Walking…

I decided last month that I needed to start taking a walk at least twice a week…but due a busy schedule, bad weather, etc, etc, I failed to begin my weekly walks.

My desire to start walking comes from a desire to be healthier.  During my senior year of college (2008) I spent evenings working out with a number of my friends.  We would lift weights, run around the gym or up and down the stairs, do crunches during movies, all which added up to me being the healthiest I have been as an adult.

In the past five years my exercise habits and hence my health has had its ups and downs.  This winter I began to feel especially sluggish, so this spring I began to realized that I really need to be more motivated to take care of my health.  Thus the bi-weekly walks.  Beyond my physical need to get out and walk, is my spiritual need to get out and walk.

One of my favorite ways to connect with God is to spend time surrounded by beauty of His creation!

Yesterday, I made the first of hopefully many walks this summer.  I didn’t walk as far as I hoped I would…but I’ll get better!  It was really nice to get outside, exercise, spend sometime talking with God and soaking in the beauty God has placed all around me!

Here are a few pictures remind you of some of God’s simple blessings in our lives.

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What are some of your favorite ways to connect with God?

Canoeing the Crow Wing River

One of my most favorite outdoor activities is kayaking and if kayaking is not an option canoeing comes in at a close second. Earlier this week I got to spend three day out canoeing on the Crow Wing river with my church youth group. The weather was perfect and it was great to spend some time getting to know the students better!

If you have never been to Minnesota…sit back enjoy a glimpse of the beauty of my state!

If you live in Minnesota and haven’t found time recently to get out and enjoy our beautiful state, hopefully these picture will inspire you!  If we have to deal with ridiculously cold winters we should really make time to enjoy our amazing summers!

 

I spent 3 days on this lovely river with 20 amazing teenagers!

I spent 3 days on this lovely river with 20 amazing teenagers!

Taking a moment to appreciate the beauty of God's creation!

Taking a moment to appreciate the beauty of God’s creation!

A glimpse of whimsy...

A glimpse of whimsy…

We had perfect weather for our trip, sunny and low 80's!

We had perfect weather for our trip, sunny and low 80’s!

Sorry this picture is a little blurry...but it was the best one I took.  We saw quite a few eagles along the way!

Sorry this picture is a little blurry…but it was the best one I took. We saw quite a few eagles along the way!

I love the site of canoes and a river.

I love the site of canoes and a river.

Over the course of two days I counted close to 200 turtles...I also saw 2 of these huge snapping turtles!  A few of the guys decided to catch this one!

Over the course of two days I counted close to 200 turtles…I also saw 2 of these huge snapping turtles! A few of the guys decided to catch this one!

Here I am drifting along...the river had a nice current so we didn't have to work too hard!

Here I am drifting along…the river had a nice current so we didn’t have to work too hard!

Siloam Mission

Siloam Mission - Winnipeg

Siloam Mission – Winnipeg, Manitoba

Summer finally here!  Yay!  I just arrived home from a wonderful 10 days with our church youth group.  We spent a week serving people experiencing homelessness at Siloam Mission in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  They have an awesome program called Under the Radar geared at educating youth on the causes and effects of homelessness.  Our group really enjoyed serving Winnipeg’s less fortunate as they were put out of their comfort zone and learned Siloam is serving in so many ways in Winnipeg!

Here are some of the ways that we served during our time there:

  • Helping with food prep in the kitchen which included chopping veggies, making croutons, stirring soup, peeling potatoes, making homemade tortilla chips, etc.
  • Serving meals to the patrons…and offering smiles!
  • Picking up garbage on the street with those who have experienced homelessness and hearing a little of their life’s story.
  • Making phone calls to thank those that support Siloam financially.
  • Sorting clothing donations and having tons of fun trying on some crazy clothes!
  • Helping patrons select a “new” set of clothes.
  • Doing some major cleaning at a warehouse building owned by Siloam.
  • Washing walls, door frames, window frames and sills, dining room chairs and tables…all at The Madison a new transitional housing project.

God was really at work in the hearts and lives of our students and through their times of service, devotions, testimonies, prayer, and fellowship…it’s such a blessing to see young people growing in their relationship’s with God and each other!

If you live anywhere near Winnipeg you should consider making a visit to Siloam Mission and volunteering for a day or two.  It’s a great way to be the hands and feet of Jesus!

“A connecting point between the compassionate and Winnipeg’s less fortunate, Siloam Mission is a Christian humanitarian agency offering programs and services at no charge to those experiencing homelessness.

Siloam Mission alleviates the hardships of the poor and homeless, assists in transitioning them into self-sufficient and generous lifestyles, and advocates nationwide on their behalf.”        

 www.siloam.ca