Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Why You Should Marry Kendal Haug

1. Kendal is insightful. He always brings something interesting to any conversation.

2. Kendal is generous. He often buys people whole meals, not just drinks.

3. He is going to be a preacher. If you're in to clergy, he's your man.

4. He is friends, scratch that, besties with Ben freakin' Box. That probably seals the deal for most people.

5. He is good with computers. Real good.

6. He isn't ugly. I'm just saying.

Thriving on Insecurity

I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at ease in my house and prospering in my palace.
-Daniel 4:4

We’ve all been there. Those moments in life when you’re sailing along smoothly and then wham!, you suddenly find yourself thrashing about in the “in between”: in between jobs, in between relationships, in between an old idea of yourself and a new one. And its darned uncomfortable. Security has always been the objective, the holy grail. You know what I’m talking about: social security, national security, personal security, job security, financial security, and the list goes on. In America, we are bombarded by this ideal that we need security, and that we should do everything we can to attain it. I’ve always suspected, however, that this is not God’s design for the lives of his children. And recently, it’s been brought to my attention more than ever before.

To their detriment, I think many people don’t realize that all those “securities” they’ve worked so hard for are, if not defunct, at least a little iffy. And unlike your insurance policy or lifetime warranty on your latest major purchase, in life, there are no guarantees. The world fools us into thinking we need every earthly comfort and luxury to be content, but in the end, all of those things will only leave us wanting more.
"Soon we grow insecure with our present means of security and demand something more... or something different. All this world and its inhabitants can offer us is a false sense of security."
Much like Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4, we may feel content and even prosperous for a while. But if you keep reading, it’s not long before just as he is on the roof of his palace admiring is kingdom (“while the words were still in the king’s mouth!), that Ol’ Nebby is put in his place when heaven declared that his kingdom was departed from him, he was driven from men, and his dwelling be with the beasts of the field. With one breath Babylon, the greatest kingdom to date, is relinquished!

The good news is that God offers us a security that is truly lasting and resilient against the toughest circumstances. The truth is, our world will shake at times. God designs it that way so that we may see what is real. That is why, contrary to worldly viewpoints, I believe that some insecurity in life is purposeful and profitable… and we can thrive because of it.

“Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” This phrase, “yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken-that is, things that have been made-in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:26-29

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The Hills...Engaged and Underage

I have the ultimate love/hate relationship with The Hills. Here's why this week.

I have never been a recovering alcoholic, like our boy, Jason but, I feel like if you're a recovering alcoholic you shouldn't be throwing mega house parties with booze all around you if you're trying to sober up. Why put yourself in that position? And why get engaged? Obviously you're trying to fill a void that alcohol can no longer cover. Seek professional help, son.

Whitney, Whitney, Whitney! Last night was all Whitney! Finally! I think Audrina and LC should make a rule that states, "I will not go anywhere without Lo or Whitney around." Things just go better when Lo and Whitney are around.

Spencer should die. Ok, maybe that statement was a little strong, but come on! The guy is a freak on a leash. The facial hair makes me vom. His outlook on marriage makes me want to cry. And he doesn't want free crap from people? He is mentally challenged.

Side note: if you are ever lucky enough to go shop for a wedding dress with me, please do not tell me how awful my relationship is. And please do not ask me continually if I'm having doubts. The wedding dress place is a place of support and encouragement, whether you're pumped up for the nupitals or not. So, save the bad vibes for Area or La Deux.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Why Jim Halpert may be the perfect man...

...and why he deserves his own adjective.

Tom Cruise? No thanks. Brad Pitt? Old news. David Beckham? Nah… I want to marry a Jim.

A few days ago, I decided to watch The Office on the new “watch instantly” feature on Nextflix. I quickly became hooked and emotionally involved with the characters, namely Jim. With each episode, I find Jim more attractive and loveable. But I can’t really figure out why. I mean, he’s a talented salesman, he loves kids, he has a great sense of humor, he’s sensitive, he has the ability to make friends quickly, he’s a clever prankster, and he has the best facial expressions. All great qualities, but there is something irresistible about him that I can’t put my finger on. Some intangible quality that just can’t be put into words… a “Jimness.” A new adjective should really be created for whatever it is that he possesses. But until then, we'll settle for "jimness"... and revel in it.


I found this email I wrote to about 20 of my closest friends on my last day of college. I was sure proud of myself. Enjoy.

Hello friends.

I just wanted to let each of you know that this is my last day of class ever. In fact, I may never step onto campus, as a student, again. I think it's fitting that it is raining right now as I am about to leave. I think it reflects how the campus is going to be without my presence-- gloomy and dark. Wouldn't you agree?

I've had a pretty good run during my four years here. I've successfully used up the money we pay in our tuition to have free printing in all campus computer labs. In the last week alone I've printed off upwards of 300 pages of paper. I have cheated campus parking out of hundreds of dollars in parking fees. I park in the deck almost daily and usually pay for 30 minutes a day. Yesterday, I was in the deck for 6 hours and I only paid for 17 minutes. I have gotten numerous people into football games without proper student identification and when I worked at the HPER I even let people in without their I.D. (gasp). I also won four intramural championships AND never once attended a single meeting for a campus student organization. That's huge in my book! How many people can go to college for four years and not be involved in one single activity, yet still have a few friends? I was also one of the original people on facebook at the U of A and I credit it getting big due to the fact that I invited a few key people to join and the rest is history. Yes, I think it is safe to say I have left my mark.

Friends, I hope you each have a wonderful Thursday and that you will remember me on this glorious, glorious day. If you are experiencing the same thing that I am today, congratulations. If you're not, but you have already experienced this, thanks for blazing a trail for me to follow. If you're not, but you hope to someday-- press on, brother, press on.

Good day,


I have three classes today, but it's only fitting that I skip my 2:00, which would be my last class EVER.

Monday, September 17, 2007

The Hills...Jason's Back

The Hills once again is making me want to gauge my eyes out with a dull knife. This week is mostly in part to Spencer and Heidi. What else is new?

Heidi is not a hard worker. How did she get that promotion? I am just like, "Wha?" I mean, come on. And Elodie is right, she doesn't know what is right and what is wrong. Was she calling her out saying that it's obviously her fault she doesn' have any friends any more? I think so.

Jason has changed and is a whole new person. It's unreal. He has a personality. He has facial expressions. I can say this and not be embarrassed-- I kind of think he might be a decent human. I mean, at least good at breathing. He can't date anyone I care about, but if I saw him at the mall I'd say hi. For sure.

No Lo time this week. I think it's only matter of time before MTV offers her her own show, but being the smart, well-rounded individual that she is, she will turn that down. And fast. Good one, Lo.

I really think they are on the verge of discovering Jesus. Join me in praying for them. The Real Worlders found Him. LC can too!

Monday, September 10, 2007

The Hills...LC Speaks Wisdom

I can honestly say that I actually think someone spoke sense to LC. Is it the Holy Spirit? I think so.

LC is speaking words of wisdom to Audrina. Now, normally I wouldn't encourage anyone to take LC's advise on life, because she doesn't make the best decisions, but Audrina can because she's an idiot. Guard your heart, LC. It is the wellspring of life.

Heidi got a promotion and Elodie got screwed. I can only throw a BIG OLE, "HOLY CRAP" out on that one. Spencer must've thrown some money at Brent Bolthouse.

I buy shirts at thrift stores, but I am not a tool. Derek is. Derek is a tool. Vintage doesn't make you cool. If LC says someone makes her want to stab her eyes the guy must suck.

Jason found his personality at rehab! Praise Him! I didn't know it was possible, but he showed signs of being able to start a conversation.

Next week looks promising.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Blog: In Two Parts

Part A: The Hills

I think this week was the first week I honestly did not need to throw up after watching. Some of the characters grew a backbone...or maybe our prayers are being answered?

Lo continues to be the saving grace of this season. If it wasn't for her down-to-earth attitude I'm not sure anyone could tolerate this show. Also, she argues such good points. Been dating someone for four months? They should be your boyfriend. Agreed.

Jen Bunney is new and improved! Lip implants and a nose job? I wonder if she and Heidi got a package deal? It was hard to get past her to new look to actually listen to her talk, but she was so normal! She didn't just automatically go along with Heidi in hating Lauren and the accusation of Brody actually starting "the rumors" (YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DID!). She wanted facts.

The word homeboy is being introduced back into pop culture and it's not by a rapper, it's by a young white girl. Is it cold out? Is hell freezing over?

I can't help but think these kids are on the verge of discovering that something is missing in their life. I'm waiting for John Mayer's "Something Missing" to play at the end of an episode with previews for the next episode showing Lauren at church. It can happen!

PART B: The Road Trip

I've never been to Heaven, but I know it's not like Oklahoma. Cops everywhere.
Pulled back into Dallas at 3am. No fighting at all. I think we have Reba to thank for that.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

How Much is That Doggy on the Side of the Road?

On the way home from church this morning my oldest friend, Mal-Mal, and I picked up three little doggies on the side of the road. Mal-Mal is sweetest, kindest, most compassionate girl in the world and I couldn't say no to her and three puppies.

Now, my parents have three puppies at their house. They are so ready for me to return to the Big D. Especially since I keep feeding the doggies. And I named them.

I mean, I was just trying to love those dogs like Christ loves me. They are dirty, ragged, filthy, hungry little dogs and I love them. Just like I am dirty, filthy, awful and Christ loves me.

I cannot wait to share that lesson to a Sunday School class some day when I am 45. Money.

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