Monday, June 12, 2006

A new "Lease" on life

Well I have been trying to figure out how to blog about being here in a way that would help people understand how we have been living for the last several months. It is no easy task. So I have decided to skip all of that, and let you all know that we have decided to rent an apartment. It is big enough for visitors, and will be very comfortable for us. I think that life is looking up from here for Angele and myself. We are still going to look for a home in the area, but we will take a break for a little while, and hopefully, the joy will be restored for us in that process.

Thanks for all who have been praying for us to find a place of our own over these last few months. We are really excited about this apartment, and it really is a great location for us. It is literally three minutes from my office, and much closer to Angele's work as well. We are also right next to a State Recreation area! We love the outdoors so that will be really good for us.

Well Let us know how you are all doing from New Zealand to Chicago and everywhere in between.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Weeks Like These

It's weeks like these that make me want to be some where else. Specifically, New Zealand. The weather here has been crap for the last week, and although we may need the rain, it makes me feel slightly depressed. Angele has had several encounters recently with people living or visiting New Zealand. I find that to be strange considering I was not even sure where it was before we went. I guess that is like buying a car that you like, and then you realize how many of them there are on the road. Does that happen to anyone else?
Anyway, I am really going to try to update this once a week at least.
My brother graduates from University tomorrow, so I get to see my family, and I am pretty excited about that. Even though we live in the same state it is still hard to see them.
Well we truly do miss the New Zealand atmosphere, not only for the weather, but for the people and laid back feel too. I know we will go back someday.
I will say this for the rain, I get to use my raincoat, and I really like it.

RYAN

Friday, May 05, 2006

WOW, has it ever been a long time!

There is an aweful lot to say, so I will just post the short version. Things are going really well for us in D-town. I love my job at the Journey, and things are moving along nicely for us there. We have recently lost the space that we are currently meeting in, so starting May 28th, we are a mobile church again. This creates a lot of work for our church, but I know that God will use it. Angele is still at Eddie Bauer, and has made some good relationships there. She will begins school in the fall. The even bigger news for her is that she is going to Africa in the fall! She has to now they have gotten her a plane ticket. Pray for her in her fundraising efforts and that she doesn't get sick this time!

I bought a truck, which I love! It is a chevrolet s-10. We are currently in the process of trying to buy a house. Pray for that, it is not easy!

Well that is the nut shell version to get you caught up to speed. We love to hear from anyone who knows about this blog feel free to e-mail us, or post comments. Our e-mail is the same as it was when we were in New Zealand.

Well.....see ya later.

RYAN

Friday, March 03, 2006

A Fresh Start

Well, since the last time I wrote things have changed. I now have a job at the Journey as the Worship Arts Director, and have my own office space which is really nice. I am just coming to the close of my first week, and have barely gotten my feet wet. I look forward to what God holds for us in the future as we embark on this new leg of our lives. Angele is doing well and really enjoying her time at work. We are now officially looking for a place to live, and when we find it, we will post some pictures for you all to look at.
Romans 8:25 "But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently."

I cannot say that I have been extremely patient in the last two months, but I do believe that this is a new area in which I am growing in and learning, once again, it is not over yet!

RYAN

Sunday, February 19, 2006

How Many Licks Does it Take to Get to the Center of a Tootsie Roll Pop?


Today I sit and ponder this question, not because I have recently had a tootsie roll pop, but because it seems more relevant some how. The answer to this question depends on several variables, the size of the tongue, the length of the lick, how hard one licks, and so on. It is interesting to me that this actually has application to my life. To get to the center of who I am suppose to be is not all that different in process. It depends on the size of the call, how long it might take, how hard I am willing to work at it, and is it truly worth it.

I got to lead worship today for the Journey, a church here in Michigan. It was great to see God's people engaged in worship. I am interviewing at this church, and am very much enjoying being a part of it. And as I seek out the call on my life, and pray about our next steps, it is interesting to me that no matter how much you see there is still more. This is where we differ from a tootsie roll pop. A tootsie roll pop has an end, and man is it a good one. But we may get to the place we have always felt called to and realize that this is just the next step on the process of our call. Although we could be at the Journey if things work out for a very long time, I know that this is not all that God has for me and Angele.

Please pray for us as we seek out God's call on our lives, and figure out how and when we will both go back to school.

And, if you haven't already, have a tootsie roll pop today.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Where We Are

Alright, so I thought that I would be better at this blogging thing then what I really am. It is easy to forget about when we are constantly on the go. Angele and I spend a lot of time on the road traveling back and forth between Marshall, Grand Rapids and Detroit (for those of you who are in New Zealand, and this does not mean that much, they are all at least 2 hours apart). Angele has been working for Eddie Bauer, and things are going really well for her there. I am still interviewing at a church in Detroit, and feel pretty good about it. So that's what is happening in our lives.

We got to go to the airport to see Katie off to New Zealand. That was a good time for us to help her parents feel better about it and just hang out with some friends. Katie should have a great time, so treat her right you Kiwi's!

I am trying to think of something funny to say to close this out, but nothing comes to mind. So I won't say anything.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

I AM A...Warrior in an Epic Battle



Today at the Journey was all about being a warrior in the battle we face everyday on the spiritual level. It was such a great service, so great that I'm blogging about it and therefore breaking my once a month blogging habits. Shocking.
Anyway, one of my favorite parts of the service was when Mike, the pastor, interviewed Brian, who just returned from serving in Iraq, and compared his service in the war to the war we wake up to everyday wherever we are. Every morning, when he was in Iraq, he would mentally put on the 'spiritual armor' while he was literally putting on his 'real armor'. He mentioned that when he came back to the States, the thing he noticed most about life was the complacency. There is a sign where he was stationed in Iraq that says "Complacency Kills". He spoke about how true that is in our spiritual lives and how we don't feel like we are in a spiritual battle, but we should be waking up everyday putting on our armor and preparing for war. It was very powerful.
The other favorite was when Mike shared a scene from Kingdom of Heaven, when Orlando Bloom's character asked the crowd of boys, farmers, blacksmiths and common men if knighting a man makes him a better warrior. He answered his own question my saying 'yes', and told the crowd to take a knee and knighted them all on the spot. Mike then told us to take a knee and it was so cool seeing the congregation kneel. We read St. Patrick's Prayer "The Breastplate" and Mike "knighted" us, making us a church of warriors. It was a very cool service.
Here are some parts of the prayer I thought were cool:
I arise today
Through God's strength to pilot me
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before,
God's host to save me...

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness
Of the Creator of Creation.