Sunday, July 17, 2011

Teach me Lord to Wait

I remember my elementary days in which every year I participated in a cross country race.  I will never forget that rush of adrenalin as my friends and I lined up on the white line.  My shoe laces had been tied extra tight by my father.  My friends and I were all talking smack about who would win the prized trophy.  Then, the gun was raised into the air...

On your mark, get Set, go!!! 

Then the gun would fire into the air.
Every year it would of my friends or I would start before the gun fired.  Filled with excitement the rest of us would follow behind, until we were all called to the starting line, and we were told to wait!

I then remember my high school days on the track team.  Time after time sprinters were disqualified for false starts.  Although they may have come in first place...they were disqualified all because they did not wait!
This entire week God has been emphasizing the point of Patience to me.  It seems like every day in my quiet time with God..He gave me a verse showing me the importance of waiting...waiting on the Lord.
Just this morning I came  across this poem:

God's time is never wrong,
Never too fast nor too slow;
The planets move to its steady pace
As the centuries come and go.

Stars rise and set by the time,
The punctual comets come back
With never a second's variance,
From the round of their viewless track.

Men space their years by the sun,
And reckon their months by the moon,
Which never arrive too late
And never depart too soon.

Let us set our clocks by God's
And order our lives by His ways,
And nothing can come and nothing can go
Too soon or too late in our day.
- Annie Johnson Flint

At times I jump the gun, I get excited and try to make decision on my own.  Yet, every time I do, I fail. This past week, God has truly shown me time and time again through His Word to simply wait.  
There are no dates in His fine leisure.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

My Mom

 Yesterday, my family and I celebrated the birthday of a wonderful and amazing woman.  A woman that I have the privilege of calling my mom.  This woman means the world to me.  She is my first memory and inspiration.  When I look at my mother I see all that I long to be one day as a wife and mother. Every day I see how selfless she truly is.  Never thinking of her own desires and her own wishes.  She gives of her time, money and her self to others.  Not only is she selfless but also she is genuine and sincere.  Today, so many people are fake, they say one thing but do the opposite.  On the other hand, every day I see my mom live out the life she strives to teach me to live out.  She teaches me to stay close to the Lord, to pray, read my Bible, and put God first in my life.  I then can sit back and watch as she lives out each of those areas in her own life. 
If I had one word to describe my mom, I guess it would be my role model.  You see, I have big plans for my future life.  I want to be a pretty amazing woman someday  I want to touch people lives all around me, I want to be an incredible wife and mother.  When I look at mom- she is all I long to be!
Happy Birthday to the Woman who is all I want to be!
From: the little girl who is still following in your footsteps.  

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Independence Day

Independence Day was celebrated this year by traveling to Shipshewana where my family and I enjoyed shopping, eating, and simply being together.  After walking around to the many different vendors we traveled to a friends house where we had a BBQ.  Although I have no pictures to prove from it, we had such an enjoyable time together.  We spent many hours sitting around the living room simply laughing and rehearsing old memories together.

You don't choose your family.  They are God's gift to you, as you are to them.  ~Desmond Tutu

A moment lasts all of a second, but the memory lives on forever.

When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.  ~Joyce Brothers

Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.

To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.  ~Barbara Bush

Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.  ~Anthony Brandt

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Summer Happenings

Can you believe it is July already! The month of June seems to have flown right by me.  However, I have enjoyed every moment of my busy summer.  This is the most busy summer that I can recall.  But in the mean time I try to find a little bit of time to hang out with some of my favorite people: 

I also celebrated my 21st birthday! Yes, I truly feel old now! 

 And now that I am "old" I get the awesome priviledge of being able to work with the youth in my church.  My focus is more on the 7-8th grade girls.  I have had so much fun working along side of these young people.  This last week we had our first activity of the summer.  We went Frisbee golfing! Even though we were being eaten alive by the mosquitoes, we had such a great time.  I really enjoy working with these girls.  I hope to truly impact even just one of these girl's lives.

Not only do I get to work with these young people in the youth group, but also this next semester I am going to be student teaching these junior high kids.  I am going to be teaching 7-8th American Republic as well as 12th grade Speech.  I am so excited to actually put my education to use and stand before a classroom!  This big responsibility has greatly added to my business this summer.  Every spare moment I have I have been making visuals, games, and anything else to add to my teaching.  I know teaching will be a lot of work for me, however, I simply can not wait!