Denali 2011 – Day 1 – Getting there

Sunday morning 8/21/2011 8:30am – Worcester, MA

I’m either heading to church about now for Sunday school or I’m getting ready to head to service only. Either way – I’m about to be at BBC. 🙂 Not today though – I’m off to David’s house to then head to the airport on the start of this adventure.

I got to his house around 9am, we put all our luggage in his wife’s car and hung out for a bit. David even packed a lunch for when we were going to be in Philly later. We left and got to the airport around 11am for a 12:30pm flight from Boston Logan to Philly. We landed at about 2pm – the shortest flight of the whole trip (well shortest jet flight.. but more on that later).

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Denali Packing

I just finished packing for Denali trip tomorrow.  My checked suitcase is just barely under 50 lb – I had to take stuff out to get it down to that weight.  I’ve got that plus my carry-on and my computer-backpack (which is a cheat for a 2nd carry-on since my iPad is my “computer”).

I won’t be at church tomorrow (technically today since it’s after midnight).. a friend called me a heathen.  Meh.

See after the break for some pics…

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New blog…. (sorta)

So I’ve moved my blog… again. I had it a while ago on my own server, then moved to GoDaddy for hosting and moved to a family “blog” but with everyone going on FaceBook these days, no one was updating that kind of blog anymore. Anyway – I just moved this to being hosted on WordPress.com so it can be a lot cheaper to host.

I think I’ve got it setup correctly to cross-post to FaceBook (and twitter) so we’ll see if that works. I also imported all the old posts and tweaked them so as not to have references to a certain person given my “situation”.

Who knows… Maybe somebody will actually read this blog besides me! 🙂

Kitties!

Jonathan and Jadzia

Jonathan and Jadzia

We got 2 kittens at the Worcester Animal rescue league yesterday. One was a neglected kitty from a hoarding situation (the female) and the other (male) was in a foster home with his sister (who was adopted like 5 min before we got there).

We named the girl Jadzia/Jazzy (from Star Trek Deep Space Nine) and the male Sammy. Jadzia is the dark brown/black one, Sammy’s the tiger.

We left them home the first night while we were in CT for a wedding shower. They had plenty of time to get used to there home but were really happy to see us when we got home. Jadzia took her medicine just fine.

More pictures after the break…

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Are you broken?

Has God broken you yet? I remember a teacher at a former church talking about that.. he was talking about how scary in some sense it was to want to ask God to break him. I remember thinking about that and also being trepidatious about asking the Lord for the same thing. “Lord, please break me”. Yikes! But… can we get truly closer to God without being broken?

I was just reading last night in Psalm 51. In verse 5 (Ps 51:5), David says that we are born sinners – echoed a number of places (Genesis 8:21, Psalm 58:3, etc.). That’s it. Which means by definition we cannot get to God on our own, since only sinless persons can. We need to accept Christ as the atonement for our sins – something we can’t do unless we believe in Him.

In verse 10 (Ps 51:10), David asks for God to create in him a pure heart.. something only He can do.

Then we get to verse 16 (Ps 51:16), where David is reminded that God does not want sacrifices in the terms of the Levitical sacrifices (burnt offerings) – otherwise David would’ve brought them. No – God wants (Ps 51:17) the sacrifice of a “broken spirit and a broken and contrite heart“.

God wants a broken heart. How else can He make it pure.. make it new to be filled with His desires, not our own evil desires (which are there from birth)?

So… are you broken?