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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?!

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    family

    My whole family is coming up here in just a few days! I am so excited for my sister, brother-in-law and nephew to see this place that I have lived in for over 10 months! It will be nice to spend time with everyone! I do wish they could come up more often, but I suppose I should enjoy the moments we do have.

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    identity

    So, in my previous post I mentioned the shock and disappointment in what happened to our student ministry this week. However…in just a matter of days, everything turned around for the better! Last night and this morning we held our GSM excursion and it was a blast! We had fun, talked about identity in Christ and just had a crazy time together! Events such at these give me hope for the future and confidence in our students! They’re great! And above all, God is good! He takes care of us, and reminds us of the bigger picture, even though we may lose sight! God is good!

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    shock

    Our student ministry had been planning for this big spring retreat coming up this weekend. We just found out yesterday we won’t be having it because the lack of numbers from both ours and another church. It’s so frustrating. Youth Ministry is a mystery to me, sometimes. It’s specifically why that’s not my main/only focus…because I know I would get easily frustrated and burned out. But I know God has chosen me and many other great people to use their gifts to minister to teens. I know we have to come to them, I know we have to meet the culture, I know we have to make it “cool”…But that…

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    the raven

    The last three stanzas from “The Raven”: “Prophet!” said I, “thing of evil – prophet still, if bird or devil!By that Heaven that bends above us – by that God we both adore -Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn,It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore -Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore.” Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.” “Be that word our sign in parting, bird or fiend,” I shrieked, upstarting —”Get thee back into the tempest and the Night’s Plutonian shore!Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!Leave my loneliness unbroken!— quit…

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    one year (cont)

    I am in awe of how much my life has changed in just one year. God does amazing things and I feel as if I have grown so much! I know I still have many years of growing and many experiences, and challenges, but I feel that the change that has occurred has been for the best. One year ago last Friday, I discovered where I would be placed on internship. At times it feels as if it were just yesterday, but more often it feels as if it was a long time ago. So much has happened this year and it is about to change again, when I begin…