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Weekly Photo Challenge: Create

June 23, 2012 2 comments

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Letter #30 — Your Dreams

June 14, 2012 Leave a comment

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. – Galations 2:20

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. – Psalm 32:8

06.14.12

My dreams… Huh, that’s a new topic for sure. 
 
For a few years, I was wondering if some of my dreams would ever come true. I would worry about it and not be at peace. Then something happened that changed my whole perspective. Or… several somethings really. No, my dreams have not suddenly burst out of hiding, but I have learned. You see, I wasn’t trusting God with my dreams at all. I wasn’t letting go.
Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. – Psalm 55:22
 
However, my dreams are no longer my own. My Father holds them in his hands.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. – Jeremiah 29:11
 
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. – Deuteronomy 31:6
 
I am not prepared for some of my dreams… or perhaps all. Until I am, I will grow. I will trust God’s timing. I don’t have anything to fear. His will will shape mine. No, it’s not easy, but all things are possible with God. 
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. – Isaiah 41:10
 
And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed. – Deuteronomy 31:8
 
Whether you believe it or not, it is so much more easy to trust God with your life than to try to control it yourself. Plus, He does a way better job of it than you ever would. Yes, I still have dreams, but for now, I am comfortable and at peace where I am. Taking one step at a time, finding joy in the people and things around me, spending time with my family, growing, being thankful for what I have and the gifts from my Father… Did you ever notice how the seeds sparkle as they fall from the tree at the park? Trust has been a rather large issue for me, but it isn’t so bad anymore. I don’t have to worry about a thing, and when I start to be anxious, I just have to turn to my Father. 
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7
 
Until next time… 
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
   
      
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Letter #29 — A Child

June 14, 2012 Leave a comment

For some reason this didn’t post the first time… So, here we go again.

06.13.12

Child,
     
     Since your birth, I have held, met, and seen many children. Each reminds me of my little second cousin that I have yet to meet. I love it when your mommy posts pictures for us see or little stories for us to read. It is the only way I can get to know you at this time. Believe me, if it were possible, I’d be there in a heartbeat. I want to hold you close, make you smile and laugh, and look into your gorgeous eyes. You are beautiful. 
 
With much love, 
Your Second Cousin 
   
  
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Letter #28 — Someone Who Changed Your Life

June 12, 2012 Leave a comment

06.12.12

     Where to start? How about, you are the only one who could convince me to do or allow you to do what is depicted above? Yeah… I’m just not that kind of girl…
     I am so thankful to have you as part of my life. You have encouraged and strengthened me. I am a girl that is basically the opposite of you in personality, so you have made me try things that are new. You have challenged me, given me advice and been patient as I spill my troubles onto the table in front of you. You have never lead me astray. Thank you for being a true friend. 
     Girl, you are about to take an incredible step into the next part of your life. May God bless you as you walk in faith. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. 
 
With love, 
That Girl 
   
   
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Paid?

June 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Not too long ago, during a conversation about teaching rifle marksmanship and history at Project Appleseed events with friends, someone said something along the lines of “but you don’t get paid for teaching.” A few people responded in the affirmative. After this past weekend though, I would have to disagree.

Yes, it is true that we don’t get paid monetarily as we are volunteers, but that isn’t everything. We are paid in the ability to teach and the attentiveness with which our students listen and watch, the teachable attitudes that we get to work with, the smiles, firm handshakes, the look in the eyes, the laughter, the thanks from those who attend our events, watching someone when they make the break through and finally get it after working hard at something, taking away the anxiety of someone as you work through the firing of their first shot ever, the friendships made, the soldier telling you that what you taught him that weekend might just save his life, the child running up to give you a hug, the adult looking at you with respect, trusting that you know what you are talking about, willing to learn from you and do as you say – even though you are years younger. We are given the opportunity to watching the improvement in our students and work with them one on one, through the “easy” parts and through the frustrations, breaking down that barrier and overcoming the challenges. We are allowed to touch and change peoples’ lives. We GET to remember those who have gone before us and honor them by telling their story, our heritage. We have the chance to give ourselves away. These are just a very few of the ways that we are paid, and believe me, it is totally worth every moment of it.

Since last October, I had not been able to really apply myself to teaching a full Appleseed until this past weekend. I had, to some extent, forgotten what it was like to be a teacher, what it was like to be on the line, why I love this so much… This past weekend reminded me.

  
  
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Letter #27 — The Friendliest Person You Knew For Only One Day

June 11, 2012 2 comments

“A stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet.”

06.11.12

Hello,
 
     I don’t know if you remember me or not. To be honest, I don’t remember exactly where I met you. I know it was at an Appleseed… One of the 9 consecutive events I was instructing at last spring/summer. To some extent, they ended up blending together. I do remember that you were at one of the six back east. The first morning of that Appleseed, you came up to me and said something along the lines of “I was hoping you would be here. I’ve seen pictures of you on the Appleseed forum and I just love your smile.” That brightened my morning quite quickly. I hope I was able to meet the expectations that you had from what you read and saw. 
 
Thank you.
An Appleseed Instructor 
  
  
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