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LAUGHTER!

I need laughter.
It’s almost like my need for air.
I know, in reality, it’s not, but …
Laughter helps me keep looking toward THE GOOD and we all know that is hard to do sometimes.
I have a great life, a great spot, my family is super and my job is my dream. I am so thankful for everything I have. I’m not sad, I just long for laughter.
I need a good ole LAUGH FEST!
I want to talk to an old friend and laugh about goofy stuff we did.
I want to hang out with someone who is FUNNY in a nice clean way.
I hear some of my students laughing at each other and miss my best friends.
I want to laugh.
Laughter keeps ya young and maybe that is it…
I’m feeling old here lately.
I need that fountain of youth called
LAUGHTER!

Geni

Geni is my blog subject today.  This chick is one of those people that you love to be around.  She is funny and happy and REAL and SHE LOVES JESUS!

She has stories that crack you up and stories that make you think.  The relationships she has with people in her life like the love/hate one between her and her brother will make you seriously LOL.  I love to just hang out with her and LAUGH.

Geni is my c0-teacher for our youth class at church.  We GET TO lead youth in the pursuit to know God, love God and serve God. It’s an amazing mission we get to do!

God sent Geni to me!  He seriously did.  I prayed for a renewal in spirit and for support that I knew only HE could give me when it came to teaching/directing the youth.  I wasn’t sure what I was praying for, but when Geni said she wanted to help with youth…I KNEW SHE WAS THE ONE GOD WAS SENDING TO ME!  Prayer is power!!! (That deserves THREE EXCLAMATIONS!) Serious.  It is.  God gives us so many things in this life and when those things include people in our paths that bless us so—I just want to tell everyone!

Some people do not look at others like this.  Some look at circumstances as coincidences or at encounters as just something that happens.  That is so untrue.  God knows who you need when you need them.  It’s our job to accept our divine appointments as such and PRAISE HIM!

So, I praise God for Geni today.  She has been a major blessing to me and I know to the students in our youth class.  I’m so blessed to call her my friend.

This is our totally un-digitally edited picture below.  Hehe!  We are naturally glowing, because JESUS has got a hold of our hearts!  Amen!

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Thanks Geni for being my partner in crime, comrade in arms, teammate in our youth cohort and super awesome amazing friend!

 

YOUTH GROUP BLESSING

As I said yesterday, I’m going to add some BLESSING stories to the blog this week.

I’m the youth leader at our church.  Seriously, years ago when I decided JESUS should be in my heart totally and I converted from being Catholic, to Baptist, I would have never thought I’d actually be TEACHING SUNDAY SCHOOL or be any kind of leader in our church.  I was very timid about my faith and as a Catholic, I somehow believed that my religion and faith were something that I was not supposed to shout about.  I have since figured out that I AM ABSOLUTELY SUPPOSED TO SHOUT ABOUT IT and let everyone know that Jesus is my Lord and Savior.  With that lesson learned, I have done a lot of different things in our church (and in my life) and one is being our youth group leader.

I had been talking to God about the youth group.  I felt like I was kind of in a rut with them.  I’ve been doing it now for about 10 years.  I feel like sometimes I tell them the same stories and use the same analogies and I need someone to come in and help or at least bring in some different insight.

I talked to my husband about this as well.  Of course, he told me I needed to pray.  Duh.  I knew I needed to pray.  I didn’t pray specifically really.  I just asked God to help me with the youth.   Even my husband said who in the church would help?  He’s the main skeptic in our relationship, but I was with him.  I couldn’t think of anyone who might want to.  So I prayed.  AND PRAYED.

We were planning a lock in for the youth and a young lady (I say young because it seems everyone is getting younger than I am these days ..haha)  –she is married and has children but I’m still probably 10 years older than she is.. asked me if she could come help.  I was like SURE!  She came to the lock in  and started coming in to the youth class and is going to help with the class.  I love this gal.  She’s funny and I love her girls and her family.   They are great people.  God didn’t put her in my head when I was praying or talking with my husband or thinking WHO WHO WHO, because He knew.  He knew He would bless me with the CHOSEN ONE.   HALLELULIA!  GOD PROVIDES.  GOD knew what I needed–all I had to do was ask—He knew who He would send.  Amen!

BLESSINGS BLESSINGS BLESSINGS!!!

WOW! Again, WOW!

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I pray for so many things.  I do it often and when no one would even think I’m praying.  I, of course, get on my knees and bow to God, but I also drive, walk, sit, cook, hug, smile, dance (only my kids see that!), paint, draw, sing, read, type, etc. AND PRAY.  At times, I feel as if I’m bombarding God with so many requests.  I pray for…

  • My children’s protection and that they grow up to find THE ONE God has for them as well as to be responsible individuals.  (that seems like a big one, but soooo important to me and I know to God!)
  • My family’s protection.  Our well-being and happiness, of course.
  • My friends.  More specifically, those who have lost their spouses, here recently.  Oh, how my heart hurts for them.  God knows.  He will bless them.  I know it.  I’m THAT confident in His power.
  • Our church.  The expansion and extension of God’s hand in our community.  Those who are leaders in our church–that they lead with the entire congregation in mind and they always consult God and only say what HE wants them to say.  (that includes me as a youth teacher)
  • Our bosses and other leaders in our life.  I pray they will be able to take on all of the things that come their way and that they lead with God first.
  • My students, my classroom, my school, education in general.  I pray God is not pushed out of our school as He is in so many places.  Jesus should have a place in all aspects of our lives ESPECIALLY schools.  Our kids need Him.  I plead for this!

…and truly, the list goes on and on…  I feel as if I am just babbling to God some days.  I don’t mean in a way where I’m not sincere in my petitions.  I mean, I just think I’m asking for so much that I’m like that kid at Christmas who circles all the toys in the Sears catalog!  I want it all!  I want all the blessings!  I want those around me to feel His presence and his provision!  I feel so greedy at times.

Then I remember:

Matthew 7:7-8

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.…

WOW!  

My mind is seriously blown by so many verses in the Bible.  They are there, though, to do exactly that! God is unbelievable!  We can’t wrap our minds around His enormous power and constant ability to bless us with all we need and so many times what we want.  He is just waiting for us to ask for it!  I love that!  I love God!  I love the fact that He never changes, He loves us and He will always be there no matter what we have done, what we are doing now or what is to come!  

Again, WOW!

Jesus with Burgers

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    Some super cool Cedar Springs Baptist Church Youth at Jucys.

    I love being the youth leader at our church. Teaching and learning about Jesus is OH BOY my favorite!

    What a blessing these kids are to me!

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