Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Where's Nicole?!

This is the beginning of a new series on my blog similar to 'Where's Waldo'... except 'Where's Nicole'.  I'll randomly be checking in from all over telling a highlight of the day.  The first part of this series was here.

Friday, April 17, 2009


"The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit."
Psalm 34:18
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Brokenness is the mark of  a person who is qualified to be used by God.  If you are not broken then you are using yourself for your own personal efforts, your own personal dreams and your own personal passions. At the end of the day, people that are actually being used of God in a crazy way and in an off the meter way are people that have been cracked up, who have been lunged at by God.  And God has done something to them. 

-Eric Mason

 "But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you."
1Corinthians 4:7-12

Monday, April 13, 2009

Blessed Ministry

"Therefore, since we have this ministry through the mercy shown to us, we do not get discouraged."
2 Cor. 4:1

"But I don't place any value on my life, if only I can finish my race and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus of testifying to the gospel of God's grace..."
Acts 20:24

What a blessing it was to get to know so many of the kids on the mission trip in New Mexico.  I was so blessed by their hearts to serve God in a deeper way.

They opened their hearts to me... we cried, prayed and shared together.

It's amazing how even a small amount of time spent together, can make such an impact on lives.

I'll always remember these happy faces... their laughter... their stories... their hearts.

What a blessed ministry to be able to work, pray, grow and serve together!

Love you guys!!

To Know.

I always like to be informed about people... as some of you may know, the ban on gay marriage was overturned here in Iowa a little over a week ago.  It was concerning to see the conflicting thoughts that Pastor Rick Warren had on this issue.  It seems as though he is speaking out of both sides of his mouth.

I present this to you readers so you can be better informed.

(here he says he took no stand on the Prop. 8 issue in CA)
(Here he endorses it.)

Friday, April 3, 2009


I got this crazy idea to have Patti stand on her head for an AMAZING picture...

Plan the method...

Whoops!  Dropping her probably wasn't the best idea...

Get situated...


Thanks Patti for still being my friend... even when I drop you!
You da bomb!