Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tuesday Evening Randomness

I can't seem to come up with a coherent post to save my life, so here are some of the many thoughts I've been batting around.

Summer in Germany is much different than I expected. It is HOT...and it has been HOT for several weeks already! I don't really know what I expected, but I just don't think of hot weather when I think of Germany as a "concept." I know, that's weird! It also stays light much later than I anticipated. It's 10:15pm right now and it has only been dark for about half an hour.

I met an amazing, godly woman this week. Her name is Maria Anne Hirschmann, better known as Hansi. She spoke at chapel on Sunday morning, and again this morning at PWOC. Click here to read her bio and see her ministry website. She is a former Nazi youth leader who came to Christ after WWII. She has an incredible story, and I would definitely recommend her book. One thing she said that really stuck with me today was when she was talking about living in fear. She quoted 2 Timothy 1:7 which says "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." (NKJV) And she said, "The power is the power of the Holy Spirit, God is love, and a sound mind is the mind of Christ." That was just really profound to me. I also love her attitude towards the United States, and towards freedom! She believes that God is keeping her alive to tell her story as one of the few remaining witnesses to the atrocities of WWII, and she has the greatest sense of humor!

Saturday will be the second 5K run that we participate in here on post. I'm by no means a fierce competitor in this "race." In fact, I use the word "race" very loosely. We mostly go for the fun and as long as I beat my previous time, I'm a happy camper. And no, I will not at this time reveal my personal best - it's slightly embarrassing ;) I will hopefully have some fun pictures of Austin's costume next week! (No, it is not a costume race, but he and our friend mike put the "fun" in "fun run" by going in costume!)

This month we will hit our six month mark of living in Germany and working with Club Beyond. It has been a crazy, wild ride, but God is so good to us, and it has been incredible to see Him at work here!

Hope you're having a great week!