Monday, November 15, 2010


Hey everyone!

Thanks again for all your support during my year of blogging. I would love for you to join with me on the new adventure I have started on a different blog. I believe this one is finished, I will continue to have it up, maybe update every so often so the blog stays online, but I would love for you join me on my NEW BLOG!

Consider The Whispers

please, please, please! replace this blog with THE NEW BLOG, consider the whispers, on your blog roll. That is much appreciated! Have a wonderful day, and happy reading!

xoxo carolyn marie

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 365...grand finale...

Today has been the WORST day ever. and yet, God is still faithful. that does my heart good.

I missed my piano lesson
I missed my dinner appointment with Alyson
I missed my one on one with Kelly, my RD

I did not finish memorizing Mark 14

I failed.

But God didn't. He still showed up. He moved and blessed our first WAVE service. I am so thankful. He is worthy. Praise the Lord!

I am looking forward to not having to do this everyday. It might be awhile until I blog again. I am super busy. But im sure God will lay something on my heart. He is faithful. Thank you for joining me in this journey. your support is such a blessing.

be blessed.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 364...paper...

I think I am going to not get everything done in the next two days. That scares me. A LOT. I have no idea how to go about writing this paper for Spiritual Formation, and I also have to memorize my passage for WAVE still. I know it, but I don't KNOW it well enough to stop looking at the cards. maybe if I breathe and let myself sleep on it. Then I will try again tomorrow. All I can do is try. *breathe* I can do it! GOD can do it!

I have an idea. memorize the verses. sleep. write the paper in the morning, all day, edit it after prop shop, and go to sleep. WIN.


Monday, September 27, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 363...the end is near...

the end of this year's journey of blogging is coming near. Wednesday I will make  my final blog entry for an entire year. I wish I could say that I am proud of every entry. I am just in awe of God's grace that I could complete such a journey.

Today I am suffering from a sinus cold, but PRAISE THE LORD! I am doing well in classes, getting to know my friends better and enjoying the love and support offered by Zachariah so much right now. Inspite of my physical state, I am joyful, rejoicing in the goodness of the Lord even in my physical sufferings. Now, talk to me after classes on tuesday, and you might hear some more complaining. I am in class all day, 11 am until 6pm. hopefully I can survive that. With God's strength I will! Praise the Lord! For he ALONE is worthy!

Tonight I am not going to band rehearsal. First of all, I don't have the energy to, and second, playing oboe will just be plain murder on my sinus'. Not something a vocalist can consider. no way jose`.


Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 362...lessons learning...

I say "lessons learning" because if I say, "lesson learned" that would imply I know everything there is to know about leading a congregation in worship. Wellspring has taught me A LOT about how to engage a variety of audiences in worshiping the Lord. This morning I taught the congregation the chorus of the song before we sang the song, that way they had something to look forward to through the new verses. They had never sung the song before. I wanted to introduce the joyfulness of "Sing to the King" to them. So, starting off with a little "repeat after me" we were off. I believe that God was glorified by our song. Amen!


Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 361...sabbath...

In spiritual formation, we have been discussing life planning. We have each come up with two life style changes we want to make. They are disciplines discussed in Mudhouse Sabbath. I have chosen to take a Sabbath from sundown Friday until sundown Saturday. The only requirement is that I must not do anything academic. This is extremely difficult. but I am getting better. Its amazing that since im sick, the sabbath continued into sunday as well :)


Friday, September 24, 2010

The Adventure Called LIfe Day 360...another week in the books...

well im whipped, wiped, worn out, torn up, totally annihilated. welcome to the weekend! Tonight starts my Sabbath of NO ACADEMICS. such a hard thing to do, especially when I enjoy my classes. I know, I know, totally an oxymoron, but I do enjoy them. immensely. Contemporary worship ensemble is shaping up to be extremely different, epic and just plain totally awesome.

The Drama department is hosting a conference this weekend. I am looking forward to seeing some performances. I love theatre. and words. and story. and words. a lot. I might just work on my story this evening. Its time I took another trip to Stone Ridge.


Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Adventure Called LIfe day 359...on duty part three...

im on duty again. yippee! that means laundry and homework time! woot! woot!

bible study tonight. im excited for that. it should be fun. Morgan and Ivy have been planning for it and we've been praying a lot. Im excited for that.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 358...arbor games...

Looks like another Arbor Games is in the books. We took 5th. YAY team 4!

We did well, our skit was fun, it followed the book, we did well keeping up with team 3 next to us. sometimes. lol. anyway, I did have fun.

Now Z and I are going to hang with Adam! YAY for old friends!


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 357...rain, rain, go away...

Today the sky looks very cloudy. I am anticipating a big rain storm.

Looks like I was right. Big lightning. Its been hot all day, but now its cooling off with a light rain shower. Z and I got all the way out to Mt. Beebe, but no stars. sad. But we did go on a walk! yay!


Monday, September 20, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 356...blessed day...

Today was glorious. I woke up, I went to Chapel to hear Tony Campolo speak. Then Zachariah and I staked out a practice room, grabbed some lunch. He went to class, I returned to my floor, hung out with some residents. Then I went to concert choir. Zachariah and I had dinner from Ada's and we sat at the Historical marker on the music building, enjoying an unseen classical pianist in the practice room we were lounging against. After dinner we wandered back to our Rez halls and got our horns for concert band. After band we both had staff meetings. Mine went really well. Just a couple of things to go over.

Zachariah texted me saying that Josh needed to talk. I called and supported him, I didn't want to infringe upon his responsibility but also his friendship with the man. I look forward to his good night call in a little bit. Until then I am going to finish putting up signs for floor events!!


Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Adventure Called LIfe Day 355...arbor games prep...

tonight we made preparations for arbor games. Painting, dancing, cutting much fun. And the three RA's were left. that's it in the end. Now its time to do homework. Not my favorite thing at all to do. That's okay, I am reading this really dry book for Spiritual formation. I am getting really mad at it actually. Something tells me I may have a headache at the end of this endeavor.


Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Adventure Called LIfe Day...out of control...

Why is it that I get so upset when things happen that I can't control?
Today DID NOT go as planned. AT ALL. *sigh* I need a good night's sleep. that's what I need.

I did get to take Zachariah to my hometown and show him the music hall and the library. We got books!! there was a library book sale, and it was fantastic!

now e're back at SAU and I am looking forward to tomorrow. Tomorrow I begin my stint as a worship leader. EEP!!


Friday, September 17, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 353...leis, blow up palm trees and dancing...

LOWELL LUAU was a COMPLETE success. I am proud to say that I am a Lowell RA and we rocked our first ALL CAMPUS event! Go Ladies! We had beach volleyball that turned into water balloon volleyball :) Then we had a limbo contest. I ended up taking pictures all night on Bri's camera. I had a lot of fun doing that.

Then we had karaoke. That was fun as well, and we danced. A LOT. I am sore! and exhausted. but I had lots of fun. Now Zachariah and I are reading for classes because we are just hanging out and also trying to get things done.


Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 352...on duty round two...

I honestly don't mind being on duty. I think it is fun to be the one in charge of unlocking doors, answering questions, just getting to serve the women of Lowell Hall.

we have floor bible study tonight, and Zachariah will be returning from a concert. I hope we can cuddle on a couch and read. that will be great.

got to go do another round.


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 351...something in the air...

Tonight Zachariah and I met with Pastor Kerry over dinner and discussed our internship at Minges Hills Church of God. I am excited that I could earn practicum hours while gaining extremely valuable experience. We got to design a worship space. I love it. The way the stage is set is very traditional, the communion table is the focal point along with altar rails flanking either side. The piano is off in the corner, not the focus, as it should be, and the speakers round out the space, on either side. I have to figure out how to get the piano into the system. I think it would be easier on my voice, I would feel like I don't have to sing over it as much if the volume in my face was turned down. Now I sound like a snob. lol

well its time for Deeper, I'm excited about that. Ron is great.


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 350...cardboard, video and communication...

we are preparing for arbor games. so much fun! There are a lot of girls who showed up to help! YAY! I am super proud of them. I really need to set up my floor event for this month. Maybe I will plan that tonight when I get my essay done for spiritual formation.

Looks like I will be not getting that essay done tonight. Zachariah and I ended up hanging out in the RA office which was good. I hope that he gets some rest. He has a grueling schedule.


Monday, September 13, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 348...three oboes...

surprisingly we all play well together. that's cool. Band tonight was I know, surprising right.
anyway, life here on campus is great. busy, but great. Tomorrow is my busiest day of the week, including thursday as well, since it is the same day after all :)


Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 347...lead me to the cross...

Today Zachariah and I started our adventure as worship leaders for Minges Hills Church of God in Battle Creek. We did an Offertory, "Lead me to the Cross" by Brooke Fraiser. Awesome song, the lyrics are really impacting.

Then we returned to school and we snuggled in his popasan chair for the afternoon open hours. I then went home and got dinner, and we met for Arbor Games. Then I went back over to Ormston for a bit before returning to my floor. I love living on campus, I mostly love the people, and just being able to sit down and connect with someone just because. I love spring arbor. and I love Zachariah. He's my FAVORITE!

The Lord has been so good to me throughout these last couple of weeks. He has kept me strong, and also provided support for me through my fellow RA staff, my floormates, friends, family and now the newest edition to my life, Zachariah. I know some of you may get sick of how much I mention him, but I am so thankful for his love and support of me. He is interested in seeing God get bigger in my life and also in his life. what more could a girl ask for?


Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 346...singing in the rain...

Today I woke up at 10:30 am, but I stayed in bed and read for awhile until getting up, doing some Zumba :) then hitting the shower. Zachariah called after that for me to join him on a Jackson run. He needed to go to the bank for laundry quarters, and I just love to spend time with him, so I went along...he surprised me with a stop by Starbucks and he bought me coffee. He is the best. Then we went to Playford and he got a couple of 1/4" cables and some guitar picks. We returned to campus and went our separate ways. I finally got a bowl of oatmeal in my system, then we met for dinner because his sister Ariel was here to see the concert. The whole day it POURED. off and on, but it mostly just RAINED the entire day. Needless to say we did have to run, jump and sing our way through the rain. It was awesome. I hope I am not going to get sick!!


Friday, September 10, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 345...short week, still exhausted...

This is friday. That means I have only had two days of classes, and only four classes at that :) Life is good, but im exhausted!! Having 26 freshman to be responsible for is exhausting!! so pray for strength. Ima gonna need it!!


Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 344...first day of classes...

Welcome to my seventh semester of college! YAY!! To think I only have three more after this! *sigh*. who am I to complain, this is the LIFE <3 I simply adore living on campus, being able to hang with people, and also be a part of what is spontaneously going on.

speaking of spontaneity. there is a dance party on BETA 3. they've got 15 mins until quiet hours start. they better be quiet after 11 or I'm coming up there!


PS happy birthday Zachariah. I hope you enjoy the cupcakes I made :)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 343...all hall meeting round 2...

the second all hall meeting is always so much shorter, but I am thankful for this, since it is coming at 10:30. We then had to hold our second floor meeting. Mine only lasted about 10 minutes! We did have a rather lengthy one on monday night. It looks like all of my freshmen are getting their yellow cards turned in, along with their roommate agreements and their emergency missing person forms. Its a beautiful thing to come home to a pile of papers stuck to my bulletin board!


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 342...anniversary picnic...

today is mine and Zachariah's anniversary. Five months. wow. I packed a surprise picnic lunch for us, and we sat and ate together on the ormston lawn :) Then we had to hurry back our RA duties.

I love this job, I love this job! I enjoy having a room to myself, but I also enjoy the freedom of roaming the floor without being tied to a roommate! So. Good.

Tonight is a floor dinner. our first one! I can't wait to get to know the girls better and find out what they are interested in doing for our first floor event. I have two ideas. I hope they BOTH fly. I want to do a fall photo shoot and then an off campus excursion to an apple orchard. But maybe I should wait for those to happen in October? not sure. We'll see!

returners moved in today. Its great to see everyone back on campus!! Deeper begins tonight at 9pm. I am super excited for that!


Monday, September 6, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 341...welcome to BETA ONE...

and so it begins...the chaos as begun to descend on the floor. I am super excited to get to know each of these beautiful girls!

The PA's are running around, getting all of their core group peeps their goodie bags. They will be meeting at the plaza at 4 pm.

I love this job, I love it! I am so blessed to be on this floor! It is filling up and I might slip out to grab some lunch. First to find where it is...


Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 340...calling...

Looks like Kerry is going to talk to the board this week, tuesday seems to be the day. I am excited and nervous at the same time. I pray that want to work with us. Its a tremendous opportunity. I am exhausted! But TOMORROW IS MOVE IN DAY! AH!

I think i shall take a breather. maybe a walk before our 7pm meeting. its the last one until our all hall meeting! super excited for that one...

just learned that I will be writing skits for our all hall meeting. awesome!


Saturday, September 4, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 339...brunch...

Its a glorious thing to sleep in until 10 am after waking up everyday at 7:30 am. I have thoroughly enjoyed training, but I think this late start is just the ticket. especially since Z and I have to get up early for church tomorrow :) off to the Castle I go!


Friday, September 3, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 338...TGIF once more...

Its Friday. This time its Friday ON CAMPUS! My floor is still empty. But I am thoroughly enjoying being back, moved in, and the people. its like christmas every time I see someone new. its awesome.


Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day of the field...

door decorations are up! that only took two hours. that is less than I expected :) I had previously made them and carefully transported them to school in a box. Now they are up, making the hall look less like a prison or hospital :)

again. im exhausted. ugh. but tomorrow is a little shorter. we have dinner as a staff, then we are free. im excited for that!


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 336...yellow cards...

I have conquered them. The yellow cards of BETA 1 are complete! It only took me 3 and a half hours. *sigh*

Tomorrow I hope to tackle putting up door decorations.

I am exhausted. Training is great, but I am just beat. time for bed.


Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 335...water slide...

yesterday Zachariah went on the water slide. That's right. The water slide. I think he enjoyed it :) At least he enjoyed me enjoying it.

Training is amazing. apart from waking up extremely cold this morning, today has been wonderful. I am tired, but it is a lot of fun to get to know the other RA's and learn about the job and what to expect.

Tomorrow we leave MICHINDOH. I am sad about that, but I think it will be good to get back to campus and get things done. the idea of doing the yellow cards is scary to me. I hope they aren't as bad as I picture them to be!


Monday, August 30, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 334...RA retreat...

today the Lowell RA staff served the SAU RA staff breakfast. We made pancakes and sausage. It was fun and yummy! Then we had a programming seminar. I started brainstorming ideas while Jeff was talking. I have come up with some pretty cool ideas. They are similar to things we did as a floor my freshman year. I enjoyed them. I want to revamp them some and make them our own BETA 1 traditions. After lunch we are our way to MICHINDOH for a couple of days. I love this camp! I am excited to get away. I would like to take some romantic walks with Zachariah. That would be nice :)

well, almost time for lunch. I have got to wash my juice glass, and a bowl from my yogurt this morning. I will report about our retreat later this week. look for those posts to be up late wednesday night :)


Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 333...welcome to Beta One...

My room rocks :) I am a single RA this semester, and I frankly. I love it! The room is great. I have my stuff on one side, and the other side is completely for my residents. I have a big black leather sectional, funky pink and black area rug, TV and DVD player. My fridge has some soda, and some chips and salsa, yogurt, vitamin water, you know, stuff girls like :) I am so excited for this year. The entire Lowell Staff is fantastic. The girls are looking forward to having the hall completely women. I am very excited for that as well. It looks like tomorrow we head to MICHINDOH for a couple of days. I shall post those blogs when I get back. I think I'll leave my computer at school. I am going to be on it enough for the next months. It will be nice to leave it. I think I will hide it and obviously lock my door and window. The Occupied sign should keep people out  as well. Well its after midnight, closer to one. I should get some sleep.


Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 332...on the brink of an awesome adventure...

I am excited. I would also be lying to you if I said I was not nervous, terrified, and super ready to GO :) I am going to move in to Spring Arbor BETA 1 tomorrow afternoon. I can't believe that its almost here. I think I have everything packed up in my car. I just have the couch pieces to clean and stack in the Tahoe left.

Just going to go finish up I guess. Zachariah moves back this afternoon. Its after 3 now, so I'm sure he's on campus, lugging his stuff up to O3! So exciting! I think he may be helping me tomorrow :) he's such a nice boy!

Its been a wild summer. God has taught me a lot. I have SO MUCH more to learn. Praise the Lord! Here is to a wonderful, exhausting, challenging fall that is ahead of me. Good thing I've got my Jesus to walk with and hold on to! <3


Friday, August 27, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 331...TGIF plus pictures...

Thank Goodness It's Friday!

That means I only have one more FULL day left. until I PACK UP and MOVE OUT for The Arbor :) I am so excited to begin RA training this coming week. I have a lot of preparation in moving ahead of me. I am almost completely packed. I have been putting boxes together, most of them quite practical to where I just need to put them on a shelf somewhere. The only one I really am going to "unpack" is a big box of books and desk supplies. The others are mostly storage boxes for dishes, laundry stuff, tea and coffee supplies, a crate of DVD's, a crate of books and of course my knitting basket!

I am also trying to decide what to do with this idea floating around in my head. I want to take pictures of the roommates on move in day. Then I want to get them put up on their doors ASAP. I think that would be cool, then I want to take a floor picture at our first floor meeting. I want to begin creating memory momentos from the get go. I know that things get busy and people are not always together. It would be nice to get that started. I am also thinking of putting up a bulletin board and slowly filling it with pictures FROM the girls on the floor of things they have done together. I shall get back to you when I get a more concrete idea manifestation.

Today is also my father's 50th birthday! Happy Birthday Dad! I have baked a chocolate cake, which I will go frost in a hot second, and I have also purchased him a short sleeve button up shirt. I know what you're thinking, ONE SHIRT? My father only every buys WHAT HE NEEDS. NOT what he wants. So, I did only get one, but its something he actually WANTED. If I over do it, he won't wear them anyway!


Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day fitness...

So. as many of you know, I am a dancer. Zumba is the new program that I have discovered that combines Latin Dance into a fitness workout. Dance to me is the expression of my spirit and passion. It has been very hard to stay in shape while at school because I do not fancy running or the weight room. This program has answered my prayers and cries for dance fitness! I have stayed flexible and strong, but the pounds have slowly crept up on me. I need to lose twenty pounds. 20. that's A LOT. but I am setting a goal of 10 pounds by Christmas. I think this is a healthy goal, and most importantly A REALISTIC goal. There is nothing like disappointment in the weight department of a woman. I would even be happy with 5, if I trimmed, slimmed and toned up my core. I would be happy with that. I just want to be leaner, stronger, and healthier as I transition to adulthood. I want to take care of myself, so I can be there when it counts. If I present a tired, flabby, saggy self, then I will not be the joyful, strong and graceful woman that God has created me to be.

Thank you for all of you out there who support me in the endeavor. Thanks to my fellow wellspring teammates who cheered me on for my morning exercise. Its stuck you guys and I have noticed that I do not run out of energy half way through the afternoon (2 or 3 pm crash) like I used to. thanks!

I planned on learning the steps after dinner, but instead my Dad asked me to come pick up a car with him. He is going to fix it for a friend, and needed a ride. I said sure, and for some reason, its TOMORROW that he is supposed to pick up the car :) So instead, since we were in the area, we visited our old house. I haven't seen it since we left in '96. I was SEVEN. It looks a lot different, but it brought me back. It was a cool thing to share with my Dad before I leave this weekend.

Things are changing fast in my life. I am growing up, becoming financially independent of my parents (slowly, but surely) and I have a steady boyfriend, I only have a little school left, and I am super excited to see where God takes me next. This following Jesus thing is hard, its rough, its narrow, but its the BEST, more wonderful, amazing thing I have ever done!


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day and lyrics...

For some reason, I am not good at putting BOTH music AND lyrics together. Zachariah and I began writing a song, and we had a basic chord progression down for the verse, chorus and bridge. but no lyrics. I couldn't come up with anything other than that it had to be folkie. wow.

now i seem to have insomnia. I can't sleep. This hasn't happened to me in awhile. idk what to do. hope I can at least get some z's. peace.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 328...zumba...

I have just been sucked in by an infomercial. Have you ever watched an infomercial and thought to yourself, "Hmmm, this has to be the best thing i've seen out there for what I want to do..." ? Well. I at least have a couple of people in my life who absolutely LOVE Zumba. Greg Martin, a youth pastor in Clarkston, and leader of Righteous Mission raves about it. He claims to have lost 30 lbs and loves the classes. Well, since I am a dancer by passion and trade, I think a workout like this is just what I have been looking for. Now, you might say that I have been sucked in by their advertising. But the good news is, that there is a money back guarantee. If I don't love it, I just send it back for a full refund. great. So my workout will be here thursday. look out world, a new, slimmer, toner, sexier Carolyn is coming your way!

on a side note, I am going to be working my butt off today, packing, cleaning, preparing to enjoy a couple of days off with my boyfriend. Zachariah is coming to visit tomorrow. I hope. He has to work his tail off likewise. Here we go!


Monday, August 23, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 327...not so FANTASTIC sam's...

Have you ever had a hair cut, and the whole time you were really uncomfortable? Well, today I made the glorious journey to Fantastic Sam's. What ever you do. DON"T. EVER. GO THERE!! My hair cut isn't completely awful. It is a little bad, but its nothing a little time and my god-given curls can't fix :) I just don't recommend the place. EVER. :) Sorry if you work there. Get another job, somewhere else. They lady didn't wet down my hair, claimed it was easier to cut dry, psh! Then she messed up the layering, when too short, ugh. just a bad experience. I don't recommend it. at all. repeat sequence complete.

good news is that Zachariah will be here in one more day :) that makes me smile.


Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 326...make a list...

Today is the day where I sit in the middle of my room, envisioning all of my possessions and make a list of what I am bringing to campus this fall. As a lonely RA I will be attempting to make my room the place to be on the floor. I would post it here, but It would be really too long and I am sure changes are going to be made from now until Sunday (mostly add-ons :)

I think I will also vacuum my car. I know, I'm obsessed, but at least I come by it honestly. My father has currently washed and vacuumed his own vehicle and is now going to wash and vacuum my mother's car. I will most likely do the same thing in a little bit to my own car. Gotta love it.

Also, great news. Zachariah is coming to visit Wednesday. YAY :) I am super excited for that. That just means I need to pack, plan and clean on Monday and Tuesday. That way I am ready for Him to come and we can enjoy a couple of relaxing days before we return to the arbor. oh boy.


Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day independence...

Today we drove 165 miles to Lima, OH to drop my brother off at the University of Northwestern Ohio for school. He is going to school to become a High Performance auto mechanic. My dad thinks that Kevin getting to study racecars is just, "too cool" :) Well, Its the first time I've been to UNOH, and it looks really nice. I only met two of his three roommates and they seem nice. They only had bunk beds for furniture in their rooms, they have to bring everything else. I am surprised by this, but then again SAU is a privately funded Christian university. I guess that means we're spoiled :P

We returned home and watched the second half of the Bristol night race. Kyle Busch has done the hat trick! I really don't like his attitude, but I have to admit that he is a great driver. He won the truck race on thursday, the nationwide race on friday and now the cup race on saturday. Its never been done before, and now Kyle Busch has made history. Three wins in one weekend :)

tomorrow I get up early to go sing on the worship team for Brighton AG. I love to serve, and its so much fun to do at home!


Friday, August 20, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day mattress...

There is something simply luxurious about a change in your bed, of course if its for the better. this change is. The mattress is probably older than my other one, but it is not as used as my parent's old one that I've been sleeping on at home. This mattress is softer and much more comfortable. I should now not wake up with a sore neck and shoulders.

Things are pretty quiet around here. My brother is packing, he leaves for UNOH tomorrow afternoon. I am not sure if we are helping him move down there or  not. I hope we are, I would like to have an adventure to Lima, OH. That would be fun :) Anyway, got all my door decorations finished this afternoon! So exciting. Now I have to find a box to pack them in so they don't get bent or crushed. Now its time for dinner. I am not sure what I will do tonight, probably some more laying around is in order im sure. My oboe book came in at the music man. I shall go and get that tomorrow. That will be fun to get playing again!


Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day of the field...

Today I started piecing together door decorations. My Grandmother brought over a hot glue gun, so I should be able to finish them all tomorrow. WOW. I might even get the floor verse done as well. I am just way ahead of myself. This gives me the entire week to think about what I want to take and pack it up. I do need to relax, I have been running around a lot lately. We just went on vacation last weekend, then the first three days of this week I was in Marshall, now I am home. I should just relax.

I am looking forward to this fall. I get more excited everyday for this opportunity that God has given me. He is amazing. I am so thankful to be able to be praying for my girls by name now. Its really cool. So, relaxation tomorrow is on the menu :) goodnight.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 322...happy birthday to Z...

Because Zachariah's mom had a writing conference to go to, we were kindly asked to vacate the premises early this morning. We compensated by going shopping. First we took a trip to B&N where I organized my floor list. Then we adventured around the mall. I guess its a good thing that we did. We had an amazing encounter with God.

Minges Hills Church of God is inside of Lakeview Mall. We were walking by and Zachariah stopped to read the sign. Annoyed, I pulled on his hand, but soon the pastor came out. We got talking and then he dropped the "W-L" bomb...


yup :) turns out they need someone to lead worship. This fall he was going to contact SAU to look for someone. I have been feeling God telling me to not go back to River Tree. That I need to get out on my own, to gain experience. To GROW. and to follow his voice and his leading. I believe he may be leading me to Minges Hills. very exciting. the next thing to see is if it will count for an internship. that would just take the cake quite literally. If Z helps me, we could potentially have dinner at his parent's house every sunday

Then we ended our trip with a romp through Wal*Mart. I purchased a bedding set and some matching grown up curtains for Zachariah's newly cleaned room. He has never had a matching bed set that he can remember. I just found that to be awful and wrong, so I fixed that for his upcoming birthday :) I hope he enjoys sleeping in new sheets...I know that I do! So happy 19th birthday love. you are the best!


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 321...clean sweep...

Today I arrived at Zachariah's house just after 9 am. We made breakfast, yummy omelets. Then we went down to the basement and watched Becoming Jane. It is one of my very favorite films. I think Z enjoyed it :) Then after lunch, we began cleaning his room. Papers, junk, stuff that hasn't been used in a couple of years got taken to the trash. I was a little bit harsh, but as a recovering pack rat myself, I know what it takes to let go of things...patience and just saying NO!

So, we finished moving things around, cleaning like mad, hanging up clothes, doing laundry and getting things packed for school around 9pm. Then he showed me Carmen. SHHH! its a secret. its really just a work in progress. its a web tool for worship leaders soon to be available to all. I am so excited for him. Its wonderful to see the passion he has for music and worship, and people come together with his talent and interest in computers and web design :) Praise the Lord!

Now I am going to sleep. It is only 11 o'clock, but I am tired.


Monday, August 16, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 320...peace equals unmatched joy...

I am experiencing the word peace, like I have never experienced it before. This is not a peace that comes from deep within myself, it is a peace that has enveloped me. This peace feels like it has sought me out, found my silly blonde head, curvy figure and fluffy tummy and settled deep in my soul. Its finding its way out of me in rays of beautiful joy.

Pleasure. Now there is a word that you could use to describe selfish indulgence. Sometimes this is appropriate in someone's life. In order to pour out, you must be poured into. Smart self indulgence can equal a multiplication of pouring out. For example, by indulging myself and finding a quiet spot to think and hear God's voice, I am filling myself up with his goodness, wisdom and love. Then when I return to the world, I am able to pour out much more than I could ever offer simply just being Carolyn Marie. Pleasure of course can be a sinful indulgence. Pleasure can also be a very spiritual experience, and no, sadly I am not talking sex :) I am talking about the deep, soul satisfying pleasure that comes from caring for someone in need. The peace that washes over your soul when you see someone else's needs met is a pleasure that money cannot buy, sex cannot fill, and this world does not understand. Jesus came to indulge that pleasure of the father. God delights in us. He rejoices in our lives. He also loves us beyond measure. I cannot begin to understand how, or why. I just have come to accept the mind blowing fact :)

tonight I saw Eat, Pray, Love with my roommates, and it was wonderful. The film was okay, but I enjoyed the thinking that went on in my head way more. I know its bizarre, its odd, but God speaks to me during movies sometimes. I know, I'm crazy. BUT, he does okay, get over it :) anyway, this realization of peace has been a long time coming...actually its been more like a kicking and screaming process of accepting said peace...praise the lord he has been found faithful once more! I am experiencing peace in my life amidst the chaos and stress of this adventure called life.


Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 319...back to hartland-land...

I am back in Hartland-land. We had everything unpacked and put away with a load of laundry put in, in less than a half an hour. My mom rocks.

I've been conversing off and on with my parents about the possibility of moving out next year. If I can find dependable full time employment, and If God answers me and says that I should not do Well Spring, and that I should not be an RA again, then yes. That is what I will do.

Im tired. Looks like I am calling it a night early.


Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 318...sandcastles and deep water...

Carolyn Marie for another day full of Adventure here in Caseville, MI. Cheeseburger fest is in full swing and we took a little walk into town this afternoon. We stopped by the souvenir shop, I got a new cowboy hat, and my dad found a tank top and my brother got some really cool shades.

I have been enjoying the lake the whole time we have been here, but in this sticky humidity and blistering heat, I am sure grateful for the water. There is a sand bar about 50 yards from the beach. Another 50 yards from that is where I can't touch the bottom anymore. Its pretty shallow, and I love to just swim and float around. My aunt jan is thinking of training for a triathlon, so she has been perfecting her freestyle stroke :)

Tomorrow we leave in the morning to return home. I am excited to get back home, but I am sad to leave this paradise. Being with family is lots of fun. I love them all. very dearly.


Friday, August 13, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 317...cheeseburger in paradise...

(singing in a melancholy, sappy voice) "Brew Moon, you saw me standing alone, with out a dream in my heart, without a love of my own...."

This is adventurer Carolyn Marie reporting from Caseville, MI, USA. Home of the festival known to the local and savvy vacationers simply as "Cheeseburger" and proud home of "Brew Moon" coffee shop. Internet Cafe is NOT FREE. but works very nicely.

Today's adventure begins at 0500 hours. the "boys" as we affectionately call them, (my grandfather, father, uncle and brother) all went fishing at 6 o'clock. All us "girls" awoke to their clamoring and did not go back to sleep. We roused ourselves and got to breakfast in town around 9. The place was an awesome down home diner with NASCAR decor (my personal favorite) and now we are sitting at Brew Moon, a local coffee shop. It was wonderful to get some internet to communicate with you guys. I will post more about today tomorrow. Now I must end my over priced internet session. Talk to you soon everyone!


Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 316...caseville is the new coolsville...

Adventure never stops in my life, as you have seen from the past 315 days of this blog. I am always discovering, uncovering, working to find answers and live life to its fullest. That is no different when I am on vacation. The adventurer in me never sleeps. Maybe that is why I appreciate Scooby Doo and the mystery gang so much.

My family has traveled to the bumbling burg of Caseville. Its the "tourist trap" of the thumb. It seems that we have arrived just in time for the Cheeseburger festival. It starts tomorrow. But our vacation adventure starts TODAY! We arrived at the cabin, only to discover is directly on the bay! I can see it, right now. I am sitting in the living room on the couch, watching the waves crash in on the shoreline. awesome. I also think that it is cool that we went on a boat ride. The idea is cool. The experience? not so much.

The pontoon boat we rented for 8 people was a 14 foot pile of junk. We had to wade out in waist deep water to get to the boat. Lawn chairs strapped in position for seating, and life preservers too small for any healthy adult, along with a dead battery started off our water expedition with true finesse. After a new battery rescue operation via ski-doo, the boat guy pushed us on our merry way. Then I got the bright idea to sit on the end of the boat. BAD IDEA. we almost sunk. My uncle pulled me back in, and then after we ran a-ground on a sand bar, my grandfather called the whole fiasco ka-putz. Thankfully, they got their money back. $100 an hour. WOW. just WOW.

Then we returned to the beach house and made a sandcastle. I found a silly hat to wear to make it extra fun. Dinner was quiet and easy, then we headed out to put-put. After we had a successful and fun, quite memorable game, we headed over to the basketball courts for some interesting backboard experiences. Then a visit to Dairy Queen finished off our first day in Caseville with a sweet note.

Tomorrow the cheeseburger festival starts. Things could get interesting here in Caseville. Tomorrow's report should be equally as adventurous....


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 315...preparation, agitation, look better naked...

Today has been very interesting to say the least. After getting up late, a long phone call with my prince, and a rush to get out the door to meet Grandma for lunch, we went to Barnes & Noble where I actually bought a book. I bought "Look Better Naked" I know, its sort of weird title, but I think that it will do me some good. I think cutting down my meal portions, eating more times during the day, drinking more green tea and water, exercising, and also just plain feeling better in my own skin will help me to be a better woman over all. I have the responsibility of a floor of almost thirty women looming in the not so distant future. As an RA I will be a role model for them all. I would like to "look better naked" :)

The time is now for me to feel good in my skin, not next week, not next month, not even next year. This is a chance for me to take charge of my body, learn to love the temple that God has created for himself. It is time that I fell in love with myself, my ENTIRE self, the way that God has, and a certain someone you all affectionately here me call "Z".

Here's to LOOKING BETTER NAKED :) wish me luck this could be it people! I will finally love my body the way I was created to!


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 314...books, books, wonderful books...

I love books. Books are such a wonderful escape, they offer an expansion to the universe. Story worlds allow imagination to be discovered, to grow and flourish, all within a neat little portable package. Anytime you want to go to Hogwarts, you just crack open a J.K. Rowling masterpiece, anywhere you are. Zachariah came and visited me today, and to start off our day together we went to Barnes and Noble. After a deciding on a coffee from Starbucks' we roamed the store, oohing and ahhing over books, movies and music that we wanted or identified with. I thankfully didn't buy anything except two coffee drinks. Then we went to Kohl's in search of a V-neck for Z. No such luck, but that just saves us $$$ :)

Back to the house we went, and then off to the creek for a picnic lunch and an afternoon of exploring the wilderness. It was super hot. I think we should have packed more water....then we attempted to play a composition I have been working on. It is for our principle instruments, oboe and french horn. Zachariah is truly a wonderful horn player, just a bit rusty at the moment :) I think I might try learning some viola tonight. I haven't picked it up in a few days and I would like to get pretty good before going to the dorm...don't want to make any one's ears bleed :)

well its almost time for dinner. Tomorrow we prepare, grocery shop, and pack for vacation this weekend. My family is going up to the tourist trap of the thumb, Caseville. Rumor has it that the cottage we are staying at is right on the water....


Monday, August 9, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 313...planning...

If you are not in a relationship, you may not appreciate this. But men do not plan. They just DO. That is a big difference between Zachariah and I. I plan. He does not. I need patience for this. I love him. I really enjoy spending time with him. I just don't like planning to do things when he has work and family to deal with. For some reason its so much easier at school! But that is just wimpy and unrealistic. We will figure this out. I am determined to do that.

Today we had a great day shopping. Or at least I did. I spent $16 at Kohl's but I got a skirt, polo top and sweater, all worth approximately $80. So I saved $62. Awesome. There is no other way to buy clothes. Clearance rocks!


Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 312...clean heart...

for some reason, i have forgotten how sweet God's unfailing forgiveness and love can be. I have been worrying about "having it all together" for my future. Today in service Pastor shared the following verse:

Isaiah 55:7-8 says, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts."

Thanks God. you are awesome.


PS two days until I see my prince :)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 311...clean house...

Zachariah has unleashed a monster. I have been introduced to Noteflight. Oh boy. Awesome FREE program. Then after a quick PB&J sandwich, I began cleaning my room, the bathroom and sweeping the hall and kitchen floors. I finished by steam mopping those floors. After I finished cleaning, I began to clean out my dresser and fold, organize and throw away clothes.

I am so happy! I have an ALMOST completely organized room...the closet is left. I need to find out what I have, what I absolutely need to get, and be pretty much ready for school. Awesome! PRAISE THE LORD!

So today I spent the hours cleaning, organizing, watching Star Trek :) and getting ready to leave. I just love not having clutter, or having stuff I don't use or need. I also washed my sheets, and hung out my quilt to dry. It smells like sunshine. my favorite part of summer. Laundry just smells SO GOOD.

alright time to call it a night on the internet. I have been on the internet minimally and I love it. Facebook does not control my life. and here's to it not doing so in the fall!


Friday, August 6, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 310...clean teeth...

This morning I got up, sort of dinkered around and then finally got ready to go to the dentist. (see Z, im not that mature either...) then the dentist went well, no cavities, and for only having a check up once a year, I am doing very well with brushing and flossing. YAY :)

So, another year of clean teeth. This some how got me thinking about how clean my mouth is. Is it an instrument used to build others up, or is it just for tearing down. I know I said I would blog on John today, so I am going to work on tying this principle in. Lord, help me.

The Word became Flesh.

Whoa. That statement in itself just stops me in my tracks. At first I imagined the idea that the book that I am holding literally became FLESH. Well, actually it really did. The Word is not just a book, it is a living, breathing being, existing outside of time and space. It is Jesus Christ. Wow. The Word became manifested in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the culmination of this Love Letter that God has been writing to his people since the beginning. For God to make it that clear, that blatant to the world, that His declaration of Love was so great, even the fact Jesus Christ walked this Earth was not enough. His declaration of love went to the Cross. Then Jesus conquered death, Hell, and the grave. The Word became flesh. Not only did God declare he loved us. He declared and still declares, through his WORD, that he loves us. Oh How He Loves us, beyond anything we could ever do to deserve it. He sent his SON to the Cross, to be the ultimate sacrifice and ultimate display of his Glory and might. The Word became flesh.

trying to tie in speaking well to others and GO...uh...Since Jesus was the WORD, and I have chosen to follow and give my life to that word, my actions and words should manifestations of Jesus Christ. hmmm. That works! Yes. What I say, should reflect who lives in my life, who is the source of my life.

I will continue to work through the first chapter of John for a couple of days. I look forward to this journey. Feel free to comment and shoot me txts or emails. xoxo


Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 309...goodbyes...

Why is it that I hate goodbyes so much? After taking Zachariah back to his house in Marshall this morning, his boss wanted him to come in early. So we rushed around and got him ready for work. I wasn't prepared to leave so soon. I froze up. I didn't hardly say anything to him. I really don't like goodbyes. Even if it is just for a little while. I really like having him around. We read scripture together, we discuss what it means and looks like to live for Christ, and to be a true worshipper, not just a worship arts student or leader. I really just enjoy his company. He makes me laugh, and makes me smile. He makes me believe in myself, and by the look in his eyes, I am beginning to believe I am the most beautiful woman in the world.

Tomorrow I am going to start blogging in the Gospel of John. I am excited to read another Gospel, I read Matthew this summer while on tour. I enjoyed it. I hope that you enjoy this journey with me as well. I have a dentist appointment tomorrow, then saturday I believe we are headed to the racetrack! super excited for that. Hopefully next week I will be able to see Zachariah again before we head off for vacation with the family next weekend. Our home is always open as a weekend get-a-way for him :)


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 308...closer...

Being together for only almost four months (next wednesday) has brought me closer to Zachariah that I have been to any other human being. I am not even this close with my Mom anymore. I wonder if it is unhealthy, or if I am losing my mind. Then I begin to think of the dozens of things we have in common or even in harmony with the other. He plays guitar, I sing and play piano. I am play oboe, and he plays french horn. He writes worship songs and is a worship arts major, I sing worship songs all summer and I am a worship arts major. He enjoys peace and tranquility so he can think, so do I. We both enjoy a good live concert. He enjoys digging into the word and also sharing the discoveries with others via blogs. I also enjoy that adventure. I am always moving, hiking, doing errands, and dancing...

I am taking Zachariah back home tomorrow morning. This "weekend" has been wonderful. I am going to miss him so much. But no offense, my love, I will get SO MUCH MORE DONE without you around :) You distract me so much.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day comes the sun...

Seems like the end of tour is really great for me. I got to stay on campus, visit marshall, and now I am taking Zachariah home :)

We have had a wonderful lazy day of pitching a tent, song writing :) and talking, lots and lots of talking. I think I can talk to zachariah about ANYTHING, and never get bored. Its amazing. Something about the way we just flow together is just dumbfounding.

I think that tomorrow we will hit the tent early, since I did leave my phone when we went to star gaze, explore a bit, finish that song we were writing and waste the day away doing absolutely nothing. Its amazing how much I needed the rest :)


Monday, August 2, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 306...marshall, marshall, marshall...

This morning I drove to Marshall to see Zachariah before he went to work at 3. After dropping his car off at the repair shop, we headed to Battle Creek. There we shopped at Target and Christian Family bookstore. I purchased a thinline bible NIV red letter edition. I even had my name monogrammed on the front. I like it :)

after returning to marshall, we grabbed Taco Bell and headed to his family room to play some music. Then his family arrived home from the Lake House and I gave Ariel her bag. Then time for work...It was a great day! Now I am chilling back at the arbor, going to be heading for home tomorrow morning, but I get to take Zachariah with me! He is off for the next two days and he doesn't work until 3 on thursday :) So GOOD!

I also got the Viola today, purchased some rosin, the strings and bow are still in great shape, so I tried it out a wee bit, I can get pretty good tone, but I'm awful at reading alto clef, I am going to have to brush up on that :)

here's to another day of adventure!


Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 305...end of tour...

Another Wellspring tour has come to an end. I am a bit saddened by this, but I do get to see family and gear up for fall semester!

I feel like we drove all over the place after our celebration sunday service at Clarkston United Methodist Church for Righteous Mission. We ended up in Novi at Mongolian Barbeque. It was my first Mongo experience, but it was great. Then back to campus we went. I am chilling here tonight, but I get to see Zachariah in the morning! Then I am kidnapping him for a couple of days...

God is so faithful. I am thankful for the friendships and great memories I have made.


Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 304...frisbee and soccer balls...

Today we left Bay Shore Camp. I loved this week. As hard as it was to keep energized sometimes, relying on the Lord was super vital, and that made it so. much. fun! God is so faithful. Every time I gave it my all, he made sure to give it a little extra so it was impactful.

I just bought a pair of Tom's Shoes! Yay! They are purple chords. I am excited.
I also get to see my boyfriend Monday, and life is good, we are being taken care of at Liz's house. Its been wonderful.

Luke has been giving me frisbee throwing lessons. He is just great! We played soccer, then they returned Jacob's soccer ball because he didn't like it. It was too slippery or something. I took a shower and it was wonderful. Now I am awaiting my prince to call...

The Lord has been so faithful this tour. He always came through and then some, even when I didn't expect it. may he receive all the glory, honor and praise. PRAISE THE LORD!


Friday, July 30, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 303...key changes...

Adam Davidson is the man. I love his constant modulations, and  he let us in on a wee secret tonight. I am super excited to try it out. Its a way of getting from the key you are in to the new key you want to play in. I would explain it, but I am just too tired.

Tonight after service, a group of us stayed behind and hung out around the piano for almost two hours. We just sat around talking and playing random songs...

well not its time to call the boyfriend. I get to see him in two days. :)


Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 302...t-bell run anyone?...

that is exactly what happened tonight. Billy Stone and Kyle Reif came to visit us and friends at Bay Shore. Then we had the grand idea to go to Taco Bell a couple of towns over. It is now after 1:30am and we have to play at 9am. oh joy.

that is all. I am going to sleep now.


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Adventure Called Life day 301...five days...

There are only five days left of tour. I am a little sad. I really, really enjoy tour. But, I am so tired. I wish that I had more energy, and more to give the kids. All I can do is participate all that I can, and always be available, even when I really just want to curl up on the floor and go to sleep :)

Last night with the Lord's marvelous provision and hand, I lead a little girl back to Christ. I am in awe of what God is doing here at this camp. We are playing a lot, getting really hot and sweaty playing awesome games with the kids, eating really awesome food, and being blessed all the time with great people to work with. I am just so thankful for this experience and this job. my life is amazing...

almost time for dinner, Liz and Luke are doing special music tonight and the rest of us, minus Jake, are singing in the choir. This is gonna be fun!


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 300...milestones...

I can't believe it! My 300th day of blogging is here! WOW. Looking back on this journey has been incredible. I would encourage anyone I know to keep a journal and just see what God has done in a weeks time, and in 65 more days, it will be an entire year! Wow. just wow.

Here at Bay Shore, we are living it up in the sun. This afternoon I worked the zip line with Jake and Eric. I am developing calluses and it rocks! I love asking the kids if they had fun, and of course what their name is. I remember going to camp and feeling like I mattered all because some "adult" asked me for my name. It can literally make a kid's week that you ask AND remember their name...

We play two more times tonight, yay for this job. It is THE BEST ever. I am so ridiculously blessed.


Monday, July 26, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 299..beach day...

Today the whole camp loaded up on buses (wellspring took the van) and headed to the beach for the afternoon! Lake Huron is beautiful. I loved it. Completely clear day, so I have plenty of color on my arms and shoulders. My legs are still miraculously white :) Tonight Liz, Marc and I are going to tabernacle choir practice! YAY! Adam is leading the choir, so I am excited for that alone, but being in choir is lots of fun too...

We don't have youth service tonight. But we do have a family campfire after Big People service. I hope it doesn't go too late. All that sun and water made me pretty tired. This is our last monday on tour :( sad day!

its been a great summer of manic mondays...


Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 298...sunday, sunday...

Today we play four times. Yeah, that's right, FOUR TIMES! We have played twice so far, so only the youth service, and the young adult service is now left. I am looking forward to playing for the college kids! Woot! woot!

I am having difficulty staying awake today for some reason. maybe its that lazy day sunday afternoon attitude I usually have at home...idk. This place is so relaxing and very beautiful. There is a boardwalk that goes out toward the shore of the saginaw bay. I am looking forward to seeing the sunset tonight. I hope that I can see it, we might still be in service, idk...

Zachariah is having a good day at work it seems. I am rejoicing for that! YAY LORD! Maybe we can skype tonight? :)


Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 297...record time...

We have arrived at Bay Shore Family Camp! YAY! We got here around 1:15ish, set up, unpacked, sound checked and started laundry all in a little over two and a half hours! WOW. we are good! I am actually sitting in our cabin, on the internet. I know, such a blessing! Today is Liz's birthday, so everyone wish her a great 21!

I don't think we are scheduled to play tonight, but I think we have a meeting to be at after dinner. I hope that doesn't take up too much time, I would like to get some sleep :) I may be able to SKYPE Zachariah this week. That would be fun!


Friday, July 23, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 296...another camp at a close...

Today is our last full day here at Covenant Hills Family Camp. We played GAGA ball as a team, and lost ALL three games :) Yeah Goldbond! anyway, we have mostly packed up all our of equipment, the boys are watching a movie with Phil, he came to visit for Liz's birthday, and then staying the night in the Meeting Place, simply because they can.

I am choosing to call Zachariah early, talk to him until a little after 11, then call it a night. But what a day it has been! We visited Sandy's house, one of Liz's family friends from church, and swung out over the lake on a rope swing (which I jammed my finger on, its fine, just a little swollen and sore) and dove off the platform and swam the afternoon away...Then she made us Lasagna for dinner with pecan pie or cheesecake for dessert. It was amazing! They have a white baby grand piano in their front room, it was beautiful!

Tomorrow we head to Bay Shore Family Camp. It looks like it will only be an hour drive. That is a welcomed change from the last couple of drives we have made :) One more week, then we are done as a team. Tour has been amazing. I can't wait to see what God does this week!


Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 295...on stage switch-a-roo...

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Today we did a switch-a-roo on stage. Marc sang with Marrissa leading from acoustic guitar. Liz played bass, both Eric and Luke played electric guitar. I played keys, Jacob played drums and Jake ran sound. I loved it! 
I am discovering that most of the team would love to learn to play a classical string instrument. I would love to learn Viola or Cello. I think Cello trumps it. But how to afford one, first I must master piano. Yes. That instrument first. Then the others. I love music! I shall learn, learn, learn this year. No excuses. I will be the best musician I can be. There are so many people to learn from if I would just ASK. I can just see a room in my house some day with a baby grand in it, a few guitars, a cello, an oboe, and a french horn. Zachariah can play the guitar, french horn and the piano. I can play the piano, the oboe and the cello. I have yet to learn cello, but that would be awesome. One of my life goals :)
Tonight we are giving a concert for the afterglow activity, just like the youth band did last night. I hope ours goes better. Their concert went well, but i did feel bad, their attendance was down and they had numerous sound troubles. I know our sound will be fine, I’m just worried about keeping the kids engaged. We just have to give it up to God, we aren’t playing FOR the kids anyway, we are ultimately playing for God! 

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 294...volleyball equals teamwork...

Today we, as a wellspring team, entered into the Volleyball Tourney. Jake, Liz, Marc, Eric, Jacob, and myself played the first set of games, winning 2 out of 2. Then Luke joined us for the next set and we only won 1 out of 3. It was fun. I like being active. Since it was around 3:30, I went back to the cabin, grabbed a quick shower and started memorizing Philippians 1:1-15. That is my goal this week. I am excited for this. The incentive is to either memorize it, or buy the entire team ice cream. I’ll take the memorizing thank you! 
Tonight there is a concert being put on by a local youth group band. They have a light rack and speaker stacks. Big time stuff man. We will have to see how that goes...I hope they are good. There is nothing worse than a well equipped band that isn’t up to snuff musically. 
Tomorrow we are going to help sand, prime and paint a fence for one of Liz’s family friends. Then we are giving a concert in the evening. Also tomorrow morning we are all doing a musical instrument switch-a-roo. Liz is on bass, Eric and Luke on electric. Marc on vocals, Marrissa on vocals and acoustic and worship leader, Jake is running sound and I am playing keys! super excited for that! May God be glorified in our fun :)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 293...walk instead of run...

So this morning I woke up and was like, "I don't think so!" It was EARLY! but I rolled out of bed, put my running shoes on and proceeded to WALK the campground. I ran *cough* jogged a bit, but for the most part, because of my cough, I walked very briskly and listened to some Phil Wickham. Amazing.

I am happy that I got up and took the time to start my day right. Then this afternoon after service and lunch I walked the whole campground. I almost got lost, but I had a wonderful 40 minute stroll with Jesus. I loved it. I think the routine of just staying active is a great way to feel better in my own skin. Losing weight would be nice, but as long as I keep moving, I will eventually see results :) I played frisbee with Luke, Marc, Liz and Jacob before lunch and it was great to move around. I know that I am not the best frisbee player, but I am learning to get over it, and just DO it.

Tomorrow I will get up and jog again. I will do this for the rest of my life because I love Jesus and he wants me to take care of myself. So I will to honor him.


Monday, July 19, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 291...get in shape?...

I have been out of high school for three years now. I have yet to discover an exercise program or regimen to replace my pom/dance days. I wish I could just keep doing that stuff to stay in shape, but it is so not practical. I am going to try running/jogging. Here is where the problem lies. If I can't do something well, I'd rather not try it if I know that I will fail. I am still feeling a little sick, so I know that really running is going to be impossible for a few days. To discourage me further is the idea that I will not be very good at it at all. I am not into mediocre results. EVER.

*sigh* I just need to take it slow and have patience for myself. This is something that will take care of my body, and help me to be a better minister, daughter, friend and wife and mother someday. I owe it to my Lord to take care of myself.


Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day camp number two...

Here we are at Covenant Hills Family Camp. It only took about two hours to get to the camp, just outside of Flint in Otisville, Michigan. Liz lives in the area, so we are planning on going to her house for some WiFi and home cooked food. I am looking forward to this week, I love the idea of relaxing, serving kids and getting to know my savior better. Here's to another great, relaxing, but ministry filled week!


Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 289...airplanes...

Today on our adventure out with Damon, who took us to Daryl's Downtown for dinner, we saw airplanes practicing for an air show. I have found my retirement plan. After a career leading worship, I will be a pilot. I have always dreamed of flying, and that would such a cool way to spend retirement!

I get to see my amazing boyfriend tomorrow afternoon. I am super excited. I miss him so much! We won't be able to see each other for two weeks. I am not looking forward to that, but I know that being on tour is where God has me for the time being.


Friday, July 16, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 288...end of a mission...

We had a wonderful ending ceremony. After our "concert" that really wasn't a concert, more of like an extended worship service, but whatever Greg, he loved on all the kids. It was so touching. He had something to say about everyone of the kids on the trip. It was amazing and inspiring for my ministry someday. I pray that I can learn something significant about the kids in my youth group and learn from them as well as teach them.


Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 287...its HOT...

Welcome to the hottest day of the year so far folks! This is a FULL day of work for the crew and I'm excited to see how far we can get on our building! Our ramp is a little over 50 ft long, and I think with our crew's work ethic we can do it in the next two days!

I feel better today. We have a concert tomorrow night. I'm nervous to sing. I think I will be okay.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 286...SAWS...

servants at work is an organization that works for people who are disabled and need ramps and special stairs for their homes. They are retired, for the most part, and volunteers who work to better and serve their community. My pod, along with Dave's left Third Phase today, and we began framing our ramp!

I am sick. But again, the Lord will prevail!


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 285...landscape specialist...

According to our site coordinator, I am now the landscape specialist of Third Phase...too funny!

We are DOING WORK! My Pod and Dave's pod have spent two whole days scraping the cement front steps of the house with garden hand tools. I am so impressed with their work ethic!


Monday, July 12, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 284...mission trip...

Today we are going to a job site called Third Phase in Indianapolis. Its a half way house. I am excited to DO WORk.

I do feel like crap still. But God will prevail!


Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day right turns please...

Today I went to Owosso Speedway with my family. It was a lot of fun, except the part when Troy made a right turn instead of a left coming out of turn four going along the front stretch. He had been racing like a mad man for the first couple of laps. It was crazy to see really. At first I was excited to see him race so hard, but then I realized that it could cause trouble. BIG trouble. and it did cause trouble unfortunately. He drove so aggresively that he cut off Don in the heat race! The aggressive move sent Troy hurtling into the front stretch wall, and then because he lost steering, he was sent flying into the outside wall of turn one. Awful scene.

My heart stopped, my hand flew to my mouth, choking back tears. I wanted to cry. It was an awful sight. I wish I could have stopped it. I wish I could have gone back in time and told Troy that he wasn't clear of Donny. ugh.

Then it proceeded to pour, while I was still outside. So drenched I ran back into the trailer to wait out the sudden thunder shower. It was a surreal day. I have a minor throat irritation and sinus pressure. I am going to pick up some Zicam so I don't get sick, just in case...

Timmy got out there for qualifying and it was beautiful. There is no other sound in the world as a Tech West Race Car...pure awesomeness...After the wreck, he decided that his head was not in it anymore so He didn't continue to race. My heart sunk. I wasn't happy. But I understood.

 back to SAU in the morning...


Friday, July 9, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 282...return home...

Today we said goodbye to the campers of the Junior High session of Camp Michindoh. I wish that we had more time. Part of me feels like I didn’t get to connect with the kids as much as I wanted to. It is an interesting paradox, being a worship leader, but not a counselor. I don’t want to over step the counselor’s duty and their relationships with the kids. I think they did a great job this week. They lead cabin devotionals and apparently they had a lot of questions about worship and what the songs meant. That made me really excited that they were getting into the songs so much that they wanted to know what they actually meant. That is an answer to prayer.
When we get back to Spring Arbor, I need to run by the office and see Liz for some admissions stuff. Then Zachariah and I are going to spend the rest of the day together. I am super excited to see him. We are sort of celebrating our third month together. He is amazing, and I am so blessed by him everyday. Praise the Lord! 
Thank you for another camp. Thank you that we have made it this far. Keep preparing us for this upcoming week. We need you. We need your grace, your love, your mercy. We love you!
In Jesus’ name,

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 281...relax down the waterslide...

Today is our last full day here at Michindoh...its kind of sad, but im excited to go home on saturday...we are headng to the race track. Tim Brodd, the racecar driver we used to race with back in the early 2000's. I am super excited for that. I am owe so much to my leadership development to the Brodd racing team.

I am going to spend the day with Zachariah to celebrate our 3 month anniversary. I am excited to for that too.

But I am still here at Michindoh. I need to focus here.

Allow me to focus completely on these kids, and on you. May I always do things selflessly. I love you. I am in awe of you.
In Jesus' name


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 280...renew...

Happy Three Month Anniversary to my wonderful, handsome boyfriend Zachariah! I am so blessed by him. He is an amazing man of God. I really really like him. I also really really love him too.

Being away from him is hard, but its made me realize how fortunate I am to have him. I am amazed all the time that he has chosen me among all the fair maidens in the world. it just baffles me sometimes.

The Lord has been renewing and recharging my mind this week. I am very excited to go on the mission's trip next week. I am also a little scared. I got stung by a bee yesterday and I have other bug bites that have flared up into allergic reactions. So far this summer the bugs are winning. Pray that they don't bother me in Indy. I need to be at full strength next week :)


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 279...recharged...

This day has been so relaxing. In the morning and afternoon I hung out with the kids, but right now we are just hanging out. I must have gone down the water slide with Brittany at least a dozen times, that was tiring. Its good that we didn't go out to Silos with the rest of camp. I needed this break. Hopefully Zachariah will call after his shift and I can remember what I wanted to talk about...


Monday, July 5, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 278...refresh...

This place is so refreshing. Praise the Lord! I am so grateful for this week of relaxation. We are still working or ah, PLAYING hard :) but we also get time to relax, like now for instance. I am going to go read my Bible. Such an awesome day.


Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 277...michindoh...

Spring Arbor University bought camp Michindoh as of June 1st last year. Its weird to be going to a place that "we own". weird. But oh so welcome. We are not counselors this week, we are just the worship band and a group of people who can help out with activities and such. Its a ton of fun to play music then just hang out with kids all day. so cool.

this week my posts will be again rather short. I plan on taking naps and digging into the word so I can survive our missions week next week! continue to pray for us. its greatly appreciated!


Saturday, July 3, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 276...michigan here we come...

we are making the long trip from Wisconsin to Michigan! woot! woot!

keep us safe. keep us sane. its a long trip. refresh us O lord. I love you.


Friday, July 2, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 275...almost there...

last full day. *whew*

You are amazing and so faithful. I am so amazed by you.
thank you.
In Jesus' name,


Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 274...pressing on...

here I am again, no energy. there are so many things demanding for my attention. Lord, speak to me, even in the chaos. I crave your voice and your love.
In Jesus name,


Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 273...exhaustion...

who knew that counseling junior high kids would be sooo exhausting! I am so tired!

give me strength. Let your joy be my strength. Allow me to continue to serve you at the best level possible. I love you.
In Jesus' name,


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 272...BIG...

This week the speaker is talking about how BIG God is. I am so amazed at how BIG God really is. unfathomable. incomprehensible.

May I never fathom just how big you are. Help me to express that to my campers. I love you.
In Jesus' name,


Monday, June 28, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day we go again...

This time I am a junior high counselor. I am not very good at relating to Junior High girls.

I surrender to your will this week. I pray that you use me as you see fit this week. I don't want to be doing anything selfish, its all for these kids and your glory. thank you.
in Jesus Name,


Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day makes perfect...

We are now on our way to Wisconsin. Its a pretty easy shot from Jake's aunt's house. It seems to me that Wisconsin looks like the other side of the lake in Michigan :) Only four more hours and we will be there. 11 hour trip total. It should be interesting. Sky Lodge seems like a nice place according to Liz, Marc and Jake. I am a little nervous about counseling middle school girls, since middle school is mostly blank in my memory bank because I didn't enjoy middle school.

Well, I am just going to trust God. He will need to show up this morning and all this week. Posts are going to be short. Counseling = little time extra :)


Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 269...saying goodbye...

Today we said goodbye to Scioto youth camp, and may lovely people. Ohio Christian University served with us this week, and we loved it! They were awesome, great hearts and great attitudes for the kids and Christ's service. We completely meshed with Cedarville Univeristy. They are a drama team, five beautiful people who were great to work with. We shared the stage with them, us playing music and they took care of sketches and skits. We loved it!

I am really sad to say goodbye to them, but I am also really excited to see what God is going to do through them this summer! Super awesome stuff I are now at Jake's Aunt's House and we are chilling and crashing for the night. I've got to wait up to do laundry. I'm going to call Zachariah now :)


Friday, June 25, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 268...come as you are, leave changed...

The theme this week at Scioto Senior High Youth Camp is Come as you are, leave changed.

I pray that God will continue to work in these teenagers lives. Tonight we had a prayer walk. The campers really enjoyed that I think...some of the girls took a long time at the last station, communion. I have taken this as a good sign. We have talked about surrendering our attitudes, our desires, our needs to Christ. I think that some of them may have done just that during the prayer walk.

I have again lost my voice. No worries its just hoarse from yelling. I have got to stop doing this to myself! I can't really talk, at least it doesn't hurt. Having strep was painful, having no voice now is just annoying :)

pray that we continue to be healthy, that God continues to use us and find us worthy of his service. We love you guys.

PS there are rumors of a camp wide pillow fight going to happen...oh boy. I hope Lisa and Jeff at least approve it. it would be hilarious...


Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Adventure Called Life day 267...birthday number two...

Happy Birthday beautiful Marrissa!
How cool is it that Marrissa and I have our birthdays one right after the other. super. that’s how cool. I hope she has as a great day that I had yesterday. Birthdays at camp are fun :) 
Last night was life changing. We played a really long time. Altar call turned into two, three, four, five songs, then over ten. Jacob played for a long time. None of my girls came forward without shepherd help, so I stayed up on the stage and sang harmonies on the spot with Jacob. It was too much fun. I enjoy this kind of thing, losing myself in worship. Jake eventually put down his guitar and began praying over each team member. It was an amazing experience. To see my team leader, the person who I look to the most for direction on the team to put down his instrument and pray over us in the middle of leading worship was life changing. I am so amazed by how much this team will sacrifice for one another and is always ready to encourage one another. 

I pray that we continue to do this. I pray that Christ continues to be our focus. 


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 266...

Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me!
Today is my 21st birthday. wow. I am old :) Not really, its just odd to be over 20 years old. Zachariah is only 18. What a cougar right? LOL 
The camp sang Happy Birthday seven times to me today. SEVEN TIMES. I am just in awe of how much I am loved by the campers and the staff. I just can’t believe it. Autumn got me a really nice ornament and a bottle of sparkling apple cider. Autumn came out to the tree after we had cabin devotionals with a scarf wrapped around something. I was like, “what did you do?” then she took out the green glass bottle and I lost it. I laughed until tears squeezed out of my eyes. It was too funny. 
Seth had told me earlier in the breakfast line that he would wait to day Happy Birthday to me, so wait he did. He said it when were standing in line for lunch. It was great. I appreciated that he waited until it was unexpected and it meant so much! Thanks Seth for making me feel special on my birthday. Its difficult being away from home on that day. I share it with my brother, we are three years apart (two years, 364 days and 20 some hours if you ask him:) but born on the same day. I enjoy it. Its all I’ve ever known. 
Time to go sing for service, pray it goes well...

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 265...roughing it...

Good morning Scioto. Wow. I am tired, but so, so happy and peaceful. I love this place. I really hope the girls do get together more. I think Lisa and Jeff were a little upset that the girls are not coming together for team building. 
Services are going really well. Tonight was almost what you would have expected at a friday night service of camp. Altar call was immense and long. I can see that God is really moving, breaking down walls and filling the kids with his spirit. Its awesome. I pray that it continues like this, that distractions continue to diminish and disappear. Its great to see the girls engaging in worship and responding to the Spirit.

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 264...back to the hills...

we are back at scioto. wow. I am so excited! This place is amazing. I love this place so very much. I am also excited to see what God is going to do in the lives of the campers and us this week...

It felt good to be with a band on that stage again. At Scioto we play in a barn. The sides of the barn swing out and form “wings” Scioto was my first ever Well Spring camp. Maybe I am just really sentimental, I am a woman after all, but I know that Scioto is special mostly because of the people and what God does at this camp. It seems that God just is bigger up on this hill, distractions are definitely less and almost non-existent.
I am a little nervous about the division in our cabin. I have two different social groups represented, the popular girls and the misfits. I am so blessed by each and every one of them. I pray that they will be able to see the benefit in knowing the other group. They could learn so much from the other group. Pray that God moves in their hearts.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day are good...

Marc’s Church is such an encouragement and a huge blessing! They people loved on us, and fed us so much! I love being used by God to touch his people. I often find myself wondering if why I am so blessed. I know that it is so I can give back to others that much more. Huge blessing equals huge responsibility.
Now we are at Scioto. I am in cabin Martha. I am a little sad to not have Noah’s Ark, but I am glad that if it does storm we won’t be dealing with flooding. I have Clarrissa, Emily, Bo Dara, Autumn and Emily from last year in my cabin. Also there is Ashton, Ashley, Kelly, Tiffany and Chelsea in the cabin. I can already see two distinct groups of girls in the cabin. Pray for unity.
We just met the Ohio Christian and Cedarville University teams. They seem super nice and really on fire for Christ. I am looking forward to getting to know them and serving with them this week!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 262...wellspring tour part deux

wellspring tour part deux
We are now back on the road. We just set up for sunday morning service at Marc’s home church in Lansing. Practice went well, I am doing a dance for the service. I’m a little nervous, being out of shape and dancing sometimes makes me wonder if I should be using the passion God has given me. 
Marc’s parents are amazing. They opened up their home to us and have been waiting on us hand and foot. God lives in this home. Its beautiful. I would love to come visit again, they are wonderful people. I am excited for sunday morning service. Our team is just amazing, their deepest desire is to glorify God, all else stuff fades away. I love this job.

Friday, June 18, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 261...toy story adventure continues...

and so the adventure continues for the Toy Story gang. I appreciated the movie very much, I like that they kept most of the cast together for this film. I was surprised at all the dark themes and suspenseful sequences. I am not sure how this will relate to "G" rated audiences. I caution parents for showing this to really young kids. I would even say that this should be a PG movie.

anyway, the best part about going to see this movie was that I saw it with some of my well spring team and people from Spring Arbor. A group of us met up and saw the film. I love doing that. Since I love the cinema and the theatre so much, I really enjoy sharing it with people. There was a time when I didn't like going to movies in groups, that I would just go alone. I think it was mostly because I didn't really have anyone to go I do.

I am excited to see a couple more films this summer. The Last Air Bender looks good, so does "Inception". Both films intrigue me for different reasons...Zachariah is on his way right now to visit me and some people at Spring Arbor for a little bit. We head out for about six weeks tomorrow. Its a little nerve-wrecking to be gone that long from home and from those I love, but my team is amazing and God will see us through.

Tomorrow I'll be reporting from Lansing.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 260...return to the arbor part deux...

well I'm back on campus. Saturday we head out for Marc's church, the service is on Sunday morning, then we head out to Scioto that afternoon. Turns out we will be playing music at Scioto. that is way cool :) I love playing in that barn, its one of my favorite things...

Marrissa just commented that I look great in skinny jeans, that my legs are fabulous. Thanks Marrissa, a little awkward, but a complement that I'll take nonetheless. We are heading to see Toy Story 3 at midnight tonight. yay for being a college kid on tour, with a week off so we can go and see it :) so cool...

Tomorrow I do need to get somethings done. If I am going to do a dance at Marc's church I need to find a song and choreograph it pronto, then it would be nice to help with the service, maybe sit down with Marc, LIz and whoever else would like to help and plan a service :) that would be sweet...sounds like we hit the road late morning, early afternoon on saturday, keep praying for us, we're not done yet, and the exciting part is that God isn't either! yay :)


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 259...beach volleyball, gummy worms and gas stations

Today was a pretty chill day...nothing too special. I did get to go play beach volleyball this afternoon with my brother and his friends. I am really good at serving, but not so good at anything else! lol...

Now I am going to take a shower and get rid of my sand tan, make dinner and head to Barnes&Noble while mom and kevin go to church. I just want some alone time, and I have to call Zachariah early tonight since he is up so early to be at work. He works at 6am tomorrow! crazy, crazy, crazy kid. but I love him and I am so proud of him.

Today the gas station was crazy, I was just thankful to get in, get out and be done with it. probably the last time I get gas until August. I love Well Spring :)


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day with the band...

Today I got a call at 7:30am from my father. My parents have been searching for a car for my mother to drive. They found a 2003 Ford Escape. He wants to pick it up tonight. My mother has twisted her ankle and can't drive, so he needed help. Instead of just chilling as SAU, I first went back to sleep for a bit, then got up and packed my suitcase and drove the hour home. I did laundry, then headed to Brighton for some shopping.

First stop was Target, got another couple short sleeve shirts for summer and a pair of earrings. Then on to Payless, one of my favorite stores by far. I picked up a pair of flip flops to replace my falling apart ones, and I caved and splurged on a hat, an unnecessary scarf, and a pair of awesome kicks. The photos are up on facebook, but here are some just for fun...

The fun part is that the woman working in the store asked me as I shopped if I was in a band. She said my style screamed alternative. I laughed and said "sort of?" Then I proceeded to explain about Well Spring. She was interested so I told her about our first camp and how my team had really been great when I was sick and all. I was so excited to share a piece of our journey so far with someone else! She then said that she would be praying for us, so I also told her about the other teams. I thanked her and left, I never thought that buying shoes would turn in to an opportunity to share what God has been doing in my life! It was such a blessing. 

Tomorrow is just a chill day at home. I am looking forward to relaxing. I think I am going to head back to SAU on thursday, but on Friday for sure...we head out on Saturday morning for Marc's church then on to Scioto on Sunday!! 


Monday, June 14, 2010

The Adventure Called Life Day 257...streams of living water...

In John 4, Jesus and his disciples have been making a long journey. They stop outside of Sychar by the Jacob's well. The disciples continue on to get Jesus some food for lunch, and Jesus sits down at the well. A samaritan woman comes to the well. Now, Samaritans and Jews are not on speaking let alone coexisting terms. They have been enemies for years. Jews think that Samaritans are worth less because they are only part Jew and not full Jew like themselves.

He asks her for a drink. Jesus then calls the woman out about her past. He asks her to go get her husband, knowing full well that she doesn't have one now and has had five. Think of the pain and the emotional turmoil going on inside this woman. Why did Jesus point this out? Why did he talked to the woman. Then he says something that has grabbed a hold of my heart...

"But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4:14

In John 7:38 Jesus says something similar," He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water,"

The samaritan woman returns to town without her water jar, and brings back people to witness Jesus who has claimed to be the messiah. They believe him and beg him to stay, so he does for a couple of days.

I wonder if the people really grabbed a hold of what Jesus had said, that if we choose him, if we choose to drink of Jesus, then we will flow with living water out to those around us. How exciting and uplifting is that? It is also challenging, how do we empty ourselves so that the Holy Spirit may dwell within us and well up and out of us? I would venture that God's help would be the answer, that we need to surrender to his will for our lives in every aspect, even the everyday mundane things can be full of the Holy Spirit if we allow ourselves to be emptied of the world and filled with living water...