9.07.2004

labor day--living up to its name

Wow. It has been quite a labor day weekend, complete with quite a bit of work...

It started off before the weekend had actually started, but on Thursday, I got to school at 7 o'clock. My brother had to take an AP Psych test, and I wanted to be there early for this thing I guess they call Praise and Prayer. I could either go super early and make it to P&P, or I could go with my friends later and miss it, but get to sleep in. I opted for the first, because I really thought that God was wanting me to go to this thing. And I'm so glad I did. It was awesome. Just a group of high schoolers gather outside the front of the school on Thursday mornings, Jordan plays the guitar, we sing praise songs, and then pray for each other, or whatever is on our minds. It's so incredible. Jordan is hoping to get it to a "See You At the Pole" type of group, with tons and tons of people, but I think at the moment, a whole lot of people are intimidated by the idea. I will openly admit that I was. Honestly, even though it kills me to say this, I was worried about what others would think of me, and worried that I might turn people away from my life, worried that people would think I was just trying to show that I was a good Christian. But, God took that away. And it's such a relieving feeling. As soon as we started singing, I felt like a burden had been lifted off my shoulders. And now I can't wait until this Thursday! It was a great start to the weekend, and to the rest of the year, and probably to the rest of my life. It's amazing how God can change your heart with just one little action, but I am speaking from first hand experience. It was unfathomable. I can just feel God's joy inside of me, and His love pouring over me. Crazy what a little praise music outside of school on a hot morning can do you for, aye? Imagine my dissapointment when I found out we weren't having chapel that day, but class meetings. It got a sigh out of me, that's for sure.

That evening was very interesting, and quite a contrast after the great morning I had had; my mom had to call the police on me and a friend of mine because we had been gone for an hour and a half - and she panicked. We just went on a walk, and I had forgotten to bring my cell phone, not thinking much of it. We had told my dad we were going on a walk, but my mom wasn't home at the time. Had she been, she would have made sure I had my phone. Anywho, after an hour and a half of not hearing from us, my mom started to get worried...long story short, we got home to some very frustrated, worried parents. Its the third time my mom has called the police when she hasn't been able to find me. :shrug: What can I say? I'm an adventurous little girl...^_^

And now, of course, the hurricane. We have been without phones or electricity since 1:30 Sunday afternoon. Which would make it approximately 46 hours. :eek: Thank goodness my grandmother has electricity. We've been staying here, where there's actually air conditioning! It gets so incredibly hot here without air conditioning. I don't know how the Europeans survive without it!! But, thank goodness electricity is our only problem (and our DSL Cable line is snapped in half). There are trees down everywhere, roofs ripped off of people's homes, boats ruined, flooding in some areas, debri covering the roads...it's pretty bad. It will take quite a while to get all of this stuff cleaned up.

In the meantime, its been a super long labor day weekend - 5 days. Unfortunately, I think we're going to have school tomorrow :shrug: It's going to be hard to make it without electricity. Maybe I can get out of doing my homework...haha.

Well, I hope everyone is doing well. I've had a fascinating, eventful weekend and I wish you all the best!

God bless,
lv

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

P&P sounds like something wonderful. I'm glad you find so much comfort and strength etc. in your faith.

Wow, I can't believe she called the police because you were gone 1 1/2 hours. If my mom would do that every time Marie is gone without leaving a note, the policemen could basically just as well move in with us. lol

How can Europeans survive without air conditioning? Hmm...ever been here in winter? hehe

Anyway, I'm glad you're doing fine despite of the hurricane.

Love ya and say hi to your IhearthewordIfreakoutbecauseohmyworditsaporsche brothers! ;)

Mellie

Anonymous said...

hey les.. thats so awesome bout the p&p thing! thats really cool how you(well i guess it was God helpin ha lol)got through the intimidation thing!! i've always kinda struggled with that as well. like(its kinda stupid)but its hard for me for to talk to ppl about God b/c i dont want them thinking that im just doing it for show, ya know? yea i need to get over that lol. well.. thast hilarious about ur mom callin the cops! hah! luckily my mom's never done that lol. well im out! ttyl luv yaa
-em w

Tim said...

dude, that is so funny about you and your friend going on a walk... and how your mom called the cops... Hilarious!!! man that's funny. Kids... Leslie when are you gonna grow up?!!?! haha I still cant believe you like that irresponsible kid. whats his name? Jon...Crenshaw??? ofdghoidufgihsdfhgds I hung up on you tonight, that, was funny!

Leslie Virginia said...

Mellies: P&P is wonderful. We had it today, again, at...it's just really cool.
Yeah, she called the police. Funny thing was, she knew where I was. I had told my dad where we were going. She just got worried. But, haha, I loved what you said about Mary...I can just picture all these cops living in your house. "Mary, you may not exit these perimeters." :-p
No I've never been there in winter. :shrug: Maybe one day though. hehe. But, I heard the late summer gets beastly hot. My grandparents said they were dying.
I did say hi to my brothers from you. And they like you even more, now. :) hehe.

Emily: Hey! Glad you stopped by hehe. Thanks for sharing that...it's nice to know someone else struggles with similar things. But, I just want to encourage you as well to just completely give it over to the Lord because He will take care of it. He doesn't want us to hold back His truth; He wants up to be open and bold with it. But, I know-it's hard. I'll be praying for you! :)

Tim: Actually, the funny part was that Megan Wickenden had read that, but I hadn't told her it was with you. And she made some comment about it and I was wondering how she knew...and then at some point it came out that it was with you and she flipped out. :-p Anywhoooo. Let's not talk about that anymore.
Yeah, I know you hung up. I didn't think you actually would. I just didn't want to go because I wasn't tired and I didn't feel like getting on the shower, so the next best thing was talking to you. :shrug: But, I'm glad you did. Otherwise, it would have been a whole new hour...Sorry I talk so much. ^_^

Anonymous said...

Did she know that we like eachother? or did you just inform her of that recently?

T-Dog

Leslie Virginia said...

Actually, I'm not really sure. For all I knew, she knew before we knew...The only thing she ever heard about you was that you were my future husband. :blink: So, yeah, who knows.

Anonymous said...

Husband? wow, I knew I was cool, but hey, whatever floats your frikin raft. ;)

-Tim