Thursday, November 29, 2007

Saturday, November 24, 2007

family...

today we took christmas card pictures... it was fun times

here are some of my favorites...

me and my sweet mamma
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we are mike's biggest fans
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my silly brother
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well... my silly family
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and the christmas card winner is.....
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august rush was a good movie...

love is in the air*

Friday, November 23, 2007

a sunny black friday...

today was perfect...
i slept until i woke up, no alarms, just the sun through my window, and i spent all day with my parents. it was cold and sunny outside so me and dad went for a walk...
i love the simple things.

i've been thinking about my grandmother a lot lately, Mamma-Dee.
and just how much i want to be exactly like her.
she is strong, and sensitive, and hilarious, and she always has others on her mind. she says things sometimes that we never figure out... we call them 'dorothy-isms'
here are two of the most memorable to me...

"that boy was broke as the day of spades"
(maybe black as the ace of spades... or something as the day is long?)

"she is as jealous as a red hen"
(mad as a wet hen maybe??)

every cloud has a silver lining, and we call her the queen of the silver lining.
she finds the best in every situation, without fail.
she loves and trusts without reservation, and she gives from the heart whatever she has.
most of all she has unwaivering faith, she prays fiercely, and she just plain ole' loves the Lord....
i want to be just. like. her.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

thanksgiving and boy am i

giving thanks that is.

i am thankful for a family that spills love all over the place
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i am thankful for friends that make me laugh until my stomach hurts
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i am thankful for music

i am thankful for hugs
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i am thankful for joseph handy
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i am thankful that God loves me and hears me and can hold me close

Sunday, November 18, 2007

a song worth reading

The broken clock is a comfort, it helps me sleep tonight
Maybe it can stop tomorrow from stealing all my time
I am here still waiting though i still have my doubts
I am damaged at best, like you've already figured out

I'm falling apart, I'm barely breathing
With a broken heart that's still beating
In the pain is there is healing
In your name I find meaning
So I'm holdin' on, I'm holdin' on, I'm holdin' on
I'm barely holdin' on to you

The broken locks were a warning you got inside my head
I tried my best to be guarded, I'm an open book instead
I still see your reflection inside of my eyes
That are looking for a purpose, they're still looking for life

I'm falling apart, I'm barely breathing
with a broken heart that's still beating
In the pain is there is healing
In your name I find meaning
So I'm holdin' on, I'm holdin' on, I'm holdin' on
I'm barely holdin' on to you

I'm hangin' on another day
Just to see what you will throw my way

And I'm hanging on to the words you say
You said that I will be ok

The broken lights on the freeway left me here alone
I may have lost my way now, haven't forgotten my way home

Friday, November 16, 2007

no wonder..

every girl should watch this..

Thursday, November 15, 2007

i love molly!

thanks so much to my lovely friend hannah for introducing me to Molly Jenson!! here is my favorite video of her and jon forman from switchfoot....


new idea...

maybe no one will ever read this, but i decided to just start writing again..
i started this for a mission trip i went on to Humboldt County, California... however i posted more times before i left than while i was there... but here's what happened in my life this summer.

1. i learned how much i love louisiana. you never know just how dependent you are on sweet tea and people who hold the door open for you until you are away from them.
2. i fell in love with the pacific ocean. there is nothing like waking up to crashing waves and looking out and being about to see only dark blue water for miles.
3. i became very aware of my spiritually, and i can't explain that.
4. i met some of the coolest people i'll ever meet..
5. i missed my mamma.. and everyone at home for that matter. never have i longed so much to just touch someone who i loved.
6. sometimes it was really hard
7. sometimes i had energy and enthusiasm and i had no clue how it got there..
8. God sent me sweet kids to love on and they are what kept me going.
9. i learned the word trust for the first time.

i have this perspective like never before, but i still find it difficult sometimes to maybe.. apply what i learned, this is another thing i can't explain. it was a life-changing thing that i did, but it doesn't always feel like that, just because i get so caught up in the day-to-day. sometimes i just forget how amazing God is. how is that possible? i want to wake up everyday and say, what the heck did i do to deserve forgiveness and grace like this (to which the answer is 'nothing'), boy do i want to live today for my creator. i want to be passionate and effective. i want to show other people that i'm imperfect, i want to be honest, mostly i want to glorify God.. all day, every day.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

if there is one thing i have learned about myself...

it is that i am a bad blogger... i mean really bad!
but here's an update..
last week i stayed with the Schulze family (they have 7 kids... fun times) in Arcada, Ca. i was there for the fourth, we had a picnic and ireworks! and i helped out around the church for the week. here i got a true taste of 'hippie culture' and i got to meet and spend time with some truly amazing Christians. God is blessing me sooooo much! at the begining of last week i got super homesick... but i think God really used that to prove that He is my strength and even though i miss everyone i can still get through with Him.

we moved again on Saturday and i arrived at Rio Dell Baptist Church in Rio Dell, Ca. here we are doing VBS, and it is pretty small but i think the kids that are here are really enjoying it. i am staying with the Teasley family, they have four kids, all are adopted and on of which is a very curious 7 year old, who has become my shadow and asks "why?" after every statement... so God is giving me lots of patients!! the oldest Rosie, has had a lot of trials in her life and she is not a christian, please be in prayer for her. i know that she has heard the gospel probably a hundred times, so i am just trying to love on her as much as i can. the Teasley's are amazing people and God is teaching me so many things through them. Starla, who is the mom i'm staying with has a thing called 'ruth's room' at the church, which is like a good will, or salvation army, but it is all free. she has a great heart, but not the best organization skills, so i've been helping her with that also, and it has been really fun and i got to talk to a couple of the women who came in yesterday, so that was exciting. another thing i love about the teasleys is... THEY DRINK SWEET TEA!!! i was in heaven!

so, yes i miss home a bunch and can't wait to be back, but God is so good! and i am completely in love with the people of California! thanks for all the prayers!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

yea! an update after much motherly nagging (love you mom!!)

So... two weeks down! And what an absolutely amazing second week! God is good and really big.
I spent this past monday-friday in a place called Shelter Cove. It is a beautiful little community right on the pacific Ocean... this is the view from the balcony off of my room...
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and we spent some time on the Shelter Cove Beach... pictured below

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So yesterday I moved into Redway, and got an opportunity to go to Whitmore Grove... BIG REDWOOD TREES!!!

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Wes, on the left, is the summer missionary from last year, who came back this year on his own because he loved it so much, and Chris is my partner this year... this is us at the grove...

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So, the past week has been pretty laid back, but God used the stillness and the beauty of His creations to really show me that no matter what I do, He is in total control, and He is way bigger and better than me... and I'm really happy about that... I am pretty blessed to serve such an AMAZING Lord!

and I have an address now!!

Jessica Young
1890 Cliff Ave.
McKinleyville, CA 95519

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

here i am...

So... here I am at Jenness Park, California, way up on a mountain... no cell phone service... wireless internet though praise the Lord. This week is just orientation so no super cool stories to tell just yet, but I am surrounded by the Lord's beautiful work and by His people. There are about 35 of us here and these and some of the neatest and honestly, strangest, kids I've ever met! Everyone is so in love with God, and everyone has such inspiring testimonies. It has been a busy week full of seminars and such but I has been so blessed by everyone I've met here. I leave here on Friday for Mckinleyville, which is about a 7 hour drive... from Sacramento, which is about a 3 hour drive from Jenness, where I am not... So please pray for safe travel and for God to be preparing the hearts of the kids and youth we will get to minister to next week. I am not sure yet what exactly we will be doing but I should know by Friday. Thanks for all the prayers that got me here!

Friday, June 1, 2007

my new motto...

So, we (all the BCM summer missionaries) got these boxes toward the end of last semester and people wrote little notes on them for us to save and read one every few days once we were on the field, and being the curious girl that I am, it was quite a challenge not reading them and I have to confess that I broke down and read one, I just couldn't take it. Boy am I glad I did. I am not sure who wrote it but the message simply said, "Live the summer by Colossians 4:2-5" Immediately I opened my Bible and it said...

"Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity."

So I think it was a "God thing" that I read this particular note and it will indeed be how I strive to live everyday this summer and for the rest of my life.*

Sunday, May 20, 2007

a few things i'll miss very much...

my parents and brother....
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my house...
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the gopher face... and Hannah
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and well, all those wonderful BCM kids actually...
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Shelby...
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Joseph Sterling...
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lots of other stuff too...

Saturday, May 19, 2007

16 days and counting!

Well departure day is getting closer! I'm getting more and more excited by the minute. I talked to Mr. Jerry Corbally yesterday, who is my regional supervisor and I found out I will be on the coast about half the time in 65-70 degree weather and the other half I will be closer to the Red Wood forrest in 90-100 degree weather. It is sure to be a beautiful and busy summer!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Here goes nothing...

so, I'm not a blogger but for summer missions I decided to make an exception... I leave in 15 days and I am mostly nervous, but also excited and filled to the brim with anticipation... I am sure I will be homesick but I am also sure God has amazing things in store for me. I can't wait to see the beautiful country-side and though I know I will love it, I am also sure it will make me apreciate my home as well. To be completely honest I was pretty hesitant to take this "leap of faith" and pretty much every day I can't help but wonder, "what was I thinking??" I just blame that on human nature, and then pray and God reminds me that this is His will and I feel calm.

"don't be anxious about anything but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, submit your requests to God, and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus"
Philipians 4:6-7