Monthly Archives: June 2017

MARK 10:13-16

“People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.”‭‭Mark‬ ‭10:13-16 

When we started our vbs preparations these verses set our foundation. Personally these words of Jesus really was my biggest motivator and gave me purpose and drive for this vbs. Today was the last day, we finished strong and I believe we walked out these verses and brought them to life. 

In our ending service we had a time where I shared the gospel with all the kids and asked if they wanted to accept Jesus in their lives and receive salvation. Almost every single kid raised their hand. The staff team got in a line and prayed over each kid and welcomed them to the Kingdom. 

From the bottom of my heart this was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had and one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever witnessed. As I was explaining to the kids what just happened and what this meant to God I couldn’t help but cry. Tears of joy were rolling down my face because I couldn’t help but rejoice in what god has done. 

I truly believe that God did something special. He has planted seeds, called His children home and brought them into a loving relationship. This made absolutely everything worth it. That moment was what we all worked so hard for this week, to witness salvation and see the gospel and love of Jesus shower these children. Praise God for what He has done! 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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If you know me you will now that I am most definitely not a morning person by any means. I just don’t do mornings. People call me an owl because I’m more alive at 3am at night than anytime in the day. I literally sometimes think I’m nocturnal. 

But being the director for vbs this year I have to be at church earlier than I would usually like. I try to get there by 7:45 each morning. These past couple days mornings were a struggle and I would be pretty grumpy and groggy when I got to church. But today was very different. 

I woke up a little past 6 am (which is when I sometimes go to bed lol) and I felt great. I got ready while singing and worshipping and set off for my day. I was all smiles and happiness this morning during our staff meeting and getting things prepared. The reason I think this was the case is because I absolutely love doing vbs. 

Walking into an empty church, knowing that in a few hours the halls and rooms will be filled with God’s children ready to learn about Him. Knowing the quietness will soon be interrupted with rejoicing sounds of laughter and worship really excites me. 

How could I not be filled with joy and excitement? There’s a particular song from our vbs this year that wouldn’t depart from my mind or lips this morning. 

It is a happy day knowing that the day will be filled with children meeting and encountering the living God. What a way to start the day, with anticipation and expectations knowing God will do something amazing. 

I saw God today. 

Did you? 

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I was at church from 7:45am til 9:30pm today. VBS was finished around 2ish and I need to come back to church anyways for Refresh tonight at 7 so I just decided to stay at church, take a little nap there and then prepare before Refresh. 

Overall it was an amazing day. VBS went really well. Yesterday we had some struggles and challenges but today was great, couldn’t have asked for more. Refresh was also a great time. We all spent time on our own going through scripture finding stories and verses that spoke into our current lives and circumstances. It was a great way to be in scripture as well as be vulnerable to share with one another how we were all doing. 

Even though I was at church all day, was tired and a bit exhausted, I loved it. Days like today I’m reminded this is what I love. Being in the house of the Lord, serving the Kingdom and being with the Father and other brothers and sisters in Christ. This is what I want to do for the rest of my life and I’m glad that’s exactly what I will be doing. 

I saw God today. 

Did you? 

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After a long wait, countless hours of preparation and prayer, we kicked off our VBS today! I can’t believe it has already started. Today was so good and through it all I was able to experience God’s provision. It was evident that God is the ultimate leader and not myself or the team. 

We had more kids register than expected and it was great meeting new faces and have so many join us in this time seeking the Lord. Since it was the first day the beginning was a little hectic with registration and assigning everyone to crews but after we overcame that everything was smooth sailing from there on. 

Every time we were in need, God provided. I can’t explain how thankful I am for the team God has given me this year. The staff were absolutely tremendous! Every crew leader and station leader did an outstanding job even though it was the first day. 

God has filled my heart with expectation and excitement. I cannot wait to see what more God will do through this week in the hearts of our children as well as in the hearts of our staff! Through God’s unfailing love we were able to kickoff this vbs with a bang!

I saw God today. 

Did you? 

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Since my mom is in Korea I’ve been going to my dad’s shoe repair shop every day to help out. Today’s original plan was to help out for a little and then go to church to do some final preparations for vbs. But things didn’t go as planned and I ended up being at my dad’s til close with my sister. 

I wasn’t there because I had to or needed to but because I wanted to. Especially these past few months I’ve been crazy busy and haven’t really had much time to spend with my dad especially. Sometimes by the time I get home my dad’s in bed so I don’t get to see home for days at times. 

Even though I had things I could have been doing today I wanted to take full advantage and just be with my dad. It’s a great time being with him, helping out and just spending quality time together. Whenever I’m with Him it’s always a time of joy and peace. He is someone I can talk to about everything and someone who always knows how to make me laugh. 

Especially this weekend with vbs right around the corner I’ve been feeling the stress and anxiety slowly kicking in. So it was a much needed time to take my mind off of things and be with the greatest guy in the planet, my dad. I’m blessed and thankful God gave me this opportunity today to take time away from everything else and spend it with my family. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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Almost every morning so far this week I’ve woken up to great news through emails and texts about people interested in our vbs next week and stuff like that. It has caused me to wake up with some sort of expectation and excitement before looking at my phone. I wasn’t disappointed this morning.

As soon as I looked at my phone I saw a handful of messages from one of my kids moms and she was telling me how two kids who don’t attend church currently are going to be coming to our vbs. The moment I saw that my face lit up. There’s nothing like waking up to an answered prayer. 

For about a month now we’ve been praying that God would use this vbs as an opportunity to bring children who don’t know Jesus closer to Christ. God has been answering that prayer but He proved today that He isn’t done. It’s truly amazing to see how God keeps answering our prayers and doing the unexpected! I am beyond excited to see what more He has in store next week!

I saw God today.

Did you?

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With vbs right around the corner I’ve super busy getting things together and being at church for many hours every day. With that being said I’ve been on edge a bit and a tad sensitive. Today I felt the enemy getting a little closer and using my current state to have me fall. I did hinder with anger and negative emotions but in the midst of that I was challenged by God to take a breath and just call out His name. 

That’s the reality of ministry. Whenever something big is about to happen the enemy approaches, but in those times are when we are to be even more firm and strong in our faith. We cannot let our flesh get the best of our spirit. 

To regain ground and be rejuvenated once again I took time for myself which I haven’t really been able to do these past few weeks. I went to the golf range, washed my car and went grocery shopping. During all those activities I recollected my thoughts and found peace in and joy in Him. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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