Friday, September 28, 2007

"SG"s of My Life

It seems that I have an embarrassment of riches in the "SG" realm. I can't really use that abbreviation because it stands for five very different things in my life. Here goes the explanation, which I'm sure you knew was coming.

State of Grace--the first occurrence of that infamous phrase. State of Grace is the dance company that I became a member of about eight years ago. We are based out of Washington, D.C. at the moment. Who knows when I'll dance with them again . . . it's always a God-thing, last minute . . . but I'm already looking forward to it.

Sufficient Grounds--the wonderful Bethel coffee shop. Thank goodness for some place on campus where I can "get away." I spent almost three hours there this morning, much-needed Jana-time. Tonight Holly, Charity, and I enjoyed some roommate bonding. H and C ate a late dinner while I sipped my mango yogurt smoothie. We started to make a list of all the ways we are similar. It's amazing we get along so well--all this perfectionism, over-analyzation, and oldest-sibling-characteristics in one room could be a scary thing.

Shekinah Glory--my wonderful Bethel dance team. There are twenty-five girls right now. It's pretty crazy but I'm enjoying it to the hilt. I just received information about possible Chapel performances for the future. Time to get started on the choreography. We're going to fill that auditorium with dancing.

Study Guide--So far, I've made three this year: applied math, income tax, and intermediate accounting. I think my study habits are solid. (Senior year--it's about time.) Now I know how I work best. No more do I need to spend hours and hours studying in the library . . . no longer do I want to do that.

"Something Good"--Okay. So this one doesn't really fit; but, I just had to mention my wonderful weekend. Gary and I explored Chicago on Saturday. It was a beautiful day--not a cloud in the sky--and the "happenings" were marvelous and the company was fabulous. Sorry, Holly. I do believe that I have the most amazing boyfriend ever.

Well, maybe it's my God Who makes it all so amazing.
So happy. So blessed.
Jana Alexis

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Comfortable But Not Interesting

I was prepared to be upset. The mailroom said they lost my package that Fedex said was delivered on the 7th. So, I took the PDF print-out of the signed receipt to the mailroom today . . . and they found my conducting baton. The package was on the microwave so they didn't see it. Phew.

By the way, conducting class was cancelled today. I talked to Sue--my old boss in the Fine Arts Office--for awhile instead.

We watched "Anne of Green Gables" and "Anne of Avonlea" at Holly's home on Sunday. What delightful movies! "There's such a lot of different Annes in me. I sometimes think that is why I'm such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn't be half so interesting."

Shekinah Glory started off well last night. I enjoyed listening to the girls share and pray. Aerobics was funny, but a blast. New modern choreography went well--25 girls to teach in the same room is a dream-come-true.

Another by-the-way: my cold is much better. Also, my on-duty weekend finished well. Nate and I talked to a lot of people and only caught a few. Not much sleep but--hey--I'm at college.

It is a gorgeous day outside. And I'm wearing a cute outfit. And a class was cancelled. And I just thoroughly enjoyed my snack of pretzels and salt-free peanuts. I'm going to go sit outside and have my quiet time. It's a good day.

Jana Alexis

Saturday, September 15, 2007

learn from Me

This sure has been a long week. Because it was Spiritual Emphasis Week, we had two chapels every day—nine total. It was draining but good. Sean Azzaro from San Antonio, Texas challenged us from Acts. Here’s a blip from my journal, “Only one thing is needed . . . to be with Jesus. Am I Yours? Am I carrying my cross? How blessed am I. So blessed, sometimes I fear the blessings cloud my vision and become my security.”

Shekinah Glory auditions were on Monday and Tuesday from 9:45-10:45pm. (Oh, the life of a college student—lovely late nights.) Ten girls came the first night and fifteen the second. I taught a hip-hop, a ballet, and a modern combination and gave the vision for the year. Monday morning I still didn’t have a verse but then 2 Cor. 9:12-15 jumped out at me—perfect! I’m excited about this year—I know with great confidence that God is with me as I lead.

Thursday was a day of conversations with five different girls. I praise God for the way He’s worked in my life in order that I might encourage others. I praise God for the honor of being an RA and the opportunities it affords. I praise God for girls who are seeking God and striving to please Him.

Working in the Semester Abroad Office is going well. Brent is in the Dominican Republic right now, so I’m holding down the fort. I only work for an hour or two every day, so it’s manageable.

Not much homework this weekend—praise the Lord! I’m on duty every night (from 6pm-12am) and I have a terrible cold, so I’m glad I don’t have a lot to do. I actually slept-in this morning until 10:15. That was amazing.

One night during Chapel, I was just browsing through the Gospels. John the Baptist—the radical—is one my favorite New Testament characters. I noticed that Matthew and Mark tell of his beheading . . . and Jesus doesn’t say a word. It served to remind me, again, of how my life is simply for the Father’s glory. That’s how Jesus lived his life here on earth; why should mine be any different? The servant must live as the Master lived.

I also ran across the verse: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) I love how Jesus says “come to me” and “learn from me.” Oh—how much I desire that He would teach me.
Sitting at His feet,
Jana Alexis
PS: Sal--red shoes pictures are forthcoming . . . as soon as I find a camera cable.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Weather: Make Up Your Mind

I wish this weather would make up its mind. Humid. Cloudy. Cool. Windy. Rainy. Sunshine. I can't decide what I should wear when it's acting like that.

Our first Founders' girls event was last night . . . and I'd say the Pound Party was a success. Over thirty girls attended. We snacked on a variety of eatables: cookies, animal crackers with icing, banana bread, chocolate, fruit, nuts, candy . . . good food. The girls were wonderfully creative in their contributions. I made them play Knot and race. Good conversations. Yep--it was a great party.

I'm stalling until my ride home arrives.

I'm enjoying my classes so far. Not too bad. Although, in Conducting I was the last person picked for a practicing partner. That was sad/embarrassing/hurtful. "Don't cry, don't cry" I kept telling myself. I think that's one of the worst feelings in the world. But, no worries--I'm alright and I think I'm still going to enjoy the class.

There's not a lot of homework to do this weekend. I worked ahead as much as I could. I can't wait to see MIMETime and spend time with my family and make 3 dozen peanut-butter cookies and dance at church.

You are saved, not because of what you do, but because of what Christ did. And you are special, not because of what you do, but because of whose you are. And you are his.
Max Lucado

Content in Him.

Monday, September 3, 2007

And Classes Begin

Classes started on Thursday.
  • Intermediate Accounting I (T-R from 8-9)
  • Management Finance (M-W-F from 8-9)
  • Applied Mathematics for Business (M-W-F from 12-1)
  • Federal Income Tax (M-W-F from 2-3)
  • Basic Conducting (M-W from 11-12)
  • Senior Experience (M from 6-7)

Four hardcore numbers classes. Only one class on Tuesdays and Thursdays. An eight o’clock class every morning. One very expensive calculator. Four heavy textbooks and three light. One conducting baton. And lots of number crunching and problem-solving ahead of me. It’s going to be a good semester.

Let me not imagine that my love for You is very great if I am unwilling to do for a human being something very small.
Elisabeth Elliot

Friday night was girls’ night. Nine of us ate dinner at Sufficient Grounds. We talked about our favorite class so far and our favorite candy bar. (Can you guess mine?) Then we played the question game, ordered specialty drinks (a raspberry/mango/yogurt smoothie for me), relaxed in our room, and watched “Take the Lead.”

Content. That’s the word. A state of heart in which you would be at peace if God gave you nothing more than he already has. Test yourself with this question: What if God’s only gift to you were his grace to save you. Would you be content?
Max Lucado

Gary came to visit on Saturday and we spent a wonderful day together. I think this fortells of many such visits to come this year. :) Sunday I went to Grace Church with Holly and joined her family for an Italian spaghetti dinner. The rest of the day I worked on homework, talked to my mom, delivered toilet paper, and watched a movie with Nora.

Prayer for my girls:
Now I commit you to God and to the word of His grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. Acts 20:32

Charity and I ran this morning—down to the river and back up Main Street. This weather is so beautiful. I’m looking forward to another good day—praise God for a three-day weekend!