Our God Is Greater ~ I Love This Song!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Week 4 of Youth Week, Week 5 of being here - 4 and a half weeks to go!

I'm just going to start this post by saying that Oklahoma is starting to grow on me. I'm starting to build friendships and relationships with people here. The people here at Falls Creek and in Oklahoma as a whole are so nice. I love working at a place where I know God is working and so present.

At night we have a service and at the end of the service there is an invitation for whoever wants to step up, come down and be saved. Last week there was a day where 91 people were saved and last Friday 119 people were saved. Two nights ago on Tuesday night 106 people were saved and last night 57 people were saved. It gives me chills to hear those numbers because I know that God is working in these students lives.

One of my most favorite moments of the summer so far was also one of the most humbling. A couple weeks ago I was working the ICEE hut here at Falls Creek. It was towards the end of my afternoon shift on Friday. Three students came up to my window and since I had no one in line behind them I started talking to them and asking them how their week has been. I also found out that they were all in high school. After talking to them for a little bit I asked them what they needed prayer for. Then I prayed for each one of them. I thought they would have left after that but instead they turned around and asked me what I needed prayer for. I told them what I needed prayer for and then I thought only one of them would pray but instead each of them prayed for me. It was one of the most humbling experiences I have ever had. After they prayed for me they invited me to have dinner with them in their cabin. They were super friendly and I could tell Christ is working in each one of their lives. It's high school students like these that one make working here at Falls Creek worth it but also make me want to serve in High School ministry. I am so thankful for the time I got to spend with them. 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

That One Time a CA Girl Went To Oklahoma for the First Time

This past Wednesday I started what would become an 8 week adventure in Oklahoma at a huge Christian camp called Falls Creek. On Wednesday I left LAX and flew to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It was so hard to say goodbye to all my friends and family the past week. Anyways when I got to the airport in Oklahoma there was someone from Falls Creek named Lindsey who picked me up. She picked me up and took me to meet my cousin, James, in Edmond, OK to spend the night at his house. It was so good to meet a few relatives in OK and spend time with them. They took me out to eat at a restaurant called Old Chicago. For my CA friends/relatives out there, Old Chicago is like the BJ's Brewhouse. It was really good. I'm so glad that I got to meet them because now it makes me want to come back to OK and visit them.

On Thursday morning Lindsey picked me up from James's house and we started our trek to Falls Creek. I woke up to pouring rain and thunder on Thursday. God did not even wait a day for me to experience the weather of Oklahoma. We stopped at a restaurant called Cracker Barrel on our way. It was a country style restaurant where half of it was a restaurant and half of it was a really cute store that looked very country. I had french toast and it was so good! Later on our way, we drove through Moore, OK and I got to see damage of the tornado from this past Monday, May 20th. It made me heartbroken to see even the little amount of damage I saw. On a lighter note apparently Moore, OK, is the home of Toby Keith.

When we got to Falls Creek, I will say I started getting nervous, but I also was super excited. I was excited to see where I would be living for the next 8 weeks, but I was nervous because I didn't know what to expect at all. I got to meet a couple people that I would be working with right when I got here. One of their names was a girl named Sheena. After a few days of knowing her, I can tell that she loves God and is really funny and nice. After that I went to my cabin, which to my surprise was empty. It was a good thing that it was empty because I had to open and unpack several boxes that were shipped to Falls Creek before I came here. It took me over an hour to unpack the boxes and my suitcase and get everything situated.By the time I was almost done getting everything situated, girls from my cabin started coming in. They all seemed nice at first but I became a little shy which was hard for me to believe. A hour went by and all of the Falls Creek summer staff started coming into the Staff Cafeteria. I know it is hard for people who know me really well to believe, but I actually didn't try to become friends with people that night or try to learn other people's names. After dinner we had a few different staff orientation meetings. Finally after those meetings were done we had a staff worship time in a room that was off to the side of the main tabernacle. It was so cool to worship with my fellow staff members. We got to have free coffee from the coffee shop at Falls Creek called West End Coffee Shop. I don't like coffee so I had a vanilla chai tea. It was so good. Sometime on Thursday night or Friday night we got to meet our small group leaders for the summer and spent time with our small group. All of the girls in my small group are extremely nice and funny. I'm actually going to be spending time at my small group leader's house this weekend. I'm super excited about this.

On Friday we had more orientation meetings throughout the day. After dinner though we had our first work area meeting and I got to meet who would be working concessions with me throughout the summer. Then we had a staff worship/prayer. While we were worshiping I realized that as much as I don't think I do, I rely on my friends, family, and people from my church more than I should when I have a problem in my life that needs to be resolved. After I made that realization I thought that since I don't have the comfort of having my friends from home with me at this camp this summer, I need to rely on God in those moments when I want to rely on my friends. Honestly I think this is the big thing that God is trying to teach and challenge me with this summer. I think he wants me to trust and rely on him more. I called one of my best friends that night who knows how close I am to people from home and she challenged me to not have long conversations with certain people from home for at least the next four or five weeks. I'm going to be honest when she gave me that challenge I didn't like it but I realized that she was right. So other than that conversation with her I have only had one long phone conversation with one of those certain people and it was today. It was also because I hadn't seen or talked to that person in a little over a week.

Saturday May 25, 2013
Today we finally began the hard labor in our different work areas in order to get ready for the next day when the children's camp was going to begin. I got to rake leaves and other things like load up sodas to be taken to different concession stands in the camp. I'm going to be honest, I don't normally do yard work when I am home. The only times I have done yard work recently have been on mission trips. So when I was raking leaves and putting them into the area where they would eventually be taken away I felt like I was on a mission trip. We had lunch after that and set up more things in our work area times. After that we had dinner and then a few of the other concessions people and I went to Wal-Mart to get misc things. Sadly I ended up dropping my phone and the back of it shattered. Luckily my small group leader told me there is a store in her town that sells the back of iPhone cases for only about $20. That made me happy because otherwise I would have to spend $150 on a whole new phone.

Sunday May 26, 2013
Today we had breakfast and then a staff worship time with a sermon. It was a really good message about the importance of the mountain top. After that we had lunch then we headed to our different work stations and started working. I worked from 2-5pm at the Ice Dock. The Ice Dock is basically where the different church pastors/sponsors can get bags of ice. I will be working it until Friday of it this week. The Ice Dock was super slow today and only 3 different people came up to me to buy ice. I am by myself at the Ice Dock.

Monday May 27, 2013
Today I got the most homesick that I have been all of this time. I was homesick because the Ice Dock was extremely slow today and because I'm not around anyone else. During my 9:30AM-12:30PM shift today I didn't sell a single bag of ice. It made me lonely not being busy or having other people around me. Later in the day during my 2-5PM shift there was I think only one person that came up to me. Since no one was coming to me to buy ice I would read Erasing Hell, my bible, listen to music, play on my phone, and journal. After I was done with that shift, I had dinner and then went back to my cabin because I was exhausted. It was nice to get some extra hours of sleep that night.

Tuesday May 28, 2013
Today I didn't sell a single bag of ice. It was extremely slow. Even though it was extremely slow I wasn't homesick at all. The reason why I wasn't homesick was because I finished reading Erasing Hell and I memorized Philippians 1:1-18. Being in God's word really helped me to not be homesick. I also wrote a letter to my best friend and called someone who is really important to me today. Talking to that person made me not as homesick also. 

Wednesday May 29, 2013
Today I also didn't sell any ice except for ten bags to one lady after I was supposed to be closed. Other than that work wise today was pretty uneventful. Tonight there was a severe thunderstorm that came. It was raining really hard and windy. There was so much thunder. The courtesy staff told everyone that was in the cafeteria to go back up to our staff cabins. We have golf carts to get us to and from the main area and our cabins, so we were told if we did have a golf cart to take people up and if we didn't have a golf cart to have someone take us back up to the cabins. When we got back to our cabins I remember laying in my bed just hearing the thunder and watching the lightning. The lightning went on for a good almost two hours. I'm going to be honest I was scared. Being from Laguna Niguel in southern California, we don't have storms like this. Anyways I eventually went to sleep.

Thursday May 30, 2013
I just woke up and had breakfast. In a few hours I will have been at Falls Creek for a week now. I can't believe how fast this past week has gone. By the way sorry about the long blog post, I haven't really been journaling as much as I would like to be so this is my way of journaling right now. In the future these blog posts won't be this long and will not be about what I did as much as they will be about what God is doing here and what I need prayer for. I will also put a blog posts with pictures up as soon as I have more time.

Prayer Requests:
Please pray for unity within the different areas but also with the Falls Creek Staff as a whole.
Please pray that we won't gossip.
Please pray for me that I don't start to get more homesick again.
Please pray for the children here and that their ears will be open to hear what the worship band/camp pastor has to say.
Please pray for the children and students that will give their lives over to Christ this summer that they will grow in their relationship with God and that they will always follow God. Also pray that they understand how big of a decision they are making

Okay well I'm off to work in 10 minutes so I better go. 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

The More I Seek You

Monday, April 2, 2012

It's been a while...

Hi guys,

I know I haven't written in here in a while, but I need somewhere to vent right now. There isn't anything horrible going on in my life at this very moment. Although, I have been thinking about and going through a lot of things lately.

I am a senior right now at my high school and right now there are only 79 more days until I graduate! It will be here before I know it. Anyways I'm 18 right now and last Friday I had my driver's license test. I failed it. For the past few weeks I have been telling my friends and leaders at my church that I would be taking it that day. All of my friends told me that there was a lady that I didn't want to get because she fails everyone. Turns out I got her. I was sad that I failed it but because I knew she is hard, I wasn't too sad. 

Back to the point of the fact I've been thinking about a lot lately. This whole weekend I have been driving a lot to practice for when I take my license test again on April 27th. Yesterday when I was driving with my dad I was thinking about my life. I live in South Orange County, California which is probably one of the most materialistic places in California besides Beverly Hills. I realized that I am so tired of living in a place that is so concerned about what they look like, say, what makeup they wear, what hairstyle they have, and what people think about them. I'm so tired of living in a place where all of the people in this culture are so self-absorbed. Granted there are nonconformists people in this world and in my life but for the most part we're all conformists. Anyways this kinds of goes along with another thing that I was thinking about last week.

Okay, well if you talked to any about my friends about me, they would tell you that I am a very outgoing, social, friendly, open, helpful, loving, caring, and great girl to be around. I also am a Christian and have been one pretty much my whole life. People have been telling me for the last year even though I may not be talking to people about Jesus all the time they can see Jesus in me. This kind of goes along with what I was thinking about last week. People also have told me that I make more of an impact on people around me than I think. This is going to sound really cliche, but I really want to change the world. I know what you're thinking. "You're just an 18 year old girl living in South Orange County. You have no idea what you're talking about." But hear me out. I think that with my outgoing personality and friendliness I can do anything if I put my mind to it. I also know that since I believe in Jesus that nothing is impossible. For it says in Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through him who strengthens me." I know that changing the world is a huge task but I figure that I can if I truly set my mind to it and have smaller goals. The first thing that I probably want to change the most is my campus. I go to a high school called Dana Hills which has almost 3000 people and is less than a mile from the beach. I know so many people at my school but there are still several people that I don't know. I know that there are people at my school that need Jesus but it's so hard to go up to them and be like, "Hey do you know Jesus?" 

Anyways I'm getting away from the point of this. Last Sunday at my church we heard a story about a guy named Frank Jenner who asked hundreds of thousands of people one simple question which didn't get much response. It was, "If you died within 24 hours from now, do you know where you would go, heaven or hell?" After we heard this story my pastor gave all of us a little card where we could write down our one question to ask people. He prayed for God to reveal a question to us and my question that I came up with was "Do you know that there is a person in your life that you may or may not know, but loves you no matter what and wants to have a relationship with you?" I haven't asked anyone that question yet, but I figure it goes along with the fact that I want to change Dana Hills and the world. 

If you are still reading this and have any advice on how I can make this huge task/goal a reality let me know. Even if its something on how to change my campus I'm willing to listen. Pray for me. I know that changing the world is a huge task but like I said up above ^^^ it's not impossible. 

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Tell Us Something Good Thursday

 Tell Us Something Good

I know that I haven't done this in a while but this is my fourth Tell Us Something Good Thursday of 2011!
My mom and I used to listen to San Diego STAR 94.1 and Jeff and Jer would have Tell Us Something Good every morning. I missed hearing about all of the fun things that the listeners are going to do or what they did that week. So, my mom and I decided to do Tell Us Something Good every Thursday. I hope you can join us and share your "something good".
I am so excited that Jeff and Jer are back on the air at KyXy 96.5 FM San Diego. It doesn't matter where you are, you can listen to them online!

My Something Good

Today I'm going to Strands beach in Dana Point for the first time with my church and seeing a movie with two of my friends. This weekend I'm going to Big Bear also.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tell Us Something Good Thursday

 Tell Us Something Good

I know that I haven't done this in a while but this is my third Tell Us Something Good Thursday of 2011!
My mom and I used to listen to San Diego STAR 94.1 and Jeff and Jer would have Tell Us Something Good every morning. I missed hearing about all of the fun things that the listeners are going to do or what they did that week. So, my mom and I decided to do Tell Us Something Good every Thursday. I hope you can join us and share your "something good".
I am so excited that Jeff and Jer are back on the air at KyXy 96.5 FM San Diego. It doesn't matter where you are, you can listen to them online!

My Something Good

This Saturday my church is putting on an Amazing Race event down in San Diego and I'm going to my school's Air Guitar event tonight!!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunday Song ~ Jesus Paid It All