tiny seeds, big roots

Did you know that in every moment, there is potential for impact?

I have been so humbled and overwhelmed by God as I spent the last week in Arizona with my family.  If you know me, then you know that if I am going to do something, I do it with all of my heart.  Sometimes I feel like I cannot express in any human form, just how much I love and care.

In the summers of 2008 and 2009, I spent all of my energy, all of my heart and all of my passion on a few middle school and high school kids in Tucson, AZ.  Four years later, I wasn’t sure that it had made much of an impact.  All I knew was that I had given it all, and maybe I’d see the results several years down the road if not in heaven.

Well, I love the goodness of God.  He is so considerate and so kind to me.

While I was in Tucson last week, I got to catch up with two high school boys, who each have an incredibly special place in my heart.  I have always loved them so dearly, but didn’t realize the impact that was made.  As I met with them, I felt like God was taking me to a secret place in heaven…showing me how some little seeds fell on good soil and took root.  And not only that, but when I left Tucson 3 years ago, those roots were nurtured and cared for and have produced strength and courage and character!

Needless to say, I am so humbled.  And honored.  And FULL of joy.

So, first meet Tyler.

This picture was taken on a youth camp trip about 3 years ago…

He is now a senior in high school and wants to be a doctor.  I can’t even begin to write about all the amazing things Tyler will do in his life.

Best part of it is that he loves God with all of his heart.  And he is hungry for more of God and the things of His kingdom.  To say that talking with him last week was a blessing is an understatement!

Then, meet River.

Seriously, one of the funniest people I know.  On that same youth camp trip, he made a music video on my computer to Boom Boom Pow by The Black Eyed Peas.

Watch it here!

Again, I can’t express how much I adore River.  He is 15 years old and loves people SO WELL!  He is leading and playing in a youth band and his heart is for everything to be about God.

Everyone he meets in life is going to be ridiculously blessed, because it is just who he is.

TRULY, truly my cup runs over!

Even the most simple moments carried impact.  And when I wasn’t trying to influence or make a huge difference but simply loving, is when things stuck.  And I can’t thank God enough for showing me the significance of those tiny seeds and silly moments.

You never know when they’ll land on some good soil!

I am beyond blessed.

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Candy, Cupcakes, and Justin Bieber

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY EVERYONE!

First I would like to show you the Valentine I received this morning…

Yep, that is Justin Bieber.

Unlike most single females, I actually really enjoy Valentine’s Day.  Of course it would be way better if I had a hot date and got the butterflies and all that mushy stuff.  But until then, I can enjoy spreading love and candy.  I also got a delicious cupcake this morning, compliments of Adventures in Missions.  And I ate it, in the morning…which has caused quite a lack of focus and a potential sugar coma but it was worth it.

Now I don’t usually post about relationships and my opinions on the matter, because I can be somewhat opinionated.  But I figured in the season of love, why not?

I had a thought last night as I talked with one of my best friends.  And it was late and I was really tired, so I just know it had to be a divine thought.  And I think there is something to it, especially for you, men.

THERE IS A WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY.

Men, it is pretty likely that there are a good amount of amazing, wonderful, beautiful women in your life.  And it is also pretty likely that you may have thought about some of them romantically and others who you truly see as sisters.  For most of these women in your life, there has been a window of opportunity for you to ask them out and they would have said yes.  But something stopped you.  Either you were afraid of rejection, or you didn’t want to ruin the friendship.  Maybe you just didn’t see her as someone to date but someone to satisfy your emotional needs.  Oops…did that cut too deep?  Sorry.

But the point is, sometimes you miss the window.  Do you know what that means?  It means that you finally notice one of these women but she has already given up hope of anything ever happening with you.  It’s like the phrase, “You snooze, you lose!”  Sometimes it is possible to get back into the window of opportunity, but not likely.  Don’t be confused though, some windows are much smaller while other windows can be bigger.

But the bigger the window is, the harder it is to get back into it if you miss the opportunity. 

You know that proverb that says, hope deferred makes the heart sick?  I think that’s why women don’t keep that window open too long.  Because the longer her hope was deferred, the more sickness her heart endured.

So, if you like her- ask her out!  It doesn’t mean you’re getting married.  It doesn’t mean you’re in love.  You are simply saying, “I like you.”

Because you could miss your window of opportunity.

Ok, I will step off of my soapbox.  And I will also say that I hope you all have a lovely Valentine’s Day.  I also hope that you all have hot dates.  Please let me know how you celebrate today!

I will be at home, eating leftovers and packing. Happy DAY!