Archive for April, 2008

I Will Praise You In The Storm

An MC student is going old skool in the office next to me with this Casting Crowns song. Heard it awhile ago and still love it.

Praise You in This Storm
words by Mark Hall/music by Mark Hall and Bernie Herms

I was sure by now,God, that You would have reached down and wiped our tears away,
stepped in and saved the day.
But once again, I say amen
and it’s still raining
as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain,
“I’m with you”
and as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away.

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
and every tear I’ve cried
You hold in your hand
You never left my side
and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to You
and raised me up again
my strength is almost gone how can I carry on
if I can’t find You
and as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
“I’m with you”
and as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away

Chorus:
I lift my eyes onto the hills
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth
I lift my eyes onto the hills
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth

Chorus:

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Source and Youth Leader’s Coach

For some reason feltl pretty blogless the last couple of days.

Jeanne and I ate lunch at Ruby Tuesdays today. As we talked, I was reminded of exactly how brilliant she is. Here are a couple great lines I heard as I listened to the final version of Who’s Your American Idol (Source) and What To Do While You’re Waiting (Youth Leader’s Coach)

Beware of undoing in a careless moment of disobedience the work that God’s grace has taken much time to build.

People live the unedited version of your life (I’ve quoted that one before, but still love it).

The right choices eventually bring the right emotions.

Every time I listen to the resources I think how stupid I was when I received them though the mail and tossed them on the shelf. The good news is that I get to listen to them for free now … over and over again.

Things Not To Do At Camp

Three of our Cadre Prestige from Michigan (Don Champion, Nick Nelson and Steve Royalty) had a little fun making a video. It was great seeing their faces.

What to do?

What do you do when you have so many things to do that you don’t know where to start? I guess I’ll just pick one.

Looking forward to putting my life in “park” for a week next month. The only decision now is to decide whether to do that in Indiana or on the beach.

The Little Girl That Captured My Heart

Usually on mission trips, I’m running around like a chicken with its head chopped off making sure everyone is ok, has something to do, is on course, etc. However, while I love them both, taking college-aged students on a missions trip is a little different than middle school students. I found that I had more time just to “be” vs. “do”. So, on Friday, while I did some checking up to make sure everyone was ok, for the most part I hung out with Juanita, my little eating machine (she loves candy). She didn’t like to swim like everyone else, so we hung out under the Palapa playing with crayons, playdough, necklaces, balloons and everything else under the sun. She stole my heart. I truly miss her.

Never Prouder

After helping to create, prep and provide some oversight to Cadre Legacy Reunion, leading 19 people on the Mexico missions tirp, an all-nighter prepping for Cadre Litmus, then two full days of Litmus I was wiped out. After making sure the MC gang got the Cadre to the airport for their 4 a.m. – 11 a.m. departures, I did nothing but sleep, do laundry, sleep some more, and do some more laundry and sleep some more until 7 p.m. tonight when I left for Oxygen.

I loved watching worship tonight. As I looked around the room, I saw all the Cadre Executive Team serving or worshipping their hearts out after putting in two really long days. Monday their day started at 7:30 a.m. and ended around midnight. On Tuesday, their day started at 7:30 a.m. and ended around 3 a.m. They were allowed to come to Master’s Commission a little later than normal this morning, but not enough to compensate for their efforts. The fact that they were “all in” at 7:30 p.m. tonight is an indication of their character and commitment. I am so proud of them.

Tonight was an 02 small group night. We had a great time. Before moving into 02 groups, we worshipped and celebrated VIP night for those who had signed up and paid their deposit for the retreat (Bulletproof). It’s hard to believe that we are nine short days away from our reteat. Sign up right now is right around the 200 mark.

Cadre Litmus

Got back from Mexico at 5 p.m. on Saturday and headed hard and fast into Cadre Litmus. I am gathered right now among greatness – people living in the trench fighting daily to stay creative, centered and connected to and for Jesus. Their stories of success bring tears to my eyes, their stories of struggle brings tears to my eyes as well. The battle is real and worth it. I really sense what we are giving them practically is making a difference, as well as the deposits we are making in their hearts.