Friday, April 04, 2003

I read a really interesting article yesterday on the reason why America is at war with Iraq. According to the author, countries that are 'globalized' are labeled as core; countries that are disconnected and refuse globalization are labeled as the gap. The Gap wants to go back to the 'good-ole' days of medieval religiosity and/or way of life. Post 9/11, it became very clear that the gap has always been sending negative feedback to the core. The gap consists of regimes and governments with high density of muslims, such as many arabic countries, indonesia, malaysia, etc. They cannot be ignored by the core countries (US, Britain, Russia, China, France, etc) as they struggle to return the world to their world order. So what this means is, Baghdad is not the last stop; where the gaps are, so will be the troops. :p
Makes sense to me...
Money...something I will not have four years from now.
Sticker price for med schools(+fees+room/board) that have accepted me and I'm waiting to hear from:
annual/accrue over 4 years
University of California, San Francisco (Joint Med Program is 5 yrs, but there's scholarships for one of the years I think)
$24,322/$101,288
University of California, Irvine
$19,890/$79,560 (Best deal around!)
University of Maryland at Baltimore
$44,214/$176,856
University of Pittsburgh
$47,828/$191,312
Medical College of Virginia
$39,986/$159,944
St. Louis University
$50,636/$202,544 (way overpriced)
Penn State
$47,000/$188,000



Fitful night of sleep. I don't know what kept me awake exactly, there's a lot on my mind: my small group (doing well, but want to take it to the next level), this Friday BBQ night (may it be fruitful), med school (still waitin' and hopin')

Thursday, April 03, 2003

Terrifying, I can only imagine what it looks like in Baghdad.


Revelation 9

1The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. 2When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. 3And out of the smoke locusts came down upon the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. 4They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 5They were not given power to kill them, but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes a man. 6During those days men will seek death, but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.
7The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces. 8Their hair was like women's hair, and their teeth were like lions' teeth. 9They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle. 10They had tails and stings like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months. 11They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon.[1]

Joshua is my unofficial adopted nephew. I am oogling at the wallpaper screenshot like he's there. Dang, he's a cute goofball.
Nearing the Iraqi capital. Praying for our boys and girls to come home safely.
Great things are coming. Do you believe it?

Wednesday, April 02, 2003

It is SO nice outside. I am SO not doing anything in here. See anything wrong with the picture? I want to be out in Annapolis, learning to tie lines on a sailboat. Feel the ocean wind, water spraying on my face...buy Oooocean Spray (j/k)
Salt and Light

13"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.
14"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

This is Jesus rebuking nominal Christians or lukewarm Christians. I hope none of my brothers and sisters would ever fall in this category!
Trying to hand out these BBQ fliers for Friday night...small group is gonna be real good tonight

Tuesday, April 01, 2003

I had a dream last night that I received this big acceptance package from Penn State. It was huge, filled with all kinds of colorful pamphlets and stuff. I was pretty tickled by it. A sign? Maybe...but I'd prefer one from Maryland. I'm going to this luncheon now that's supposed to be for new employees; they accidentally left me off the list so now I guess I'm a not-so-new new employee.
I've been told by a coworker that I always seem chipper to her. Hehe...little does she know what cauldron burns underneath >:)
Joking aside, I really think it's the Spirit that allows me to be like that when around others. But there are definitely moments when I'm completely undone before God, unplesant as I can be. Hopefully the unpleasantness will never seep to others, but I know it still does at time. Gotta keep working on it.

Monday, March 31, 2003

Actually, the guy Ben I talked to has heard of Agape; he was an undergrad at UMBC. Funny how I come into contact with people who know Agape church. Another girl co-worker Laura used to work in the same building as Emily Sternberg(sp?). They worked under the same boss 'Ola' in Annapolis, doing career counseling for non-profit job searches.
Downstairs at lunch, eating my food. Next to me was a guy. He was staring straight ahead, chewing on his sandwich thoughtfully. I didn't have my watch on, so thought that'll be a good excuse to talk to him. Found out he's at a church in Columbia. Oh well, it's good to know a fellow believer anyway. Got his info for future lunch. The risk is well worth it...
Today I'm going to UMAB. To find someone to bring to Friday dinner. I'll also ask co-worker to come.