Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Dangerous Surrender Chapter 2!!!!!

Wow guys! I have got the coolest blogger buddies. You guys are amazing. I hope you will keep blogging about your thoughts on Chapter 1 AND 2 of Dangerous Surrender! I will continue to link you. Don't be shy. We want to hear from you. It's not too late to buy the book and join in either. It's only 2 chapters. COME ON! Join us. :0)
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Sooooo onto the book....

The Kingdom of Me... Man I hate to admit that I have had that going on here but we are all getting real right? So here goes. I am messed up and selfish and too caught up in what people might think or what might happen. I love this part on pg38..
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"The biggest block to our surrender is not our appetites and wayward desires but our addiction to running our own lives."
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OUCH! OUCH! OUCH! Stop that pesky telling the truth Kay! What are you doing to me here? ;0) MAN has this been me to a T!
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I have always wanted to do what is right. I have always had a deep level of compassion. All my life I have SEEN myself as wanting to do the "right thing."
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I have NOT, however, been willing to give up my perception of control. I do emphasize the word PERCEPTION!
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The truth is I don't have control anyway. I just try to create plans and scenarios and do things to make myself feel like I have some say.
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During Zoe's adoption I finally got to the point where I was FORCED to give up these flimsy illusions of control and realize that God was caring for my little Guatemalan super model long before I knew she was alive.
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What arrogance to try to assume power. This breaking of my arrogance and perceived control completely changed the depth of my relationship with God.
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When I am trying to run everything it is still ALL ABOUT ME! When I am worried about things going just so then I am worried about how everything is hurting ME. How can I be surrendered when I can't let myself feel out of control??? I CAN'T!
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After I was stripped of my personal "kingdom" I was able to slowly began to surrender different parts of my life. I was officially in the category of

SERIOUSLY DISTURBED!

Now my vision wasn't so clouded by the MEness.. Now I could see around me cause I could see more than the kingdom of me that I had so carefully constructed all around me. I now saw clearly the devastation everywhere. I realized that what I THOUGHT was me having compassion in the past was simply me participating in pathetic pity.

Unacceptable pity.... see compassion means being willing to step into someones pain and walk with them. Pity- is useless. It doesn't do anything. It looks around and says, "How sad" while deep down inside it prays that the pain doesn't "interrupt" life as I know it. Yuck... yuck.

So here I was- seriously disturbed- moving beyond pity into true compassion. I wanted to DO something but what about the what ifs? I was still so scared. Here is what Kay says...

Even though my initial response was to jump in with both feet, I began to think of all the reasons I shouldn't get overly involved. Didn't I have enough to do? Wasn't there enough pressure in my life? Wasn't it enough of a challenge to keep my world aligned with my energetic husband's life? Didn't I have plenty of relationships to manage and nurture? Wasn't Saddleback a big enough project to keep my calendar full? What if I got sick? What if I became infected with the virus (HIV) that causes AIDS and died? I didn't want to be around sick people- they're depressing!

.... Besides, the problem was just too big. Why in the world would I suddenly decide that I had what it took to tackle the greatest humanitarian crisis of all time?

.... I think you will find the same ugly reality I found: what stands in the way of your surrender to God's plan to engage with hurting people is simply that you care more about yourself than you do about the suffering of others.

OUCH! OUCH! OUCH! OUCH! DOUBLE OUCH! OK!!! I admit it. I am scum. I am a sinful, fallen, selfish creature. I have known this but I don't like to admit it even to myself. First I was forced to give up my illusions of control and then I had to look my selfishness in the eye. UGH! Not a pretty picture. I KNOW I want more than that. I know I don't want a life lived for me or in fear. I don't want a life I am trying to keep under control. How sad... how boring... how shallow. There is so much more.

The bible says that when you become a Christian you are asked to become a bondslave.

A bondslave is a person who VOLUNTARILY enters into the service of another.

God wants us to choose this surrender and He will lovingly lead us toward it in such a strong way. I love this scripture. Well.... let's say it's a love hate relationship.

Then (Jesus) called to the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? Mark 8:34-37

Awwww MAN! Are you scared now? I was... now I mostly love this. I really love how Jesus doesn't mess around. He doesn't sugar coat it. Do you ever get tired of the sugar coated version of Jesus that seems to lurk around most church corners in America? Jesus was hard core. He wasn't a religion. He was a radical movement. He was strong and honest and he never said it would be easy.
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TAKE UP MY CROSS??? What the... it sounds like torture- like dying- and in so many ways it is. Yet, through my dying I am living in ways I never thought I could. When I was living for myself there was this huge part of me that was struggling inside. I felt lost and desperately confused. I could not be that person I wanted to be till I let that old person go. I lost my old life. It's gone. I am taking up my cross...

See, my life will never be "easy" or perfectly "comfortable." People will look at my family and immediately KNOW we are different. They will think that either we are a walking billboard for adoption or that I sleep around a lot. ;0) (get it- cause my kids are all different colors) I will always be questioned. I will travel the world but not in the luxury kind of way. I will love people who aren't lovable. I will open myself up to that same pain that I spent so many years protecting myself from feeling.

My life will not be uncomplicated. It will not be the perfect American cookie cutter. Most people won't look at me and envy my life. Most people will think I am crazy. That was hard to swallow at first... it was. I am by nature an EXTREME people pleaser. It is taking time for me to let go of this society's ideas of what is "successful."

Still, now that I have begun to let it go... now that I have begun to surrender I feel such tremendous joy and peace. It's not as scary as it was yesterday. Hopefully, it'll be even less scary tomorrow. Where I used to feel so small I now KNOW that God is using me to change the world. I look at my "complicated" life and I don't see it as something to be avoided. On the contrary it seems to me something so beyond me.. something to embrace.. something only God could have created.

As my blogger buddy Billie so eloquently put it ours lives become a mosaic...

Mosaic consists of multi colored glass and stones, some are broken and fragmented, specifically placed to make a beautiful artwork. That is how I view adoption. Adoption includes various colors of glass...ethnicity, cultures,families, backgrounds. Many will be 'broken'. But God specifically sets them in place...not at random....but with a specific pattern or purpose in mind. What seems like a broken piece of glass, becomes a beautiful artwork.

WOW! Well said... God can take all the things around us we see as broken and messy and something to be avoided- he can take them all and make them beautiful. That's what I believe and am just beginning to understand. I love this quote from the book..

Surrender ALWAYS leads to peace. Accepting God's will in our circumstances is the hardest thing he asks of us because it requires denying ourselves and taking up the cross. If we forget that it is to a loving God that we surrender the keys to the Kingdom of Me, we will struggle long and hard against him. The good news is that his arms are around us, and we can beat our fists against his chest for as long as we like. But what rest for our souls comes when we finally relax into his embrace.

Amen to that. Hugs, Angel

1. What are the main reasons you don’t want to get too involved with people in dire need?
2.Kay explains that her growing understanding of God’s sovereign design created an expectation that God would someday use her for his good purposes. Describe your current sense of the purposes God may have in store for you.

Let me know when you blog about it!!! :0)
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PS!! We have more wonderful posts on Dangerous Surrender to read!
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Tessa just did and AMAZING post on Chapter 2 right here... THANKS GIRL! Your raw honesty is so refreshing.
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Darlene just did a great Kingdom of Me post too right here. It really made me giggle in an "oops I am like that too" kind of way. GREAT STUFF! :0)
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Melinda is such a cool person and she posted right here. I am so excited to see all of you jumping in to get involved. It's really neat.

2 More Dangerous Surrender Posts!

This is so neat. We have 2 more contributors to the Chapter 1 book club of Dangerous Surrender. I have been SO blessed reading each of these posts and I truly hope you will all keep posting and sharing. We have so much to learn from one another. One thing that has been really cool to see is how REAL you are all getting. It is also so neat to see people with vastly different personalities wanting to walk forward down the same path. It just shows me that there is REALLY something we have hit on here. People from all walks of life know in their GUT that there is more out there than the every day, all about me life we see....

Carrie is a born fighter for social justice and SUCH a cool person. She was on the mission trip to Ethiopia with me and a very talented writer. Here is her post!

Alice is a precious blogger buddy. She is a mommy struggling to figure out what exactly God has for her. I have no DOUBT that it is huge! Here is her post!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

TA is on it's way!


ALL RIGHT!!!! GREAT NEWS GUYS!!! I was gone all day and an e-mail came right when I got home saying that TA (travel approval) has been issued and is on it's way. My agency should receive it on Friday and then they will issue an appointment request with the US embassy in China this Friday. We should get our appointment confirmed Wed, Thur or Fri of next week. Then we can buy plane tickets! I am requesting an appointment that would mean that we would leave May 21st. If I don't get my first choice we will leave the following Wed but I have high hopes that we will get our first choice and be leaving 3 weeks from tomorrow!!!! That would mean that we would meet Kaiya on Monday May 26th and come home June 6th. That would be kind of cool since that is the day before KK's birthday and my god daughter's birthday. SO that is today's BIG news. I will keep you updated. WOOHOOO! It's coming so soon! In 3 weeks I may be getting ready to get on a plane. In 4 weeks I may have my BABY! Angel

Monday, April 28, 2008

Dangerous Surrender Post over at Tessa's place!

Tessa posted about Dangerous Surrender. Wow Tessa! Thanks so much for getting so REAL with us. That was awesome and brave. Just so you know... people like you are big part of the reason why I blog. It's not just a hobby around these parts. ;0) I am so excited to see what God teaches you in the coming months. Sounds like you are having some major cool God moments. You are on your way to amazing things. WATCH OUT! It's in the water here. LOL! Hugs, Angel

Beautiful Moments...

You know those moments when you KNOW you are doing something right with your kids??? Well, I KNOW this had to be one of those moments for these special parents. Watching this video got me all choked up. What a cool little family. Congratulations to this WHOLE precious family. :0) Angel

Sunday, April 27, 2008

A Song For My TA

So friends,

Today is 3 weeks to the day from when I got LOA! YAY! I am now very chilled again. Yes, my excitement made me temporarily insane but I think I have recovered. We had a wonderful, restful weekend playing with our girls and doing other fun stuff. Every activity we did I kept imagining with a toddler. This simultaneously thrilled and terrified me. Just in case you didn't know I have a pretty cushy life with my 9yr old and almost 5 yr old. I think our PRECIOUS new 2 yr old addition may add some spice. ;0) I, OF COURSE, am not complaining.... Despite my touch of terror I can hardly WAIT to get my hands on that little cutie. I get to be a toddler mommy again. It's such a fun stage for me- though at times challenging. BUT COME ON! They are SO STINKIN CUTE!

I should be receiving that wonderful TA (travel approval) very soon. I hope this week. I HOPE TODAY! It seems in the past that when I was waiting on something like this a song might coax it along. LOL! ;0) Yeah I know. Pretty much waiting on God to coax it along when he is good and ready. The songs are fun though while we wait. SOOOOOO in honor of my pending TA!!!

OH WHERE IS MY TA
(to the tune of "Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?)
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Oh Where oh Where is my Little TA?
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Oh Where Oh Where Can It Be?
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Well it's name is short...
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But the wait seems long..
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Come now TA to me!!!!

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Oh Where Oh Were Is That Pesky TA?
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Oh Where Oh Where Can It Be?
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2 little letters....
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and I can get on that plane!
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TA..Pretty, pretty, PLEAAAAASE!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Dangerous Surrender Post over at Darlene's place!

Check out another great post about Darlene's red pill moment here.... Darlene's Blog

THANKS DARLENE! Blogger buddies, please leave me a comment if you have blogged about Chapter 1! :0) Angel

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Dangerous Surrender Post over at DQ's place!

GREAT post about Dangerous Surrender here if you want to check it out. Thanks girl! I love it! It really touched my heart to hear what is going on in your life.

I welcome more posts in response to Chapter 1 of Dangerous Surrender. Just leave me a comment when you get yours done and I will let everyone know. :0) Angel

HELP! I'M USELESS!!!


I feel so bizarre right now! ACKK! All I can think about is my little Kaiya Rain Zhen waiting in China. I have soon to be mommy syndrome! I am so close I can feel it. I can't think straight. I can't stop clicking around on the computer though I have no idea what I am looking for. I can't concentrate. I keep looking at plane tickets even though I can't buy them yet. I need to fill out some forms but I can't even think well enough to get up do the laundry. How am I going to do paperwork? The only thing I sort of want to do is go to Target to get a few things I need for the trip but KK is a little under the weather and doesn't feel up to going out. So here I am... I AM USELESS! For some reason I feel like crying but I am really not sad. I think I am just SO crazy excited that I don't know what to do with it. I actually feel so excited I feel like I might be sick. Wait, am I sick? I don't think so. Maybe I should see if I have a fever. That would be a good excuse for the fact that I am good for NOTHING! NOTHING! NOTHING! I can't cook... I can't clean... I can't even write a coherent blog post. I just want to get on a plane and go to China. :0) Angel
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NOTE: I just took my temperature... no fever... except, perhaps, baby fever. Clearly the barfy feeling is caused by my deep need to BE IN CHINA HOLDING MY BABY! OK. I am going to try to chill now. Wendi bought me a National Geographic about China. Maybe I can read that or at least look at the pretty pictures. Hee hee..

Tagged :0)

I am: SO EXCITED TO GET KAIYA!
I think: What do you mean? I CAN'T think!!! I'M TOO EXCITED!
I know: that we are on the right path.
I want: to get on a plane to China....
I wish: I were more patient. :0)
I hate: I hate it when people take advantage of those who are weak. ARGHHH!
I miss: a little girl in China I haven't met yet...
I fear: failure
I feel: Unfocused, Impatient, Excited!
I hear: my slightly sick Kaitlyn eating her breakfast and watching her show
I crave: nothing now... mostly chocolate
I wonder: what Kaiya's personality is like
I love: my wonderful family and friends
I ache: when I see orphans who are alone
I care: about extreme poverty
I always: love the beach
I am not: energetic today
I sing: to Radio Disney ;0)
I cry: when I feel overwhelmed
I don't always: have self discipline
I write: on my blog
I win: hugs and kisses from my girls
I lose: my sunglasses way too much
I never: say never
I listen: to shows while I blog
I am scared: of my kids getting hurt
I need: MY KAIYA
I think: I need to stop being so obsessive about Kaiya Rain Zhen :0)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

New Dangerous Surrender Post at Wendi's

Wendi has decided to give us her two cents in Dangerous Surrender on her blog henrylegacy.com! YAY! Thanks Wendi. Leave a comment here if you have blogged about chapter one and I will link you as well. Thanks guys. I have so enjoyed reading your thoughtful responses. If you haven't gotten a chance to read the comments below the Dangerous Surrender chapter 1 post they are definitely worth a look. If you haven't commented yet we still want to hear from you. :0) Angel

Packing Kaiya's things for China





































I am going to get this cutie VERY SOON!

OK BLOGGER BUDDIES! Here is the deal- it's a little complicated to explain so I won't even try... BUT it looks like I MIGHT be flying to China 3 weeks from today. Now there are no guarantees yet so I won't be too upset if it's a week or so later but I really think it may happen. OH WOW!!! I just looked at the calendar and thought 3 WEEKS! WHAT??? WOWZER! So that would mean leaving on May 14th and meeting Kaiya on the 19th. So here is a video of my baby walking to CELEBRATE. Isn't she adorable? I am COMING SOON KAIYA!!!!

The Call To Prayer In Ethiopia

I loved the call to prayer every morning. Which is funny since I generally DO NOT like waking up early. I guess since I was already jet lagged and awake it didn't bother me. Every morning I would smile and giggle.. and think I am SOOOO in Africa. I just HAD to share one of my favorite memories of our trip with you. :0) Angel

Let's try a video!


Practicing Blogging Remotely

Hey blogger buddies. I am practicing blogging remotely in case I have trouble while I am in China! Hope this works. :0) Can you believe I am going to get this little pumpkin in about 3-4 weeks??? Angel

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Dangerous Surrender- Book Club Chapter 1


I know it took me forever to get to this. SORRY! The book itself was very emotional for me. Throw on top of that preparing for my new addition and a trip to China, a mission trip to Africa, a HUGE surprise I can hardly wait to tell you about, some major changes that are occurring (more on that later) and some exciting new ministries we are getting involved with and it's mentally just taken me some time. BUT... here we are. Dangerous Surrender!!! I am so excited. If you haven't read this book and you read this blog because your heart is pulled toward the "least of these" then for goodness sake go read it. ;0) Really though, it's not too late to join in. We would love to have you read along. It's an amazing ride. I have read it front to back and can't wait to sift through it again with you. Even if you DON'T read PLEASE feel free to comment and join in the discussion. I know you people have stuff to say!!!

I didn't see it coming. Those are the first words in the book. Boy, is that right...

Kay Warren kicks some major emotional tushy in this book doesn't she??? By mid to late in the book I kept having to put the book down at times to breathe deeply and at a couple of points cry. The timing for me in reading this book was amazing. I really felt like I was at a point where God was asking me to "surrender" in a whole new way. We were stepping into a new adventure and I had no idea what it looked like. I just knew it was coming.

Here is what Kay says about what I believe was her "red pill" moment...

After a month of anguished wrestling with God, I reached a point at which I had to make a conscious decision. Would I retreat to my comfortable life and to my settled plans, pretending I didn't know about the HIV/AIDS pandemic and the millions of orphans? Or would I surrender to God's call and let my heart engage with a cause I was pretty sure would include buckets of pain and sorrow? I didn't know what would happen if I said yes to this increasingly strong urge to engage- what did "engaging" even mean? I felt like I was standing on the edge of a giant precipice; I couldn't go back, and yet the way forward looked like stepping into a void.

The moment of decision came. With eyes closed and teeth clenched tightly, I finally said yes. The second I did my heart broke, and I was SHATTERED.....

WOW! Can you relate to this moment??? Boy can I... My red pill moment came during Zoe's adoption. Before Zoe I still had a heart to do something but I was still very attached to my comfort. :0) Part of the anguish I felt during the year we waited was because I was in turmoil about what I saw- what I was learning about pain and extreme poverty. I had caught a glimpse of the truth and a HUGE part of me wanted to just crawl under my covers and hide. It took me months, MONTHS to fully surrender. Still it seems to be a step by step process as I find new places in my heart I have not given to God.

The conversation with God usually goes something like this... "OOPS!! I didn't know that was there... (sheepish grin) Could I just keep that part? No? BUT I AM NOT READY FOR THAT! You have got the wrong girl. I am not this strong. I can't give up this much. Ohhhhh Kaaaaeeee...fine. Here, you can have it. (pout) Love you."

No way I can be too hard on my kids. I throw spiritual temper tantrums on a regular basis.

So anyway... during Zoe's adoption process I became- what Kay calls "seriously disturbed."

Sounds fun right? AAWWWW YEAH! Sign me up! I wanna be disturbed Angel! I wanna be disturbed!!!

Disturbed is not something we really go for in our society is it? I love how Kay talks about this. We are raised to NOT talk about things that make people feel "uncomfortable." Don't talk about religion or politics or HEAVEN FORBID money. We don't tackle uncomfortable topics. It seems the church especially shies away from topics that truly matter. Child prostitution, child labor, rape, poverty, injustice, ethnic hatred, greed, materialism, environmental destruction, HIV/AIDS...

DISTURBING TOPICS! As Kay says...

But if we're not disturbed by the world in which we live, we will be consumed with the trivial, the insignificant, and the temporary. We will spend our days pursuing all the wrong goals, living by the wrong measurement of success, evaluating our legacy by the wrong standard.

We become seriously disturbed... then what? Then we don't know what to do. Everything starts to feel weird and prickly. Really big grocery stores make you edgy and $50,000.00 cars make you want to bang your head against the wall. You realize you live in a bubble called suburbia and you have no idea what to do about it. All you know is comfort.... all you've EVER known is comfort REALLY. So now what? So what do we do about it? Just look around and feel guilty? I tried it for a month and it wasn't that great soooo Kay and I suggest "surrender."

Now I don't make this suggestion lightly as I am not very good as it myself. With practice I hope to become more proficient at the art.

SURRENDER! It's a dirty word in our culture. We feel that surrender means FAILURE. We are a "never say die" kind of people. We are independent. We don't NEED anyone right?

Surrender to God? Ummmm no thank you. I'll be fine...

That was my attitude at first. I would NOT be going down without a fight. Sure I would do what God was telling me to do but I was going to kick and scream the whole way. Again... I don't recommend this approach. It wasn't that great. ;0)

Surrender- in God's eyes- is a wonderful place to be. It means we have come to the end of our battle and the end of ourselves. I won't lie to you. It is a wonderful place to be- but as Kay puts it- certainly not safe.

...please know that surrendering your life to God is the boldest and riskiest step you can take. Being dangerously surrendered to God allows you to know Him in increasingly deeper ways and to participate fully in His will.

...We want the rewards if living lives of faith without actually having to demonstrate faith.


WHOA!!!! OK pause for deep breathing exercises... See what I mean? Boy howdy. OK here we go...

Kay then does a section on being ordinary. BOY could I identify with that. I won't go into detail into Kay's life but don't miss that part.

Let's just say I have always felt ordinary in most ways. Not in a negative way. Just in a real way. Average grades, average height, average life (in America), you know... ordinary. Now I know some people might see my life as exciting or exotic but it wasn't to me. I had a chance to live overseas as an army brat which was a great thing. I went on some mission trips and had a wonderful childhood. In my world though- I was just like most of the kids I knew.

Then I married a genius. I know you might think I am exaggerating- maybe I am- but I don't think so. He's gonna kill me when He reads this. Too bad Russ. It's my blog. Get your own book club. ;0) I adore you Russ but it's time the public knew you are a braniac, egg head nerd. If you didn't get that from this post he wrote it's your own bad anyway. Hee hee... He is though. He's a genius. His brain works in ways I can't even get sometimes. He went to a MAJOR MBA program and here I was just being little ordinary Angel. I spent years following him around the country just having fun being his wife. It's a pretty great gig. Still though... I began to see that God had something big for ME to do too and it scared the crud out of me. I was pretty comfortable with the supporting role. Stand by your genius egg head and all that. I was not too sure how I felt about more than that.

Now here I am... what is GOING ON here??? Now my wonderful genius is helping me achieve this vision God has given me. He is THE BOMB! Still though- it's unnerving to me how cool and calm he is about the whole thing. ARGH! Here I am a nervous wreck... and he's all... COLLECTED. Makes me crazy. I am SERIOUSLY glad he is on my team.

I guess my point is- I never thought I would really make a difference. I figured that would be Russ. He's the smart one- the driven one- the one who never quits and rarely fails and barely has to sleep. Think of Beautiful Mind meets The Terminator and you've got a picture. ;0) Again, Russ is going to want me to edit this. DON'T YOU DARE EDIT MY BLOG BABE! I mean it... love you.

I am the ordinary one. I have to sleep a lot or I am a wreck. I hate dressing up- I don't like school stuff really. I always have a few extra pounds on me. My house is always a little messy. There are almost always piles of laundry. I don't feel especially talented. I just want to be a mommy. Well... and now save the world. BUT THAT'S MY POINT!

The reason I am telling you this is because it turns out you don't have to be a genius for God to use you. Maybe he'll marry you to one cause it's handy ;0) but it's NOT in the criteria. We are so afraid to shine. So afraid of what we might have to do if we embraced who God made us. We compare ourselves and think- not me... I'm not the one... I'll just cheer someone else on.

So I am learning to see the value in who God made me. Learning that it's not a weakness to be weak. Surrender is the only tool God needs to make my life significant. I guess that is why I love this quote so much. It's on the side of my blog...

Our Deepest Fear- by Marianne Williamson
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Don't compare yourself to someone else and shrink. Don't you dare. Don't play small when God has made you to be significant. I challenge you to surrender. What does that mean really??? The most significant thing I think I got out of this book is understanding what surrender to God really means...

SURRENDER- SAYING "YES" TO GOD WHEN YOU DON'T KNOW THE QUESTION.

Now... I want your thoughts! Write your own blog post if you want. If you do I will link it to the bottom of this post so everyone can read it. Comment and give us your two cents even if you haven't read the book yet. I want to hear what is on your mind. Here are some questions I would love to hear your thoughts on...

1. Have you had you "red pill" moment yet? If so when?

2. Kay describes the frustration of thinking that the AIDS pandemic was such a gigantic problem that she, as an ordinary person, wasn’t equipped to make a difference. Consider two or three world problems that deeply trouble you. Do you believe you can have any significant impact on these problems? Why or why not?

3. When was the last time you initiated conversation on a “disturbing” topic? Why do people avoid such conversations? Discuss how such conversations can be destructive or constructive.

Hope you enjoyed the first post. OH WAIT maybe I hope you were SERIOUSLY DISTURBED by it! :0)

Hugs, Angel

Monday, April 21, 2008

Ethiopia in pictures