Monday, June 16, 2008

Junior High Camp


Last week was Junior High Camp. Jadon was the director and I was one of the speakers. I've never spoken for anything like that and I wasn't sure how it would go. The theme was "Be Transformed" and our verse was Romans 12:2 "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transofrmed by he renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - His good, pleasing and perfect will." The first day I focused on Romans 12:1 which says that we need to give ourselves to God as a living sacrafice. I talked about accepting Christ and making the decision to give yourself to HIm to be used by Him. The second day I talked about renewing your mind. And the third day I talked about knowing what Gods will is. I think it went really well. It's hard to read Junior High kids sometimes. Are they listening? Does this make sense to them? Am I talking way over their heads? Are they bored to death? I wondered all of those things. But in the end I heard a few kids say they learned something and one boy accepted Chirst as his savior, so that makes it all worth it. I've attached a video of my talks.

Jadon did an incredible job leading everything else. For the most part it all went smoothly. We did have a Tornado Warning in the middle of the night. Jadon had to wake up all the campers and heard them down into the basement of the Lodge. 50 wet, scared, junior high schoolers is a sight to behold. Chaos is the only word for that. There wasn't a tornado, praise the Lord! And we were all able to go back to bed pretty soon.

Now we're back at home, trying to catch up and working on selling our home and getting ready to move. Life doesn't slow down.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

1/4 of a Century Old

Yesterday was my 25th Birthday. 25 seems old to me. It means I'm a quarter of the way to 100. Before yesterday 100 wasn't even on the radar. I was still a kid and that fact that I'm getting older didn't even occur to me. But yesterday I thought about it.

It was a great day though. It started with Jadon singing Happy Birthday to me and giving me the best gifts ever. I got new running shoes, new hiking boots and an awesome new back packing pack. What more could I ask for. Then it was off to Pella for the day. Pella is a cute touristy Dutch town. Our first stop was "Smokey Row" where we got coffee, talked and took lots of goofy pictures. Then we checked out some of the shops on the square and ended up buying really nice hiking socks for all of the Wyoming adventures we hope to enjoy.

After we had our fill of Dutch knick-knacks, pastries and shoes we ate lunch at the “Windmill CafĂ©”. It was delicious! I had Fish and Jadon had a gyro. Both were great.

With full stomachs we left Pella drove to Lake Red Rock which is nearby where I got to use my new gear. We went for a run around the lake and a hike so I could use all my new stuff. It was so much fun to be out in nature, breathing the fresh, muggy air (it’s Iowa) and feeling alive and strong. At the end we climbed a tower that overlooks the lake and relaxed on top until our legs stopped burning from the hundreds and hundreds of stairs.

Back at home we played with Maya, looked at all our pictures and rested for awhile. Then it was off to get Chinese for a Birthday supper and then back home for dessert and some good TV. It was perfect day. I got to spend it with the perfect person, and I got the perfect gifts. Couldn’t have been better. Thanks Jadon!