Friday, October 28, 2005

At a loss

One of my best friends, Erin, just lost her father to cancer last week. It was somewhat expected, but at the same time sudden. I was able to spend a lot of time with her and her family last week. They are doing well, but grieving the loss of a man they loved. Please keep them in your prayers, as it is never easy to lose someone you love. I want to share a little story with all of you. The night before Mr. Lewis passed away, I couldn't stop thinking about him and his family. I just kept thinking about them and praying. God laid it on my heart to write Erin a poem, that I would give her at some later date, so I wrote one that night. Little did I know that her dad would pass away the next morning and that I would be giving her the poem a few days later. What is also cool is that two of her other friends couldn't sleep the same night and one of them wrote her a letter. We just all thought it was awesome how God was working in all of our lives and helping us to give Erin the love and support she needed. He is so incredible! So here are the words I offered Erin out of love. They may not be perfect, but I pray that God was still able to use them.


My Dear Sweet Friend
Christina L. Castelin
October 18, 2005


My dear sweet friend,

I know your heart is breaking
And the sorrow is running deep
And I can’t think of a single word
To make you feel complete

It breaks my heart to see you hurt
To see you cry and know your pain
I want to make it go away
And see the happiness remain

We both know I am not able
To do these things for you
But our God can do these things
And He can bring healing too

So I will hold your hand
And lend my shoulder to you
And pray that God may hold your heart
And lend His strength to you

Life is not always easy
And at times seems very unfair
But I will always be here for you
To take the burdens you cannot bear

I love you Erin!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

The girls


Me and my girls at my surprise going away party this past summer! Posted by Picasa

Me and the boys


Me and my boys at the Sarah Mclachlan concert (a graduation gift from Dee Dee) Posted by Picasa

Thursday, June 30, 2005

I'm not going to even bother with the whole "I know it's been a long time since the last post." You guys know how I am. We're just lucky I'm getting this one up. Anyways, just to let you all know what I am up to, I just graduated in April from University of West Florida with a Bachelor's in Psychology. Watch out- I'm lethal now! Just kidding. Now I am in Panama City until I move to Auburn for graduate school. It's all very scary and exciting. Please keep that transition in your prayers. I'm enjoying not having any classes right now, for the first time in two years. It's a nice break. What else, what else... no I'm not dating anyone at the moment. But we all know I'm moving to Auburn, so...enough said! God has blessed my life in so many ways. He's always watching out for me and protecting me, but letting me get hurt now and then to learn some lessons. What would I do without Him? Let me leave with this verse from John: "He MUST (emphasis mine) become greater; I MUST become less." Just think on that for awhile, as I did the other night. This is definitely a life verse for me. In everything, I must make sure that He is made greater and glorified and that I am not. Hopefully there will be another post soon. I have a little more time this summer. Love you!

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Photography


I just wanted to share this picture I had lying around. I took it last year on campus when I was practicing for my photography class. I think this is the first picture I ever developed myself. Posted by Hello

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Celebration!

I have been working on my graduate applications since this past summer. Even though I am only applying to three schools, it's been more work than you could believe. But the good news is that I mailed out two of them today! It is such a relief, as I am also very close to being done with the third one. So it's out of my hands right now. They either like me or they don't, so we'll see. I know that Auburn will let me know if I get an interview by the middle of March. It's kind of scary to think about and especially sad to think that I have to leave Pensacola and my church and my friends. Such is life I guess...
Keep praying that it will work out the way God wants it to. I am confident that He will show me where He wants me to go in His time, because I sure don't know right now. And then there's the roomate situation and a place to live and a way to pay for it all. There's a lot of factors so it is definitely going to be a God thing for it all to work out. I love you all and thanks for your continued prayers.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Ever Wondered?

Ever wondered what it would feel like to sit in a 1 hour 15 minute class in completely drenched clothes? Ever wondered how uncomfortable and miserable it might be? Well I don't have to wonder any more!! So if you would like to know the answers to the previous questions, please read on. I'll try to keep the story short and precise, which is usually difficult for me.
When I saw the rain, I considered just skipping class, but I decided not to (don't ask me why). And as soon as I stepped out of my car, I no longer had a dry piece of fabric on me. So as I was walking through the rain, I considered just turning around and going home, but I decided to press on and suffer through it (again, don't ask me why). And as a result of trying to be a good college student, I sat in a cold, frigid classroom with wet jeans and shoes. Did I learn anything more than if I had just stayed home? That's a mystery we may never know!

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Beauty

This is a picture I took after the hurricane at the Gosselin's house. I loved how bright and alive it looks. I wanted to share it with everyone. I also wanted to put this verse here because it is just a great reminder of where our priorities should be. Peter says that we as humans and all the glory we may achieve on this earth will eventually die, no matter how beautiful it may seem. It will mean nothing after we are dead. We should have our eyes set and fixed on eternal things, such as spreading the gospel and loving other people. I also just wanted to capture the incredible creation that God has given us to enjoy while we are on this earth. So don't forget to stop and take a look around you at the exquisite beauty God has given us.


"All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever" - I Peter 1:24-25 Posted by Hello