Archive for February 2005

Prayer Journal

The only interesting thing that happened at school today was the playing of basketball in Gym class. We had a combined Phys. Ed period with the Grade 9 and 10s, and we just went over the basics of defense and offense. Oh, the other exciting thing at school was the fact that Mr. Gillmore talked about the incoming storm and that tomorrow might be a snow day. That would just really make my day.

Today was the second day of using my new prayer journal. I’m not quite sure at what time I want to do it each day, considering it sometimes takes a little bit longer. I normally read my Bible right after I get home from school, and so I’m going to try doing the prayer journal at the same time just to see if that works. The other time I could do it would be right before I go to bed. That would work as well, but it kind of divides up reading the Bible and prayer, which kind of go hand in hand. But anyways, I’ll try it after school and see how that goes.

I suppose I’ll just explain a bit how I’m doing this journal thing, and that’ll be it (yeah, today’s a short one!). Basically, I’m going to use one page per day, with the date written at the top, and then the page divided up top and bottom into two halves. The top half has a list of things to thank God…Continue Reading

Motivation for Organization

Since today was just an average Sunday, I won’t go into much detail except to mention that tonight the guys are meeting at Pastor Dave’s house to eat pizza and play poker. He’s one of the few pastors at our church that doesn’t mind playing cards, but his email to the guys was “written in code,” mentioning a “special” tournament, in case his wife or one of the pastors intercepted the email.

So anyways, I’ll try to keep this entry short, since I don’t have much to say. Yesterday evening was sort of a strange night, but definitely a productive one. My mom needed to use the computer for an hour or two last night, so I had to find something else to do during that time. I already mentioned that I filled in my income tax forms, so that was done. I went up to my room and read Red Rabbit for a little bit, and then started to get a strange feeling, an overwhelming need to organize. It’s something that doesn’t happen very often. I usually organize under the guise of being disorganized. I mean, I can find anything I want in my room, it’s just that no one else can. But what do I care? It’s my room. Maybe I don’t want anyone else to find anything.

But anyways, I started to look over what I’ve been planning to read for my daily devotions for the next little while. I’ve got to finish up the Purpose-Driven Life,…Continue Reading

Constantine

Last night was pretty cool. A couple days ago, Vince called me and we decided to hang out yesterday and go see the movie Constantine. That was cool, until I remembered that I had told Bethany I’d go over to her house for youth that night. Whoops. Oh well, I made the best of it.

I first called Vince and asked if he wanted to come to Bethany’s house. He thought that was alright, and we decided to go see the later showing at 9:40 PM so we could hang out at her house for a while. I then went upstairs and asked my dad if I could have the car to go to the Tozer’s house and then to a movie with Vince. He thought that was fine, but then I had to ask the bigger of the two questions, “Could I drive Vince there so his parents don’t have to come all the way over to the Tozer’s house to drive him there separately?” My dad finally relented after all this time and let me drive someone else around that wasn’t a family member.

That’s not to say that I haven’t already done that. I’ve driven Jordan, Angelie, and Kristy around a few times, just because there was no other way to do things, really. I mean, there’s no point in me driving home alone after youth and making the Tozer’s drive across the city to drop Kristy off at her house when she lives like just a…Continue Reading

Adventures of the Grade 12 Class

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I don’t even know where to begin to talk about today. It was kind of a crazy day, and I wish I could have been 100% awake to enjoy it. It was one of the best school days there’s been in a while; let’s just put it that way. The first part of the day was pretty average, with a Math test that wasn’t too hard and then Accounting class – more droning on about accounting for bonds payable. I wish we could just get on with it already. Anyways, lunch is where the real fun began.

On Wednesday, the Grade 12s were supposed to go to the library for Biology class, but Mrs. Houtman’s car broke down, so she couldn’t make it into school. So that trip got rescheduled for today. Once lunch started, Mrs. Houtman got us into her car and drove us to West Garden Buffet. It was only $5.99 for the buffet – a pretty sweet deal if you ask me. We ate there, with myself having two platefuls and stuffing myself up nice and plump. After that, we went to the library and asked the librarian about bovine somatotropin – a growth hormone for cows that has some controversy surrounding it, etc. She showed us how to do searches on the computer, but she spelled the name wrong and so she only came up with 1 result. After she left, I typed it in correctly and got over 120 results. So she wasn’t much help.…Continue Reading

Pearly Whites

Dentists suck. They derive pleasure from picking at other people’s gums and using obscure terms that no one understands but other dentists. I think dentists should be required to marry other dentists so that they don’t have the chance to bore their spouse, and hopefully the happy couples will go on vacations together and get lost or stranded.

If you couldn’t guess by now, I had a dentist appointment today. I’ve never really enjoyed going to the dentist’s office, but when I was little I didn’t mind it. Now I do. Every time I go in there, a few things are mentioned without fail. One of them happens as soon as they look at my teeth. They see the one on the bottom and ask, “Is that a baby tooth?” My first inclination is to say, “Well, I don’t know. You’re the dentist; why don’t you tell me?” It’s stupid, because every time I go in there, they ask that, even though it’s in my dental records – which they always look at afterward. My two front teeth on the bottom never developed permanent teeth underneath them. One of them fell out, but the other one has stood strong under pressure and decided to stay there. It now becomes a point of conversation for the dentists. When the head honcho dentist came into the room today to check over my teeth, they started talking about it. They were talking about eyeteeth and 2-10s or something. Then the lady that was…Continue Reading

Ramblings of a Semi-Fluidic Nature

Over the past few days, I’ve been reading The Purpose-Driven Life. While much of the hype in the Christian circles about this book has died down, I’ve never actually read the entire book. Last year, Bethany started up a lunch-time group to read through the book. What would happen was that once a week, we would get together and talk about the chapter we had read.

There were two problems with this plan that showed up part-way through the year. The first problem was that the book was meant to be read a chapter per day. There are forty chapters in the book, and I’m not even sure if we could have gotten through all forty in the school year by going once a week. Involved in this was the fact that New Life, the church Bethany and I attend, was doing the book at the same time (which is how she got the idea), and they were doing a chapter per day.

The second problem was that there was no strong leadership within the group. It was sort of unorganized, and although Bethany started up the group, somehow she expected everyone to just keep on doing it with no leadership at all. Halfway through lunchtime, someone would ask Bethany if we were doing it that day, and she’d start thinking and say, “No, I’ve got a lot of homework to finish up before class. We’ll do it tomorrow.” Of course, since tomorrow never comes, everything just sort of fell…Continue Reading

Thoughts, Memories, and Zombies

Nothing happened at all today. Well, okay, lots happened and it was a pretty cool day. I got my name drawn in our little lunchtime prayer group and got prayed for, which was kind of strange, but whatever. I’m glad that we have that group, because it’s not only sharpened my prayer life, but has also helped me grow closer to the people there. It’s also made me more aware of some of the needs that we have in the school, and while I don’t have the greatest memory, I try to pray for them whenever I think of them. And really, I do it right when I think of it so I don’t forget it. Some people prefer to write down requests for later; I would rather just take a few minutes to pray for something that pops into my mind. Not only is it relaxing to pray, since it’s easy to let my life get too busy sometimes, but it also keeps me on my toes, so to speak, and sensitive to what the Holy Spirit brings up. While I’m not sure exactly how biblical this concept is, I’m sure that the Holy Spirit can direct our thought processes to remind us of certain things. I mean, here I am with a horrible memory, and I haven’t missed reading my Bible for one day in about two months now. That’s almost unheard of for me.

But anyways, I’m not sure where that line of thought came from. I…Continue Reading