July 23, 2011

Opportunities

     As I've been going about my best summer break ever I am so very thankful to God. He is the one who has put all of these wonderful opportunities and experiences in my path. It's awesome to know that what God's Word says is true : Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)
    
     I've been practicing on just caring what the Lord thinks and just caring about doing what He wants. I have taken my delight in the Lord, for He is so worth it. He is abounding in love and faithfulness! (see Exodus 34:6)
    
     What do I get for delighting in the Lord? Let me just list all of the opportunities that have come to me that have been the desires of my heart. God has given me the opportunity of the Alaska mssion trip, student council, student prayer team at church, VBS with my mom, fun summer camps, amazing Christian friends, a chance to see that I'm not one of the only one's striving to please God (I feel my family's the only one sometimes) and friendships with people I can minister to. Those are just some of the opportunities God has given me.
    
     God has also given me the main desire of my heart: to grow closer to Him this summer. Before all of the summer craziness started I was scared that like last summer I would stop spending time with God and that I would be lazy and stop following Him so closely. This did not happen. God proved Himself to be faithful (of course) and I actually grew closer to God. Hallelujah! I'm so thankful to God.

     As my mom says, "be about the business of loving God and everything will fall into place."

Refreshment

I wrote this poem a couple days ago. I thought I would share it.

Refreshment
By Brooke Budewig

When the rain pelts,
when the storms proceed
God is working.

God is with storms
as they cleanse all things
and leave them new.

He is with rain
as it pours on us
as a refreshment.

Rain blesses us
and makes us clean.
Rain is God's love.

Storms bless us too.
They wash away all
things unneeded.

The Lord seeks out
those who need refining.
He sends His love.




July 22, 2011

Getting Ready

     Most of this week I've been working kind of hard at training for the Alaska mission trip. What sort of things am I training for? Well in Alaska we will be hosting block parties. My role at these block parties is to run a "booth" telling kids the gospel story with silly bands and an evang-a-cube. Cool right? I been taking this very seriously. On Monday I figured out how to put the gospel silly bands, the evang-a-cube and the 6 gospel points in my story.  I'll even be telling the kids about what the Bible is (like that it is God's Word, God spoke to men how to write it and that the story I'm going to tell them is from it).  Of course I'm going to be putting a bunch of verses into the story (which means I'm having to make sure I know them all by heart). After experiencing the power of God's Word I've decided to let the Holy Spirit do most of the major talking.
    
     Another thing I've been doing is gathering and preparing materials for review games that I will be leading in our bible clubs we will be hosting. It's been fun. Small crafts with a purpose are one of the things I enjoy doing.
    
     All in all I've been kind of busy. Hopefully all of it will pay off. I've been praying that God has been preparing the hearts of His little ones so that they will respond to the good new of salvation from sin (and maybe some adults who happen to listen will respond also).
    
     I'm so excited about Alaska. This will be basically the first time I will be sharing the gospel in mass. I've only shared it with a couple of people and that's it. It will be so awesome to help spread God's message of redemption. The Lord is worth all of my planning. As 2 Corinthians 5:20 puts it:
"We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God."

July 20, 2011

Church Camp

     Last week was church camp at Alto Frio Baptist Camp. I had a blast! I got to know all of my friends from church much better and have wonderful fellowship with them. It was a great time to prepare spiritually for the mission trip. All of the worship was so wonderful and it was so much fun just getting out there away from distractions and just praising my Lord for all that He is. I had an awesome time. : )
Every day we were suppose to do a quiet time (bible reading and prayer time). Yet again I could see how transforming the word of God is!
    
    Multiple church groups were there and we had this thing called family groups where we had a group of teens our age from random churches. Well.... from the way my family group talked I don't think they had as much change as the people from my church did. I think it comes down to the fact that my youth pastor put his foot down and had us all do our quiet times. The other church groups didn't all do their quiet times. The Bible is truly right when it says in Hebrews 4:12,
"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 have come to realize this is very true. There is power in God's Word the Bible.

July 18, 2011

Updating

     Hello again blog. I was almost getting the hang of blogging and then I had to go on vacation where they didn't have wy-fi. Oh well.. I'll start gradually catching you up on what's been happening in my now turned busy life.

     My vacation to Louisiana was great! My dad's friends that we stayed with were so nice and hospitable (and their food was delicious). By the end of the week they wanted my sister and me to start calling them Aunt, Uncle, Grandma and Grandpa. They are like extended family now. 
     One of the days we went to an Alligator farm and I actually got to hold a real alligator. It was pretty awesome!


Another day we went to the Tabasco factory.
Close to there was a park where I got some good creepy yet beautiful pictures  





Another day we went on a swampy lake tour.



Yet another day we went on an air boat ride in the swamp.


Liz from Swamp People's hunting camp



I'll let the pictures speak for me on how much fun I had.
  
     I enjoyed just being able to relax before church camp and the Alaska mission trip. I'm thankful to God for letting me have such a restful time. I have to end this update with a Psalm of praise to God so here's some of Psalm 18:
32 It is God who arms me with strength
   and keeps my way secure.
33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
   he causes me to stand on the heights.
34 He trains my hands for battle;
   my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35 You make your saving help my shield,
   and your right hand sustains me;
   your help has made me great.
36 You provide a broad path for my feet,
   so that my ankles do not give way.


July 1, 2011

Louisiana

     Tomorrow my family and I will be going to the Louisiana swamp. I hope I can take unusual pictures of unusual swamp like things. If I take some good pictures I will defiantly post them here. I can't wait! I'm all packed and ready to go!!!
    
     One of the things we will be doing in Louisiana is going to an alligator and turltle farm. The guy who owns the farm's brother is on the show Swamp People that plays on the History Channel. It's a great show and I really hope we can meet him. When you first see this guy on the show hunting alligators in a tin boat wearing short overalls without a shirt on you think he must be a weird-o, but after you see him on the show you find out he's really a neat guy.
    
     It will be cool to go and meet different Cajun people in Louisiana We are going to stay with my dad's Cajun friend Anna. It is going to be an awesome vacation. : )