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A Long Time Coming. [Jun. 12th, 2005|04:15 pm]
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Good Grief! I cannot believe it has been 8 months since I have posted in here! Oh, well, I will probably put random thoughts in here as i go along, but I wanted people to know that my reflections journal is now at http://www.word2world.blogspot.com
I will be writing again soon. Hope all is well for everyone.
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A PRAYER AND A BLESSING [Sep. 24th, 2004|07:05 pm]
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Greetings!

You have my deepest apologies for not having posted sooner with and update, but I have been terribly BUSY with school, the club, housing and, of course, witnessing with the bibles that have been provided (thank you!).

Regarding school, I have just turned in my first "official" paper and took a math test, today. I am sure I did well, but I thank God for the help he has given me along the way.

As far as the GLBT club at shool, I finally got all the papers filed and got about 40 or so names on the roster and was elected president at the first meeting. The next meeting is on Oct 7th.

The availability of the apartment I was expecting on the 1st of September was moved to October 1st due to the previous tenant's desire to stay longer. Then it was moved to November 1st, but now I find out that he hasn't been paying rent, so they think it may be available at the beginning of October, again. Please pray for speedy (and favourable) resolution.

(Please note that some names are changed for the sake of privacy, but G-D knows who they are) As far as the witnessing is going, you can add the names Darby, Gregg and Kevin to pray for. Darby is a young woman who lives in this facility and is actively reading the Bible and asking questions. Kevin is her boyfriend who lives in an SRO nearby, and Gregg just made a decision for Christ last Wednesday at the VOA drop in center (praise to Him who overcomes all obstacles!).

I have a blessing from me to you that I have adapted from Psalm 20; please take it to heart:

"May the Lord respond when you are in distress
and May our God defend you.
May he send you help from His sanctuary and grant you support from Zion!
May He remember all of your sacrifices and accept your offerings.
May He give you the desire of your heart and make all of you plans succeed.
I will shout for joy when you are VICTORIOUS, and lift up my banners in the name of our God!"

Your Obedient Servant in Christ,
edison
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Hmm... The World Loves Me? [Sep. 19th, 2004|08:38 am]
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We are good for GO! [Sep. 15th, 2004|06:57 pm]
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Well, today the organizational meeting for the Diversity Club was held. Technically it was our first meeting and only 11 people showed up. Not bad, though, as the first meeting was a big conflict for a lot of people. We have 30 something people on the roster, however, and we still have one more day during club week to sit out at the booth and gather signatures for this semester's roster. I don't think this is bad for having never had a GLBT group on this campus EVER! Or considering I just got the papers and started looking into it all last week.

We elected officers and I was elected president. I really wasn't looking for that honor, I just wanted a resource to be available to GLBT students. Oh well. Have a lot of sleeping to to do before being up at 5, so take care!
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HOUSING WOES [Sep. 10th, 2004|07:40 pm]
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My wait for the apartment was supposed to be over on Oct. 1st, but, unfortunately, the man who was going to move out has decided to stay another 30 days. He is in a position to be able to reconsider indefinitely. I am still next in line on the waiting list so when he, or whoever leaves next, is gone I will have an apartment.

I wanted this particular apartment building because it is close to subways and buses, is only a few blocks from my school, and would still be close enough to skid row to continue the bible-giving "effort" and yet, it is in a decent/good downtown neighborhood. It is ideal. I will need prayer for wisom in this situation. Do I go with the next avilable option, should one arise, or do I remain patient and trust for this to open up at the time it is meant to be?

For those of you out there who believe in prayer, if there is anything specifically I can pray about for you, please don't hesitate to let me know.

Your Obedient Servant in Christ,
edison
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What A Difference A Day Makes! [Sep. 7th, 2004|01:41 pm]
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[mood |busybusy]

Well, I just got back from classes and have some homework to do. I just turned in my first paper, and I think it will be good. I was a little embarrassed, though. I SO need to make use of the library computers (which I can print out on) as I was the only one turning in a paper on notebook paper. oh well, what do I care. I will let my work speak for itself. I am reasonably sure that I can outwrite most (probably not all, though) of the students in that class. Life experience, alone, gives me more material to draw from!
In other school related news, I decided to find out if there was a GLBT club or GSA on campus. There wasn't. However, as I spoke to one of the faculty in the student activities office about it, the possibility came up of me starting one. Hmm. Well, next thing you know, I have all the constitution papers and filing papers in my hand and a new e-mail for the club (which I don't know, yet), and at least four people signed up who were in the activities office at the time. I wasn't even looking, yet! They came to me when they over heard what I was talking about! I have a booth to get charter signatures next week during "club rush" and the ASO is making posters and banners, and oh, boy! This was not what I expected, but it seems that a number of people have been looking forward to this sort of thing happening. All I need now is a faculty advisor and something to hand out at the booth.
Boy, things can really change in one day. Do I really have time for this? I don't know. Maybe I can hand it off if the response is good. I don't want to overdo things.
Off to do homework now. Please keep praying for the people in my neighbeorhood and that I have time to get everything done that I need to.
God bless and protect all of you.
edison
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Gay Manga [Sep. 6th, 2004|10:32 am]
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By the way, I've just started reading a gay manga series called -FAKE-. I know, it's very shallow and whatnot, but it's kinda fun. I have just started volume three. O.K., they may not share the same moral values as I, but it is still kinda neat to read a "comic" (graphic novel, mind you) with two New York City detectives falling for each other and watch one coming to terms with the fact that he IS gay. kewl.
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LATEST WORD FROM SKID-ROW (It's another update) [Sep. 6th, 2004|10:21 am]
rattz
[mood |hopefulhopeful]
[music |How Great Thou Art (NitroPraise Dance remix)]

My sincerest apologies for having not updated in a while. Thank you to Dave (traveler) for bringing it to my attention. As per my last update, I have been extremely busy, lately.

First, As I said before, I have gone back to school part time. I already have a short paper due on Tuesday. It shouldn't take long to write (by hand, unfortunately), but I have to answer the prompt, "What one thing best describes you?". I have had a hard time narrowing it down.

Second, It appears that my housing situation may be coming to a good resolution, soon. There is an apartment about 5 blocks from school and easily accessible to this part of town coming available in the first week of October. Please keep me in prayer about it. I will have to get all the deposit and rent stuff together, stock the place and then, as soon as possible, rent a truck to get my things from Arizona to here. I may be a little busy that month, as well.

Third, regarding the "witnessing" I have been doing around here, it has been difficult getting the time to go down to the drop in centers and food lines, as of late, but I have been trying to at least spend at least an hour a day at those places. It is not always possible, though. A pastor at a somewhat local church has said that they may be able to help out with a case of bibles for the effort and seems interested in letting a willing member or two come down and help out. It sure would be a relief. "The harvest truly is plenteous but the laborers are few." (Matthew 9:37) The church is not as conservative as my convictions tend to run, but I really feel that they are much needed in filling a gap that exists. I have not yet found the church I can call "home", however. Please keep that in prayer. If the Lord would lead me to be involved with the previously mentioned church, then please pray that He would make it clear to me. I have much love in my heart for the saints in that congregation, so please do not read my hesitation as judgement.

This Sunday aftenoon, I went to Latin Gay/Alternative Pride in downtown Los Angeles. The people were well behaved and it had a definite family and community feel. I was disappointed, though, with the booths. Only one church had reserved a booth, and they had chosen not to be there. With all the spiritual options open to the queer community these days, it was sad to notice the lack of representation, there.

I would like to thank all of you who read my updates and are faithful in replying. It strengthens my heart. You have all been a wellspring of encouragement in the times when I am tired or frustrated. "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you" (Phil. 1:3). I will try to be more diligent in updating with all of you.

When I get into my new apartment (God willing) I will be less able to update you regularly, as I will not yet have a computer. But I will take every opportunty to let you know how I am. Until then, I will keep you posted.

Please continue to pray for the people in this area that have been ministered to or that the Lord has in mind for the future. You have been so good about praying for them, and it joys me to know that you have kept them in mind.

Thank you for your much needed and desired prayers. I know that God loves to hear the prayers of His children and longs to provide the needs and desires they ask of him. Prayer is such a mighty weapon, my beloveds. Do not be weary in prayer, for the "effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." (James 5:16). As I have prayed for you daily to Him who sustains us all, then continue to pray to Him daily yourselves, for the increasing of your faith.

I love you all and look forward to your posts and to writing to you again.

Your Obedient Servant in Christ,
edison
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Class Courses [Aug. 24th, 2004|04:02 pm]
rattz
Today I got my LATTC student I.D. It looks awful, but I am stuck with it.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I will be in a math class followed by an english class. I am looking forward to it. I already picked up my math book, but I have to wait until later (on the 1st, a day after my first class) to pick up my english book. What a pain being poor! What a pain to be starting over at 34 years old!
Nonetheless, I think I am going to add a weight training class to my schedule. I may be trim, and I AM rather healthy, but I could use some toning. 155-160 lbs does not look the same at 34 as it did at, say, 27! GRAVITY HAPPENS! Naturally, it will take a bit more work to keep the weight looking a bit more like it used to.
we'll see if I can get it done tomorrow and I will try to get a M-W-F schedule for that class, if possible.
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They're gonna take my GAYCARD away... [Aug. 22nd, 2004|08:26 pm]
rattz
...If these quiz results continue in this manner!
I AM 53% WHITE TRASH!
53% WHITE TRASH
I may have been raised white trash, but I have escaped to find the other side. Even now my white trash traits sneak out, like drinking beer from the bottle at a restaurant.
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