субота, листопада 25, 2006


This blog is dedicated to one of my best friends. Her name is Ashley Hayman, and today is her birthday! Ashley is now in Uganda working in an orphanage and she is coming home in less then a month!

Happy Birthday, Ashley! I love you very much and I can't wait to have you back!

середа, вересня 20, 2006


Dan Postma, after realizing that people are generally not dumb and can figure things out without him explaining everything:

"Oh boy, how many people did I make an asshole of in front of myself?"

пʼятниця, вересня 08, 2006

good people. good times.

an excellent way to spend a saturday night
call 905 923 90 24 and save a buck or two on advance tickets

четвер, червня 01, 2006

be there!

check this out. it is going to be a great time, supporting a great cause!
and how often do we get to do line dancing, anyway?
so, june 10th is the day people!

субота, травня 13, 2006

Make me proud!

Pride and shame are the two extremes of the same continuum. We are proud of some things, indifferent about others, and most certainly ashamed of things that are too close to us to be indifferent about, and yet do not generate that chest inflating, smile inducing, publicity seeking pride. We boast in what we are proud of, put it on display, make sure that everybody knows. It is not always a conscious effort, but an instinct, a reflex that surpasses even our own will. We boast in good jobs, in popular friends, in power to make decisions, in those pretty and witty significant others, in possessions… each has their own. We pursue those things restlessly, because they often are that best foot that we put forward, in relationships with both people and God.

On the other side there is an equally strong, if not a stronger reflex to be ashamed of things that do not add anything to what we are when they are put on display. No disciple volunteered to wash the others' feet before the Last Supper. Nobody wants to hang out with a geek. Nobody boasts in their dysfunctional family. Everybody wants to serve dinner for a charity event, but how many want to clean up afterwards? Unless, of course, somebody sees and recognizes our sacrifices and humble work of service, to make sure that our names go down in history and are eventually canonized. We often look at so many things in life the same way we look at the Canadian Olympic hockey team, with a single charge: Make Us Proud!, or else you be tossed into the lake of fire where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth (or, as an alternative, I will find someone or something else that will)

And now some perspective:

I will not boast in anything: no gifts, no pow’r, no wisdom.
But I will boast in Jesus Christ: His death and Resurrection.
Why should I gain from his reward? I cannot give an answer.
But this I know with all my heart: his wounds have paid my ransom.

I don’t want to boast in the fact that I need to ransomed, or that I am gaining from somebody else’s reward. I am proud of the fact that I am independant and I can do it. To genuinely let somebody know that daily I am by the hair pulled out of the suffocating swamp of everything that is the real me, it adds nothing to my profile. So, even when it comes to faith, I boast in my moral and self-righteous life-style and in the work of my church; not in the fact that I am a “sinful and selfish [wo]man. But God has put his hands on me.”

Christ is rarely my best foot to put forward. There are many things that reflect me so much better!

But do they?

How does one find a balance, so that the words of that song on a Sunday morning do not bear witness to one’s hypocrisy?


God is good and faithful!
He knows what he is doing, even when I don't (which in the grand scheme of things is awesome, since I would probably screw it up anyways :D). I am not afraid to fall.
I will sing with joy and rest in him.

I know, I know... I can almost see some of you gagging at this oh-so-tacky epiphany of mine. I remain unfazed. ;)
Periodically, it is just so good to realize anew the simple things in life, don'’t you think?

P.S.: It is almost 3am, and I am hyper! And craving pork chops and a fruit smoothie. Oh boy...

пʼятниця, квітня 28, 2006

Choir Tour 2006: BC (April 28 - May 9)

I get to sing this along with 43 gifted children of God... :D

Rejoice And Sing Out His Praises
(by: Mark Hayes)

I will sing to the Lord all of my life.
I will sing praises onto my God as long as I live!

May he be pleased with my song,
For he has made me glad.
I will sing and make music with all of my soul!
He is my song!

I will rejoice and sing praises forever!
I will rejoice and sing praises to God!

Praise the Lord, oh my soul,
All my inmost being, praise his holy name!
Praise the Lord, oh my soul,
And forget not all his benefits!
For he forgives all my sins,
And he heals all my diseases;
He redeems my life from the pit
And crowns me with love and compassion

He satisfies all my desires with all good things
So that my youth is renewed like the eagle's!

He is my strength and song!
I will rejoice!

(Based on Psalm 104:33-34; 108:1b; 103:105)

середа, квітня 12, 2006

drama queen

In five hours I will go to my very last undergrad lecture ever.
Very exciting. Very scary. Very nostalgic. Tear...

P.S. Comment on my last blog, people! Please! I know we all have things to say about this.

EDIT: So, the whole thing ended up being rather anticlimactic. The prof was 45 minutes late for my last lecture and walked in as I was walking out to attend a recital. We exchanged pleasantries, he gave me the review material and wished me all the best.

No drama for Mira.