Inspirational stories come from the writers heart and soul. God put His "heart" in you. He didn't just create you. He invested Himself in you. You are the inspirational story that emerged from the heart and soul of the Father. Who you are is a person worth knowing well.

Jill Palmer (I think) :)

Monday, December 20, 2010

A Lamb's Tale Pictures

Let Me Introduce You to the CastThe Program
Snowflake
(Played by Lauryn Lambertson)

Zeke
(Played by Isaiah Henderson)
Bully #1
(Played by Carter Anderson)
Bully #2
(Played by Alethia Henderson)
Bully #3
(Played by Jaron Lambertson)
Ruben (Zeke's Dad)
(Played by James Bruner)
Grandpa, Zeke, & Ruben
(Played by Isaiah Waite, Isaiah Henderson, & James Bruner)
Cool Grandpa, Zeke, & Ruben
Bullies Mom
(Played by Bella Blue)
Miss. Eunice
(Played by Marriah Jones)
Angel
(Played by Kaitlyn Leavins)
The Messenger
(Alyssa Weidman)
Addi Klaire Anderson
(Sheep #1)
The Kids Singing "You're Cool"
Mary & Joseph
(Played by Octavious Gonzalus & Sienna Connelly)
Our amazing Senior Pastor (Tyson Lambertson)

Kidz Rock 1st Annual Christmas Play

The whole cast besides the preschoolers I am so proud of them!!!

A LAMB'S TALE

In my last post I told you guys about the Christmas play that has consumed a lot of my time for the last 2 months!!! Well last night was the grand finale and the kids did amazing!!! We packed out the house and they all rocked the stage!!! I was so proud of them!!!

One of the girls who had a singing part and a speaking part arrived at 4:45 pm crying so hard because she was so nervous so I told her just to pretend that I was the only one out there!!! So she did and let me tell you she did awesome.

Grandpa Shepherd had the stomach flu on Saturday but still came to dress rehearsal and as soon as they got to the church he was in the bathroom throwing up poor guy. His mom told me she was just going to take him home which I totally understood then a few minutes later she came back and said that he told her that he prayed that God would help him feel better for practice and that he wanted to stay!! So she let him, well after the first song and about 3 lines into the first scene he got pale white again and ended up going home!!! Then came Sunday night and he was there ready to do his part still not feeling 100 percent!!! As we where getting ready to walk on stage he says I don't feel so good but still he wanted to do his part and he made it through the whole play!!! A few times I looked up and he was holding his tummy but he did so good and I was so proud of him for making it through!!! :)
Grandpa, Zeke, and Reuben (the Dad)

With only a few other glitches the night went off with a bang and I was so impressed with how the kids did!!! :) During the 2nd song tears filled my eyes because I was so proud of them and how well they where doing.
Snowflake

I thought you might enjoy a few picture!!! :) I will post more once I receive more but here are a few!!! ;)
Bella and Addi sing their solo in "O Little Town of Bethlehem"
The Manger Scene (we had the preschool kids be the animals in the stable)
Josie was a Donkey
We has so many kids they all couldn't fit on the two rows so we had to have a smaller row of sheep (Nolan, Addi, Gracie, Ashton, & Benny (who wanted to be called Jerry the Sheep)
Singing their little hearts out to "Where I Belong"
Karlee & Alethia singing their solo in "Where I Belong"

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Count Down Has Begun!!

This year is my first year ever directing a Kids Christmas Pageant and it is just another thing to add to my list of firsts over the past 6 months!!! I am so blessed to work with the kids I work with!! There are about 25 kids who have been to every practice for the past month and a half and they are doing amazing!!! We have practice Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights for an hour. The kids have continued to blow me away!! These parts are not small easy lines they are paragraphs on top of paragraphs and they have them all memorized!! It just blows my mind how amazing they are doing.

The play consists of 8 scenes and 8 songs and we have two more practices left until the big night!! One tomorrow night and then a dress rehearsal on Saturday morning!! :)

The play is about a young Shepard boy named Zeke who wants to be anything but a Shepard. It is narrated by Zeke's sheep named Snowflake. Zeke has decided that he will be anything besides a Shepard until one night he realizes just how special being a Shepard is. After being made fun of by his class mates and being told he will never be anything more then a shephard Zeke is approached by and angel who tells him "Behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people. For until you is born this day in the city of David, a savior which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." Zeke then makes his way to the stable where the baby Jesus is born and he finally realizes that if he wasn't a shepard he wouldn't have seen an angel or the baby Jesus. God had something special in mind for Zeke and for all those who are in the right place at the right time.

One of the songs we sing is call "Where I Belong" and the chorus says...
When I'm where I belong God can use me, When I'm where I belong I won't fail. There's work to be done and I am the one so I'll stay right where I belong, right where I belong.

Over the past week God has been really using this song to speak to me. I have been beating myself up a lot lately saying that this play is going to turn out horrible and that I am going to look bad and the kids are going to look bad and what will people think of me then. But every time these thoughts come into my head this song comes to mind and God reminds me that I am where I belong and He won't allow me to fail.

Then the first verse says, "There's only one me unique as can be no ones else can do what I can. Whenever He calls I'll give Him my all I'm part of His wonderful play." This is what I say back to myself. It might not be easy and it might not be the best play or lesson or objective lesson but no one else can do what God has called me to do and I am part of His wonderful plan.

I praise God that even when we are in the midst of the buisness of the season that He takes the things that we are doing and teaches us something! :) How great is our God!! :)

Monday, November 8, 2010

I'm Back

Okay so seriously when I moved to Scottsbluff I promised a lot of people that I would continue to blog on what is going on in my life and in the ministry but never have I been more busy then I am right now! I mean I can barely take time to pee these days much less write a blog post. But low and behold I found sometime! :) I do still have to pee but it will wait till I am done with this post! :) hehehe

There has been a lot going on since the last time I posted....

Went to Denver to have a sleep over with Jen and Kelly
Went to the Foursquare Fall District Conference
Started dating a boy (I mean guy) lol
Had a road trip to Colorado and California
My brother got married
Community Wide Harvest Festival
And now I am working on a huge Children's Ministry Christmas Play for our Church

I am pretty sure that the next time I will have a breather will be sometime in January maybe!! lol

I am truly loving what I am doing and I am blessed that I get to minister to people in Scottsbluff, NE!

I have about an hour before a group of kids show up to practice for our Christmas play which is why I have some time to blog!

I am not sure why God picked me to do this job but I truly do love it! The other day I commented on one of the parents status on facebook and told her how thankful I am that she allows me to love on her little girl each week. To which this mom replied "Alyssa truly adores you and I just wanted to tell you that this week in school she had to write about 1o things she is thankful for and one of them was you."

I never would have thought first off that I would live in Nebraska and second that I would be so impacted by the children I minister to. It is truly an honor to be able to love on these kids like Jesus loves on me.

I am excited for what the future holds and I promise I will blog more in depth all the stuff on the list at the beginning of this blog! :) Maybe tomorrow I will have a little more time to sit and write! :)

Love you all and miss you tons! :)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

I'm Still Here Part 2

This past Sunday we had our very first Kidz Rock Sunday and man did we have a blast!!! It was a lot of work to say the least and yes Satan tried to attack in big ways but guess what he didn't succeed! :) I planned the whole service and let me just say that I look up to senior pastors everywhere lol!


Eleven kids and I lead worship that morning and we had a blast!!! Here is Nolan singing Counting on God which is one of his favorite songs! :)They did such a great job and some of the adults even got into it with us! :)
This picture made me laugh because of my face expression lol! We where doing the hand jive from Grease to the Counting on God song! :) The kids seriously love this song! :)Here is another silly face picture seriously these make me giggle! :)This picture seriously blesses my heart!This is Benny and when I saw this picture it made my heart sing how precious!We had all the kids come down to the front to worship with us and it was so awesome to see them worship their Jesus not carrying who was watching!Another funny faced picture lolWe even had two boys and two girls do offering! :)
Cicoff (Key Off) was our special guest speaker and he did an amazing job!
He got the audience involved which was great! :)
He even juggled with swords which was amazing and scary!!!

And fire!!!
He cut this rope in half and was trying to get the kids to help him make it one again!!
The awesome thing was is with everything he did he had a biblical message to go with it that not only touched the lives of children but adults as well.
Then we had a time of prayer to ask Jesus into our hearts!

And what would a awesome Sunday be with out a pot luck!!! :)
Alyssa, Me, Bella, and Nikee!!
We also did a silent auction to raise money for Kidz Rock and God totally blessed it! :)
I like the back of our kidz rock shirts lol! :)

It was a great day and although it was a lot of work it was well worth it! :) I can't wait till our next one and the kids can't stop talking about it! :)

Friday, October 1, 2010

I'm Still Here Part 1

I know it's been a while, is anyone still out there lol! ;)

It has been a long while since my last post so I thought I would sit down for a minute or so and let you all in on what has been going on in my life for the last couple of weeks! :) This is going to come in parts because if I told you everything that has been going on I think it would be a little overwhelming for the both of us lol! :)

Three weeks ago a dear friend of mine and I painted my office!
This picture was taken when I very first got here. This is what my office looked like! :) Scary huh??

Then after two days of painting, two coats of primer, and two coats of paint on each wall my office now looks like this and I am in love! :)
My desk :)

The view from my office door!The view from my desk!!!

Isn't it just beautiful!! I mean come on did you see what it look like before???? Tyson and Tami have no clue who painted it before but man it was ugly and I seriously felt like I lived in a storage room. NOW however I actually have an office to call my own that I love working in! :) Praise you Jesus!!

Plus it was so awesome because the day I finished my office and got it all decorated I had an unexpected visitation from two of my kids in the ministry who's parents where having a hard time. The girl came into my office grabbed me and just broke down sobbing. It was truly such a blessing to have a warm and welcoming office for them to come into! :)

Then after we prayed I asked the kids if they wanted to play jenga to which they replied they had never played it before!!! So of course we had to play it and as you can see in the pictures I have a long counter type thing in my office and we where able to play on it! :)

Oh and as we where playing I told them that I had this game when I was little and I use to play it all the time with my brothers. To which the little boy who is 9 replied man this must be old.... Oh my gosh I almost peed my pants when he said that I was laughing so hard! :)

It is such a blessing to have my office all done and put together! :) I love my job!! :)

I know that this is something so silly but truly having an office that you love and enjoy being in is amazing! :)