Joyfullyblessed … by the “Little” things

While I was in Africa, I was amazed over and over again at how God works even in the littlest things.  When I stopped to think about it, I realized that God wasn’t DOING more in Africa, but my eyes were just open to it because of the new situation.  Upon my arrival back to America (and for the 2 months since then), my prayer has remained that God would keep my eyes open to the amazing work he does each day that I would have passed by or counted as coincidence in the past.


I admit that sometimes it’s easy to dwell on what we DON’T see him at work in, but below are some of the “little things” that have blessed me recently.  I guess they’re not really “little”… they’re “God-sized”!  And I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by them… He’s “simply” answering prayers. 🙂

  • Homegrown fruit and vegetables from congregation members
  • Seeing the youth excited to share their experiences at NYG with the congregation 2 Sundays ago and the Women’s Bible Class this past Monday.
  • A package from my sister
  • Volleyball on Wednesday nights – an opportunity to meet new people and exercise all at the same time while having fun. 🙂
  • Getting to have lunch with my teammates each day
  • A congregation member commenting that they were praying for me the whole time I was presenting at the VBS reunion on Sunday
  • A classmate from school who has texted me every week for at least the past month asking how he can be praying for me and the things going on at my church
  • Numerous phone calls, texts, e-mails and notes from friends/family with encouraging words… often at the “perfect” time.
  • Moments of Laughter – like Addie imitating Sailor Jack saying “You’ve got to be kidding” or simply sharing joy with a friend
  • Just “happening” to read the PERFECT verse in the Bible at the PERFECT time



God… open our eyes to see YOU… even in the “little” things. Amen!


And now I turn the question back to you, my beloved blog readers… what “little things” has God blessed YOU with/through recently?

First Trinity

JB… by High Seas Expedition (aka VBS)

I’m definitely JOYFULLYBLESSED by VBS.  This year’s theme was High Seas Expedition and it was a great experience with over 200 kids and 100+ volunteers.  I got to be one of the Bible Voyage leaders which was awesome because I got to help make God’s Word come ALIVE for the kids that came each day.

Here are some other highlights and pictures:

This is a picture of all the nametags for the volunteers. (look at both tables!!!)  Yea, it took THAT many people to make VBS happen!!! (And that doesn’t count all the others who did other things like donating items and snack supplies, getting crafts ready, and….




SETTING UP!!! Like these awesome volunteers who helped set up the stage last Saturday.





Let the Vast Voyage begin!


Over 200 kids came each day to hear about God’s mighty love through his amazing Word.  Here are the Bible Points for each day!

Day 1: God’s Word is true!

Day 2: God’s Word is comforting!

Day 3: God’s Word is surprising!

Day 4: God’s Word is life-changing.

Day 5: God’s Word is for EVERYONE!!!

I want to say a special thank you to Frank my helper, decorator, sound-effects guy, and music man extraordinaire!  Today, he even helped teach the lesson by reviewing the past few days with the kids!  He was awesome!  Here he is teaching the kids:


It was an awesome week and as we learned on Day 4, God’s Word truly does change lives and it did this week.  It was also a great way for me to jump in and get to know people (and a few more names) as I begin my internship.