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Day 8: Finding real gold

July 18th, 2011 Categories: blending..., enjoying... 1 comment

Day 8 (Wednesday 29th June 2011)
I took the most pictures on Day 8, and maybe I should tag it “fun in the fog” instead of “fun in the sun“, but I think you’ll get the point – it was a lot of fun! We began the day with a later start than normal, giving the saints staying in Berkeley time to get over to us in San Francisco. Then after we regrouped at the Blazing Saddles bike shop (having traversed the Golden Gate Bridge twice in the van, in an attempt to find it!) we shared the Christ we enjoy with the employees, were given the route and safety talk, were kitted out with helmets and bikes, test-rode our bikes down the blue mat, and were escorted down to the grass by the bay!

And we were off!

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Day 4: Adventures in the sand

July 4th, 2011 Categories: blending... Be the first to comment

Here is a quick post before the training starts!

Day 4 (Saturday 25th June 2011)
Day 4 was all about sand! And unlike Day 3’s stars post, I am talking about physical sand here. We started off with a good breakfast with the lovely E family, and then all met up at the G’s for some enjoyment and prayer before heading out for the day’s activities. First on the list… quad-biking on sand dunes near Palm Springs! Now get this – almost all the sisters were up for it, whereas most of the brothers preferred to go straight to the outlet mall! Cue amused roll of the eyes ;)

We had a good time on the quad-bikes, although it did get rather hot out there in the desert! And I’m such a wuss when it comes to driving, so imagine roaming around on uneven sandy surfaces at (for me) high speed! Overall I ‘drove’ safely, made it up to the middle sand dunes, and was considerably stuck only once. It was an experience, anyway!

We joined everyone else at the outlet mall after that, for a short but productive shop around. And then it was onward to Huntington Beach for a BBQ on the beach! We were supposed to have a bonfire, but the saints were unable to find an open bonfire pit. We played baseball/softball/rounders (take your pick as to what it actually was) on the sand, with everyone being happy with a draw as the end result :) That’s the church-life! We had a lot of fun, and I feel like it was the most I have ever exerted myself in a physical sport. But I ached for a day or so afterwards!

Day 1: “Perfection” and Imperfection

July 1st, 2011 Categories: blending..., singing... 2 comments

Day 1 (Wednesday 22nd June 2011)
As Day 1 dawned, those of us who had arrived the day before were well rested and the coming full schedule helped us to adjust to being eight hours ahead. After enjoying a sweet breakfast time with the UCLA sisters, T and I went over to meet the other (so far) UK saints at the “office”. We had a time of enjoyment and morning revival with the saints, and one brother taught us a new song which is very sweet:

1. Draw me, dear Lord, with Your beauty,
Capture my heart till earth fades away.
I need Your love to attract me
So I can love You more today.

2. Empty me, Lord, how I need You!
Unclog my mind, emotion, and will.
All that I have, I abandon
So You can fill my heart today.

3. Oh fill me now with Your life, Lord,
Flood my whole being with rivers divine.
I open wide; what enjoyment!
To live Your life, dear Lord, as mine.

Madrid in May

May 26th, 2011 Categories: blending..., enjoying... 7 comments

Last weekend I finally fulfilled a promise to visit the saints in Madrid, and had a really wonderful time :) LK and I took a long weekend and headed out to sunny Spain, where we were cherished by the care of the saints, saw the sights of the city, experienced the Spanish way of life, and ate lots of yummy food! You’ll be able to see all that if you click through to view the whole post via the link below. But before you do that, here is one thing I appreciate a sister sharing with us soon after we arrived:

Visiting saints have a responsibility to share their Christ with the local saints.

You could think of it like the circulation in the human body – the flow bringing a fresh supply each time it circulates – a picture of the spiritual fellowship in the Body of Christ. So, during the trip I enjoyed touching the Lord a little every morning, a little bit more throughout the day, learning to fellowship with the sister I travelled with, and bringing my enjoyment to the church meeting on the Lord’s day. And if you know me, you know that’s not such an easy thing to do :) But it made my “holiday” a thousand times more worthwhile!

And with that said, you can now go ahead and click through to catch a glimpse of my weekend in Madrid. Enjoy!