Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Monday, August 8, 2011

A Couple Emails Worth Sharing

Here are a couple emails that have found there way into my inbox the past few weeks that I thought were encouraging and worth sharing. It's neat to see God work in people and see them be active in His Kingdom. Here is what they had to say.

From a Teen Who Volunteers in Children's Ministry...
I wanted to share a real quick story with you. As a human, life throws you through tough times and I have kind of been going through one of those. But I look forward to every Sunday and teaching my lambs class SO much. The way they snuggle with you and look up to you makes my day. Yesterday, I had this little girl who was really tired and wanted me to hold her the entire time (which of course I LOVED). When we were singing songs and saying how much Jesus loved us and how he is our comfort, it really got me thinking. These little kids fears and worries are so different than mine, but God is there for all of us. These kids make me smile and make my day and take the stress out of my life for that hour or so. Helping in the lambs class has really impacted me and been a great experience! I just thought that was worth sharing :)

From a Mom who went with her daughters on a Student Ministry Trip to Haiti this summer:
When it began to rain but it was still light out I remember looking up at the mountains and the scripture, "I lift my eyes up to the hills-where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth." came to mind. I said that verse many times over the course of our bus ride. After we got stuck for the 3rd time I realized that though I thought I was trusting God when it came down to it I really wasn't. Most of my prayers up to that point were more like me begging God to get us there safely. God basically told me that He had kept me safe that far and that He'd gotten us unstuck each time so I needed to trust Him for the rest of the trip. After that I began to pray for the kids (and adults) that they wouldn't feel sick, that they'd feel God's peace, and that God would give them the strength to endure. While it was still a challenging trip after that, I did feel more at ease as I trusted God. All that time that verse was going through my mind. Though I knew the verse, I wasn't real familiar with it, and didn't know exactly where to find it though I tried to find it the next day. Anyway I looked it up when I got home. I read the whole Psalm 121 and was so amazed to see how fitting it all was to our trip! God was telling me He was going to protect me even though I didn't know the whole Psalm at the time. I just love how He works! Yay God!

Have a great day,

Psalm 121

A song of ascents.

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.