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Who is going to help me…?

Posted by hrgarippa on 19 February, 2008

Today I received this letter from a 7th grade girl.

Miss Hannah,

I’m falling my classes because I don’t have no one to help me and teachers explain it but I still don’t understand. My mom doesn’t help me because she is either not home, sick or busy. So I just stop going to class because even if I do go I’m still gone fall. I don’t have a mentor even though I begged Mr. Garret for 1, so who is going to help me…?

I read this note as I was in the office at the middle school and said out loud, “there are too many kids.” And there are…there are too many kids for me or for you. But there are not too many for God. He is the Father to the fatherless and protector of widows. (psalm 68.5)

Praise the Lord that He is this child’s help!


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Posted by hrgarippa on 15 February, 2008

Yes, Thirty happens. And I’m actually glad that it has happened. I know that several posts back I was throwing temper tantrums about this number. But I like thirty, it has some character to it. I love my life, and all that it is in it. If I was choosing the road, the journey, this certainly isn’t the way I would have chosen…so I’m grateful that my Father in heaven knows better than I because I love the place where I am, the people that surround me, and the hope I have in Him.

Here’s to 30 and Happy Birthday to me!

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Posted by hrgarippa on 14 February, 2008

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things. I Corinthians 13.1-17

Today is my favorite Holiday. I love being reminded of LOVE. I believe that true geniune love is at the root of all change and I wish everyday was Valentine’s Day. I’m currently reading a great book my mom gave me called, A Love Worth Giving, by Max Lucado. I recommend it to all.

To sum it all up, or rather to sum up my life: Since I am most often a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal I pray to remember that love is perfect in Jesus Christ, and that he is my source and strength.

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Posted by hrgarippa on 11 February, 2008

I just returned from a rip roarin good time at the Annual US Youth Soccer Association Conference. This year it was held in the lovely town of Pittsburgh, which is actually lovely even though it sounds like a Pitt.

The weekend was packed. There were sessions on Risk Management, Progressive Systems of Play, Tactics of Tackling, Utilizing IT to Achieve Your Organization’s Marketing Objectives, and of course Goal Scoring Opportunities. But what was missing was a session on how a non-athletic, non-coordinated never played soccer in her life coach teaches the game. Something called, Soccer for total idiots. I was completely out of place. I totally forgot my black Adidas pants with the white strips on the side. What was I thinking.

So I just took it all in stride and enjoyed the warmth of a pair of borrowed UGG’s (thanks Melissa), seeing a bit of Pittsburgh, a slight, very slight snow fall, the local nightlife, and bonding with my fellow coaches from the West Dallas United club. I also managed to learn a bit and I now know the difference between technique and skill.

My favorite part of the whole conference…watching the kids from the TOPSoccer program demo their skills. TOPSoccer is a program for mentally or physically disabled kids and whenever they would score a goal the joy expressed was unmatched, I dare say even by the player scoring the winning goal in World Cup. It was priceless!

I’ll post some pictures of the weekend soon.

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The Red Menance

Posted by hrgarippa on 6 February, 2008

One of the questions we are always asking ourselves here at Mercy Street is, “Why do the kids come to see us?” Is it just the fantastic snacks we provide? The dish of candy on our desk. The fact that Tim always feeds the kids even when we say, “Don’t feed the kids.” Or do they come because they just feel safe and know the love of God when they come through those double glass doors. I’m hoping it’s the latter but whatever gets them in the door!

Yesterday at Wyld Life, we announced that we had Hot Cheetos. When we opened the box and realized that it was just a box holding an assorted variety of chips we almost had a riot on our hands and then when we ran out I almost had to get out my baton and rubber bullets. Although I think the fact that they weren’t getting Hot Cheetos calmed most of them down as they realized they weren’t missing out on much.

Just in case you’ve been living under a rock for the last several years, there is a Hot Cheeto phenomenon sweeping the nation.

Many school districts have banned this crazy snack because of the red dye. White uniform shirts + Red Hot Cheetos = disaster. They did a study that shows when a person consumes spicy food your brain releases endorphins and you actually experience a little high. So as many kids have stated when they eat Flaming Hot Cheetos, they feel crazy…they actually do feel crazy…scientifically proven craziness.

NPR did a story on this phenomenon a couple of years ago, you can listen to it here if you’d like. My favorite part of the story, is when the reporter asks, “What will happen if I eat this whole bag of Hot Cheetos?” A crazy group of 5th grade kids reply, “It’ll make your booty burn.”

Personally I love Flaming Hot Cheetos. And if I’m given the chance they are yummy with hot nacho cheese on top.

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love is life

Posted by hrgarippa on 5 February, 2008

Love is life.
All, everything that I understand,
I understand only because I love.
Everything is united by it alone.
-Leo Tolstoy

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