Tuesday, January 26, 2016

January

In exactly three weeks today ,Lord willing, me and 6 other folks are going to embark on an experience of a lifetime!! We are going to go on a mission trip to Grenada! We are all very excited , but you can pray for us that we could be a blessing to the people down there and that we would be a light. And also that we as a team would have the strength, energy, and courage that we need! 

This month has been a whirlwind of activity. We have gone to the cabin several times as day off groups and that is always relaxing!! And the one day Shirley (our dean of women) and I took two girls to the airport. I went home for a dr. Appt. and to get my drivers license renewed!! 

Then we had a last day off for two of the girls before they leave!! It was an all girls day off. It was so much fun we went to a cabin and all huddled in front of the fire during the night!! It was so much fun! The next day we did absolutely nothing!! We just sat around and ate and talked the 
whole time. That evening we went out to a Mexican restaurant. It was so good. And we talked and ate!! 

That day just reminded me how important building relationships is here at Mountain View and anywhere. And it also made me think how much of an impact we can have on those around us. Wether it be by our mood ,what we say, or how we act. But no matter what we will affect those around us in a good way or bad way wether we mean to or not.

On the 22-23rd we got about 24 inches of snow!! Oh we had such a jolly time with it. It called for sledding parties!! The one afternoon after housekeeping Lane (my coworker) and I decided to go sledding. Oh my did we ever work hard to sled. ;) the first trip down the hill I pulled her down to make the path. The second trip down we kept rocking back and forth till we made it down. The third time we actually were able to sled!! But by then we were so wore out from having to walk in two ft of snow we quit. But we had fun and laughed and laughed and got cold!! It was so worth the soreness the next day!!

Last night we had volleyball tournaments!! And oh what fun we had using our lungs the way God intended :) (just saying we screamed alot) especially towards the end!! But it is so much fun to play with the same people all night and you learn how to work together well!! And how to back eachother up!! We didn't win but we had lots of fun and laughs!!

Ok well that is all for now!! Hope you all have an amazing week!
Until next time!! ~Rose Mary 

Friday, January 8, 2016

The Heavens Declare.....

The Lord gives us mornings so that we can begin new days. Hopefully we wake up feeling refreshed and happy and ready to begin a new day that brings wonderful opportunities to serve the Lord!! 

In my opinion there is nothing better in the world than to wake up and be able to enjoy a sunrise. It is just another wonderful reminder that God cares about beauty and he loves letting us enjoy them, that is if we stop long enough to cherish the sight!! 

That is one privilege where I work right now. We get up before the sun. And we have plenty of windows throughout the facility so while we clean bathrooms we can enjoy the beauty of the mountains and especially in the morning we can watch the sun do her artwork on the landscape around us!! I cherish those moments!! 

This verse in the Bible rings true.
Psalm 19:1 KJV
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
Wether it is a sunrise or looking up at the stars at night or even looking at the power of a waterfall His Glory is showcased all around us!! We just have to take time to enjoy it and bask in it's beauty. 

~Rose Mary 
Psalm 97:6 KJV
The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.


Thursday, January 7, 2016

Guard Your Heart

         (Picture from Pinterest not mine)
Ever since we have been young we have been told to guard our hearts. But why we may ask. The Bible tells us plainly

Proverbs 4:23 KJV
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Everything we leave into our heart is bound to come out eventually. Wether it be good or bad. If we leave lies and deception in after awhile we will soon become a deceitful person. But if we allow God to work in our hearts and honestly seek after him. We will see the total opposite we will have a kind and compassionate heart.

It also says " for out of it are the issues of life." that means we need to give our heart condition (because we all have one wether good or bad) ,the utmost care because we tend to go by what our heart feels. If we leave our heart unattended then things can creep in that otherwise if guarded would never stand a chance. 

And God has given us the sole responsibility of guarding our hearts which means we need to be watchful each and every day for problems that could occur that could cause heart damage wether it be hurt, disappointment, or a friend desserting us. We need to take these things to Christ and allow him to help us through the issues of life. And he will assist us in keeping our heart pure and guarded!!

Well these are the thoughts that have been in my mind lately may they bless and encourage you!! May the Lord Bless you in the next week! Until next time!
~Rose Mary 



Monday, January 4, 2016

~Reflections~

Well 2016 is now upon us!! It is a good time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the coming year!! Below are some pictures to represent what I did and experienced this past year!! A lot has changed in my family and in my own life!!
 


 -December 2014-
*14th Moved to Aroda, Va for a 15 month term of service
*25th My first Christmas without anyone in my family
-January 2015-
*1st Beginning of the first year away from home
-February-
*7th First visit home
*14 Tyler and Ruth Ann got engaged!!
-March-
*7th my 19th Birthday
*20-23 Went on an amazing chorus tour
-July-
*4th WE MOVED for the first time in 18 years
-September-
*11-23 was home to spend time with Ruth Ann and family
*15 Bought my first vehicle a tahoe
*19 Tyler and Ruth Ann's Wedding
-November-
*1 visited Ruth Ann and Tyler in their house for the first time since they were married
-December 2015-
*9-13 Family Christmas at home and taking puppies to the vet
*25 Second Christmas away from home
 
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
-January 2016-
A new year with many possibilities!!
Lord Willing I will be farewelling from Mountain View on April 9, 2016 it just seems impossible that 16 months will have gone by since I left home on my first adventure by myself and that I actually not only survived but thrived while I was away. Especially considering how scared I was when I left home, but I have gotten to know the people I work and live with every day to the point that they are my family, church, youth group, coworkers, but best of all my friends!!
 
The Lord has taken me on a journey last year that I will never ever forget and looking back I see he worked amazing things in my life the past year. It has not been all roses but through the trials I know he had my best in mind!! I have learned so much about myself and my God while I have been here. It is a very spirit filled year and the Lord has been Good!!!
 
I hope you all make 2016 the best year yet!! Make memories, experience new things, take chances, get out of your comfort zone, but most of all make this a year to grow closer to the Lord. You won't regret it!!
 
~Until Next Time~ Rose Mary