Friday, August 17, 2012

Bible Study Party




Tuesday night was our last bible study for the summer.  It was also the last party I will get to host in our tiny apartment.  Oh, how I've turned into my mother, in making up excuses to decorate and cutesify things.


We had a Favorite Things exchange...


Assembled mini-fruit pizzas....


And ate some more goodies that we shouldn't have...  Played some fun games...


We had FRUIT, though!  Does fruit outweigh the chocolate cupcakes?


Oh, how I have grown to love these gal pals.  Miss you already!
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

My Yamahopper


This thing is going to make its comeback when I get to Sioux Center.  

Watch out, folks.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Camping, Coffee & Percolators


This sums up several things that I am thankful for.  1) Campfires  2) Eggs, potatoes and breakfast skillets  3) Bread  4) Coffee fresh out of the percolator  5) Friends who like to cook  6) Talks about theology and other deep things  7) Camping

Special thanks to Halee for all the deliciousness.

PS - When my dad was little, he wanted to be a percolator when he grew up.  Now I know why.  Percolators are awesome.

PPS - My dad turned out to be a pilot, not a percolator.
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Monday, August 13, 2012

On House Hunting and Moving


We don't have cable, but every time I go to my parent's house, I fight the urge to plop on the couch and watch HGTV's House Hunters for hours and hours on end.

From now on, I will not be yelling, "Duh!  That is the dumbest house.  Buy the OTHER one!" at the TV.  These poor people deserve much more compassion.  After viewing a million and one homes in Sioux Center, I know that house hunting is a very tiring ordeal.  No matter what, you have to sacrifice some of your precious "wants" to make room for "needs" and things that will make an overall better investment.  Such a huge choice hasn't easy.  Mortgage calculators, spreadsheets, Dave Ramsey's advice, and husbands who are smart when it comes to math have become treasures.

We are trusting God to lead us to the house He has for us!  He is such a better decision maker than we are.  I'm excited to have another story of His faithfulness to tell...  Heck, He's been faithful already!  I am not nervous about offers or counter offers or finding out which house we will get at all.  I'm not stressed.  I am sleeping very, very well at night.  I'm just tired...which, in the broad scheme of things, is not such a big deal.  Praising Him for lots and lots of peace.

As we wait to see which house will be ours, I will be enjoying the last moments in our little apartment.  I will procrastinate packing until the last week (there's no sense in feeling displaced earlier in this process, folks).  I will also be spending too much time on Pinterest trying to figure out how to work with some less-than-ideal house-sorts-of-things.  AND, I'll be itching to go to the paint store, Ikea and some of my favorite thrift stores.  Is it weird that I am already praying for supernatural favor when it comes to good deals?  From prior experience, I have learned that the Lord DOES care about teeny little things like that.  He is so nice to His kids.

I would also like to add that I HATE HATE HATE wood cabinets and plan to paint the heck out of each and every cabinet in ANY house.  No, I don't care that some of the cabinets are nice and relatively new.  This will be MY house and I will paint brand new cabinets hot pink with polka dots if I feel like it.

Glad I got that off my chest.
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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Camp Dress Up Night


Pulling some pictures out off my camera finally.  I wish this one would have turned out better!  Dress up night at camp...
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Revelation 2 & 3


Here's the "personal" version of our ladies' bible study on Revelation 2 & 3 (minus large and small group discussion).  Use the outline and questions below to engage the Lord and the scripture on your own time.  

REVELATION 2 & 3

BEFORE you read the scripture...
Prepare your heart to hear from God. Try listening to the video/song below. As you listen, prayerfully breathe OUT all the crap and baggage you are holding on to. Breath IN God and His Spirit. Focus on the lyrics, pray the lyrics. Relax, "dial" or "tune" in. Seek God and PRAY that He’d speak to you as you read today!  


Ask God to speak to you today as you read.  Consider using this scripture to pray for understanding from Psalm 119:18 - “Open my eyes that I may see the wonderful things in Your law!”  Help us to understand and comprehend Your Word, God!  Open my eyes and open my ears - I want to see You, I want to hear from You!

READ the scripture...


Find Revelation 2 and 3 in your Bible or favorite bible translation.  As you read, journal or take notes and prayerfully ask the Lord these questions.  (If you like ambient music to listen to AS you read, try this playlist:  Ambient Bible Study Playlist 7.31.12)
  1. God, what part of this scripture are you highlighting for me today?
  2. What do you want to say to me through this? In regard to my life? In regard to who You are or what You're doing?
  3. Now that You have spoke, how do you want this to change the way I live? How can I apply this to my life, God?
  4. Write down any questions that you have in regard to scripture.
MOVING FORWARD IDEAS...

  • Read through this passage for a week, at least once per day.  Continue to journal your thoughts, your prayers, your questions, etc.
  • How would you describe each of the churches mentioned in these passages?  List some good/bad characteristics of each.  Then, prayerfully consider which church YOU are the most like.  Ask God to encourage and convict you appropriately.  
  • Do you have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying?  Why or why not?  How can you position yourself better to listen/hear/obey?


MORE RESOURCES...
This Pinterest board is a compilation of fun things (art, prints, music, translations, commentaries, quotes, prayers, etc.) relating to Revelation 2 and 3.  Click HERE or on the Pinterest picture to snoop around.



If you are in the Sioux Falls area, available on Tuesday nights, and wanting to JOIN us at bible study, please leave a comment below with your email address.  I'll be in touch!
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John 8 - The Harlot


Here's the "personal" version of our ladies' bible study on John 8 (minus large and small group discussion).  Use the outline and questions below to engage the Lord and the scripture on your own time.  

JOHN 8:1-11

Ask God to speak to you today as you read.  Consider using this scripture to pray for understanding:  Ephesians 1:17-18: I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he called you.

READ the scripture...


Find John 8:1-11 in your Bible or favorite bible translation.  As you read, journal or take notes and prayerfully ask the Lord these questions.  (If you like ambient music to listen to AS you read, try this playlist:  Ambient Bible Study Playlist 7.3.12)
  1. God, what part of this scripture are you highlighting for me today?
  2. What do you want to say to me through this? In regard to my life? In regard to who You are or what You're doing?
  3. Now that You have spoke, how do you want this to change the way I live? How can I apply this to my life, God?
  4. Write down any questions that you have in regard to scripture.
LISTEN to this song/story/scripture...


MOVING FORWARD Ideas & Questions:
  • Read through this passage and/or story and/or song for a week, at least once per day.  Continue to journal your thoughts, your prayers, your questions, etc.
  • Do you identify more with the adulterous woman or the “congregation of the righteous?”
  • Were you surprised at what Jesus did?  How He reacted to The Harlot’s/your sin?  Are you acquainted with the kind of Man who loves you passionately?  Pray that He’d reveal Himself to you, and that He would tell you what HE thinks of you.
  • Do you feel clothed in Beauty, or are you still sitting in your “old clothes” of the past and condemnation?  Why?  Pray for redemption and freedom in your life!
  • Look up some of the verses listed below...scripture that the song is based on.
MORE RESOURCES...
This Pinterest board is a compilation of fun things (art, prints, music, translations, commentaries, quotes, prayers, etc.) relating to John 8.  Click HERE or on the Pinterest picture to snoop around.



If you are in the Sioux Falls area, available on Tuesday nights, and wanting to JOIN us at bible study, please leave a comment below with your email address.  I'll be in touch!
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Monday, August 6, 2012

Change of Address



We're going to have a new address soon...from Sioux FALLS to Sioux CENTER (not to be confused with Sioux CITY).

It's tough to blog about something so huge and sad and exciting and crazy...where would I even begin?  Maybe someday when we are settled in and things make sense again, I'll be able to collect my thoughts.

For now...

Sioux Falls friends - We are so sad to leave you.  We are NOT moving because we were unhappy here.  We love you.  We love Sioux Falls.  We love Young Life!  We ARE moving because the Lord has been leading and pushing and pulling.  Oh, to be a follower of Jesus!  It's not always easy, but it IS worth it.  PS - You won't get rid of us completely.  In case you didn't know, we'll only be an hour away. :)

Sioux Center friends - I am looking forward to coming "home".  I've missed you, family!  We've already been through so much together...I'm excited to see what the Lord has in store for us all in the future.  I'm thinkin' He's up to some pretty big things.  Your cozy, small-town-sort-of-charm will be delightful.

To everyone - Pray that we find a home!  We are in the thick of house hunting, number crunching, and making trip upon trip upon trip back and forth to tour homes and chat with our realtor.  Pray for our transition, for peace in the middle of many mixed emotions, and that we'd finish well in Sioux Falls.

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