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Valentines day post….just a little early.

It’s Valentines day soon. haha usually this is the day that most people are either all sickeningly mushy, cynically bitter, or depressed because they have to spend it alone. I am going to do something a little different. Now I’m definately not the first to do this, and I’m not going to be the last. So I am hardly a trailblazer, or original. However, it seems like Valentines day (although good intentioned) has really just turned into a day of pure materialistic…something or other.

So without further delay…

To my female friends,

I appreciate all of you. Every single one of you have been a blessing to me. It has been a joy to get to know you all. Now you may not have realized it, but God has used you to raise my standards, which I am thankful for. I have been encouraged by you and challenged by you. Thank you.

There have been a few that God has used to press me, change me, challenge me, encourage me, and all around grow me.

To Hannah, Carina, Heather and Sarah: thank you for your hospitality. Your personalities bring me great joy.

Sarah, your love of cooking and food makes me get my creative juices flowing, thinking about new recipes and conceptualizing dishes. Your love of nature photography and the pictures I have seen remind me of the incredible beauty of God’s creation. Your reminder to me that everything works out in God’s time has been an encouragement, and a gentle and painful challenge to me that I just don’t trust Jesus as much as I should. But He’s been using that reminder to press me in the area of control.

Carina, the fact that you are stepping out and planning prayer for next year is an incredible step of courage. It is also encouraging to see you stepping out in faith, and being willing to put yourself out there for the sake and glory of God.

Heather, your love and talent for singing is incredible. The fact that you use it to worship God is smile-bringing and joy-giving. Continue to cultivate that for Jesus.

Hannah, your sarcasm and humour never fails to make me laugh. Loud and long. May God continue to cultivate both of them so that you will use it for His glory. God has used your blunt honesty to wreck me….in all honesty. It’s not a bad thing. It’s a completely necessary thing, for my growth, but most importantly for His fame. Thank you. It’s encouraging to see you stepping out into leadership, I know you’ll be excellent.

To Krista: your hunger and passion to know Jesus is incredible. I think from the first time I met you to now, I have seen you grow in leaps and bounds. It’s always encouraging to see new believers come to understand the Gospel, dig into the Word and just desire to learn….even the hard truths. Keep going. Let God press you on the hard things….especially the hard things, because His painful surgeries and bone resets are for our good. and ultimately to bring us into a fuller understanding and deeper closer worship of Him.

To Rachel: The way you pray, the fact that it’s so intimate, is a reminder and encouragement that we get to talk to God the Father. Because of Jesus the Son. And that thought, that notion completely blows me away.

To all of you: Again, thank you. You are all a blessing to me. I don’t know what else to say except this: Continue to press into Jesus. Continue to seek Him…because we get Jesus. Continue in reading His Word through the power of the Holy Spirit. Continue to pray. Pray consistently. Pray fervently. In all that you do, pray. And may all that be for His Glory.

Hansen

These two songs came to my mind as I was typing this:

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Let’s pull a switch

Day 09 – If you could switch places with anyone for one week, who would it be and why

note: pictures of the people I want, or wanted to switch places with will be posted at the bottom of the entry.

This one took awhile to think of. At first, I was thinking maybe I would like to switch places with Georges “Rush” St.-Pierre, but then I decided against it. This is due to the fact that, though I do like watching the occasional MMA event and GSP is my favourite mixed martial artist. I don’t think I would want to switch places with him though.

Instead, I think I would want to switch places with either Masaharu Morimoto (Iron Chef) or Guy Fieri (Diners, Drive-ins and dives) for two completely different reasons. I would want to switch with Masaharu Morimoto because of his incredible artistry in the kitchen. I’m not talking about the quality of food (which undoubtedly would be amazing) but how he makes food look like art.

Here is a video of a dish he made for Iron Chef: Battle Asparagus. It is a “stained-glass” sushi. The presentation is found 8:26 into the video. It is an absolutely beautiful piece of food, and from the sounds of the judges it tasted rather amazing as well.

Simply put, I would love to learn how to make sushi, and food in general, as beautiful and delicious as him.

I would enjoy switching places with Guy Fieri because he gets to travel around the USA eating at little restaurants that aren’t necessarily well-known but are popular. The restaurants that are shown on his show, “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” maybe little independently owned restaurants but the food that they make look absolutely AMAZING. Switching places with Guy would be fun because I would get to travel and eat food. two of the things I enjoy. 🙂

So by order of the names mentioned, here are the pictures of the people.

1) GSP

UFC Welterweight champ Georges "Rush" St - Pierre

2) Masaharu Morimoto

Former Iron Chef Japanese and Current Iron Chef Morimoto. He makes food look like art.

3) Guy Fieri

If I switched places with him. I would do away with the hair. Just not a huge fan of bleach blonde. but he seems so cool!

Hansen

Things that made me smile:

– getting called into work (hooray for extra hours!)

– being able to joke and laugh genuinely with cheerful customers.

– little kids

The things that make me press in

I don’t know if I have done a post like this on this blog in particular, I know I did something similar to this on my old blog. But basically this one is coming about because of inspiration, part of the credit goes to a Matt Chandler sermon I was listening to, and the other one came from a friends blog.  However that being said, after essentially hearing/reading the same message today, I have decided to expand the original concept that I had for this post. Originally I was going to just list things that refreshed me and/or brought me joy and at the same time caused me to press into Jesus….which would bring me joy. So I’ll start off with the list, and the add my expansion.

The things that cause me to press and worship Jesus:

1) spending time by myself reading the Bible or theology books: This in essence is one of the main ways in which I recharge. I especially like doing this when I have been around either too many people, or people for too long.  I love reading books. I love reading the Bible, and by love I mean, more often than not I find that it convicts me much of the time, but God uses it to change me. ditto with the theology books.

2) listening to a sermon while biking or working out:  I find that even more than just reading. Working out and listening to a sermon re-energizes not only my soul but also my body as well.

3) making food for friends: I love cooking for my friends. and I am thankful that God gave me this gift of cooking (although a lot of things are still hit or miss, the things that taste good I share with my friends…although sometimes I kind of think it up and let them be the testers….and it turns out alright 🙂 )

4) taking a nap: I like to sleep, it is refreshing for my body and it is refreshing for me mentally and emotionally.

5) video games: although I am thankful that I can’t sit down for more than an hour and play one nowadays, I still on occasion do like playing video games.

6) Manga and Comics: Japanese comics, I enjoy reading them. I enjoy the artwork, although for the most part the storylines aren’t all that original, there is still something that is refreshing about it for me. ditto for comics.

7) Anime, web series: I do this to unwind, not to forget about school but really to aid in me not continuously think about school. I find it helps alot.

Now a lot of these are morally neutral (anime, manga, comics and video games have some sketchy items but generally speaking, as a whole…they are morally neutral) however, these things, especially because I enjoy them, can easily turn from good things used to refresh me, to god-things. I can easily begin to worship them if I forget that, yes they are good, yes they are refreshing to a point, but they cannot and will not satisfy the depths of my soul. Yes they can draw me closer to the One that ultimately created these things (God) but they can also enslave me.  I would be lying if I said that it hasn’t happened before, because it has. I would not be so arrogant as to say that it’ll never happen again, or that it isn’t happening now. I hope that by God’s grace that it will never happen again, and that it isn’t happening now. And if does happen again, my prayer is that God will UTTERLY convict me (even though I will not like it, and not necessarily want it…but I know that it is necessary).  The further I move away from the Cross, the more appealing everything else seems. The more it appears that these things that I’ve listed (and maybe even didn’t list) can save me, can satisfy me, can fulfill my desire to worship. But I know, that it will leave me incomplete, it will leave me parched and thirsty.

If there is one thing that I can pull away from this, one thing that I hope you will pull away from this. Is that it is so easy to get caught up in the things that are good, and because of our nature it is so easy to turn them into god. But by God’s Grace, because of the Cross, we can stand under and be grounded in the Blood of the Lamb, we can come to Jesus, the Living Waters….the Bread of Life and be fully satisfied infinitely more than those good things could ever provide. Look, I’m not saying cut the things that you love to do out of your life. If God uses them to refresh you, to draw you closer to Him, by all means do them. But remember to give praise to the One who created them, and not the things that were created.

Hansen