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It's Vacation Bible School Time

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Lesli NolenBy Lesli Nolen

Published August 2013

For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  

—2 Timothy 1:7      

This verse and a roller coaster are the theme for this year’s Vacation Bible School at the church we attend, Harris Avenue Baptist Church.

With the hallways and classrooms decorated we prepare for a week of Bible study, games, songs, snacks and prayer. We usually average around 100 kids ages 4-18. Most VBS’s do not include high school-aged kids, but we have done so the past two years. Last year we averaged 12 high school youths and look forward to at least that many this year.  It’s exciting to see the older kids coming in with the same excitement as the younger children.

We begin each night with a short video that relates to the Bible verse and theme. We say the pledge of allegiance to the flags and Bible then close in prayer before breaking into groups. The youth, or older kids group, breaks off and goes upstairs to the youth room.  There we have tables, chairs, ping pong table and art supplies. We start off with a little game to get everyone comfortable. We then begin our Bible study. Having older kids, we are allowed different time restraints. We still rotate stations, but not as quickly as we do with the younger kids’ group. Our youth Bible study is usually 30 – 40 minutes of active participation. We then have arts and crafts time, snacks, songs and prayer time.  We are blessed to have the space upstairs so we can implement a whole VBS series. Add a comment

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When I was a Kid . . .

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Lesli NolenBy Lesli Nolen

Published July 2013

When I was a kid, life was simple. I didn’t always see it that way, but now that I’m grown and have children of my own, I can look back and see I had it made. I grew up during a time of morals and values; when your word meant something. I grew up in a time where I had chores after school, we had dinner together and then I was free to do what I wanted. I grew up with only four or five channels on the TV. I grew up riding my bike and having to be home when the street lights came on. I grew up knowing what was expected of me and doing it. I grew up with small town roots.

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Picking Strawberries in Fredericksburg

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Lesli NolenBy Lesli Nolen

Published June 2013

You know how when you really don’t want to do something but you know you have to do it and then once you’ve done it, it wasn’t that bad after all? Well that was my husband a couple of weeks ago.

He didn’t mind taking a day trip to Fredericksburg with the family, but he wasn’t looking forward to the event of strawberry picking. We drove up on Saturday morning and met my family at a local restaurant for lunch.

Then we did the tourist thing; we walked up and down the streets of downtown Fredericksburg, browsing the different stores. After some candy and coffee we decided to hit the road to Marburger Orchid. My daughter Skylar and I were excited about picking strawberries. How cool is that? It’s definitely something you don’t get to do every day and it sure beats buying them in the store.

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May Has Seen Its Share of History

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Lesli NolenBy Lesli Nolen

Published May 2013

May is a very special month for me. Two very special people were born in May—first, my husband, on May 19, and our daughter on May 7. Mother’s Day is celebrated mid month, another special occasion for me and the month ends with Memorial Day, an official kick off to summer. There are many other historical events that took place in the month of May, so I thought I’d share a few.

May 2, 2011—U.S. Special Operations Forces killed Osama bin Laden during a raid on his secret compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The raid marked the culmination of a decade-long manhunt for the elusive leader of the al Qaeda terrorist organization based in the Middle East. Bin Laden had ordered the coordinated aerial attacks of September 11th, 2001, in which four American passenger jets were hijacked then crashed, killing nearly 3,000 persons. Two jets had struck and subsequently collapsed the 110-story Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York, while another struck the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C. A fourth jet also headed toward Washington had crashed into a field in Pennsylvania as passengers attempted to overpower the hijackers on board.

May 5th—Celebrated in Mexico as Cinco de Mayo, a national holiday in remembrance of the Battle of Puebla in 1862, in which Mexican troops under General Ignacio Zaragoza, outnumbered three to one, defeated the invading French forces of Napoleon III.

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Life's Puzzle Pieces Fit Together

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Lesli NolenBy Lesli Nolen

Published April 2013

You know when you are watching a TV show and at the end they say, “Stay tuned for scenes from our next episode?”  Well I was thinking I wish God would give me glimpses into my next week like they do on TV; then after a little more thought, I don’t think that would be such a good idea after all. If I knew what was going to happen, I would probably end up trying to change it or tweak it in some way, thinking I know what’s best. Then everything would get all messed up and nothing would turn out the way it’s supposed to be.

If I was given small glimpses into the next week’s episode of my life eight years ago I would have definitely been trying to channel or rewrite the episode. But now as I look back the script was written for a reason and I’m blessed because of it.

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