Thursday, February 1, 2018

The BEST of 2017!!

Even though a months’ time has passed…2017 hasn’t been forgotten. The 12 months that filled 2017 felt more like a lifetime…if I had to sum the year up in one word it would be, long. There are many moments of the year that I wish never would have happened, though the pain of those memories no longer brings tears, I am reminded often they caused deep hurt. But as I do my reflections of the year it is not pain or hurts that mark it because 2017 has the faithfulness of God written all over it. Through trials, temptations, and a whole lot of change God protected brought near to him myself, my family and friends….and along the year gave us all a whole lot to celebrate.

I am excited to share with you all my favorite memories 2017…
#21- Human Foose Ball
#20- Naomi hitting her first 3 point shot in City League play!

#19- Running for RUJA with Hopey, Naomi, and Jacob! 
#18- Wipe Every Tear Gala!  ( 
#17- Packing out the room for the 2017 JEMfriends banquet! Boise…we need your biggest room for next year!

#16- Holly Visiting Boise…well and Twin Falls! 
#15- Getting the opportunity to coach club volleyball with Ignite Sports!

 #14- JEMfriends Volunteers and mentors giving over 1,800 volunteers hours… Let’s keep caring for our youth. 

#13- Boone and Hannah’s baby Justice being born!
#12- Hearing our Idaho Aged-out youth share their stories at the community awareness event in March!

#11- Visiting a Tulip Farm… it was perfect!
#10- Getting to see Amanda and her boys when they visited Boise!

#9- Opening up the third home for JEMfriends youth!

#8- Running the obstacle race with Joel, Justin, and Naomi! Counting down the days til the next one…

#7- JEMfriends Christmas Party!

#6- Winning back to back CSAA Volleyball Championships!
#5- Meeting this incredible young lady, Izzy! BSU Student and softball player who volunteered 90 hours with JEMfriends.

#4- Haiti… Leading girls I coached on a mission’s trip was my dream come true…but serving alongside them was my greatest honor.
#3- Watching my girls grow…from girls, to friends, to athletes, to best friends, to servants, to missions, to leaders…to living life with a mission. Ya…I am proud. 

#2- Jacob and Sarah getting engaged…

#1- Born with the gentlest heart…every moment we get with you every picture we see of you reminds us that God is faithful! Calvin, you are our precious gift…we are so glad you are here…

Bonus- This is a bonus cause I don't even know what to say...God, you kinda just rocked my world...but I really do like it. Thank you. Daniel, Thank you for showing me who the man of my dreams is! 


Friendships are valuable beyond words and in this past year, there were so many moments where my friends were there for me to lean on and together learning to lean on Christ. Sarah, Thank you for praying with me every week, I am so glad I will always get to call you a sister! Anna, you are sunshine...well every day I see you... Thank you for your words of encouragement and your perfectly timely quotes. Naomi, Thank you for being my best friend...can you believe God gave you your dream to hold some orphans...every day! Shea, You make me look so much more organized! Thank you for listening to many times this year!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Christ's Victory...The Best of 2015!

Reflection is one of the most powerful gifts God gives to us. I hope that each of you can take time to reflect on this last year a see how God worked and the blessings that He gives through victories, trials, waiting, etc. Reflection is powerful because it allows us to see parts that we have not seen before, as I have seen the gentleness of God I believe we don't see those parts in the moments because we might not be able to handle it (as humans get overwhelmed pretty easily) but as we reflect He is able to make those lessons learned more permanent in our lives and hearts.

2015 brought Victory in so many ways! In my heart...over lies of worthlessness, selfishness and pride. In competition...learning to compete well and that Christ calls us to be competitive for Him and advancing His Kingdom. In friendship...Been blessed with some many friendships this year...I don't have many words just so much thankfulness for them.. Mercy, Elysse, Lucas, Josiah, Jacob, Joel, Justin, my Parents, Maryanna, Shelly, Deana, Amy, Naomi, Sarah, Faith, Vivienne, Derek, Anna, Alicia, Rebecca, April, Manna.

Now for the highlights of the year...I numbered them but really it was way to hard to rank them!
#22 Road Trips with April, Mercy, Alicia
#21Speaking at Fired Up Youth Group in Oregon and Set Apart Girl in Twin Falls, ID.
#20 Skiing with Noami and friends...mostly crashing!
#19 JEMfriends Banquet!
#18  A new JEM girls home!

#17 Hannah getting engaged! 
#16 Alicia coaching Covenant JV Volleyball! She did great!
#15 Justin's Senior Year of Basketball leading his team to a CSAA Championship!
#14 Spending time with Sarah Young, what and incredible Christian lady!
#13 Playing in a double volleyball tournament with Naomi and getting 2nd!
#12 Watching Elite 8 NCAA Woman's basketball games with Alicia and Becka!
#11 Royal Family Kids Camp Bus Ride...where a young girl gave her life to Christ!
#10 CA Varsity Basketball girls taking 2nd in the CSAA Tournament!
#9 Learning to Compete well!
#8 Playing in and Winning CA Outdoor Summer Volleyball tournament =!
#7 Coaching CA Varsity Volleyball Season!
#6 Being Inspired by my Friend Deana, how she has allowed Christ to work in her life is so many moments and so many ways! Thank you for sharing God's testimony with us!
#5 My brother Jacob coming home and all the work/time/energy he has put into JEMfriends!
#4 Becoming an Aunt to Naomi Faye!
#3 Winning W4 city league volleyball tournament. Playing with your close friends and people that invest in each other..and having the gym full of family and friends cheering you on...its so much more then a game!
#2 Friendships :D
#1 3 CA volleyball girls making CSAA All-league teams! Shea, Anna, Savannah you made my year!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013 Highlights...

2013 was a year of many blessing and highlights, I could not come close to counting them or putting them all in a blog, but here is my best shot at a countdown to the things that I am most thankful for and highlights of the year. 
#20…Kayaking on Redfish Lake.
#19…Discovering Black Been/ Quinoa Burgers.
#18…Spending time with Sarah and Elizabeth Young at Family Reunion.
#17…Getting an out of Darkness T-shirt.
#16…Increasing my vertical leap by 4”.
#15…Seeing Niagara from the Canadian Side.
#14…Covenant Academy JV Volleyball Girls Tournament. They placed 3rd.
#13…Meeting new people at that all challenged and encouraged me in my life. Caitlin, Jacob, Naomi, Christa, Carolyn, Rachel!
#12…Playing on a basketball team with some of my favorite people. Rebecca, Maryanna, Mercy, Mariko, and Hannah.
#11…Playing in the Ultimate tournament as a Family.
#10…Camp Counseling as Royal Family Kids Camp. Week long summer camp for Foster Youth.
#9…Speaking at Arts camp in Canada.
#8…Coaching Alicia one on one during the summer! So Proud of You…The End.
#7…Covenant Academy Boys Winning Football Championship with an undefeated season.
#6...Thankful for my brother Lucas…who spoke endless encouragement to me, never shyed away from giving me wisdom and listen to me on many occasions.
#5…Having my sister Mercy working alongside me in JEMfriends ministry and coaching. Thankful for the best friend she has become to me.  
#4…Spending a week with Mercy Hope. This week blessed me with so much wisdom!
#3…Getting a true JEMfriends transition house up and running. Wow this was a lot of work but God faithfully had His hand on every detail
#2…renewing a friendship with Amy Wilson after she has been gone for 2 years in Bible College and Missions Trips. I am so inspired by what God has done in her life.
#1- Highlight of My year 2013…Spending Time with Katy Klein 

God is so faithful when I look back at my year I can see His work in so many ways and areas of my life, does this mean that my year was “easy” in the sense that we do seem to want life to be, no it doesn’t in fact it was probably the hardest year to this point of my life. I am so thankful to the blessings and the challenges that this year has brought, every one of them is shaping me for now and in the future…just as God has used the past years to shape who I am today.
Looking forward to 2014…I know it’s going to be a great ride!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Having a life calling…
Is chasing the after the heart of God and sharing the Goodnews enough of a purpose in your life? Everyone  faces the question of what they are going to do with their life (for work, school, and in ministry for Christ)
Many want to do something BIG for Him, serve Him in an exciting way, but I would challenge you not to be caught up in these thoughts.  I will not deny that going on mission’s trip or starting an orphanage in Africa and other such things are important and exciting and there are some amazing things that are happening in the lives of those  they impact and in lives of those doing the missions. I would really encourage you if you are called and have the opportunity to do such things to do it, but do not let this be the all to living a life for Christ, live every moment as mission for Christ.
Christ Said: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind”…. “Love you neighbor as yourself”
The first command is to love God…why did He say this first, because you cannot love others if you do not first love God.  I believe your first responsibility in living a life for Christ is to seek after the Heart of God, let Him wash trough you so that you are so filled up with Him that when you live your life, He is what is coming out of you. If I am full of Christ love then when I love others it is His love…its only this fact that gives me the confidence to love because I know that if I am showing love outside of Christ then it is going to be for a selfish reason, it will not last, I will want it reciprocated and in the end will most likely hurt someone.
For myself I know that I am called to (1) seek God with all my heart, mind and soul, (2) love others, and (3) live a life of Sacrifice.
The words of the song “Let me sing” by Andrew Peterson do an amazing job explaining an encouraging seeking God and letting Him wash through (change you), loving others (seeing people the way that Christ sees them), and living a life of sacrifice(laying everything you have down for others, living every moment for Him)

I wanna to open up my eyes

And see a more beautiful world
Let the hand of God Almighty
Sweep his colors through my life
I wanna hold tight to the laughter
And ride it like a child
On the winds that billow joyful
Through the sky

I wanna open up my heart
But you know, sometimes it's hard to find
Because I've buried it beneath the selfishness
That I've hidden behind
I wanna stand my ground unshaken
But I wanna tremble when I kneel
And let my song remain unbroken
Through the tears

So let me sing for the love
Let me love for the lost
Let me lose all I have
For what I found on the cross
Let me trust you with my life
Let me live to give you praise
Lord, let me praise you
For the grace by which I'm saved
Lord, let me sing

I wanna open up Your word
And let the thirsty enter in
So they can drink deep of the water
You have given to them
I want to run the race with vigor
I want to fight the fight with strength
And let my song rise from a whisper
To a scream

I wanna open up my arms
And embrace that old rugged cross
I wanna take pride in the reason
And be humbled by the cause
And when this lisping, stamm'ring tongue
Lies silent in the grave
Then in a nobler, sweeter song,
I'll sing your praise
I'll sing your praise

So let me sing for the love
Let me love for the lost
Let me lose all I have
For what I found on the cross
Let me trust you with my life
Let me live to give you praise
Lord, let me praise you
For the grace by which I'm saved
Lord, let me sing

Thursday, January 24, 2013

I wrote this about a year ago, but I wanted to put it up on my blog...

Shaking off the distractions of life to even sit down and write a blog can be hard enough…it obviously is for me as have not written one in about a year.  This challenge is nothing compared to that which life throws at you to keep you from having deep moment-by-moment relationship with your Savior.  The reason that I say "moment-by-moment" is because when you are talking about the Savior of the universe, the one that gives you the strength to take that next step, the one that moves my fingers to type these words and puts my thoughts in a somewhat understandable sequence, WHY would you want anything less?

For the last 2 years of my life I have kind of felt like I have been in a lesson, but never finding the answer. I am still amazed at everything that I've learned, even though I had no clue why I was learning it. Thankfully we have a faithful God that in his timing chooses to show us what we are learning and why we are learning it. I have learned so much, especially around the moment-to-moment relationship that I must have with my Savior.

I must ask you…”why don’t we reach out and touch Jesus and draw our strength from Him?”  He is with in reaching distance of all of us yet we choose to act like He is not. Most of us just want to be with Him but sometimes I am afraid we just want to use Him like a name drop.  In Mark 5 we are told of the woman who was healed by her “faith”. I used to simply think about this from the stand point of the woman who was sick having the faith that Jesus would heal her if she could JUST touch His robe. Then, I began thinking about this story from the perspective of the crowd. It says the crowd “thronged” which simply means “(of a crowd) Fill or be present in (a place or area), to be present in great numbers."

The questions I ask myself…was no one else who was there injured or sick? Why was there no one else reaching out to touch Jesus, to be healed? I am not saying there was not anyone else that was not trying or that even did and we are not told about it, but this prompted me to ask myself "am I the person so proud of that fact that I am “walking” beside Jesus right there I don’t even consider that I could reach out and touch Him". STOP and THINK about that, put yourself right there! Are you satisfied standing beside Him or do you want to reach out and touch Him? Do you want His healing power to run through you and heal every physical, spiritual, and emotional injury?
I know that for many years of my life I have been the crowd…just believing that I was in a great place because I was walking with Jesus instead of having that FAITH to reach out and touch Him.