Monday, November 7, 2016

King of the World


Another great song that reminds us just how small we are and how big God is. This morning I was reading in a book by Beth Moore called "Praying God's Word." (It is a really great book that focuses on breaking free from specific strongholds). There was a quote by Neil Anderson that caught my attention: 
"Satan's ultimate lie is that you are capable of being the god of your own life, and his ultimate bondage is getting you to live as though his lie is truth."
I paused and asked myself- am I god of my life or is the Lord God of my life? There are many areas in my life that I try to do myself....this leads to anxiety and frustration because things never turn out exactly how I want. What I need to remember is that God is King of the world, and He is also King over my own life, including all areas of my life, big and small.
Who is the god of your life? I pray that listening to the song above can help you answer that question. Have you forgotten who God is and who you are compared to God? I know I often forget and that is why His Word is so important to us...to remind us every day who we are, who God is, and what God has done for us. 
I'm thankful God used this song and quote to refocus my attention on the King of the World.

Monday, October 31, 2016

MCA XC

So it's been over a month since I've posted and I'm trying to remember the important stuff that has happened. Cross country season is now over. We had three fun and exciting meets. The first two meets were against larger schools, but we still did really well. This past weekend we went to Waco for the state championship. It was about a 7 hour drive, but God kept us safe and we had no mishaps on the road. The atmosphere at the race was exciting and I am so glad that the kids got to experience a state meet race. They did their best, but they raced at 2 in the afternoon and it was about 88 degrees. No trophies were brought home, but I am so proud of their hard work and perseverance this season. They are truly a great group of kids who encourage not only their own teammates but other runners too. I think they did a great job of representing Christ this weekend and that it was truly matters.

Here are a few pics from the meets:
Now that cross country is over, I have a little more time to run on my own and get ready for my half. However, basketball season is starting which I feel will consume most of our lives. It is also elementary soccer season which I have reffed two of their games. This was definitely out of my comfort zone as I know nothing about soccer. But now I know a lot more than I did and actually enjoy reffing...and playing it too when I get the opportunity.
God has been so good to me, but unfortunately I have not returned His blessings. I am not in His Word as much as I should be and I know it. Please pray that I would stay focused on Him and study His Word and pray often. The only reason I'm here is for Him and I don't want to forget that no matter how busy I get.

That's all for now!

October Newsletter

Hello,
Happy Fall! I hope those of you who get four seasons are enjoying the fall weather. It is getting a little cooler here (meaning low 90s instead of in the hundreds), but I am starting to miss the changing colors of leaves and the crisp mornings of fall. However, I am still loving it here. I’m getting to know the students and staff a little better, and I am getting into a routine.
We are finishing up the 9th week of school. It has gone by fast. I’ve started teaching some nutrition lessons to the middle and high school during PE. This has opened my eyes as to how much they don’t know about food and their bodies. They seem to want to learn, and I have so much to teach them!
I want to thank everyone who donated to the cross country team. I have received $245 and the team is able to compete in three meets! The first one was on October 8th. They did really well and the girls’ team even got third place! I am so proud of them and look forward to seeing what more they can do. They will compete in the state championship in Waco at the end of this month so please pray for safety during travel and for the runners.
As for life outside of MCA and Redeemer…I’ve gotten to enjoy some nice runs, walks, and bike rides. I like to swim when I can too. I plan to run the South Padre Island half marathon in November. Thank you for the prayers, encouraging letters, and financial support. Each of you is such a blessing.
In Christ,
   Corinne Schmidt


Saturday, September 24, 2016

The God I Know



What was I waiting for
I came alive when I let go
All I had was a broken heart
Then He held me in His arms

-lyrics from "The God I know" by Love & the Outcome

If you haven't heard this song, you should definitely listen to it. One of my all time favorites right now. So this week started out pretty rough. I was exhausted Monday and Tuesday and couldn't seem to get my energy back. Thankfully, God gave me my strength back after a lot of sleep. This made Thursday and Friday much more enjoyable. Last night was Senior night for the girls on the volleyball team. Unfortunately they lost the game by 2 points but it was their hard effort that mattered- they played better than I had ever seen them.

Today I ran my first 5k race in the valley. I've decided that racing down here is different because you are not trying to see who is the fastest runner, but who can run best in the Texas heat and humidity. The race started at 8 am and it was already about 85 degrees with a heat index of 96. Besides the heat, the race was a lot of fun. Melinda (one of the other intern staff) and I were the only white people and instead of having bagels and granola bars after the race, they had breakfast tacos...lol. For some reason I didn't really want a taco after running 3 miles in the heat...

I got to experience an amazing night of prayer and worship this week too. It was a simulcast called Cry Out and it was basically three hours of group prayer and singing. I only got to attend for an hour, but it was so cool to feel God's presence and to know that thousands of other people were praying at that exact moment. This night really helped to remind me of what a great and powerful God we serve. He is sovereign and in complete control of everything: the election coming up, wars going on in all the world, violence taking place in our own neighborhoods...God has complete control of all of it. It is so easy to worry and fear, but commands us not to fear. He is with us and He cares for us, and we can have peace and strength in that.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

God's Blessings

South Texas Sunset

This week has been a good week. I'm getting into a routine of things which is good but tiring. The week was full of cross country practice and home volleyball games which I really enjoy watching. I love seeing our volleyball girls improve after each game. I am also amazed at how fast my cross country runners are improving. They are shaving off entire minutes from their previous times! I'm so proud of their hard work and excited to see them race in October. We have been able to schedule three meets, the last one being the state championship.

Today in particular was a great day. God has truly blessed me. It started with a 5.5 mile run with some of the xc team, then a bike ride at Bentsen state park (my bike was shipped here). It was so nice to get to ride my bike again. We ended the day with some great food and fellowship time at a friend's house. I'm just thanking God for all of these wonderful things that I get to enjoy. I hope He is blessing you all as well and you are able to praise and thank Him.


Saturday, August 27, 2016

School has started!

         

Hello everyone! Just wanted to give an update on the first few days of school. I really enjoy coaching elementary PE, even though we have a lot of kids in a small area. I find that if I have a plan of what to do, it's a lot easier to keep them focused. So basically I teach PE from 9 until 1 along with another staff member, Coach Tyler. He was here last year so it's nice to have him to help. One of the hardest parts is learning the names of the students. The other hard part is being out in the sun and heat for 4 hours. It is definitely draining! After elementary PE, I then go to the new campus and teach junior high and high school girls PE on my own. This is fun as well, the students are very motivated and work hard at whatever I want them to do. Several of the girls are also on the cross country team. I like this because I have more opportunities to get to know them.
Speaking about cross country, the first practice was Monday. I was a bit overwhelmed Monday because 30 students showed up. This is a lot for just one coach so I'm very thankful that Tyler is helping me. Running in the heat is hard so we decided to do two morning practices and one in the afternoon. This works out well except for our time is limited in the mornings. I love coaching XC more than I ever thought I would. My knowledge from the past five years makes it easier for me to come up with workouts and also inform the students about running gear, like shoes. It amazes me how God truly prepared me for this position throughout the years, like working at a running shoes store for 8 months. I know exactly what to tell people when they ask about what kind of shoes they need.
We just got back from another retreat, but this one is with the junior high and high school students. It was a good time. We played games and swam and listened to Chago preach the Word. The best part was hearing the hearts of the students on the last night. God did some amazing works in those students' lives these past few days! I'm really looking forward to getting to know the MCA students better- they are such a great group of students.
During the retreat, Chago spoke on the crucifixion and it just reminded me how much Christ went through to save us. It is overwhelming and should overwhelm us every day. Unfortunately, I take it for granted way to often. One thing Chago said was that the more we understand what Christ has done for us, the more joyful we will be. Christ sacrificed everything for us, therefore, we should be joyful and thankful, in the good times and bad.
Thanks for reading!

Friday, August 12, 2016

In Christ Alone

Where we stayed for staff retreat in Arroyo




The adventure has begun! Just wanted to give everyone a quick update on the past week. Thursday through Saturday was not too exciting as we were in the car for the majority of the time. God really blessed us with safe travels and no traffic. We stopped at some pretty cool places along the way too. Once in Texas, we met up with the staff and went to Taco Palenque (a popular restaurant down here). It was a good way to get to know they people I would be living and working with. They are a great group of people who love Jesus and are so passionate about what they do. I can't wait to get to know them better and work along side of them.
Sunday was church. It was my first time seeing the completed gym on the new campus. I literally got chills when I walked in because the last time I saw it, it was a concrete floor with nothing in it. Now it is a beautiful gym facility. God is so good!
Another blessing was the couple that my parents stayed with while they were here. They made us all feel so at home and made my parents feel a little more comfortable with leaving me down here.
We have been on a staff retreat for the past 3 days. All 33 staff stayed in a house on the Arroyo Colorado river. It was a great way to bond and get to know the staff that I hadn't met. The scenery was beautiful and I learned how to fish! The worship and sing time we had was amazing. One of the songs we sang was In Christ Alone. I've always loved this song, but I was reminded on this trip that our hope is found only in Him and if we don't have this hope than we have nothing. We also can do nothing on our own outside of Christ. I think I will make the mistake of trying on my own to be the best PE and cross country coach instead of relying on Christ to live through me. That is something I will have to work on.
I am looking forward to school starting on Thursday and will update after a few days. Getting ready to go swimming now so got to go. Thanks for reading and for all the prayers...and if you have any prayer requests or comments please feel free to post below!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Getting Closer!

No song for today's blog post. Just wanted to give an update on my fundraising since several people have been asking. God has been so faithful and gracious in the people He has put in my life. So far, I have over $2,000!! It is so humbling to receive financial support like this from the body of Christ. I cannot begin to express my thanks and also how much I appreciate how many of you are praying for me.

Only 10 days left until I leave! I'm slowly getting things together and I am getting very excited. I know it will be tough as I adjust and figure out where exactly I will fit in, but I'm looking forward to seeing what God will do these next few months.

Today I was reading the first chapter of 2 Corinthians. It is a great chapter if you want to read it real fast. Verse 9 really stuck out to me. It says: "We felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves, but on God, who raises the dead." Wow. They were so distressed that they didn't even want to live anymore, but Paul says that this helped them to rely on God more. I know it's true that when you are going through a tough time, it helps you to draw closer to God. I pray that I will rely on Him when the storms come and I am no longer "comfortable" and hopefully this will draw me closer to Him.

Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive as I start this journey. It really has opened my eyes to how blessed I am and how the body of Christ is truly a body, with everyone working together to show Christ's love.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Beautiful Bride

Beautiful Bride- Fly Leaf:

Unified diversity
Functioning as one body
Every part encouraged by the other
No one independent of another
You're irreplaceable, indispensable
You're incredible, incredible
Beautiful bride
Body of Christ
One flesh abiding
Strong and unifying
Fighting ends in forgiveness
Unite and fight all division
Beautiful bride
Strengthen your arms now
Train your fingers for battle
Urgency's here now
Train your fingers for battle
Fighting this violence
With your feet wrapped in peace
Sad tears and silence
Now screams of joy
Victory
I love this song by flyleaf. It wraps up perfectly what the body of Christ should be. We need to be strong, encouraging one another while also preparing for battle, "fighting this violence," as the song says. I've also been reading about the body of Christ in 1 Corinthians 12:12-29. Verse 27 says: "All of you together are Christ's body and each of you is a part of it." This was a great reminder that everyone has a different gift, but we are all used by God to help the body. As the song says, we are "unified diversity." I feel that Christ-Reconciled Church is striving towards this goal and it is exciting and encouraging to be a part of.
The picture at the top is of a group of people who represent the meaning of "strong." I was blessed (for the most part) to be able to take a fitness class for 4 weeks. It started at 5:15 am and ended at 6:45 twice a week. I died a little every morning but it was always worth it afterwards. And the people in the class were so motivating and encouraging. This is the most important aspect because I know I wouldn't have been able to do anything that I did these past four weeks without them. The same goes for all my running buddies that I ran with Saturday morning and at the Crazy 8s race. The difference between running by myself and running with other people is amazing. I think the church should look like this. We need to keep each other accountable while motivating each other to get out of our comfort zone and push ourselves every day. We can't do it alone. Tanner, who spoke at church today, also mentioned this in his sermon. We have to get out of our comfy chair (I hope your reading this Tanner) and share Christ with those around us, whether it be through actions or words. Yes, this is a hard thing to do, but if we are seeking God first and have the body of Christ encouraging us, then God will be able to use us in the way He wants.
Thank you boot-campers for being such an encouraging group of people. And thank you CRC family for being a church that truly represents the body of Christ.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Preparing for Texaco

Cross the Line- Superchick:
Follow the leader, stay in the lines
What will people think of what you've done this time?
Go with the crowd, surely somebody knows
Why we're all wearing the emperor's clothes
Play it safe, play by the rules
Or don't play at all - what if you lose?
That's not the secret, but I know what is:
Everybody dies but not everyone lives
I'm gonna ride like I've got the cops on my tail
I'm gonna live my life like I'm out on bail
I'm gonna be out front, gonna blaze a trail
I'm gonna cross that line
Everybody freeze - don't step over the line
Don't stand up, they'll shoot down the first one who tries
Try to change the world, they'll think you're out of your mind
Revolutions start when someone crosses the line
They want us to lie down, give into the lie
Nothing has to change, and no one has to die
That's not the secret, but I know what is:
Everybody dies, but not everyone lives
I want this song to be my life. I don't want to play it safe. I don't want to be comfortable but never step out of my comfort zone. God wants us to step out, to be different, to proclaim His name without any barriers. That's what I hope to do this year- cross the line that I have been afraid of crossing for most of my life. I will be in a different world...a different place with different people and different responsibilities than I've ever experienced. God is the only way I will be able to adequately deal with all these changes, but I will trust Him to carry me through. 
I am starting a blog for a couple reasons. First, to keep family and friends updated on what I will be doing in Texas. This will keep myself accountable and connected to those of you who support me. Second, to let people know how they can best support me through prayer and also financially as well.
For those of you who are reading this and don't know, I will be going to Donna, Texas as a volunteer missionary. I will be teaching PE at Macedonian Christian Academy which is a small Christian school. I have been there four times before but only during the summer. Adjusting to life during the school year will be quite different and I'm sure I will have many challenges along the way. I have to raise my own support and am shooting for about $8,000 a year or $700 a month. These are big numbers but even just a one time gift of $25 to $50 would help immensely. If you are interested in supporting me on this journey, please refer to the information at the bottom of this post for how to give. 
I also ask for prayers as I start this new chapter in my life. Pray for safety during traveling and also while I'm down there. Pray for a quick adjustment to the culture and the school year. Pray that God would help me to build relationships with the students and others and that they would see Christ living in me. I thank you so much for the prayers.
I also plan on sending a monthly newsletter along with this blog, just to have something a little more formal and keep everyone updated. If you would like to receive a newsletter please email me so I can add you to the list. 
I will be leaving on August 4th and plan to stay there for 2 years, coming home during Christmas and summer breaks. I am so thankful that God has given me this opportunity and am also thankful for all of you that are supporting me during this time. Please contact me if you have any questions or just want to talk!
email: corinne@schmidthouse.org
cell: (423) 330-3597
If you feel led to give financially you can:
1. Make a check payable to Missionary Evangelism Inc. with Corinne Schmidt in the memo line. You can then give it to me or send it to: 
MEI    
PO Box 206  
 Alamo Texas 78516
2. Give online at missionevan.org by clicking on Get Involved and then selecting my name
Thank you so much and I hope you continue to read my blog. It won't always be this formal and business-like now that I've gotten the important information out of the way. Until next time. 
~Philippians 1:4