Monday, June 18, 2012

and this is why my brain doesn't work and the Soli Deo Gloria Party

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What do you think?  Do I scream Babylonian Princess?  Somehow, God thought it would be a great idea if I led the Celebration time for VBS.  This entails writing scripts, being up in front of 200 kids, plus all the tribe leaders and assistance and parents who sneak in early at the end of the day, and energy. A lot of energy, friends.  Oh, and wardrobe changes! Who knew I had almost enough outfits that I could pull together to look somewhat like a person from Babylon.  Actually, I've never even seen a person from Babylon, so I just kinda went with the heavy gold jewelry and scarves for saris.  

All this to say, it was SO MUCH FUN but my brain is T.O.A.S.T.  And yes, my trip to Speak Up in Grand Rapids, Michigan is right around the corner, and no, I'm not quite done with my proposal or sample chapters.  Elevator pitch?  Haven't even begun.

But God is faithful.  One of the things I had to do as Celebration leader was teach the kids the Bible point and verses for each day.  The whole theme of VBS this year was Babylon: Daniel's Courage in Captivity and so all the verses related to --

When things change...God is with you.
When you need help...God is with you.
When you you're afraid...God is with you.
When you're lonely...God is with you.
When you're thankful...God is with you.

All but number 4, I have repeated to myself daily as I relate to this conference and book proposal.  God is bigger than all of it -- bigger than my plans or my schedule or my vision of how this is all going to go.  When I think about number 4 -- when you are lonely, God is with you -- all I can do is think about the huge amount of support that y'all showed me last week as I shared some of the heart-wrenching process that God has taken Craig and I through as we write this book.  

All I can say is thank you.  Thank you for loving the way you do.  Thank you for spilling out the encouragement as you did.  Thank you for your commitments to pray for us.  Thank you for being the Body of Christ.  His Hands, His Feet, His Heart.

You are amazing.

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  1. You look adorable. I did vacation bible school - once. And God showed me clearly that it isn't my gifting. I am in awe of those who invest themselves in those wonderful kids for a solid week. Can't wait to hear about your time at that conference because we've been with you all along the way of preparation.

  2. very babylonian says this girl who's never seen an actual babylonian to know if this is truth. i know you are super cute, and for that i say bravo! i'd never look super cute after that much time with that many small children. geez, with two kids i can't seem to put on makeup or get out of yoga pants ;)

  3. We are doing VBS this week at my church, and there is nothing more inspiring than 200 kids singing praise songs! I know you were a fantastic leader and they were all blessed to have you there. Keep repeating your mantras. They will get you where you need to go, my friend!

  4. I'm new!

    I'm kidding.

    I'm a dude! is more accurate.

  5. You're a beautiful princess, Babylonian or otherwise!

  6. Believing, let it come ramah(alive) that God is with you - oh, that is a beautiful thing, indeed!!

  7. you're so brave, Jen! proud of you. loved your comment at my place--an email coming to you soon. love to you, dear one.

  8. We're also doing that theme for VBS in August! Praying with you Jen; a lot on your plate, lovely lady...

  9. But I bet you're TONS of fun!! You're great, Jen, to do all that for VBS. Praying hard for your book project.

  10. You look GREAT! And your leadership is a gift to those kids and their parents. My husband is the VBSer in our family. I've done it - but as Shelly (Redemption's Beauty) noted above, it's NOT my gifting, either.

  11. I love children's ministry. RB and I used to travel in the summers doing up to ten VBS programs. We loved it and my children have such good memories from those years. God was very specific in how important children are. He must be smiling on a beautiful princess this week!

  12. You will rock the day, I have no doubt, Princess. :-)
    What's most important is that your heart shines through. Enjoy!

  13. What an awesome adventure -- Go opening new doors & leading you in new directions to spread His Word! He is faithful indeed.
    Love in Him,

  14. Jen, I have no idea how you are managing to juggle so many balls. VBS is such a massive undertaking. Wow! Praying for you this afternoon! :)

  15. You are one amazing lady! love the photo and am praying for you as you asked on facebook earlier. I know you have so much on your plate right now.

    Guess what? I am coming to the retreat in October! YIPPEE. going to register today and get my plane ticket. can't wait to meet you in person.

    praying for lots of open doors at Speak up. you will "only" be about 3 hours from me - so close yet so far....

  16. Ohhh, didn't realize you were heading to Michigan. I thought the conference was in TX...why did I think that? Hmmm.

  17. We are in the middle of VBS too, my friend, and I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND! I haven't been able to do much writing all week due to sheer exhaustion. you, I am relearning some valuable faith lessons along with the kids. And you look absolutely darling. :)


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