Wednesday, September 23, 2009

one lost camera cord and a broken photobucket editor later...

last saturday, desi had another midget football game. i think my brother is the best midget footballer ever. i may be biased, but he did score not one...not two...but THREE touchdowns. i think that should count for something.
mom and i watched the game from the stands while daddy coached. max was less than amused with the game and much preferred his iTouch and some "sheep launcher" game. don't ask. you really don't want to know.
and mom and i took chaco pictures when the game got boring...or rather, less exciting. because we love to take pictures of the chacos. that go everywhere. you know...the baseball park, the football stadium, the lake, the beach, the river, the batting cages (where mom lost one of hers and found it on the porch a month later....i'll have tell you about that some other time)...and who knows...maybe Africa next summer? :) because we're cool like that.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


[edit: Oops! So, I made a not so minor mistake at the end of this. I meant to put Christianity instead of religion. Sorry for any confusion!]
I don’t wanna go through the motions
I don’t wanna go one more day
Without Your all consuming passion inside of me
I don’t wanna spend my whole life asking
What if I had given everything?
Instead of going through the motions.

-Matthew West "The Motions"

Sometimes I just don't get this whole religion thing. I mean, I LOVE Jesus. But, it seems like religion has become so complicated. So....messed up. Religion has become this seemingly endless list of "do's and don'ts" and we've strayed away from everything we're supposed to be doing. I know I've mentioned my dislike of denominations before- I think they just bring us apart instead to uniting us together. Hey- we're all Christians believing in one God- right? I'm not religious- I just love the Lord. You know, sometimes I wonder what Jesus would think if he saw today's churches. Would our churches attract Jesus, or would he turn away and not like us? We like to equate Christianity with morality. It's all about how good we look on the outside, how good we appear to be. We lose focus on what's inside. We forget that we are nothing without God, nothing we do can earn us a spot into heaven. It's not about how good we look, it's about a genuine life change. Is your picture sincere? Are you portraying who you really are? We miss the person God is and we try to impress him- we put the emphasis off of God and onto ourselves. We lack humility. Our culture stresses morality and being a good person over selling out.

Strengths can get in the way of God's power. God gave you all of these amazing gifts, but it can be so hard in the world to sell out for God and go all the way for him. 1 Corinthians 1:17 says, "For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the Good News- and not with clever speech, for fear that the cross of Christ would lose it's power." Paul is basically saying, "Look. I know that God has sent me to tell 'yall about Jesus. But, I'm not really that great of a speaker. It's all about Jesus, not about me." Our goal should not be to be the best. The goal should be learning and knowing more about God. Don't let your serving him replace your knowing him. Don't let your gifts get in the way, remember to stay focused on God.

God uses imperfect people to show his glory. Think about all of the people in the Bible that have messed up. They aren't all perfect. We should strive to live a godly, Christian life- but, not by a checklist. Search for God and see where he is moving and join him- don't try to make the path for him. Sometimes, he has other plans. If you let him direct, help, and place you, he will get the glory.

God's ways are so different from anything we can ever imagine- don't put him in a box.  Our picture of being religious (perfect, morality) keeps people from experiencing God. We forget to spend time building a relationship with the creator of the universe and learning humility and dependence on God. We try and earn our way into heaven- which won't work. We worry about the words over the prayer. We worry about the color the chairs are in the worship center over the people in the community that might not have a relationship with Jesus. We spend so much time doing meaningless stuff. When we get to heaven, I don't think God will say, "Lauren, in that prayer you said at dinner that night in 2008, you didn't say thank you enough" or "Lauren, those posters in your Sunday School classroom clashed with the paint". No, I think he is more likely to ask, "Lauren, why didn't you invite your friend to church? Why didn't you introduce her to me? Don't you think I'm worth it? Am I not good enough?" Then, sometimes, we fall into this "morality trap." We make religion equal morality.

Christianity is not being a Republican. Christianity is not being a Methodist. Christianity is not self righteous. Christianity is not protesting the ten commandments being taken down from a courthouse. Christianity is not standing on a street corner telling people they are going to hell for wearing shorts. Christianity is not just going to church because it looks good to the community. Christianity is not condemming others because they are different.

Christianity is loving God. Christianity is loving everyone and showing God's love through your actions. Christianity is helping the poor, feeding the hungry, taking care of the widows (so the Government shouldn't have to!). Christianity is taking yourself out of the equation and puts all eyes on God. Christianity doesn't care what political party, denomination, ethnicity, gender, or age you are. Christianity is loving God and loving other people with everything you've got.

watch this.

So, I was driving home from school today and heard this song on the radio.
Watch it.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

pop it, lock it, polka dot it...

This weekend, in addition to vacationing in Auburn and cheering on the best team in the SEC, I also went to the lake with three of my friends. We had a great time just getting away from all the busyness known as schoolwork (yep! we left the books and computers at home!).
On the way there, we passed through little-known-towns such as Wedowee. As in, the kinds of places you find goats at fast food places at. No joke. I would have posed with the goats but we were kind of in the car. And I kind of didn't want the rednecks to get mad.
Late Sunday, we finally made it to the lake. We had a little time in the water before it was time for dinner.
Since the tv decided to break, we spent the night doing old school sleepover stuff. MASH, prank texting (oh yes-we're high tech!) get the idea. Then we went to sleep. We were tired.
Early the next morning (and by early I mean 11...) we went back to the lake to have a little bit more fun before lunch and time to go.
After lunch, we took pictures and headed home. Yes...we drove 6 hours round trip to be somewhere less than 24 hours. But we had fun! And-of course- a girls' weekend wouldn't be complete without the Hoedown Throwdown and some Hannah Montana....right? We'll save that story for another day...

Monday, September 7, 2009

war eagle!

I love the way the eagle flies around the field during pregame while 80,000 people yell, "War Eagle!" It's favorite part.


I love when there is a 93-yard touchdown-longest in AU history- happen during the first game. It gives me hope for the season. Yay... we can actually throw and catch a ball!! :)

I love tailgating and hanging out with friends. It makes my day sunshiney-bright. I mean, who doesn't like burnt hotdogs and cheeseballs?
Oh- and when you get the super cool wristbands so you can sit up front in the frat-boy section. It's super cool.

Pretty much, I love football season.
I love Auburn football.
I think it's great to be an Auburn tiger!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

growing up...

I have mixed feelings about this whole growing up thing. I mean, I like the indepence it brings and the hope that someday I will actually do something useful with my life...
But sometimes, I just wish I could go back and change things. Do what I should have done when I should have done it. Not wasted time worrying about things that didn't really matter...
I feel like I'm getting old. And I'm only nineteen, so that's probably not a good sign. I've got a long life ahead...a long life to live. (Wow...that just sounded like a soap opera...)

Heading to Auburn this weekend, and then the lake with friends until Monday. Then, Tuesday need to finish homework/tackle the hurricane that hit my room. Wednesday, we're back to normal. Joy. :)