Thursday, December 20, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Down from His Glory
William E. Booth-Clibborn
Down from His glory, ever living story,
My God and Savior came, and Jesus was His name;
Born in a manger to His own a stranger,
A man of sorrows, tears and agony!
What condescension, bringing us redemption,
That in the dead of night, not one faint hope in sight,
God gracious, tender laid aside His splendor,
Stooping to woo, to win, to save my soul!
Without reluctance, flesh and blood His substance,
He took the form of man, revealed the hidden plan;
O glorious myst'ry sacrifice of Calv'ry!
And now I know He is the great "I AM"!
Oh how I love Him! How I adore Him!
My breath, my sunshine, my all in all!
The great Creator became my Savior,
And all God's fullness dwelleth in Him!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
They all asked us several questions from our favorite food to why we go to Faith Baptist Church. The girls really loved that they had the chance to ask us questions.
Stacey and I each gave our testimonies as well. We wanted the girls to see that we also had to come to that point in our lives when we accepted that we were on our way to hell if we didn't accept Christ's free gift of salvation. We also talked about other areas where we surrendered to God - baptism, obedience, etc.
I love sharing with others what God has done in my life and hearing the stories of other people. Leave a comment to tell me what God has done for you!
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Thanks for your prayers. Please keep praying for our girls. God has great plans for them.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Guess what we are doing this weekend? Stacey and I are having our Jr. Girls over to my place for a slumber party this weekend. We have 8-10 girls coming!!!!! We are so excited for this.
There are three girls that are not saved, so we would love to have you pray for opportunities for us. We are having the party on Saturday to Sunday so the girls that don't attend church can try it out.
I'll post some pictures after the party!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
I was a Junior at Northland Baptist Bible College. I had a pretty interesting roommate that semester, so I was probably either having to talk with her or avoiding her. (Remember, Kristi?) I was probably studying and having fun in the dorm.
What was I doing five years ago?
I was living in Eau Claire, WI, working at Ayres Associates as the Transportation Secretary. I was working with my parents in a church planting ministry.
What was I doing one year ago?
I was doing pretty much the exact same thing I am doing now: working at IRBC, attending Faith Baptist Church, teaching Jr. Girls, going to basketball games, etc.
What was I doing yesterday?
Working in the office. Then I went to Pamela Betz's concert, and the end of Tyler Betz's and Jared Callison's basketball game. Then I watched Dancing with the Stars when I got home (taped it). Went to bed late.
Five snacks I love:
Five places I would run away to:
Just home alone
A cabin in the woods
Ireland - just because I've never been and want to go
Five TV shows I like:
Dancing with the Stars
CSI New York
Anything on the Food Network
Five things I hate doing:
Talking on the phone
Crafts / Decorating for events
Anything last minute - I'm a planner
Five biggest joys of the moment:
Teaching Jr. Girls
Time spent with family
Okay, now it's time to tag people (thanks for the tag Kelly).
Mary Ann - you need to do some serious blogging anyway
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
- I am thankful for a loving, wonderful Heavenly Father. He gave His only Son. He chooses to use me in spite of my failures and weaknesses. His mercies are new every morning.
- I am thankful for my family. God blessed me with the most wonderful parents. They are a godly example.
- I am thankful for true friends. I have been blessed with many friends that point me to God and bring such joy to me.
- I am thankful for the opportunity to teach Jr. Girls at church. They bring such joy to my life.
- I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of an incredible ministry at IRBC. It amazes me that God chooses to use me.
- I am thankful for my church family. The Lord has blessed us with a wonderful pastor and wife. My church family is home.
- I am thankful for music. God has blessed us with this incredible gift that we can use to worship Him and bring Him glory.
- I am thankful for laughter. I love to laugh and enjoy the humor that life brings.
What are you thankful for? This is a wonderful time of year to reflect on the blessings that God has brought to our lives.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Just put your ice cream and milk in a blender. Then add some chai syrup. The brand that I have is a little thicker and pretty strong, so I put in about 4 tablespoons for a full blender. It probably depends on what kind of syrup you have and how strong you want the shake.
Delicious! Hope you try it and love it!
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Stacey and I decided to spend the time in prayer for our girls. Our goal is to first of all, see them all have a personal relationship with Christ. After that, we want them to be continuing to grow in that relationship. God doesn't make mistakes. Even though we very much missed the opportunity to open the Word with them, it was such a sweet time of fellowship with each other and with our Lord as we prayed for each one.
God is doing some great things in our class. Please continue to pray for them. Many come from unsaved homes, but that does not mean that they cannot grow to be young ladies that will serve the Lord with all their hearts.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Our favorite sites in Savannah were The Lady & Sons, Davenport House, Old Fort Jackson and a tour on Old Savannah Tours. I would recommend a trip to Savannah to anyone!!!It rained almost the entire time in Savannah. Good thing I bought an umbrella while there.
Did I mention we got a free limo ride? It was the first time in a limo for all of us. Quite fun!
Monday, October 8, 2007
I got back last night just before 6:00, which was about two hours later than it was supposed to be. My flight from Minneapolis to Mason City was cancelled and they wouldn't have been able to get me home until today. Well, that wasn't an option, so Michelle and Barb (staff wives) came and picked me up.
More to come later...
Thursday, September 27, 2007
I just want to thank all of you for praying. One of the girls in my class, Hillary, got saved last night!!! She tends to be hyper and easily distracted, so I was praying all day that she would be calm and focused during our one-on-one time. I have never seen her so calm and focused. She was so ready. Praise God!!!!
Thank you for praying and please continue to pray for Haley.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
We will spend a few days in that area and then we will head to Savannah, GA to spend a few days there as well. I think our highlight will be going to Paula Dean's place, Lady & Sons. If you watch the Food Network, you will know who she is. We also plan to see some historical sites as well.
If anyone has any other suggestions of what to do in Greenville or Savannah, let us know! I'll post some pictures when I get back.
Monday, September 24, 2007
This wall has all of our verses for the semester on it. Our theme is "Detecting God's Ways." Our theme verse is Ps. 119:11.
All the great decorations are courtesy of Stacey. She is amazingly creative.
I'm excited to see what the future brings for IRBC with this new direction.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Tonight I went for a walk to enjoy the fall evening. It was absolutely wonderful though a little too windy. It was great to clear my mind and relax.
My walk didn't look anything like this, but it was still nice. Hope you can enjoy a nice fall walk too.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
One of my girls asked a very profound question, "How can someone love God when they are little and then turn out so bad?" This came from one of my girls that I'm sure is not saved. Our memory verse was Matthew 7:14, "Strait is the gate and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."
Wow! This was the perfect question to ask!!!! I was able to talk about the narrow way and the broad way. Just as Ahab and Jezebel chose the broad way, they had that same choice to make. Jesus is the only way that leads to Heaven.
Please pray for the two girls in my class that need Christ. Pray that they choose the narrow way.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Tonight begins our Wednesday night kids program at church. This will be my fourth year teaching the Junior Girls Class. Most of last year's class was promoted to youth group. I begged their parents to hold them back a year in school so I could have them one more year, but they didn't think that was a good idea. I will miss them very much. I pray that they have learned much and apply it to their teen years. We have about seven new girls joining us this year. I'm very excited to see what this year holds.
Stacey Ryal is my right hand helper. I'm so thankful for her. She has great ideas and is wonderful with decorating, crafts, etc. She does a great job teaching the verse and comes up with great game ideas as well. I am so thankful for all her help. Without her, our class would be a plain white room.
We are taking on a spy/detective theme this year. We want the girls to see the importance of digging into God's Word for answers. It was neat when Stacey discovered that every one of our memory verses has the word way in it. Isn't it neat how God brings things together so perfectly?
We have at least three girls that we know of that have not accepted Christ as their personal Savior. We are going to be doing some one-on-one times with them each week. Please pray that this gives us an opportunity to talk with them about their need for Christ. Pray for the girls that are saved as well. I know some of them need to also take some steps in their walk with God. Pray for Stacey and I as we lead them. We so desire for them to have a passion for God an His Word. This means that we must have that same passion.
I'll try to remember to take some pictures tonight to post. Thanks for praying!
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Happy Birthday, Kari!!!!! I hope that you are having a great big celebration. Wish I was there to make you another cake. Thanks for your friendship and for being older than me.
Just to warn you all, my Mom's Birthday is next week, so my next posting will be yet another Birthday greeting. :)
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
I love my dots. In fact, the Betz family gave me a place mat that has a world map on it, so I can see where all my dots are from.
Thanks for the dot, Amy!!!!
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Junior High Camp was incredible with over 20 teens accepting Christ as their personal Savior. On Monday, we begin Senior High Camp. We have spent much time in prayer and anticipate that God is going to do incredible things.
Here are some pictures we have taken in the office. Let's just say a little comic relief helps us keep our sanity. Enjoy!!!
We didn't plan it, but we all wore pink on the same day!!!
We had a little fun with the lost and found stuff.
We help serve the banquet meal on Tuesday nights of Family Camp. We just wanted you all to know that we do work outside of the air conditioning sometimes.
Judy is our volunteer bookkeeper and brings us yummy treats each week. Last week was caramel cake. Mmmmm.
Sometimes I never know what pictures are going to show up on my camera.
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
We are exactly half way through our summer after this camp is over. This weekend is our only long weekend and I'm headed to my parents for a much needed rest.
Well, I'll sign off for now and try to get to bed early.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
12 oz skinless, boneless chicken breast
1/2 cup sliced green onions
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp. white vinegar
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. corn starch
1 16 oz. Italian bread shell
1/2 cup shredded Monterrey jack cheese
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
2 tbsp. sliced almonds
Rinse chicken and cut into 1/2 inch pieces. In a large mixing bowl combine 1/2 of the green onions, garlic, vinegar, soy sauce, 1 tbsp. olive oil, red pepper and black pepper. Add chicken pieces, stir to coat. Let stand at room temp for 30 minutes. Drain reserving liquid.
In a large skillet, heat the 1 tbsp. oil, add chicken. Cook and stir for about 3 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Stir corn starch into reserved liquid. Add to skillet, cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.
Spoon evenly over bread shell on baking sheet. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake uncovered in a 400 degree oven for 12 minutes. Top with remaining onions and almonds. Return to oven for 2 more minutes.
Erin's notes: I got this recipe from Mary Ann, who got it from our friend Sonia. It is my favorite to make when I have company over. It is so yummy!!!! Enjoy and make it your own. I like to add some black olives and I don't put as many onions in it since I don't like onions much. I don't add the onions to the top either.
I'm having the camp staff college girls over on Friday night during our short break. I'm making this. I'll have to take some pictures to post.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
I have two great secretaries working with me in the office this summer. One of them worked last summer and the other is a new one. They are doing such a great job!!!
Here are some pictures!
We had side ponytail night at supper for Jr. Girls Camp one evening. (L to R - Joy Anna, Anna and Lynn)
This is our dining hall full of Jr. Girls. During every meal they have one of our staff members sing them a song while standing on a chair. Aaron just got finished singing his silly song with a mop on his head.The AD/Secretary Wars continue. One point for the secretaries!!
The "Twins" - Jason and Aaron / Jason (last years' activities dir.) stopped in to say hi and caused quite a lot of mischief in the office. We miss you Jill and Jason!
Well, that's all I have time for. I'll have to update you all more later!
Saturday, June 9, 2007
1. When I'm tired, I scratch my head. It doesn't itch; I just find it relaxing. My mom does it too.
2. I don't like the food on my plate to touch and I eat one food at a time. Don't know why I do it, but I do. Those trays from lunch at school would be perfect for me.
3. I love old movies - especially musicals. Don't get me wrong; I like new ones too. But they just don't make them like they used to.
4. I'm an office manager at a camp, but have never taken any secretarial or computer classes. Now I wished I had. I'm sure I would be a better office manager if I had.
5. I like peanut butter and pickle sandwiches. I grew up on them and don't eat them often much anymore, but sometimes I just crave one.
6. I love American Idol. And yes, I actually voted this year. I wanted Melinda to win and she didn't, so I didn't watch the final night.
7. I have never had a boyfriend or even dated. I have been asked out a couple times, but had to say no. Don't worry, I'm okay with this. If God wants this for me, He'll make it happen in His time.
8. I'm afraid of water and bees/wasps. Can you tell, that I'm really trying hard to think of something?
Okay, since I have been tagged by a couple people and I'm not really sure who all reads, I tag whoever reads and has not done it yet. You just have to leave me a comment and let me know you did it so I can read it.
Boy, was that ever the wrong thought. Then I started thinking, "What should be bliss for a Christian?" Scripture starting coming to mind. Here are a few:
I Corinthians 10:31 - "Therefore whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."
Colossians 3:17 - "And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him."
I Peter 4:11 - "If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen."
Psalm 1 "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper..."
Psalm 34: 2, 3 - "My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear thereof and be glad. Oh magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together."
Psalm 37:4, 5 - "Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass."
Romans 12: 1, 2 - "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."
There are more, but that would make this post really, really long. My point...my "bliss" as a Christian is to bring glory to God and to live solely for Him. There are many things I enjoy on this earth, but nothing will compare to standing in front of my Heavenly Father and hearing Him say "Well done." My bliss is to live my life to reach that goal.
Oh, I'm going to fail. I'm going be overwhelmed again and want to find a life of less stress, but I just need to fill my mind with Scripture and continue to seek to please Him.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
We had a blast at the park!
Such sweet times. I miss them so much!
My sister-in-law, her sister-in-law and I went to a tea room for lunch one day. We all had to pick a hat to wear while we were there. It was a beautiful setting and lots of fun as well.
I love vacation days!
Monday, May 14, 2007
I love you, Mom!
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Our Camp Director, Pastor Phil, was reading some interesting tidbits today. There was one that he could hardly read because he was laughing so hard. Thought I would share it with you.
Bumper Sticker - I want to die in my sleep like my grandfather. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.
Then Pastor Dave added a funny as well.
Chelsea Clinton welcomed a new soldier home and asked him what three things he is afraid of. He responded, "Osama, Obama, and Yo' Mama."
Monday, May 7, 2007
You are Spider-Man
|You are intelligent, witty,|
a bit geeky and have great
power and responsibility.
Click here to take the "Which Superhero am I?" quiz...
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Italian Chicken Sandwiches
4 chicken breast halves (bone in/skin on)
4 chicken thighs (bone in/skin on)
1 packet onion soup mix
1/4 cup prepared Italian dressing
1/4 cup water
1 tsp. garlic powder
Put the chicken in the crock pot. Put dry ingredients on first and then pour wet ingredients over the top. Cook on low until chicken is done. De bone the chicken and shred. Place shredded chicken back in the juices in the crock pot and reheat. Serves probably 10 people. Serve on french rolls or a harder bread (it will make a regular bun really soggy).
I have also made this with a pork roast, but you need to add more liquid. If you end up adding quite a bit more water, then add some more Italian dressing as well.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Last year, when I went to get the mail Pastor Phil sent me to his house before I came back to the office. When I got there the kids had prepared a treasure hunt for me using Bible references. It was so much fun and the "treasure" was a 12 pack of Diet Coke that was in the bottom of their little pond (it was wrapped very well with duct tape). I didn't realize until the end of that whole search that is was Administrative Professionals Day. (I was wondering why they decided to do this for me; I'm slow sometimes.)
When I got back, I went through my apartment to go up to the office and found that the guys had hidden Diet Coke all over my apartment. It was over 100 cans. I think that there is still some hiding because I found a couple cans a few weeks ago. I deserve it after all the April Fool's jokes.
I was pleasantly surprised this year to find such a wonderful present.
Once again after I came back from getting the mail, I found this beautiful wind chime hanging from the ceiling fan. I love wind chimes and had just told my mom that I wanted to get a big one to hang outside my door and join my two little ones.
For now, it is still hanging in the office. Partly because I can't get it down, and I also think that everyone likes to walk by and make beautiful music.
So what is the point of this little story you may ask. Just to let you know how much I love comments, so please leave some.
Okay, so after reading this, I realize that I may need a support group.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Here are a couple pictures of our weekend.
Mmmmmm! Goodies is the best!
The three of us at Applebees - Annie, Lynn and Me
Working with the staff girls is one of my favorite parts about working at camp. I get to be boss, "mom" and friend. Some of those hats are more fun than others, but all are stretching for me. Because of the responsibility, I'm challenged to stay fresh in the Word because it needs to be my source for all of those responsibilities. I'm so thankful that when I feel inadequate, God says He will be my source of strength.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
I asked the kids at church last night what their most treasured possession was that makes them happy. I heard everything from a 4-wheeler to pets. One little girl said, "God." I think she knew that was the right answer. (You know how kids sometimes always answer Jesus no matter what the question is.) We sang More Precious than Silver. The words are as follows:
Lord, you are more precious than silver;
Lord, you are more costly than gold;
Lord, you are more beautiful than diamonds,
and nothing I desire compares with you.
I had to ask myself if that is true in my life. God has been challenging me to rejoice in Him no matter the circumstances, and I realize that in order to succeed in this God must be my focus. When I focus on me, it is easy to become discouraged, selfish, and have a complaining spirit. But when I focus on Him and desire only His delight and pleasure, I find that I can be happy (rejoice) even without the pussywillows.
Here's some scripture that has encouraged me in this areas:
Psalm 73:25, 26 (ESV) - "Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."
Habakkuk 3:17-19 (ESV) - "Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength;he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places."
Psalm 34:1-3 (ESV) - "I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!"
Philippians 4:4 (ESV) - "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice."
I could go on and on. I hope these verses encourage you to rejoice in Him because He is absolutely worthy! May your heart overflow in worship and praise!
While is was snowing all day yesterday, I remembered a quote from my friend, Mary Ann, while we were students at Northland. "The trees look so tired." And I must say that I am also tired of the snow and ready for the real spring!
Friday, April 6, 2007
Pastor Dave put about 50 cups of water around my chair. He also messed with the mouse settings on my computer. He told me to check out his office, but he had closed the door part way and I knew something was up. I thought maybe he had put some cups behind the door that would spill when I opened it, so I didn't touch the door. Come to find out, he had four cups on top of the door that he was hope would dump on my head.
Dan thought his daughter, Amanda, had wrapped the Gator, so he put packing peanuts all over her room. I guess I was able to kill two birds with one stone on that one. Amanda was the one to get me back though. She put those packing peanuts all over in my desk drawers.
So overall, it was a very happy holiday and I'm very happy with the "gifts" that were left for me as well. I do think I will give them a break next year though. I think I need an extra year to come up with another idea.
If anyone out there has an idea, I would love to hear them!
Saturday, March 31, 2007
Here it is!
All of these little cups are filled with water. We didn't do the entire floor....just enough to keep them from getting in.
We even put some around their chairs.
Our maintenance supervisor doesn't have an office, so I had to find something else to do. This will be the first year that I have included him in the fun. To be honest, I'm scared of him. He will probably actually retaliate and it will be bigger than what I did I'm sure. This might be the only year I include him.
Hope you enjoyed the pictures and hope you are inspired to have your own fun as well!