Thursday, July 28, 2011

You Alone...

You are not a god
Created by human hands
You are not a god
Dependant on any mortal man
You are not a god
In need of anything we can give
By Your plan, that's just the way it is
You are God alone
From before time began
You were on Your throne
Your are God alone
And right now
In the good times and bad
You are on Your throne
You are God alone
You're the only God
Whose power none can contend
You're the only God
Whose name and praise will never end
You're the only God
Who's worthy of everything we can give
You are God
And that's just
the way it is
Unchangeable, Unshakable, Unstoppable
That's what You are

I love this song!  So I thought I would share :)

See ya soon!
Sara Rose <3

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

You Know That Moment?

Ever had that moment...your sitting in your house...bored to death almost. Had that feeling?
So once you discover that just sitting there is doing absolutely nothing to help your boredom, you decide to do something about it.  Still with me?
That's where I was I decided to do something about it.
I grabbed my camera and headed outside.  It's amazing what you can find in your own backyard.
Enjoy these completely unedited, straight from the camera pictures.

See you soon!
Sara Rose <3

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Final Decision....(feel free to do a drumroll)

This decision was not easy. I constantly was worrying about what people would think, or who I might disappoint if I didn't return, or if I was letting people down if I did not go back.
I've prayed, I've received counsel, I've prayed some more, I haven't had as much chocolate as I would like, but that's OK, and I have prayed some more.
This is one of the hardest things I have ever had to face...I desire to know God's will so much, that I was so nervous about not making the right decision.
So, without further adieu...
I, after getting some counsel, have decided that I will be staying home this coming year. Money was part of my decision, but not all of it. Since going to Grace I have felt the Lord move me into a different area of ministry, and I feel I should take this year to focus on how to pursue His will. I have complete peace about this decision. I know to some it may seem as if I am walking away from the exact place where I found God's will, but I am not. I did find God's will in Gaylord, and not even for one moment do I regret going last year.
I found God's will this past year, now I feel the need to take a step back, and find the avenue in which to pursue His will. I don't know if that means staying at home forever, or if I will be returning to Grace in the spring or next fall. I am completely open to His will and His way.
I hope that you all will continue to pray for me as I look for a job in my area, and also as I pursue ministry within my church and in other areas.
Thank you all so much....
See you soon!
Sara Rose <3

Friday, July 22, 2011

Let's Just Pretend...

I sent a letter to my Mamaw about my little predicament for college. In return she sent me a little note letting me know she was praying for me, and that God does do miracles. :)
Whether she meant to or not, she sent a forward to my e-mail. But it is perfect for what I'm going through.
Love you Mamaw!
Here's the story:

Sometimes we wonder,
'What did I do to deserve this?'
'Why did God have to do this to me
Here is a wonderful explanation!
A daughter is telling her Mother how everything
is going wrong
, she's failing algebra, her boyfriend
broke up with her and her best friend is moving away.
Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and
asks her daughter if she would like a snack, and the
daughter says, 'Absolutely Mom, I love your cake.'
'Here, have some cooking oil,' her Mother offers.
'Yuck' says her daughter.
'How about a couple raw eggs?' 'Gross, Mom!'
'Would you like some flour then?
Or maybe baking soda?'
'Mom, those are all yucky!'
To which the mother replies :
'Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves.
But when they are put together in the
right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake! '
God works the same way. Many times we wonder why
He would let us go through such bad and difficult
. But God knows that when He puts these things
All in His order, they always work for good! We just
Have to trust Him and, eventually, they will all
Make something wonderful!
God is crazy about you.

He sends you flowers every spring and
A sunrise every morning.
Whenever you want to talk, He'll listen.
He can live anywhere in the universe,
and yet He chose your heart.

I love this story, so I just wanted to share.
7 days left, so let's pretend that the cake was chocolate and keep praying!

See ya soon!
Sara Rose <3

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Prayer and Chocolate...

Yes, chocolate and prayer. Something that I have been needing a lot of lately.
I've been going back and forth recently with the decision of returning to college. I loved college and it was an amazing time for me. I was able to grow so much spiritually, and I learned a lot. After coming home for the summer I honestly expected to find a job in two or less weeks, work all summer, get lots of money, and be able to go back in the fall. Now I'm looking at almost two weeks until college starts and I still haven't been able to find anything. Not even McDonald's (which I've applied to at least 3 times) is wanting me.

Good news is is that I was accepted for the work scholarship I applied for at college. This will take care of my tuition. All of it. But it stills leaves me with a need for a part-time job to take care of my room and board. Which there are a lot more jobs up there than there are here at home. Also, because I wasn't able to get a job this summer, I do not have the funds to get me in the door. (Registration, 1st payment, books, etc.)

With all of this said, you can see why I'm in need of a vast supply of both chocolate and prayer.
I have eight days to make a decision...
The first one: Stay at home for a year, get a job, save up lots of money, and see if God directs me to return to Grace next fall.
The second one: See God move in a miraculous way (which I know He does all the time), see Him supply all the money that I need, and find another part time job for the fall semester.

Yeah, the second one sounds a whole lot more complicated. But God fed 5,000 with just a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish, didn't He?

So there's my predicament...
I have 8 days to pray for God's direction....
Please, please pray with me....
Maybe eat a chocolate bar too :)

See ya soon!
Sara Rose <3

Lots and Lots of Pictures...

There are so many photos from camp that there is no way I could post them all...or even half of them. So, here are a few of my favorite people from Camp Canaanland. Not all of them mind you, just a few.

Don't worry, more are on their way! :)

See ya soon!
Sara Rose <3

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Camp Canaanland

Last week I was able to go to the U.P. as a counselor for my church's youth group. I was so blessed to go with such an amazing group of teenagers who are so open and so willing to know what the Lord has for them. To be completely honest, I was somewhat nervous about going. Not because it was a Bible camp up in the Upper Peninsula in the middle of nowhere. But because I wasn't sure if I could be what the girls needed for that week. I was so fortunate to be in the same cabin with several of the girls from my church, and then also so many wonderful girls from churches that came from around Michigan.
I loved waking up in the morning, taking the coldest shower I think I have ever had, snuggle back into my bunk, pull out my Bible and just watch all the girls in the cabin start waking up and do nearly the exact same thing. I love each one of the girls I was able to be with last week, and I can't believe that the week is already over.

The speaker for the week was Pastor Stone from Canada. He was such an amazing preacher.
His messages were just what I needed to hear, and I will not soon forget them.

Just a little note...Lights Out never happened at 11 p.m. :)

See you soon!
Sara Rose <3

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Food, Family, Fun & Sparklers...Happy Birthday America!

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowned by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."

I am so thankful for the country in which I live. The freedom that it has, and most importantly the men and women who leave everything they've known, and they families they love in order to ensure that we in America can live free and safe. Thank you to all who serve in the military, and risk their lives everyday for America's liberty.

Our day started off with Mom and I making a brownie pizza that was later covered in strawberries, bananas and blueberries. We also made crab and shrimp salad (Dad's favorite) The menu was grilled chicken, salad, pink fluff, baked beans, and brownie pizza and ice cream for dessert. All the fun started at night, where we got creative with sparklers and my camera. Enjoy!
I got creative with my nail polish...I painted my toes and fingernails different colors of red, white and blue.

Dad, the grill master
Moose relaxing
The brother and sister, ready to eat dinner
The brownie pizza
My brother enjoying the cool whip
We had fun drawing with the sparklers :)

My sister and I

Happy 4th of July!

See you soon!
Sara Rose <3

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Twelve Little Ducklings All in a...Well, They Were in a Row

Watch out for ducklings...there are thousands of them out right now. Okay, maybe not thousands, but at least dozens of them.

Just picture it...
You're driving down a quaint country road, nearly into town, ready to shop with the rest of the shoppers for the Fourth of July. As you ride along in the car, your mother at the wheel, you casually talk about whatever comes to your mind. But it's calm...and you stay calm until your mother goes "oh my goodness" and starts slowing down the car. You (who is still calm at this point) look at the road and realize that there is a momma duck and her 12 ducklings following in a perfectly straight line. You, being the one who cares deeply for little ducklings, all of a sudden screams (yes I screamed) "MOTHER!" Your mother then slams on the close your eyes and pray you don't hear a *thump* open your eyes and realize that ducklings can actually fly! (I didn't know that) So even though my mother broke up the little ducklings formation, most likely made their momma mad, I am proud to say that no ducklings were harmed on our way to Wal-Mart.

So I suppose the moral of the story is...please brake for the ducklings :)

See you soon!
Sara Rose <3

Milk & Cookies...Cookies & Milk

I love taking photos of random objects around the house. Cookies have become my new favorite. :)
My little helper, our cat Titan. Actually, I think he was waiting for me to be done with my milk.

See you soon!
Sara Rose <3