Saturday, July 25, 2009

daisy chains.

No I don’t understand 
And I can’t comprehend 
This power that draws me to you 
But I know for the cross 
I’ll consider it all lost 
In an effort to tell of the truth 

That the world may know 
That the world may know 
You have been heaven sent to us 

Fearless by Building 429

well it has come. the last week of camp. kind of bitter sweet. i don't want it to end. but that is how God designed it, and i must be satisfied with that truth.

this past week God really burdened me for the kids. i had 5 kids in my bible study who were unsure about their faith. this was the most that i have had all summer. one kid in particular stuck out in my mind. his name was caleb. i called him "peanut". he received my heart in prayer last week. their was just something about him that made me want to invest in his life from the first moment i met him. later that week i sat down with his adult leader because i wanted to know what was going on in Caleb's life. he told me everything he was going through and it is no wonder God laid him on my heart. this kid needed some serious love. love that could heal him. love that could only come from Love itself. on wednesday night of camp i was sitting with caleb out by the volleyball pit talking. we started talking about stuff we had been learning this week and i just had the urge to ask him about his relationship with the Lord. i flat out asked him, "Do you have a relationship with the Lord?" he responded with, "I dunno?" we talked about it some, but he just didn't seem that it was something for him. i let him know that i was praying for him, and as soon as he came to the realization that i was doing that he freaked. his response to that was "You pray for me?" that showed me that he either has never experienced someone p[raying for him, or no one has ever told him that. it really broke my heart, but it really made me grateful that i had the opportunity this past week to invest in his life. even though he never made a decision, i still did my job.

"So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth." 
1 Corinthians 3:7

i am not ready to leave this team. they are my best friends. i was talking with one team member today, and we discussed how we could convince Lifeway to put us all on the same team again next year. i would totally do it too.

this weekend we have been getting ready for the MEGA last week of camp. that means we have approx. 800 kids. CRAZY!! so we have had to move our stage stuff, and prepare for a huge registration process. great fun. it really helps you realize whether or not you like the people you are working with. honestly i had no problems--except for the fact that we had to do auditorium inventory (which i absolutely despise!!) but it is all done and i am ready for campers to come.

i am so ready.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

i am not.


i am not.

God is. He always is.

To accomplish anything I must be dependent on something.

He is not dependent on anything.

what an amazing truth.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

snow in mississippi.

well Christmas weekend in July is well under way. we have done Christmas eve dinner. we have done Christmas morning brunch. we opened presents from our secret encouragers. now all that is left for the festivities is to complete the staff talent show. what amazing weekend.

my secret encourager was the "silent killer". Emily Godby for those of you who don't know her by that (honestly i think i am the only who knows her by that name--haha!) she did an awesome job encouraging me these past few weeks. she completed my gift with an awesome CK3 signed soccer ball, lemon drops like my grandmother use to give me to shut me up in church, and a frame that has my life verse in it (Romans 8:38-39). it was so AWESOME!!!!

so how about we had snow too. yeah we ordered snow and had snow fights in the parking lot. but that funny thing was that even though it was real-artificial snow, there was a hazard. it made me laugh. but it was soooooo much fun!!


Thursday, July 9, 2009

are you sure?

this is the question that has been the theme for the week. whether it was kids or the Lord, i was asked if i was sure. that could be with the things that the Lord says, or with a question from a child. and i am sure. i am sure that God is gracious, merciful, loving, and true. He is amazing.

my 12 year old self was here this week. his name is Noah Frank.  he is such an amazing
 young man. God has taught me so much through him, and is actually still working on me through him. Noah asked me one night if i was sure that God wanted me to be a teacher (elementary that is) and not something else, and it was in that tone that i know something that you don't. WHAT? a 12 year speaking truth into my life.  he obviously saw that God may have something else in store for me. so i have begun to pray. i am praying that the Lord will help me understand what i need to do with my life. i know it is to be teaching children, but i am not sure in what capacity. i am just so blessed to have been able to come to camp this summer so that the Lord can teach me new things. Oh how I love Him so!

I have also been getting to the feelings to preach at CK. yeah, i know. crazy. but it has been on my heart for a few weeks and it actually came out of some fellow staffer's and adult's mouths this week that i should be one. so I'm praying about that too.

man i need to catch back up on my sleep.

mood: blessed.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

it's what i do.

i came to the realization that me and my friends have the best job in the entire world.

this week i had the most amazing opportunity to hang out with kids and tell the about Jesus(for the fourth week in a row) which is just awesome in itself, but i also slid down a huge slip n' slide. we did this for two hours. talk about a fun day. but as the sliding continued on you must expect that the ground turns soft and turns a great brown color. so after about thirty minutes it was no longer a slip n' slide, but rather a mud slide. so much fun!!!! we had races and distance challenges! they had an amazing time!

after that we had a firing range. we had some left over water balloons for missions, and me and several of the staff lined up against the wall and let the kids chunk balloons at us. it was one of the most scary moments of my life. i did get hit in the jugular artery with an un-busted balloon so that hurt, but the fact that i was in an "execution" line was enough.

tonight we are going to a baseball game for the 4th of July. there will be fireworks, but i think the best part of the night will actually be getting to do something with 22 of my closest friends other than camp and eating. i am really excited. God has really blessed me this summer! i am so thankful for all that he does. all things do work for the good of those that love him(Romans 8:28), even through the people who are placed in you life.

i am so blessed!