June 2010

Isaiah 43

The Redeemer of Israel

1 But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel:

“ Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;
You are Mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
3 For I am the LORD your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I gave Egypt for your ransom,
Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
4 Since you were precious in My sight,
You have been honored,
And I have loved you;
Therefore I will give men for you,
And people for your life.
5 Fear not, for I am with you;
I will bring your descendants from the east,
And gather you from the west;
6 I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
And to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’
Bring My sons from afar,
And My daughters from the ends of the earth—
7 Everyone who is called by My name,
Whom I have created for My glory;
I have formed him, yes, I have made him.”
8 Bring out the blind people who have eyes,
And the deaf who have ears.
9 Let all the nations be gathered together,
And let the people be assembled.
Who among them can declare this,
And show us former things?
Let them bring out their witnesses, that they may be justified;
Or let them hear and say, “It is truth.”
10 “ You are My witnesses,” says the LORD,

“ And My servant whom I have chosen,
That you may know and believe Me,
And understand that I am He.
Before Me there was no God formed,
Nor shall there be after Me.
11 I, even I, am the LORD,
And besides Me there is no savior.
12 I have declared and saved,
I have proclaimed,
And there was no foreign god among you;
Therefore you are My witnesses,”
Says the LORD, “that I am God.
13 Indeed before the day was, I am He;
And there is no one who can deliver out of My hand;
I work, and who will reverse it?”
14 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer,
The Holy One of Israel:

“ For your sake I will send to Babylon,
And bring them all down as fugitives—
The Chaldeans, who rejoice in their ships.
15 I am the LORD, your Holy One,
The Creator of Israel, your King.”
16 Thus says the LORD, who makes a way in the sea
And a path through the mighty waters,
17 Who brings forth the chariot and horse,
The army and the power
(They shall lie down together, they shall not rise;
They are extinguished, they are quenched like a wick):
18 “ Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.
20 The beast of the field will honor Me,
The jackals and the ostriches,
Because I give waters in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert,
To give drink to My people, My chosen.
21 This people I have formed for Myself;
They shall declare My praise.

Pleading with Unfaithful Israel

22 “ But you have not called upon Me, O Jacob;
And you have been weary of Me, O Israel.
23 You have not brought Me the sheep for your burnt offerings,
Nor have you honored Me with your sacrifices.
I have not caused you to serve with grain offerings,
Nor wearied you with incense.
24 You have bought Me no sweet cane with money,
Nor have you satisfied Me with the fat of your sacrifices;
But you have burdened Me with your sins,
You have wearied Me with your iniquities.
25 “ I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake;
And I will not remember your sins.
26 Put Me in remembrance;
Let us contend together;
State your case, that you may be acquitted.
27 Your first father sinned,
And your mediators have transgressed against Me.
28 Therefore I will profane the princes of the sanctuary;
I will give Jacob to the curse,
And Israel to reproaches.

I have some friends who are going through really rough times right now. It hurts me so much, knowing people I love are hurting. Maybe it’s just because I’m so tired from Del-Haven, but it’s really weighing on me right now. I need to step back and remember that my God, my Daddy can take care of them…I don’t need to fear or worry. He’s the shepherd that will leave the 99 to search for 1.

My Shepherd will supply my need

My Shepherd will supply my need:
Jehovah is His Name;
In pastures fresh He makes me feed,
Beside the living stream.
He brings my wandering spirit back
When I forsake His ways,
And leads me, for His mercy’s sake,
In paths of truth and grace.

2. When I walk through the shades of death,
Thy presence is my stay;
A word of Thy supporting breath
Drives all my fears away.
Thy hand, in sight of all my foes,
Doth still my table spread;
My cup with blessings overflows,
Thine oil anoints my head.

3. The sure provisions of my God
Attend me all my days;
O may Thy house be my abode,
And all my work be praise!
There would I find a settled rest,
While others go and come;
No more a stranger, nor a guest,
But like a child at home.



On Thursday I got home from Del-Haven training week.

I’m still recovering.

It was the lowest attendance I’ve ever seen to a training — there was really only two guys there, John and sometimes Nick. The rest were girls: Kendle, Allison, Emilie, Tory and Laura. The “head counselors” were Sheri and Jeff, as always. :) But regardless of the fact that there were only ten of us (if the people not staying overnight were there), it was still so much fun! …and super exhausting.

If we weren’t working around the camp, brainstorming ideas for crafts, skits, etc; we were playing intense games…like:

  1. Man-Hunt

Basically, man-hunt is freeze tag in the dark. Once you get frozen three times, you’re it. We played it in the dorm, and IT’S SO MUCH FUN. I’m a little too proud to admit that I was the only one that was never tagged. I kind of ROCKED at this game, haha. Pardon my pride — it’s just that I am NEVER the best at something. This is evidenced in the rest of the activities.

2.   Freeze tag

This is the real freeze tag. In the light. I sucked at this game. Not only was I one of the most out of shape counselors, I also had the misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time….and was it (tagged three times) …twice. Haha. Regardless, it was amazing exercise.

3.   Swimming

On the first night, we went for a midnight swim — SO MUCH FUN. It was just a little chilly in the beginning, but after you got past the initial shock, it was fine. The stars are really clear at Del-Haven, since it’s pretty much out in the country, so it was amazing to just float on your back and see the stars above you. …we had a competition to see who could do the best cannonball…I lost. By a LONG shot. …plus, I’m embarrassed to admit I hold my nose when I jump into the pool. Yep. Judge. Mock. Scorn. Still, it was something I’d never done (gone for a midnight swim), so it was worth it.

4. Dodgeball

Yes, I throw like a girl. I had the worst aim/arm strength of anyone there, hahaha, but it was still amazing! We played in the basement of the dorm with “ball-pit balls”. The couches were arranged to divide down the center, and also two other rows set up as  “bunkers” for the opposing teams. I think we played for a total of two hours or so, and my arm is STILL sore. Two counselors got injured, which was crazy…and everyone was drenched in sweat.

I guess those are the main things we did. The planning/training was just like it was four years ago, so I don’t feel like I have much to say about that. OH. To add to the exhaustion, we stayed up ridiculously late every night. The first, it was 1 or 2 am. The second, I stayed up until 4 am, and three of the rest of the counselors stayed up all night. The final night we went to bed around 12. Every morning we woke up around 7 or 8, so there was no sleeping in. One night we watched The Dark Knight. One night we played board games. We swam quite a lot. Saw several HUMONGOUS wolf spiders (a little bigger than the size of my hand).

So yes. :) It was a fun week, but I’m glad to be home.

This Summer is going to be so busy. Three weeks of Del-Haven, one of VBS, one of Ivy Bend…and a few weeks in between of recovery. I’m actually a little worried, especially after this week took so much out of me.

Hopefully this will be a Summer of learning how to rely on God for all of my strength.



I am going to make a list of 10 random thoughts. Ready?

  1. Tomorrow I am supposed to teach the theme song of VBS to the leaders! This should be fun! *crosses fingers*
  2. Tomorrow is the first day of The Truth Project in Sunday School (awesome), breakfast in SS (awesome), and the first day of Volleyball! YAY!
  3. I am listening to Copeland right now, who I’ve only recently discovered, and quite enjoy.
  4. Enjoyed playing tennis on Thursday night, but wish my skillz were a little…um…BETTER. Doubles is so much fun, though!
  5. Del-Haven training starts on Monday. I don’t know what to expect! I’m not entirely sure who’s going to be there, and what will be expected of me. Ah well! Should be a fun time, no matter what! :)
  6. …made myself some iced coffee today. Delicious!
  7. My Haiti friendship bracelet is falling apart. :(
  8. A friend of mine just finished recording a CD…and I really, really hope I get a copy. *wonders*
  9. “Ok, I look like an asparagus.” “…but a very CUTE asparagus!” “No, it’s ok…I’ll just wear my blue suit!”
  10. …our family is the proud new owners of an adorable new guinea pig named Caspian the 11th! He is precious, and it makes me happy to have an animal in the house again!