Dear Awana Kids

Here’s another piece I wrote back in January when I took my flash fiction and nonfiction class. It’s a letter to my Awana kids explaining my disability and answering some questions they might have. Enjoy!

Awana Awards Ceremony T & T Girls  3-6th grade (Truth & Training) May 2013 at Grace Baptist Church


Dear Awana Kids,
I have cerebral palsy or CP for short. I was born this way. I had some problems at birth. Don’t worry it’s not contagious. CP is a condition not an illness. If I had a real illness I couldn’t be here. My wheelchair is nothing to be afraid of. I may look different on the outside but on the inside, I’m just like you.
            When I was your age I was in the Awana program just like you. I memorized the same bible verses you memorize, had similar Awana books just like you and got awards just like you. I was very good at memorizing. I got awards for my uniform almost every week.  I was one of the fastest memorizers! My mom was amazed. I turned out to be one of the kids who was the “crème of the crop” as the old saying goes. My body has cerebral palsy not my brain. I always say because I can’t write things down on paper I have to exercise a different part of my brain, which is why I have a great memory.  Some people have told me I have the memory of an elephant because I remember things so well! Have you ever heard the old saying, “An elephant never forgets?”
When you come up to me to make conversation with me, you don’t have to slow your speech down or talk to me in a loud voice. Just talk to me like you would anyone else. I can hear you and understand you. We don’t always have to talk about my disability.  I like to talk about other things too. What’s your favorite food? What about your favorite color? How about your favorite candy? My favorite candy is Snickers but I like anything with chocolate. I even have a shirt that says, “Drop the chocolate and nobody gets hurt.” I have quite a sweet tooth! Some people have called me, “Sweet tooth Rachael.” My favorite color is purple.  If you see me drop something on the floor, go ahead and help me pick it up. If we’re going outside somewhere, hold a door for me. I promise I won’t run you over!
If you have questions about the lesson, don’t be afraid to come up to me and ask me. I’m just as capable of answering your question as anyone else in the room. Again, my body has CP not my brain. I’m here to have fun with you and honor the Lord with my service the best way I know how. I’m really looking forward to some of the theme nights this year. Crazy hat night is one of my favorites. I think I’ll wear my Dr, Suess hat. “I do not like them Sam I am. I do not like green eggs and ham.” I’m really looking forward to a fun year at Awana of studying God’s Word with you and getting to know everyone better!





God’s Promise

 I had so much fun writing the poem about Saul I decided to write another one about Noah and the flood. I wanted to tell people what the rainbow means to me. A special thanks to my good friend, Sarah March. She was my extra pair of eyes as I wrote the poem. Your input was very valuable. Also, a special thanks to my brother-in-law, Cody Jensen. He gave me great direction in searching through the scriptures. I really enjoyed our conversation last week. Writing this definitely caused me to dig into God’s word more! The last couple weeks have been quite a journey! If you want to read the story of Noah in the Bible, it starts in Genesis chapter six, and ends with chapter nine, where the Lord talks about the rainbow, which is the emphasis in this poem. If you haven’t read the Bible, Genesis is the very first book. All scripture quotations are taken from the NIV. (New international Version). Genesis 9:12-15. Enjoy! 

I colored this picture last year at Joni and Friends Family Retreat when the  theme was, “Hope Overflowing.” As you read this, I pray your heart will overflow with the hope and peace of God’s Goodness.
 ““May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  Romans 15:13
God was grieved by man’s sinful heart
So many people went their own way
Noah and his family were the few to obey
So God told Noah to build an ark
Soon a big flood would destroy the earth
There would be nothing left
Nothing left of worth
It wouldn’t be long
Before God’s creation was gone
But Noah and his family would be safe and sound
For following God’s ways they would not drown
Noah built the ark and brought in the animals two by two
The Lord shut the door and the flood began
For 40 days and 40 nights the rain came tumbling down
The Lord began to flood the ground
While those in the ark were safe and sound
Noah sent out a raven to find dry land
But he came back he found no safe haven
Noah sent out a dove
He found a green leaf
Everyone breathed a sigh of relief
The storm was through!
The earth made new!
A rainbow appeared in the clouds
And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between
me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over
the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds,
I will remember my covenant between me
and you and all living creatures of every kind.
Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.”
The rainbow is more than a pretty little charm
It’s God’s Promise to keep us safe from harm
A beautiful reminder He loves the human race!
Thank You lord for your Amazing Grace!











Summer Adventure 2015 Jesus Is Lord over His people

Last week I got teach the lesson at my table in fourth grade at Summer Adventure A.K.A. Vacation Bible School at Grace Baptist Church. The theme for the entire week was Jesus is Lord. Friday was Jesus is Lord over His people We told the kids the story of Saul. I wrote this poem and they loved It! I held their attention! I gave all my kids signed copies of the poem to help them remember the story and the fun week we had together! Another table leader shared it with her kids and soon everyone wanted a copy! It was a hit! Maybe I’ll have to start writing more poetry. Enjoy!


Saul was a bully
Who tried to kill the holy
Slowly God worked on his heart
And Saul had a brand new start
After being blinded by the light
Ananias restored his sight
And Saul was filled with the Holy Spirit
And God used him with all his might
Even with a dark heart like Saul
God changed him and his name became Paul





“Focus On What You Can Do”

the great face off with Sarah March before the great Tortoise and the Hare race in front of my house October 2014. I’m the Hare Sarah is the Tortoise. I won! ! We just recently had anther race. I won again! Those pictures are on Facebook. Now I need to rewrite the Tortoise and the Hare story! 

“Focus On What You Can Do”
Here’s s a piece I’m posting this piece which I wrote for my Mircoflash fiction and nonfiction class I took in the winter semester. Enjoy!

“We would like to thank everyone for coming to our church play. We will now serve dinner and refreshments in the other room.”

Sarah brought me my walker and I stood up and turned around We followed everyone else into the other room. The room was on a lower level and we had to go down a long ramp to get to it. My walker has four wheels. If I don’t control my legs I can easily run right into something. Sometimes I need a little help.

“Now Sarah when we go down the ramp, hold the bar on the back of my walker so you can help me control the speed.”

I was anxious to get to the food!  Before Sarah had a chance to grab the bar, I pushed off at the top of the ramp, raised my feet in the air, and said “Catch ne if you can!” I laughed the whole way down. My walker went flying down the hill and Sarah ran after me. Finally, I got to the bottom of the hill. Sarah caught up to me. We both laughed and walked safely into the other room.

Having CP is hard at times. There are many moments when I wish it just wasn’t there, but, if it wasn’t for my CP, I wouldn’t need the help I need, and I would never meet great people great people like my friend Sarah. Funny moments of laughter like that wouldn’t happen. I’m able to show people how to have fun.  Without CP, some of the happy moments I have in my life wouldn’t happen. Whenever I get down about having CP, I have to remember my mother’s wise words. “Focus on what you can do not on what you can’t.”