Saturday, June 28, 2008

Another Update

I've been a lot of things this week.
I've been a teacher, a pillow, snack lady, cookie lady, a horsey, a piggy-back ride giver, a "nurse," a discipliner, a line-keeper, a singing leader, a bathroom moniter, a nose wiper, a tushy wiper, a block and plato player, a 2 minute showerer, a roommate, a teammate, a tourist, a gaurder of stuff, a water giver, a baby-sitter, a friend, a listener, I've been HOT, happy, sad, busy, tired, exhausted, excited, peppy, everything you can possibly imagine.

Israel is great. The missionaries and their kids are doing extremely well. And I am blesssed to be here. I wish I could explain everything that I've experienced in these few short days, but I can't wait to catch up with you and all and show you pictures and explain everything to you when I get home. That's about all I can write for's after midnight and I need to get to bed! Hope this is coherent.
Much love.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Made It and Made the News

Hey everyone. It's a blessing to be able to make this post and let you all know what's been happening the past fews day. I am here in Israel. We made it! But we've had a few adventures along the way. Before even leaving LAX we had a man removed from our flight. He had cursed out another passenger so they asked him to leave the plane. When he refused, they had security come and remove him and his wife--when the security gaurd touched his wife, the man started screaming and jumping at the officer. It was quite an ordeal. It even made the 6 o clock news. Other than that the trip was uneventful, we even got all our luggage and got to see the orthodox people saying their prayers--a very cultural experience.

Yesterday we finished out set up and greeted missionaries and even got to hear Isreali music (and dancing). We had a blast. It is a blessing to be here and to see all the missionaries. We are thankful for the rest we had yesterday and today because the craziness will start tomorrow with the kids. So please pray.

I wish I could say more, there is so much to describe and to say, but time will not allow. God is good and I can't wait to tell you all I am already learning.

Sabot Shalom!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Palm Springs and Israel :)

I can't believe the time has come. It seemed so far away, and now it's here! Two years ago when I heard the next missionary conference was set to be in Israel, I only dreamed of the chance to go. It feels like it's been two months, but now two years later, here I am just days from my departure. With so much happening and so much to be done before I leave, I didn't think the day would come. I leave on Wednesday, June 18. My sister and her husband Caleb leave for Uganda just one week after me! It's almost unreal.

Please pray for me, the next few days will be very busy. Tomorrow I will take a group of graduating high school girls to Palm Springs for the weekend as as part of the Resolved Conference. Then I will work on Monday and Tuesday of next week and fight airport traffic on Wednesday morning--final destination--Tel Aviv!

I praise God for this chance to go to Israel. I am so privileged, humbled, and honored to be part of this team that will do our best to serve our missionaries who are all over the globe.

I know this weekend at Resolved is going to be refreshing, encouraging, challenging, and help to set my heart and mind right even before I leave for my STM trip. I can't wait to give you all a full report when I get back of how God worked over there and also what he did in my life over the few weeks I'm away.

I will try to be on email periodically, so feel free to contact me, I'd love to hear from you.

Friday, June 06, 2008

A Cure For Discouragement

This is such a common song, but I've never before looked at the words in this way. And when I did, it was a great encouragement to my weary soul!

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heav’n and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant Friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

“Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Top 5

I have to do this because a bunch of my friends did. :)

5 Things I can't Live Without Under $5
1. Lip gloss
2. Trader Joe's bbq chicken pizza
3. Q-tips
4. Dental floss
5. Lotion

5 Favorite Movies
1. Princess Bride
2. Goonies
3. Girls Just Want to Have Fun
4. Clue
5. Summer Magic

5 Songs I Could Listen to Over and Over Again
1. Blessed Be the Name of the Lord
2. Before the Throne of God Above
3. Valley of Vision
4. Our Song
5. My Girl

5 People Who Have Influenced Me in a Positive Way
1. Alair (my sister)
2. Kim Maxwell (my discipler in jr. high)
3. Ryan Glenn (my former gymnastics coach)
4. Rick Holland (my former pastor)
5. Sandi Luciano (my best friend)

5 Items in My Purse at All Times
1. Wallet
2. Keys
3. Mini Bible
4. Sunglasses
5. Mini day planner

5 Events That Have Changed My Life Forever
1. My salvation
2. My mom's cancer
3. Quitting gymnastics
4. Spending 6 months in London
5. Missions trips
6. First relationship
7. Highschool staff
8. Sister's marriage
*Sorry I had to do more than 5 :)