Guest Post | MY SISTER :o)

Hello all, I am blessed to be able to blog with you all today, & especially blessed because I get to call the amazing LB, my sister. I blog over at So I was Thinking. My blogging adventure actually started when LB’s started. She once blogged as if Max (my dog nephew) was talking & I just thought that it was crazy, however, my mother & III told me that I couldn’t make fun of it until I tried it & well… now I’m hooked too. My blog name I think explains itself, I blog about exactly what I’m thinking about: faith, life, family, craftiness and my life as a 1st grade teacher. This past year I used my blog as a way to journal my first year of teaching and I’m excited to continue as I start my 2ndyear! I would LOVE for you to come along on the ride1
So that’s enough intro, here we go!
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So I was thinking… about how God works in amazing ways and with the perfect timing.
I have never been overseas & have always really wanted to go, but could never get a group to join in on my adventure. I never had a specific place in mind, just wanted to see parts of the world. Well, God was waiting for just the right time.
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Ephesians 5:1-2
I have been a part of the church & a Christian my whole life, I am sure you have heard LB talk about how both of our parents always showed us & taught us about how important Christ is.  I had always read devotions & the Bible growing up, but once I moved off to college I realized that my walk was not fully growing. I talked to my home church’s youth group about this a while back and I categorized myself as a “complacent Christian.”
I was at church every time the doors were open but I was just kind of living in the walk that my parents gave me and it wasn’t truly my own. I didn’t have that wholehearted desire to learn more than I got at church. I was blessed to be able to move off to college, where my faith became my own & I became more in tune with how to truly everyday live a life centered on Christ.
This past year was a struggle for me though. I was very blessed with a job right out of college at an amazing school in a city that feels like a 2nd home for me; however, most of my college friends did not stay, so it was mostly God and me.
Before the school year began I decided to read my Bible from beginning to end. I also found a Sunday school that told stories from the Old Testament, which was a great refresher as I read through it (note: the SS was filled with 40-70 year olds, but I loved the topic); most importantly I prayed constantly.
It was really hard not having tons of things to do other than school & tons of people to hang out with, but I had God and we were becoming best friends & He made that lonesome time better. It wasn’t easy, but God didn’t tell us that it would be easy, He did tell us and show us how much He loves us and as He loved on me, He was preparing my heart.
I’ve loved being part of His Word everyday & I know that this has made a difference in my life as it will continue to, because I don’t believe that the Bible is just a book, I believe it’s the Word & is one of the most important sources I have to make God my best friend and the one that I rely on.
Relying has been one of the harder parts, because that means giving up control, which is hard for me. I’m a leader, which is why I think I make a pretty good teacher, but I know & tell myself everyday that God is the ultimate leader & His way is WAYbetter than I can even dream of so to fully rely on Him. All of this personal growth leads us back to where I started: going overseas.
About that same time I was struggling with staying in a town that all my friends just left, a minister at my church from home was planning a trip…overseas: the Philippines to be exact. I believe this me and God time was preparing me for this trip.
I was asked the other day how I want to see God move on this trip and my answer was for Him to make me fully rely on Him; for me to know what I’ve read, that without Him I couldn’t do what I know He allows for me to do.
So currently, as you are reading this, I am in Manila, Philippines, getting to love on precious children of God at an orphanage, an orphanage that leads into a school that I get to teach at. I’m ready to see God move, ready to see Him work in His amazing ways, knowing full and well that He will be there with us, because He loves these children and wants us to go and show them His love.
Like I said God moves in His perfect ways, because as you are reading this LB and III are currently in Uganda. God has prepared my whole family for overseas missions this summer. Letting us see His work overseas and allowing us to show His LOVE.
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,so in Christ we, though many, form one body,and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. 
Romans 12:4-8
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Matthew 25:40
I hope that you check back and follow me & my trip here, I will return to the states August 1st and will have lots to blog about I am sure.

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Isn’t she awesome!?! I remember being 23…my whole life up to that point was on a path it seemed & then you graduate & you are in the woods. I’m so proud to see how she has leaned on God through this season of her life! I know God is doing great things through her right now in the Philippines & will continue to do them in life!! I can’t wait to see all God has in store for my little sister.

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