Monday, October 31, 2011

Why, Oh Why can I not comment on someone's post

I have tried to comment on several post but it will not let me! Has something to do with select the profile option. Help!

Friday, October 28, 2011


Hello family!

As most of you know I am going to Cambodia! Definitely not what I was expecting but I will say I am quite excited to see what the Lord has in store! While we are in Cambodia, we will be working with the long term YWAM missionaries there. Our focus while there will be mainly on the sex-trafficking district there. My hope is that we will get to work with the children who have been caught in the sex trade.

It has been a gruesome few weeks learning about the sex-trade and its horrors. Children as young as 5 years old are being sold into it. My heart is breaking for those children. It is a horror that I never fully understood or even knew about. It is quite sickening the more I learn. I ask that everyone begins praying now for my team and I. It is going to be a very difficult outreach, especially when facing the men who buy these poor children.

God has really been teaching me a lot about His justice and mercy and love. His justice is unlike ours. We are not going over there to convict and condemn the men who are buying. I am learning so much about God's heart, and He longs to bring those men into close relationship just as much as He longs for the victims. He deserves to have all come to Him because He paid the ultimate price for each and ever single one of us. I ask for prayers that we will be able to see these men as God sees them, and that God's love for all people will just overflow to everyone we come into contact with.

TCS Volleyball


Monday, October 24, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

Adding photos:


Never mind...I figured it out!

World Series!

Great first two games! Aunt Peggy is going to game 4 in Arlington.

Aunt Patty is turning 50 years old on October 27th.

I am going to see Emily next week if anyone has anything they want me to take to her.

Good Morning!

Hi everybody!  Just wanted to give an update:  Christianna's volleyball team goes into their last game of the season on Monday (an away game) undefeated!  The tournament will be held Frday, October 28 at Tricity Prep (off Hwy 89A).

The dogs have been doing great here at the old RV camp, however they got cited this past week after a grumpy (according to neighbors) old guy with a pot belly and no shirt pulled into the lot and yelled about everything under the sun while he was hooking up his RV.  Stupidly, I forgot to close the blinds in the RV and Christianna's dog saw him and went crazy!  You know how she LOVES men!  Anyway...she barked all afternoon apparently...I wasn't home to confirm that, but I have no doubts about it!

After profusely apologizing to the big fat grumpy man without a shirt (and his poor wife) I further humbled myself to apologize to the camp owners.  All is well and they won't kick us out.  But in order to keep the dog calm I have to run the fan and put in a video to mask any outside sounds that might mean there are other people that live on the planet.  Hmph.  Oh well...

Yesterday, while walking said dog (who by-the-way was going nuts over a new dog in the neighborhood) I was trying desperately to lead them up the hill into the rocks.  In order to do that one must duck under a tree branch that hangs in the path on the hill.  Well, I miscalculated its position and crashed my head into it puncturing a hole into the top of my head and leaving two other superficial cuts/scrapes as well.  I can't hurt.  Still does.  But I think as we get older our nerves must just be 'hotter' and therefore creates more pain than the wound really deserves.  Either that or my crazy nerves are still just very confused.    Anyway, I called Allison to see if I could stop by her house so she could clean me up.  After all the wound was on top of my head and I could not see it.  All I knew was that head wounds bleed in large quantities, and mine was not an acception.  Here I was, trying to get the two dogs back down the hill, blood literally pouring down my face, wondering just what these people (who were definitely looking at me and my barking dog) were wondering.  I never found out, because none of them came to help me.  Interesting, that.  Anyway, it is no big deal.  Actually it was kind of amuzing because I was just on my way to meet Cindy Jimison to help her buy things for Senior night at that afternoon's game.  So after a quick stop to Alli's I took my blood streaked head to the school to meet her.  I recombed my hair first, of course, but could not get all the blood out.  It just looked like I was trying out some red highlights in my hair...ha, ha!  My saga for the week.

Classes are going well.  Right now I'm just taking German and Hospitality Management 100 (one of those 100 level elective classes I had to take to replace all my art and music credits that didn't transfer...but it is actually helpful for my future plans on conducting historical tours.)  But two 400 level History classes start the first week of November - so the fun will really begin then.  But its almost over!  Yeah!

Christianna got to talk to that Jazz guy on XFACTOR yesterday...but that's her story and I will let her tell you.  Dan is still hot on the trail of any news that will disable the democratic candidates for the next presidential election.  But that is HIS story...

Anna, thank you for contributing to the blog...oh, and Joe too.  Everybody else needs to get on board!

Friday, October 14, 2011

New Picture

We need to take a new picture with everyone in it for this blog spot! There are a few ppl missing!

Joe in Colorado

I am in Colorado October 14-18th? not sure I may stay longer. Everyone seem fine up here. Pretty fall colors in the tree's

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A Prayer

Okay family,
I just really want to share this prayer with all of you. It is something I am committing to praying everyday. It is such a beautiful and encouraging prayer and I really felt the need to share with all of you.

Lord, I'm Yours. Whatever the cost may be, may Your will be done in my life. I realize I'm not here on earth to do my own thing, or to seek my own fulfillment or my own glory. I'm not here to indulge my desires, to increase my possessions, to impress people, to be popular, to prove I'm somebody important, or to promote myself. I'm not here even to be relevant or successful by human standards. I'm here to please You.

I offer myself to You, for You are worthy. All that i am or hope to be, I owe to You. I'm Yours by creation and every day I receive from You life and breath and all things. And I'm Yours because you bought me, and the price You paid was the precious blood of Christ. You alone, the Triune God, are worthy to be my Lord and Master. I yield to You, my gracious and glorious heavenly Father; to the Lord Jesus who loved me and gave Himself for me; to the Holy Spirit and His gracious influence and empowering.

All that I am and all that I have I give to You.

I give you any rebellion in me, which resists doing Your will. I give You my pride and self-dependence, which tell me I can do Your will in my own power if I try hard enough. I give You my fears, which tell me I'll never be able to do Your will in some areas of life. I consent to let You energize me; to create within me, moment by moment, both the desire and the power to do Your will.

I give You my body and each of its members my entire inner being: my mind, my emotional life, my will. My loved ones, my marriage, or my hopes for marriage, my abilities and gifts, my strengths and weaknesses, my health, my status (high or low) my possessions, my past, my present, and my future, when and how I'll go Home.

I'm here to love You, to obey You, to glorify You. O my Beloved, may I be a joy to You!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Hello family!

Hello family!
I am so excited we have this blog site now! I was thinking about making a blog to make it easier to communicate:) It looks like I was beat to it!

I have so much to share! I am not even sure where to begin! God has been doing some incredible things in my life these past three weeks. I am not sure I can get it all written down in one message.

I really want to thank all of you for supporting me in various ways so I can be here. I am truly blessed to get the opportunity to spend 3 straight months getting to know my Father and then spending another 3 months sharing Him with others who don't have those same opportunities. It so far has been the best three weeks of my life. I really want to thank you guys again. Ilove all of you so much and I miss you guys an awful lot.

God has really been teaching me to let things go that are no longer my responsibility, and move my focus on...strictly...falling in love with Him. It is one incredible emotional journey thus far. I have been learning to rely on being led by His Spirit, and trusting in Him, and taking risks. I have been learning much about His incredible unfathomable love. I have always had a lot of head knowledge about His love and I always knew He had this crazy love for us, but it hasn't been until now that I have been able to truly feel and experience His love. It is just insane. I have seen Him transform so many lives in such literal ways. I have been able to see, first hand, His healing power.

Friday, we were told our outreach options and we were told to go ask the Lord, on our own, which nation He wanted us to go to. Our options were India, Nepal, Turkey and Greece, or Cambodia. For some reason I did not want to go to the Turkey and Greece option. When I first saw that on the list it was my last choice. When we were dismissed to go ask the Lord which He wanted for us, I knew immediately which one He was telling me to choose. I was not happy because of course it was the Turkey and Greece option. I had so many reasons why I did not want to choose that one. However, part of what I am learning here at YWAM is listening to God's voice, recognizing it, and taking a risk and following what we believe He is asking us to do. I am also learning to check my motives with ALL my choices. My motives for wanting to go to the other nations on the list were all wrong (and believe me I checked a thousand times to be sure). My reasoning for the other nations were sadly not glorifying to God, and were in all honesty, only for my own selfish wants. I didn't have a good reason not to choose Turkey and Greece, my only reasoning was based off of fear. God was asking me to trust Him and take a risk with Him. Honestly it is very difficult because I haven't heard very many encouraging things about Turkey. I knew ever since Jr. Year of High school that I wanted to work somehow with Muslims, but now that the opportunity has presented itself I am very fearful for many different reasons. The lies of the enemy keep popping into my mind. Things like, "You are unqualified for this kind of work. Muslims are the hardest to convert what makes you think you can make a difference?" I know God can do anything and He can use anyone. I just really request prayer from my family and friends that I will stop believing the lies and I will trust the Lord fully in this decision. I am getting more and more excited but there is still that little fear inside of me. We wont know for sure where we are going until the end of this week. So it may be that I do get to go to one of the other nations. We will just have to wait and see. I am just learning to trust Him no matter where He leads.

Life here at YWAM always stays very busy. I enjoy it quite a bit. We do a lot of reading and discussions and listen to many lectures by many wonderful speakers. My favorite part by far is worship though. We have worshiped in so many different creative ways. Ways I would have never thought of on my own. People here truly live their lives in worship to God. It is so encouraging everyday! This morning we all worshiped dancing around like little children, laughing and singing. It was such a beautiful thing to be a part of. No one is ashamed to dance around or sing or shout for Jesus here. All the time I see people stopping in the middle of their work duty to pray together or sing a worship song to Jesus. It is quite spectacular:)

I have so many stories! I wish I could share them all in this one blog! I can't wait to see you all again thanksgiving! I have lots of stories I would like to share with all of you in person:)
I hope all is going well back home, and I would like to hear back from all of you soon! Please keep me and my fellow students in your prayers!

Ilove all of you so much!