Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Alamo

The Alamo! I was so excited on my trip to San Antonio to get to go to the Alamo. I have been there before. As a public school student in Texas, in seventh grade, I studied Texas history. I vividly recall our family vacation to San Antonio when I was a seventh grader. It was wonderful. I hadn't been back to San Antonio in many, many years. So, when I knew that I was going to be in San Antonio and that my girlfriends would most likely want to walk the famous river walk...I secretly hoped that we'd be able to go to the Alamo as well. I didn't want to ask the girls if they wanted to do that because I thought it might be a little bit nerdy!! Getting to go again to the Alamo was a thrill!!
That explains my pictures for today. I always try to post a few pictures when I blog. I know that pictures are usually more interesting than my words!
The real reason that I come to the blog today is because I'm plagued by this question: What do you do when your friends in Christ do not agree with your position on a Biblical issue? I just want to let that question hang out in the open for a bit. I'm pondering, praying, studying and seeking God's heart on the issue all while I wait with my mouth shut.
What do you do??

Sunday, June 20, 2010

A Visit to Texas

I just returned from a visit to Texas. I went to San Antonio to meet up with some friends from Kansas City. We met at the Headquarters of Bible Study Fellowship International. We spent a week volunteering at HQ. Some of us worked in the kitchen preparing food for the following week, some of us worked in the press with colating and then shipping. We prepared materials for the classes. We shipped boxes of class materials and lessons for the BSF study of Isaiah which will begin this fall. I prepared boxes to be shipped to Africa, Australia, New Zealand, California, and even Winchester, Virginia. The box that was going to Winchester was going to a friend I knew from the day class when I was in the class in 2002. I wrote a note of personal greeting on the packing slip for the Winchester class. Wonder if they'll remember me?

It was great fun to catch up with my friends from the Kansas City evening women's class. We had so much fun! We were always the loudest laughers at lunch time. When we were working in the press we enjoyed learning more about each other as we colated papers. We laughed a lot at that job too!

You know how they say, "Everything's bigger in Texas"?! Well, I know this to be true since I grew up there. But, I forgot how much hotter it is in Texas. Oh, and the sound of cicadas has nothin' on the sound of the Katydids that we heard. I mean, they made noise all day long and all night long too! This brown guy was outside of our kitchen area by the Obadiah complex. Some of the hoppers were pink! I only found squashed pink ones, so I didn't take pictures of those. These katydids were pretty big too, fit right in with the "bigger in Texas" theme. I usually enjoy bugs of all sorts, love to look at them, study them, find out what they are, etc. But, I'm drawing the line on these katydids...they are pretty yucky! Some of their wings looked like brains, the veins on the wings were so red they stood out agains the brown of their bodies.

I love purple thistles. This one was right outside our rooms. I did have to brave the "goathead" burrs to take the picture. The very next day, the volunteers who did landscaping had cut down all my wildflowers. Ok, not all of them...but the ones that were the easiest to get to were gone.

I'm hoping to post some more of my Texas pictures tomorrow. We start VBS though, so I don't know how much free time I'll have. Stay tuned.....