Friday, January 3, 2014

25 Things I Learned in 2013

1. I still hate pineapple on pizza. I gave it a solid effort – but no go. Fruit does not belong on pizza

2. Bacon cures most things.

3. Life is short. And the moments that matter are usually the ones we don’t even recognize.

4. Although bloody cold, in a “your-skin-can-freeze-in-seconds, you-have-brain-freeze-from-the-outside and you-can’t-breathe- through-your-nose-because-your-nose-hairs-are-frozen-together” – At least its sunny and freezing in Alberta

5. I know I should have learned this back in elementary, but don’t put your keys in your mouth in -30 temperatures. Your tongue will stick to them.

6. Few things are more awkward than having a stranger rap to you in a public place.

7. Getting lost driving in the country is a cure for most things. If that doesn’t work – try bacon.

8. Coffee = Life
9. I’ve inherited a second family that primarily wears navy blue. Its like 150 brothers that I never knew I wanted…

10. You can’t pick your family – but in the rare cases you can I’d pick the ones I currently have – and the crazy ones I’ve picked up along the way.

11. Hospitals should have bars/pubs or whiskey dispensers

12. If residing in a hospital for whatever reason these are the things you need to know: the meat is a mystery – don’t eat it. Ice water and heated blankets make things more bearable - and if you encounter a pillow. Hang onto it for dear life. It’s like contraband heaven in sterile hell.

13. People are bat shit crazy

14. Referring to #13. I’m serious. If I’m not getting stabbed with a pen, getting accosted in parking lots by hutterite men trying to sell me pies - or getting human remains delivered to me – its just not a normal day. And it has nothing to do with a full moon.

15. If you think you’re having a bad day – remember that there is a homeless person out there in -30 with shoes ductaped together who would love to have the problems you currently do.

16. Don’t let yourself be an excuse for someone’s unhappiness or failed relationships. Its not worth it. They may not think so – but you are worth so much more than that. Also – sometimes “I’m single” can also mean “I’m engaged and a really good liar”

17. If someone goes into a crazy story that is strangely identical to a James Bourne movie, it is possible they are crazy… and you should slowly back away…

18. I thought I had outgrown my awkwardness/clumsiness. Reality set in when I walked into the wall...

19. When someone shows you who they are – believe them. Good or bad.

20. My heart thinks its batman. However I do not have a batmobile and it mostly just hurts. A lot.

21. Taser Fridays should be a thing…

22. The moments you get to just “be” with someone, talking about nothing, or laughing or drinking in the people you love – is truly priceless.

23. Sometimes happiness is warm socks, lucky charms and being cuddled up on the couch

24. I don’t like running. If I’m running you should run too because most likely something is chasing me.

25. I’m really glad 2013 is over – and I’m excited that it’s a new year. Not in a “I’m going to make resolutions” type of way. But just this year was CRAZY! Good and bad, but fresh starts, new memories and new chapters are ahead and I’m excited :)

1 comment:

Steve Finnell said...


Is water baptism an outward sign of an inward grace? Yes, in order to accept God's free gift of salvation men must be immersed in water.

Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The outward sign is the immersion in water. The inward grace is the forgiveness of sins we receive by following the command of Jesus to be baptized in water. There is no inward grace granted until men are immersed in water baptism. Baptism is not a sign that we have already been saved. Baptism is a sign that believers in Christ are being saved.

1 Peter 3:20-21 ....safely through the water. 21 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you---not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience---through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

The outward sign is water baptism. The inward grace is that baptism saves through an appeal to God, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. If men do not confess Jesus as Lord and Savior, believe that He is the Son of God and believe that God raised Him from the dead, and make the commitment to turn from sin and turn to God, then, of course your baptism will not save you. Baptism is the final step before receiving forgiveness of sins. Water baptism is the point that the blood of Jesus washes away your sins.

Colossians 2:12-13 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 When you were dead in your transgression and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,

The outward sign is being buried with Jesus in the watery grave of baptism. The inward grace is being made spiritually alive with Christ, having our transgressions forgiven. We are dead in our transgression before we are buried with Christ in water baptism. We are made alive and have our transgressions forgiven after baptism, not before.

Galatians 3:27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

The outward sign is water baptism. The inward grace is being clothed with Christ. You are not baptized into Christ because you have already been clothed with Christ. The clothing does not precede, being baptized into Christ.

Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

The outward sign is water baptism. The inward grace of salvation follows believing and being baptized in water.


1. CONFESSION: Romans 10:9-10 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.

The outward sign is confession. The inward grace is salvation.

2. WATER IMMERSION: Mark 16:16....has been baptized shall be saved...

The outward sign is baptism. The inward grace is salvation.


What must I do to be saved? FAITH John 3:16 REPENTANCE Acts 2:38 CONFESSION Romans 10:9-10 BAPTISM Mark 16:16

(All Scripture quotes from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)