Tuesday, January 31, 2006

A praise to share

I was needing more hours at the day care and now I have them. I am now considered full time. I will be the in the mornings and a pre-school teacher in the afternoon. I did the cook work yesterday and it was very easy compared to the college kitchen working I did. Cooking for the kids is a snap.
I got a little bonus yesterday as well as today since parents were late picking up their kids. It's nice to get a little extra every now and then.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Another day, another year...

Sunday, January 29, 2006

A little more about last night

I wanted to post a little more on the deer incident from last night. We were heading to work along a road we take 3 times a week. We never saw a deer out that way before. It hit the driver side headlight, breaking the plastic covering then it hit the hood of the car denting it pretty good, hit my side of the windshield (passenger side) bending a wiper and the antenna, and finally slid over the top of the car but also denting it a little bit. It was very scary and we were a little bit shaken by what had happened. It was Betty's biggest fear to hit a deer (another girl's car was totaled during the summer after hitting a deer).

It's crazy that the mind goes into the "what if" mode after something like that happens. I was reading a book since there was some daylight left and my first reaction was to cover my face with the book (like it would stop the blow of an animal flying through the window). What if it did break the window? Would it have broken my neck?

Praise the Lord that nothing really bad happened. I was trying hard to shut off the "what if" mode last night. I had weird dreams last night, but none of them had anything to do with hitting a deer! God Bless, everyone!

Last Night

Have you thanked the Lord today? If not, you should.

He has given much safety to and from work. Tonight, we hit a deer. Praise the Lord that it only did cosmetic damage to Betty's car and nothing more. We were both pretty shaken with the incident. A lot of things have been going on, especially this week. Last Friday was the funny incident with driving in the snow, yesterday I helped carry a girl to a waiting van to take ker to the ER due to her massive headache and almost daily passing out, I helped another girl after I got off of work when she got up in the middle of the night (I had gotten home from work) and she threw up in the hallway, helped her to the bathroom and then back to her room and then cleaned up the mess before I went to bed and then the deer incident. *sigh* I am thankful I serve a living God and He knows what I can handle.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Here's something the Lord has been working in me: Contentment with being single.

It seems like everyone around has that "special someone" and all I ever get to do is sit back and watch or be ignored by those who are my friends.

At this very moment, I enjoy being single. I love the freedom I have, that I don't have to report to anyone, have set dates, that I can talk to any guy I want to, that I don't have to feel like I am in an exclusive relationship. I like the friends that I have. I have enjoyed them so much this year. I don't have to worry about being late for a date or that I forgot to put some make up on, or that I have a huge zit. All of that does not matter as much as my relationship with God. That is more important to me.

There are many aspects that should be considered before even entering a relationship: Are the same standards upheld? Are the fundamental doctrines agreed upon? Are the "little things" overcomeable?

2 Corinthians 6:14Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

I do not think the Lord has brought that "one" into my life as of yet. There are not any guys I would consider dating here at college anyway. plus, I am too busy to date. Working two jobs and taking a class will keep a person very busy. I'm lucky to get a couple of phone calls to home during the week.
The service was very good tonight. It was about "Has the Lord Provided for You?"
Ref. Gen 22:1-14; Heb. 11:17-18

Genesis 22
1And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

2And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

3And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.

4Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.

5And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.

6And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.

7And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?

8And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

9And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.

10And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.

11And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.

12And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.

13And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.

14And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.

Hebrews 11:17-19

17By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,

18Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:

19Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

There are 4 requirements to see God provide:

1) Fulfill God's command
2) Forsake family ties
3) Forfeit your aspirations and dreams
4) Follow through to the end

Abraham passed the test and God provided for Him.

There was an illustration about a ship that sank and there was a young boy who survived by sitting on a rock all night. When asked if he trembled, he said, "I surely did tremble, but the rock did not."

Saturday, January 21, 2006

I survived!

I came through Betty's winter snowstorm driving unscathed but a little muddy.

Betty is not the world's greatest driver. In fact, this is only her second winter with her license. Scary, I know. She is also quite spastic, especially in certain predicaments. I have accompanied a few driving "firsts" of hers: getting pulled over, backing into a pole, and last night's incident. Here's the story:

We left for our cleaning jobs and it had only been raining. When we arrived at our 3rd account for the night, we were informed of an incoming snowstorm (at that moment, it was still about 2 hours away). We weren't too worried since it usually takes us an hour and a half or so to clean. By the time we finished, it was already snowing, but not too bad, or so it seemed. By the time we made it out to the main drag which would get us home, the snow was falling heavily and visibility was just plain awful. The lines on the road were not even visible due to the accumulation of snow already. She is complaining about the conditions. I watched the snow falling and it was really interesting. We were going into the wind so the snow was coming at us as we went and it looked almost like we were in a sci-fi vortex or something. It was neat. The driver side wiper was not working too well and was leaving the bottom of the windshield as if it hadn't even been touched. Not good for Betty. The road we were on was a divided (mostly by a grassy area) highway with two lanes on each side. As I was looking around, I noticed that we were going to go off the road on the left hand side. "We're going off the road," I said to Betty. She then, thinking we were going off on the right side, jerked the car to the left, into the grassy, muddy median, and thus, getting us stuck. It was a disgusting mess. Betty freaked out. I told her that everything was ok and that she should laugh because it was kind of funny. She laughed, a little. She wanted to call AAA, but I told her we would be waiting for hours if she did that. I then called our dorm mom. She was going to send our dorm dad out to get us. I was not able to give her a definite location of where we were other that off of 49 in the median stuck. I gave her the general whereabouts of out location. In the meantime, there were a few good Samaritans willing to help us. Quite a few folks stopped (and it was 11:30 or 12:00 at night). Not many were able to do much. This guy pulls up and says he has a chain and then tries to locate a spot on the car to hook it up to, but to no avail. Any place he could try to hook it up to would damage the car while pulling it out. Betty is still upset. A police officer only offered to call a tow truck. We denied that offer since Betty could call AAA. Then, this other guy pulls up. He says that he owns his own towing company and had a j-hook chain and a tow rope. He hooks it up and pulls us out. AMEN! We thank him and then call our dorm dad to inform him that someone else was able to get us out. He said ok. The rest of the way home, Betty goes 20 mph and I was her passenger seat driver (not like I never was before ) and I told her if she needed to move left or right. When I told her to go right a little, she said, "Which right?" "The only right there is, Betty," I replied laughing and shaking my head. The only plow out was the one behind us. Sheesh. When we got to our last intersection where we would be turning left, some person passed us on the leftand honked at us like we were doing something wrong. Some people! The Lord kept us safe and in one piece as well as the car. All it needs is a bath!

What a night! And I lived through it to share with others the hazards of Betty's driving skills!

***Disclaimer: Betty knows I joke around a lot and that is what got her through the incident. I by no means intend to hurt her reputation by this blog and she knows I was going to blog about it. I just wanted to do it in my humorous way. ***

God is so good to us. We could have gotten hurt or possibly have spun out or even get into an accident with another vehicle.

Psalm 8:4What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

Psalm 144:3LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!

Psalm 68:19Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.

Hebrews 13:2Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Graduate Update Dec 05-Jan 06

Hello one and all!

It has been a long time since I have sent out an update, so here it comes!
It is official! I am a college graduate! I have finished my course requirements for the Elementary Education degree as of December 2005. So, what am I doing now? I had already planned on staying near the college to keep working at my cleaning job to pay off as much as I can on my college bills. I had also planned on getting a second job. Well, I wanted to get an apartment, but that did not work out, so I am taking one class and staying in the dorm. I had to pray and think long and hard about that decision. I was very ready to be out of the dorm and into my own place. It is working out for the better for me to stay in the dorm because the cost includes room and board.

Before I left to go home for Christmas break, I did some job hunting in Chesterton. I wanted a job close to the school due to the fact that my car is a gas guzzler. Well, I had an interview at a local day care a couple days before I left. I was hired! I am now a pre-school teacher at Wee Care Child Development Center. I am only part time, but it sure does help. I am also able to pick up more hours every now and then. So, that is another blessing!

I enjoyed being home with my family as well as my church family for the week I made it home. Christmas was great because not only it is the time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, but that my whole family attended church with me Christmas morning. It is the first time that has happened in all my years. It was the best Christmas gift I received. I even got to see my Uncle Roger in whom I had not been able to see during my previous visits home. I spent some time with my parents and some one on one time with Nessa and AJ and I even went out with a couple of girls from college who live near me (in Ypsi).

I still enjoy being involved in the ministry here. I really love working with my 1st grade girls in Master Clubs. They keep things interesting. I have been going bus visiting with my friend Carol for well over a year now every Saturday. Just recently, there have been some changes on the route, but I think the transition will be pretty smooth. It is so neat to see the children growing up, especially those who I have had in the 0-6 month nursery. I have been in there for almost 4 years now (I guess I haven't aged enough to be promoted...lol! j/k). I just can't believe how quickly they grow, but I truly enjoy taking care of those babies.

I am looking forward to April because it is not only Preaching Conference, but I may have some teaching interviews during that time. I would like to be teaching at an academy for the 06-07 school year, but that is entirely in the Lord's hands. I want to be where He wants me to be. As of right now, I plan on staying in Indiana until at least July 28, 2006. My friend Carol is getting married then and I am in her wedding as a bridesmaid. I may be taking a trip to Ohio for another wedding in June, but I'm not quite sure yet. This wedding is for my co-worker (and fellow classmate). Other than that, I have no other plans than just to work and do well in the one class that I am taking.

I can not believe how fast college has went by! It was even faster than high school! I will be walking with my senior class in May. More information to come on that later. I would love to hear how everyone else is doing. You can email or even snail-mail me if you would like. Have a great day!

God Bless,
~ Nicole Stiers
Sorry about not updating lately. I've been busy with work and a little bit of school. I have got to get to class right ow, so I will try to update again later. Have a blessed day!

Friday, January 13, 2006

Time has flown by....

Its hard to believe that almost 23 years has passed since I was born.

My mom and I.

My mom and I again.

My Uncle Roger and I.

Grandma, Aunt Sharon, me, and Nessa.

Mom, Dad, Aunt Sharon, me, and Nessa.

Mom, Dad, and I.

Grandma, Mom, and I.

Mom, Dad, and I.

Mom and I.

Nessa and I at her graduation in '04

Us kids going what we liked best!

My senior pic from high school

Me today
I played hockey with the girls Wednesday. It was fun. I did get a bruises, but not like some of the others!
I can't believe I'm even considering this, but I may be doing another 5K come June. What has gotten into me?!?!?!?! I need to start training soon if I want to be ready. I haven't even thought of running/jogging since I did that other 5K in September (plus, with student teaching, I didn't really have the time). This 5K I'll be training for finishes on the 50 yard line at Notre Dame. Neat, huh?
I actually have my first class this Friday afternoon. I think I will enjoy it and it may motivate me to do a little more in the mornings. I have been sleeping too much. Most would say I need it.
When I got back to the dorm after Christmas break, there was a pile of mail for me in my room. Amonst the pile was an envelope that said "The Enegizer Bunny". At first, I had no clue who it was from. Turns out, it was a thank you card from my dorm mom. She has a funny sense of humor. I guess during Monday night Devos (I do not get to go to dorm devos b/c of work) she said that the Enegizer Bunny was doing some pleasure reading. I have heard this through other girls who get to go to devos.
Well, enough for now folks. Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

The day care has been pretty fun for the most part. All those kids...
I am being trained in the various areas. Yesterday and today I was trained in the "nap room". I watched 14 kids nap/rest. It wasn't too bad. Last week I was trained on closing.

I am really thankful for this job. I may not get as many hours as I wanted, but it does leave me time to spend more time with God, read books, catch up on sleep (which I did today), play hockey with my friends, and even get ahead on school work. I really enjoy it.

A Life: a poem by me

A Life

A life so wonderfully, graciously given
A life beyond what thought can achieve
A life bound for a perfect Heaven
If only I can such a life believe.

A life not of lazy, hazy days
A life but more full and free
A life through turmoil and dark haze
If only such a life can be for me.

A life of overflowing joy and happiness
A life full of love unknown
A life in which I've made such a mess
If only my life in You I've grown.

A life, my life, as I have deemed it
A life I've thought to please myself
A life, my life, I've dug a pit
If only my life You do not shelf.

A life given wholly to You
A life much greater it shall be
A life, Lord, a work please do
If only my life I give unto thee.

Monday, January 09, 2006

All right... I'll give a little more insight about my spiritual renovations. So many times I have tried and failed at drawing closer to God. Somtimes it feels as if it just a ritual of sorts (and I know its not, its a relationship). I have the head knowledge, but the heart knowledge takes a while to follow suit. I had the change to do some pleasure reading and it was very though provoking. Ususally, the fiction books are not quite so, but this one was. I am not going to outline the book. If you want to know more about it, read it. It just made me think about my walk with the Lord and how far I have gotten form Him. There is a maturity level that needs to be reached and I feel like I have not made yet. It seems so far off. I serve an awesome God and He will be working on me, that I am sure. I have more time in the mornings due to not having any classes til Friday afternoon, so I want to utilize that time to the best of my ability. If you could, please pray that the Lord accomplishes His work in me (well, the work that needs to be done at this time, because He will never be done working on me!). It is such a wonderful feeling to know that my God is a living God and wants, desires a relationship with me. I wrote a poem, but that will have to be posted at a later time (possibly in the next couple of days).
Little is much, when God is in it
Going through some spitiual renovations...I'll update more later. Please pray with me.