Wednesday, July 7, 2010

For Times Like These...

On Friday we head down to one of our favorite places in the whole entire world -- Ponca Bible Camp! In fact, we love it so much that we will be spending three weeks there! This year will be a bit different for us since Coralyn is coming along. We can't wait to introduce her to camp. We are even more excited to see what God has been doing and will continue to do in the lives of the campers, counselors, directors, cooks, first aide people, and anyone else involved in any way. Every year God blows our faces off. I am already amazed at what He can do because almost 60 kids from the Liberty area are going to Ponca this summer. Those are 60 lives God is going to radically change. Those are 60 kids who can go make a difference in their homes, schools, and communities. I can't even begin to imagine what all can happen as they take a bit of Ponca back with them and let God use them in ways only He can bring about. So, Ponca here we come! God, blow me away once again!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Cheerios or Chiricahua

We just got back from visiting my grandparents in Arizona. Coralyn is really becoming quite the traveler. In her almost 9 months of life she has been to Haiti (with a stop in Florida on the way), Tennessee (and all the states between there and Missouri), and now Arizona (with stops in Colorado and Texas). Too bad she's too young to remember any of these trips!

While I personally thought most of Arizona was pretty drab since everything was beige due to the lack of grass and trees, we did enjoy a trip to Chicicahua National Park. As we were driving through the park, Lawrence, my mom, and I were looking out the windows trying to take everything in around us. We were amazed at how the rocks were stacked on top of each other. The rock formations were really interesting, and we tried to imagine what they looked like (such as a duck or turtle or people's faces). I think God had some fun when He made that part of the world. While we were impressed with the rocks, Coralyn was busy eating her cheerios, not paying any attention to the beautiful scenery around her. As I handed her the cheerios one at a time, I thought about how we miss out on the cool stuff God has for us because we are distracted by things we think are more important. Once again, God used my little girl to teach me something about myself and my relationship with Him.