June 30, 2011

Fretting...

     Yesterday was a meeting for the mission trip to Anchorage Alaska I will be going on in July (July 24th-30th to be exact). It was exciting to find out more about what the other people and I will be doing while in the "land of the midnight sun," but I am kind of nervous.
A few months ago my mom came to me and told me that my dad was thinking about going on this mission trip to Alaska that my church was organizing. She said to me that she had suggested to him that I might like to go along. Well.... he said that would be a good experience for me and was going to think about it. As you might have guessed my dad decided to sign me up, that meant I'm going to Alaska (which is only 4,321 miles from Houston, Texas).
   
     I still can't believe it. I've sent out mission letters, gone to a few meetings and even bought some cute rain boots and a rain coat, but it still seems un-real. Of course every day it starts getting more real to me. Eventually it's going to be here. Lord, help me because I don't think I'm ready to go out and spread the good news of Your grace.
    
     As I go about stupidly but seriously fretting for a few more weeks I'll try to keep Psalm 28:7 in mind:
"The LORD is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.
My heart leaps for joy
and I will give thanks to him in song."

June 29, 2011

VBS

     Last week (June 20th-24th) was VBS (Vacation Bible School). I got to be a teen helper in a 3rd grade class. It was really cool to see how these kids grew as Christians by just having about 3 hours surrounded by Christ centered music, skits, crafts and teaching.
    
     My mom was the coordinator of the class I was working in and it was interesting to see her teaching style. I really look up to my mom and watched her every move so that someday if I ever teach a VBS class myself or teach any sort of class like that I can know kind of what I'm doing.
    
     One of the best things that my mom had these kids do was having them look up all of the Bible verses. I couldn't believe it but 3rd graders don't know how to use a Bible! What are parents teaching these kids?
By the end of the week my mom had these kids looking up verse without her even having to tell them what to do. It was really cool. If only we could have them stay in the Word more than just during the week of VBS.
    
     I noticed during the week that the Holy Spirit really works through God's Word. When the kids actually were given the time to look up in the Bible what people are spoon feeding them, it makes more of an impact. I learned how transforming the Bible is when you actually read it for yourself. In Hebrews 4:12 it says,
"For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."
     I saw this past week how this verse is totally true. I saw the kids eyes light up when they had the ability to see what God had to say about their life.

June 28, 2011

First Post!

     So it seems that people are starting to communicate via blogs now. I guess I'll follow along and make one about me and my life.
    
     Right now summer has finally started (yay!). I'm spending my precious days of freedom going to summer camp, volunteering at VBS, looking forward to a mission trip to Alaska, reading, listening to random types of music and daydreaming about flowers. Does my life seem interesting, or what? I think it does.
Before I publish this first post of mine I want to share some verses I've memorized recently:
"Show me your ways, oh Lord, teach me your paths;
guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long."
(Psalm 25:4-5)
     These verses gives me strength to know that God listens when I ask Him for wisdom. My hope is in Him all day long! As I think about all the new things I'm doing this summer it's comforting to know God is with me through it all and will give me the grace and wisdom I need from Him.