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Learning to Live Missionally and Mindfully

recent discoveries February 15, 2008

Filed under: ME — Katie @ 7:21 am

Punch Brothers, Punch
    Carla Jean was so kind to introduce me to Chris Thile’s latest musical venture and, unsurprisingly, I am in love with it. It is familiar, but also very foreign – the music is much more composed… less barnyard and more Bach, if you will. It also doesn’t hurt that there is a four movement suite. Everyone loves a good suite.

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Raising Sands
    Carla Jean and I also bought tickets to see this duo, so I of course had to go buy the album they produced. I love Alison Krauss, but I honestly had no clue who Robert Plant was – come to find out, he was in Led Zeppelin! So, I was a little nervous about the purchase, but I must say…. this is probably one of the best albums I’ve ever owned. It is definitely blues-y, if that’s a word. But, it also has hints of Alison’s bluegrass roots. I dare to say that “Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us” is my favorite song on the album.
    Strange things are happening everyday
    I hear the music up above my head
    Though the side of my heart has left me again,
    I hear music above

Jack Johnson, Sleep Through the Static
    All I can really say about this album is that Jack doesn’t disappoint. This album doesn’t differ too much from the rest of his albums, which is why I love it. I appreciate when some artists try new things and branch out, but Jack Johnson – to me, at least – is a genre in and of himself and if he were to change his style, the world would cease to exist.

The Green Mile
    I had never seen this movie before and I must admit that I was fairly disappointed in it. When I told people it was in my Netflix queue, they always responded “What!? You haven’t seen it? You NEED to see it.” So, I thought it was going to be this life changing film… much like Shawshank. Instead, it was this peculiar plot about a man who saves people’s lives paranormally…. I was very confused.

Everything is Illuminated
    I pretty much forgot this movie existed until I saw it on Netflix, so I put it to the top of my queue and watched it yesterday! I don’t exactly know how to describe it. But, it was good!

Tuck Everlasting
    The book, not the movie. I had to read it for a class and I’m starting to think it could quite possiblybe one of my favorite books. It’s a great story for entertainment, but it goes so much deeper than that – what it means to live a life of purpose and how our inability to know the end result pushes us to make the most of what we have.

Juno and its soundtrack
    Love, love, love this movie. Absolutely hilarious… I mean, genuinely funny. But it was also a very sweet movie… and I want Michael Cera to sing me to sleep every night.

That’s it!


a memory February 11, 2008

Filed under: ME — Katie @ 7:01 am

I have been trying not to get too personal with my blog entries, but I feel a little daring today.

A few weeks ago, I read some old blog entries and was reminded of something my dad did three years ago on Valentine’s Day…. and, since VDay is approaching, I thought it would be appropriate:
    “And this morning, my dad gave me a Valentine’s Day card and then said the following: ‘Your’e not a kid anymore, Katie. [Long pause] Sometimes I just wish I had more time.” I almost lost it all right then… I love my parents.” – February 2005



updating frenzy February 6, 2008

Filed under: ME — Katie @ 6:51 pm

Apparently I have a lot more on my mind than normal. Today I just want to share some things I hate hearing about:

The Superbowl

Basically, just those two things. Don’t want to hear about them.


just some thoughts February 3, 2008

Filed under: ME — Katie @ 10:11 pm

Although I should probably not take a break from studying/paper writing to write a blog entry, I can’t help but share some things I’ve been thinking about. Simplistic they may be, but important nonetheless.

I find it funny that today’s message at church was ridiculously similar to a conversation Carla Jean and I had last night. Over dinner (free Brio!), we chatted about the circumstances of life and how we are shaped by our past, not defined by it. I seem to be a “been there, done that” kind of girl, but I have found that all the hardships I’ve faced have only made me a stronger because I’ve tried to use my adversities for the good of the Kingdom. Trials will come, but if we can prepare a way for the Lord, then He will make a way in the desert and He will raise every valley and lower every mountain, He will level the rough ground and make the rugged places smooth. And then, when all is said and done, His glory will be revealed (Isaiah 40:3-5). Not that this always makes our trials easier, but it’s always good to know that God is for us and not against us. He’s fighting for us, even when we don’t recognize it. He can take all of the garbage and turn it into something beautiful.

I have been thinking a lot lately about my more recent struggles and how in several weeks or months  or even years from now, I will begin to really see what God is doing. I already have seen some, but I can’t wait to be in the place where I can see the big picture. I want to see the top of the tapestry, not the messy underside.

This all goes back to the idea that we cannot know what God knows. We cannot see what God sees. We can only see what we are capable of seeing… which, as humans, is not a lot. What we do know is the very end – we know that the war against sin has already been won for us because of Jesus’ sacrifice. What we don’t and cannot know, however, is the end of our stories…our struggles… our circumstances. If Abraham had known that God wouldn’t actually have him kill Isaac, then Abraham would not have been as faithful. He wouldn’t have been as dedicated. He wouldn’t have passionately followed God’s weird request to kill his precious son. But, since Abraham was faithful, since he was dedicated, since He did obey God passionately, God spared Isaac and now we have this awesome ancient story about crazy Abraham.

One day, we will see the very end. We will see the bigger picture. I always think I am at that place, and then I get knocked back to the bottom of the ladder where I can only see at eye level (which, at 5’2″, is pretty barren…). For the rest of my life, I will be climbing that ladder and I will be knocked back down. But, each time I find myself on the bottom rung, I will be able to look up and know that He is right there with me and that He will climb and fall with me. If I were to always stay at the top, I would only look down. Sometimes I need to be reminded to look up more often.