Mustard Seeds

Mustard Seeds

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

On My Way

I am officially packing for Mexico and this process has me experiencing all sorts of emotions...

Excitement - I am so ready to jump into this year with new students and experiences. I feel God is already calling my heart to the people he is putting in my care this year and I am so ready to meet them and make my mistakes and have my successes.
Nervousness - I am nervous for the times that I will try to do this year on my own strength and for the consequences of my unfaithfulness. I am also nervous for group unity since we had trouble with that last year.
Homesickness - Every time I hear someone speaking spanish I want to be back in Porvenir so badly!
Sadness - We have new students (hopefully 6 of them) and a new intern this year. But that means the people I love from last year won't be there this year and that leaves a hole in my heart.
Frustration - Ever notice that you have way too much stuff? I feel that way all the time but have such a hard time of getting rid of some things. I am trying to be more streamlined this year but for some reason packing for three months makes a pretty tall pile.
Blessedness - Is that a feeling? Because I feel it! I have been able to buy all my necessities and some really fun things for great prices and all through my summer job and donations. And the people in my life have been so so encouraging. I am so overwhelmed by God's provision this summer.
Joy - What I get to do with my life, who I get to spend everyday with, and how serving Him makes me feel is so incredible. I have my bad days, my ungrateful days, my prideful days, and my apathetic days. But in the end God is such a worthy god to serve and I couldn't imagine doing anything else.
Independent - This one is another bad one. As I think about this being my second year, and the fact that I have enough money to pay for the year, I get really prideful about how put together I feel. I think I can do it on my own and that I have all these resources I have are because of me. Despite that being human, it is so dangerous and disrespectful of God to take his blessings and claim them as my own doing.

As you can see I have a lot going on in my head. Excitement tends to be the ruling emotion but I still need your prayers as I enter into this next season of life with God. Prayer for my pride to be squashed (it tends to rear its ugly head at the worst of times) and prayer for all of my emotions to be centered on God and his direction. I want to make God the center of everything and that is something I always struggle with. Thank you for being my prayer warriors!

 My new futsol (indoor soccer on concrete) shoes for the church team this year!!!
 All my bedding... I love my bed a certain way, that's for sure!
The essentials I had to buy. But guess what? My church helped buy most of it and I have been so blessed to be able to shop smart but not stressfully.

My Support Sale

I have so many encouraging stories from my craft sale this past weekend and so many people to thank for helping out and contributing to my support raising. It was overwhelmingly encouraging to have all those people in one place just to love on me and support what I am doing in Mexico. It made the Body of Christ come to life to see His people pouring out their love and resources on me. Thank you to everyone who made desserts for the sale (Amanda, Loanne, Lori, Stacey) and everyone who helped make the merchandise possible (Lori, Dad, Mom, Bre, Hailey, Kimberly). Thank you God for being faithful even in the littlest things and for knowing just what amount I needed to pay for Ventana, health insurance, and to support Chelsea and Rachel. Thank you to all of you who came out, or ordered afterward online, or even just prayed for the day. You are all such an encouragement to me and such a blessing in my life. You are true servants of God and I appreciate all of you prayer warriors. You are what keep me going!!! It was a fantastic day only because of God working through everyone. I am so blessed!

Here are some picture of what everything looked like when it was set up. Thank you Stacey for letting me use your amazing house for this sale!!!
Paper Cranes, Driftwood Wreaths, and Jewelry stands...
 Some blackboards too...
Driftwood sailboats, Sand dollar wreath, and driftwood candle holder...
Yarn letters, more candle holders, and driftwood crosses...
 Cork and Driftwood Garlands...
 Corks galore! in boards, pushpins, coasters, and trays...
 The three missionaries who benefitted from the sale...
 Necklaces, rings and cork keychains...
 Stationary, chalkboard tags, and bookmarks... and amazing Succulent gardens by Lori Beckley...
 I just loved these succulents! Thank you Lori!
Quilts from my mom that went like hotcakes... Thank you so much mom for your generosity!

I have more things leftover if you see anything you like! You can go on my facebook to see what is left or email me at mustardseeds9@gmail.com.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Been A While

It has definitely been all summer since I have blogged, but getting geared up to go back to Mexico has me in the blogging mood again. To catch you up, without bogging you down with too much information, I am once again reverting to my always faithful list...

Things that have stood out this summer:

1. Weekly life dates with Stacey Shadley. We have spent hours together every wednesday discussing life and God and our weeks over Starbucks iced tea and a whole lot of Panera Bread. =) She has been an inspiration to me to really live for the Lord this summer. Not to mention that she has motivated me to memorize scripture every week and dig into the word and Spurgeon. She is a woman of God worth emulating and I have been blessed my her love and care for me so much these past few months.
My favorite drink (besides Dr. Pepper) for hot summer days... no sweetener!
Attempting to make our own beeswax candles... we failed but laughed a lot!

2. My trip to SLO with Kimberly to show her the ropes up at college was such a sweet time of re-connecting with friends and getting to know some new ones. Kimberly loved the area and I was able to show her some of my favorite things to do while in school. I am so beyond excited for her to experience all of my loves for the the first time and for her to make her own experience and memories at Cal Poly.
My car completely died the day before the trip. So we took her car that only had air conditioning half the time. God provided air the whole way up but this is the trip home, with the windows down, going through LA. 
In Urban Outfitters... when in a hipster town, do as the hipsters do. =)
The Tea Cozy in Cambria... my favorite place on the central coast (other than the Grandparent's house).
Hiking Bishop's Peak... still connected and still American. haha

3. Making stuff everyday for my Craft Sale, which is tomorrow, to raise my support for Ventana. I have really enjoyed making things with my own hands that I can sell to bless the people that are supporting me. I have felt so content with being able to use my skills that God has given me to do this sort of a thing. The interest in my creations has also been so encouraging and I feel very inspired to make this an annual event. I will be posting more about the sale after it happens tomorrow.
 Driftwood crosses, china cake/jewelry stands, and driftwood wreaths... just a few of the things I have been making!

4. Spending time with family has been such a blessing this summer. I have grown so much closer to Kenny (my brother in law) and my sisters. Not to mention getting to be with my parents a lot more... communication is tough sometimes in Mexico and it is nice to have them around in person.

 Driving back from the airport after my parent's cruise.
 Dad helping me make things in the garage.
Kimberly and I spent the night at the newlywed's apartment and had an awesome time in Carlsbad.

5. This summer has been a great few months for connecting and re-connecting with people actually. Just a few examples are Stacey (see point 1), my family, Laura and James (good friends from college, now married), and:
Alison (my best friend from childhood) when we saw each other at a wedding and then hung out a lot after that, including the San Diego Zoo...
Bre (college roommate and one of my closest college friends) and Hailey (was an acquaintance, now pen-pal and good friend) when we went to Cambria together this summer...
Evan (my old boss at the Info Booth on campus, best boss ever!) when I got to do a ride along with him when we were in SLO...

5. Getting ready and being super excited for another year in Mexico! I am so blessed to be able to go back! More to come!...