Sunday, April 11, 2010

Regionals 2010!

Regionals 2010 starts on Wednesday!!! Its going to be a great tournament, my last one of the year. :(
This year in NCFCA has been amazing. I am competing in LD at my second Regional Qualifier!!!!!! God blessed me and allowed me to break at my second tournament ever competing in LD. He is SO good. Praise Him for His many blessings.

Ever since being pulled out of school at the end of January (God guided my parents), I have my life back. So many interesting adventures have been had. So many friends have been made. So many good times and memories have been created. :D
Lately I have read through the book of Ephesians several times and this passage just sticks out to me. Ephesians 3:16-19
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Small things, huge blessings....

Going through old pictures of days long gone and seeing all the people who I have known and loved has been interesting. Its the small things, that have resulted in blessings. I was reminded of the time when I was three and I grew some potatoes(with help of course) and decided that my neighbor needed some. So we took them over to her house and she was so pleased. That night she had me stay for dinner, and we became lifelong friends. She is now 95 and we still write back and forth, since our family moved to a different town almost 13 years ago. God sends us special people who He wants us to reach out to and love. Memories of family, friends, neighbors and strangers who have crossed my path and reached out to me flood back. Now is my turn to reach out to those who God has placed in my life. Maybe its the Grandparents at the local nursing home, or the bus kids at my church. Wherever and whoever they are, they are loved by God and so I will love them as well. One verse that really sticks out to me right now is Galations 5:6b - The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
Faith expressing itself through love should be what each of us strive to do. Follow the role of Christ in this. He was the perfect model of faith and love.
Looking back and remembering is wonderful, but looking forward and wondering what God is going to use me to do is even more exciting. The future is unclear, but God holds my future and in Him there is no fear of what may happen. He guides each of our lives.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Home Again...

Hi everyone!!!
Its great to be back!!!!! God blessed me with an amazing trip!!!!! He is sooo good.
Time with family was great. Everyone is growing so big. The baby, Hope, is almost a toddler. I stayed with my 10 Greek Orthodox cousins and Aunt and Uncle.
Idaho Tournament was a good opportunity to practice speaking better, and improve skills. I placed 11th in LD, and 9th in LD speaks... :D

Regional tournament is coming up here in a 12 days......AHHHHHHHH!
This is one of my favorite tournaments. You get to see the top people in our area compete to go on to Nationals. And being only 20 minutes away is a huge blessing when you have to be there at 7:00 each morning.... :D
till later...
Have a wonderful Resurection Sunday! Praise God for His Son and Salvation!!!!!!!!!!