Friday, June 30, 2006

"Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit,
but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves"
~Phillipians 2:3
I have to admit that I have been suffering from a mild case of "poor me" syndrome over the past while. Sometimes life just seems to get busier and busier and gets to be too much too handle. Well, at Bible study this morning I suddenly realized what was wrong with my crummy attitude. I have been making it all about me. In my mind I was thinking that this is my life and I wasn't enjoying it as much as I thought I deserved. So as I was reading through Philipians 2:1-11 I was seriously convicted as I saw how Jesus lived His life. He emptied Himself and took on the form of a bondservant.
He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross. (Phil. 2:8)
Well that really put it all into perspective! I can be so selfish sometimes. And you know, I am finding that the more I serve others with a grateful heart, the more I find joy and satisfaction in life. True joy and fulfillment isn't found in a day filled with serving myself, it is found in a day spent serving Jesus and investing in eternity.
I guess that is a foundational truth but sometimes I just have to re-learn the obvious!

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Musical Blessings...
It was great having the Wissmann Family stop by on their way up to Canada this Monday. They even sang and played some songs for us. Our very own private doesn't get any better than that! If you would like to get to know this delightful family better, go here.
Jamming in the living room
We also had the priviledge of hosting the Dan Utz family at our house this week. They ministered at our church on Tuesday and refreshed our spirits with their sweet voices and servant's hearts.
Dan with all his girls...cheerful morning faces!
"Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth:
make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise." Ps. 98:4

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Vacation Bible School in Ponemah Minnesota

This last week I was blessed to be able to join a group of believers up on the Red Lake Indian Reservation teaching VBS. Our theme was the Lord's Prayer and we studied all of God's amazing attrributes.

Carli, from Michigan, sharing the wordless book with a group of children

My little buddies helping with flag duty

You never know how the seeds will grow that were planted. Pray that they would flourish and be fruitful in the lives of those precious children. Each one it seemed had a sad story to tell whether is was a divorce in the family or drunken parents or abuse. They really need the love of the Father to survive up there.

"...Be glad and rejoice: for the Lord will do great things."

~Joel 2:21

Saturday, June 17, 2006

The Best Dad in the WHOLE World!
I have been supremely blessed to have been given such an amazing father. He loves and honors God with his life and lives his life above reproach. He loves my mother dearly and serves her and us so faithfully and without complaint. When I think of the many late and long hours that he has put in so that he could provide us with a comfortable and cozy home, I am amazed and so thankful. He has always been willing to sacrifice his own comforts and desires in order to put others first.

One example can be found in the picture above. "Hate" may be too strong of a word, but Dad really doesn't like puzzles. The logic of spending hours and hours placing a bunch of small pieces of cardboard together and then eventually putting them all back into a box, escapes him. However, my mother really enjoys puzzles--because of the wonderful times of fellowship and togetherness that puzzles often encourage. SO, Dad, sat down with Mom and put in some pieces just so that they could be together. Of course he did make a big deal of it and we were all aware of whenever he found a match, but regardless, he did it and that was pretty sweet. So maybe that wasn't his crowning moment of self-sacrifice, but that is just one small example. Anyway, I think that he definately is the greatest dad in the whole world!

Happy Father's Day Dad!

I love you,

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Be Real

God has been teaching me about the importance of being consistent in my life. Not only in my quiet time with Him but also in my heart’s condition. So many times I know that I have given the appearance of a good “sweet” girl all the while my heart is in a nasty and dreadful condition. What hypocrisy and a stench it must be to God—it is nothing but noise.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. (1 Cor. 13:1)

“God needs me to be real. He can’t change me into someone I am already pretending to be.” ~Jim Newsom