Sunday, June 8, 2008

A blessing from the Bus Teenage Boys...

As most of you (if there is anyone who reads this thing lol) know Tim and I work in the Bus Teen Boy Class. I have to admit, when we started working with these teens we had no idea how much they would grow on us, and in our hearts! Tim and I are constantly talking about how much God has been working in their lives. Now don't get me wrong, they are far from perfect. They still do the silly teen boy things, that teen boys do best. But they are OUR teen boys, and we love them as if they were our own! They have been asking a lot more questions. Thought provoked questions. Questions that would only be asked if you were growing in the Lord. For example "Is it a sin to listen to rap music?" That was asked by Keandrew. He is our thinker in Class. That boy is always asking questions. Tim loves it because he knows Keandre is really starting to catch on. Today in class the question of eternal salvation came up. They were getting confused on some things they had been hearing from their bus captain and what Tim had been teaching. They asked "If we sin or do something wrong, and we are saved, will we go to hell". Now this is a question you always have when it comes to new Christians. They have to understand eternal security. I remember doubting my salvation as a teenager. I was saved at the age of 14 but remember praying the sinners prayer every night before i fell asleep just in case I could lose it :), Tim explained to the boys about Old Sin Nature and the New Nature when you get saved. i thought he did a great job and the boys were still not truly understanding it. So I explained to them about the consequences of every move you make in your life. I explained there was no level on sin to God. If you tell a lie or murder someone its still sin to God. Neither one is greater than the other BUT there are different consequences to sin. If you tell a lie you won't get in as much trouble than if you murder someone. Once I started giving examples they really started to get it. I then explained, when you do something good, or something right, you can be rewarded or a good consequence will happen. I LOVE when the light bulb comes on in their eyes. It's one of the most amazing things to watch! You just know they get it! They left class today with a better understanding, and Tim and I walked away with a HUGE blessing. God has really been working in their lives. He really has done some amazing things. To hear a boy walk into class and in the middle of his conversation say "I'm saved so I don't do that anymore" is one of the most heart stirring moments in my life! He wasn't saying it to impress me, he was sincere and he had no idea that I heard him. I truly am enjoying watching these boys grow. I am thankful that God has given Tim and I this opportunity to see some amazing lives be changed. One of the things I look forward to the most is Sunday Morning at 10:45am when the first boy walks into class and says "MS ANN! how are you today." It always melts my heart and I am reminded of Gods love, grace and forgiveness.

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 5:16

Missing the Country...

OH there is just so much to write about and not a lot of time. I wish I could write most of my thoughts down, but being a grown-up equals no time. I have no idea what I'm going to do when Tim and I actually have children!

Saturday we went down to see my parents. Mind you, they live in the actual state of Maryland, but they are about an hour and a half to an hour and forty-five minutes away. So its not easy getting down there with our busy schedules. Anyway, we went down to see them and to also see my brother and his wife. They are in town for a few weeks before he has to report to NC (he's a marine who just got orders to move from CA to NC! so much closer! yay). Anyway, We enjoyed our time with them. It was so HOT outside. they said the heat index felt as if it was 110 out. So we stayed inside most of the time. Around 7:30 we went to the farm where my mom rides horses and i did a little photo shoot (pictures to come later) with the horses and stuff and we just really enjoyed spending some time though it was hot. Well we finally headed back to Baltimore around 10pm and as I was driving (and tim was sleeping) I was watching the heat lightning in the sky. I have always called it God's natural fire works. It was so beatuiful and amazing. The more I watched and started thinking about my childhood the more i missed the country. The fresh air, the chirping of birds, the sounds of the bull frogs and crickets at night. The cool and gentle breezes, the open fields and plains. The many snakes, frogs, and other wild animals you'd fine. The joy of just being able to run and explore. Yep, I miss those days, and I miss them even more as I live close to the city, and actually work near the inner harbor (smack dab in the middle of the city). Yeah, I yearn for those days, but know that one day I will be live in one of the most beautiful cities....FOREVER! I can't wait for the day to come. I guess you have to be away from the country to know how much it really means when you do see it here and there....