Thursday, July 23, 2009

Nothing much today. I was having a really "blah" day but it quickly turned into a lovely "Dee Dah" day thanks to some amazing friends and family!

I am truly blessed!

I did list a new item in my etsy shop. I cal them "A Night in Bombay Earrings" check them out:

here's a pic:

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

"God loves you as you are, not as you should be." -Brennan Manning

I'm so thankful.

Sunday, July 19, 2009


i hate how the past can come back sometimes and just kick you in the face.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

the summer is moving slowly for me, still i feel september will be here before i know it. then off to mozambique for 10 months to teach, serve, learn, and grow."

i'm still support raising....i'm at around $4000 which is pretty good. I still have to raise $5000 more....God is faithful. He is teaching me how to wait...since my mentality has been "i want what i want when i want it."

God says to me "And that's fine...but you still have to wait." I love how he talks to me in ways that i understand.

so while i'm waiting...i work as a nanny by day and karaoke singer by night (jk on the karaoke). the job keeps me busy, but the kids keep me laughing. we have adventures of some sort everyday. yesterday we found a rabbit's nest with little baby bunnies inside!

you know, i can't help but get teary eyed when i think of leaving. yes, i want to go, but God has put some absolutely incredible people in my life and i'm not ready to leave them just yet. my small group has become a part of my family. they have supported me, challenged me, and loved me in all my stuff. you don't get people like them very i just want to hold on.

i know, i know they'll be here when i get back. still that doesn't give me much consolation, maybe not as much as it should anyway.

but...i have them now, so i will enjoy this now! tomorrow will take care of itself.

want to see some of my preschool class in Quelimane? Of course you do. Here they are:

if you want to support me (for any amount $5, $20, $100, whatever) make checks payable to
Deep Well Ministries and put my name in the memo line (nicheyta raino)
send to
Deep Well Ministries
P.O. Box 10614
Conway, AR 72034

Monday, June 22, 2009

talk about a blindside. i should have been prepared, cause it always, always happens.

i guess the only thing for me to do now is to get up and grace, in forgiveness, in truth.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

so saturday was a fantastical day! it was one of those days that i wish could have gone on forever. i was baptized...and it was beautiful. i was surrounded by people who love me, encourage me, believe me and accept me for who i am. they are people who are walking with me in this journey of living. and i love them so much.

amy said something yesterday that has really resonated with me. we are not just baptized into the community of saints, but we are baptized into the community of the trinity. i've never really thought of the trinity as a community because we have always heard how Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are one. and they are...but they are also three seperate parts of one.

It just goes to show that God created us for community becaues He, himself, is in community.

oh and darrell was really really encouraging when he spoke about how baptism washes away not only the sin but the pain associated with the sin. so so true. it is all gone, God leaves no by products. he also spoke on how Jesus was baptized before he began his ministry and he thought it was wonderful that i was getting baptized before i started my ministry in mozambique. how beautiful, huh.

God is good.

oh and them my most favorite passage in Hosea was read chapter 2 verses 14-20.

"He will allure her..."

what a beautiful day. thank you so much Abba.

love, love

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

so again it has been over a month since i have posted on this thing...i'm just not a blogger by nature. as i have stated previously i am a pen and paper girl through and through. but being that i will be leaving for mozambique in a few months, i figure now would be a good time to practice.

so what's new? umm this summer is going kinda slow for me. i'm usually overseas on missions during this time and so it felt like time was flying by. this summer i'm a nanny to four wonderful, energetic children whom i adore. other than that my summer's pretty wide open.

i'm still raising support for mozambique. i still need about $8000, but now worries. my letters are written, updates are about to be sent out and we'll see what happens. my biggest deal now is trying to get the money in so i can reserve my plane ticket, which will be around $3500. but i'm trusting in the Lord...really.

you know how sometimes you can say that just to say it. or you say it because you feel like it's the right thing to say. i'm saying because i mean it and i know it, have experienced it to be true. i'm trusting in the Lord....wooo hooo!!!!!!!

speaking of woo0 hooo....i'm getting baptized this saturday!!! can i get a praise that Lamb! i am so incredibly excited and i'm going to be surrouned by the most incredible group of people who have become my family. this year that i have had with them has be miraculous...really. i really love them and i really trust them and for those of you who know me...that's a pretty big deal. it's just something about when people are willing to be real, authentic; willing to be who they really are junk and all that makes it easy and comfortable for you to be yourself. i love you guys!!!

side note: i miss my LLA kiddos and my LLA parents, you were the best!

Monday, May 4, 2009

the cure for hurry sickness...

so i get off work at 3:30 and my plan is to run errands and be home by 4;30 in order to beat the 5:00 traffic. in my mind this is totally doable because i only have to....

pick up pics from walmart
buy resin and beads from hobby lobby
buy drill from big lots

no biggie...right. so here i go

on my way to walmart i realize i have left my purse at work. okay no problem i'll just pick it up on my way back.
at walmart to get pics..they did not turn out, so wasted trip. go back to the school to pick up purse...oh classroom door is locked. get keys...get purse.

okay on my way to hobby lobby...ummm smoke begins to come from my hood. by the time i'm in the parking smoke is billowing from the hood. great my car is about to blow up...lift the hood. oh there's the problem...i forget to but the top back on the thing where you pour your oil in. oil is everywhere. no problem i'll just let it cool down.

ok, buy resin and beads.

walk over to big lots. find and drill, oh and they have vanilla coke.yes! ok so i'm standing in line, the lady at the register has written a check and they have to call it in and all that jazz. no worries cause i have my vanilla coke! at this point it's about 4:45, it's okay because the check lady is done and i'm next. i still have plenty of time to get home. and then..

"i can't take debit cards" she says, "my system is down."

"Really, so none of the machines are working."

"No. I can only take cash or check. Oh wait let's try this one"

A glimmer of hope...maybe just maybe. No

So I got across the street to Kroger where there is a atm...get cash go back.

So now i'm back in line and i'm like the 3rd person.

sweet old lady whips out her debit card..."We can't take debit cards, systems down."

"Well, I don't have cash so I'm just gonna try it."

At this point I begin to myself..

i mean how is now 5:00 and there is still someone in front of me...definitely not going to beat that traffic.

"the joy of the Lord is my strength."

this verse comes to mind and I just smile

"okay Lord, i got you...i'm just going to chill out. take it all in stride."

and i did.

i'm finally pay for my things and begin to drive traffic, but all smiles. the joy of the Lord is my strength.

all smiles all the way home

the cure for hurry sickness....

the joy of the Lord.

Monday, April 27, 2009

i love being a pre-school teacher. so many teachable moments i've experienced from my kiddos.

they forgive easily. they do not hold grudges. they except differences. they love without condition. i understand what Jesus meant when he said we have to be like children to enter into the kingdom.

i pray he keeps me young at heart.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

okay okay

seriously, i'm trying as hard as i can, but this whole blogging thing is not going so well. i'm a journalist. i enjoy using pen and paper, what can i say.

so what's been going on? well for the 2 of you who may read this i'll let you know.

i'm leaving for mozambique in september and am currently raising support (woo hoo! my most favorite thing to do...note the sarcasm)

this time it's not so bad, i actually believe God when he tells me that i will be taken care of. i mean believe believe him, not just know it in my head, but i fell the truth of it resonate in my deep.

it's amazing to me how God proves himself over and over and yet there is still that part of me that is like, "but God what if...." i love his patience. he knows i need it.

oh check out this photo shot for the women's event Emerge at New Life Church.
Justin and John were fabulouso!