Living Sacrifice

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Shooting With Peeps Who Have No Vision Is Some Scary Business

Just so you know, the last time I shot a gun, I was probably 10 years old.

That being said, I ventured out tonight with my two friends who have no vision at all and experienced one of the most nervous hours of my life. I think at some points I was shaking. Let me walk you through my hour of death.

For those of you who have never been to a shooting range, this is how it works. You go into the store, get targets, get ear protection for extremely loud bangs, get eye protection (if you don't have glasses already) for flying shells, get some kind of permit card thing, and then you walk into the shooting hall. As you walk along, you are bombarded with loud, sometimes unexpected blasts as other people point guns and blow holes in targets. It's kind of like bowling. You get a lane, take turns, aim, and go. The big difference is you use a ball in bowling and when you shoot you use gun powder and make explosions with metal bullets that have the potential to kill people.

With all that being said, you can see how that right there is enough to make a person who knows next to nothing about shooting a little nervous. Now, add on top of that the fact that I am shooting with 2 guys who can't see and rely on ME to aim them at targets to shoot. Now we have something interesting. I think the best was the shot gun, where after aiming up my guy, they would blast quarter-sized holes into the man-like target, as well as have multiple bb-sized holes to accompany it. Then the "click click" of the pump action....and another blow.

*laugh* I'll just say, it was an experience. One I'm glad I had, but one that I will not soon forget. I can see how men might like to go shooting more than women. I think it's a power thing. A lot of power is held in a gun that can travel at tremendous speeds and fatally wound any animal, including humans.

In all seriousness, though, the whole thing really was a scary experience for me. To know that I held the power of life and death in my hands just about petrified me. To know that one slip could cause a fatal accident, to know that just the flick of a trigger could change my life forever, or someoe else's life forever......It was weird and frightening to hold that much power in my hand. Don't get me wrong, I had fun, but I was certainly glad when our hour was up.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

By the way, very quickly, this weekend was cool. I met a dude going south that I actually met in Maine! How crazy is that? 2 dudes, actually, who were still heading south to reach GA before winter sets in. I was so excited to see them, and they both remembered me.

Anyway, here are the few pics I took.

I am finding that I am getting quite caught up in the realms of cyberspace, and by the time I get everything else done, I'm cyber-pooped and don't feel much like blogging. This overwhelmingness of trying to keep up with today's cyber overload of information is starting to boggle my mind a bit and cause me to take a step back and think about what I'm really doing.

Am I substituting emails and IM chats and personal webpages for real relationships with people? I'm beginning to wonder. What is this all about? The hours that I spend sending messages on facebook and myspace and updating my info and all it worth my time, or should I be investing that time into my current surroundings? I'm not saying the people I keep in touch with aren't worth my time....that's not it at all. I just go back and forth on the whole internet thing. I can see the good in it can be a way to connect with people that I normally wouldn't be able to connect with.....even to encourage people, inspire people, point them to God hopefully, invite people to be more real....but at the same time, I can see the downside. The time I spend online could be invested in relationships with people I actually see every day, in current surroundings, to do the same things I try to accomplish online.

After spending a long time catching up on emails and sending messages on myspace and facebook, this topic is fresh on my mind and is therefore all I can really type about at the moment before my hands fall off. *laugh* OK, not really, but after all that, I'm tired of this screen. I have had the notion before to remove myself from internet contact (so, delete my myspace and stop blogging, delete my facebook, etc) I can focus on building relationships where I actually talk to people, but I haven't been able to do it so far because I can still see the good that has come out of some of it.

Our age of communication baffles me. And frustrates me. But what can I do? Live in the world, Jesus says. I think the internet is included in that. But don't be of the world........what does that mean exactly?

I must say before I go.....just to be sure this is clear......anyone who reads this that I am primarily in touch with through internet.......I love you. This is not a question between whether I care about you or not, this is my own struggle about spending too much time on the internet. Just wanted to make sure you understood that.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Heading to VA for the weekend to backpack for a bit. I'll be back Monday nite to talk about it.


Quote and Prayer Request

This is a quote from my friend Matthew. I changed a couple spelling errors and such, but the rest is his. I love it.

"Music is about conveying emotions. If you can make someone feel what you're feeling, you're a great musician. Technical skill is not the gauge for musicianship, it's how we connect with ourselves and lead others in the experience."

And, pretty much unrelated to that at all is a prayer request. Please pray for Sheila, TJ's mom. I think she is just really down right now because of lack of mobility, and so it's really hard for her to be happy when she is so shut in and barely gets out at all anymore. She has also fallen several times over the last couple weeks, which I know brings her spirit down even more. Please pray that God would encourage her in whatever way will mean something to her and brighten her life and spirit right now. She is such a beautiful woman, and she needs to know right now that she has a purpose and touches so many people, even if she can't get around well.

Thanks, my beloved devoted blog readers. You rock my world. :)

Saturday, September 16, 2006

I miss the woods

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Things that happened today:

1. I babysat and organized some papers.

2. I had an interview at Feet Fleet Sports. It actually went pretty well I think, but....I don't think I want to work there. *laugh* But I feel good exercising my right to choose where I want to work and where I would feel comfortable, and I just don't think that's where I belong. And that's ok. I'm still me and still here and just need to do more searching. It was kind of cool today on the drive home, because I felt a peace that I don't think I've felt before about my job search. I just felt peace about being taken care of by God, that something will work out eventually, I just don't know what and when. I just need to keep searching, but in the meantime, be living my life here and now. It was a good feeling, and for the most part, I still have it.

3. I walked next door to Feet Fleet Sports to check out the outdoor store there. It was AWESOME, and I ended up talking gear with a dude there for about an hour. It really made me feel good, because that's as close as I can get to being out in the woods right now. I was so excited to learn all the stuff he was showing me about shoes, socks, tents, backpacks, etc. He was so knowledgeable. He also mentioned that I might think about getting a job there. HMmmmm.....thinking about it. We'll see. Right now, I have an application at Bass Pro that I'm going to check on tomorrow.

4. I finalized plans to have dinner with TJ and our new friend Mike, who is also blind and has a sweet dog named Plato. I met Mike last week at Kroger and took him back to his apartment, where I found out his b-day was today, and so TJ and I are taking him out tomorrow night. I love making new friends, and so I'm pretty excited.

5. I talked to Micah on the phone. Yay! It made me happy. :) Still trying to work out plans to hopefully visit him in SC soon.....we'll see if things work out.

Monday, September 11, 2006

I feel like I'm always so tired when I want to write about something significant. Eyelids are falling........I'll just say this for tonite: it was a sweet day. Sweet sweet, because God is sweet.

My love to you. Until next episode......

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Marion Popcorn Festival!!

Check out the Marion Popcorn Festival pics. :) Yes, I went to see Starship with my parents. In case you were wondering, they sing "We Built This City," "Sara," and "Nothing Gonna Stop Us Now." All you children of the 70s and early 80s should know what I'm talkin' about. Definitely thought of you, Glenn. Gotta love those 80s. Keyboards and all. Or, I guess back then they were synthesizers, yeah? :)

Thursday, September 07, 2006


The jobless is now phoneless. Well, ok, so neither one of those is completely true. I do have an on-the-side babysitting/housekeeper job right now, and my phone still works, but in about 3 days, my phone plan runs out, so I just wanted to let all of my lovely friends know that you will no longer be able to get a hold of me by cellie, at least for a while. So, other options for getting a hold of me include:

1. emailing me (
2. sending me an instand message (birch2201)
3. messaging me on myspace (
4. messaging me on facebook (
5. leaving me a comment on this blog
6. Write me a letter (you'll have to email me to ask for an address)
6. calling me at the Meloys house (if it's important to you to have this number, just email me and I will email it to you)

Wow, thank God for modes of communication. I'll be without a phone, but you can still reach me 7 different ways! ;)

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Pics of Anthony

Here's a link to see my lastest album of my last evening spent with Anthony from the theater.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Taking Time

This morning, because of the recommendation of a friend to do something I normally wouldn't take time for, I decided to get up early and drive to the south side of Cinci, where I watched the sun rise. Well, sort of. It was too cloudy to actually see the sun, but it was still really beautiful. Like I told my friend, I often forget how peaceful and amazing the mornings are and how much I love them until I actually get up and experience it once again. This morning was especially tranquil, because most people were still in their houses because of the holiday. There wasn't much traffic at all, and the weather was just perfect for rolled-down windows. Almost too cold, but not quite. Perfect. :)

So, I enjoyed my morning. I even made a new friend....sort of. He was cleaning the park and wanted me to send him a few pics that I took. So, I got his name and addy and will send some off soon. All around, I wish I could start my day like that every morning. Lovely.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Aw maaaaaaaaan!

I lost my wallet.