Friday, May 27, 2011

How Deep the Father's Love for Us

The Father's love is sooo deep and wide and vast and free! I can't understand why He would love us so much!! It's mind boggling! - Go listen to this song, cause it's amazing! :OD

Anywho... Still packing and getting ready to go... Doing lots of cleaning in prep too! Cleaned out Aunt Carol's car (which I use and messed up) today! Sooo happy that's done! It's been hanging over my head all last semester. :-P
Been checking off my list of people to see before I leave! Been a blessed time! Got to have some lovely lunches with Janza, a fun visit up to see Sam, and a fun and blessed time with the P. ladies going on a hike, and then they prayed for me for my trip! Def. needed!! <3 And then had a movie night with my Grandparents - Freezer pizza and Murder Mysteries - WOOT! One of my favorite things to do!!! :OD :OD

It's really late... er... early... And I am super tired, but don't want to go to bed! Perhaps there is a bit of depression present... Not being very friendly at the moment :-/ Thanking the Lord for good friends who still love me even when I'm snappy, or just really weirdly silent about stuff...

Been having lots of fun on HSA ( ). Tons of very fun and entertaining chats that happen over there - especially on skype group chat and tinychat... :-P Cracks me up so much! Lots of great people over there, and I'm really glad I joined! :-) (I sooo want to go to the reunion next year! Sam, girl trip??? ;-)). It's fun getting reconnected to the homeschooling world with people who are also done with school and are either in college or doing something else! I was feeling really floundering with the big changes in my life regarding school related stuff, and it's so fun to go "hang" with people who were homeschooled too. :-P I'll miss it over the summer!! :-) Hopefully I'll still be able to do a bit of blogging over there and stuff though... :-)

I'm frustrated cause something is wrong with my phone or something and my friend hasn't gotten any of my texts all evening...

I want to finish the last Mysterious Benedict Society book before Africa... Better get going on that...

I'll miss my family while in Africa - although I'd better not let on to much! Wouldn't want them to get big heads with how much I'll miss them! ;-) My families great - I love them. :-)

I'll miss my church family too! And I'll miss getting to see the W. family for the last two months they are here! Already trying to plan a trip to go visit them and they haven't even moved yet! :OD Hehe!!

I CAN'T WAIT FOR AFRICA!!!!!!!! (And I'm super excited cause Bee (HannahBeth) and I are long overdue on our weekly catch up talks so not to long till we will be spending TWO MONTHS together serving the Lord! Eep!!).

Oh, and can I just mention how God's ways are not our ways, and His timing is WAY not our timing???? God sent me money for my trip and for school!!! In the last two weeks of my time home and He sent me such a blessing! Wow!!! O_O I am in awe God!!! And then I got a text from Bee saying how He sent her money this past week as well - like within a couple days of sending me mine! Wow God! You are amazing! Taste and see that the Lord is GOOD!!!!

Psalm 34 -

1 I will bless the LORD at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul shall make its boast in the LORD;
The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
3 Oh, magnify the LORD with me,
And let us exalt His name together.

4 I sought the LORD, and He heard me,
And delivered me from all my fears.
5 They looked to Him and were radiant,
And their faces were not ashamed.
6 This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him,
And saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel[a] of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him,
And delivers them.

8 Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
9 Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints!
There is no want to those who fear Him.
10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger;
But those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing.

11 Come, you children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
12 Who is the man who desires life,
And loves many days, that he may see good?
13 Keep your tongue from evil,
And your lips from speaking deceit.
14 Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their cry.
16 The face of the LORD is against those who do evil,
To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears,
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart,
And saves such as have a contrite spirit.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the LORD delivers him out of them all.
20 He guards all his bones;
Not one of them is broken.
21 Evil shall slay the wicked,
And those who hate the righteous shall be condemned.
22 The LORD redeems the soul of His servants,
And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Since she says it better than I ever could...

Ok, so since there is NO way I would be able to sum up what I am feeling right now, I have stolen something my dear friend Olivia wrote shortly before her trip to Africa (she's home now!! WELCOME HOME LIVY!!!). And it says what I am feeling so well! <3

"People ask me if I am excited, and I say "yes!!". Then they ask if I am scared and I say, "I think if I wasn't scared something wouldn't be right." Of course I am scared. But what is even scarier is that I bet I am going to see God working through me while I am a scared little American graduate weakling in the middle of a foreign country with people who know what they are doing...and I don't. I just need to learn to be accepting of my ignorance and weaknesses. And I need to learn how to trust that my Lord will use me despite my imperfections." ~ Olivia from

Friday, May 20, 2011


So I had an amazing trip with Joy this past week! It was great to spend some time with her and her bf, and also get to touch down and see my Africa buddy Bee and get to help out at the mission she works at!!! Amazing stuff happening up there!! :-) And I was so blessed and encouraged by all the godly women I met!!! For more on that please visit (And feel free to comment on any of the posts - comments always encourage me to want to keep posting, and I'm sure it does the other girls as well! :-)).

Now less than two weeks to go before I am stepping onto that plane bound for Africa! O_O EEK!! Sooooo close! My remanding time here in the States will be taken up with packing, visiting with friends, packing, video chatting, packing, sleeping, reading, packing, last minute shopping, packing, freaking out, hugs goodbye, laundry, prayers, prayers, prayers, prayers, more hugs, a trip to Concord with a bestie, packing, sleeping... Oh, you get the picture and want me to shut up now?? Aww *Pout* How rude... ;-)

Want to hear a list of what I bet Bee/HannahBeth will be doing these next couple weeks too???? Packing, sleeping, packing, visiting with family, packing... WHOA! Are you telling me to shut up again????? Shucks! ;-)

I hope I don't forget to pack something... I need to sit down and make a list! :-P

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A Woman After God's Own Heart

I want to be a women after God's Own Heart! And honestly, I have no idea how to be that. I want to grow more and more in holiness, but I am floundering around... I know God has a hold of my hand, and is holding me up, but He seems hard to feel sometimes... God, make me a women after Your Own Heart. Guide me in this life!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Sooo close!

Lord willing, in less than a month my life will change forever. In less than a month I will be stepping off a plane after a huge long trip and I will be standing on African ground. In less than a month I will be in an unfamiliar place doing unfamiliar things. It less than a month I will be totally out of my comfort zone in almost a whole different world. In less than a month I will be climbing into a car to take me and my dear friend to the airport, and then stepping onto a plane embarked for a different country. I know I will step onto that plane with a feeling of dread of the plane ride, and a feeling of excitement and lots of nervous jitters for what lays ahead of me. And then in less than three months I will be back in America. I know God is going to use this trip in ways that I can't even imagine! I can't wait to see how He is going to work in my life and my friends life!
Africa! Here we come! :-)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Light at the end of the tunnel! I SEE IT!! I SEE IT!!

Yes peeps, this DOES mean what you think it means! I AM ALMOST THERE!!! I will be DONE with this semester this coming Tuesday or Wed.!!! EEEP!!! *Bounces up and down* SOOOOO close people! :OD
Annnd... I am sick! :-P Just like clock-work - finals? Oooh time to get sick! ;-) Anyways... Bad chest, throat, nose, and head cold! Poor me... ;-) :-P JK!
ANND - Africa in LESS THAN A MONTH!!! PEOPLE! I'S GOING TO AFRICA!!!!! ACK! Ok, my emotions about this??? Excited, scared, excited, nervous, excited, terrified, excited, excited, excited, EXCITED, TERRIFIED, EXCITED! :-P Yup, that pretty much sums it all up! Lol! But even though I am TERRIFIED, I also know WHO is the One who is bringing me to Africa! He is the one who is going to protect me and help me through everything that is going to happen! He brought me this far! WOW God! You are amazing!!!

Prayer requests? Traveling mercies, packing mercies ;-), financial mercies, family mercies, health mercies, wisdom mercies, mercies mercies MERCY!!! Mercy me, lots of mercies! ;-) Anyways... Yes - mercy! :-)

Oh, and can I say what an awesome church I have???? The place in Africa where I am going contacted me about some needs they have there, and my wonderful church gave some money towards that! What a blessing it is to give! I'm excited that people near and dear to me gave money, and I get the honor of bringing the goods to the people who need it! :-) It truly is better to give than to receive! :-)