I gotta admit, I feel kinda irresponsible. Why, you ask? Because it’s been a whole 20 days since my last blog post! I’m so disappointed that I left you, my faithful blog reader and mother (if you’re not my mom and you’re reading this, please leave me a comment below to let me know she’s not the only one who reads these suckers) wondering what in the world has been going on in my life and brain the past three weeks! So in the next few paragraphs, I will give you a little peek inside my world recently.
First off, time is ticking away faster and faster every day for me. In less than a month, I will be moving to Kansas City, Missouri, where I will begin my first semester at the International House of Prayer University! The excitement is building with every second that passes, and no words can describe how much I wish these next few weeks would both fly by crazy fast and go as slowly as molasses at the same time. I really want to get out there and begin this new chapter in my life, but I also want to savor every moment I have at home with my family and friends.
Next, Pop’s SURPRISE 70th birthday party! My crazy and equally amazing grandmother decided that she would throw a surprise 70th birthday party for my grandfather. Doesn’t sound like that big of a deal until you hear that there were over 160 people there and she prepped, catered, organized, and set up the whole thing. On top of that, the party was at their house! The same house that my retired grandfather is in day in and day out. How we did it, I don’t know, but we managed to pull this HUGE party off while still keeping it somewhat of a surprise. It was a crazy couple weeks of secret prepping, some fibbing, and LOTS of prayer! But, the party was a success and Pop loved it! Praise You, Jesus!
Lastly, VBS! My best friend Clare heads up Vacation Bible School at a chapel down the road from her house every year, and I am so blessed to be a part of it! In the past, I’ve been assigned to a specific age group to lead from station to station throughout the day (crafts, Bible lesson, games, etc.). I really enjoy doing this because I grow close to the kids and get to pour myself into their lives for five days straight! This year, however, I was needed as a fill-in for teaching the Bible lesson to each age group attending VBS on Monday. So, I got props and a lesson, and I had to teach it five times in one day, once to each age group. I was pretty nervous because I wanted to make sure that I would be able to keep their attention and show them how awesome our God is. I really wanted to know that what I said wouldn’t just go in one ear and out the other as the kids were thinking about moving on to crafts or snack time. I didn’t take this responsibility lightly, and I was so honored that my friend entrusted me with this task. I wanted God’s Word to come alive in their hearts so that they would want to know Him more. Looking back, I think it went really well. I pray that the words I spoke caused the kids to know God in a new and deeper way and to realize how much He loves them and cares about them. Tomorrow, I go back to the Bible lesson, but this time as a teacher’s aid to do sound effects and other various stuff to make the Bible story come alive. After that, I’ll probably end up back with the 3rd and 4th graders (where I was today) for Thursday and Friday. But, even if I don’t, I know that He’ll place me where I’m supposed to be.
So, there you have it. I don’t really know what else to say, so I’m just gonna say goodbye and indulge in the rice cake with peanut butter and jelly on it that I made almost hour ago.
May the Lord bless you and keep you!