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    i’m back

    I’m finally back in the office, back in my apt after a quick month of July! Where did it go? I’m “official” now, but honestly it doesn’t feel much different than before! I am happy to be busy and just enjoying this last month of summer. It has gone quickly, but I don’t see it as a bad thing…once you are out of school, you just live in the moment (or I try to), rather than mourning the passing of the seasons. Many exciting events are coming up in our church and I am looking forward to being a part of them and watching our people get excited to serve…

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    something better

    I just returned from a conference in my hometown of Indianapolis. It was a youthworker’s conference, and while I expected it to focus on senior high, I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to get a lot out of it for my role in junior high and young adult ministry. I have to say the lutheran church does an excellent job of looking at all the areas that youthworker’s pursue. As a DCE I know that my job really is ‘jack of all trades’ and I appreciate the opportunity to learn about the various areas of which I am passionate about! Our church is starting to pursue more in…

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    God moment

    Have you ever had a “God moment”? Now, what I mean by this is, when a prayer is answered or a realization is made and you say, “Wow, God is awesome!” I had one of those moments yesterday. I had been praying a lot about something that was driving me crazy, and I just kept giving it up to God every night in my prayers. I couldn’t let it go myself…but then when I did, I felt completely at peace. In that moment, I realized that “God moments” happen all the time, but we don’t always recognize them. God is Creator and Savior and He is continually at work in…

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    survivor

    I’ve participated in VBS for the past several years. I volunteered as teacher/leader, helper, drama team, music, etc…but this year I survived my first year of VBS as a DCE. I didn’t think there was much of a different, but I had a lot more responsibility this year and it took a lot of energy! Don’t get me wrong, I had a great time and next week will be very strange to return to work and quiet…but it’s an accomplishment, nonetheless! What a blessing our kids were this year! I hope that someone who came, knows about Jesus now. I knew it before, but every time VBS comes around, I…

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    summer

    Is it summer already? When did spring end and summer begin? Last month it was still cold, and rainy, now we’ve hit the 80 degree temps with the awful side of summer storms! How can it already be mid-June? I have so much to do and so little time! Thankfully I am organized enough to make weekly checklists, but I still find myself going crazy thinking about all the planning for the Fall, summer VBS and children’s ministry, and looking forward to vacations and such! This is my first summer being somewhat full-time (less than 2 months until internship is over!). I do enjoy working, but the time flies just…

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    crazy few days…

    I am back from New Orleans! It’s a good feeling and a sad feeling. My anxiety disappeared after a few days down there. I could see improvement and HOPE. There is still ALOT of work to be done, but the city is slowly getting back on its feet. More of the trip later… When I returned, I had no electricity in my apt. A few tornadoes had touched down and we had crazy storms. I am now on night 3 with no power. Thankfully I can stay at a friend’s house and use a generator. Life has calmed down a bit, but ministry keeps going, even in the summer…It’s going…

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    anxious

    I am feeling anxious. Do you ever feel that way? That’s a silly question, I am sure you do. Even so, it’s an uneasy feeling. What am I anxious about? Well, I am not exactly sure, it could be several things, but overall I just feel uneasy. I wish this feeling would go away. I want to feel at peace with what’s going on in life and not worry. “Who of you by worrying will add a single hour to your life?” it says in Matthew 6. Perhaps I have the post-holiday blues…back to work, back to the grind. Plus, the weather dropped 40 degrees overnight. Whatever it is, I…

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    Prince Caspian

    So…I just went and saw Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, for the 2nd time a few nights ago. Although I haven’t read the book, knowing about the Christian undertones made it that much more meaningful. I hear it was watered down and hollywoodized, but still the message came through pretty clearly. I hope that those who go see it, get the more powerful message that C.S. Lewis conveys in his books. I’m sure the reviews were less than stellar, and there aren’t any hollywood megastars in the movie, but this sequel proves that you don’t need any of that to succeed. Adults love it, kids love it and it has…

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    blur

    Sometimes life is a blur. This past weekend was a blur. New car, family in town, crazy Sunday morning activities, Mother’s Day, and then it’s all done. Now the family is gone, there’s still lots to be done, and life is still moving… Sometimes I wish I could brake in mid-life…. but then I wouldn’t be living. So, how do I balance craziness and rest?!