Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Well, this is just another example of German efficiency!!! The road does exactly what the sign does. I love it! So effective! Oh and don't forget the hiking trail sign at the bottom. It's a little smaller, but on the same sign post! <3 it!
forest and she came RUNNING over to me (which was quite hillarious to see a lama run and her hair bounce) wanting my apple. I took the last couple of bites and fed her the core. The funny thing was, the day before she totally ignored me, but I wasn't eating an apple! She loves apples. I think I'm going to name her Apfel Shirley. =)
So, what ministries am I involved in during the year?
First: my house. Not only my roommates, but our "Germany parents" :) It is evident to ALL of us that God has us all here for such a time is this. We love each other and we are truly a family.
Second: small groups. Tuesday morning I go with two other lovely ladies to Basel, Switzerland and I'm involved in Bible Study Fellowship. It is a small group of about 10 ladies and this year we are studying Isaiah. We get a new study sheet and questions each week for us to work on throughout the week and every Tuesday morning we get to fellowship with each other and talk about our answers and discuss how it relates to us. Tuesday evening a group of single ladies meet and we are talking about the book of Esther. Wednesday morning I go to a small group that is in the building next to my office and it's the same basic principal as the Tuesday morning one, but with ladies in my direct community. Wednesday evening Brad, Janis, Brittany and I are watching a series and talking about the video segment that we watch. All are inspiring and challenging in their own way. It's great to be able to devote so much time to God's word and His people.
Third: KIDS! I'm not a "teacher" and have my own classroom, but I get to help with Awana on Tuesday afternoon. I get to hear the darlings say their memory verse and encourage them to learn the next one! AND I get to sub for a lady who went back to the states for 3 weeks. She works in the library at the elementary school here and teaches science. I'm not doing her library, but I am doing her science lessons! It's been great to get to be in the classroom and interact with the students and learn some "elementary German". LOL
Forth: RA's!!! The resident assistants that live in the dorms are in the dorms ALL the time! They get a weekend off each month and one of the girls, who is new this year, and I connected and so we have been able to take a couple of short weekend trips. It really is a ministry opportunity! It's been a great time for her to have someone else to talk to besides just dorm people and I'm enjoying having a great new friend! =)
Fifth: DORM LIFE!!! On Monday's I get to go to the dorm that I have "lived" at during the past two summers and sub for the RAs that are off. Each Monday the RAs get the day off and each Thursday the dorm parents get the day off. It's a much needed rest because they are "on" the whole rest of the time! So, I go on Monday's and help cutting veggies for sandwiches for lunches and make some cookies, help with homework and make sure the guys do their chores. It's a great time to connect with more students and help with homework too.
Sixth: RELATIONSHIPS! The people here are wonderful! Our goal is to have people over at least once a week. And, if we happen to slack and not invite someone over, we get invited somewhere! It's great! People are supportive and friends from the beginning. :) On Wednesday nights I am helping out a family by sitting at their house with their teenage son while the parents are at a Bible study. I use this time to read and visit with him while he is having his snack and settling down for bed.
Seventh: the scenery! I get to walk to the elementary school and then I walk home. Total, it's about 6 miles. I do that 4 times a week for 3 weeks. The paths are awesome! They lead through the woods and pop out in places and I know where I am! The weather has been beautiful! Janis and I went for a walk through some vineyards last week. Just the simple things are scenic!
Eigth: lessons.....God has lead me through some lessons. From being able to forgive myself and HOW to do that to just treasuring each moment. The simple things. Loving life. Loving on people and showing them God's love.
Nineth: God. He is amazing in His tapistry weaving.
~I stand in awe of You, Lord. Thank you for your love and mercy. May You be glorified by my actions and life. Amen.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Papaw-ism: "There are only 2 kinds of snakes I don't like: ALIVE AND DEAD!" Yep, I TOTALLY agree with him. They just creep me out! This picture would NOT have taken place if it would have been alive! I just walked up and it was like this. I did not do anything to it, but it reminded me of my Papaw.... Here's to you Papaw! Miss you! But guess what?! I'm in Germany! I know you would be proud!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
The poem goes on. It's a beautiful picture of how selfish we as humans are and how giving nature is to us. It can also be related to how much God gives us and how we just keep asking and asking from Him and then when we are finally at the end of ourselves, we might have time for Him. I think we should live each moment to the fullest, but never forgetting WHY we are here. Our purpose in life..... SIEZE THE DAY!
with a paintbrush....God let us enjoy this marvelous sunset!
For but a moment, I got to hold the moon in my hand! God's grace and mercy abound and SHINE! It was about 2 years ago when I was fascinated with the moon. It was always there! day, night, good mood, bad mood. It didn't matter...I would look up and it was there. I always smiled and said a thankful prayer. Then, one day God revealed to me that the reason I was fascinated with the moon was because it was like Him in the fact that "I'm always there." I was astounded and honored that God would allow me to get to know Him by this wonderful creation. Not only is the moon always there, but it reflects the light. God is always there.....a constant.....and I need to relfect His light.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
The local village.
We got high enough that we were at the same level as the clouds!!! They were just sitting there!