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What I Learned on my Second Mission’s Trip

 

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^^My whole team

I did it again. This summer was the second summer I was able to go to New Sweaden, Maine with my church and do a vacation Bible school there. In this post I want to share what I learned and inspire you to consider going on a mission’s trip. I posted about the first time I went to Maine here if you want to see a comparison. Earlier this year I posted about the preparation for the trip. You can click here and here to read those.

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A little bit of background for everyone, my church had been going to New Sweaden, Maine for 19 years to host a vacation Bible school (VBS) there. All the kids (Preschool to 12th grade) are invited to come and participate in a week filled with games, Bible lessons, crafts, songs, and snacks. It is from 9am-12pm everyday.

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^^Teaching

This year I got to be part of the teaching team and we taught the preschool through 6th grader Bible lessons everyday. We had roughly 37 children attend VBS . My church brought a total of 34 team members (11 adults and 23 teens) to help pull off this VBS.

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Each VBS day consisted of an opening (where we sang the VBS songs and watched a video skit), then there were four rotations (crafts, games, worship, and Bible). There were four groups PreK and Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade, 3rd and 4th, and 5th and 6th. Then we finished up the morning by singing more songs and talking about the day and what the kids learned.

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^^MCing with two of the other girls at the carnival

In the afternoons, we would have devotions, play group games, hang out, or prepare for the next days VBS. On Wednesday evening we had a carnival for the kids and their families which included games, singing songs, and having a cook out. While we were there, it rained almost all the days and the temperature was roughly about mid seventies all week. We stayed at the school where we hosted the VBS.

Some fun memories:

-My friend Georgia and I saw that it was pouring down rain outside. We decided to run outside and run around in the rain and under the pounding stream of gutter water. The problem was we had to be in the cafeteria in five minutes…… Fortunately, it all worked out.

-Something that really touched me was when we were practicing the verse with the preschoolers. They had trouble the whole week memorizing the verse and never wanted to say it by themselves. There was this one girl Milana who hadn’t spoke that week, not even to say her name. She was asked before anyone else if she wanted to say the verse. We were all shocked when she nodded yes and then proceed to quietly repeat the verse with the hand motions. This surprised all of us. It shows how God can work in unique ways.

-One evening we spent time praying with our small groups (the group we meet with during the school year). We praised God and also gave our requests to Him. It was such a peaceful moment and praying came so easily.

-Two of the nights we went outside and sang worship songs after we had finished devotions. The songs felt like they were picked for me. Plus, I was introduced to two worship songs I love, Not For a Moment (Meredith Andrews) and O Come to the Altar (Elevation Worship).

-On Friday at VBS, we all got in a circle at the closing part and sang all the VBS songs plus did the motions. It really touched me how everyone (adults, kids, and teens) all came unified together to do it.

What God taught me:

Humility.  We were reading through the book of Philippians and almost everyday there was something in the devotional about humility (and that isn’t even the theme of the book!). Not only that, different events that took place through out the week really helped show me that He is in control and that I was really having a prideful attitude.

The second main thing that God taught me, which goes along with humility, is ignoring our problems does not solve them. I went into the trip struggling with some things and it was harder because I had not tried to solve them I just let them go. In Philippians, Paul shares a few of his struggles and that really hit me. If he can humble himself and talk about what is wrong in his life so can I.

One other thing I found on this trip was a new way to study the Bible. I had never really known how to study the Bible before this trip. The way we did it was by answering seven questions. The first four questions are about the setting, who is it about? Where is it? When is it? What is happening? The next three are more detailed, what is the message? Why is it important? How can it be applied? And that’s it! This worked for me and I’ve been using this format since I got home.

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^^Another group shot. I will miss everyone 😦

The week of Maine was such an eye opening, thought provoking week. While at the same time being a blast. I said this last time I posted about my trip and I will say it again. If you have the opportunity to serve on a mission’s trip. Take it. Yes, it can be scary to step out of your comfort zone, but you will learn so many things you otherwise wouldn’t.

-Rebekah

 

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Lessons From My Dad

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Right now, we are on our first missions trip together…… I don’t think every dad would do that for his daughter, but you are. I’ve been blessed with a man who is so actively involved in my life. You’ve taught me so many things and I thought I would share a few of the:

-You can bend the rules in cooking a little bit, yet you always help me when I bend them a little too much.

-You’ve taught me how to follow God through daily devotions and you are always encouraging me.

-You are the one who makes sure I stay healthy and got me to start liking shakes and sweet potatoes.

-You listen to my problems and give me valuable advice.

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-You teach me how to have grace and forgive others even when they mess up.

-You can never wash your hands too much or change the towels or cover your nose.

-You figure out how to fix almost everything in our house (toilets, cars, windows, closets, etc.) and are willing to teach me even when I might be hesitant.

-You never stop sharing how Jesus has changed your life and serving God.

Happy Father’s day! I want you to know how appreciative I am for all you do. Thank you for pointing me toward Christ.

Love you,

Rebekah

Posted in About Me, Travel

Pack With Me: Florida

I may or may not have started writing this back in March…..

Anyway, I love packing. I enjoy writing packing lists and putting together what I’m going to wear for a trip. I love figuring out ways to be a lighter packer and bring just the right amount of stuff.

I know…..It’s strange. Back in February I started planning for my trip to Florida this summer. Now it is so close!

We are driving so I don’t have a certain weight but I am still trying to not over pack. We will be in Florida for 13 days and will do laundry once so I need enough clothes to last 6 days. Anyway, enjoy!

I want to start this post by sharing a few of my favorite posts that I read about packing and also printables I’ve found (they helped me so much!).

The Ultimate Packing List for Florida

Useful Packing Printables for Packing (you will need to subscribe to access them)

Road Trip Essentials

Before anything else, I wrote a packing list. Then, I gathered everything and put it on my bed. I tried to pick things that mix and match together. I brought pieces that could make multiple outfits, be comfortable, and look nice for pictures. I ended up with eight tops, but two of them are cover-ups and one is to exercise in as well. I recommend minimal bottoms because they can be re worn and should match every or almost every top.

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*This is almost everything I brought!*

Once I had everything together, I packed the bag I am bringing in the car. In here I have things to do and essentials. I am bringing my backpack because it is big enough for everything I need but also old so it is ok if it gets dirty.

I am bringing one book (but it is a three in one!) called Kissed. It is by Cameron Dokey and I really liked the other in the series. I’m also bringing my journal, a notebook I write blog stuff in, a coloring book, pens and markers, my wallet, camera, phone, and some toiletries.

I’ll also put together a snack bag before I go and fill up my reusable water bottle.

After that comes my suitcase. I brought this one from LL Bean:

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When I packed everything it I started by putting everything from the bed and placing it on separate sides of the suitcase.

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I opened the bottom part of my bag and put the plastic bags and swim suits in between the bottom of the suitcase.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES On top of that I put my Ziploc bag full of bottoms, my cardigan, and my purse. I like to use Ziploc bags because they can compress things and decrease wrinkling. I definitely recommend them if you aren’t going to use packing cubes. I only needed two. One for shirts and a second big one (2.5 gallon to be specific) pants and my overalls. The only thing that didn’t fit in was my black cardigan for over my dress.

I did the same thing on the other side as well.

In the front two pockets I put my toiletries bag, chargers bag, hairbrush, and outfit planner.


I didn’t have that much to pack because my mom packed some stuff for all of us (like shampoo) and she packed our shoes in a separate bag.

 

I’m not sure if I’ll have access to wi-fi in Florida so hopefully my posts will go up without problems and I’ll reply to comments when I return. Also, I will be posting a travel diary so look forward to that!

If you are interested in a full PDF of what I packed for Florida you can click Packing List for Florida 2017. I’m also thinking about posting how I packed for my mission’s trip because I could not find any blog posts about that when I was looking it up online. Packing for a mission’s trip is so different and I’ve learned so much after being on one. So, if you would be interested in seeing that leave me a comment!

What is something that you like to do that is not ordinary (mine are organizing and packing 😛 )?

Have a blessed day!

-Rebekah

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My Summer Bink List 2017

The past at least two summer’s I have been doing this thing called a summer blink list. Basically, it is a summer bucket list (last year’s here). It’s called a ‘blink list’, because summer goes by so fast and so this list is things I want to accomplish before the ‘blink’ is over. Some of the things on my list I came up with and others I found on Pinterest (mine is here).

Keep reading to find out what is on my list!

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  1. This is always on my bucket list. Every. Single. Time. Watch a sunrise.

I have done it twice and I just get an exhilarated feeling watching the sun rise so I want to do it again!

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2. Witness the total solar eclipse on August 21st.

There is supposed to be a total solar eclipse this summer. I think that would be a really unique thing to experience, so I want to make sure I do that.

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3. Leave a note in a Library book.

I think this would be really fun to do. And what better time to do it then summer?

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4. This is so random…. but I really want to try fried Oreos.

I know I’m probably going to the beach a few times this summer so I will have an opportunity. I have no particular reason for doing this. They just seem interesting.

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5. Finish an entire coloring book.

I love coloring and will hopefully be able to complete this wild goal!

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6. Sew, Sew, Sew!

I love sewing and want to do more of it this summer. I have all the supplies and projects I want. I need to just start.

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7. Have a shopping day.

The mall is one of my favorite places (I sound way too much like a teenage girl…. but it is true). It would be so fun to spend a whole day there with my friends. Since there is more time in the summer that is a perfect excuse.

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8. Take more pictures.

I’m going to Florida this summer and also on a missions trip and I want to take a ton of pictures while I am on these trips. Plus, hopefully I will have more time to photograph my friends so I can build a portfolio and improve my skills.

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9. Bible Journal more!

I love Bible journaling, but I don’t do it as much as I would like. Because I want to make sure I do it more, I’ve made it one of the things on my blink list so I am reminded to do it.

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10. Enjoy the break!

I want some time to just kick my feet up, do a face mask, and swim at the pool. My summer is packed already. I’m looking for a few days to just relax.


What is one thing you want to do this summer? Let me know in the comments.

Have a beautiful day!

-Rebekah

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What is in my Backpack- At the END of the year

I am so close to being done with school (less than two weeks)! YAYAYAY!

A long time ago, I showed ya’ll what was in my backpack (here). That is all fine and dandy but I think it is way more interesting to see a backpack uncensored after it a full school year. It is crazy. I purposefully haven’t cleaned it. So…… do not get too grossed out by all the craziness (at least I didn’t find mold).

Let’s go through this thing together!

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Here is a refresher of what my backpack looks like.

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Inside the very front pocket I have three note cards, a mini hairbrush, some paper divider tabs, and a list of my classes.

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(This picture took so long to set up!)

In the long pocket I keep all my pencils, pens and such. I have crayons, markers (two different types), pencils, pens, colored pencils, a ruler with 3 hole punch, glue, an eraser, lolly pop, a valentine from my friend Sam, a broken crayon, and crumpled paper towel. How extremely random 😉

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The little pocket at the top of my bag held this small container that had some essential things in it like sanitizer, band-aids, lotion, braces stuff, a gum wrapper, chap-stick, and toothpaste (where is the toothbrush?!)

This is the inside of the main pocket and its contents. I have all the same books as before in the fall, though they are written in and a bit battered now. Plus, floating around in my bag are five quizzes, some report cards, labs, flash cards, a binder clip, gum wrapper, paper towel, candy, a valentine, an adapter for my iPod, a perfume, pen, pencil, and last but not least a picture of strawberry cheese cake drawn by my wonderful friend Lila.


Whew, that was everything in the mess of my backpack. It wasn’t as bad as I expected, honestly.

Did you find this interesting? What is the most essential thing in your backpack?

Mine would have to be my colored pens. They make taking notes so much more fun!

Have a fantastic day!

-Rebekah

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What I Eat in a Day

Another post I was inspired by from YouTube! I love watching videos about what people eat through out their day and also finding inspiration on new ideas of food to make.

About that… Madi from Delightful World of Dolls released an awesome YouTube movie about two weeks ago. You should check it out– she did a professional job (plus, it is fun!) Link to it here!

Back to today’s post, I do not eat the same food everyday (in case you thought that) so this was just a day when I was at home. At the end of the day I realized I had eaten a lot of stuff from Trader Joe’s which I thought was funny because Trader Joe’s is looked at as a “healthy” store. Disclaimer: I am not saying that this is diet that you should eat all the time or that it is right for you. This is just what I ate on this day.

With that out-of-the-way, take a look at what I ate for breakfast.

I had two blueberry toaster waffles from Trader Joe’s topped with blueberries and a banana. I love bananas. They are my favorite fruit.

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For lunch I wasn’t super hungry so it was pretty small. I made sweet potato fries (They are delicious!) and cut up an apple with some peanut butter.

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To make the sweet potatoes, I grease a pan, set the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and cut up the sweet potatoes. I like to sprinkle mine with a little salt as well. Mine usually take 25-40 minutes to bake. It all depends on the size and how soft you want them. Just keep an eye on them and they’ll be fine.

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A little later I wanted something sweet, so I had half a chocolate egg. This was a special one because it had coconut and peanut butter on the inside. My grandmother brought them so I do not know the recipe but I found a similar one here.

Since lunch was so small, I got hungry before dinner and I had some blackberries and a granola bar.

For dinner, my mom made raviolis and I made salad to go with that. We also had juice.


You should definitely try the raviolis, waffles, and sweet potatoes those are all some of my favorites! I hope you found this interesting 😀

What is one of your favorite things to eat?

Happy May (Can you believe it is already May??)!

-Rebekah

Posted in About Me, Faith, My Thoughts, Uncategorized

Having Joy Through Hardships

Right now, I’m sick. It is Good Friday. We have a program at our church but I’m home because I have a very low-grade fever and mainly just feel too tired to go.

About a week ago I began memorizing James 1:5, for a few days I was studying the surrounding passage. It is about having joy during trials and asking God for wisdom on how to be joyful in trials. I posted about joy a few months ago and here I am again. God must be showing me something 😉

Before I continue I want to make a disclaimer and say, yes, I am aware that getting sick is not considered a trial to everyone and definitely not as big as being persecuted for your faith or a family members death.

Right now, this is what I’m struggling with. It feels like a big deal to me because I love the traditions I have with my family at Easter and want to enjoy them. I also am planning on spending spring break at the beach with my friend for her birthday and have really been looking forward to that. None of this will happen if I’m sick, but God has taught me through this.

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In front of people I’ve had a lot more trouble trusting God than by myself. I’ve been praying James 1:5 and I keep giving my worries back to God. It has brought me closer to God. This is teaching me to trust God. He has a plan. He will redeem the bad things that happen in our lives for good.

Your trial is probably different from mine. We all get them at some point or another. God uses everything for His glory, even our mistakes or Satan’s schemes. You are right. I don’t know what you are going through. Yes, I’m sure it is hard not to question God or wonder why this is happening.

Try to give it to Him. I’ve spent more time with God the past few days then I have since the missions trip I went on maybe. It feels good. Spending time with God doesn’t just mean praying and scripture reading, though it can. I’ve been listening to an amazing Spotify playlist of praise music. I’ve been doing some Bible journaling as well. Something I have been praying is that God won’t let me waste this opportunity to serve him.

Whatever kind of struggle you are going through. Look at it as a way to practice joy and pray that God will not let you waste this wonderful opportunity.

Have a fun spring break!

-Rebekah

***UPDATE: I’m better and had a wonderful Easter and I’m at the beach right now.***