Archive | April, 2011

i had a moment…

25 Apr

…I was all by myself in my car driving to church on Sunday. My drums in the back. I was listening to the local christian radio station. I don’t normally listen to the christian radio station. I find the DJs to be really cheesy and they play the same things over and over again. But i’m still trying to figure out a good way to listen to my ipod in my car and NPR just wasn’t cutting it on Easter Sunday. I needed some worship tunes.

So I’m driving along 75/85 about to hit the Grady curve when this song comes on the radio.

My Savior My God by Aaron Shust

I am not skilled to understand what God has willed, what God has planned
I only know at His right hand stands one who is my Savior

I take Him at His word and deed Christ died to save me; this I read
And in my heart I find a need of Him to be my savior

That He would leave His place on high and come for sinful man to die
You count it strange, so once did I before I knew my Savior

My Savior loves, My Savior lives my Savior’s always there for me
My God: He was, my God; He is my God is always gonna be

Yes, living, dying, let me bring my strength, my solace from this spring;
That He who lives to be my King once died to be my Savior

I’ve listened to this song many times before but this morning something about it struck me and I started weeping in my car. While I was driving.
It was these words that set me off.
I take Him at His word and deed Christ died to save me; this I read
And in my heart I find a need of Him to be my savior

That He would leave His place on high and come for sinful man to die
You count it strange, so once did I before I knew my Savior

I was actually surprised at myself. I don’t often start crying in the car because of a song but the words struck my heart. I thinking about my need for a savior and how I try and try to save myself but fail so miserably every time. every. time.
The chorus proclaims that my Savior lives! my Savior loves! and my Savior is always there for me. I need a neon sign following me around telling me this over and over again.
You can listen to this song here. *i apologize for the horrible font choices in this video. it was the only one without cheesy pictures attached to it*
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behold the risen lamb

24 Apr

Because a sinless Savior died
my sinful soul is counted free
For God the just is satisfied
to look on Him and pardon me

Behold Him there, the risen Lamb
My perfect spotless righteousness
The great unchangeable I AM
The King of Glory and of grace

Hosanna! He is Risen!

all you’ll ever need

22 Apr

by Andrew Peterson from Resurrection Letters Vol. 2

The blood of Jesus, it is like the widow’s oil: it’s enough to pay the price to set you free.

It can fill up every jar and every heart that ever beat.

When it’s all you have it’s all you’ll ever need.

The blood of Jesus, it is like the leper’s river running humble with a power you cannot see.

Seven times go under, let the water wash you clean. Only go down to the Jordan and believe.

Only go down in the Jordan and believe.

And I need it, I need it. The closer that I grow, the more I come to know how much I need it.

The blood of Jesus it is like Elijah’s fire, falling on the altar of your faith.

All the wisdom of the world could never conjure up a spark, but no power of Hell could ever quench this flame.

No power of Hell could ever touch this flame.

And I need it, I need it. The closer that I grow, the more I come to know how much I need the blood of Jesus.

The blood of Jesus, it is like the widow’s oil: when it’s all you have it’s all you’ll ever need.

It is all you’ll ever need.

lessons from songs # 10 – help my unbelief

19 Apr

Tonight was one of those “glimpse of heaven” nights. where you are so in awe of what the Lord is doing in your life and you are so thankful for where he has you right at that very second you can’t help but praise Him.

I get to work with some pretty awesome people and many are very gifted musically. a few of us decided to get together and have a little music circle/jam session and just sing some hymns, play some guitar and djembe & cajon. It was wonderful.

As we were singing & playing the words to this particular song hit my heart. Especially the last verse. Written by famed Hymn writer and former slave trader John Newton “Help my Unbelief” speaks to the heart of my struggles with faith & my sin. But it also gives us the assurance that our help can not come from us but from the Lord. Oh glory.

Oh Lord, Help my unbelief.

I know the Lord is nigh,
and would but cannot pray,
for Satan meets me when I try
and frights my soul away.
And frights my soul away.

I would but can’t repent,
though I endeavor oft;
This stony heart can ne’er relent
till Jesus makes it soft.
Till Jesus makes it soft.

Help my unbelief.
Help my unbelief.
Help my unbelief.
My help must come from Thee.

I would but cannot love,
though wooed by love divine;
No arguments have pow’r to move
a soul as base as mine.
A soul as base as mine.

I would but cannot rest
in God’s most holy will;
I know what he appoints is best
and murmur at it still.
I murmur at it still.

Help my unbelief.
Help my unbelief.
Help my unbelief.
My help must come from Thee.

You can listen to the song here.

April Update

13 Apr

Out of Control

Have you ever felt like you are completely out of control of your life? Circumstances just keep getting crazier and crazier and you just don’t know if you can handle it? It get’s pretty overwhelming doesn’t it. The Lord’s been teaching me a lot about control lately…mainly that I am not in control – HE IS! And oh what a relief that is know that someone else is in control and He’s got it all under control. But it’s a hard lesson to learn isn’t it. I so much want to be in control of my life, my calendar because I certainly know whats best for me don’t I? 😉

It’s a daily act of surrender for me to say to God, “I know you know what’s best for me so Lord do what you will with my life.” Sometimes this is hard and it takes you WAY out of your comfort zone. Sometimes the Lord surprises you with His mercy and His plan is way better than what you could have imagined. In whatever circumstance it may be it’s often a hard lesson to learn at first.

I’m so thankful that my heavenly Father is in control of my life and not me. I definitely don’t make the best decisions all the time so it’s a comfort to know He is in control.

“Morning by morning I wake up to find the power and comfort of God’s hand in mine. Season by season I watch Him, amazed, in awe of the mystery of His perfect ways” – Sara Groves

Meeting them where they are.

We’ve all seen the images and news reports of the earthquakes & tsunami in Japan. MTW has had a presence in Japan through generations of missionaries for many many years. Thankfully the Lord kept our missionaries safe during the earthquakes and tsunami and they have been working tirelessly ever since the first earthquake hit to proved relief and support to those affected by this disaster. I’ve been keeping in touch with the MKs in Japan making sure they are doing OK during this time. Facebook & Skype have been a great resource but it’s nothing like going and being with them in person. I’m very excited to have the privilege to go to Japan next month and spend a week with the MKs and team there. I’ll be spending time with the MKs, talking with them, seeing what life is like for them. and while they are in school the plan is to help with some of the relief effort or assist the team there with anything they may need. I would appreciate your prayers for this trip; for safety and for great times of encouragement to the MKs and their families.

From Mountains to Skyscrapers!

Every summer since 2008 I’ve spent 2 weeks at Ridgehaven Camp in Brevard, NC for MTW’s Re-Entry & Summer Conference. It’s always a wonderful time catching up with Missionary Kids who’s families are back in the states for Home Ministry Assignment. It’s one of my favorite events of the year. My plan was to head back to Brevard again for another two weeks in the mountains. Well….God had different plans. I’ve been asked by MTW’s Global Training and Development department to head up the youth program at their Cross Cultural Ministry Internship (CCMI). CCMI (formerly known as Pre-Field Training) is a month long training program for new missionaries & their families to help them prepare for life on the field. So I’ll be heading to New York City for the month of July to spend time with the new MKs that will be in NYC with their parents participating in CCMI. I’ll be leading the teenagers in activities helping them prepare for moving to another country. I’m really looking forward to this and I’m anticipating the Lord to do great things during this time. I’m sad to not be able to touch base with the MKs who will be at Re-Entry & Summer Conference but I’m pumped to be meeting and building relationships with these new MKs.

Thanks for Praying!

Thank you for your prayers. The Lord was gracious in so many ways this past month.

Eric’s writing hiatus went well and he made great headway on the book. My time speaking at the Vision Retreat and Interview & Orientation also went very well. It was wonderful to get to meet new missionaries and also get to see some old friends that were going through.

My time at Carriage Lane Presbyterian Church was also such an encouraging time for me. It’s so fun to get to share the vision of the Global Youth & Family Ministry and see people catch that vision and want to do more. Thank you Carriage Lane for making me feel so welcome.

Our website is almost done! By the time I send out my next update I should be able to show it to you.

Support Status

My monthly support pledges are at 52%. Part of my job now is to continue to raise new support and cultivate the supporters I already have.Did you know that I have 131 fans on my facebook page?  I don’t say this to brag but to say if just 90 of those fans gave just $25 a month I would be fully funded! If you are already a supporter would you consider raising your pledge $10 – $20 a month? If you have been thinking about supporting me monthly and just not had a chance to do so or have any other questions please don’t hesitate to let me know.

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By His Mercy,
Ruthanne

seabrook island

6 Apr

Last weekend I got to accompany my mom to a beautiful part of the country. South Carolina. There are lots of things about South Carolina I love. Hilton Head, Charleston, Palmetto Trees and now Seabrook Island. It’s one of my new favorite places. My mom was speaking at a retreat there and I was lucky enough to go with her. I was most excited to dust off my camera and take some pictures of new places. Here are some of my favorite snapshots.