Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Morning

Morning.

"[His compassions] are new every morning." Lamentations 3:23

The time of newness. Sunrise. Darkness replaced. Renewed strength. Beginning again. I ran to Tuckey to work-out this morning and pondered the wonder of the morning. I breathed in the crisp fall air and thanked God for a new day.

"In the morning, when I rise, give me Jesus."

Fall Break was crazy. Here's a tour: Revolution, dentist appointment, a viewing/funeral, dinner/baseball game with the family and Gary, doctor appointment, trip to Indy to visit Christina, haunted hay ride, Jordan's soccer tournament, church, shopping with Mom and Jess, and drive back with Gary. I think I need another break.

(PS: Chris---thanks for a wonderful time. Sorry I was exhausted, but I'm so glad I got to "hang in your world" for a while. You're a good friend, a tlf. Love you!)

"A little sea-bathing would set me up forever." Mrs Bennet, Pride and Prejudice. I do believe a sunrise on the beach is the best thing ever. (Yes--this quote is random but it's been stuck in my head. I had to slip it in somehow.)

This week has been kind of stressful, a culmination of many things. I feel exhausted physically and emotionally. Yet, God is good. My devotion times have been amazing: prayer for the N-people-group, "Velvet Elvis," Nehemiah, Hebrews. I also praise God for supportive friends. Holly and I talked for almost three hours on Tuesday. It was amazing to catch up, finally. And Gary is so understanding as I learn to be honest. Yes, again, God is good.

"Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." Hebrews 4:16

God's grace is like the morning. With His grace comes the dawn of connection to God. Out of darkness into His wonderful light. Just like a new day, we are made new in Him and can draw near to God with complete confidence. Do I truly trust in this grace?

Ah, praise God for the morning.
Jana Alexis

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Happy Fall Break

Oh. Am I glad to be home. The past week was sure tough but I made it.

Class update:
  • Federal Income Tax: I took the second test yesterday. The multiple choice problems (15) took 25 minutes and the open book problems (5) took me 65 minutes. Whew. That's quite the test.
  • Conducting: We had two exams this week. It's amazing how much practicing can help. I can feel the baton becoming an extension of my arm.
  • Math: Logarithms was the topic for Wednesday. It actually clicked . . . such a great feeling.
  • Intermediate Accounting: I didn't do great on the last test. When I called my Dad, he reminded me that in three years that grade won't matter.
  • Managerial Finance: I wish this class was harder. We're learning about the time value of money right now. I did my homework for Wednesday at 1am that morning.

Such a gorgeous fall day. The colors are changing. It's breezy. Leaves are on the ground. I told Mom this morning when we were walking that I wish I could live in a place of perpetual fall.

Who was the idiot that planned a dentist appointment for 9am on the first day of break? That would be me. When I got there this morning, the electricity was out. They checked my appliance anyway and it's lookin' good. I still need to wear it about 18 hours a day.

Praise God. Make His praise glorious.

All praise to my "God Who Hears Prayer." Let me tell of all the wonderful things He has done for me. Most amazing of all, He has provided a way for me to be saved. If He never did another thing, His grace would be enough. I would still owe Him my life.

Amen--let it be so.
Jana Alexis

Friday, October 12, 2007

Everything

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecc. 3:11

I don't know why I wait so long to update. Life is crazy, I guess. Classes are going well. I feel the change of the senior year and other things going on. I'm not quite as focused as I used to be . . . and yet I'm still learning, still enjoying my business subjects. Federal Income Tax is definitely my hardest class . . . too many rules and exceptions to the rules and exceptions to the exceptions.

In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. Hebrews 9:22

I was able to go home unexpectedly last weekend. Don’t ask how I can fit so much into one weekend. Friday: drive back with Charity and her sisters, go with the family to Jason’s concert at Huntington. Saturday: do laundry, walk with Mom, run errands, go to Jason’s film shoot, visit Jess at Platos, spend the evening at the Miller’s with Gary. Sunday: church at CGS!, China meeting at the Miller’s, hang with G and then my mom at the Millers, go to bed early and sleep for 10 hours. Monday: dentist appointment and drive back to school with Mom.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1

Holly’s boyfriend, John Compton, is here for the week. I drove with her to Chicago to pick him up on Wednesday night. She was the driver; I was the navigator. (Thanks to my father we did not get lost.) We got back at 2am. (And I had an Accounting test at 8 the next morning.) I’m so happy for Holly. We played games last night: Catch Phrase and Nertz. Gary came. Holly romped on us all in Nertz—go figure.

What does "everything" mean? What exactly does this encompass? What do I mean when I say that God is "my everything"? The definition: "every thing or particular of an aggregate or total; all." Every bit of the entire thing. That's what God is to me.

Random thoughts: Shekinah Glory is going wonderfully. RA-ing is good. I love my roommates. I’m going to House Church with Charity this Sunday. This weekend is a homework weekend. Brooke and I need to deliver toilet paper to the girls. Charity, Nora, and I just watched “Big Fish” (amazing movie, Jason!). Conducting amuses me. I love this cooler weather! Naps are the best. Nora gave me a back massage on Monday night. I sure do enjoy coffee. God is good to me.

This has gone on quite long enough.
Congrats for making it through—if you did.
It's all good.
Jans

Monday, October 1, 2007

Rain Brings Wet Jeans

This is definitely a pet peeve of mine. It really bothers me when I walk outside as it's raining and the hem of my pants gets wet. Oooo. Bothersome.

Can I just say that I had an amazing weekend with my sister? I sure did. From shopping and drinking coffee to long talks at Notre Dame and cutting her hair, my time with Jess was wonderful. Jessica--you're so much fun! Thanks for being my friend. Thanks for being honest . . . and for listening in turn. Thanks for spending your weekend with me. Love you!

Four late nights in a row is not good for me. I was on-duty again over the weekend. This means that me and a guy RA walk through the dorms three times each night: 6pm, 9:30pm, and 12am. So I don't get back to my room until 12:30am. I was going to take a nap this afternoon but I decided to be productive instead and to work on homework.

My Management Finance test went well this morning. The Conducting exercise also went well. I can't believe how nervous I get standing up in the front of the class to cue and conduct a hymn--"In the Bleak Midwinter."

What makes me come alive:
  • cleaning
  • the ocean
  • dancing

What makes you come alive? It's good to know these things.
Jana