Tuesday, August 25, 2009

im movin' on.

well im moving. i thought this day would never come. the past few weeks have been very grueling and tiring, but well worth it.  i will be moving to the great state of Mississippi to work as a youth intern over the jr. high. weird. but i know that it is something the Lord needs me to do right now in this season of my life.

the weird thing about moving this time is that this is it. the chance of me ever moving back home is very slim. i mean VERY slim. so this is it. my official move out. kinda overwhelming if you ask me. im really excited about it. God has so much in store for me, and i cant wait to get started.

these past few weeks while this whole process has been in the works, the Lord has really taught me some things:

1. patience. i was telling someone tonight how it has been a resounding theme for me as of late. it has been really hard not to know things right away and wait for an answer. but i was and still am. God has provided.

"I waited patiently upon the Lord; And He inclined to me and heard my cry." Psalm 40:1

2. God really does take care of the details. you would not believe the things that the Lord has provided for me with this job. not only has he given me a ministry, but also the means to do so. he gave me a house. and yes, i said gave (that means it was free). he has given me the chance to already invest in lives of adults and kids. and so much more.

"...how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!" Luke 11:13b

"Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4

3. when you truly seek after the Lord, everything will come together. it has been so cool to see all of this fall in place. i just wish everyone could see it how i did. i mean people saw some of it, and heard of it. but they didnt experience it like i did.

"But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul." Deuteronomy 4:29

"And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him." Hebrews 11:6 

my faith has been stretched beyond belief and i pray that it continues to do so. i want to be challenged. i want to grow. i want to experience God in bigger and mightier ways! 

Lord, take me and make me more like you.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

wettin' a hook.

wow. this past week has been somewhat of a doozy lets start with this weekend:

i had the opportunity to spend four days in beautiful greenwood, ms. upon my arrival i really didnt know what to expect from the town, but i was truly welcomed with open arms. i absolutely had the best time there! i got to hang out with some of the kids from camp, talk with the youth on Sunday night, and speak with the pastor and youth minister about a potential job. i must say that it was quite an eventful weekend.
i stayed with the ussery family all weekend, and i can sum them up in one word: amazing! they really made me feel like i was home. it was like my family away from my own. the parents were great, and their children Dillon, Shelby, and Hunter were awesome! i got to hang out with their son Dillon a lot. i have known him for 3 years now, but it was neat getting to see him in an environment other than camp. he is such a neat kid. he desires to know a lot. nothing really in particular, he is just a curious fella. on monday we had the chance to go fishing at his family's lake house. let me tell you, it was an adventure! we got out on the lake and began fishing. we just sat there and waited. we got to talk about a lot of things, including the Lord. he has such a desire to know Him better. it's really neat, and i got to share Christ with him on the boat, in the middle of a lake, on a beautiful mississippi day. after fishing for about 2 hours, the battery in our motor dies. we just laughed. we tried to paddle with our fishing poles, but it failed miserably. after about 5 minutes of sitting there, the Lord blessed us with a wind that pushed us to the shore. we then proceeded to paddle tom and huck style to a place where we could get out to go back to the cabin. on our way back we realized that we had left the key to the ranger in the boat, so i had to run back. after about 30 minutes of getting back to the cabin, we replaced the battery and continued fishing until we were ready to leave. he told me that it was probably one of the best days he had fishing out there, even though we only caught four fish. it was fun. so much fun with nature. we decided that we needed to start an outdoors show called: the adventures of daniel and dillon.

today i got to move my youngest sister to college. man was it different. i was not only taking my last sibling off to school, but i wasnt going back either. it was weird. but she is there, and i know she is going to have a good time!

things i learned from this week:
-fish like gummy scooby snacks as bait
-patience is so nice
-my place of ministry
-UNA has real lions!

mood: ready.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

remind me, Lord.

So faithful, so constant
So loving and so true, so powerful in all you do
You fill me, You see me
You know my every move
You love for me to sing to you

I know that you are for me
I know that you are for me
I know that you will never, forsake me in my weakness
I know that you have come now
Even if to write upon my heart
To remind me who you are

So patient, so gracious
So merciful and true, so wonderul in all you do
You fill me, You see me
You know my every move
You love for me to sing to you

I know that you are for me
I know that you are for me
I know that you will never, forsake me in my weakness
I know that you have come now
Even if to write upon my heart
To remind me who you are

You Are For Me by Kari Jobe

Saturday, August 1, 2009

last days.

this past week of camp was an amazing one! God really showed off in my life and in the lives around me! it is really cool how he puts the bible studies and track times together. 

sign language track was amazing this week! i had six wonderful kids! they really wanted to be there and learn the song, but at the same time the were really open to the Lord. we got to know each other so well that i was to the point that i could call them out on their sin and the still respected me for it. we had some good times. we literally rolled on the floor laughing on thursday! God brings us so much joy!!!

one kid in my bible study really encouraged me. his name was josh anderson. he genuinely loved the Lord. he has dealt with a lot of things in his life, but his faith is still strong. as i was talking and encouraging my kids on the last day, i told them how cool would it be if 10 years from now i bring my children from the church i will be working at to camp and they were our camp counselor. as i was scanning the room saying this, me and josh made eye contact, and he kind of smiled and he knew that i was talking directly to him. he was made for it. i could just tell.

well this is it. i only have a few hours with some of the people i could spend the rest of my life with. i love me some CK3.

they have shown me what real christian community looks like. they are a people who genuinely love the Lord. it is so encouraging.

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us" -Hebrews 12:1

they really helped me in my faith. they truly cared for me as an individual, which doesn't happen a lot. they called me out when i messed up, and the praised me when i succeeded. God truly blessed me with these people.

i really can't express in to words my feelings for these 22 amazing people. i wish everyone could get to know brandon, brent, sparkle, billy, liz, david, delape, chris, lauren, whitney, alice', ansley, eric, ashley c., abi, alicia, mason, emily, morgan, thomas, henry, and ashley a. like i did! i pray for only the best for all of them!!