Sunday, June 23, 2019

Just a Thought for the Week

2 Corinthians 12:10 "Therefore I take PLEASURE in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for WHEN I AM WEAK, THEN AM I STRONG."

I've been thinking about this verse this week. How often do we take all the distresses, and persecutions, the infirmities and reproaches and necessities and take pleasure in them? Yet, God's given them to us to make us weak so that HE can be strong. Just a thought to dwell on this week. Can you take pleasure in the problems so that God can be glorified?

   Also, I'll be teen counseling at camp this week and would appreciate prayers for wisdom and patience.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Once More, God Brought me to Camp

Staff Training here at Northland Camp has come to a close. Every time that I’ve been here, it’s been neat to see how God worked it out, because every time I’ve come, there have been a million and one reasons in my eyes why I shouldn’t be here, yet God always works things out for me to be here at just the right time.

I’ve been really challenged this year, as I’ve sat through the training sessions and messages. I’m so blessed to be here with this awesome team. One of the things that I’ve been reminded of this week that has really been an encouragement to me is to keep my focus right.

I mean we hear about things like the Notre Dame fire, and thing, “How sad!” But looking ahead, everything here is going to burn up anyways. At the end of the day, the only thing that’s going to matter from this life is how we lived for God.

It’s easy to get caught up in the little things of life that seem big at the time, but keep it in perspective of eternity. At the end of the day, most things won’t matter, and we need to make sure we're investing in the things that do matter. Bringing glory to God, and showing the world HIS love.

So, yes. It's been a great week! I'm excited to see what God is going to do this week in my life, as well as in the campers.

A verse that I've been thinking about a lot lately is Matthew 13:58 "And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief." Sometimes, we want to see God working, but He's not doing mighty things in our lives, because of our unbelief. How often do we pray . . . "God, change this situation!" But don't actually expect to see a change? My encouragement to you? Have faith. Don't expect God to do great things if you're not living by faith.

I'll try to post again next week, but I do have very spotty internet connection and may not be able to. I guess we'll see. :)

Saturday, June 8, 2019

VBS 2019

 I've missed the last two years of our church's VBS, so it was GREAT to be home for it this year! Our theme was "Kids on a Mission" and each day we explored a different aspect of being a missionary. Since each day was themed with a different country, I decided to dress up for each day!


I worked 'back table' with Miriam. And you may notice the color scheme is the colors of the wordless book. As part of the missions theme, we taught the kids to share the wordless book so that they can share the gospel wherever they're at.

Monday, our theme 'destination' was the USA, with special focus on the Navajo Indians in New Mexico where there's a Bible Camp my brother helped out at.

One day, was Ecuador.

The last day was India.

The Congo was one of my favorites, although it did take an hour and a half to do all the little braids, and longer to take them out!

The singing and lessons are so encouraging to me, even as a worker, it's a great week of Spiritual growth.

And one day was Germany!

We had a total of 86 kids come throughout the week, and a few salvations, as well as a lot of Spiritual growth. It was neat seeing how even the workers grew over the week.

Next step for me? I'm off to Northland Camp again!!! Sadly, I wasn't able to leave for the whole summer, but I'll be there for three weeks as a counselor. If you think of it, I'd appreciate prayer. Some of the teens we end up counseling come from really rough homes, and are dealing with things that I've never experienced. Pray that God will let me love them and know how to best help.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Mid-West Almanac Blog Post

I had the opportunity to share a picture on this website, and hopefully, I'll be doing it twice a month for a little while. The next one comes up tomorrow.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Current Projects

  Since I was seventeen, I've published a minimum of one book per year. So, people have been asking me, "What's your book for this year?" And as much as I hate to admit it, there's not going to be one this year.
    The writing, editing, beta-readers, re-editing, formatting, and publishing process takes time, and unfortunately, I'm probably not going to have the time this year to finish any of my works-in-progress.
   But Lord willing, come 2020, I'll have a few ready to go. Including a historical series, and another juvenile mystery about some preacher kids.

Monday, May 20, 2019

North Point Photography Session

  I had the opportunity to have an author photo shoot with North Point Photography a few weeks ago, and was very happy with how they turned out. These are some of my favorites, although I'm still not sure which one I'm most likely to use on the back of a book . . . so go ahead and tell me which one is your favorite! :)

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

SD re-cap

So, we had another awesome year at the SD homeschool convention!!! I didn't get a lot of pictures at the actual convention, but below, was our trip in a nutshell.

On the way to Sioux Falls, we drive by this Terry Redlin Art Center. I've driven by dozens of times, but never stopped, so this time, we stopped and had a great time! I wish we'd have had more time there.

I'm so blessed to have had these two with me!

I'd never been to Cracker Barrel, and since it was Jess's birthday, we met some cousins and went out for supper. Another great memory!

We're quite a pair!

And we had a coffee shop run . . . :):):) THANK YOU, Josh!

One night, after the convention, we went out in the rain to visit the falls.

It was neat to see it in the spring when it was running higher.

And what good is rain if you don't go jump in some puddles?

Another Thank You to my awesome team, for EVERYTHING they did and put up with. (Also, thank you for the pics!)

And that was my last convention for this year. From here on out, it's a mad rush of all the little things that add up over the summer to make a pile of work for the corn maze, farm, wedding planning, ministries, and anything else that comes our way.

What are my favorite three things about conventions?

1. Spending time with friends! I've had some really great, and much needed conversations with friends during conventions.

2. Visiting with other people. I'm an introvert when it comes to strangers, so the first initial greetings are hard for me, but once we get past that, I really enjoy the talking to people. I've heard some pretty cool stories through talking with attendees.

3. Interacting with other vendors. In a lot of ways, all of us vendors are like a big family. It's fun to get to know people, where they're fun, and getting to see them at multiple conventions. Sharing scissors, and comparing notes is a highlight!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

South Dakota, Here I Come!

  This weekend is the South Dakota Homeschool Convention and I'm looking forward to another great year!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Pictures from Northland :)

So, we had a great team helping out at Northland!

Two guys in there? Seriously!? We went out for ice cream at this awesome little place and this was sitting outside.

We also got to visit this huge hotel resort on an island that used to be one of Al Capone's hideouts!

And what fun is it visiting a costume room if you don't try some stuff on?

I love the kitchen there!

Selfie time!

Oh yeah, and we did some work to. :) 

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Northland Camp and A.C.E.

As many of you know, I've spent the last two summers working at Northland Bible Camp, and this summer I'll also be helping out for a few weeks.
  This past week and a half, I've been volunteering at Northland with an AWESOME group for the A.C.E. regional convention which I also competed in as a high-schooler. Which is why I'm late with this weeks post, because I've been out of town, and haven't had the greatest wifi connections.

 Over these two summers at Northland, I've seen God do things I would have never imagined possible.
I'll be honest, camp is hard. But I would NEVER trade the experiences I've had. For every dark night, there was a glorious sunrise. For every storm, there was a rainbow. And the darker the struggle, the more amazing the victory felt. I was able to watch God use our team of staff to lead people to Christ. I've had to leave my comfort zone, but it's ALWAYS been worth it.

Everyone should spend at least one summer working at a Bible camp. Now, I know that many of you are unable to commit for a summer of camp, and that's okay. I don't ever want to encourage you to be somewhere where God doesn't want you. If God doesn't want you at Northland, then I don't want you there either. But what I do want, is for you to pray for Northland. Pray that God will continue to bless the work there. Pray about becoming a summer staffer. There are always needs for maintenance help, kitchen help, counselors, housekeeping help, and many other areas. If you don't have plans for the summer, consider helping Northland. There will be tough days, days you feel like quitting, but you won't regret it. When you step out in faith, you'll see God doing things that you never imagined, and Northland is an AMAZING place to see God work.

Not only are the facilities amazing, the team is great to work with. Yes, the staff is human, and we make mistakes, there's going to be times when you get irritated, but God doesn't give us challenges without a reason. When you embrace the challenges, God can use them to change you to be more like Jesus.

Not only have these past two summers been the hardest and BEST summers of my life, I've grown closer to God because of them. I've gotten to do MANY cool things I'd never done before . . . like be in a dunk tank, belay, zipline, counsel, and dozens more fun things!

So, if you don't have plans this summer, pray about Northland. I'd love to see you there this summer!!!!!

  I know you've seen a lot of pictures from Northland in the past, but I just want to re-share a few.

We have AWESOME teams at Northland!!!!

 But the best part, is that we're really all part of one team. We're all there to glorify God, and every week at the testimony campfire, we can sit back and be amazed at what God has done through us, and at times, in spite of us.

And of course, there's always lots of fun work!

Wacky Wednesday is awesome, because not only is it fun, it's a neat way to get the 'non-participating' campers to relax around us, and be more open to listening to God's Word.

And the memories will last forever!

Come see me at Northland Camp!!!!!