Monday, December 5, 2011

Day 16. All the Poor and Powerless

Ok. This amazing song from church is stuck in my head. and I think it is one of the most beautiful, moving songs I've heard in a long time. It's called "All the Poor and Powerless." Take a listen here: http://youtu.be/lnFloiyGey4

This song relates really well to a series we've been doing in my youth group called Sent. It talks about how we're sent as the physical body of Christ to continue God's work here on Earth. Anyway.

The song All the Poor and Powerless made me think of how lost I was before I found Christ. I recognize now that I felt lonely, powerless, sad, and unwanted before I found the amazing power of God's love. To me, God's love is something that cannot be described and has to be tried. People underestimate the power of God's love until they are engulfed by it. As David Crowder's "How He Loves" states, "He is jealous for me. Loves like a hurricane I am a tree, bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy." God's love for us is unbelievably powerful. God decided to come to save us even though he didn't have to because He loved us so much! He came to save all of us lost.

This led me to look up the story of Zacchaeus. It's in Luke 19:1-10. Zacchaeus was the chief tax collector. Tax collectors were hated as they were because they were considered traitors of Israel, but he was the one who directed all of the others. When Jesus was walking with his crowd, he stopped and told Zacchaeus that he was dining at Zacchaeus' house that day!

Zacchaeus was considered the lowest of the low- the most lost of the lost. Yet Jesus chose to spend time with him. After Zacchaeus had spent some time with Jesus, people started to mutter about how Jesus was dining with "a sinner." Then Zacchaeus stands up a new man and says he's giving all of his possessions to the poor! He's a new man! Jesus says at the end, "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost."

That's so true. Zacchaeus was so lost, and when I think about it, I was probably even more lost. After I actually spent some time with the body of Christ, I became a new person! It was amazing!

However, tonight I looked at myself and realized I'm ever so slowly drifting back towards the way I was before the transformation. So tonight I told God, "Take all of my life, transform me, and use me the way you want me to. Help me to live like you." So that's what I'm trying to do. Tonight was an amazing Sunday.

Good night! God bless!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Day 15: Late night deathness.

Good morning. Or as I think of it, night. even thought it's past midnight.

Therefore...... Today's verses will be few. But yet, even one word from the Bible can change a life. So it's still meaningful to read just a few.

By the way, from this point on, the only words I will capitalize are the Bible and God (or any other form of his name). Because I'm tired.

galations 3:26-29.


  • first point. obviously paul is talking to both sons and daughters: but he's actually kinda saying that the daughters are just as important as the guys by calling them sons: very controversial at the time.
  • second point. i love that no matter who/what we've done/where we're from/how we got saved/why we got saved, we are all one in Christ. it's awesome to know that we as christians have one huge awesome loving community.
  • we are abraham's seed. so we're God's chosen people!!! that's awesome! but with that also comes the responsibility of following God and living for him. that's also very important.

well good night! God bless! 

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Friday, December 2, 2011

Day 14: Matthew 9:10-13

I have a confession.

I'm really quite bad at reading the Bible consistently, as is quite obvious if you're actually following my blog. Hence why I am on day 14..... like 25 days after I started this thing. But either way, I get more Bible reading in than I used to, so I consider it a good start.

Today, I'm reading from an SMT assignment about how Jesus was sent to the world. The four verses are Matthew 9:10-13.

A few things that stood out.

  • That's right, Jesus ate with the "tax collectors and 'sinners'" of the time. Something I've found somewhat disturbing is the fact that all of the people I know who go to my church would have been classified as Pharisees had we lived in the time of Jesus. Now there's good Pharisees and bad Pharisees, but it makes me wonder if, how like the Pharisees are in verse 11, I act self righteous and like I'm better than the "sinners." I think I definitely need to work on getting out of my comfort zone in this.
  • Jesus brings up quite a good point. It's not the healthy that need a doctor, it's the sick! I feel that often in churches we, called to be the acting body of Christ, just stand there while countless people get "sick." How are we supposed to act about this? I think there's two parts to the community of Christianity: loving the inside, and loving the outside. Both are very important.
  • Lastly: Jesus says he's after mercy, not sacrifice. I have to admit, this really confuses me. But after looking it up in the handy online commentary, I think I understand a bit more. Jesus didn't come to compliment the Pharisees about how "good" they were; he came to lead the "sinners" and the "sick" to the Good News.
So... that's it! Good night!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Day 13: Philippians 4:2-9

This is  so one of my favorite passages in the Bible: Philippians 4:2-9. As usual, here are a few main points of the passage that I really like.


  • I love how Paul is concerned with specific members of the Church. He asks the brothers and sisters in Christ to help two women who are disagreeing. I mean, if Paul cares for them so much, it makes me wonder how much more God cares for us!
  • Rejoice in the Lord always. Joy. Now, I used to think this meant that "Oh, I have to always be happy no matter what happens to me." However, now I think it means that I can have joy through my sorrow by knowing that God is with me and loves me, so even when I'm sad, I still can have hope. So rejoice! God loves ya!
  • Be gentle. ... God's with you! So remember that even when you're with the EGR people.... haha just kidding. But seriously. Be gentle to others. It actually makes life a lot better.
  • Don't be anxious. Sounds hard, but don't you always feel better whenever you tell a friend your problems? God will always listen to ya. So tell him your problems and requests. And also remember to thank him. Because he's done a lot.
  • My favorite verse of the lot: Philippians 4:7. "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." I've heard lots of stories about Christians who have always seemed peaceful no matter what happened to them. I never thought I'd see it until I went to a summer camp recently and saw so many middle schoolers affected by God's love and peace. It happens. But we can also maintain it more often by remembering... God is with us. and He does give peace.
  • Put it into practice. I'm still working on this.... but as James 1:22 says, "Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says."
God bless!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Hawai'i Pidgin.

As it is very late.... I'm sorry, but I don't have the time to write my thoughts on a Bible passage while actually putting thought into it. So instead, I'm going to talk about an awesome new discovery I have made through one of my good friends. The discover is....  Da Jesus Book. We... well I.... seem to have forgotten the other translations in different languages in the Bible. To me, Da Jesus Book, which is the Bible in Hawai'i Pidgin, seems to contain a type of joy and love that sometimes can't be felt by normal words in my opinion. For example, John 3:16-17. This is Jesus talking. "God wen get so plenny love an aloha fo da peopo inside da world, dat he wen send me, his one an ony Boy, so dat everybody dat trus me no get cut off from God, but get da real kine life dat stay to de max foeva. You know, God neva send me, his Boy, inside da world to punish da peopo. He wen send me fo take da peopo outa da bad kine stuff dey doing."  It just feels very vibrant to me... like I can feel the familiar way that the apostles and Jesus and everyone else would have been talking. If you want to try out Da Jesus Book, go to www.youversion.com and scroll down in the versions menu until you get to the language Hawai'i Pidgin. Then enjoy. God bless!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Day 12: Thanksgiving!


Ok. I know.... I fell behind on the Challenge. I was kinda caught up in Thanksgiving and hanging out with my family. But as a punishment.... I will give a small portion of what happened this awesome week.


Thanksgiving. A day of giving thanks. My whole family (+1) came home. We had quite a bit of fun, going to old buildings, eating lots of turkey. At the old building, I had fun with my brothers camera and... well... made me look like a ghost.
My first attempt. Notice the awesome brother on the left.
The second attempt. with my creeper expression.


I have to say, my brother is a pretty awesome guy. He's an amazing musician, just a nice guy in general... and yeah.


Outside, it was such an awesome day for shooting photos. and there was a railroad track right next to us....... so I gave into the temptation.
Oh yes. vanishing points.

oooooooo.... off center vanishing point.


I couldn't resist.

So anyway... Now it's time for me to put the Bible stuff up. Because the Bible is a major reason why I need to give thanks.

Today, I got to read part of one of my favorite chapters in the Bible: Philippians. Philippians 2:1-22, to be specific. So here's a little bit of what I learned. Here are a few things that stood out to me:

  • In the first verse, Paul states so many things that should obviously be felt from having a relationship in Christ. Made me wonder how many I have.
  • Second verse: Being Like-minded and having the same love in a community of Christians. it sounds awesome.... let's do it more.
  • Jesus put himself so low to save us mere humans.... let him be an example of how our attitudes should be.
Favorite verses:
Philippians 2:3-4
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others above yourself. Your attitude should be the same as that of Jesus Christ;

Seems like a good life purpose to me....

And stuff I need to do: I really need to work on feeling the obvious things from the first verse. Also, I need to work on putting others above myself a lot.

Thanks! and God bless!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Day 11: Psalm 11

Hello! Here's another 2AM slightly shortened post... but I hope you enjoy!

Today I read Psalm 11, written by David. He starts out by talking about how God is our awesome refuge that no one can break. Then he writes about how the wicked are destroying the foundations of the righteous, and how God, in his holy temple, examines us, punishes the wicked, and helps the righteous as loves justice.

One thing I really love about this passage- It reminds me of how God is so powerful, loving, and righteous-- we really don't have to worry too much cuz we have him on our side. God bless!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Day 10: 2 Timothy 4:1-8

So today I read 2 Timothy 4:1-8. It's a great passage about evangelism that Student Ministry Team was assigned to read, and, frankly, it's rather awesome.

Here are a few highlights that I love about this section.

  • We should be prepared to preach the Word both in and out of season- Meaning that we should be ready both when we're feeling like the day is great and God is awesome and all that stuff.... and when the day is terrible and we feel like God has totally abandoned us (which he never does, by the way.)
  • When we preach the Word, we should correct, rebuke, and encourage with great patience and careful instruction. It's important not to just charge in with rather scary statements of change, but instead to go slowly so the person we try to reach is not scared away from Christianity.
  • Paul says something along the lines of "Men will turn their ears away from the truth and will turn aside to myths." Isn't that so true?!! People are so caught up with the myths of "more, more, more" and "evolution" because we often don't want to believe God exists, because if God exists we shouldn't be wanting "more more more" and we wouldn't have to do what's "right," hence evolution and that sort of thing.
  • Keep your head. It's important not to go crazy while evangelizing. I mean, crazy in love with God is cool, but not like off your rocker crazy.
  • Lastly, I really like the "I have finished the race" part of it as I'm a runner... and I totally get the pain involved in finishing a race at times.
well, good night! God bless.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Day 9: 1 John 2:15-17

So... today's post will be a tad bit short as it's.... 2 o'clock in the morning.

Today's passage is 1 John 2:15-17! Here are just a few of my favorite observations about this passage.


  • "If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him." Now, in my opinion, John means that we shouldn't love the world as in be obsessed with it and have it as our number one priority. It's okay to like stuff, but it shouldn't get in the way of our love with God.
  • "The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever." When you think about it... all of the worldly things in life- for example, fashion, sports, and all the other junk in life- they don't matter that much when we compare it to God... so isn't serving God infinitely more worth it?
God bless!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Day 7: Psalm 3

Today, I was looking for a good passage to read when this Psalm caught my eye- the fact that the Psalm was written while David had fled from his son, Absalom, made me want to see what David would be like. So today, I read Psalm 3.

David starts out by telling God that he's having a really  rough time and that life seems impossible at the moment, but then he goes on to praise God even though he's extremely sad about his son! He says that God protects him, that God always answers, God sustains him.... But I think the statement that sums those up is verse 6: "I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side." Doesn't that say so much?! David was so confident in God that he would go against tens of thousands just with God at his side as he trusted in God to protect, answer, and sustain. That's faith.

David then goes on to ask God to "Arise" and deliver David-- and in doing so, punishing his enemies. David ends by praising God again by saying that from the Lord comes deliverance.

The main thing I got from this chapter is that God is so incredibly amazing-- how can I not put all my trust in Him?

God bless!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Day 6: Psalm 70

Today's chapter is obviously... Psalm 70. It's another short chapter, but it's very cool. In the first few verses, David talks about his troubles with God and asks for help. Then he praises him even through his troubles. At the end he describes himself in comparison to God and asks for immediate help.

There are several things I like about this Psalm. First of all, it's short. This shows how great prayers to God can be that simple... which leads  into my second point- David is really simple in his prayers. He just tells God what's going on, praises him, and asks for help. That's just so unbelievably cool.

This passage inspired me to pray more this week... even if it's short and concise. Cuz talking to God is important. and that's what prayer is.
God bless!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Day 5: Hosea 3

So today's chapter is.............. Hosea 3. and it's such an awesome chapter of the Bible that it's awesome.

Once again, Hosea's relationship with his wife is parallel to God's relationship with Israel. So God tells Hosea that he should show love to his wife "as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes."

First of all- sacred raisin cakes. That's just plain awesome. Raisin cakes?! .... as it turns out, they were a form of sacrifice to their fake Gods. But still... raisin cakes. That's just awesome. But scarily enough, I'm sure I have my own "raisin cakes" that I love that are just idiotic. Now I have to wonder.... what do I love that's just super duper idiotic?

Second of all- God's love is so unbelievably awesome. (today's word of the day appears to be awesome) He loves them even though they just abandon him!

So, God has Hosea show love to his wife again and buy her back as she was an adulteress (though it cost him quite a bit) even though she was disobeying and betraying him in pretty much... everything.

Hosea then writes that though the Israelites will go through a pretty rough time for a long time, they will eventually come back and seek God and come trembling to the Lord. This is referring to when Jesus comes as the Messiah and the "David their king" (as Jesus is a descendent of David). Pretty cool how it worked out exactly that way, eh?

Therefore, here are my points to myself today.

  • What are my raisin cakes? (wow that's really weird out of context....)
  • Remember that even when we go through tough times, we always come back to God and seek him (sometimes without knowing it) and whether we come trembling or not... he accepts us. We can depend on him with our hearts and lives.
Commentary here: http://www.christnotes.org/commentary.php?com=wes&b=28&c=3

God bless!

Day 4: Hosea 1

Hosea 1. I can easily say it is one of the most head-scratching, confusing, "what is going on?!!", "what is God doing?" chapters of the Bible-- at first glance. But- after digging a little deeper via online commentaries.... (and those little footnotes on the bottom of your Bible- they're helpful!), I got a little more understanding than before.

God tells Hosea to marry an adulterous wife, have children and name them these odd names according to what's going to happen in Israel next. There's Jezreel: which describes how the current house of rulers was going to be punished for a massacre at Jezreel; there's Lo-Ruhamah: which means not pitied/love, which refers to how God wasn't going to show pity to Israel anymore; and then there's Lo-Ammi, which means not my people, which refers to how God doesn't think of the Israelites as his people anymore.

However, after each of the last two statements, God tells Hosea how he's going to resolve the problem. (i'll let you read it because it's awesome.) The last verse in Hosea 1 says, "The people of Judah and the people of Israel will be reunited, and they will appoint one great leaders and will come up out of the land, for great will be the day of Jezreel." This verse kind of shows the hope and future deliverance the Israelites have (if you want a detailed explanation of this passage click here.

This passage was assigned to me with the theme of "Obedience in a difficult calling." Imagine being called to be a prophet of God and having to do what Hosea did. That would be slightly difficult for me. But we are obedient because we have the hope and knowledge that God has a plan and loves us no matter what we've done and no matter what terrible storms we are going through. A friend told me recently that the time that we hear God the most is often in our storms. Storms can strip us of everything that we depend upon on this earth so that the last thing we have to hold onto is God. So even in our storms, we can still be obedient to God as we know that we are being tempered and that God uses storms to change us. So yes. Go read Hosea 1 and be confused and study it, for it is good for you. God bless!

P.S. Random thought- I keep on having this reoccurring nightmare that I accidentally put the wrong day of the challenge down: i.e. Day 1, Day 2, Day 5....

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Day 3: Daniel 1

So: I just read Daniel 1. and I have to say it's pretty cool.

In Daniel 1, Jerusalem is defeated and many men, including Daniel and some of his friends, are taken as a type of servant for the king. As a result, Daniel and his friends are taught in Babylon's classes and at first, are fed the king's food. However, the food and wine were unclean to Daniel and his friends, so Daniel asked their guard if they could eat vegetables and water instead of meat and wine for ten days, and if they were healthier,  Daniel could still eat his clean food. After 10 days, Daniel and his friends were much healthier than the other men, and eventually became some of the wisest men in Babylon.

This is really cool to me because it shows how God can fulfill some of the least-likely seeming situations to work to his advantage. It's always great to remember that God has a great plan, and that all things are possible through him. God bless!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Day 2: the old chapter.

11/9/11 (ish.....)

Alright, I know this is a day or two late, but still, this chapter of the Bible is so cool. and I used to just classify it in the "useless" part of the Bible (though there is no such thing.)

Zechariah 7.

Zechariah is a prophet from 520-518 B.C., but a lot of his writing is very applicable to today. Today I tried using the method SPECK (Sins to Avoid, Promises to Claim, Examples to Follow, Commands to Obey, and Knowledge from God), but I think another method would have worked better for me today, as a lot of them I couldn't really fill in. So instead, here's a bit on why I think this passage is awesome.


In Zechariah 7, the priests of God are asked whether they should "mourn and fast in the fifth month" as they had done in many years before. However, God says instead of doing that, they should "Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not think evil of each other." Unfortunately, the people of Israel just harden their hearts towards God's message. I feel like this often relates to the modern church. At church, we (including myself) often just think of the problems and people within the church and how to deal with them. Though this isn't wrong (there are countless "one another" commands in the Bible), we also have a calling to love the outcasts, the broken, and hurting. Doing this command can range from loving the "not-so-cool" people at lunch to serving others on a missions trip! For me, I feel like I can show love to both people at my school and just other random people in my life. Hopefully God can help me out with that.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Construction....

Hey all!
Sorry- tonight was a little crazy and I didn't get to finish my blog post- 2 shall be coming tomorrow! God bless!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Day 1: 1 John 3

So, this morning I woke up early (after multiple times of ignoring my alarm), and after getting my breakfast, started reading 1 John 3. At first, I was very tempted to switch chapters as I had almost no idea what he was talking about! But, after rereading a few times, and referencing a commentary that Brandon was so kind to give me, I started to understand a little more than before. To read and try to digest this passage a bit more, I used a Bible reading method from my youth group called OPA- Observations, Principles, and Actions. Here goes.

Observations
First of all- isn't it amazing how we're God's children?? When one really thinks about it, the word children  means so much more than just someone's kids. It's someone who is taken care of, led, valued, and loved beyond comprehension. We're that to none other than God. I'd have to say that's rather cool.

Now, in my opinion at least, there are multiple rather confusing things in this chapter- I had to look them up in the commentary. Among them are verses 3, 6, 10, and 15. So in case anyone has some questions on those, here's what I learned this morning about those verses.

In verse three, he talks about a hope that helps us to purify ourselves. He's referencing the previous verse, in that when Jesus comes, he's going to make it so we're like him. As that's amazing beyond belief, that's very good motivation for us to "purify [our]selves."

In verse 6, the Bible says no one who lives in God continues to sin. At first, I thought this was saying that we don't sin after we are saved. As I know that to do that is impossible (for me, at least), I was curious and looked it up in the commentary. As it turns out, it means that no one who lives in God lives in sin- meaning that his/her life isn't devoted to sin. For example, if someone was saved but continued to live the same reckless lifestyle, would you believe him?

Verse 10: The "doing what is right" part is kinda like verse 6. The brother and sister part I'll talk about in....

Verse 15. The awesome and amazing part of Christianity that drew me into it is community. As Christians, we can have community and fellowship with any Christian we meet. One time, I was on a flight back home. I had pulled out my Bible and started reading it as I noticed a woman next to me was reading another Christian book. We eventually had an amazing conversation about God and church on the ride home, and the amazing parts were, a.) we had never met before, and b.) there was a clear gap in age! but we could still have fellowship. So here, the Bible is saying that one can't be a Christian and hate his/her brothers and sisters. About the murderer: as God died for every sin, if the murderer came to be saved afterwards, he would be forgiven. Obviously if he continued to murder, then I would ask if he actually was a Christian or not.

Principles:

God is everything that is good and perfect, while Satan is everything that is evil and bad. Jesus came to destroy the evil of Satan. Unfortunately, Satan is still present in our world today until Jesus comes again and Satan is judged. The sad part is, today many people blame God for things that are bad and wonder, "why would a loving God let these evil things happen?" God gave us free will, and as Adam and Eve chose to eat the fruit that God said not to, sin entered the world. Jesus came to pay the penalty, but until He comes again, there is still sin in the world... and therefore evil.

Actions.
These vary from person to person depending on what one needs to work on. For me....

Don't continue to live in sin! There are certain habits I need to drop such as laziness, bad attitudes, and judging. with God's help hopefully I can change those.

Also, I need to love my brothers and sisters. As 1 John 3:18 says, "Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth." For me, I need to take time to genuinely care for others in actually taking the time to listen, talk, pray, and try to help me brothers and sisters.





So... that was just a part of what I learned today. Forgive me- I'm still trying to figure out how to put Bible reading stuff in a blog type thing. I really do need to emphasize this though: I'm a human and imperfect teenager who really doesn't know that much. So I can be wrong in many points. So feel free to correct me, comment with what you think, or even ask questions! I'll try my best to correct and answer things. So.... God bless!

A Challenge.

Last year, I went on a missions trip to the Dominican Republic that changed my life. I witnessed hundreds of poor children who had so little... yet they were the happiest children I have ever seen. They had the most inexplicable joy- the type of joy that Paul talks about in Philippians 4:7, the "...peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ." Paul talks about how he learned to be content no matter what was going on with him: depending in God. Yes, in. To me, depending in God means that one should draw on Him for everything in every situation. While you read the rest of this, you should listen to a song that talks about this right here: Everything

As time went on, a few months after my missions trip, I started to lose the attitude and the passion I had gained from the DR. I forgot about how the kids were always joyous though they lived in houses the size of my room, houses that had no electricity, no plumbing, and no reliable source of food. My attitude changed back into a dissatisfied, selfish attitude (though I'm not saying I was perfect after the missions trip... far from it.) The problem, was I didn't really notice that I was losing the effect of the experience until the missions trip was just a memory to me. The memory of the kids who had achieved Paul's secret started to fade.

As I thought about this, I realized that I am still far from achieving this secret: I am often dissatisfied with the many possessions I have, my situations in life, and small bits of work I have to do. I am living as a somewhat strong Christian who isn't growing or acting in faith. Therefore, for the next 30 days, I'm going to devote more of my time to focusing more on God, reading his Word, and trying to live for Him and in Him everyday. I'll be praying for God to change me into who He wants me to be-- whatever that is. Everyday, I'll try to post what I read and what I observe and notice and hopefully act upon. If you, as my reader, would like to suggest a passage for me to read (or even join the challenge), that would be sweet. Thank you! God bless!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Photos from the summer!

Hello!

I'm so sorry I haven't blogged for a long time... life has been busy with all sorts of things like school, music, friends, cross country, photography.... it's been great! So here's some basic updates on what's been going on.
I went to colorado with my youth group!!!!! It was amazing! It was so cool to see how God shaped the mountains and sunrises the way he wanted to.... all the flickr pictures are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/t-sang/collections/72157627218547004/ Sorry I took thousands....  but here are a few of my favorites!
A cloudy beautiful day of driving....
On the first day of our hike (we were in South Dakota), all the guys decided to show off their pocketknives/not so pocketknives off.... mines the little tiny one closest.


Stone thingies!

Nice view.



Some chill bros



YES! I SAW BUFFALO!!!!!!



Almost at our campsite in colorado.... I love the rock on the side.

More rock!

So here's our awesome campsite. I wish I had a view like that in my backyard....

On our first hike in Colorado! Beautiful....

Me and my vibrams.... :)
SNOW!! and we're in shorts!!!

We stopped to eat lunch at this BEAUTIFUL lake.


Sunsets in Colorado... :)
The next day we drove to this store.... notice the elevation.

We got this view on the way. :) We were on the highest road in America. There's something you don't get to do often... unless you live in Colorado.


In the shop, I bought this cool leaf thingy and was very tempting to buy this hat.... but I didn't have the money. :(

On the way back down...... :)


The next day, we got up half an hour before the time on the clock to go for a sunrise hike!!!!

I love Colorado sunrises.


After the sunrise, we decided to continue going to the top of the mountain! I was wearing shorts.

View from the top!!!

Us on the top!!!!! Me in shorts.... brr.

moose in the campsite!!!

Campfires. Love 'em.

S 
On the second to last day we went to the badlands. that was fun.



badlands....


So... hot....



In August I went with my youth group to Devil's Lake! We also had a great time... canoeing for two days straight, natural rock climbing, swimming... it was good. Though I didn't take as many pictures, there's still a decent amount of pictures of interesting things. http://www.flickr.com/photos/t-sang/collections/72157627251387171/
Team-building stuff.... you wouldn't believe how long this took us.


My new vibrams!!! I love vibrams... sorry I love talking about vibrams....


Natural rock climbing! One of my good friends....


So after canoeing for two days, we went to a high ropes course.... This is pretty much the last time you'll see me calm...... I'm mortally afraid of heights and kinda had a panic attack...... so unfortunately i didn't finish. :( but i tried!

Crazy people who got to the end could either take a zip line or this swing that let you drop for a bit before it caught you.......



Then there was a bunch of other stuff involving camp vertical, running, friends, school... but that's most of my summer! God Bless!!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Got back from Colorado!

Hey everyone!
I just got back from a trip to Colorado today which was totally amazing! While there, I took over 2000 photos which I will eventually finish editing and will put on flickr! While you wait for them though, I'll just give a few highlights to look forward to.
- Views from mountains
-A sunrise viewed from above the tree line in the mountains
-lots of random crazy shots
-Sunsets
-BUFFALO!!
-Elk??

So eventually I'll be able to put the link for my flickr onto this!
Anyway, the trip to Colorado was one of the best trips I have taken all my life. We got to do many activities, among which were many hikes, whitewater rafting, and LONG road trips. We also learned a lot about God and how great and mighty He is as we studied through Philippians. Well, I'm gonna go to work on those photos! Good night and God bless!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Fireworks!!! Happy 4th of July (belated)

So yesterday, my family and I went to the Fourth of July celebration at my town, and it was awesome. Since I think fireworks are just that awesome, these are just some pics of fireworks. This was my first time ever photographing them, so they aren't quite those amazing shots that you see, but I tried ;)
sparklers ;)
















Hope you enjoyed!!