May 19, 2010

Back in California!

My trip to Colorado was perfectly amazing! I had such a blessed time reconnecting with friends and making a few new ones! It was the perfect mix of fun and relaxation, laughter and memories all mixed into a beautiful gift to remember.
I don't know when the Father will allow me to visit again, but I hope it will be soon.

As my plane took off (2.5 hours late due to stormy weather) I couldn't help but tear up thinking of my time and the dear ones I was saying goodbye to. The Lord reminded me of 2 Corinthians 3:2-3 which says:

"You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts."

I am so grateful for the ministry that I was able to be apart of while I lived in Colorado and loved at FBC. To think on the precious hearts that I have had the privilege of loving on and walking with. Thank you for loving me well and continuing to do so even as I head into a new adventure! Thank you to the West's and the Kraft's for hosting me, to those who supported my ministry by purchasing or ordering journals and to those of you who have already responded in generous and kind ways to my request for prayer and financial support.

I love you and miss you. Always.

May 2, 2010

Amazing Things

Hello from Colorado! I am in Littleton, Colorado for the next TWO WEEKS! I am in town visiting friends and catching up with my "colorado family". I am currently staying at the "West Resort" and am loving being treated like a princess! Sarah Jane and I went and got massages today after a traditional pancake breakfast with Rob and Melanie.
Last night I had the privilege of joining Cory, Lindsay, Jason, Denielle, Brent and Sarah Jane at a Sleeping at Last concert at the Walnut Room. For those of you who haven't had the honor of listening to Ryan O'Neal's velvet vocals, you are missing out! As the wonderful set was coming to a close they still hadn't played my favorite song, "Umbrellas". As they set up the for the last song I heard the keyboardist begin to practice the intro to the song and I blurted out "I'm so excited!" Ryan laughed and I blushed but the song was amazing! As I listened to the familiar lyrics I was struck with gift I will be given as I travel to Door of Hope. To be able to hold these precious babies and repeat the lyrics: "You were meant for amazing things". As I imagined speaking that truth to those little ones on the other side of the world my heart was shouting "I'm so excited!"

Thank you to the West's for such a lovely home to stay in, to Cory for getting me my ticket, to Brent for sharing your story and to Sarah Jane who always is willing to be honest with me. I am loving my visit so far and we are just 3 days in. I've included the lyrics to "Umbrellas" below:

I’ll make you mine if you would have me.
With a silver ring that will hug you tight,
Our life begins. Our life begins with this.

I’ll prove my love if you would let me.
Over and over and over again.

We’ll bring a child into this world
And we’ll say the one thing
Everyone should hear:

You were meant for amazing things.

Give me your hand, it’s time.
It’s time to show new eyes their home.
When fences divide our land,
I would catch bullets with my bare hands.

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