Tuesday, January 30, 2007


This is pretty much my favourite picture in the world.
I love it.
It's black and white. It's snowing. It's downtown TO. It really doesn't get much better than that.


So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!
So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

Monday, January 29, 2007


Beth tagged me. Here I go!

1. Grab the book nearest me.
2. Turn to page 123.
3. Read four sentences down.
4. Record the following three sentences.
5. Name the author and title.
6. "Tag" three people to do the same.

Unfortunately page 123 was blank. So I'm substituting page 124 instead.

They realized that something much bigger was going on here, involving them and the people around them and all of creation.
Something involving God making peace with the world and creation being reclaimed and everything in heaven and earth being brought back into harmony with its Creator.
But before all the big language and grand claims, the story of Jesus was about a Jewish man, living in a Jewish region among Jewish people, calling people back to the way of the Jewish God.

Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell

Jamie and I are reading it and debunking it chapter by chapter. Oh Rob Bell....what are you doing?

I tag: Kirsten, Ben, Silas

Sunday, January 28, 2007


Sometimes I like listening to melancholy music. I don't know why. It makes me...think deeper and feel artistic. Perhaps because I have this idea that artists are deep and moody.
Regardless, a friend of mine just sent me a song he wrote with only acoustic guitar.
I liked it a lot. It made me think of City & Colour.
So now I listen to City & Colour.
Lyrics for the night:

Your words are like knives
They peel my skin and pierce my soul...
Your body will burn tonight...
Though your heart may still remain cold

And I will blame myself
And I will blame myself
For holding on to what I hoped would keep you by my side
I will blame myself

The Sheets are stained with...
Memories of your soft kiss
Now this is all I have
Paper and pen to remember you with

And I will blame myself
And I will blame myself
For holding on to what I hoped would keep you by my side
I will blame myself

Can I have you...

a moment

That's all it takes for your life to be changed.
There are many moments that can completely alter the course of your life.
Last night I had a potential moment. And it shook me.
Jamie and I were driving home from Toronto and we were in Guelph but on a side road coming up to Victoria.
It was snowy and slippery. One of our wheels caught either the outside of the road with snow on it, or the inside "track" of snow. We swerved and were heading straight for an SUV that was barrelling down on the other side of the road. My heart literally caught in my throat. I didn't have time to really think a coherent thought, but I felt like this was one of those moments where everything would change.
But thankfully...it didn't. Jamie swerved to the right and our car spun out on the side of the road. I thought we were headed for a ditch.
But we weren't.
We landed in a driveway facing out to the road.
The DVD player stopped playing John Mayer.
Jamie and I looked straight ahead and then at each other.
I asked if he was ok.
Then I said we should check if the car was ok.
It's more or less ok.
Some part that doesn't look like it does anything fell off (sorta, it was half off so Jamie pulled it completely off) so we picked it up and put it in the trunk.
And then John Mayer found his place and picked up again.
And so did we.
On our way home, Jamie prayed and thanked God for rescuing us from a potentially fatal accident. As he was praying this I noticed he was driving 20 km over the speed limit.
So after he said amen I told him to drive the speed limit.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

the "re-confront"

What do you do when you are angry with someone and then someone else confronts them but doesn't address that what they did was wrong?
Do you re-confront them? Do you just (try to) let it go since the person who confronted DID bring it up, even though they didn't really address it the way you would have wanted?
To re-confront or not to re-confront? That is the question.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

"the list"

So I've decided to write my list of restaurants I want to visit in Guelph (and surrounding areas) - for the whole bloggosphere to see.
Here's the list (in no particular order):
1. Eggcetera
2. Frugal McDougall's
3. Bollywood Bistro
4. Angel's Diner
5. Greek Garden
6. Carden Street Cafe
7. Curry in a Hurry
8. The Other Brother's Restaurant
9. The Red Brick Cafe
10. The Boathouse
11. The Bookshelf
12. The Cornerstone Cafe
13. The Rude Native Bistro
14. Woolwich Arms
15. Pennywhistle Pub
16. Jose's Noodle Factory
17. Salsateria
18. Babel Fish Bistro
19. Rockwood Casual Dining
20. La Veille Auberge Restaurant (Rockwood)
21. Eramosa River Cafe (Rockwood)
22. The Teaberry Cafe (Rockwood)

Hmm...there could be more. I may continue to add and edit this list.
By the by, the italicized ones are ones I've already been to since my stay in Guelph.
Good times.
Ones I recommend:
Rockwood Casual Dining - small but AMAZING food for great prices.
Eggcetera - absolutely amazing food - breakfast for the entire day - does it get any better?
Curry in a Hurry - really great curries, fun little restaurant and you can make the curries as hot or as mild as you like!
Carden Street Cafe - amazing atmosphere - I've only had the cheesecake there but it was delish!
Oh...they're all good! Try them out!

Sunday, January 21, 2007


To consecrate:
1. to make or declare sacred; set apart or dedicate to the service of a deity

2. to make (something) an object of honor or veneration
3. to devote or dedicate to some purpose

Take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee
Take my moments and my days
Let them flow in ceaseless praise

At the gym while I was listening to this song, I realized that there are areas of my life that are not consecrated to my Lord. I also realized that my moments (especially the hard ones) and days (especially the ones filled with trials) usually are not flowing in ceaseless praise. He is working in and on me, but I have so far to go.

Friday, January 19, 2007


It's amazing how God uses songs to minister to the heart when emotions are too thick to fully understand or verbalize.
The first cd that came into my head to listen to this morning was David Crowder's A Collision. I think it's because it's a very honest cd that chronicles reality - life and death, beauty and fear, doubt and faith. I journalled these lyrics today:

O God, hold me now.
O Lord, hold me now.
There's no other man who could raise the dead.
So do what You can to annoint my head.
O God, where are you now?
O Lord, say somehow.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007


So on my way home I drove through downtown Guelph (for the 2nd time today) and got all green lights - for the second time today!
As I said to Kirsten, the traffic light gods must have been with me.

Yes indeed.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007


I am mobile again!
My cell phone went on the fritz just before Christmas.
It started by erasing my entire phone book.
Then all my pictures, videos and paid for, downloaded ring tunes were erased.
Then came the forboding flashing white screen.
Then nothing.
After repeated battery and SIM card removal I gave up and decided I would attempt to get my phone replaced.
But after a few phone calls and one visit to Rogers and being offered diddly squat (why I oughta...) I am borrowing an old cell phone of Shelly's (thanks Shells!) and I'm going to send this good-for-nothing cell phone back to Samsung and hopefully get it back in working condition.
Bitter much?

Saturday, January 6, 2007

Check out a new video - and more to come - on my video blog!

long time no post

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and all that jazz!
I haven't written anything since December 20th and so much has happened since then.
With all the flurry before Christmas, the many family events we went to before and during Christmas (3 Christmases on Christmas day and 2 other visits on that day too!) and then winter conference, I haven't really had time to process/blog about it all.
The week before Christmas was busy, but really fun. Jamie and Brad were busy working on videos for Winter Conference and the 2 questions I heard the most were:
1. Is this funny?
2. Is this appropriate/can I say that?
I got the title of "voice of reason" which I enjoyed. Silas and Brad came over one night and editted until 4:30am!
I definitely wouldn't want the job of Winter Conference emcee...but those two did a great job!
And tomorrow will be my last "christmas" event with "American Christmas" in Scarborough. Should be fun!
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