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecy spoken over you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you. 15 Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress. 16 Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you. – 1 Timothy 4:14-16).  Take the action even if you don’t feel it.  Eventually you’ll want to do it.  Because you were chosen and it’s the healthier choice.  Once the human body is accustomed to healthy food and the human mind is accustomed to love, it doesn’t want to revert to the dread of this world.  We need to be proclaiming the Word and what it says.  Our relationships need to be more intentional.  We need to be supporting the Great Commission, love, service, family units, marriage.  We need to be living these things and not shunning them because people will call us weak, demanding, whiny, etc.  You must be joyful in the Lord and His commands because they’re good for you!
  6. You must be patient.  Patient with yourself and with others until the happiness comes.  It’s no surprise people wake up miserable everyday.  The world is full of sin and selfishness, perversions, demands, and every type of uncomfortability.  Even several folks in the Bible said they wish they had never been born and felt it would’ve been better if they weren’t.  (Elijah, Job, Moses, and many more have conveyed this message!)  If you keep doing these things above they will absolutely pay off.  It will not be perfect.  We’re not in Heaven.  But we must keep praying earnestly for His will to be done here as it is in Heaven (your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. – Matthew 6:10) with details of the things that must be convicted in love in the church, in others, yes your spouses too! and of course ourselves.

I know it’s hard when it doesn’t seem like the Lord is listening, or therapy didn’t work, or medicine didn’t work.  But Jesus is a healer and has sent us His helper (And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. – John 14:16).  and He said that we will do even greater things than these, “because I am going to the Father”. (Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. – John 14:12)  The same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in us and we are people who rise.  We are people who are risen from the dead.  He is always doing something new.  (See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. – Isaiah 43:19).  He’s looking to change things, but He isn’t going to do it unless you let Him.  He isn’t going to take your free will.

You will never be fulfilled until you fulfill your calling.  Simply because that is the function you were made to perform.

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Burgers, Hot Dogs, and Pizza Kinda Week

I’ll start from the beginning.  Sunday I saw the movie La Cordillera with a couple students/friends and it was a really nice theatre.  I wanted to see a Spanish (Argentinian) movie.  This had great actors, great videography, great music, but the plot was kinda blah.  I enjoyed it anyways and had lovely company!

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Later on that evening I went to church.  They normally do rock music, which I love.  But this time they did something a little different with a violin.  They’re really awesome musicians.  I couldn’t upload the video unfortunately – they were spectacular!!  So I’ll just leave you with this large, blue picture!  😀

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Tuesday morning I got to meet a super fun student in the Fox Sports building downtown.  The architecture is really neat inside.  Outside is a bunch of old European architecture and inside looks like the future LOL.

Tuesday night I went to Williamsburger with friends.  Heisenburger was one of the only burgers I liked here until Williamsburger happened.  I’ll still be going to both as they’re both amazing!  The food is delicious and I like the ambiance as well.  There was a cool musical 5 second beer video but it was thwarted by WP wanting me to upgrade.  Fair enough hahahaha!  I won’t upgrade but I do love WP! 😉

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Wednesday I got to eat lunch with some other awesome folks and got invited to a Happy Hour next week in a popular bar in a ritzy hotel so I’ll let you know how that goes!!

Thursday I trained again.  I love the motivation I get from the team.  We had a nice, clear night in the park under the moon.

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Today I taught my students at their house, (the ones who took me to the movies above), and they cooked me these gourmet pizzas with spinach and onion, and eggplant and olives.  NOM!

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I didn’t know what to make for dinner so I defaulted to good ole hot dogs, potato chips, cookies, and beer!  I’ve been eating milanesas daily so I really needed a break.

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Tomorrow I do ministry training for the college group I’m starting to lead this month, so I’ll leave you with one last Bible verse.  If you can read it, you’re blessed.  Hahahaha!

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The Soil

I’m a collector of way too many sermons LOL.  I go to Rick Warren’s church and I’m really a fan of the Beveres, Steven Furtick, DeVon Franklin, and many more.

This sermon was from someone new and came by suggestion from my friend at mackmarie.com.

To follow my last post about uncertainty when doing the Lord’s will, this sermon tells about perceiving His will.  That He’s always doing something new.

It isn’t our fault that the world doesn’t go round.  We still live on Earth, not in Heaven, and the thing about Earth is everyone’s doing their own thing!  Maybe our perceived failure wasn’t a failure at all.  Did we do what we believe we were called to do in that moment?  Do we genuinely feel we did the best we could?  Maybe that was the test.  It is a test of character.  That we aren’t responsible for the actions or reactions of others.  That we’re never going to do anything perfectly but we do it uniquely.  Because everyone has their own ministry and we were called to do it how nobody else was called to do it.

That if your boss gives you a task and you do everything possible to achieve it and the client doesn’t budge, your boss is impressed (yeah ok, sometimes if your boss is Miranda she wants you to lie, cheat, steal, and kill to get it done LOL).  Because even God won’t force the opponent to budge.  Because the Lord always has an opponent.  Your job wasn’t to push until you get your way or what you thought was the Lord’s way.  It wasn’t to figure out hidden messages you think were from God and play games with human beings who will walk all over you to get what they want.

Life isn’t always easy but it isn’t supposed to be so hard.  I am very sure that when we are willing, when we are authentic, when we do set our boundaries, when we are honest about what we want including what we don’t want, that we will find ourselves where we are supposed to be.  And that we needn’t question the cultivation of the soil.  That He will get His message out when He wants it out.

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Good Intentions vs. God Intentions

BE YOURSELF

Scenario 1:  I lived my life getting a corporate job and taking out thousands in student loans to be responsible and keep afloat in a state way too expensive to live in.  I never fit into the office culture and neither does anyone else.  Everyone was pretending to be someone they weren’t and my bosses never respected my personal life or me.  These were all my plans (good intentions often produce bad results) and they didn’t work.

Scenario 2:  (God intentions always produce good results!)  However, I went on a mission and realized that the job I thought I was supposed to take had more than enough time to finish my contract and it got so complicated that I couldn’t work there.  That the ministry I was supposed to do didn’t start for a year and a half.  That it still won’t be starting until (who can really be sure) the end of the month.  There was also another personal disappointment lately that I thought I was called for the last 15 months that fell through.  Something I honestly would have just moved away from and put out of my mind had I thought it wasn’t from God.  I’m worried I can’t hear the Lord’s voice and grieving that more than the situation.  These were all God’s plans (or so I thought) and they didn’t work either.

So when do we give up?  He says that His burden is light but we’re running a race.  He says that He’ll fight our battles but we need to endure.  Did I totally miss my calling?  Did I miss His voice?  I’m sure if there was some message He wanted me to convey, He’d let me know.  Where the heart is willing He will prevail…

I keep recounting every single sin…wasn’t I obedient?  Was there some resentment there that I needed to forgive that’s hindering His voice?  Didn’t I try to change countries, jobs, homes, and give up a ton of my possessions?  And what have I done? Nothing.  Was I supposed to do more?  This is a trap from the accuser.  Guilt and condemnation do not come from the Lord.

I keep racking my brain over the decisions that I have and haven’t made over the last year and a half.  I know I haven’t been perfect but am I being too hard on myself?  I already know that our plans don’t work and we shouldn’t be boasting about them, but I thought I quit all that.

When do we keep fighting for a square peg in a round hole and when do we give up?  I wish I had the answer.

You have to remember that in what we see as present failure is future success.  His successes aren’t like our successes as we are commanded not to conform to this world.  How many apostles were kicked off islands, out of countries, and run out of towns because there messages were rejected?  That sucks and I know it isn’t encouraging.  If I want encouragement I read I and II Peter.  Frankly Acts keeps it a little too real for me when I’m in a discouraged mood LOL.  Acts is wonderful but we are told to read different scripture at different times by the Spirit for a reason.  Back to them getting kicked off islands – they were probably like, this sucks!  I came with no sandals, no food, I’m just over here trying to minister the Word, and they’re chasing after me yelling at me in different languages.  Why would God put me here? This isn’t doing any good!  This is nonsense and actually I’ve made things worse.  I can’t speak for others, but there has to have been a point they felt like that; if not daily.

I know you’re all running off to become missionaries right now.  It’s really, really glamourous.

I have shoes and food and I live in a nice neighborhood and I eat food I buy daily from supermarkets with angry people cutting in front of me and in another language; but a supermarket nonetheless.  I teach people that I truly enjoy teaching and have other countless blessings.  I can’t complain.  Apostle life is hard, friends.  I’m really glad I’m not one of the original 12!

So when I’m thinking about, what the heck am I doing here and why aren’t You using me if I’m willing and the food sucks and I can’t hear Your voice and I’ve failed…I’ll just remember that maybe whatever it is I’m doing here will have a ripple effect and in 2000 years someone will have benefitted from it.

Patience is the key to respect

I only know things because I learned them the hard way.  Patience is the key to respect.  My friend told me this when I was having anxiety about teaching young adults in Spanish.  Of course I imagined the worst up front, not that they’ve done anything to me so far.  I have yet to start ministry.  What if they don’t respect me and it’s a disaster?

If you want to teach, you’ll have to discover your patience, she said.  Well put.  People get rowdy in life and reacting with the same as others treat you never works.  Yes I know it’s like an unfair life thing that others can treat you like crap but if you do it back you’re wrong, you’re fired, etc.  Rising above puts you above – like in a higher position.  There’s so much responsibility there.  I get tired of Him being perfect in my weakness.  Don’t my strengths count for anything?  Do I even realize what they are anymore?

Patience isn’t always just waiting.  It’s hiking through anxiety and coming out on the other side.  It’s responding without a raised voice or an insult although they really have it coming.

The Bible says if we have knowledge and no love we sound like a clanging symbol.  Imagine standing up in front of twenty somethings in anger.  An image of a tin foil hat comes to mind.  Do I want to be patient?  Not really.  Is this an upward battle?  Yes.

She said I also have to invest in people.  Everyone I’ve asked to hang out doesn’t do it.  The people who ask me are creepy guys.  No I shouldn’t evangelize them.  That’s a man’s job.  See my Freedom post.  You know what you do in investing?  You wait.  Sometimes quietly (or loudly) while your stocks plummet temporarily and in 40 years you have a retirement fund that isn’t too bad.  I have 16 months here.   Quality friendships always take awhile to make.  Investing is also waiting.  Waiting until the thing you invested in (Buenos Aires, my life, my job, my relationships, etc., etc.), flourish.

Imagine how long Christ has been waiting for us.

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God_s grace in its various forms. I Pedro 4_10

Waiting sucks.  There are no two ways about it.  It’s painful.  Sometimes there is no reason behind it.  Usually it’s because some bureaucrat didn’t do their job.  Usually it’s because someone isn’t considerate.

But that’s earthly waiting.  We’re in spiritual waiting.

Imagine how long Christ has been waiting for us.

Look at the above scripture.  “At the right time…”  Not even Christ knows the time or the day that we’ll be reconciled with him.  Only the Lord, since before the world was made, knows when we are to be reconciled with him.  Sometimes the Lord doesn’t reveal to us a certain time that something will happen and that’s where the faith is.

His thoughts aren’t like our thoughts.  And our waiting doesn’t even come close to his waiting.  Imagine to suffer what Christ had suffered and then to not know when it will be reconciled.

And that’s where your faith lies.  And all of your power is in your patience.

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Wish List

It’s Christmas in August!  Just kidding- it is winter in South America but our Christmases are hot and weird and have no decorations.  Hahahaha!  Also, don’t shop in Argentina – ever.  Like we all leave the country to go shopping LOL.

I’m not a huge shopping buff.  I’m more of a Amazon type of person.  Lines, people, and parking scare me.  Black Friday is my definition of hell hahahaha.

But I must say that I have the itch to shop.  I won’t be since I’m still waiting on my work contract so I haven’t had as many classes so I’m a little broke at the moment.  But I appreciate all the hell the school is going through with immigration to get me there 🙂  How exotic and exciting to be wanted so much!!!

That being said, when I get some money I’d like to do the following:

  1. Get some high waisted skinny jeans.  And maybe a crop top.  Idk if it’s just because I’m in Latin America (where it’s always in style or if it’s a trend up north now (as I haven’t been in the north in a year and a half), but the trend here is high waisted skinny jeans, crop tops, and three-striped Adidas.  (Sorry after 1999 when I was 14, I’m not revisiting the three stripe Adidas – but to each his own!)  😀  It’s great for others, but they’re all I wore for like 2 years of youngsterdom and I just cannot anymore.  I was also training like mad so I wanna wear those skinny jeans like it’s nobody’s business until I have babies one day or something!  Why hasn’t this been a thing the last 32 years of my life.  It only makes sense you see the upper stomach.  It always looks fit.  All those low wasted jeans when I was a teen were impossible.  Even Britney was trying to eat cheese fries for breakfast back in the day.  OMG the pressure of LA!
  2. Jessica Simpson hair.  I wish I could find a picture of myself back in 2006 with the flipped out blonde, long layers, but I cannot.  But I’m determined to bring it back once my hair grows past my shoulders.  I can’t promise I’ll do the whole extensions thing as they get literally hot and heavy and expensive.  But I will rock that butter blonde and those layers again if it’s the last thing I do!  I have been thinking about this a lot lately and I got highlights last month but they just don’t keep in the winter with no sun.  I’m at a bob length right now too so I’m thinking while it grows, something like the following.

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  3. A vacation!  I have been in serious beach/mountain/anything that’s not a building withdrawal!  I have been talking to a girlfriend in the US about meeting me in Cartagena, Colombia and going to nearby islands.  It’s a popular tourist destination for upscale Argentina and I’ve had many recommendations. The thing is, in the summer the tickets are twice as expensive and I’ll be pressed to save with the present school situation.  I am optimistic though, because (not this), but the next summer, the school should pay me over the summer so I’m definitely vacating the year after!

    Cartagena above.  San Andres Island below.

 

Mellow Week

I had a pretty mellow week last week as the upcoming ones will be busier.  Next weekend my friends are playing a show so all of us bought our tickets and uploaded our photos to their band page lol.

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During the week I snapped this shot of the Floralis Generica.  You can read the story about it here.  It opens and closes certain hours and lights up at night in the park.  The story about the engineer who designed it is interesting too.  I’ll have to take some day shots so you can see the difference next time.  But they’re on the website attached.

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Mid week I got a craving for some American food and live music so I went over to the Hard Rock.  I love the decor and the music.  The food wasn’t that great really.  But they do have 2 for 1 happy hour specials so it’s a great place to get a drink and a seat if you want to listen to music in a cool atmosphere.

On the way I found a random rock band playing in the cultural center nearby.

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Then last weekend we had a small group amongst friends with our church with a bunch of snacks.  It was a great night getting to know each other better.

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XOXO, Kristin ❤