Sunday, February 22, 2009

New In Town

so friday night a few of my roommates and i went to see new in town. i loved it! i thought it looked really cute but i enjoyed it more than i had anticipated. myself, along with the whole theater, were dying laughing. it was very cute. but it was kind of predictable towards the end of the movie but that's ok, it was feel good. it's definitely a movie i wouldn't mind owning someday. [although i am working on my obsession with dvds :-/ ]

after the movie was over i noticed how "tame" it was, which is refreshing. i don't remember the language being bad at all, and also there was no sex in the movie--that is something that i feel is rare in a romantic comedy these days. one thing i did notice though was the fact that in the movie they made jokes about Jesus a lot. how the people in the small town would just bring him up in daily conversation and other things. and these were meant to be funny parts and they were but i wondered why people found them so funny. did they find them funny because in our general society today it is taboo for Jesus to be such a big deal to people? i'm pretty positive that Jesus was a funny guy, and him and the disciples sat around a cracked nice clean jokes and shared laughs. but it worries me if people find the idea of Jesus as a joke. how could it be funny to see a person who holds Jesus as much an important part of their life, but not just part of their life he's really life in the whole. that kind of attitude should we cherished. after all this is the king of kings, our Savior and Lord. why wouldn't we consider him the best and most important part of ourselves. but that's a side track...i loved the movie as a whole. :)

Saturday, February 21, 2009

my souls husband

this is a short expert from an article by Annie Wesche in Leslie Ludy's online Set-Apart Girl online magazine that captures my heart, i think it's a beautiful picture...

I had spent hours envisioning the life I would have serving alongside an earthly husband. We would be rescuing dying bodies and souls, taking loads of orphans into our family, and while He preached the gospel I would be praying fervently for the Holy Spirit to move upon lost hearts. And while those dreams still exist, they have taken a new place in my heart. Rather than taking up each moment with waiting, they lie tucked away, joyfully and sacredly kept for the proper time; and when an earthly man is given every single one of those dreams will be possible with our Lord.

What now takes center stage is that my soul’s Husband is the very One who has healing for those dying bodies and hope for each perishing soul, the Father to every fatherless child, and the gospel itself Living and active! At His bidding and enablement each day I can be His hands and feet.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

the oh so wise oswald chambers

so lately i've been a little stressed and a lot busy. i also find that when i'm busy i do everything in my power to not do what must be done. not good. instead of just doing everything i know i need to do i get easily distracted and try not to think about it. there's so much that i need to do right now but instead of taking some of the time when i can just relax, rest and get stuff done i find other things i need or want to do and i can't stop moving and doing. i need to remind myself to stop. breathe. and just get through what i need to. instead of spending a half hour or more each morning with my prayer journal i'll sleep. or do last mintues school work. and it's only making things worse. i need to just breath, relax, and spend time with God before i start each day. why do i get so dumb? my earthly life can't go right until i get things worked out with God.

"Let the past sleep, but let it sleep on the bosom of Christ, and go out into the irresistible future with Him."
"Never let the sense of failure corrupt your new action."
-Oswald Chambers

Monday, February 16, 2009

matt wertz

man. what a busy month. i feel like i'm always doing something and don't have enough to time to do everything i need or want to do. and spring break is still 4 weeks away! aka. i don't have any time to write in here about anything worth while...except to tell you about something fun i did!

for valentines day i got to spend it in columbus with two of my roommates. and we had a fantastic time! we went to go see matt wertz. who is basically my fav and i haven't been able to see him yet. it was also my first concert in a small venue. [i saw Five Times August, which was fantasic!, at uk outside of memorial hall, but it's not really the same]

we weren't in front of the stage but we were on the only side and it was great for viewing! it was such a great concert, just singing and clapping and being with my friends. it was very intimate and that was nice. also you could see how much fun he was having and he talked about his work with Mocha Club [which is a great way to give a little money each month to those in need in africa].

all in all we had a ton of fun...and i'm already ready to go see him again!

also on the way to the concert we made a video of us three in the car singing to wertz and stuff...and it's fun. [and i don't feel bad putting this here whit because i think only like 2 ppl even know about this :P ]

Sunday, February 8, 2009

my 25 random facebook things

1.)I have gone by all three of my names. I went by Danielle from the time I born until forth grade when my teacher put my first name on everything so I just decided to go by Erica, it eventually caught on, sometimes I still get called Danielle. Then at some point in college Frannie started calling me DUUUUUUPPPPPPPSSSSSS and it hasn't gone away since. Sometimes it weirds me out when people call me Erica instead of Dupps. I have also gone by numerous nicknames. [E, Dani, Edd, Fred, Yell, Eddi....]

2.)I'm an Army Brat and moved a good number of times by the time I was ten and we settled into Independence. It may be a result and it may not be but I don't remember much of my life before about 9 or 10. I couldn't tell you what the name of the school where I went to first grade was, nor my teachers name, and I can't remember the names of any friends before living in Ft. Campbell [which was the last place I lived before moving back to NKY].

3.)I have a fear of cotton balls. I don't like to touch them or have people around me touch them. They give me the hibbie jebbies.

4.)When I was very little one morning after we had pancakes for breakfast my mom left the squeeze butter on the table. I sucked the whole bottle down. I threw up. A lot. To this day I can't take much butter and it was years and years before I could even butter toast, I will now but it has to be very light and it's normally fake butter spread.

5.)For my 22nd birthday my sister we gonna get me a bunny. One day we went to the humane society to look for one. We came home with a shih tzu who is about 9, had a Mohawk, missing teeth and caderacks. We named him Optimus Prime. He has a facebook; Opi Dupps.

6.)I love movies A LOT! I also like to buy them a lot. But I fear I may make them an idol in my life so I'm cutting back.

7.)I've only kissed 3 boys. That's not a large number, but when I think about my future husband I think it's 3 too many.

8.)I used to eat a toaster strudel just about everyday for breakfast. The idea of eating one makes me sick now.

9.)I don't have phonic skills. I don't know how this really happened but it appears I was never taught them. Instead I read by the shape of a word. It's a real method of teaching and they talk about it in the book To Kill A Mocking Bird. Just trust me. If something it written in a weird font I have problems reading it or I think it's misspelled.

10.)I have a fear of never getting married. I try not to worry about it and just trust God, but it's really hard. I like to think I would make a great wife and mother one day, but I fear I'll never be able to be selfless enough.

11.)When I was in 8th grade I started reading the Harry Potter books and my friend and I would reread them a lot. We would read them to each other aloud over the phone and do voices for all the characters. I did a great Hagrid.

12.)My first semester of college was the lowest point in my life. I hope to never be that depressed again. My first year of college was also one of the very best times of my whole life.

13.)When I lived in Ft. Campbell my friends and I had a music and dance group. We only sang and danced to Ace of Base songs. I was very bossy [sorry] and took it all very serious. We also made our parents watch and video tape it. I would get very upset if we couldn't do a whole cd, my friends would be tired and my parents would be bored but I still wanted to preform.

14.)I wanted to be Batgirl when I grew up. I dreamed up that there would be a tunnel in my bedroom closet that would take me to Gotham City whenever I was needed.

15.)I went on a Disney Cruise once, the summer before I started high school. I kept in touch with one of the friends I made through most of high school. I haven't talked to her in years.

16.)I don't like to commit to new years resolutions. My uncommitted resolutions for this year included keeping my room pretty clean [which I've been kicking butt at!] and also to start a blog, keep up with it, and not write about stupid stuff all the time like I did in high school.

17.)I have a Real Women List that I'm forming in my head. On this list are things that I'll do or have when I'm a “real women” as defined my me.

18.)Sometimes I wish I could go back to my favorite nights from high school. They would be the nights I spent with my three best friends, renting a movie, pigging out on pizza, and just fall asleep talking.

19.)I have many different laughs, and they seem to evolve a little all the time. I don't know why but they do. I've also been told I laugh way to loud in public.

20.)After I take a shower I don't like to get dressed right away. Some times my roommates will come to my door and I have to throw something one real fast. I sure hope my future husband will be OK with this.

21.)I don't like milk. I don't know why. I really want to like it but I don't. I haven't tried it in a few years though. I like to try it every now and then just to make sure.

22.)I have had the name Evelyn [Evy] Josephine picked our my a daughter I may one day have since I was in 8th grade. Evelyn from the movie The Mummy, and Josephine because I was obsessed with Josie and the Pussycats and it also happens to be my great grandmothers name. I also think it's hokey to name all your children by the same first letter. I also have three other E names picked out. I guess I'm just as hokey

23.)I'm itching to get out of this country for a little while...really bad. I often have dreams of visiting Europe again. I lived in Holland when I was really little and visited a lot of places. I only remember about 3 things, one being that our neighbors had chickens and I would feed them grass through the fence.

24.)I have never sung in the shower. The idea is odd to me. I doubt I ever will. I do however sing very loud in the car when I'm by myself.

25.)I've been growing my hair out since August 07, it started off somewhere between my ears and chin. My goal is to see how long I can stand to grow up. I've almost cut it off multiple times. I'd like to grow it out to at least August 09. We'll see what happens by then. Also I wish I could donate it because I'm just gonna hack it all off someday, but I color it black.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

true beauty

this is the kind of beauty i want to have...

They say there is a young lady in New Haven who is
beloved of that Great Being who made and rules the world.
They say that He fills her mind with exceeding sweet
delight, and that she hardly cares for anything except to
meditate on Him. . . She possesses a wonderful sweetness,
calmness, and kindness to those around her. She will
sometimes go about from place to place, singing sweetly.
She seems to be always full of joy and pleasure, and no one
knows exactly why. She loves to be alone, walking in the
fields and groves, and seems to have Someone invisible
always conversing with her.
-Written of Sara Edwards by Jonathon Edwards, her future