Wednesday, February 25, 2009

It's All About Mical! :D

So everyone is posting the "about my mom" post ... initially stolen from Judy (I think). It is a fun post! But I'm gonna spice it up a bit and be a little selfish ... I'm gonna twist the questions to make them about ME. :) Come on. It'll be fun! :D

What is something (or some things) Mical always says?
"Sheesh maneesh."
"Let's get rockin'!"
"Oh, man."
"Hmm, hmm, hmm." (It's more like a hum)
"What the heck!?"
"So ..."
"God is faithful."
"(So and so) cracks me up!"
"What a hoot!/(So and so) is a hoot!"
"Too funny!"

What makes Mical happy?
Friends
Both of my church families
Kids/youth (folks between the ages of 7 and 17!) :)
Time with my SoZo kids
After school program on Mondays and Wednesdays!!!!! LOVE it!!!!
Time with Jesus right before bed :)
E-mails
Sweet tea :D
The sky
.... I better stop here.

What makes Mical sad?
Broken relationships!!! (But sad is the understatement of my life when it comes to this!)
When my friends go through tough times

What makes Mical laugh?
If you want the short version .... I could say EVERYTHING! (I laugh all the time ... it's a hobby of mine.) :)
But let's be a little more specific ... because it's just fun. :) And let's change it to who makes you laugh the most?
My big brother, Adam, makes me laugh more than anyone in the whole world!
The Jared
James :)

How tall is Mical?
5 feet 5 in a half inches ... to be exact.

What does Mical like to do?
Starbucks friend dates with Ben
Hug Emily and be hugged by Emily
Los Rancheros dates with Hannah and Tiff
Laugh with/at James
Hang out with kids (after school program!!!)
Hang out with my youth group kids!!!
Play my guitar
Hiking
Volleyball, basketball, football, ultimate frisbee .... just about any sport.
Camping (I'm going 3 weeks!!!)
Higher Ground
Going to church!
.... I could keep going, but I'll spare you the long(er) list. :)

What kind of job does Mical have?
Student at IUPUI (graduating in December! 9 months and counting!)
Writing tutor at the IUPUI University Writing Center
Assistant in my mom's bookstore
Work with kids (DREAM JOB!)
Follower of Jesus (ULTIMATE GOAL!)

What is Mical's favorite food?
Easy. - Steak and potatoes!

How does Mical show people that she loves them?
Writes letters/notes/facebook messages/e-mails of encouragement
Gives hugs (to those very few, lucky people) ;)
Goes to lunch, meets them at their house to chat, finds opportunities to work in ministry with them or simply be around them .....
Buys/makes gifts for them
... Yeah ... I think those are the main ways. :)

Now wasn't that fun? :D




Saturday, February 21, 2009

Empty Me

Who here likes Jeremy Camp???

Fun beat, nice voice, amazing lyrics.

Yes. Everyone should like Jeremy Camp.

His lyrics are probably the most convicting and Christ-centered words I've ever heard from an artist. Perhaps there are others. James says Caedmon's Call has amazing lyrics. I still need to check them out sometime. Superchick has pretty great lyrics. My friend, King Barry, likes the "old school" Christian artists/music 'cause they have great, godly lyrics. Yeah ... But Jeremy Camp is pretty up there in the "greatest godly lyrics ever" group. (Yes, I just made a group.) ;)

Anyway. (I love tangents!) :) ... I'm posting the lyrics to an amazing song sung by Jeremy Camp. It is short ... simple. But oh, so convicting. Read these words ... and really read them. Soak 'em up. Carry them with you today. Dwell on them. Let Jesus transform you by these words. ... Amazing stuff!

MY PRAYER FOR EACH OF US ...
Lord God, may this be the prayer and deepest longing of our hearts. Change us for your purpose and glory!

EMPTY ME

Holy fire, burn away
My desire for anything
That is not of You and is of me.
I want more of You
And less of me.

Empty me.
Empty me.
Fill me with You.
With You.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

22 Words

Wahoo! I'm excited about this post! ...... Judy wrote a blog post almost a month ago called "Ten Months," and I loved it! It was the story of her life over the past 10 months ... told in 22 words. It is a ton of fun! We ALL should write a 22-word story and post it on our blogs.

My story has to do with the hardest 15 months of my life. I'm finally healed over them, and I've learned more from them than I can express .... and God is continuing to do amazing things in my heart and life! Yes!!! So I can share the story fairly effectively (and without any heartstrings attached) in 22 words. Here goes! :D

October 2007 - December 2008 in 22 Words :)

Emotional Roller Coaster:
Ninth Praxis
Two guys
One Jesus
Broken friendships
A broken heart
Lessons: surrender, waiting, finding contentment in Christ alone.

(P.S. The broken friendships are renewed. Praise the Lord!)

Yep ... that's my story! God is amazing!
Have a great day, everybody! :):):)

Friday, February 13, 2009

Mical's Wisdom List from God :)

Alrighty! ... So I'm up for another long-winded Mical post. What about you? :) ...... A couple months ago, I started a study through the book of Proverbs. God's been doing amazing things in my life over the past several months - lots of lessons - most learned the hard way ... but I'm good with that now (probably 'cause it's all over - at least for awhile - right? Ha ha!). Anyway! I am in/going into a bit of a transition period in my life. I'm finishing up school in 10 months (yes, I can finally count them on two hands!!!) ... and I'm kind of getting to that point where I'd like to find the guy God has for me. NOT quite ready to be in that relationship just yet ... but I can see it happening in the next couple, three, four, eight ... years or so. Ha! No, I am NOT narrowing it down. Leaving it up to GOD! (Finally.) ;) .... So. Career. Godly man to marry. ..... MINISTRY! These are the three things I am seeking God about. I want what HE wants. No more Mical, please. :) So ... to find out what HE wants, I need wisdom. And where better to get it than God, Himself. :) Or ... in other words, from His WORD. :) All of that said ... here is what I found in my trek through Proverbs a couple months ago. This is GOOD stuff! Look up the verses that go along with these "wisdomisms." Let God reveal His plan, give you peace, or simply say ... "Good job for seeking Me. I do have a plan, but I'm waiting to reveal it to you. Just keep doing what you're doing." (That's the answer He gave to me through my study. And I'm good with that!) :) ..... Without further ado ... here's some Proverbs wisdom for you all. :)

PROVERBS (Yes, the whole book)
Wisdom is/comes from .......

* Fearing the Lord (1:7, 9:10, 14:26-27)
- Fearing the Lord is kind of a fuzzy concept to me at times. What does it mean to fear the Lord, exactly? It's something for great minds like ours (yes, you and I, fellow bloggers) to think about. I'm sure you could go deeper than these definitions, but perhaps my mind isn't as great as yours. ;) ... I figured fearing the Lord means, in simple terms, revering Him/respecting Him/knowing that He is completely powerful and just/standing in awe of Him. Those definitions aren't too shabby. They DO give us things to ponder. Do we really FEAR (thinking of these definitions!) the Lord? ... Anyway ... look up these verses and ponder on 'em (with the defs in mind, of course!). :)

* Trusting in the Lord (3:5-6 and 28:25-26)

* Cherishing the things of God (4:6-9)
- I thought a lot about cherishing His word and cherishing His people when I thought about cherishing "the things of God." He obviously wants us to cherish His word ... and people are more important to Him than anything, right? ... So we should cherish these things. Can you think of anything else? Think about it! :)

* Guarding our hearts (4:23)

* Seeking God's calling and staying focused on it (4:25-26)

* Loving God and seeking Him (8:17)

* Getting rid of evil (8:13 and 14:16)

* Listening to Godly counsel and acting on it (12:15, 13:10, and 19:20)

* Learning from mistakes (13:1 and 29:15)

* Acting in obedience to God (4:13, 10:17, and 19:27)

* Fellowshiping with wise people (13:20)

* Building our lives on God's standards (14:1)

* Making every part of our lives about Jesus (16:3)

* Growing in gentleness and patience (14:29)

* Being slow to anger (29:8&11)

* Speaking truth and life to others (3:3-4)

* Being joyful in every situation (17:22)

* Controlling our tongues (16:23, 17:27, and 21:23)

* Putting good things in our hearts (27:19)

* Realizing that God is in control, not us (16:9, 19:21, 20:24, and 21:1-2)

Whew! That's a long list! And some of it may be common sense. But man! Good stuff! Seriously! I encourage you ... no, I implore you to prayfully look up these verses and let God speak to you. We ALL need wisdom about something (or somethingS!). Seek God for wisdom! He'll give it! And if He waits to give you the so called "answers" you desire ... He WILL give you peace in the mean time. I am living proof of that. :) Keep seeking after Jesus, everyone! He has so much in store for each of us! Gotta keep trusting! Gotta keep seeking! Gotta keep, keep, keep!

Can't think of a better way to end this post than to leave you with this verse ....

James 1:5 - But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
:):):)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

25 RANDOM THINGS ABOUT ME :)

So ... many of my Facebook friends started tagging people in a "note" called "25 Random Things about Me." I don't know how to create a note on Facebook, so I'm gonna post my 25 randoms on here. :) You should read mine and then make a list of your own! What fun! :)

25 RANDOM THINGS ABOUT MICAL LYNN MASTERSON :)
1. I gag on the wind ... among other things.
2. I really, really enjoy string cheese, smiley face fruit snacks, sweet tea, and my crocs.
3. I really like Starbucks, but I despise coffee. (I get hot chocolates and coffeeless fraps.)
4. I love it when people I don't know smile/say hello to me.
5. I am in love with people the ages of 7 and 17.
6. I am in love with my friends!
7. I am happiest when I am with my church family, my HG fam, the Cooks/Adamsons gang, my youth, and kids of all ages!
8. Starbucks friend dates with Ben, hugs from Emily, laughing with/at James, and Los Rancheros dates with Tiff and Hannah are my 4 all-time favorite things to do.
9. I really enjoy filling out useless information about myself (like these 25 randoms) ... although it DOES take a loooonnngg time! ;)
10. I have a new found love in my IUPUI sweatpants (In other words, I really enjoy being comfortable. I would choose sweats over dressing up ANY day!).
11. I really enjoy playing sports ... volleyball, football, and basketball are my favorite.
12. I have learned amazing lessons about surrender, contentment, and waiting in my walk with Jesus over the past several months.
13. I really like the names Uriah and Dinah from the Bible, and I'd like to name my kids these names someday.
14. I like to pray using a prayer journal.
15. I really enjoy working in the IUPUI University Writing Center. (I am actually in the UWC right now ... not many tutees ... none for me today.)
16. I do not like animals. Yep ... none of them. ("When (not if!) pets attack!" is my motto!)
17. I adore my little brother, Wes, and I went all out his senior year ... He played basketball, and I put up signs at basketball games, gave him goody bags before each game, and even made t-shirts! "Cheer for Wes!" "Wes is the best!" .... Yes, I AM THAT CHEESY! :D
18. I am not a very touchy person. I'm getting better, but I have a phobia of prolonged touches. (No joke!)
19. Although I'm not touchy ... hugs from Emily, Judy, Ben, James, Jared Wade, Tiff, Kim Svoma, Uncle Mike, and Adam Cook make me so happy that I want to cry! Yes, I am that sappy.
20. I am in love. (As much as I know what that means!) Ha ha!
21. My favorite human characteristic of all time is .... consistency of character (and going along with that ... people who make things right when they mess up).
22. Steak and potatoes are my all-time favorite foods!
23. I want my cause of death to laughing myself to death. :D
24. I am a pro at sleeping. I hit my pillow, and I'm out - every night. I could take a 3 hour nap earlier in the day and STILL zonk out within 30 seconds of hitting my pillow!
25. I love to dance. I'm a wicked awesome dancer (Just catch me in a dancin' mood! ... which is a lot of the time!). :)

Wow! Aren't we glad the list is random! 'Cause I was all over the board! :D

Monday, February 9, 2009

I DIED ...

Well, as I'm sure you've all noticed ....

I DIED.

That is why I have not been blogging.



Ha! I feel like I died. Fell of the face of the planet. Buried myself under all of my Mical-isms (tutoring, school, ministry - ahh!).
Thanks to everyone who misses my blog. That means a ton! :D .... I have a few blog posts I've been storing up ... about my Proverbs study about wisdom, about bosomness (those who know my friendship with Emily Karas will know what that means) ... and then there's the whole debate between Calvinism and Arminianism. Bru ha ha! Judy's been getting on me about finishing the T.U.L.I.P. and taking a look at the Arminian point of view. ;) .... Good stuff! Lots to come! If I get more than 5 minutes of down time in the next few weeks, I will be back soon. But until then!

Live for Jesus.
Love every person who crosses your path.
Laugh until you cry.

That's better preachin' than you think! Get to it! :D And I will too!!!!!!!! :D

Well ... just getting on to say ... I died. But I'm being revived. Ha ha! God is doing lots in my life! I am happy. I am content. I am growing more in love with Jesus.

My God-given, God-taught, God-cherished motto (God gave me this motto through the lessons He taught me over the several months, and I cherish it! ... That's what that means.) :)
LIFE

IS

GOOD.

Because ...

GOD

IS

FAITHFUL.


Love you all! A L O T !!!