Sunday, June 27, 2010

Fun with Music

Updates from the Summer Music Club:

How well do you know your alphabet?  These kids wrote the music alphabet forward and back, filling in the blacks of a "train wreck"  They loved meeting the string family, (violin, viola, violoncello, and double bass), and asked if they could play it.  Some of them were quite good! Then, we had fun making notes, and other music related shapes out of edible play dough.  So cool. (sorry everything is so red... no matter what I did, my camera didn't like the lighting)

I think there favorite part was playing in the fort and blowing dandelions in each other's faces after class, though. Just can't beat God's nature!  It sure was a beautiful day for it...

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Leaders in the Making

Wow!  I just got back from an amazing week of Elisha's Academy Leadership Camp. It is a small camp for 13-18 yr olds who want to counsel or help out at camp. On Monday, the dean called me and asked for me to come help, and the camp started Wednesday!  Besides feeling a little rushed at first, it was so refreshing to be with kids who are truly seeking the Lord and striving to be an example.  

 ~Storm Castle Mountain~

The theme this year was Adoniram Judson- Committed to the Truth. In each of the 4 chapel services each day, the speakers highlighted the Call, Committment, and Cost of being in God's Plan.  Truly a good subject for that age group, and the Lord worked amazingly in some of the teens' hearts.

~A camper doing her devotions~

Part of this camp are the work projects quickly and cheerfully tackled by willing campers.  They painted, picked up garbage, cut and stacked wood, washed the dishes, and anything else that "Mr. Joe" could come up with.

~ Painting the dining hall / chopping wood ~

~ My cabin ~

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Listen for the Trumpet

Hear the trumpet sound, Hear the trumpet sound, Hear the trumpet sound; LISTEN FOR THE TRUMPET SOUND.
"Miss Barbara, what is a trumpet?"

"A musical instrument that is very loud, often used to announce the coming of someone/something important."

Although I had prepared a lesson, God used the choir's special music to bring up quite a conversation in junior church. We talked about what a trumpet was, and then we discovered why we should be listening for the trumpet.  -Jesus is coming!  We must be ready. Each one of my boys had good questions today.  One of them asked about baptism, what it is, how old you have to be, and if it is required for salvation.  They are learning and growing so much in the Lord!  What a blessing indeed!

The story today was how Moses struck the rock instead of speaking to it.  Ironically, it's not the disobedience that God punishes him for, but the unbelief.  Unbelief has harsh consequences!  "But without faith, it is IMPOSSIBLE to please Him; for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him."  (Hebrews 11:6)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

MN In-Review

So, I ended up in MN for a whole month. Such a blessing to see my family, and fellowship with good friends! There were so many highlights, and I didn't get pictures of all of them, but here are a few shots of my favorite times:

Great Grandma has a lot of pictures!  -And she loved the fact that her family wanted her to be around and wanted to take care of her.  She was a great encouragement in the Lord, as she always spends the first hour or two reading her Bible and praying.  Every time she prayed, she meant business, and knew the Lord would be faithful to answer. Thank you for your refreshing example grandma!

Yes, here is that adorably rascally kitten who was a big annoyance and amusement.  She was great.  When grandma and I didn't feel up to doing anything, we could sit and watch Lucy for literally hours!  It was neat to watch her grow and learn, (although teaching her claws was a bit painful!).

Memorial Day- Thank you Lord, for all the men and women who willingly gave up their lives for our faith and country.  May we all live in their example.

Here's my special girls: Sarah and Tina, who are quickly becoming ladies.  When did they grow up on me?!!  It was quite enjoyable to spend time chatting with them.

Oh, and I mustn't forget Jon's birthday.  His latest love is Harleys, so his cake came decorated with a bike on it.  I'm not sure which he enjoyed more, the cake and ice cream, or the new toy.

Most of all, I enjoyed extra time with my Lord when the house was quiet.  (Except I didn't notice the child with my camera, apparently.)

Friday, June 11, 2010

In God's Garden

"I come to the garden alone, 
While the dew is still on the roses.
And the voice I hear, Falling on mine ear-

His voice to me is calling.
And He walks with me, And He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own!
And the joy we share as we tarry there, 
None other has ever known!"