It is game day tomorrow here against Edirne. This is our last game before we have a 2 week break from games. I found out today that I will be playing tomorrow. We play at 5:30 p.m. Which is 10:30 a.m. EST. I will let you know how the game goes!
Today was a pretty relaxed day. I slept in a little bit and then did some cooking and cleaning. I also listened to a message online from a church in TN. What a blessing we have technology at our fingertips to be able to to just that. We had practice this afternoon.
Tomorrow morning we leave for Edirne. Apparently with traffic and stuff it will take us 4 or 5 hours to drive there. I will let you know how the trip goes. We will practice there in the afternoon and then we will play on Saturday.
I wanted to copy the notes that I took from the message I listened to earlier today:
Redeemer Community Church
Resourced – The Playbook Series
*Material things can be deceptive.
How do I store up treasures in Heaven?
“Two Eyes” – What are you filling your eyes with?
“Two Masters” – cannot serve God and Money
Why aren’t you giving to the local church?
How we treat IDOLS: (can be money)
“We need to think on the costly grace of Christ until it makes us generous people.”
Yay for being half way through another week. I am so thankful that God sustains us and gives us ALL that we need. What a blessing from above. Today we had lifting this morning and then we had practice in the afternoon. I came home and made some nachos for dinner.
I plan on relaxing the rest of the evening :)! Is is always nice to be able to do that. One more day in Istanbul tomorrow. We have practice in the afternoon and then we will leave Friday morning for Edirne.
Today was a good day here. I got to sleep in which was nice. We had more of a conditioning practice this afternoon. I went to the store to get groceries for the week. We leave Friday for Edirne since we play on Saturday, so I don't have too many more meals I have to prepare for this week.
Tomorrow we have morning lifting and then afternoon practice. I will let you know how it all goes! Oh and also I am heading home next Monday for a week break in the States so I am counting down the days until I fly home. I am really looking forward to seeing my husband. I will also be driving to Lynchburg for the weekend to see my sisters and then my parents plan on driving to Lynchburg as well.
Today was a busy day but a good day. We had morning workouts and then an afternoon practice. This afternoon it was more laid back and we watched Saturday's game and then we did some shooting. Tomorrow it is back to the practice floor for us. I didn't sleep too well last night, so I think it will be early to bed for me.
I hope everyone has had a great start to their week! We will play against Edirne on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. EST which is 5:30 p.m. here. This will be our last game before we have a 2 week break from games.
Today has been a great day here. We have an off day which is always nice. On top of that, I went to church today which was amazing. Once a month the church has a combined church service meaning that they combine the Turkish and English congregations and do one service. How amazing it is to hear the name of the Lord worshiped and praised in a different language. It gives me a little taste of what Heaven is going to be like. All of the songs we sung today were sung one time through in English and one time through in Turkish.
We had the privilege of hearing from a guest speaker today. He came from Sarasota, Florida with a group of short term missionaries; most of his team was serving in the children's church during the service.
Sarasota Calvary Chapel Missions Pastor
A DAY AND A LIFE OF A MAN BORN BLIND
John 6:38 - The work of Jesus is the Fathers's work.
Jesus says He is the light of the world.
*about the power of God
If we look closely at John Chapter 9, perhaps we can see ourselves as well.
"Saw" - means to understand not just "see"
- Jesus saw more than just a blind beggar
A man born blind would have incredible hearing. The disciples ask a question to Jesus as to why he is blind right in front of the blind man like he isn't there.
Isaiah 48:10 - Through suffering God refines us.
Jesus heals the man. Just as Jesus was sent by the father. Jesus sends this man (blind man) to the pool called "sent" to wash his eyes of the mud so he can see.
"Simple obedience always draws a result."
There is a private price that is paid for "Opened Eyes".
The blind man sees and understands...the Pharisees do not. The blind man's parents don't understand either.
Psalm 27:10 - We won't be disappointed by Jesus.
"Following Jesus isn't always easy."
Isaiah 35:5 - "blind and deaf healed"
KEY: Seeing and understanding Jesus; the power of a testimony can be a great encouragement!! What has God done in your life that you can share with others?
One thing I know: " I was blind but now I see." - thankful for the Lord allowing us to see.
"Those who reject Jesus reject the Light."
This week will be a busy week, but kind of like most weeks. We have 2 practices tomorrow. Our upcoming game was supposed to be played on Sunday, but it will be played on Saturday. Right now we stand at 8-10 in the Turkish League with 8 games left. We have one more game left before we will have a 2 week break from games. We will then resume play February 28th and finish our season April 3rd or 4th. We also have the Turkish Cup game/games that will be played the first weekend of March.
It has continued to be an interesting season for me. I was figuring it up the other day and since arriving here November 1st I have only played in 7 games. Never would I have imagined the season going this way, especially after the many allowances the team made for me, and yet I can say that despite the current situation, this I know...that my God already knew what was going to take place this season. One take away from all of this, is that I feel like the Lord is giving me a fresh perspective on how important it is to be honest and to be a woman of my word. I had the amazing blessing and privilege to be raised by some incredible parents. They modeled for me the importance of being honest as well as the importance of persevering and not giving up. Unfortunately, not everyone has had the privilege of coming from an amazing home, and most importantly there are many lost people out there who don't know the Lord.
I have been blessed to have some great coaches throughout my basketball career as well. My dad to this day is still my most favorite coach that I have ever had. I can sit and reflect on every basketball experience that I have had and see where the Lord has grown me through each experience. Although this season has been quite a rollercoaster, I am blessed to serve a consistent and honest God. He goes before me and each and every one of you daily. What may seem confusing or hard to understand to us, is usually the very thing God has allowed or is using to groom us and continue to mold and shape us into a better reflection of Him. With each and every circumstance that we go through in life we have the opportunity to become better or become bitter. I think so many times our carnal self gets in the way and we choose to wallow in self-pity or discouragement rather than take the higher road and that is to say, "Lord, what can I learn from this situation?". It has been amazing to me how the Lord has given me a peace daily as I continue to wade through unknown waters each week not knowing if and when I will get to play. My identity is not in whether I score 20 points, 2 points, or 200 point (yes I know it is impossible to score 200 points in a game...just had to put some humor in there :)...my identity is in Jesus Christ. I have had some awesome conversations with some of my teammates as a result of me having to go through what I have. We all have the opportunity to reflect Jesus to those around us. It is not always even in what we say, but most importantly how we act.
My challenge to you and a continued challenge for me is to reflect the Lord in our attitude, in what we say, and in how we act, regardless of the tumultuous circumstances going on around us.
I hope everyone has a great day of rest. May we seek the "higher road" in the coming weeks and months, and that is to strive to honor and please Jesus Christ.
I wanted to let you all know we lost today to Feberbahce by 9 points. It was a close game throughout, and we came up on the short end today. We have tomorrow off, so I plan on going to church and then relaxing.
Tomorrow is game day here. I found out today that I will not be playing again. I will be cheering from the stands for my team. Today was a good day here.
Today has been a pretty good day here. We had film and then practice. Practice was shorter which was nice. This evening I made dinner which consisted of broccoli, potatoes, and salmon. It is alway nice to be able to have a home cooked meal. I finished the book of Esther today. What a neat book and so much evidence can be seen of God's providential and perfect plan being worked out.
Tomorrow we have scout at 11:00 a.m. and then practice at noon. It will be nice to be done early. I plan on coming back and trying my hand at making orange pomegranate bread. I will let you know how it goes and try to post a picture.
I wanted to share with you some notes from a message I listened to yesterday:
Give and Take
November 8, 2015
Pastor Steven Furtick
*Don’t settle in a place where God hasn’t called you to settle but rather pass through.
Are you a giver or are you a taker?
You are full (filled with appointments, stress, busyness, etc.) but are you fulfilled?
“Givers, Takers, and Matchers”
Life is a gift! We serve a God who continuously gives to us (a “giving” God).
“The more you take the more you need. The more you give the more you have.”
“When you take where God has called you to give you will always come up empty.”
Are you consuming or are you contributing?
On the contrast some of us are empty because we don’t take what God gives; we don’t possess what God has promised (ex: peace, joy, etc.). Just because God promises something doesn’t mean we possess it. We have to be a give and a taker of the right things.
We don’t build a church in preference…we build a church on purpose.
Yay for getting through hump day :) What a blessing to be getting through another week on this earth. What kinds of things have you seen the Lord's hand on this week in your life? The picture above is a picture I took while riding on a metros from the European side to the Asian side. I couldn't help but stop and thank the Lord for painting an incredible display of His beauty.
Today was busy here. We left at 11:30 a.m. and drove to the European side to play against Istanbul University. It took as an hour and 45 minutes without traffic, so I knew that coming back at rush hour would prove that it would take much longer than that. I decided to take the metro bus back with one of my Turkish teammates to beat some of the traffic. I was able to make it home in 2 hours and 15 minutes whereas the girls who stayed on our team bus took much longer to get home.
The game today was a friendly game, so it went okay. Friendly games are never like real games that is for sure.
Tomorrow we go to our game to practice since we play there on Saturday. It will be nice to sleep in and then to also not have a 2 hour commute to our gym.
I am currently playing basketball professionally. The Lord has blessed me with so many opportunities. I hope to be able to share some of my experiences with you!