Archive for November, 2008

Some things I’ve learned while raking leaves


So in the two hours it took me to rake the entire front lawn (not bad timing if you ask me), I learned a lot.

I learned that:

-maybe I should have found my own gloves before taking on such a project instead of borrowing Justin’s bigger and non-insulated gloves

-maybe I should have started at the farthest point and worked towards the road

-maybe I should have worn my “play shoes” instead of my new ones (oops)

-maybe I should have gotten my painting jeans and wore them instead of my good ones (oops again)

-maybe I shouldn’t have worn one of my nice jackets

-a tarp is always your friend instead of doing half of it with just a rake

-aleve will be needed for the next few days

-I should know better than to think that I would “just do a little bit” of raking

-I’m way too much of a neat freak to rake leaves

-the wind is not my friend

-leaves are heavy when wet

-it’s a good time while raking to talk to God.  (I had to ask Him to calm the wind and keep the snow away until I finished).

-God is so awesome to know every one of the hairs on our heads because I lost count of the leaves I was raking at 20 jabillionzillion.

-I still have ab muscles somewhere under the “winter protective layer”

-blisters hurt

-snow shovels are surprisingly helpful

On another note…God answered my prayer with a yes and kept the wind pretty calm and once I entered the garage when all finished I literally turned around to shut the garage door and the snow was pouring down.  Awesome huh?

It’s for a God Cause


Yes, I did mean to title this “…God Cause” instead of “Good Cause”.  It’s that time of year when chaos breaks out at the mere thought of what to buy every single person you know for Christmas.  Justin and I like to find somewhere like Samaritan’s purse and donate money in our loved ones’ names as a gift because let’s face it, we are all so fortunate and even the “poorest” of us have way more than we need.  I want to encourage you this season to think of the most important things.  One of them being “love your neighbor as yourself”.  Give the gifts worth giving.  I know Justin and I would LOVE for anyone to donate money or things to others in need over a present for ourselves.

Now with that said.  If you are looking for a great “God Cause” to donate to this season, I just happened to know of one.  Our former church Crestview Baptist Church in Shelby, NC is sending a team over Christmas (they are leaving their own families on Christmas morning) to Moscow, Russia for a mission trip.  Justin and I have had the awesome privelege to go on three mission trips with them and have watched a church form and grow from nothing in an area with millions of people.  They are lacking about $3,000 for the trip.  I know that God will provide for them for they are doing His work, but maybe you are one of the pathways He plans on using.  Your money will go much farther providing for this mission trip to lead people to Christ than in Toys R Us or Best Buy this season.  This would be a life changing gift for someone.

If you would like to donate (please pray about this) here is the info:

Crestview Baptist Church


1090 Old Boiling Springs Rd
Shelby, NC 28152

Or if you want…just leave a comment here that you are interested and I will contact you individually.  Thank you for your donation and the blessing you are willing to give to those you don’t even know.

Matthew 6:18-20

18 so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 19“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

Happy Birthday Java


Today is my baby girl, Java’s fourth birthday (for those that don’t know she is our chocolate lab).  Justin gave her to me, well us on our first married Christmas together.  I think she knows it’s her birthday.  Her tail has been wagging all morning.  Happy Birthday Bean (nickname).

Praising God ALL the time


So I had myself a mini cry fest on the way home from Journey tonight. I was listening to a CD mix I had made awhile back.  “Praise You in The Storm” by Casting Crowns was on and I don’t know what hit me but I got to really missing my Crestview friends back home.  Sometimes I can’t help but wonder why I met so many good Christian friends while there and then had to leave them.  Don’t get me wrong, I am 100% ready to be here in Indiana serving the Lord with Justin, but every now and then I get a bit sad.  Tonight in Journey class Ron spoke about how we don’t always understand how things we pray for are not “answered” the way we want them to.  He said maybe it’s because of how you prayed about them.  Maybe they were only for your own selfish desires.  So taking what I heard tonight and listening to the song coming through my speakers…when it got to the chorus: “And I’ll praise you in this storm. and I will lift my hands for You are who You are NO MATTER WHERE I AM,” I understood that the sadness I was feeling was selfishness.  My God has a greater plan for me and He is my God no matter where I am. So I quickly dried my tears and smiled thanking my God for including me in His plan.  Then of course happy tears fell as I walked in the house.

Happy Birthday Mom!


Today is my mom’s birthday.  She will be 29….again.  Looks like I’m getting close to catching up.  I hope you have a great day! I love you!

God Speaking


As I was approaching the doors of GCC (church) this morning it suddenly hit me that God was speaking to me last night. It sure took me long enough but I finally put it together.  I spoke with a really awesome friend of mine (Debra Conn) on the phone the other day.  I was sharing with her how when I was in Shelby I would sometimes hope and pray that when I ran into Walmart I wouldn’t run into anyone I knew (I’m sure you have all wished that at some time or another).  Sometimes I just wanted to get in and get out without anyone seeing me.  Most times I was unsuccessful and would at least see one person I knew.  Now, it’s totally different for me here in South Bend/Mishawaka. I go into any given store and I’m just about guaranteed that I won’t know anyone…at all.  As much as I used to long for that sometimes in Shelby, I now seem to long for the opposite.  I still don’t know that many people and this is a busy place so my chances are so slim out in public. But just last night Justin and I were in Meijer doing some long awaited grocery shopping.  We were at the self checkout and I was bagging while Justin did the scanning.  Out of the blue I heard “Hi Bonnie.” I thought to myself “you are hearing things”, but looked around to see a few checkouts down was Laura Gekeler.  She wasn’t only saying “Hi Bonnie” she was waving her hand in the air so I would see her.  Someone was speaking to ME in a store in MIshawaka.  Someone else was also speaking to me…God! How awesome is that, that in all the things that God has to do in and out of this world every second of everyday, He took just a moment to wave at me through a friend to let me know that He knew me, that He understood, and that He loves me and wants me to be happy.  My heart can’t stop smiling because of it.  I’m THAT special to God.  I mean I know this but sometimes these little reminders are all I need to refresh my spirit.

Because of this story and one similar and even more awesome, you need to seriously check out this week’s sermon on “Is Jesus the Only Way?” Rob Wegner shares an awesome story/testimony about a neighbor of his and how God worked His miracle.

Let me know what you think and if you have a God story you want to share either leave a comment here or I can send you my email from your comment.  I’d LOVE to hear about it.