Monday, December 17, 2007

The Music within

It's Christmas time so it's time to watch The Lord of the Rings trilogy again! My sister gave me the special extended version last year for Christmas which makes it extra special.
Anyhow, we started with the Fellowship of the Ring yesterday and once again I am amazed by the movie, but more by the story, the complexity and the fantasy. It's like diving into another world! Every character is on his/her own journey to become what they were meant to be, to develop or to be the best friend they could ever be!

I still remember when I watched the movie for the first time and didn't know that it was a trilogy. Therefore I thought the ring would be destroyed by the end of the movie... haha... if only I had known. I remember how I sat in the theater, disappointed by the end until finding out that this was only the beginning...

Nonetheless, I want to talk about another movie today, which I watched in the theater this weekend. It is the movie August Rush. Oh my... what an awesome movie. It totally captivated me. It is a beautiful movie about music, love and finding the ones you love! The music in the movie is extraordinary and amazing! The actors are incredible and the story is breathtaking! At the end of the movie I was so into it that I was trembling and crying and after it I was still in that world of the movie and thought about it for a long time. I love those kind of movies. The movies which are able to captivate you and are more than just entertainment!

So... here's the preview, hope you like it and get inspired and go and see the movie:

August Rush Trailer

August | MySpace Video

Friday, December 7, 2007

Finding myself in you, Lord

This morning while spending time with God, this song came up on my playlist. It is called "Found" by Hillsong and I have listened to it many times but this morning the words totally inspired me again. Although the words are very simple it is their depth and honesty, their purity of worship which just make you bow down before the throne of the King and praise and worship!

Amazing love,
now what else shall I need
Your name brings life,
it's more than the air I breathe

My world has changed,
when Your life You gave for me
My purpose found
and all that You want for me

And I've found myself in You, Lord
And I've found myself in You

And I've found myself in You, Jesus
And I've found myself in You, Lord

So take me to a place
where I can see You face to face
and all I wanna do, all I wanna do
is worship You
So take me to a place
where I can see You face to face
and all I wanna do, all I wanna do
is worship You

Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Horse in Me

Ok, most of you will think this is totally odd or you will think that now I have totally lost my mind... but please allow me to explain myself.

Do you know those games when you have to say what kind of animal you would be? Well... think about it?

A few days ago I took a walk out the back of my house to where the horses are. There's a horse farm with about 30 beautiful horses. I just stood there, watched them and thought to myself if I were an animal it surely would be a horse. The reasons herefore are things like the fact that horses live in groups, move in groups and need groups. Just like me. I need to be with people... I am a total people person. And even though they need people horses still represent freedom. And I am a kind of person who needs freedom and liberty.
And then there are other charakter traits like strength and a strong will, resilience, they use their back legs to give you a kick when you're too much .
There are cold-blooded-horses who are seen to be more laid back and "lazy", while thoroughbred horses sometimes seem to be crazy! Ha... that is just hilarious! Actually if they are cold-blooded or thoroughbred horses is estimated by their temperament...

The more I am thinking about it the more I think it is true. I am not talking about me being a horse but just looking at horses and seeing some parallels in charakter...

So if you still think I'm crazy you might actually be right, but that's ok! Maybe I am

Sunday, November 25, 2007

3 Words about myself

Today I am going to share three words with you which describe my state of being right now... and I love it that way!

1. DEVELOPMENT: Act of improving by expanding or enlarging or refining/A process in which something passes by degrees to a different stage (Webster)

2. GROWTH: A progression from simpler to more complex forms/The gradual beginning or coming forth (Webster)

3. CHANGE: An event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another/A relational difference between states; especially between states before and after some event/The result of alteration or modification

Friday, November 16, 2007

The Glory of a heart fully alive

Today I'm not talking about my life or those things, but I'm going to share something from a book I'm reading right now "Awaking the dead" by John Eldredge and this extract I'm going to share with you just struck me.

"The heart is the connecting point, the meeting place between any tow persons. The kind of deep soul intimacy we crave with God and with others can be experienced only from the heart. We don’t want to be someone’s project; we want to be the desire of their heart. May lamented, “By worshiping efficiency, the human race has achieved the highest level of efficiency in history, but how much have we grown in love?”
We’ve done the same to our relationship with God. Christians have spent their whole lives mastering all sorts of principles, done their duty, carried on the programs of their church… and never known God intimately, heart to heart. (…)The point is not the activity – the point is intimacy with God. Attend a class and take in information; then use that information to change the way you live. None of that will bring you into intimacy with God, just as taking a course on anatomy won’t help you love your spouse. “You will find me”, God says, “when you seek me with all your heart” (Jer. 29.14).
What more can be said, what greater case could be made than this: to find God, you must look with all your heart. To remain present to God, you must remain present to your heart. To hear his voice, you must listen with your heart. To love him, you must love with all your heart. You cannot be the person God meant you to be, and you cannot live the life he meant you to live, unless you live from the heart.”

So I'm asking you, do you live with your heart, do you love with your heart? Do you desire to be in close intimacy with God?

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Beyond Anything

I just cannot get the phrase "Let's challenge the status quo" out of my mind.
Let's do something that has never been done before. Let's make a difference everywhere we go. Let's leave people with an impact on their life!

As I am growing in the Lord, making steps forward I really don't want to keep standing where I am. I want to dream bigger and far beyond what I have ever dreamt of.
When I am thinking about my future and what God may have in store of me I try to not put God in a box but think outside of it.
To be honest that can be intimidating and to be even more honest I have been quite intimidated lately. Not exactly by thinking about the future, more about things that concern the present.
But I don't want to be afraid of other people, situations or the way I am. God created us the way He wanted it and He has a purpose, a plan for our lives that only we can fulfill. Nobody else can take our place in the world. God needs us here on earth as His vessels. Therefore let's be all His. Let's give our all, our everything to Him. Let's not look on situations and problems and issues. Let's look on chances, opportunities and solutions!

We are children of the living God. We belong to Him. We are sons and daughters of the King. We are princes and princesses. Therefore let us also live like the ones we are! Let's live in victory!

God is great and He has a great plan for our lives. Let's not continue standing where we are. Let's start walking! Let us be the difference and let us make the difference. Let us do things that are beyond anything that has ever done before. Let us do it for the purpose of God.

Let us challenge the status quo!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Budapest Experiences

When I was thinking about what I was going to write here my first thoughts were quite different than what I am actually going to write now.

I must say that Budapest is truly a beautiful city when you look beyond the rundown houses, the riots on the street, the unhappy people and the bad weather... There a lot of really beautiful buildings from different epochs in history. The 2nd day we were there we went sightseeing the whole day in pouring rain. So here a few snippets:

So as you can see it is simply pretty. I had the feeling that Budapest is exactly the way you would imagine a city in an East-European country. And not only that, even the people look like you would imagine it.

On the third day we went to the House of Terror and they presented two opposite dicatorships ruling over the country. During the 2nd world war it was the Nazi regime and after the World War 2 it was the Communists. Hungary truly has suffered from both dictatorships and you can still scent the past and the history when you walk among the city.
And then you look at these old buildings which are from a time and age when the Austrian Empire was still alive and Queen Elisabeth was still ruling over Hungary.
Now you look at a city with all those historical backgrounds and still you see poverty, fear and dissatisfaction and you can see that there just has not been any money to transform the city.

Therefore I belive that Budapest is a very controversial city.

As you can imagine we also went to the Opera House and we went to see Gone with the Wind as a ballet. It was simply beautiful and those pictures will give you a little taste of it:

You walk into this Opera House and you cannot stop being astonished by its beauty. It's then you start imagining yourself into a romantic story... *sigh*... I'm not going into that topic any deeper now.

The last two days unfortunatley leave a rather bitter aftertaste, but nontheless I am not going to let that destroy my experience with Budapest.

Although at first sight you could say the city is not too beautiful, I do believe that its beauty can be found, but must be searched for in a different way.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Life is good

I really feel like writing right now.
This morning during my quiet time I just thought, life is good! We have an amazing God who cares. He cares. His arms are open... I've been listening a lot to the newest Phil Wickham lately and the lyrics strike me every time! Especially the song "True Love". Here's an extract from it: "The earth ws shaking in the dark. All creation felt the Fathers broken heart. Tears were filling heaven's eyes. The day that true love died, the day that rue love died. When blood and water hit the ground. Walls we couldn't move came crashing down. We were free and made alive the day that true love died."
Pretty amazing, huh? Walls we couldn't break came crashing down. We are FREE through Jesus Christ! aaaa... that is awesome!

Have I told yet, that I'm dancing again? Yes I am back to Jazz dancing. Can't explain how much I love it and how happy it makes me. I feel that dancing is the way for me to express myself in an artistic way. Training is pretty tough but I don't care because I just love it soooo much!
I'm also dancing a lot in my room lately. I don't know why... I just can't sit still when listening to some great music!

So... if you feel a little low today or mellow. Turn up the volume on some fast, crazy song... or better a worship song and just dance. Dance like crazy in your room. My promise... you'll feel great afterwards...

So far... Keep coming back to my blog... Love the Lord, love life, love your friends!

I love you guys out there... more than you will ever know!

Love. Ramona

PS: Watch High School Musical 2... awesome! Makes you wanna sing and dance... maybe that's why I've been dancing so much lately haha

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

A whole new Me

I call this officially the beginning of Fall! While biking home from school today I got really excited about the beauty of it all. It was a beautiful, sunny day, the leaves already turned into colors and the chill air in my face. I loved it and it lighted up my heart and soul.
The summer after coming back from Santa Barbara has not entirely been good and rather filled with a lot of challenges. But life is a result of the decision we made. That's why I am doing good. Life ist good. God is good and I'm changing. I'm taking small steps.
I went through the dark valley for a while, but God's light guided me and I'm climbing the mountain. It felt a little like in Goethe's Faust when in the first Act after that night in his dark celler he is filled with new life on Easter morning. Well, Faust was besieged by the devil, which I am not so I can't really compare myself with it...
Anyhow... do you know the feeling when you go hiking up a really steep hill and you can see the end. You give everything, you're highly motivated. You don't know how much longer it'll take and when you finish climbing up but you know that the most beautiful view ever is waiting for you. That's where you will rest and enjoy the creation of the savior.
And that's where I am right now. Highly motivated to keep climbing up, keep pushing, keep going, keep trusting for I know that there will be a beautiful view and I will see clearly.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

A Season for everything

I have been going through a lot of emotional ups and downs lately and I felt emotionally drain. I felt distant from the Lord and didn't have that joy I ususally have. I was questioning myself, I was unhappy with myself and I was asking where the Lord was. My usual spiritual high seemed faded.
I was desperatly longing for refreshment in my life. I was longing for adventure. I was longing for love. I was longing for someone to be close to. I was longing for a girl-friend to share life with.

Last week I was so deep in the valley of faith that it seemed like I couldn't see anymore. I felt surrounded by darkness.

And then sometimes we just have to hear things we actually know but it's just very necessary to hear them again. A friend said to me that there's a season for everything and that it is ok if I am in this season now. All I have to do is cling to the Lord. So true.
The only problem: Whenever I spent time with God I felt empty. I looked around me and saw my friends growing like crazy in faith and where was I?

Last Saturday I was all by myself the whole day. Had the house for myself. That was truly wonderful. So in the afternoon I sat down and just spent a lot of time in praise and worship. I talked with God and this is what I said: "Lord, I am not feeling anything right now and I cannot see you. I know you're there and you care. I want to use this time, this season now to grow, may it be in patience or trust. Maybe you're preparing something big for me and I want to be ready. So teach me to be patient. Teach me to trust you." So that's what I decided.
And guess what happened? No... no miracle where I was totally wohooo or anything. But! I felt steady again. I'm just waiting and trusting. This is the season to wait and trust and wait and trust. Listen to the Holy Spirit and walk and wait and trust. I want to be ready. I don't want to miss the "big" things he has in store for me.

Lord... I'm ready! Ready to be transformed from the inside out. I'm ready to follow. I'm ready to do anything!

Saturday, September 15, 2007


Here I am again with some thoughts. I confess I've been thinking a lot lately... or to be really honest I think all the time about all kinds of crazy things and sometimes that's just not the best thing to do but that's another topic that I'm not going to talk about right now.

Where do you see yourself in five years? Don't we hear that question every once in a while? But I'm serious. Where do I see myself? I've been thinking a lot about the past and things that have have happened and I've been thinking a lot about what's going on right now (- or lack there of) and then I've also been thinking a lot about my future. To be honest. There's not a whole lot that I see. Everything looks so blurry and foggy. I don't know where I'll be in the future, don't know what I'll do or who I'll be with (if anyone at all!). I know that I am open to do anything and live anywhere but I would just like to have a little glance...
As much as I love surprises and the unknown and as much as I love adventures, this time I would just love to get this little glance to have something to strive for. Something to look forward to.

God, is this on purpose? What are you trying to teach me and where do you want me to grow?

Tuesday, August 28, 2007


I have been thinking a lot about the word „home” lately. I mean what does home mean and even more, what does it mean to me?
Just recently somebody told me that wherever I go I make home and that made me thoughtful… maybe it’s true.
I was thinking about the places I went to and people I met and I really did make a little home everywhere I went
Ok I must say that my family, friends and church from here make everything even more home, but I think that no matter where in the world they were I’d feel at home.
I know it sounds strange because most people associate a certain place with home while I don’t feel like that completely applies to me. Ok yes I live in the most beautiful area of Germany and I can be very happy to live here and yes I feel connected here and do have a cultural package to carry and yes I have memories here. That is all true. Still. When living in Santa Barbara I really felt at home. I had a life there. I had friends there. When I walked down on State Street I would meet people that I know. I was not on vacation, I was living there.
Well… maybe I’m just a little different.
Though one thing I know is that I will never completely feel home here on this earth because Heaven is my true home. Remember, we’re in this world but not of it. Wahoo… that makes me excited because that’s what makes us different… and the world will see it. Wow… Hallelujah!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

I give my life

I love the Lord with all my heart and sould and mind. I will follow Him for the rest of my days. He's the rock on which I stand, my strong foundation. My eyes are focused on Him. The One! I will lose myself and bring Him praise. I will let Him consume me from the inside out. For He is my Saviour King. I love Him!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

I see a Generation

... rising up to take their place!
We came back from Campfour 07 this last Tuesday night. One word to describe this Camp: BAM!

... imagine 76 young people on an Island in Croatia
... imagine them devided into teams to compete against each other
... imagine those young people's lives being filled up with the Light of Christ!
... imagine 12 saved souls
... imagine 76 young people dancing and singing to DC Talk's In the light song
... imagine them singing Hosanna to the Lord
... imagine those young people falling deeper and deeper in Love with their savior
... imagine COLORS

I was translating all the time and therefore always sitting in the back. I could hear everybody singing. It was a beautiful sound. It was praise for the Lord. I see this generation. I see them taking their place, I see them rising up and reaching out to the lost. This youth can and will make a difference.

... break my heart for what breaks yours. Everything I am for Your kingdoms cause!

Sunday, July 22, 2007

The Future

Yesterday I talked with one of my good old friends and brother in Christ who goes to Hillsong College in Australia. We hadn't talked for a while but it was soo soo great. He's so passionate about life and God it's contagious.
So we were talking about life and dreams and what God has been doing and where we see Him doing things. What a conversation. I felt so encouraged in some of the dreams that were put on my heart about a year ago. I felt encouraged! I mean I have this dream for my life... this vision and he just encouraged me in it... and if this is from God... wow.. wow ... wow... this would be the most amazing thing. I could be creative and just do all those things that I love.
God, I ask you to show me your dreams. I do not want to go and do my own will. I do not want to live my dreams, but yours. Lord, please show me what to do after graduating from university. Show me where you want me to go and who you want me to be. You know that I would do anything for you and that I would go anywhere for you. To the ends of the earth! Lord, I'm ready... go, send me... I want to be you hands and your feet. I want to be the difference in this world. I'm ready and I will go! Not through my own ability, but through the power of Christ in me. Amen.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

A New Start

Finally I'm starting to post here again. Took me a while to feel ready for it. I wanted to hold on to my adventures but I cannot live in the past, my life happens here and now and I don't want to miss anything. This does by no means mean that I don't ponder about my memories and adventures in California. Believe me, I still do and I love thinking about all the great things that have happend, but rather than holding on to these things I'm trying now to use what I've learned, apply it and enjoy.

So here I am back posting, with a new title for my site, new colors and well... a new start.

Tonight at youth we had our last time before summer break and wow... the end of the series How to... tonight... How to love life. Life is to be enjoyed as a Christian. We are supposed and meant to love life. There are three tips or conditions to help you love life:
1. Seek God's WISDOM. It's an action, so go, seek it, learn and ask it. It won't just fall from heaven. Go, get it!
2. Be OBEDIENT to what the Lord says. Wow... obedience is such a big word but I tell you, it's worth it!
3. Be GRATEFUL for everything you've got. Don't complain, start saying thank you and enjoy. Gratefullness is like sugar to a cake, if cake is life, gratefulness makes it sweet!

So with these thougths I'm letting you go again. Hope you return and read about my ponderings.

Love. Ramona

Sunday, July 1, 2007

At my Adventure's end

When things come to an end you most of the times don't feel ready.... like me... I certainly do not feel ready to leave this place. This place, Santa Barbara which I called my home for the last three months.
Who would've have thought that I would get so deeply connected and find so many fantastic and great friends. It was something that I hoped for but not what I was sure of would happen.

My time here has been one of the greatest experiences ever and there are no words to be able to describe that. It was an adventure all through and I learnt a lot about me and how I am. I learnt the difference between council and opinion, listening, being on my own, meeting people and differences in Christianity.

Every single person I met here has been a great blessing for me and has walked a little bit on my path of life with me.

I don't think I have many words left but I'm sure I'll be reflecting on it a lot more in the time ahead.

All I gotta say is: THANK YOU!

Good-bye to everyone. I love you!

Friday, June 29, 2007

Saying good-bye is not easy

Wow... tonight I went to my last college group/homegroup meeting... I had to say good-bye to so many people and it's just... just... hard...
Everybody has just been such a blessing for me and they just grew close to my heart.
And then they prayed for me and wow... what everybody was saying... wow.. I just couldn't stop crying. It was so honoring, flattering, encouraging, making me happy!
Whoever from College Group reads that: I love you, guys and I'm going to miss you sooo much!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

As the Adventure is slowly coming to an end

Ok... I tried to avoid this post, but I can't. I only have another 5 or 6 days left before I fly back home... I just don't feel ready at all to leave this place and go back. I don't know though if I'll ever be ready in the sense of being ready to go home.
It's strange. It really took me about a month to get adjusted to everything and now I can't go. It just feels so hard to start saying good-bye. I'm really not good at it!
Who would have thought I'd make so many new and great friends?
What will it be like to go back? Hm... my best friends await me, a great church is awaiting me, my responsibilities in that church await me. I look forward doing youth work again, though! And of course my family awaits me... wow.. my mom, my dad... they're just so fantastic.
I think I want to be like them when I'm married... at least in most parts. I think they're great. They love each other sooooo much and they hold hands when they're walking. My moms cries every time my dad goes to India. They just need each other so much... it's awesome!

Anyway... it feels like my adventures is really coming to an end... more about everything later that week.

Bye world... and people out there!

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Come away with me

Today was one of those days where you just don't do anything. And I mean that literally. I didn't do anything. Got up this morning, had some good breakfast, did laundry, checked emails etc. The usual stuff. Then I had my quiet time with the Lord and all of a sudden it just came over me and I cried about going home in a little more than a week. How did the time pass so fast, where did it go? I keep wondering. Anyway, I cried quite a lot about it. I don't feel ready to leave this place and I'm certainly not ready to say good-bye to anyone. I'm really bad in saying good-bye. It hurts so much...
My sister and I hung out at the beach today and later she learnt how to surf from this surfer dude... hahaha... She loved it so much!
Tonight we went to the Norah Jones concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl. It was so beautiful. The concert was amazing, the music fantastic and the stage setting although it looked simple turned out to be very rich. I loved it. We were sitting under the stars, while a cool breeze went through our hair. It was extremely romantic and there seemed to be couples all around me... Sometimes I don't know how to deal with that...

"Come away with me in the night
Come away with me
And I will write you a song

Come away with me on a bus
Come away with me where they can't tempt us
With their lies

I want to walk with you
On a cloudy day
In fields where the yellow grass grows
Away knee kigh
So won't you try to come

Come away with me and we'll kiss
On a mountain top
Come away with me
And I'll never stop loving you

And I want to wake up with the rain
Falling on a tin roof
While I'm safe there in your arms
So all I ask is for you
To come away with me in the night
Come away with me "

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

What the Adventure does to me

Ich habe das Gefühl ich konnte in meinem letzten Eintrag nicht wirklich deutlich machen wie ich mich fühle und wie es mir geht. Und eigentlich gibt es keine Worte dafür. Im Moment läuft alles so wunderschön und ich habe so einen Frieden von Gott in meinem Herzen. Ich fühle mich als könnte ich schweben, also würde ich getragen, ich fühle mich geehrt und geschätzt. Ich habe das Gefühl ganz ich selbst sein zu können und ich habe das Gefühl einen großen Teil von etwas, das ich geglaubt verloren zu haben wiedergefunden zu haben. Ich habe das Gefühl stärker geworden zu sein und gleichzeitig sensibler.
Ich bin Gott zu dankbar für alles was er gerade tut und dass ich ihm so sehr vertrauen kann. My praise goes out to all of the above!!!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Life is the Adventure

Wow... es ist so viel passiert! Ich liebe es hier!
Ok... diese Woche war ich von Montag bis Mittwoch in San Jose um meine extended family zu besuchen. Es war also eine Grubb, Peabody, Sebald reunion ... Es war wirklich toll. Viele Spaziergänge und lange, tiefe Unterhaltungen, many loud giggles , Freundschaftszeiten, Beziehungsschleifer und Council! Mittwoch waren wir in Santa Cruz... wow wow wow wirklich wunderschön. Josh und ich ich sind mindestens 5 Meilen gelaufen und haben Photos gemacht.

Meine ganze Zeit dort war sehr erfrischend, wohltuend und hat sich wie zu Hause angefühlt. Es tat gut einige Dinge von einem anderen Standpunkt aus zu sehen, was heißt, dass ich klarere Ansichten bekommen habe. Thank you, Renee!!!
Seit ich wieder zurück bin ist auch eniges passiert. Und es ist gut so.
Am Freitag waren wir wieder im Rocks bei Senior Year tanzen! Einfach Hammer und so viel Spaß!
Gestern kam Christina hier an... Wohoooooo! Es ist echt toll meine kleine Schwester hier zu haben.

In zwei Wochen fahre ich schon wieder zurück nach Deutschland... aber daran will ich jetzt gar nicht denken.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Living the Adventure

Wow, a lot has been going on lately. Und ich werde nicht die Zeit nehmen alles zu erzählen. Zum einen, weil manche Dinge nicht unbedingt hier her gehören und zum anderen, weil ich recht müde bin.
Ich war viel unterwegs in letzter Zeit, habe viel mit Freunden unternommen. Freundschaften vertieft, andere aufgebaut und ich bin so dankbar jede einzelne Person, die ich hier kennengelernt habe.

Bis bald... Ramona

Friday, June 1, 2007

Capturing the Moment of my Adventure

Wo fange ich an? Letzte Woche war ich am Hillsong United Worship Konzert. Es gibt keine Worte zu sagen wie toll es war und wie sehr ich es genossen habe einfach nur Gott anzubeten. Es war mir egal so weit weg zu stehen, ich habe einfach nur Lobpreis gemacht, habe ganz losgelassen und Gott angebetet. Ich habe mich zu Hause gefühlt! Es war großartig! Vielleicht helfen die Bilder um einen besseren Eindruck zu bekommen

Tja, was soll ich da noch sagen... es war einfach toll!

Das war letzte Woche Mittwoch. Donnerstag war auch so ein verrückter Tag. Ich bin am Abend nämlich zu einem Freund von mir (siehe Photo oben) nach Hause gegangen und mit ein paar Leuten rumgehangen. Wir haben Lobpreis gemacht, geredet und Fern geschaut. Es waren 4 Jungs und ich Ich habe mich recht wohl gefühlt und war ganz ich selbst hehe... ich hatte wirklich viel Spaß. Danach bin ich mit den Deutschen weg gewesen am Abend...
Freitag Abend war ich mit Sarah essen und danach sind wir Salsa Tanzen gegangen! Wohooo! Das war echt super. Ich habe es so sehr genossen.
Sonst war das Wochenende noch Pirates of the Caribbean (WOHOOOOOO) und Shrek the Third.

Montag, Memorial Day war ich bei I Madonnarai, der Kunstausstellung bei der Mission.
schön! Ich glaube die Bilder sagen mehr als dass ich in Worte fassen kann. Es war wirklich schön!

Ich muss mich jetzt echt ranhalten und mein Final paper über Gender Issues in Sikhism in the US schreiben... aaah! Bitte betet.

Bis kissed Ramona

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Adventure of running from the bay to the breakers

Dieses Wochenende war ich in San Francisco um am Bay to Breakers Rennen teilzunehmen, einem 12 Kilometer Lauf.
Meine Freunde und ich sind am Freitag nach San Francisco hoch gefahren; wir waren zu fünft im Auto. Die Fahrt war traumhaft schön und ich habe eine andere Seite von Kalifornien gesehen, weil wir Interstate und nicht Route 1 gefahren sind.
Nachdem wir im Hotel eingecheckt hatten wollten wir essen gehen... naja... das hat sich dann verzögert, weil wir uns selbst im Auto eingeschlossen haben... ja, ganz richtig, wir waren im Auto eingeschlossen und konnten weder den Motor starten, noch die Fenster runterlassen... we were stuck! Natürlich sind die Fenster dann total angelaufen und es war ziemlich heiß im Auto... Wir mussten dann AAA anrufen und die haben uns befreit. Wir waren ca. eine Stunde im Auto zu fünft. Es war trotzdem ziemlich witzig. Wir haben einfach Photos gemacht und uns prächtig amüsiert. Zum Glück war niemand klaustrophobisch.
Samstag waren wir dann Downtown und ich durfte viele der Orte wiedersehen, die ich vor 4 Jahren schon mal gesehen habe. Das war echt schön! Wir sind bei H&M shoppen gewesen, was total witzig war... ich fands echt toll und es war fast wie zu Hause, nur das der H&M einfach riesig war und alle total wild auf die Kleider sind...

Übernachtet haben wir dann alle im Dorm der Stanford University, wo wir Chelseas Geburtstag gefeiert haben und verrückte Spiele gespielt haben.

Sonntag war dann das Rennen. Verkleidet als Piraten sind wir die 12 Kilometer teils gerannt, teils gelaufen. Ich habe 1.55h gebraucht. Wohooo.. es wart total verrückt. Es waren ca. 70.000 Leute da, verkleidet und wirklich verrückt. Es sind auch einige Nackte gerannt, was ich nicht so toll fand, aber naja. San Francisco ist einfach sehr anders als Santa Barbara.
Kaputt und müde sind wir am Sonntag wieder nach Hause gefahren... wow... es war einfach toll. Ich hatte so vielIch hatte so viel Spaß.
Ich hab jetzt zwar total Muskelkater, aber das war es wert...

Thursday, May 17, 2007

The Adventure continues... back to DANCING

Ok, heute hatte ich meine erste richtige Tanzstunde seit 2 Jahren... wow... unbelievable! Also die erste Stunde war hip hop... es war schnell, anstrengend, toll und ich hatte das Gefühl, dass ich nicht wirklich mitkomme. Dann haben Sarah und ich beschlossen noch eine weitere Stunde zu bleiben für Jazz dancing... hooooo... erst mal viel Balance Training und aufwärmen, wie ich es von früher gewohnt war, aber ich habe seit 3 oder 4 Jahren kein Jazz mehr getanzt, also war ich dehnungsmäßig so was von gar nicht in Form. Es hat sich trotzdem gut angefühlt wieder da zu sein. Es war wie Welcome back. Und dann bin ich noch eine Stunde geblieben für Across the floor Übungen, was heißt, Drehungen, Streckungen, Sprünge... wow... das war zu viel.
Es war wirklich toll wieder zu tanzen, aber zur gleichen Zeit auch demotivierend, weil ich einfach das Gefühl habe von null anzufangen und gar nicht mehr mitkomme. Früher war ich echt ziemlich gut und jetzt merke ich, dass ich einfach nicht mehr so gut bin. Ich war mal ziemlich dehnbar und das bin ich jetzt gar nicht mehr so.
Doch ich habe Tanzen so vermisst. Wenn ich tanze fühle ich mich frei. Ich liebe am Tanzen, dass der ganze Körper mit dabei ist und nicht nur bestimmte Muskeln benutzt werden. Tanzen hilft ein besseres Körpergefühl zu bekommen und mehr Körperspannung zu haben.
Ich habe es vermisst und ich bin so froh zurück zu sein. Auch wenn es hart war, ich will es unbedingt!

PS: Am Wochenende werde ich ein Rennen laufen in San Francisco. Das Bay to breakers. Ein 12 Kilometer Lauf, verkleidet als Pirat... wohooo

Monday, May 14, 2007

Sunday Ponderings

Der heutige Tag war wirklich interssant... Heute Morgen war ich bei in der Ocean Hills Gemeinde. Ich war da jetzt schon zum dritten Mal; es gefällt mir sehr gut. Die Themenserie The Friendship Factor war heute zu Ende. Das Thema war How to walk together Spiritually... war sehr gut.
Ich bin danach an die Kunstaustellung in Santa Barbara gegangen. Die ist ganz am Strand. Wunderschön. Ich habe die Zeit alleine am Meer wirklich genossen. Ich hatte kein Buch zum lesen und ich hatte auch nicht meinen ipod. Ich habe einfach die Zeit genommen nachzudenken, verschiedene Dinge durchzudenken und zuzuhören, was Gott zu sagen hat.
Ich habe darüber nachgedacht was ich sein will oder besser gesagt wer ich sein will. Ich meine ich weiß wer ich in der Vergangenheit war und ich zu welch einer Person ich mich entwickelt habe, aber ich bin gespannt darauf was Gott noch vorhat und wer ich in der Zukunft sein werde, wo ich sein werde und wie mein Leben gestaltet sein soll. Ich merke, wie ich mehr und mehr Bilder davon bekommen wie es aussehen wird. Mir gefällt was ich sehe.
Während ich so am Nachdenken war höre ich einfach wie Gott sagt "Vertraue mir" und ich frage, "Das alles gut wir und richtig läuft" und ich höre "Nein, vertraue mir einfach." Wow... Vertrauen... ich habe das Gefühl, dass ich in den letzten paar Wochen vielleicht in manchen Bereichen nicht ganz auf Gott vertraut habe und ich merke es, weil ich versucht habe alleine zu machen und naja... das klappt dann meistens nicht so gut. Jesus, ich vertraue, ich lasse los, ich nehme einen Schritt nach dem anderen und vertraue Dir bei jedem weiteren Schritt!

Friday, May 11, 2007

Adventuring... I love it!

Woah endlich nehme ich mir die Zeit hier mal wieder abzudaten und euch von meinem letzten Wochenende und dieser Woche zu erzählen.
Ok... letzten Samstag war Joshs Graduation. So was cooles hab ich echt selten gesehen. Es war wie im Film. Hier die Szene:
Traumhaftes Wetter, ein großes Grasfeld, weiße Klappstühle, weiße Zelte, eine leichte Brise... und Absolventen mit Roben. Sie marschieren zu Dudelsackmusik und feierlicher klassischer Musik... einfach wie im Film.

Das hat mir total gefallen und es war auch so schön alle zu sehen und hier in Kalifornien zu sein... ich kann das gar nicht richtig beschreiben!

Dann am Abend war ich spontan noch an der Fusion Dance Show.
Das war die alljährliche Tanzshow von der Tanzschule, zu der ich bald gehen werde. Sarah hat das Stagemanagement gemacht. Wow... die Tanzshow war einfach der Hammer... ich meine wow. Es waren echt alle Tanzarten vertreten. Modern, Jazz, Hip hop, Ballet, Salsa, Tango... und dann teilweise auch fusioniert! Und das tolle ist, die Leiterin der Tanzschule ist Christ und proklamierte es auch klar an diesem Abend!
Danach waren Sarah und ich und noch mit ein paar Leuten essen....

Diese Woche hatte ich dann meine letzten Midterms und konnte ein wenig entspannen, im Pool baden, am Strand liegen und relaxen... das Wetter ist nämlich mittlerweile echt der Hammer. Besonders schön war auch, dass ich diese Woche mit Melanie telefonieren konnte. Danke Mel... hat mich so ermutigt und tat echt gut (natürlich freue ich mich über jede Telefonat mit daheim!! ).

Sonst... es geht mir gut... ich bin im Abenteuer!

Ich hab Euch lieb. Eure Ramona

Saturday, April 28, 2007

The Adventure is finally getting started

WOHOOOOOO!!!!! Endlich endlich endlich geht es hier richtig los. Also nicht, dass die letzten 4 Wochen nichts los war, es war einfach nicht so viel und ich habe irgendwie nicht so viel Anschluss gefunden. Teilweiise bin ich fast ausgerastet, weil ich einfach Menschen um mich herum brauche.
Letzte Woche war ich dann mit auf dem church retreat und Gott hat mich mit ein paar Leuten zusammengeführt... , was
1. dazu geführt hat, dass ich wieder Tanzunterricht nehmen werde. Ich habe einfach in der letzten Zeit gemerkt, wie sehr ich tanzen vermisse. Es war immer ein Teil meines Lebens, aber in den letzten 2 Jahren habe ich so wenig getanzt. Doch da ist dieser Teil in mir, der tanzen will und ich fühle mich so frei, wenn ich tanze, als würde ich fliegen. Und die junge Frau/Mädchen, die ich kennengelernt habe, die mich dazu eingeladen hat wieder zu tanzen ist echt toll. Sie ist selbst auch Tänzerin und sie ist eine der ersten Personen hier, wo ich das Gefühl hatte wirklich auf einer Wellenlänge zu sein, was heißt, dass auch der geisliche Teil gestimmt hat! Danke Gott!


2. hat es dazu geführt, dass mich ein anderes Mädchen/junge Frau, die halb deutsche ist und mit der ich deutsch spreche eingeladen hat Salsa tanzen zu gehen. Also waren wir gestern mit einer ganzen Gruppe tanzen. Wow wow wow... ich habe es geliebt. Ich konnte die Schritte ja nicht wirklich, aber ich habe mit ein paar Männern getanzt, die stark und gut geführt haben, und das ist gut, denn wenn der Mann nicht richtig führt, dann kann ich versuchen so viel ich will und es wird nicht gut aussehen. Aber wenn der Mann gut führt, dann weiß ich genau was ich zu tun habe und er lässt Dich gut aussehen!
Ich hatte so viel Spaß gestern! Es war einfach toll.

Ich merke einfach, wie es jetzt los geht... Gott... ich bin bereit für alles was Du vorhast, egal wo Du mich hinführst. Ich bin bereit, leite mich, führe mich. Lass mich ein Segen sein, egal wo ich hingehe, gebrauche mich. Herr, ich bin das Werkzeug in Deinen Händen!!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Be a woman of resolve - birth something big and beautiful

I'm reading this great book right now by Bobbie Houston and I wanted to share some of it here with you:

"Imaging saying...

... "I am a woman with VOLUME" (...) God wants to trun up your volume, so your story may resound, loud and clear through the earth!

Imagine saying...

..."I am a woman with CHARACTER." I'm sure this is referring to qualities such as integrity, but I want to suggest a woman who is full of life and personality. (...)

Imagine saying...

... "I am a woman with ABILITY." Absolutely, girl! I also belive we are created in the image of a creative God! Creative juices are within us all and we simply need to learn how to unlock them. Tune in your Creator and watch the ideas flow. His grace will then enable you to actually do it.

Imagine saying...

..."I am a woman with BRAINS." Imagine for a moment, a planet full of Christian women with mega-intelligence. Cerebal-chicks doing awesome things in the earth, because God came and as it teaches in Romans 12, renewed their minds, changed their mindset, enlarged their capacity to think, dream and achieve!"

Saturday, April 14, 2007

The Adventure continues

Ich bin jetzt schon fast drei Wochen hier und zwei Wochen Uni liegen hinter mir. Wie die Zeit bisher war? Ich glaube ich kann das nicht immer in Worte fassen. Bisher ist es glaub ich anders als ich es mir vorgestellt habe, aber das liegt wohl hauptsächlich daran, dass ich noch nicht so viele Leute hier kenne. Ich habe diese Woche jedoch einige Tatsachen über mich festgestellt und ich merke, wie sich etwas verändert hat... ist schwer zu erklären, oder besser gesagt es dauert zu lange, aber ich merke, wie einige Dinge meines Charakters von denen ich dachte sie seien verloren gegangen, wieder da sind und wie ich Schritt für Schritt wieder dahineintrete. Es fühlt sich zwar an als wäre alles und als ob ich es nicht schaffen würde, aber dann merke ich wie ich einfach loslassen muss, einfach ich selbst sein muss und mich auf Gott verlassen muss. Klingt einfach, oder? Manchmal sind die klarsten Dinge, die am einfachsten scheinen, die, die uns so viel Überwindung kosten...

Ich gehe donnerstags jetzt immer in die College Kleingruppe der Gemeinde, was mir echt gut tut. Mal wieder Teil einer Kleingruppe zu sein... ich fühle mich wie damals als ich 15 war und wir Hauszelle bei Wil und Melanie hatten...

Gestern war ich das erste mal so richtig am Strand und damit meine ich, dass ich am Strand gelegen bin und mich gesonnt habe. Ins Wasser konnte man nicht gehen, aber das macht nichts...

Gestern Abend bin ich dann einfach zu so ein paar Leuten der Gemeinde nach Hause gegangen. Ich kannte da niemanden, aber das war egal. Die meisten waren 24 und älter, aber nicht über 30. Ich war schon lange nicht mehr die jüngste...
Die Leute waren super nett und haben sich permanent über Musik unterhalten... yeahii... das hat mich gefreut. Ich hatte das Gefühl auf einer Wellenlänge zu sein, aber das war nur der erste Eindruck.
Die meisten von denen spielen irgendwie Fußball oder sind sonst super sportlich... kein Kommentar da von meiner Seite, obwohl ich hir echt viel Fahrrad fahre...

Es ist Wochenende... ich bin gespannt was alles passieren wird, auf die nächsten Woche, die nächsten Eindrücke...

Meine lieben besten Freunde, ich vermisse Euch, ich habe Euch sehr lieb! Eure Ramona

Monday, April 9, 2007

Before the thrown of God above

Before the throne of God above,
I have a strong, a perfect plea,
A great High Pries whose name is Love,
Who ever leives and peads for me.
My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart;
I know that while in heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart.
No tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair,
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look and see Him there,
Who made an end to all my sin.
Because the sinless Savior died,
My sinful soul is counted free;
For God, the Just, is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me
To look on Him and pardon me

Behold him there! The risen Lamb;
My perfect, spotless Righteousness,
The great unchangeable I am;
The King of glory and of grace!
One with Himself I cannot die.
My soul is purchased by His blood;
My life is hid with Christ on high;
With Christ, my Savior and my God
With Christ, my Savior and my God

I bow before the Cross of Christ
And marvel at this love divine
God's perfect Son was sacrificed
To make me righteous in God's eyes
This river's depths I cannot know,
Though I can glory in its flood
The Lord most High has bowed down low
And poured on me His glorious Love
And poured on me His glorious Love

Monday, April 2, 2007

My very OWN adventure

Ok... let me tell you about this awesome weekend! Am Samstag morgen bin ich ganz früh am morgen mit Dan nach Santa Barbara gefahren. Wir haben mein Fahrrad auf dem Pick up Truck mitgenommen und dann waren wir auf dem Farmer's Market dort. Wirklich interessante Sache...
Danach fuhr ich zum Pier und bin bis zum äußersten Ende gefahren. Ich saß dort eine ganze Weile, schaute das Meer an, hörte Lobpreismusik, ließ meinen Gedanken freien Lauf und genoss einfach die Freiheit.
In Santa Barbara habe ich dann das Court Haus, also das Gerichtsgebäude angeschaut und ich glaube ich habe noch nie ein so schönes Gerichtsgebäude gesehen. Wirklich faszinierend schön. Vom Turm des Gebäudes hatte ich eine wunderschöne Aussicht über Santa Barbara und die Umgebung. Da ich meine Landkarte zu Hause vergessen hatte musste ich mich irgendwie so zurecht finden, aber das war ok. Ich habe dann das Casa de la Guerra angeschaut, das erste Haus der Stadt. Interessant war die Inschrift: "Que sea la paz en este casa de la guerra." Was für ein Widerspruch.
Die Mission von Santa Barbara wird als Queen of the Missions bezeichnet und ich nahm die Tour um sie zu besichtigen. Für alle, die "Die Insel der blauen Delphine" mal gelesen haben ist es interessant zu wissen, dass das Mädchen aus dem Buch dort bei der Mission auf dem Friedhof begraben liegt und die Insel von der die Rede ist hier ist! Wow, oder?!
Von der Mission aus bin ich zurück nach Goleta mit dem Fahrrad gefahren. Es war echt eine schöne Tour.

Am Abend war ich bei Spring Sing... ich habe selten so was verrücktes gesehen. Einfach toll!!!

Heute war auch wieder ein wunderschöner Tag... und ich war in der Gemeinde. Schon anders als meine Gemeinde, aber trotzdem gut. Und danach wurde ich gleich eingeladen zur College Smallgroup zu kommen. Ich denke da werde ich hingehen. Die treffen sich immer Donnerstag abends. Das wird bestimmt eine Menge Spaß!

Morgen fängt die Uni an. Bitte betet.

Für alle da draußen, meine lieben Freunde: Ich liebe Euch!!!! Eure Ramona

Friday, March 30, 2007

Some History

California is the Golden State and was first colonized by the Spanish Empire in 1769. Its motto is Eureka which means something like "I found it".
Missionaries founded about 20 missions along the coast which later became settlements and presidios for settlers and are today cities like San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Francisco or Ventura.
California used to belong to Mexico, then gained Independence and was the Republic of California. Later on after some wars California became a State of the United States.

In the 1840s after people had discovered huge gold reserves in northern California people started rushing to the State to find gold and make a fortune! That was the time when going West was very fashionable and people went on many adventures through the country meeting the unknown.

Meeting the uknown... that's were I find myself right now... going on adventures, seeing new things, exploring...

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The First Adventures

Hallo da draußen in der Welt!
Jetzt will ich doch endlich mal von meinen ersten Abenteuern hier erzählen.
Fangen wir erst mal mit der Koffer Geschichte an: Als ich hier "zu Hause" ankam öffnete ich voller Freude meinen Koffer und musst dann feststellen, dass es nicht meiner war, sondern nur ein identisch aussehender Koffer einer anderen Person gefüllt mit rosa Kleidern. Der Schock saß, aber zum Glück hat Karen mir geholfen und somit haben wir, also die andere Person und ich Koffer ausgetauscht und jetzt seit heute habe ich meinen wieder.

Was die Familie, das Haus, mein Zimmer und das Auto angeht kann ich nur sagen dass es echt der ober Hammer ist! Das ist ein Segen durch und durch!!!! Gott, ich danke Dir!

Heute waren wir in Santa Barbara Downtown... wirklich wunderschön (Photos kommen noch). Es hat dann tatsächlich für 20 Minuten oder so geregnet, was ich total super fand, weil man ja eigentlich sagt: "It never rains in California!"

Sonst geht es mir gut. Morgen habe ich Orientation day, wo ich auch meine Kurse wählen kann und dann ab Montag gehts richtig los.

Auf zum nächsten Abenteuer...

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

The Arrival

Hier bin ich nun... in Santa Barbara, California! Wow... bin gestern angekommen. Ich habe noch nicht so viel zu erzählen gerade.... aber mehr von meinen Abenteuern hier gibts sicher bald.

Das ist das Haus, in dem ich jetzt wohne... für 3 Monate!

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

The Power of Christ in you

This is to all of you who struggle and are in the midst of a fight or in front of a mountain or deep down in the valley. Let me tell you this: You are destined for victory! You are a child of God and victory belongs to you. So stop fighting on your own and take His hand... he will pull you through!

"I'll go, but I cannot go alone
Cause I know I'm nothing on my own
But the power of Christ in me makes me strong
Makes me strong

Cause when I'm weak, You make me strong
When I'm blind, You shine Your light on me
Cause I'll never get by living on my own ability
How refreshing to know You don't need me
How amazing to know that You want me
So I'll stand on Your truth, and I'll fight with Your strength
Until You bring the victory, by the power of Christ in me" (Casting Crowns)

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Enjoy the ride - Winter Weekend 2007

Winter Weekend 2007 ist seit Sonntag zu Ende. Doch wie soll ich beschreiben wie es war, wenn es kaum Worte dafür gibt.
Winter Weekend ist immer ein besonderes Camp... ein besonderes Wochenende. Wir fahren für ein Wochenende in die Alpen. Raus aus dem Alltag, rein in die Berge. Es ist immer sehr intensiv...
Und so war es auch dieses Jahr. Fast 50 Jugendliche zusammen in einer Hütte in den Alpen. Tagsüber waren wir auf der Piste und konnten Gottes Schöpfung bewundern. Abends waren wir im Haus, haben Zeit verbracht, gegessen (Sahra und Rene, das Essen war mehr als großartig!!!), Nintendo Wii gespielt... aber dann kam das beste: Lobpreis. Unseren Herrn, den allmächtigen anzubeten, danach eine Predigt und dann Kleingruppen. Ich stand beim Lobpreis meistens ziemlich weit hinten und es war so ein Segen für mich zu hören wie alle zusammen singen, wir standen da wie eine Armee und beteten an.
Das Thema dieses Jahr war Freude und der Vers "Die Freude am Herrn ist meine Kraft"... was für ein mächtiges Thema... wow! Sich am Herrn zu freuen ist das beste, was wir tun können!
Die Gruppe war einfach großartig... da gibt es keine Worte, die diese Gruppe beschreiben könnten... so einzigartig, so viel Potential... so wunderbar. Ich liebe jeden einzelnen von dieser Gruppe... ich liebe zu sehen wie sie Entscheidungen treffen und weitergehen in ihrem Leben.

Alles was ich noch zu sagen habe ist: "I'll stand with arms high and heart abandoned, in awe of the one who gave it all, I'll stand my soul Lord to you surrendered, all I am is yours..." United we Stand!

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

His Way

"For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?" (Isaiah 43:19)
BAM... there it was. These two little sentences vom Isaiah who seem to express everything I have been feeling and thinking about lately.
I started this new year and I felt like everything was open and that about anything could happen. I felt that the Lord is going to do something amazing and great this year. I still feel that deep inside. But I do not focus on it. I only focus on the Lord and His plan for my life. And whatever he's planning for this year or the next months, I'm ready to follow. I'm ready to be obedient. I'm ready to be the girl He wants me to be.... aaahh... I get so excited when I think about His wonderful ways and how he handles things and I love His humor... Oh... I love the Lord.

Jesus, I love you so much, I can hardly express with words. It's you I want to follow all my life, it's you I look at. Jesus... I reach my hand out to you and say YES... I want to dance this dance with you for the rest of my life even if it will be only you and me forever.... I'm not afraid for I know you are my strength and a light on my path. Dear Jesus, my lover, my friend, my father, my savior.... I surrender...

Friday, January 26, 2007

Why they are like they are

I've been thinking a lot about men lately... well not the way you think now ... well maybe a bit, but more like why they are like they are.
Let me explain that a little. I''ve been thinking about why men hold back, whey they are afraid, why they don't stand their man... I could freak out. Society tells them to be super smart, super strong, super soft, super understanding and so on... and they try... but how can they ever fulfill an image that was not meant for them. Women: We've done a huge mistake... I mean not that it is our fault... the fault was made a few thousand years ago but what I mean is feminism... I mean those women who try to take over control, women who try to form their men, women who only want the soft parts. But that is sooooooooo wrong.
I tell you what I want. I want a man who is strong in the Lord, a man who knows who he is in Christ, I want a man who love the Lord with all his heart, soul and spirit. I want a man willing to rescue me and hold me, somebody strong, somebody I can rely on, somebody who lives the adventure with me, somebody who doesn't bring his question ("Do I have what it takes", Wild at heart, John Eldredge) to me, but to the Lord, somebody who is fierce and dangerous (in a good way), somebody who is willing to fight for me!!!! I don't want to take control, I don't want to always be the one pushing the relationship...
So men, this is for you:

"Too many men forsake their dreams because they aren't willing to risk, or fear they aren't up to the challenge, or are never told that those desires deep in their heart are good. But the soul of a man (...) isn't made for controlling things; he's made for adventure. (...) If you had permission to do what you really want to do, what would you do? Don't ask how, that will cut your desire off at the knee. How is never the right question; how is a faithless question. It means "unless I can see my way clearly I won't believe it, won't venture forth." (...) How is God's department. He is asking you what. What is written in your heart? What makes you come alive? If you could do what you've always wanted to do, what would it be? You see, a man's calling is written on his true heart, and he discovers it when he enters the frontier of his heep desires. To paraphrase Bailie, don't aks yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive because what the world needs are men who have come alive." (Wild at Heart, John Eldredge)


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