Friday, July 11, 2014

Howdy Strangers!

So I haven't posted in a while. Life got real busy. A lot. I had finished up my spring semester but not one week later I was starting my 6 week condensed summer courses and working at Starbucks and doing carwashes, picnics, and preparing for our trip to Chicago with our youth group.

I'm still pooped. Lol. Vacation is so close though! August 18th, I'm headin' west!

Which brings me to the most recent thing keeping me busy, VBS, and our theme is Gospel Light's SonWest Roundup! At the end of our VBS last year, I was going through some of our crafts and seeking out ideas via Pinterest for what our next theme would be, and I was just so inspired by the western theme, so my hubby picked this one to please me. :)

I am having so much fun planning everything, but here it is, just over a week away and I'm struggling to put everything into action. We do not have a children's pastor or any kind of children's adviser, AND our head pastor and his wife (who is truly gifted by God to work with kids!) are on sabbatical until August, so my husband and I pick up the slack. I have quite a bit of experience participating as a VBS volunteer at my old church, but never was I the one to be calling all the shots--other than God, of course! ;) --and giving instructions. Delegating is something I can do, but I get scared people won't do something the way I want them to do it; it's something I'm working on. I'm thankful that I have extremely amazing volunteers doing snacks, games, and teaching, but their role hasn't exactly kicked in yet and the mass of the preparation will start after our Saturday morning volunteers meeting and promotion day. We'll be splitting everyone up and assigning them to focus on their jobs, then go out to the neighborhoods surrounding our church to promote with door hangers and poster invitations. Busy busy busy!

Everything's been great, and I'm looking forward to what God will be doing through this VBS. I'm sure He is working on stretching me through this whole experience; I rejoice in that because why?! Here's why, of course:

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." -James 1:2-4 (NIV)

I hope whatever your trial is this week or this month or this year or EVER, as tough as it may be, allows you to grow! God bless, and check back for VBS details! Ya'll come back now ya here?! :)