Back from our Road Trip

30 09 2007

We’re back and I am SO tired. BUT, knowing how I enjoy seeing pictures of stuff, I give you this link. Our entire trip was well documented so please enjoy! 

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2086779&l=b0a4c&id=25909057

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Off to the Coromandel

29 09 2007

Kate and I are off on a road trip today. At least, I hope we are. We were meant to leave at seven. It’s 6:41 right now and I haven’t eaten or organized my stuff. Nor have I seen Kate.

 And if you are wondering where Coromandel is, look up a NZ map. I’m hopeless with directions!

Will hopefully blog tonight but you never can tell.

As Father Smith says, “Have a Big Day”!





An Ode to my Flat-Mates

29 09 2007

As I was eating my muesli this morning, balancing the cereal bowl with one hand while checking my e-mail with the other, I got to thinking about my flat mates. I have the best roomies in the whole world. So, in honour of their inherent coolness I am going to pick something about each of them that is distinctly theirs.

 

Jo-

            Jo is completely unflappable. You can say or do anything and she will smile and shrug. I have a sneaking suspicion that if I were to walk in the house with my leg broken and bleeding she would take one look, do some nifty South-Auckland first aid and take me to the hospital. She would neither smile nor grimace but would be smoothly efficient. She’d probably have a story about how her brothers did something similar but much worse. She’d probably have more than one story, come to think of it.

 

Alissa-

            Alissa is a self-admitted four-year-old. She says that she never behaved like a child so God is taking her through a second childhood. Be that as it may, she smells better than any child I have ever met. It may seem like a little thing but having someone around who always smells pretty is oddly reassuring.

 

Nikki-

            Nikki is constantly wondering at the world around her. She’ll often just pause in the middle of something and go “how great is God?!” She’s the artist-in-residence and, as such, is completely trustworthy. My logic just there may sound vague but bear with me. Artists don’t like showing their stuff to other people, it is incredibly personal and there is nothing worse than someone not reacting correctly to a piece. But I can show Nikki anything because she sees what is important about it. She’s always encouraging- just one of those people that you love to be around.

 

Kate-

            Dearest Kate! She and I spend the most time together. We cook together, shop together and go on weekend jaunts together. Kate has the most expressive face I have ever seen. You can tell just by the movement of her eyes that she thinks that something is funny. Once she starts laughing everyone else feels compelled to join in. This girl is one in a million and I am endlessly grateful for her.

 

 

Graham-

            Probably the most distinctive thing about Graham is his word-play. I said something yesterday along the lines of “I can always run circuits in the graveyard. It’d be the best race ever- Meghan against the dead guy.” Graham replies, “But what if you were to come in dead last?” I replied “Then we’d have bigger problems.” “Yes, like you being dead-tired.” He’s also British so cockney rhyming slang tends to pop up at the most confusing times. It makes life fun, though.

 

 

Badger-

            Oh Nicholas Badger! What shall we say of you? Badger has a couple things that make him stand out. One is the kind of food he eats. Badger will make the most ridiculous concoctions you have ever seen. Half of them are enough to turn the stomach of a corpse but the other half are oddly appealing. The other great thing about Badge is that he laughs whenever he comes across something that he thinks is amazing. He will sit in the living room doing his Bible study, occasionally breaking out in a loud “guffaw!” when he gets to something profound.

 

 

Dennis-

            I confess it was Dennis who was uppermost in my mind when I started writing this post. The whole thing was indirectly inspired by him this morning. I was running up the stairs and he was coming out of his room, I smiled in greeting and he smiled back. Dennis has the most transforming smile of anyone at THOP. He smiles and the whole room lights up. You can tell that he knows something funny/happy/beautiful and it’s manifesting in his face. It’s crazy! He’s also the one to go to for funny-yet-profound statements.

 

 

So those are my flat-mates. I am ever so fond of them and am glad that I live where I do. Hopefully it also gives you guys a little idea of what life is like





Piffle

28 09 2007

I don’t have anything to say. Literally.

The only thing that comes to mind is Graham and my discussion about how it would be impossible to crucify yourself because you couldn’t get the third nail in.

Rather macabre, but we were laughing pretty hard.

I refer you to my brother-in-law and sister’s blog for your entertainment purposes today. http://justeastofwest.wordpress.com





What to share?

27 09 2007

I am sitting in my living room at Mayfair, freshly showered and recently fed and I cannot think of what to share with you all. I am honestly stumped as to what you would want to hear about.  

Do you want to hear about my bum hurting because I climbed a mountain’s worth of stairs? 

Perhaps you would prefer hearing about how I spend my time in the prayer room?

 Would you like to know the inner workings of my heart and how God is teaching me to love like He does?  Or at least, to want to love like He does. 

How about a list of favorite kiwi foods? 

I think today I will just tell you about the clinic today. Background info- clinics are where they teach us the Harp and Bowl model. I am being trained as a singer but there are those among us being trained as worship leaders, as musicians, as intercessors etc. Today they divided us up into our four teams, but only team A and B had class. Team A was in the prayer room and B was in the classroom.  

I am team B for “bueno”.  Really. 

Anyway, Dalton and Anna (husband and wife, both about 21 or 22, also the worship directors of the prayer room) were in charge of my clinic. Dennis, who usually only does devotionals or sings on worship teams, was our worship leader. Badger, Kate, Ang and I were the singers. The other Kate and Dave, our internship director, were the intercessors. 

 So we get in the room, get the “here’s what we’re doing” talk from Anna and Dalton and started in. We did a worship song, spontaneous singing and then Kate prayed. I find singing to be simultaneously very intimidating and completely wonderful. We did about four cycles with pauses to talk about technic and projection. (Three cheers for vocal warm-ups).

I am trying really hard not to want to be on a team. I want to want to sing only to glorify God and I can do that in my own room. Being a part of an intercessory team is not a necessary component of glorifying the Lord. That said, I love singing! I wish I could do it forever and ever. Plus the style of HOP suits the way I like to sing. You get to harmonize or not at your own discretion and you get to sing in the Spirit which is awesome.  

Plus Dalton and Anna are very encouraging. I felt put at ease and they seemed impressed with our willingness to sing out. Dalton said that we all have good voices, we just need to project. 

 Anywhoot… that was the highlight of my day today. I shall now take my tired carcass up to bed. Warm milk would not go amiss either, I think. Beunos Noches!





Another Post on Meghan’s Favorite Subject

26 09 2007

I feel that I owe you all more than one post to make up for the dodgy internet of yester night. Since it is late and I’ve just spent the last while in the prayer room praying over something that I don’t even know what I’m praying over (how is that for a sentence?) I shall post some of my newly-gathered quotes. Most are on the subject of love, which is something that the Lord has really been instructing me in.

“To love anyone is to hope in him always. From the moment at which we begin to judge anyone, to limit our confidence in him, from the moment at which we identify [pigeon hole] him, and so reduce him to that, we cease to love him, and he ceases to be able to become better. We must dare to love in a world that does not know how to love.” –An unknown French priest

“And love is not a victory-march. It’s a cold and it’s a broken ‘hallelujah’.” – Hallelujah

“Love is a gift, not a reward for service. My gift to you is the power to love like that… you will not only love your Bridegroom with your whole heart, but you will also love other in the same way. When others try to praise you or draw attention to your life of sacrificial devotion, you will utterly despise it. Why? Because you live for love, not for the recognition or applause of man.” –­The Bride

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.” – 1 Corinthians 13.1-3

“The greater our love the fewer words we use… for genuine love does not know how to cast about for roundabout, complex argumentation, but becomes silent and achieves great things.” –El tercer abecedario (The Third Spirtual Alphabet) by Francis of Osuna

“And remember the truth that once was spoken: To love another person is to see the face of God.” – Les Miserables

What an incomparable thing Love is! And how rare are the people that understand and witness that Love! If I got to heaven and God said nothing to me but “Here is one who knew how to love” I should be perfectly content. There is no higher praise.  





You know you are in trouble when…

26 09 2007

…your running shorts are too tight.

I have found that a good indication of fitness is how tight your workout clothes fit. If your elastic-waisted, nylon and spandex clothing is too tight then you are too portly, my friend.  Such is the case with myself, today.  

 Luckily, Aaron Walsh spoke to today on nutrition and fitness. The heading of my notes from class is actually “Nutrition and Fitness with Aaron Walsh!” Point being, Aaron used to be overweight and he finally reached a point where something had to be done. He also has a degree in physiology or some such which he says he never applied until last year. Aaron is very much into the holistic lifestyle. He says that if they (the leaders at THOP) have not equipped the interns to walk out every area of their life in a Godly way, then the leadership has failed. Part of that is honoring the body God gave us. It is NOT honoring to eat McDonald’s four times a week, get fat, get heart disease and die. That is not to say that he wants a bunch of skinny interns. He wants us to be healthy. Plus it ties in with what he was teaching us about the power of words. “For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body” (James 3.2). If we can stop all of the negative self-talk about our physical appearance, we can have authority over our bodies. There is, of course, much more to it than that but that’s the gist.  

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