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    september

    It’s September. School starts. Fall events starts at church. But has summer ended? For me, the seasons begin to run together, as I no longer have classes to go to and homework to complete. Still, it’s a new season in ministry, where busyness becomes routine and it’s easy to get caught up in life. How about getting caught up in God? How about being in the presence of God instead of fitting him into the schedule? Labor Day weekend was relaxing for the first time in a long time for me. Family visits, quiet evenings, Peach Festival and walking with our church float in the parade! Now it’s time to…

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    spinning

    My head is spinning. This week has felt like a non-stop, roundtrip flight from here to the far corners of the world. How do I make it stop?…Or really, I just need it to slow down. I know I am in control of my day to day routine, but I think I need to give more time to God and let him be in control…as it should be. If I could simply spend my first few minutes at the office in His Word, I think I would feel better, have more energy, and be able to endure this crazy week that I am experiencing. But why do I struggle still?…

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    awe

    I am absolutely, positively in awe of God! Ever just have a moment where you realize the awesome grace and love of God for you? I felt this week like I was falling away…wanting to be in Scripture but choosing not to, trying to pray and falling asleep instead, etc…and God, rich in mercy brought me back to a place of comfort and peace! He’s God so he can do anything! We can’t put him in a box like our human minds want to do. His presence is beyond anything we can imagine and his LOVE is awesome! Thank you God for the gifts you have given to me to…

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    wow

    The 4x100m free relay last night was amazing! It was worth staying up past my bedtime to see the awesome feat the Americans had against the French! I just love when people smack talk and then eat their words. More importantly, I love the competitive spirit of the sport of swimming in the olympics…it’s my favorite!

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    olympics

    I’m watching the opening ceremonies of the 2008 olympics…something I have been looking forward to all week. I just love the olympics because of the unity, competition, and spirit that is shared by hundreds of countries around the world. I’m also learning about what is going on with China, and receiving a geography lesson as each nation walks into the stadium. I realize how much of a novice I really am when it comes to international geography, but I also love to learn new things about the world! I find it fascinating to learn about the various countries, athletes and stories. It’s such a unique opportunity to experience the hoopla…

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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…