Friday, June 24, 2016

Decisions....

    So in my last post I said that I would share what the Lord worked on my heart about at the youth conference. I still can't believe it went by that quickly! The preaching was amazing! So here goes....
   Whew! Where do I start? I guess I will share some of the quotes that stuck out to me and then some of the decisions I made.

    You ought to be the first one to show others how fun and inviting trusting the Lord can be.        -Steven Barnes

   The only thing you lose in the fire is what the world puts on you.                           -Dean Miller

     I thought I would kind of explain to you this quote. Remember in the book of Daniel, the story about the 3 Hebrew boys who would not bow down to the statue, and they were thrown into the fire? Well the Bible says that their hands were bound with ropes and when they came out of the fire the only thing burned was the ropes that were put on them. What an amazing thought, how that when we are going through some trials in our life, if we trust in God, the only thing we will lose is what the world has put on us.


  When God gives a commandment, He is doing it for our good and our protection.                         -Dean Miller

  When's the last time you went to God in prayer and talked about Him and not only you?                   -Dean Miller

   God is the only One who can take the trials in your life and make them blessings.                      -Scott Gray


  YOU are the only one who chooses if YOU make it in the Christian walk or not.                        -Bob Gray 2


  Your attitude determines what kind of person you become and what kind of influence you have on others.

   So....Bro. Dean Miller preached a message about the 3 Hebrew boys in the furnace. He talked about having that strong kind of faith to be able to stand up for what you believe in and not be ashamed. That made me start thinking about the example I have on my  friends. When I get together with them I usually don't bring up spiritual stuff because I am kind of scared about what they are going to think of me. Don't get me wrong, I love the Lord with all my heart and would never do anything to shame Him!  But I wasn't the kind of girl that would look at my friend and say..."Hey, let's go read our Bibles together!, or, "Hey, we need to pray for so-and-so real quick" I realized that I wasn't being the right kind of friend. Later that week I sent a message to my friend and asked her to forgive me for not being the spiritual friend that I should. 

  Bro Bob Gray 2 preached a message about your sanctuary. He talked about having that one-on-one time with the Lord, and again the Lord spoke to my heart. I read my Bible every day and pray. But I realized that I do it just to check it off my list, not really spending that quality time with my Heavenly Father. So the next week I went to the store, picked out a huge notebook, and started a new prayer journal. So far, so good! I am really enjoying my one-on-one time with God. Also, after Bro. Gray preached that message me and my friend became sanctuary accountability partners. We keep each other accountable and check up on each other, and ask how our sanctuary is going. So thankful for wonderful friends like her! 

   I hope that was an encouragement to you! I am so glad to be able to have gone to that Youth Conference. Can't wait till next year!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

What an Amazing Week!!!

This week some teen girls from my church and a couple others from a church in Port Charlotte had the amazing pleasure of going to the Deep South Youth Conference in Gulfport, Mississippi. It was wonderful! The Lord worked on all of our hearts and many decisions were made. I thought I would share with you some of the pictures and memories we made all along the way.


           On our way! It was a seven and a half hour drive. There was definitely a lot of giggling!


                    We were scared that the luggage on the back would come loose and fall off. Thankfully we made it safely with all of our stuff!

       With a seven hour drive you have to stop along the way and get snacks, of course. Mcdonalds was one of our first stops for breakfast.

                                                         Finally in Mississippi!!!

                 I just love Linsey's face in this picture! (she is the girl all the way to the right)

          Thank you so much Mrs. Lydia (and mom!) for driving us crazy girls!

                We were able to stop at the Mississippi Welcome Center and stretch our legs. The welcome center was decorated really beautifully!


        I am so thankful for the wonderful friends that I have. They are amazing and such an encouragement to me! Love you Beth, Tricia, Tabitha, and Linsey!





            We were able to rent a house for a couple days and it was beautiful! A lot better than staying in a hotel. :) The view in the morning was great and it was so peaceful!

                                             Perfect for having morning devotions!




          This is the first night of the conference. We were all SOO excited to hear the preachers!

    The church there rented the water park. One day for the girls and one day for the boys. It was my first time going to a water park and it was so much fun! I loved all the slides and the lazy river too!






     This is the second night of the youth conference! So glad I got to share this memory with these wonderful friends.

    After seeing Grammy's Donuts on the drive home we knew we would have to get breakfast there the next morning!

    So I thought I would explain this picture to you.  While me and my family were in St.Barths, before we started the church, we would watch some preaching online. Bro.Bob Gray 2 became one of our favorites to listen to. When we found out that he would be one of the preachers at the conference, we were SOO excited!! We knew we would have to have him sign our Bibles and get a picture with him! :) All of us girls were really excited to finally meet him in person! (and thank you Bro Scott Gray for the photo bomb!) :) :)

           And in being in Mississippi we also knew we would have to get some sno-cones! We found a cute little place on the beach and ate some while listening to the waves.

 Umm.....does anyone notice the flavors Frog in the Blender and Fuzzy Navel???? I just stuck with a normal flavor!











    After eating our sno-cones we sang some hymns on the beach before we left. What a sweet memory!

              This is Bro Bob Gray 2. He was my favorite preacher at the conference!

                            I love it how Bro.Gray uses someone in the crowd as an example. It makes the message really stick in our minds!






                                     Someone took our picture and it got put on the wall!


  I know these pictures are kind of blurry....but! This is one of the games that they had. What I didn't realize is that I got volunteered to play in it! Thanks Mom.....  It was an Indian pillow fight and let's just say.......I got beat really bad. And I mean really bad! The other girl was really tough! That was kind of an embaressing moment, but now we look back and laugh at how horrible I did! :)



I plan on posting in the next few days about the messages that were preached and what kind of decisions were made! I am so thankful to be able to have gone with this wonderful group of girls! This week was amazing!

Monday, May 30, 2016

The Past Month

So much has happened since I last posted, I don't know where to start! :)  There has been birthdays, youth activities, traveling, baptisms, and so much more! I love the life that the Lord has given to me!
Me and Beth had the opportunity to spend a week at our grandparents. We were able to see cousins, aunts, and uncles, and laugh and have fun!


                                   I was glad to be able to go and see Grandpa at his carlot.


           And we were so happy to be able to see our younger cousins, Kaylie and Kiara! We were laughing and giggling the whole time with them. (and also planning their trip of when they are going to come up and see us) :)



    We were also able to go to our friend's Graduation. It was so fun to see her and her family! I enjoyed taking pictures during her ceremony. She is so sweet and I'm glad I was able to be apart of her Graduation!


     Last Saturday we had a youth activity. All of us teens went bowling. There were six teen girls and three adults. And.......I beat Josh in bowling!!!  Of course, that was my praise in Sunday School! (I just had to rub it in a little) :)

    Sunday was an amazing day! My Dad preached an awesome message Sunday Morning, and we were able to see one of the teen girls accept Christ as her Savior!  We also started our bus route two weeks ago and on the first Sunday we had ten kids ride! Our van is a 15 passenger van, so please pray for the Lord to provide us with a bus soon!

    I am so thankful for my family, friends, and church family! The Lord is really working in our church! I can't wait to see what else He has in store!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Callie Grace's Birthday

My sweet sister is now 6! I love this spunky, fun little girl so much! Today for her birthday she wanted to have a tea party and for dinner she wanted to have a picnic in the woods by our house. (I'll post pictures of that later)  I had so much fun taking her birthday pictures. It was harder than I thought trying to get her to smile! The bugs were really bad in the flowers and she didn't really care for that! :)
In late April to the beginning of May, we have beautiful wildflowers everywhere, and I thought that would be a perfect spot to take her pictures. (Having little siblings is great for practicing photography too!)


   I love it how the flowers are mostly yellow with a few white ones spread throughout it!  I also love the look on Callie's face in the picture above! She was SO excited to smell all the flowers! ;)



















                               Don't you just love her smile with her two missing front teeth?










                             I think this one is my favorite! I like how the sun is shining on her hair!







        It was funny trying to get her to blow the dandelion. She kept putting her lips really weird. And me and mom were trying to show her how to blow. She was getting the giggles because she couldn't get it! ;)


                   I can't believe you are already six Callie! You are such a pretty girl! I love you more than words can say!