After the game, I relaxed for a few hours and then I went out to eat with a friend from church. It was nice being able to talk and hang out. We then met up with a mutual friend here in Turkey for coffee at Starbucks. I am not a big coffee person, so I ordered some hot chocolate, which hit the spot. After coffee, we went and got some dessert. I ordered some berry cheesecake. I will have to say, it is not the best cheesecake I have ever had, but is was okay :)
I took a bus to get home, and on the way home some random Turkish guy started talking to me. I was sitting on the bus and I hear, "Why are you here?" To be honest, it kind of scared me, because the guys voice was kind of scary. I jumped a little bit lol and then turned around and he then asked me if I played basketball. He went on to tell me that his son is in the Unites States and is a professor in New York at Stonybrook. The rest of the conversation was fine, but the start of it was interesting.
When I got off of the dolmus (bus), I had about a 10 minute walk home. I normally cut through this alley, but when I went to turn to walk through it there was a guy standing there smoking a cigarette, and he smiled at me, so I opted to keep going straight. After I was out of sight of the guy, I decided to run the rest of the way home :). I am sure I would have been fine going down the alley, but it is better to be safe than sorry. It was going on 11:00 p.m., so I figured it didn't hurt to run home! I made it safe and sound home. I know that Turkey is a safe country, but I also understand you still need to be smart.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Coach gave us this weekend off, so it will be nice to rest and relax. I am planning on going to a museum here in Ankara tomorrow, so I will take some pics if I can and post them for you :)
Good luck to the Lady Flames tonight as they take on Radford!! At the bottom of the blog I am posting another link to a video, so check it out. It is a great song!!
Verses of the day:
Psalm 88:1-2 “O Lord, the God who saves me, day and night I cry out before you. May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry.”
I am so thankful we can go to the Lord anytime we want to! It is my desire to go to the Lord not just in the bad times, but all the time!! Thank you Lord for hearing our prayers.
Proverbs 5:21 “For a man’s ways are in full view of the Lord, and he examines all his paths.”
I love this verse, because it points out that the Lord sees everything. We cannot hide anything from the Lord. I am so thankful that He knows us so well and He desires to have a relationship with us. When he examines me, I want to be receptive and listen to what he has to say.
1 Timothy 4:4a “For everything God created is good…”
I was thinking about the words above. Even the best engineer creates things at times that are flops or duds, but the Lord creates EVERYTHING good! Wow!!!
1 Timothy 4:8 “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”
As an athlete, we spend a lot of our time training. Whether it is practicing, lifting, you name it! At some point in our lives, we will no longer be training as much as we are now. This verse is great, because it points out that following God has more value than being in good physical shape. We can be in the best shape in the world, but if we are spiritually not where we need to be, then we have missed the mark. Are you and I spiritually in shape? Would we be able to withstand a pre-season spiritually?
My Utmost For His Highest – March 5th
“IS HE REALLY LORD?”
". . . so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus." Acts 20:24
Joy means the perfect fulfillment of that for which I was created and regenerated, not the successful doing of a thing. The joy Our Lord had lay in doing what the Father sent Him to do, and He says - "As My Father hath sent Me, even so am I sending you." Have I received a ministry from the Lord? If so, I have to be loyal to it, to count my life precious only for the fulfilling of that ministry. Think of the satisfaction it will be to hear Jesus say - "Well done, good and faithful servant"; to know that you have done what He sent you to do. We have all to find our niche in life, and spiritually we find it when we receive our ministry from the Lord. In order to do this we must have companied with Jesus; we must know Him as more than a personal Savior. "I will show him how great things he must suffer for My sake."
"Lovest thou Me?" Then - "Feed My sheep." There is no choice of service, only absolute loyalty to Our Lord's commission; loyalty to what you discern when you are in closest contact with God. If you have received a ministry from the Lord Jesus, you will know that the need is never the call: the need is the opportunity. The call is loyalty to the ministry you received when you were in real touch with Him. This does not imply that there is a campaign of service marked out for you, but it does mean that you will have to ignore the demands for service along other lines.
"Better is One Day" by Kutless