Wednesday, May 26, 2010

..Be still and know that He is God..

Hello! I'm off to Belize in 8 days :)
So for the past few days I have had a song stuck in my head you can listen to here
--> Wait on the Lord 

I am learning that transitions in life can be a challenge. Almost a battle on the inside. Living in different places, doing different things, it is all a shock to my inside. This is when the Lord says "Be still Erika, and know that I am God." This passage is found in Psalm 46. I encourage you to take a look at the whole thing!

It starts out reminding us that God is our refuge and strength! and then it says he is an EVER-PRESENT help in trouble. Now it goes on to talk about the whole earth giving way. My troubles seem small in comparison, but the Lord knows us to well to miss what are troubles are, to not understand them.  Thankfully he knows me perfectly. His love can not be removed, he is my ever-present. Think about that for a moment, God is the only one that can be your ever-present. How wonderful is that?

Continue reading, The city of God is glad! God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Just love it. In verse 9, he stops wars! he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear he burns the shields with fire... Picture this. Craziness is going on. War, fighting, and then the Lord stops it all. "Be still, and know that I am God" What a picture. Be still, it is not "It would be better for you to be still", "I encourage you to try to calm down now", no it is Be still. We can rest, we can be still with our God. He is our helper. He stops wars.
We know that he is God. He ends saying "I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." He is the one to be praised! The whole earth one day will all confess that Jesus is Lord. He is with us, he is our fortress.

Enjoy singing along to Coffey Anderson today!
Praise the Lord he is our ever-present!
<--- some cute girls I spent the day with last weekend!

Reminder: You were made for God and made by him. In him is everything you were made for. The world, and our own heads can drown this out, can make truth seem far off. I pray for me and you today that we press in and run this race, look to the face of our ever-present and Go!

Friday, May 21, 2010

The life only God knows how to live.

         Ok so my four planned out years are over! I turned 22! I had my senior show of The Tree House Children's Home. My wonderful family came and helped out the whole weekend! What busy, crazy, sleepless weeks that lead up to that show. It is cool to see what God had planned for that whole class. There is a great story attached to senior show that I should type up for you all some day.

Then last Saturday I sat by people I didn't know and shook hands with people I didn't know and officially GRADUATED from UW-Stout.  Erika Sanborn, Interior Design Grad, feels nice to be done.  But now begins the new stuff. As the title of this post says this new part of life I do not know how to live. But the same was true four years ago when I moved to Menomonie. The Lord leads so we learn to trust then he teaches so we learn and know that he is always faithful and always right.
         I am so excited because in only 13 days I will be off to Belize once again! I will be there from June 3rd - July 3rd. I will be helping lead 4, 1 week trips.  Each trip will have their own locations and ministries. I can't wait to meet the teams that come down! :)
        I am off to organize 22 years of things back in my newly painted room at my parents house. It may take a while, but well worth it to get things in order before I head off to the next thing!
Have a blessed day and happy summer to you. Know that if you are living a new thing out that you don't know how to live, God goes before you! Lets let Him be our guide.

here is a quick pic from my b day party :) at Ol Blue, my Menomonie house, Im going to miss it!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Trusting and Following God. Joining EMI. Designing a World of Hope.

-- Hello lovely blog followers --
I am writing this note to inform you of and invite you to share in this next part of my life and new adventure God is calling me to. I am now a new graduate from UW-Stout in interior design. God has blessed my past four years with such an amazing experience learning about the Fathers love, and who I am in Him and who He is in me. While finishing up my last year at school I was praying about what the Lord is calling me to in this next part of my life. He brought me to the opportunity to apply for an internship with EMI (Engineering Ministries International). They are a Christian non-profit organization that works on design projects all over the world to reach the poorest people with rich hope through design and ultimately the LORD. They have worked in over 85 countries on over 800 projects. EMI does design work for ministries such as YWAM, Wycliff, and World Relief in developing countries. They have worked on projects such as water systems, churches, mission base camps, hospitals, and much more!
I applied not knowing if God would really bring me any further than the application. Guess what, he did! I was contacted this April for an interview, and a few weeks later was informed that I was accepted to the Costa Rica office!!!! It is so amazing that God knows how to use the gifts that he has given us. He truly knows our hearts and he sees us trusting him, and sees us waiting for him. God has really been calling me to things bigger then I am. I am learning to trust him in ways I have never had to before. So I will be gone working in Costa Rica from the end of August – Mid December. I will be working alongside the full time staff there and the other fall interns.

Because EMI is a non-profit organization both their staff and interns must raise their support. I am going to have to raise $7,600 for the 4 months that I am going to be gone. I am going to have to have my funds raised by August 6th. This funding will supply me with my travel related to projects, language school, EMI tuition, and staying with a host family. I have never raised support before so this is a step into the unknown. I know that if the Lord is calling me to this he will bring me all the way. I would like to invite you to join me on this journey and the next steps in my life with the Lord. If this is something that hits your heart please remember me, EMI, and the country of Costa Rica in your prayers. Please take time to talk to the Lord about the possibility of giving a monthly or one time donation of any amount. All the donations are tax-deductible.

I am looking forward to sharing and updating you with all of the things that God is doing! Thank you for taking time to read into my life! The Lord is Faithful!

Below is the link that contains all the information and ways to donate to my internship. 

Also take a look around their site too to learn more and take a peek into what the Lord is doing! 

- In HIS love, Erika Sanborn

Sunday, May 9, 2010

He is doing a NEW thing!

Isaiah 43:18-19 Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.

How wonderful are these words. This says to me that God is faithful. in the deserts and in the wastelands he makes us a way! He gives us streams! of LIVING WATER.
The past weeks have been so full of busy busy work! Finding physical rest has been a challenge but the spiritual rest is in also in NEED! We have been talking at my church the past weeks about the Holy Spirit and how he is our helper and our comforter, and many many things for us. I am so thankful that God has comfort for us and rest for us when we are in restless seasons and uncomfortable transitions. I know that I need him! I am done being a Stout student in one week. This is so crazy to think about! And do you know what I haven't had much time to feel this fact, to really let it hit me. Like the verse for today God is doing new things, and he is slowly and surly filling me in on them. :)
I was so blessed to be able to go to a weekend meeting with PPM a few weekends back. What an amazing group. I got a glimpse of what my time in Belize and my time with PPM is going to look like. Love is going to be there that is for sure, and it is love that comes from God alone. I know I will be stretched this summer in ways like never before. I have recently been thinking about how next week I am jumping of the edge of my understanding. What a big jump. But the Lord is a firm foundation in whom we shall not be shaken, So I know when he calls me to Jump he is gone before me to catch me.  Here is a pic of the PPM group! lovely!

One more update for the week is another new thing that I am thankful to the LORD for. It seems that he has known my busy crazy life these last weeks and worked around and through and with them.  I was accepted 2 weeks ago for a fall internship with EMI Costa Rica. You can check them out at 
I will find time soon to fill you in with more detail.

Ok to end this I think that I for sure, and maybe you need a reminder that the LORD is mighty, his love is everlasting, we were made for that love and He is the only thing that will fill us. He hears our prayers and is longing for me and you to talk to him and listen to him! I need this to hit me tonight and the days to come. I pray for refreshing in the name of the Lord Jesus and thank you Lord for the comforter that you have given us to live in the hearts of your people!