Friday, August 25, 2006

My Tornado is Resting

I want to reach for the stars and find that i can't reach them. I want to fly and know that without the propeller i wouldn't go anywhere. I want to stand next to a child and feel so small in this beautiful and vast land.
I don't want to settle. Am i settling? I certainly do not think so, I hope i never do. Only the opposite, i want to reach for the unreachables and know that i know the one who can reach and who's power and love surpasses all knowledge and understanding. He came so that we might have life and have it to the fullest, not so we could settle and say "what's done is done." Live.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Hit the Books!

From full-time camper to Part-time student/worker.

The transition from summer into fall is always an exciting one and it brings new things to the table. Camp, Wow, what can't I say about it. It was an incredible summer full of ups and downs, hard days and joyful days, homesickness and longing for more of camp. This week was my last week at camp, it was hard and joyful at the same time. Hard in the sense that camp has become my home and my fellow cabin leaders and support staff have become my family, joyful in the sense that i'm going home and starting school in a few weeks and getting back into a steady schedual of balancing work, learning, and fun. Yes, i'm very much looking forward to all of that and yes, i will miss the ministry at Pine Ridge Bible Camp!
Already i see God opening doors to new ministry opportunities within my church community and school opportunities for me to continue learning; also work opportunities. I was hired at Kregel bookstores on the Beltline today and I start tommorrow. WOO HOO for being able to pay off my car sooner. :^) God absolutely knows my needs and completely heard my cries for help when the door closed in one area and i needed another door to open quickly! He is faithful!
As I head into my second year of college things will definatly be different. Some things will come easy other things will come hard but i know that God will see me through all things and i know that i will walk away from another year with more understanding and a better idea of what i need to do in this world.
Please pray that I would allow God to teach me in all situations and that i would first and foremost trust Him with every step. Thank you!

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Casual Christian

I don't wanna be, I don't wanna be a casual Christian
I don't wanna live, I don't wanna live a lukewarm life
God, I wanna light up the night
with an everlasting light
I don't wanna live my life in chains of sin.

This week at camp a lot of lives were changed, a lot of hearts were open to the truth of Jesus Christ and his poured out love on the Cross. We sang this song at chapel on share night and so often we sing the words to songs like this one and we fail to recognize what those words are implying. We need to be active for Christ with that same passion that He went to the cross with. He loves us with an incredible love that we cannot fathom, may we be bold enough to love the world like that....

"The world can't handel the amount of grace that God has for us." -Chris weeks

Let's live our lives knowing that the grace of God is a deep well and He longs to pour it out on us.

"8 The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." -Deuteronomy 31:8