What’s Up?

Well, I have to say I’m VERY glad that I said in my last post that I would likely not be posting quite so often anymore!  Somehow life gets super busy and with a computer that has quite the temper (and is challenging me to control my temper) writing blog posts seems to go pretty low on my list of things to do.

So anyway here are a few of the things I’m up to…

Memorizing a canvass for Literature Evangelism class at YD camp next week. I’m SO excited!!! 😉 (Got this just a couple days ago…My brain is about tired of memorization!)

Weed-whacking at the church…and elsewhere. (I took this pic-kinda goofy…)

LOTS of Algebra (this is my Mom’s paper, she was waiting for my computer to load…) 🙂

Mountain biking with Jonathon at Applegate Lake…

Quotes from an old phone book… 🙂

Can’t forget to spend time in the Bible and other inspiring books!

Writing poems at work…My weed-whacker broke down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, in case you didn’t catch it Jonathon and I will be leaving this Sabbath (Saturday) headed for YD. Considering it is a 12 1/2 hour drive from here and Jonathon is the only driver going we’re going to sleep about half-way there for a while and then spend part of Sunday morning at the waterfalls we stopped at on the way to WWU.

Also, I would really appreciate if you’d pray for Christian Berdahl. He needs our prayers! (I have permission to share this…) He is having serious trouble with his back (bulging disk, bulging into his spinal cord) and has a speaking engagement this weekend. He is in quite a lot of pain-as you’d imagine!-and is asking that we pray that he’ll still be able to fulfill his commitment in WA this Sabbath.

I want to go home, my friends! This world is quickly becoming very overwhelming to me. For quite a while I lived a very secluded life where I never let anyone in, and now that I’ve decided to live a better life I see that so many people are hurting and it just breaks my heart! I battle with “a lump in my throat” as I write this, thinking about those who are hurting, sick, dying, or recently passed away. (And not only in physical ways…)
Let’s all do our part to hasten Christ’s coming, shall we?

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Choices–Who’s Making Yours?

The last year or so has been a whirlwind of activity for me.  Not only has my life gotten busier getting ready for college, I’ve seen myself growing in ways I didn’t know I could grow in!  One of the biggest changes I’ve seen is learning to make my own decisions.

In November of 2010 when my family and I first went to Christian Berdahl’s music seminar we left with a commitment to fast from media for 90 days-in all it’s forms; TV, social networking, email, video, music, stories…Read the Bible and study books, do what’s necessary for school and work, and leave the rest alone! The problem with this was that not all of us were committed. My Father who had not attended most of the seminar had no interest in the challenge, and my little sister was dependent on music to go to sleep at night.  Needless to say we gave up within a couple weeks-even those of us who started the challenge and had intended on finishing!

Fast forward half a year to YD camp 2011.  Christian Berdahl was one of the speakers for Mission/Music camp and at campfire one night he challenged us Young Disciples to the 90-day media fast.  My whole unit stood, but I had a problem: I’d tried this before and failed!  After the meeting I went to Christian, briefly told him my situation and asked him what to do. This was his answer “How many people did Daniel and Joseph have with them?” Hmmmm…that’s a question I wasn’t sure I wanted to answer so I said “Not very many” to which he replied “NONE!”  He told me it would be hard, but that I could do it. Stay in God’s Word and pray for strength!  If the TV or music was on…go outside! (I didn’t mention music at bedtime… 🙂 ) It was all my choice what books I read and even though my family is often behind computers I could decide whether to be part of that or not. He encouraged us before we left on Sunday to ask our families for a commitment to family time-find something better to do!

This time the commitment was mine.  None of my family wanted to try again and family time only lasted less than a week, but I didn’t let it bother me!  Some were amazed that I thought I could possibly stay off Facebook for 3 months! Goes to show how my priorities were set. I did succeed in the challenge. At bedtime I simply folded my pillow in half-with my head in the middle-and that kept me from hearing the music. (My siblings kept it low for me.) I finished  a book I’d been working on for a long time (The Desire of Ages) and found lots of time for Bible reading and prayer.  I even stayed off FB though a couple times I went to the login screen, I never logged in. Praise God! And during the challenge Jonathon had bought an awesome CD and I was very excited when I could listen to it!! 😉

 

This (along with some other things) has taught me some very valuable lessons. One day I’ll be on my own without my parents there to make choices for me, and besides that I’ve learned that there is no power in my parents’ choice. There is no power in the preacher’s choice. There is no power in “going with the flow”. But there is power in Jesus Christ when we as individuals make a choice and depend on Him to help us fulfill our commitments!

Do you have any experiences where you learned that it’s your choice that really matters? I’d love to hear!

Until next time,

Samantha

An exciting new DVD series!

For the last couple years Shepherd’s Call Ministry has been working on producing a DVD seminar entitled “The Distraction Dilemma”…and for the last year and a half I’ve been eagerly awaiting, and praying for, it’s success! 🙂

Here’s a basic outline of the story as I know it…

In November of 2010 I attended the seminar which was first put on and recorded in Grants Pass, Oregon.  Well, I thought it was awesome (it was also the first time I’d seen the Berdahl’s or even heard of Shepherd’s Call) so I found them online, signed up for their free message of the month CDs (more like message of the 6 months LOL), and also found Christian on FB.  If all went as planned the DVDs would be available somewhere near the beginning of 2011…If all goes well…

I’m not sure when and I’m not even sure where, but at some point I heard from Christian that the video footage was not high enough quality or the audio was not lining up with the picture (I’m not too media savvy, I just watch it so I’m not sure which).  Anyway, the footage was not going to work and so the seminar would have to be re-taped.  I think we were all disappointed…I know Christian, his family, and many others were!

Well, the devil might be able to delay God’s work-but he certainly can’t stop it!  In October 2011 (I think-maybe Nov.) the seminar was re-taped in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Three Angels Seventh-day Adventist church.  And another thing: the Refiner’s fire only purifies us (and apparently seminars)!  Having already presented the seminar Christian was able to get feedback on it and ask what should be added or taken out to make it even better!

The night that the seminar was to start-and be broadcasted via live-stream to as many as would watch-they were having difficulty, upon difficulty, upon difficulty!  The live-stream wasn’t working properly and Christian is the main guy in most of SCM’s media adventures (I believe)–so I was rather amazed at his “cool, calm and collected” attitude when he finally got started at the advertised time!  This time the DVDs would be released near the beginning of 2012…If all went well…

Praise God!   Even though the devil got his way once he didn’t get it twice!! The DVDs are now available on the Shepherd’s Call Ministry website and as far as I can see they are awesome! (I haven’t watched them all yet…)

The seminar is all about music–its impact on our minds, characters, and future. Here are the links to a couple YouTube videos to explain them a bit better (since Christian knows about it better than I do 😉 ): Distraction Dilemma Promo Short, Distraction Dilemma Promo W/Testimonies, and the Distraction Dilemma Preview.

I’m so excited I just HAD to share! 🙂  May God bless and keep you!

–Samantha

P.S. If you’ve read the other posts on my blog you might remember that I wrote in another post that I might later write about “the Autumn in which I learned the answer to many of the “why” questions about music”…This is the seminar that answered those questions. I challenge you to consider buying the DVDs and watch them all the way through even if you don’t have music questions–the topics are interesting and Christian is an energetic and captivating speaker! You’re bound to learn something new! 🙂 And when you do…

…Why not share what you learn with me?  I love to get feedback in the comments!