Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Shout-Out

I'm not sure who reads this blog . . . so these random shout-outs may never reach the intended. No matter . . . I'm going to shout anyway.

Shout-Out to Unleashed, Rev and Others
Thanks for a great weekend at the Dunes. It really was wonderful. I loved the water, clay, sand, reading, Euchre, pudgy-pies, sleeping in a tent, sunsets, massages, sunning, cold water, running . . . Good times.

Shout-Out to Jeremy Camp
Thanks, sir, for your great music. I've been listening to your new CD--Beyond Measure. It's been an encouragement to me.

I know that I’ve been given more than beyond measure.
I come alive when I see beyond my fears.
I know that I’ve been given more than earthly treasure.
I come alive when I’ve broken down and given you control.

Shout-Out to Megan, two Ashleys, Lindsay, Alex, Chris, Jessica, Brad, Brenda . . . and I'm sure I'm missing some others . . .
Thanks girls for random coffee outings, processing sessions, lunch at the park, walks, and disclosures at Taco Bell. I've enjoyed meeting with you and getting to know you a bit better.

Shout-Out to Gary S.
Hey--nice game on Monday. 10 run rule. That's pretty amazing!

I think I'm hoarse now. Enough shouting.
Praise God for His faithfulness.
Jans

Friday, July 20, 2007

Lemonade

I love the randomness of summer days.

Last Friday Jordan, Gary, and I rode bikes downtown on the Rivergreenway. I love downtown and it was a beautiful evening to bike.

Saturday afternoon Jason, Jordan and I swam at the Arlington Park pool. (We have passes now because my Grandma lives there.) I watched them play "21" and then resigned myself to being dunked multiple times. Yay for big younger brothers! They sure make me laugh. We sunned and watched Jordan dive off the diving board. He's good.

That evening we joined the Revolution for games, a movie, and fellowship at the Schenkes. Password, Mao, and Spoons. "Bourne Supremacy." I think I had a migraine towards the end of the night but it was still fun.

Mr. Nelson did an excellent job teaching on Sunday morning. I was definitely challenged not to portray Christianity as easy or to make an easy conversion . . . I still need to do more processing.
Mom and I enjoyed our Sunday afternoon: napping, cleaning, and shopping. Three of my favorite things. G and I ran errands later on and just talked. An "Extreme Days" viewing finished out the evening. "Well, you were very persistent."

"Life gave me lemonade and I can't imagine why. Pour it on a summer day beneath a tangerine sky. I live life without pretending. I'm a sucker for happy endings. Thanks for the lemonade!" Chris Rice

Happy.
J. Alexis

Monday, July 16, 2007

Oswald Chambers

Beware. The following post contains slightly uncomforable and definitely challenging quotes from Oswald Chambers. On July 17 I will complete my second read-through of "My Utmost of His Highest"---freshman year and junior year of college. I want to honor this incredible man of God whose writing inspires me to live beyond my nicely packaged Christianity, to live radically for the only One who matters.

"To the saint personal insult becomes the occasion of revealing the incredible sweetness of the Lord Jesus."

"My vision of God depends upon the state of my character. Character determines revelation."

"It must be God first, God second, and God third, until the life is faced steadily with God and no one else is of any account whatever."

"It will be a big humiliation to realize that I have not been concerned about realizing Jesus Christ, but only about realizing what He has done for me."

"Dare I really let God be to me all that He says He will be?"

"The Christian life is gloriously difficult, but the difficulty of it does not make us faint and cave in, it rouses us up to overcome."

"Thank God He does give us difficult things to do! His salvation is a glad thing, but it is also a heroic, holy thing. It tests us for all we are worth. Jesus is bringing many 'sons' to glory, and God will not shield us from the requirements of a son. God's grace turns out men and women with a strong family likeness to Jesus Christ, not milk-sops. It takes a tremendous amount of discipline to live the noble life of a disciple of Jesus in actual things."

May you be encouraged. May that spur you on. May you live a dangerous and unconventional Christian life. Most importantly, may you know Jesus Christ and live for His glory.
Amen--let it be so.
Jana Alexis

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Sandwiches and Septic Tanks

Random thoughts.

Today I wrapped my sandwich of peanut butter and honey in plastic wrap. We ran out of sandwich baggies at home. It’s amazing how such a simple act can bring on a wave of Aussie-remembering. I wrapped all of my lunches in plastic wrap—the big roll of it sitting on the metal trolley—every morning.

I've already worked over 350 hours at the Innovation Center this summer.

I remembered the name that Australians call Americans: "septic tanks." Because it rhymes with "yank" and a yank is an American. Funny rhyming system, huh?

Quite a few games were played with the Stauffers last week. Let's just say that I'm glad I don't have to win and still enjoy playing even when I lose royally. Apples to Apples: I didn't do too terribly. The game is growing on me. Pass the Pigs: My first time ever playing and I came in third place. Scattergories: I think I try too hard at this game. I stink at it. But I amazingly still like to play. Go figure.

Did you know that even though some things are a long time in coming, they are still definitely worth the wait? I'm just amazed at how faithful and loving my God is to me. Amazed.

In His grace,
J. Alexis

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Paid Holidays!

Good evening.

I keep thinking that I have to work tomorrow and then I remind myself---Woo-hoo!!! A day in the middle of the week off of work. I adore paid holidays.

I started typing quotes today at 8am. By 2pm, my eyes wouldn't stay open any longer and I couldn't concentrate. So, I helped one of the guys water the flowers and the bushes. It took over an hour and a half. Any excuse to be outside and to have a break from typing.

Mom and I went to Jordan's game in Berne on Saturday. We browsed the shops downtown before the game started--so fun. That evening my friend Nora from school came to visit. Gary joined us in a grand dinner-making effort: baked ziti, salad, and bread. Then Nora, Jess, Jordan, and I walked through Headwaters Park downtown and took lots of pictures.

Here are some shots from my last State of Grace performance. Goodness, I didn't know I could look so mean.