Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Elliott

That's right...(future) Andrea Christine Elliott. Last night Mike proposed to me, and OF COURSE I said, "Yes!"

So, here is the story...I'm going to try and make it short, but can't guarantee it.

Yesterday, Monday, was Mike's birthday. I was planning on going straight down to his place (West LA) after work. He said he wanted to go to some restaurant that had arcade games at the dinner table. (Hey...whatever made him happy!) So, earlier that day he gave me a call at work to confirm that I'd be coming down after work. I kind of wanted to go home first (which is about 10 minutes out of the way) to freshen up and such before coming down. He sounded sad about this, especially since I had already said I'd come down right after work. But I was determined to stick to my second plan of going home first.

I had realized a little later that I had told him that I would come down after work, and that I needed to stick to the original plan, because that 10 minute journey back to my house would end up taking at least 40 minutes with traffic and the time actually spent at home. So, without calling him back to tell him that I would go straight to his place, I bolted right at 6PM down to West LA.

I got down there in about 35 minutes...not bad for rush hour traffic. I think he was happy I got there when I did. So we headed down to Santa Monica, and parked at our usual 5th street and Wilshire spot. We started walking...as I asked "Where are we going to eat?" ""PF Changs? I don't know, Where do you want to eat?" "It's your birthday you decide!" Evidently he didn't know the name of the arcade/restraunt place, or where it was so that was no longer our evening plans, which was perfectly fine with me. "Nubba Gumps?" he suggested. Sounded good to me. So we start walking...and walking...and walking (you get the point). I was enjoying this time walking with him thoroughly. We arrived down there, ad put our names in. At this point, Mike was starving and my teeth (or tooth holes) were killing me!!! I just wanted to take some pain relievers, but we had a 20 minutes wait. We walked the SAnta Monica Pier and came back to be seated shortly after.

Bread! Water! Pain Relievers! That helped. We enjoyed a delicous dinner (Mike ordered Boat Trash and I had Accidental Fish). I had a blast trying to break open his lobster claws for him as pieces went flying everywhere I just laughed. I cleaned my plate, and Mike had some leftovers...I out ate him once again.

WE headed out, and back down PCH along the grassy path area (for those who are familiar with the area know this), where many homeless gather. Walking along the path back to the car, there comes a darker point ahead that I see two people come up and over the fence from as they continue walking on the path ahead of us a way. As we get to the point where they came out, we slowed down, as I looked out over to see where they come from and ask Mike, "Whoa, where'd they come from" (since on the other side of this railed fence it was a drop off cliff, down to the ocean.) He answered, "I don't know." (He was a bit preoccupied - I didn't know) And I started to continue on down the path, as he said let's stay here for a second...

We enojyed the view of the ocean and pier as he embraced me, and then looked at me and said, "I wasnt to tell you something that I've never told any other girl...(I looked at him with anticipation)I love you." (I melted.)He continued.."which is why I have this ring (as he got down on one knee), Will you marry me?" "YES!" (The angels sang the Hallelujah!) I responded back, "I love you!" This was the first time we told eachother we loved eachother, and it was so special and meant so much.

The remaining walk back to the car involved a lot of texts and phone calls! I'm not much of a story teller so I'm just going to say and that was our night, his birthday.

Was this proposal expected? Well, we had been talking about marriage...so yes. But right then, last night? It was such a surprise! I would have to say it was absolutely perfect too!

The quick details on our Marriage:
When?: January 3rd, 2009
Where:? Pontiac, Michigan at Marimont Community Church (Mike's dad's church)
What about LA People?: We will definitely have a celebration when we return.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Glorious and Mighty

Today I take time out of my work day to praise and worship my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with this beautiful song...

Majesty, your glory is shining brighter than the moon and the stars.
Marveling we honor and fear you above all gods.

Glorious and mighty, your awesome in beauty. Joyful songs we raise.
Glorious and mighty, your awesome in beauty. Greatly to be praised.

Majesty, you fashion the heavens. Your decrees can never be changed.
Over all the plans of the nations, your judgements reign.

Glorious and mighty, your awesome in beauty. Joyful songs we raise.
Glorious and mighty, your awesome in beauty. Greatly to be praised.

Majesty, we sing with creation when you come again in the clouds
Every knee will bow down and worship the one true God.

Glorious and mighty, your awesome in beauty. Joyful songs we raise.
Glorious and mighty, your awesome in beauty. Greatly to be praised.
Greatly to be praised. Oh, Greatly to be praised.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The Wheel Illustration

This simple but effective illustration has been used by Navigators for more than fifty years. It helps Christians understand what they are called to do as disciples of Christ. Each part of this illustration represents a crucially important component of a vital Christian life.

The Hub: Christ the Center 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20
Making Christ central in your life is an act of your will. Surrendering totally to Christâs authority and lordship may be at conversion or after some months or even years. God creates within you the desire to do what He wants you to do in order to express His lordship in your life.

The Rim: Obedience to Christ Romans 12:1; John 14:21
Some acts of obedience to God are internal. But even these internal acts of obedience, such as attitudes, habits, motives, sense of values, and day-to-day thoughts, eventually surface in relationships with other people. The proof of your love for God is your demonstrated obedience to Him.


The Vertical Dimension: How You Relate to God

The Word Spoke 2 Timothy 3:16; Joshua 1:8
As God speaks to you through the Scriptures, you can see His principles for life and ministry, learn how to obey, and become acquainted with the Christ who is worthy of your unqualified allegiance. A vital personal intake of Godâs Word is essential for health and growth.

The Prayer Spoke John 15:7; Philippians 4:6,7
Prayer is a natural response to God as you hear Him speak to you through His Word. It is sharing your heart with the One who longs for your companionship and who cares about your concerns. Prayer unleashes the power of God in your personal battles and in the lives of those for whom you pray.


The Horizontal Dimension: How You Relate to Others

The Fellowship Spoke Matthew 18:20; Hebrews 10:24,25
Learning from and encouraging others creates a chemistry pleasing to God. God has directed Christians to build each other up through inter-dependence and loving relationships with each other.

The Witnessing Spoke Matthew 4:19; Romans 1:16
The natural overflow of a rich vibrant life in Christ should be sharing with others how they too can have this life. God has given believers the privilege and responsibility of reaching the world with the Good News about Christ.

(all pictures and text adapted from Resources @ Navigators.org)