Friday, July 30, 2010

And The Birds Sing ♥

So, these past few days have been a little rough, I'm not gonna lie. A lot has happened. But, I'm not going into details about that. What I will say is this: God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good. There's a little bit of joy... a little bit of happiness in every single day. There's a reason to smile, a reason to laugh, and a reason to be happy. Sometimes it's harder than others, but those are the days we should look the hardest. The happy spots aren't always huge and noticeable, sometimes it's the small, everyday things. The things that all of us share, and that hold us all together. If anything, we should be glad because we are loved, and accepted, unconditionally by an all-knowing, all-loving Daddy. We're blessed... so blessed. I heard this song for the first time the other day. You should go listen to it, I think you'll like it!

And The Birds Sing

Sunshine came out today
And it's shining all over the world
Shining all over the world

Sunshine came out today
And it's shining all over the world
On every man, woman, boy, and girl

And it sure feels fine
When the sunshine shines
It warms your skin
And your soul within

And the birds sing
Do do do do do do do
Do do do do do do do
Do do do do do do do do

The poor man and the millionaire
Both share the oak tree's shade
Not stressing over money made

The preacher and the atheist
Both jumping in the ocean waves
Today they both feel saved

And it sure feels fine
When the sunshine shines
It warms your skin
And your soul within

And the birds sing
Do do do do do do do
Do do do do do do do
Do do do do do do do do (x2)

Said what you gonna do when the clouds come
You're gonna hold your head high
Said what you gonna do when the storms come
Keep your eyes to the sky
And I'll tell you why

Cause one day the sunshine will shine again
Shine all over the world, shine all over the world
One day the sunshine will shine again
Shine all over the world, on every man, woman, boy, and girl

And it sure feels fine
When the sunshine shines
It warms your skin
And your soul within

And the birds sing
Do do do do do do do
Do do do do do do do
Do do do do do do do do...

~Tyrone Wells


Monday, July 26, 2010

Why is it that when we're five, everything comes so easy? Kids will talk to anyone, honestly, about anything. Kids don't judge you based on how you look, or speak, or anything like that. Life is so easy through their eyes. They trust that they'll be taken care of, no matter what. They love unconditionally. Kids don't care if you're supermodel thin, or if you wear the right clothes. They see you as you are, for who you are. What is it that makes that difficult as we grow up? Why do we, all of the sudden, become too smart for our own good? I now understand why Christ said we should have faith like a child. It's genuine, trusting, and not over thought. Part of what is so astounding about salvation is that it's so simple. Why do we try to make it complicated? I pray I always keep the mindset of a child. I want to see people for who they are, and be accepting. I want to have that open, honest disposition. I want to keep that ability to see the beauty of the small things. I never want the ocean, or the park, or the aquarium, or the zoo... I never want it to get old. I want to keep that excitement that I have now.


Thursday, July 22, 2010


"Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."-Proverbs 31:30

I pray you will give me the grace and strength to be a woman after your own heart; a woman who fears you and has lasting beauty through all of my life. You have said I am made in your image, therefore I must be astounding. Help me to always treat your masterpiece with respect. I love you, Lord, and I thank you for the many, many blessings that I don't deserve. In your name, Amen.


Monday, July 19, 2010

God Gave Me You ♥

I've been a walking heartache
I've made a mess of me
The person that I've been lately
Ain't who I wanna be

But you stay here right beside me
And watch as the storm goes through
And I need you

God gave me you for the ups and downs
God gave me you for the days of doubt
For when I think I've lost my way
There are no words here left to say, it's true
God gave me you

There's more here than what we're seeing
A devine conspiracy
That you, an angel lovely
Could somehow fall for me
You'll always be love's great martyr
I'll be the flattered fool
And I need you

God gave me you for the ups and downs
God gave me you for the days of doubt
For when I think I've lost my way
There are no words here left to say, it's true
God gave me you

On my own I'm only
Half of what I could be
I can't do without you
We are stitched together
And what love has tethered
I pray we never undo

God gave me you for the ups and downs
God gave me you for the days of doubt
God gave me you for the ups and downs
God gave me you for the days of doubt
For when I think I've lost my way
There are no words here left to say, it's true
God gave me you.


Friday, July 16, 2010

Arnoldsburg, WVA ♥

(Fair warning: This is an extremely long post. I want to fit my whole 10 days on here, and a lot happened!)

It's been almost an entire week since I arrived back in the 828 from Arnoldsburg. I already can't wait until next year! This was my second full trip to WVA (I went on the full trip last year, and also a side trip in the fall, then full trip this past week!) and I absolutely love it there. I really can't put into words what it's like there. The place, the people, it's all so amazing. From crazy, hilarious Marilyn to sweet Ms. Velora Lane... it's a town like no other. I absolutely fell in love the first time I went, and the love has only grown from there!

We arrived on Friday (7/2) and decorated the church first thing. On our way in, though, we stopped in Big Otter and picked up four kids (JJ, Bell, Jess, and Erica) who stayed with us the whole week. After that, we unloaded all of our luggage. Women's belongings into the sanctuary, mens into the classroom hallway, where we slept. We moved the pews up every night, laid out our air mattresses, and slept. Every morning we deflated the mattresses, rolled them up, and stuck them in a closet in the front along with all the rest of our luggage!

New Life Baptist Fellowship ♥

After that, we went to the Y restaurant (no, not the YMCA, the Y is the name of the place... kind of like the snack bar for those of you in Hickory) to eat dinner. After dinner it was a team meeting and chill time until bed. Sweet chill time... something we didn't have the rest of the week! Saturday morning, we went to the Y (again) for breakfast, then went visiting the rest of the day. We were looking for new families and inviting kids to VBS. It was a great day! On Sunday, we woke up and cleaned up the church. Half of us went to Hillcrest (the sister church to New Life, the church in Arnoldsburg), and half stayed at New Life. I went with the group to Hillcrest. Our mission team lead both the services that morning. After church, the Hillcrest group went to Walmart (the only remotely civilized area within 45 minutes of Arnoldsburg) and picked up some last minute things. Sunday afternoon was the VBS kickoff at the Community Center! It went really well. We had a large turn out and tons of fun games and face painting! Our game was a relay race. Kind of simple, but they loved it (:






Monday began our week of VBS that lasted through Friday. Each day, we would wake up to blaring VBS music at 6:00 sharp, roll up our beds, and pack our luggage into the closets. At 7:00, we would eat breakfast. At the beginning of the week, we were assigned a KP (cleaning) team. We would alternate between kitchen, sanctuary, bathrooms, and classrooms during the 3 KP times (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). So you would do your KP duty either before or right after breakfast, which ever you chose. Each morning, the van drivers would run a route to go and pick up kids without a ride to church. Everyone had to ride at least one route, but I rode 3 :) It's fun to spend that time with the kids. I especially loved riding Sammy's route, because my favorite little girl Shyanna rode that one. I met her last year, her first year as well. She was in my class and we really clicked. She's really shy and sweet, but she won't be in church again until we come back. I can't wait to see her again, I miss her. Then we would have VBS from 9-12. I taught Kindergarten with a team of five other teachers (Sharon, Preston, Jordan, Sydni, and Lindsay). Each day, one person would teach a lesson, then we would go outside for snack and chalk/bubble time. Then we would come back and do our craft and music time. We would then take them out to the playground behind the church until time for final rally time. At 12, the route drivers would take the kids home, and we would do our lunch KP duties, including setting up for lunch. After lunch until whenever dinner was, we would go visiting all of the kids in our classes. Monday night we stayed at the church for dinner, so we could visit longer. Tuesday we went to Brenda's house for a cookout. Wednesday we ate at the church and then went to the 'Amen' Church (Arnoldsburg Community, the May's family church). Thursday we ate at Vickie's (Nan's) JJ, Bell, Jess, and Erica's Grandma's house. And Friday we had a final cookout with our team at the Lane's park. Here's some from our class at VBS:


Sydni, Lexi, and Jordan!

Lexi and Sassy!





Friday went a little bit differently than the other days. Friday, we had our lesson first thing, then we had water games outside! It was fun. Then at 11:15, we had a special invitation service in the sanctuary for everyone. One leader from each class was asked to go to the front to be there for the kids to pray and talk to you. My class agreed that I could go up. When I went up, a young girl named Allison Conrad came up to me crying and told me that she wanted to accept Jesus. We then prayed, and cried together for the next few minutes. It is one of the sweetest moments of my life, because I know that God used me then. To feel him using you is one of the greatest feelings in the world. After the service, we went down to the "crick" and baptized 9 people (not including Allison, because her Mom wanted to be there, so she was baptized Sunday). It was beautiful, and absolutely amazing. That night, we had a team cookout at the park with a campfire. We all sat around the fire and really shared our hearts and what the trip had meant to us individually. It was definitely a wonderful way to end a long and hard, but very, very rewarding, week of VBS! God is SO GOOD!

Chelsea and MK!




Saturday, we went White Water Rafting at the New River! It was SO much fun! It was great team building, as well as stress relief! I made so many memories that day!

Sunday was kind of sad. Actually, really sad. It was our last day in Arnoldsburg. We held our church service in New Life Baptist Fellowship for possibly the last time, because the church is for sale. After church, we went back over to the park for the baptisms of decisions made that morning as well as the ones made Friday. But right before the Baptisms, Nan needed to take Bell, JJ, Jess, and Erica home. It was so sad, and so hard to see them leave. They had become a part of our family that whole week. Most of the group went to the Baptisms while Sara, MK, Chelsea, and I stayed back to say goodbye. We all cried, and I miss them terribly. I cannot wait to get back to see them again! After they left, we had a huge hotdog cookout with everyone from the whole week of Bible School. It was fun, and we got to spend some time playing with the kids. Around two, we had to start heading home. We had a seven hour drive ahead of us. So we said our goodbyes for the year. It was hard, the people up there become so much a part of you and who you are. I can't wait to go back. That place, those people... it's indescribable. The work of God was great this week, and I can't wait to see what else he has in store!

Sara Nicole!

Lindy Jessica!

Mandi Jo!



Shyanna. I love you babygirl♥

Sara Husk!

JJ! ♥

Bell! ♥

I'll leave it with this song. It's our theme song, and represents everything we stand for:

We believe that we are never the same
We believe that we have life in the name; Jesus.
We believe though we have never seen
We believe and choose to follow our King; Jesus.

We believe that Jesus is real
We believe in the truth he reveals
We believe that he saves us from sin
We believe that he's coming again
We believe.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Happy Birthday Kendra! :)

Ello! So, I know I haven't posted in forever. I've been gone! I just got back Sunday night/Monday morning from a ten day mission trip to Arnoldsburg, WVA. It was AMAZING! I'll post more later, once I get all my pictures organized. But it was great, and God really moved!

The real reason I'm posting is because today is Kendra's Birthday! And I wanted to tell you what makes her so amazing! So here goes:

1. She's an amazing Christian mother! Sadie is so lucky to have someone who will always be there for her in Christ! I hope I can be half the person she is someday.

2. She's so sweet, and she takes time out of her day to talk to me sometimes. I'm so blessed to know her!

3. She is genuine. You can just tell by the way she acts and says and does things. She really loves her family and friends. And more importantly, her Jesus.

4. She's so stinking gorgeous! Definitely makes me jealous(:

5. She's my role model! I hope that I can be like her in her faith and her love for others!

The list could go on forever. Never forget how much I love you, Kendra! You are such an amazing woman and God is using you in awesome ways! Happy Birthday!!

Legs ♥

Thursday, July 1, 2010

I Am.


I am.

I am smarter than I seem.

I am accepted by the only one who matters.

I am pretty weird, but that’s okay with me.

I am important to at least one person.

I hope.

I hope that one day I’ll be everything I’m meant to be.

I hope that one day I’ll be a mommy.

I hope that one day I’ll be able to accept me for me.

I hope that one day I’ll make a difference to someone.

I pray.

I pray that one day cancer will be gone.

I pray that God will touch the lives of others through me.

I pray that I’ll find someone someday.

I pray that my tomorrows will always be bright.

I laugh.

I laugh because it feels amazing.

I laugh at myself, it’s healthy.

I laugh so that I don’t cry sometimes.

I laugh because happiness is bliss.

I cry.

I cry when my heart breaks… and yes, it does break.

I cry when I’m angry.

I cry when I can’t take it anymore, and then I’m okay again.

I cry when life is just too beautiful to handle in one emotion.

I love.

I love the way the rain smells.

I love the idea of being in love, even though it hurts.

I love being sixteen, and learning what that means.

I love being a daughter of the King.

I hate.

I hate arguing over pointless things.

I hate complaining.

I hate ignorance.

I hate fear.

I wish.

I wish I knew what was going to happen next for me.

I wish I were better. Just in general.

I wish people were happier more often than they are.

I wish people realized that life’s little things add up to life’s big things.

I dream.

I dream that one day, I’ll impact a child’s life.

I dream that one day, I’ll carry my own baby.

I dream that I’ll be an author one day… on the side that is.

I dream that I’ll grow into the lady God has planned.

I am.

I am not perfect, not even close.

I am loving my life.

I am trusting.

I am growing, and changing, and becoming who I’m supposed to be.