sonyajosh

Canuck No More, Eh?

It has been a long time since I have posted! Life just became busy. I am in South Dakota living happily with my husband of almost 10 months. I am quite content and delighted to be a wife. Josh is an extraordinary husband for whom I am very grateful.

South Dakota reminds me a whole lot of Newfoundland. I think in a sense it makes me miss home a little more, while being comforted with the familiarity of this small little town we live in. I enjoy the town simply because it is quiet and peaceful. I have been a permanent resident now for about a month. It was a long process but well worth it to live here with my husband.

I have been working since August (had my work visa since then) at the local nursing home in town as the Activities Assistant. I love the people there and caring for them. I enjoy the job a lot even if it is go go go and I'm zonked when I get home. At least I feel that I'm contributing something to the lives of those that live there.

I am going to try to journal more as I miss it. For those reading this that I may have lost contact with, drop me a note and say hi! :)
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Naive..

I know that divorce happens in the world but yet I am still flabbergasted when I hear of Christian couples seperating or divorcing. There are many couples that have met on the site that Josh & I have met on and I recently learned that one of the first couples married is seperated. My heart is broken for this friend that I have spoken with through some of the happiest moments of her life. To see it unravel and to hear that her husband is unwilling to seek reconciliation just breaks my heart. How can this be? How can Christians not see the sactity of marriage and embrace it. Please pray for my friend that she may be surrounded by the love of God and by caring friends. And pray for me as I have taken this kind of hard and anxiety is having a little bit of fun with my emotions.

Thanks!
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Lest We Forget?.....

I am just writing to vent some frustration.  I'm sitting here at work and the day is going on as normal without even a moment of silence to remember what happened merely 6 years ago!  Generally we at LEAST get an email from the corporate office saying that they understand that today is hard for some people.. etc.  Nothing... its like it never happened, or like we've forgotten it has.  I can't express how angry I am.  I mentioned it to a co-worker and the response was "well its been 6 years".  You've got to be kidding me!  The USA was attacked on AMERICAN soil and over 2,000 people died and 6 years later we forget?   I am so annoyed at this company, at these people.. and dare I even say at this country.  

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frustrations...

Sometimes I find it absolutely frustrating to live in a world with Sunday Christians. It's hard enough in itself to live Christ at work. To try to explain to others morals and values that Christians abide by, to try to demonstrat it with how you live your life. And with one Sunday Christian it's ruined! That person who is so "faithful" to their church and sing in the church choir or worship team but they live with their boyfriend, or they party every weekend to the point of a drunken stupor. Suddenly the values and morals you've tried to share as a witness to the Lord you serve turn you into a "fanatic" or "holier than thou". SO FRUSTRATING... and so alienating!!! *sigh*
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What's Going On In My World

So I leave for Newfoundland in less than 24 hours. I am so excited to see my family. I can't wait to eat some of my mom's good cooking and just to be surrounded with the love that is family. I am definitely in need of a stress free environment for a little bit. God has been extremely gracious to me and my relationship with Josh is so solid and brings me an incredible amount of joy. I am so thankful for his kind and compassionate way and I just can't wait to be his wife. Most of the invitations are out now and a whole lot more are being delivered to Newfoundland. God has been with us this whole relationship and around every corner I see his blessings. I am anxious to move to the USA and be with him permanately and I am REALLY going to miss him when I'm in Newfoundland. I know that may sound odd but my parents don't have a long distance plan to the USA and Josh does not have one to Canada. I have purchased some calling cards though so that we can keep in touch. I really need to hear his voice.

For those of you out there that are still waiting to meet that one special person, I encourage you not to give in. Do not settle for less than what God has planned for you. Josh meets what I have desired in every way. Before I even knew my needs, God did and he created Joshua to fufill those earthly needs in a mate. I am thankful to a gracious Saviour who not only creates those to help us on our path but also grants to us Salvation. To Him be all the glory!
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The Standard

Lately I have found that when I speak of an issue that is controversial the overwhelming determiner is whether or not it makes one "happy". How can this be the standard? Surely there is a better standard than this. The things that can be allowed simply because it causes someone joy are incomprehensible. Certainly if murder caused someone joy it still would not be permissible. And I know many would argue that this is outside of the limits of the law, but what if it weren't? At one time there were no laws. Is there not a moral guide that tells us what is persmissible and what is not? The standard should be concrete. Morality changes, what is permissible today would have been unheard of years ago. Surely years ago you wouldn't see explicit sexual content on television; today however it is ok as long as you "warn" us that it is going to happen. Does this actually make it ok? We argue that we are growing as humans yet our morals have degenerated, how can we have grown yet our basic morality has been compromised. Growth doesn't mean we become more permissable and understanding of sin, growth means we strive to move away from those sins. There is a concrete standard that should not change and that is God. However, even within the realm of the church people have tried to change that concrete. God can not be changed, his standards remain whether it is 1960 or 2007. Colossians 3:5-11 "Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator." Surely that sounds like a standard to me? How many things will we let creep into our lives before we say, no, this is not permissible, this is not acceptable and I will not say ok to this behaviour. There is a standard, the standard is Christ and we must strive to meet that standard.
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Sabbath

I have heard lately the continuing battle of the Sabbath and how it should be observed by Christians. It seems that many hold to a traditional manner of the Sabbath based on teachings in the law yet they will state clearly that the law is fulfilled in Christ. How can the law be fulfilled in Christ if we still hold to the law? That is a complete denial of the power of Christ fulfilling the law. The only scriptures that talk of holding to a specific day of the week as a Sabbath day are in the old testament and they are referring to the 7th day of the week. In the New Testament it talks of a Sabbath Rest which is our rest in Christ as believers, not a specific day of the week. One of the tools the Pharisees tried to use against Christ was his unlawful practises on the Sabbath day including healing. However, to do anything in the name of Christ is not an unlawful use of the day. Christ knew what the reasons for a Sabbath day in the old testament were. In the new testament all of our days are to be dedicated to Christ in the sense that we are saved through him and there should not be anything we are doing that is not permitted on any day of the week.

Colossians 2: 13 - 17 reads:

13When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature,[b] God made you[c] alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. 15And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.[d]
16Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. 17These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. 18Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions.


This scripture is very clear that the written code was cancelled with its regulations, we are no longer obligated to observing Christ on a specific day of the week. We are not to be judged by our Sabbath celebrations as our reality is found in Christ and is sufficient in all of our days.

I am not saying we should not take time to rest, our rest is in Christ. However, we are not under the laws of what we can and can not do on the Sabbath.

Some have used the following passage from scripture in support of a Sabbath day. But if you read the following it is not stating that observing a certain day grants a Sabbath rest. In fact it continues to say that the day of rest is Today in Christ. Not a specific day of the week.

Hebrews 4 reads:

1Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. 2For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.[a] 3Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said,
"So I declared on oath in my anger,
'They shall never enter my rest.' "[b] And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world. 4For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: "And on the seventh day God rested from all his work."[c] 5And again in the passage above he says, "They shall never enter my rest."
6It still remains that some will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience. 7Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before:
"Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts."[d]
8For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. 9There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. 11Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.
12For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.


Finally in the new Testament when the commandments are repeated, all are repeated as a requirement for obedience, that is except for the Sabbath because clearly as it has been stated in scripture a specific Sabbath day is not required but that we should be obeying Christ every day.

In closing, I am not advocating that people forsake fellowship in their churches, by all means do not do this. Rather I am saying there should not be division if someone decides that after church on Sunday they are going to eat out instead of eating at home. Why do we as Christians waste so much time on something as trivial as where we eat our lunch? I fear that Satan gets a foothold when we allow for such little arguments to divide us. For those who choose to observe a Sabbath day, they may do so but please do not judge for those who chose to observe the Sabbath in a different manner.
sonyajosh

Fake Friends

There is a new phenomonon going around with the creation of myspace and facebook and such. Suddenly anyone you have ever spoken to for more than 2 minutes is your friend. People add you that you know detested you in the past. People that were manipulative and gossip hounds are now your best friend. Why? So they may have the most friends. My response to this is rather simple.. you are not my friend, I don't like you, I never have and I am sorry I will be nice to you but I can not pretend we were friends. Just because I *KNOW* you doesn't make you my friend. So I will refuse adds from people who have been fake and are not truly my friends. Call it integrity if you wish!
sonyajosh

V-Day

It's Valentine's day and I'm sitting in a basement in cold South Dakota and am real excited. My fiance (he proposed today) is upstairs cooking me a Valentine's supper. He's making grilled chicken and baked potato and salad. He is so adorably sweet and I love him so very much. After that we are going to watch American Idol and then big Fish. What a nice valentine's day with my handsome fiance!! :)))))))

Sonya
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PoGo Games

Due to some false advertising and a confusing website I ended up purchasing a year subscriptions to PoGo games. Since they are not being so kind as to refund this subscription I am determined to get my worth out of it. SO if I am not playing pogo games and you would like to play the paid version sometime just email me and I will give you my user name and password so that you may enjoy the games also. I am not sure if two people can be logged on with the same ID at the same time or not, but if so even better!!! :)