Saturday, May 30, 2009
Then, as a group of interns. We went out to eat.There is a good shot of Maggie (sarcasm). She is the one in the NAU hoodie making the funny face.
Anyways, we ate and then everyone went to see the movie UP. It was soo good! Everyone needs to see it.
**MOM** If you are reading this BLOG, you and dad seriously need to go see that movie. It was extremely sweet.
God is doing a lot in me internally. At times I am extremely frustrated, because no matter how much I did not want to have pre-conceived notions about what God was going to do in me over the summer, I still made small assumptions. Those assumptions are biting me in the butt now. The cool thing is God is using them to do a work in me and reveal things to me that I may not want to see, but have no choice. If I am to follow Christ, and want what he wants in my life, then I can't ignore what he is saying to me. He is saying, "BE GENTLE, LET GO OF YOUR PRIDE, BE A SERVANT, LOVE WILDLY, BE A LEADER, BE EMOTIONAL, GAIN WISDOM." It is a lot to take in, but I know I am supposed to do it, so I am going to just have to bite my lip on this one and allow Christ to do a work in me, and to be challenged in new ways. Possibly ways I have not felt before.
Friday, May 29, 2009
The environment I am in is very strange to me. I find myself being prideful at times, but quickly shut it down. At times, I even get sarcastically short with people. I don't even really know why. I'm not like that with people back at home. I need to do a heart check & spend some time in prayer hashing this one out.
I think it has been, or is close to week 2. I love this place, even though it's not perfect.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
For the campers, well tonight they heard the cross talk & the reality of what Christ did for us could, for some; sink in for the first time. There was so much prayer going out for them as they searched their hearts. Every Monday & Thursday the interns/staff get together. Tonight was a whole lot of prayer time. LOVE GOD, LOVE PEOPLE-> DON'T MESS WITH THE REST.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Even though I said I would come to this summer internship as an open blank book, ready for God to do whatever he needs. I still had certain expectations for what may happen. Still a very open and willing heart, but I am just set up to try to figure things out. Maybe to just see if I can figure out what God is really doing. All the preconceived notions I held about what God "might do" have been completely torn down. God does what God needs to do. I am so thankful for that; for the fact that I can't understand how He works. It just goes to show that the Master plan is only seen by the Master himself. Amen to that.
There sure is a lot of heart and love in this camp in Arizona. God has really honored me by allowing me to be a part of it.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
ANYWAYS. . .Ya see, that building is called the bus depot. It is where the campers are dropped off, and welcomed by about 40 yelling and cheering smiling faces. Everyone stops and welcomes the kids to camp. It is such an awesome time. The kids can't help but feel special. I love it, a lot.
The kids are also greeted by a short performance from the program people. It is loud, funny, and very interesting. It's like a sneak preview. Then, they are told everything in camp is open. The Zip Line, game room, BLOB, coffee house, ice cream shop, and that there is free ice cream for everyone!This is the BLOB, and yes it is intense. There is just something really entertaining about seeing high school kids get plastered on their belly after flying 20 feet in the air. . sadistic? Only slightly.This is the Zip Line. It starts way up in the mountain, and is either almost or a little over 1/4 of a mile long. It is so amazingly fun. Lost Canyon is a dream for anyone. A homestead, a safe place where you can just be yourself, and meet Jesus on your own terms. If you're ready, sweet there are so many people to come along side you, if you aren't ready, there are still so many people who just want to love you and support you in everything you do. Young Life = LOVE
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
P.S. I have a mustache now, and will probably keep it through the summer.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
That day was crazy. I was driving a van with a hand full of interns in it through dusty back roads, and a tire on it exploded. I mean I have never seen a tire get shredded that bad before. Then, on the hike we ran across a rattle snake. The sound of their tail is freaky up close. And, I love all of the interns. They are awesome people, and I am excited to spend the summer with them. TA TA
P.S. Don't you love that bed Mike (other intern) and I made?
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Then I went to work and said goodbye to all the kids and co-worker. I am going to miss those little guy's & gal's.Andrea was a very good boss, and made this for me. You can see all the signatures of all the kids. It means a lot to me.
Then I went home and finished packing the bags. It is currently 6:44 PM and I am blogging for possibly the last time for a while. I will be blogging while I am in AZ. I just don't know how frequently. I can always BLOG from my phone, and I may do slight updates from it.
I am going to be driving down to Indianapolis with my dad here real soon, we will be staying with one of his friends who lives there. Then tomorrow morning, bright and early I fly out of Indy at 6:30AM. I AM SO PUMPED! It's gonna be sweet. I got a whole lot of flying to do tomorrow, so I pray that all my connecting flights will not lose my luggage, and that me & my luggage both make it safely to AZ.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Well, back to work. Today was the 2nd to last day at the YMCA childcare for me. I am gonna miss these darn kids. I love playing with them.Especially this little bugger. Good ole Tony.
When I got home from work for the evening, I found out something that is not so good. I got a letter from the Indiana Center for Multiple Sclerosis saying that they are shutting the doors as of June 1st. :o/ This is going to make things kind of tricky on me, mostly because I not only have to find a new neurologist that will keep me on the TYSABRI, but will also take me as a patient. Tricky Tricky Tricky.
P.S. I HAD MY 15th INFUSION OF TYSABRI TODAY!!!
I thought that was a pretty cool hill to climb over. A hurdle to tackle, ya know? My health is going great, and I am so happy about that. I am not scared about the whole doctor/neurologist thing, because I have no idea who I am going to go to, so basically I have to just turn it over to God in prayer. I will be asking that God provides someone who will take me on as a patient and continue with my TYSABRI.
Also, today was my last BSF. I loved BSF so much this year, and God taught me so much through the journey of Moses and the Israelites. I learned that I am the Israelites. Also, that I am extremely hungry for the knowledge of the Bible and Truth. It is an awesome thing. I have to finish packing tomorrow, and also tomorrow I leave for Indianapolis. At 6:30AM, I leave Indianapolis and start my journey to Arizona!! WHOOP WHOOP!! It is going to be awesome, and God is already doing a lot. I LOVE JESUS!!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
We went back home and my mom opened her mothers day card, and I got suit cases around for the trip. I really needed to pack today, but somehow ended up not getting anything packed at all. OOPS!This is the last time I will be having church at Dave's house for a long time, if not forever. Because next Sunday, the first PRE-LAUNCH service/informative time will be held at a former hair style place called Fusion Salon (2793-A Maplecrest Rd., Fort Wayne, IN. 46815) The first meeting will be at 7:00PM, and it will just tell what we are all about, and what God is and has been doing. Then there will be a time for Q&A. I so wish I could be there for it, but I will be in Arizona. George will be there though and Dave and Richard and the Renyolds (spelling?). Dave Church was super good, we just lifted each other up and there was just a lot of fun and love going around. Dave and Margie and Rachel and George all laid hands on me and that was a big blessing.
I have like a MILLION thoughts, ideas, weird things, awesome things, wow things, contemplations, pains, joy's, and others going through my head. I am just going to try to go to bed though. Time to simmer down the brain.
Saturday, May 09, 2009
Once I dropped off Kevin, I went and picked up Nicky. Then, we met up with Jared at the ZOO. It was a fun day at the ZOO, I forgot how much I love the ZOO.You can always find something awesome and fun to do at the ZOO. And we did, it was a whole lot of that stuff. Ya know, the fun stuff. I think that my favorite picture to share from this experience would be from the American alligator exhibit. Check this guy out.
Now that dude had some teeth!
After we were done at the ZOO, Nick and I went back to his place and just chilled for a bit. Then I went over to Tom's house. I am talking about the Tom that I had as an English professor last Fall semester at IPFW. He has been wanting me to come over and watch this movie called Brother Sun, Sister Moon. It is the story of St. Francis of Assisi. First, Tom cooked an amazing meal for me. Home made meatballs, and an amazing sauce with a suburb salad. The meal was "that good," and the conversation was non-stop fun and intelligent Godly conversation. I love that kind of conversation SO MUCH! It was good to just kind of get a re-cap of Tom's year, and it was exciting for me to explain what is about to shortly happen with my adventure to Arizona. Then we watched the movie. We had tried to do this once before, but it didn't work. This time it worked good, as Tom slipped the DVD into his fancy new Blue Ray machine. The movie was soo good! Now I understand why he has wanted me to watch it for so long. Everything that man went through, and the process of life events that God created to bring him to the point of accepting redemption, was astonishing to watch. I want, and will continue to try to attain what he brought to the world. Watching the story of Francesco (St. Francis) brought me closer to Christ, it also challenged me in how I love myself and others. I kept asking myself, "what does it really mean to deny yourself?" I keep coming up with real and applicable answers to that question, and it is exciting! Today was a good day, a real good day.
Friday, May 08, 2009
Then I was tearing down my weight set, because I wanted to sell it in a big garage sell that is going to go on for Young Life kids to go to CAMP. Well, when I was taking apart the bench bar, I left some weight on it and let go of the other side. . . . well, then this happened.Yeah, geeze gravity was working really good today. Them weights are perdy heavy too. I went to work, and realized that there will be no more Friday movie days. I don't think I will be doing YMCA childcare next year. Pretty excited, not because I don't love the kids, because I do. But because God is opening up some other doors. And I am excited to walk through them.
Then there was one more movie.
Thursday, May 07, 2009
I love the Lord my God with all my heart, I really do, and it is a powerful love.
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
On a more personal note; I have a lot of internal personal and spiritual work to do. Ya know, God is working in me just as much as the kids he is drawing to Him. At times, I have a drawing to go back to my old ways. I am always held back, but sometimes my timeline does not line up with Gods. Actually most of the time. It seems I struggle with not having that special someone, with being 22 & living at home, among others. I know this is where God has me, and that I must find peace in it, but that doesn't mean I don't personally struggle with it at times. Living a life for Christ is not an easy road. The path is wide and the path is narrow. There is no doubt in my mind as to what is Truth and what is not. Only slight internal frustration. I know it will only get easier and I trust God's great plan. I really do, it's just that my great trust in God's promise can get messed up sometimes by my humanness.
Monday, May 04, 2009
On a sweet and awesome note, George came to BSF tonight because they had an intro class and he wants to be in the study next year. PRAISE THE LORD! GOD IS SO GOOD! Seriously that is such an awesome thing to me. It shows commitment, and that George is striving to do and seek more for his life. Committing to engage in Christian accountability is the best thing for someone seeking a followers heart. To George it may not have been that big of a deal, but to me it was a huge step. I know God is working in his heart.
P.S. on a funny note, I tried to be sneaky and snap this picture without George knowing. I thought my phone was on silent. But it was not. Not only was it not on silent, but when I was at work, I wanted to show Andrea that my phone has a setting that says, "SAAY CHEESE!" right when you snap a picture. Well, it was still on that setting, and of course it played loud and clear right during the lecture. It was perfect Mikey fashion.
Sunday, May 03, 2009
- What in my life is crouding me from Jesus?
- The friends tore through the roof of a strangers house to get their friend to Jesus.
This can show you that working for Christ can get messy (it would have been extremely messy ripping through a roof), really messy. I don't want to be afraid to get messy for Christ. What could this mean in my life?
- Talking to people even when it is extremely uncomfortable.
- Spending time with people in "uncomfortable" situations, to show them the LOVE of Christ.
- Being there for people, even when you could be doing things that are more appealing and logical.
Then I went to a Young Life leader meeting. We have a killer Young Life team. And everyone seems extremely dedicated and awesome. As soon as the meeting was over, I high tailed it out to Fox Island County Park. Yes, that's right. I went there because there was a little music festival that Dave & Richard (from Dave Church) were playing at.Yes, a little music festival called Sol-Fest. Sol meaning sun or something like that. Anyways, I didn't give a darn about any of the other bands, just Richard & Dave. And I loved watching them up there very much. I'm proud to be able to associate myself with those two guys, and glad I am able to call them my friends.It was so much fun just to be able to support Dave & Richard, and enjoy others enjoying them. Richard had a string break on the first song and that kind of freaked him out for the first 2 songs, then he pulled it together, and did an awesome job. Here comes the sun ROCKED! They did an awesome job.
Saturday, May 02, 2009
Then I went to the library and did my BSF, YEAH BABY!!Nothing like a little library that get's me going! I did really like being in the word though, there is no sarcasm there. But prepare yourself for this sarcasm because it is coming at you fast.
THEN I GOT THE CHANCE TO STUDY LAW STUFF!! YES, THE CONSTITUTION! The constitution is so sweet to learn! I just want to memorize the whole thing word for word. . . Then the sarcasm stopped. And the truth came out that I am going to be so happy after Tuesday when I don't have to learn this stuff anymore. It is literally going to be dropped out from my memory. Good use of college credit's? No, but that is just how it is sometimes.
Then the afternoon progressed into the evening, and soon I found myself at a Young Life Hoedown! That is right, get your boots and cowboy hat on because we are square dancing!It was all nice and howdown like in that barn. Pictured above is Ryan, you remember him from when I went to Chicago not to long ago. Here is my dancing partner. Ain't she just the prettiest thing East of the Mississippi? Miss Jenny is what they call her round these parts.