Archive | March, 2012

Insta-Friday!

23 Mar

Linking up with Life.Rearranged again! for Insta-Friday!

I love technology...but not as much as you, you see...NAME THAT MOVIE! Loved getting to follow my friend Heather ON MY PHONE! as she ran a half marathon. How cool is that!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Got to meet sweet baby Hallie this week! she was so precious! Congrats Garrick & Lindsay!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Friend Heather has had a big week! Not only did she run a half marathon on Sunday but she directed the music for Perimeter Christian School's performance of Annie! It was so good! And it was fun to watch Heather be so proud of those kids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See ya next time!

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Lessons from Songs – Abide with me

22 Mar

Abide with me; falls the eventide; The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers, fail and comforts flee, Help of the helpless, abide with me.

Thou on my head, in early youth didst smile; And, though rebellious, and perverse meanwhile,
Thou hast not left me, oft as I left Thee, On to the close Lord, abide with me.

I need Thy presence, every passing hour. What but Thy grace, can foil the tempters power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be? Through cloud and sunshine, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless Ills have no weight, tears lose their bitterness
Where is thy sting death? Where grave thy victory? I triumph still, abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross, before my closing eyes; Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies.
Heavens morning breaks, and earths vain shadows flee; In life, in death, Lord, abide with me.

Words by Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847). Music by Justin Smith.

Performed below by Matthew Perryman Jones

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Here’s a little history on the song from this site.

Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847) and his wife Ann were faithful pastors of a little fishing town in Devonshire England, for 23 years. Although Henry’s health was compromised, he worked tirelessly ministering to his parish, taking care of his family, and writing poems and hymns.

In 1844, Henry was diagnosed with Tuberculosis. Over the next three years his physical condition deteriorated until finally on September 4, 1847, at the age of 54, he stood in the pulpit for the last time to deliver his farewell message.

That same afternoon, after taking a walk on the beach, Henry retired to his room. He emerged about an hour later with a written copy of Abide With Me. He left soon after for a trip to Italy, to get away from the cold, damp coastal weather. While en route to his destination, he mailed a revised copy of Abide With Me to his wife. A few days later while resting in a hotel on the French Riviera, Henry went home to be with Jesus.

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I can’t take full credit for some of this lessons from songs post. While messing around after a recent worship practice at my church, I mentioned how much I loved the song Abide with Me and asked our worship director Jeremy if the next time I play if we could sing it.

We started talking about the last time we sang the song and the words were incredibly powerful. Jeremy started talking about how he loved the concept of this song. I’m paraphrasing what Jeremy thoughts here.

I love the text of this song. The author is not asking God to take away his burdens and trials, he’s simply asking him to be with him during the trials.

That statement got me thinking. How often do I want the Lord to just take away the burden, to take away the trial, to take away the pain. Instead of asking him to be with me through it. At the time it feels easier to just get rid of the pain. Just fix the problem! Because life was great before it happened and everything will be better and go back to normal if He just fixes it. Jesus says in John 16:33b “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” But if you read just before that in the beginning of 33 He tells us. “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.”

My family is going through a trial right now. There is pain in the trial. There is burden in the trial. I can’t tell you how many times I have asked the Lord to just fix it.  Just make it better. Just make it back like it was before this all happened. I don’t think I have asked him to just be with us in the trial. To walk with us through it. To abide with us and give us his grace to handle things the best way our sinful selves can.

I need Thy presence, every passing hour. What but Thy grace, can foil the tempters power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be? Through cloud and sunshine, abide with me.

It scares me to pray that. To pray “abide with me.” What if that means it won’t go away? What if that means we will continue to deal with this for forever? What if that means the stuff we planned won’t happen? What if that means even if I pray “abide with me” that God won’t fix the problem? I want God to fix the problem.

Even as I type this I realize how terrible this sounds. I want God to be my handy-man. I want him to be there for whenever I have a problem and just fix it so I can go about my merry way and live my little happy life. That’s so wrong.

What I need is to walk through the trials and the burdens in communion with Him, learning what He has to teach me in this trial. Trusting that this is for my good and wanting to bring HIM glory in the process. He never promises that is going to be easy. But he does promise to abide with us.

All I can pray is Abide with me.

March GYFM Update

22 Mar

I feel like I went to bed yesterday and it was the beginning of February and
there was still a chill in the air. Then I woke up and it was the end of
March, it’s 85 degrees outside and my car is cover in pollen! Where did the
time go! The Lord has been doing some awesome things lately and I’m excited
to tell you about them! Buckle up!

Make sure you scroll down for a special note/need for prayer for my family.
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How’d it go?
Youth World Awareness Weekend (YoWAW) – My time at YoWAW went really
well.  I did my seminar 3 times over the course of the weekend and got some
good feedback from people that where there.  Thank you so much for praying!
I’m excited to be part of this retreat and hope to have more involvement in
it next year.

Briarwood Missions Conference – What a sweet time of reunion! I had such a
good time catching up with old friends and co-workers from my time at
Briarwood. Briarwood’s missions conference is known for having a packed out
schedule for the missionaries who are participating and my schedule did not
disappoint. I spoke 19 times over 4 days! It was so fun to share with the
folks there my story, the vision of GYFM and what God is doing in and
through our ministry. Thanks for praying for my time there. The Lord was
good and I left encouraged.

Covenant College Weekend – Right after the missions conference I hopped in
my car and headed up I-59 to Chattanooga just in time to have lunch with
team members Eric, Jonathan and the Wilkins before Eric & Jonathan headed
out of town! The Wilkins and I then hosted some college-aged MKs for some
ice-cream sundaes and games. It was a fun evening and proved to be a needed
study break for many of the students. It was fun to catch up with some of
the students before they headed out on Spring Break.

Interview & Orientation – I had a week back in the office then we were off
and running for Interview & Orientation (I&O)! I helped lead worship during
this particular I&O and that was so much fun. I love that the Lord has
brought drumming back into my life and I am able to use it to lead people in
worship! And that that is part of my job is even better! I had a great time
talking with the missionaries that were going through I&O and sharing with
them what it’s like to grow up as a missionary kid. I especially enjoyed
getting to talk to a family who will be headed to Australia!  It was so fun
to reminisce with them and share with them my experience about growing up in
that country. During I&O team-mates Eric, Jonathan & John where here and we
had some strategy, vision and goal setting conversations. We did a lot of
thinking and discussing what GYFM will be involved in in the future and what
the rest of 2012 will look like for us.  It was also fun to just have them
in the office! Please continue to pray for us as a team as we discern where
the Lord wants us to go, be and do. Also pray for all of us as we continue
to raise support.
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Family Matters
While all this has been going on the Burch family has been having a bit of a
rough patch. My mom has 2 bulging and one herniated discs in her neck. These
have been extremely painful for her and have been at times debilitating. She
has had to cancel many commitments in the past 3 months because of this
issue. Physical therapy, 3 rounds of cortisone shots, rest and medication
have been of little help to her. So after almost 4 months of this going on
you can imagine it has been hard road for her and my dad, sister and I as we
care for her. She met with a surgeon just yesterday and he recommended
surgery to repair her herniated disc which he believes is causing the
problem. The surgery is scheduled for this coming Monday (March 26). Would
you please pray for my mom? Please pray for healing through this surgery.
Pray for the doctors who will be performing the surgery and for a quick
recovery. My dad will be traveling to Hong Kong to speak at a retreat just a
week after my Mom’s surgery and I will be working from their house so I can
care for her. Would you pray for me during that time too? That I would love
and care for my mom well and that my Dad would not worry while he is away.

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Coming Up
The next month doesn’t have any travel on the schedule but it will be busy.
I’ll be continuing to work on plans for the missions trip to Progreso, planning our GYFM team retreat at the end of May and working towards many of the events we have coming up this summer. I’d appreciate prayers that I would be able to keep all the details in order for these events.
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Thank you all for your prayers for me, my family and the Global Youth &
Family Ministries!

By His Mercy,
Ruthanne

Ode to Downton

21 Mar

Oh Downton Abbey – How I heart thee.

If you’ve found yourself living under a rock you may not have heard about the British TV drama that’s taking the US by storm. It airs on PBS and has been one of the things I looked forward to every Sunday evening. But alas the final episode of season 2 aired several weeks ago and we may have to wait until next year for season 3. What is this Downton Abbey show you may ask….well sit down and grab you a cocktail…you are in for a treat.

Downton Abbey is set in early 1900’s England. There are two worlds you will find yourself in…Aristocrats & their servants. Season one starts with the news that the Titanic has sunk and the show gives us a peek into how this event effects the Crawley Family (the Aristocrats) and the Downton Abbey staff. We see the characters go through world war one and many other historical events in the two seasons there have been and each one proves to provide a wonderful back-drop to the drama.

I LOVE IT! I love the drama…there are a lot of show’s set in modern times that have just as much drama as Downton Abbey that I CANNOT STAND but for some reason I love all the drama in this show. Maybe it’s the gorgeous costumes, British accents and sweeping landscapes of the English country-side. It also doesn’t  hurt that there are gorgeous costumes, British accents and the sweeping English country-side.

So…Along with any tv show that starts out with a cult-following then takes the world by storm…there are fun little…accessories?…(i’m not really sure what to call these) that come along to make your viewing enjoyment a little more enjoyable. Here are two of my favorites.

Downton Abbey Trading Cards!

Here’s my fav. And the “What’s a week-end?” quote was one of my favs from the Dowager Countess. There are others for the other characters too if you click the link above.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Downton Abbey Paper Dolls!

Now you can play Downton Abbey whenever you want while we wait for season 3 to come!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just so much fun! Season 2 left us in quite a bit of suspense so I can’t wait for season 3 to come!

 

Insta-Friday – playing catch-up

9 Mar

It’s good to be back and linking up with LIFE.Rearranged for Insta-Friday! This is a catch-up edition. Since I haven’t posted in a while here’s a smattering of my instagrams from the past few months.

I discovered kale! and it's delish in a smoothie!

I also discovered pomegranates. There a bit of a bear to get into but your hard work is rewarded with yummy insides.

this little guy scares me almost every morning…eyeing me while i make my breakfast.

best bbq in atlanta!

2 daughters…same valentines card…although I bought mine first. 😉

got to snuggle with this little guy…only 2 weeks old!

they've stopped making my favorite conditioner. me and my curls are very sad.

briarwood at sunset…it's still gorgeous up on that hill.

it was fun to be back at BYG for a night. i'm excited for them to have their own building soon! as you can see it was pretty crowded in there!

Drew, Lindsey & I hung out with some MK students at Covenant College last week for some games and ice cream. anna said she was going to bring some popcorn….needless to say we had plenty!

We played dictionary telephone…hilarity ensued!

don't judge me….i'm that girl…who washes and reuses her ziploc bags.

See ya next week!

Where I’ve been…

8 Mar

I’m honestly not sure where I’ve been….Mexico, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee…you pick. It’s been a busy start to 2012 and it’s hard for me to believe that it’s already March.

I hopped off the blog-wagon for a little while so I could try and keep up with life…some would probably say I didn’t do that super well….BUT I’am planning on hopping back on soon.

Soooo…Insta-Friday will be back! Lessons from songs will be back! Random life posts will be back! Maybe even some pinterest in real life will be back.

Thanks for sticking with me…