Rachel Shane

Month: September, 2010

10 Reasons Why Fall Is Great

1.  Sweaters.

Who hates sweaters? That’s right. No one.  I love sweaters and hoodies so much that I sleep in them from November – March.  And a little secret – around my house I love wearing a hoodie, throwing the hood up over my head, and pretending I am a great drummer while listening to music. Why yes, I am a dork.

2. Hot Liquid Beverages.

It feels simply wrong to drink hot beverages in the warm warm summer. But now it is perfect for the soul!!! Now starts my constant intake of throat coat tea since this is now the cold  (as in sickness) season.  I also recommend drinking this chai tea – it is really great.  And of course you should drink it in your Concordia College Alumni coffee cup. BREW it up baby ;) (you cobbers will get this).

3. Apple Orchards.

Apple orchards are so fun and great and fall-ish.

True story: Once I drove an hour to an apple orchard, and they were out of apples. Sad day. So I looked at their pumpkins.

4.  Change.

Fall is the kick-off for all programs, for school, sports, NSO orchestra.  I enjoy things getting out of the summer laze and coming back to life. The weather comforts with a calm-ness while things get busy. It is perfect.

5. Beautiful Leaves.

Who knew dying could look so beautiful? I love looking at the changing leaves.  Don’t miss it from being too busy. And enjoy the leaves on the ground.  You are never too old to play with leaves.

6. Gold Jewelry.

Most women prefer silver jewelry, but I really enjoy gold jewelry.  And gold jewelry looks better in the fall, so wear it.

7. Football Games.

Football is the most fun to watch and play in the fall, because that is when it happens.

8. Fall Retreats.

Church groups go on retreats in the fall. How great and perfect. This makes fall so much better.

9. The Air.

The air is cool and crisp.  I enjoy running and walking and being in this air.  It tastes fresh.

10. Plaid.

Plaid and flannel comes back into style. Amen.  This is my friend’s apartment and their three plaid couches. Awesome.

Also, fall means that we are closer to Christmas!!! :)

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Healing

Sorry I am not way great at this blogging thing. My job schedule is just crazy and then life happens and then before you know it it has been a few weeks and I have not blogged.

On my ‘free thoughts’, I have been thinking about people being healed.  Actually it more started after I talked to my beautiful friend Becca Weber.  Becca went to Africa this summer though Iris Ministries, which is a ministry to feed people and share the gospel in Mozambique.  It is led by this incredible woman named Heidi Baker.  More to her later.  Anyways, I asked Becca if she had seen any crazy healing miracles since I have heard that this ministry has risen almost 100 people from the dead.  Becca said that she put her hands on the eyes of a blind boy, and he was healed and could see perfectly.  And one of the students she was working with was risen from the dead.  So then I asked her, even though I already kind of knew, “Why don’t we see those miracles as often in the United States?”  She responded quickly, “We are not desperate for it.”  She went on to explain more interesting things.  She explained how she worked in two different communities in Africa, the village and the bush.  In the village, they had a hospital and doctors, and they did not see as many healing miracles there.  In the bush, nearly every time they prayed for a healing miracle, it happened. This causes me to think a lot, and I have given up because I just don’t know all the ways of God.  I know God does do healing miracles in the United States, and I have been healed once, but still.  For now this teaches me to pray to be more desperate for God.  To better understand better that He is life, and without Him there is no hope.

Below are two youtube videos that I highly recommend watching.  Definitely will get you thinking.  The first one is with Heidi Baker, and a man who was raised from the dead.  He shares his story of what happened.

This other one is some people who were healed in Disneyland.  It is perhaps a little awkward to watch, but I enjoy this one because the people leading act upon why God wants healing miracles to happen.  God releases gifts to bring glory and people to Him.  It is sweet that a greater miracle happened, upon many people getting healed, they more importantly got saved!!