Friday, April 24, 2009

video
Norris practicing his Olympic run!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday

Today we talked about how God could allow his son to go through the pain and suffering he needed to go through. How could God let that happen! Well it was interesting to hear how the MINUTE after the curtain broke and the ground shook. God did not let the Lords pain last a minute longer than it needed to be. The minute Jesus died God began to bring his judgment. I never really thought about that. I always just focused on the cross which is great but i never really looked past it. It is great to know that we serve a God who is here for us. He is not going to let us suffer a minute longer than we need to. If he let his Son go through tough times we will have our share of tough times BUT.... joy comes in the morning!!!
I am excited to celebrate our first Easter in Egypt. What a great place to think about his sacrifices. We think life is so tough because there are no lines, crossing the street is frightening, and i can't understand enough Arabic yet......but that is nothing compared to what Jesus did for us. He took ALL the SINS of the WORLD just for us! So that we could BE FREE!!! WOW What a great God!!

Matthew 27:50-51 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split....

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

New Friends

It is pretty funny. I have been here for almost 9 months and I am stilling meeting new teachers from the school. The other day we had a birthday party for a friend and there were a couple of teachers there I had seen before but not really talked to. It was great because I was seated by one of the ladies I had not really talked to. It was neat because her sister sings at HCC sometimes with us and it was great to meet another member of their family! We found out that we got married the same month of the same year! It was fun to talk about the joys of marriage and just get to know another Christian teacher!
Then one of the teachers asked if we could go for coffee the other night and it was great to hear about her life and all the things she has planned for her future! We had never really talked just the two of us and it was great! She is a great follower and it felt good to be lifted up by someone that I don't always get to talk to! She is going to be quite busy to do all of the things that she wants to do in her future! God has placed a lot of great ideas in her heart that are going to be awesome when she does them!! It is wonderful to know that you can be lifted up by people you may see all the time but not really "talk" to them! It is so nice to listen to people and be listened too! And you know coffee is always fun too!!!! (well i just really go for the sweet drinks that don't really taste at all like coffee!!)

I am just great full for all the people that God has allowed me to meet this year! They have changed my life in such a wonderful way and I will never be able to forget them!

Friday, April 3, 2009

The Nuss Marathon




Well Norris and I ran a half marathon today and it was tough. Norris did great and came in second place running at 1 hour 45 min.!!! He is so awesome! I never in my life thought I would be able to run a half marathon. I am not a runner but I really wanted to have a goal outside of singing and being a good Christian and trying to be a good wife! I thought running would be a fun hobby to take up! Well at first I did not like it at all but as I was training I really started to love running! I was told by many that running this marathon would be fun and a great experience. Well part of that is true! There were many times as I was running that I did NOT think it was fun! But I really do think it was an incredible experience! While you are running there is no one there but you! No one can make you continue except for you! There were many times I wanted to hop in a cab and have them just take me to the finish line but I made it! I ran the whole way and even got lost in the process!!!
When Norris and I first started training I did not think I would make it three miles! And today I ran 13.1!!! It was a long and difficult process at times! I got really frustrated when my knee started to bother me! I was not sure if I was going to make it and I was really nervous it would give out on me! But the Lord allowed me to make it through with no problems at all!!
While we were running I soon was in last place and as I was running I was reminded of a couple of verses:

2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord the righteous judge will award to me on that day....
Hebrews 12:1 Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes our eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith...

It is great to know that it does not matter how you finish or what time you finish but if you have faith and keep your eye on the finish line you will be rewarded! I hope that as I live life I can keep my eye focused on that prize and the end of the race. I hope I can run a steady race and not get taken off the course but to stay focused on him!