Thursday, June 30, 2011

When sparks fly

You know that lazy rainy day when all you want to do is stretch out on your bed like a cat and enjoy the sounds? When you start thinking about your future, what you think you'll be doing a year from now. Then Sparks by Coldplay happens to come on at the perfect time. And for whatever reason, all the anxiety you were feeling seems to melt away and things seem a little more simple. Not so complicated, so detailed, so exhausting. It's like God takes a special interest in what makes you happy for that minute or so. A thank you is needed. And then it's all ok again...

Monday, June 27, 2011

To family groups 62 and 64:

I have never been so encouraged by summer camp as I have this past one. You guys taught me so much. You taught me how the grace of God works. You taught me how prayer works. I wrote down your expectations and hopes for being at camp and prayed over them. Nightly. And God showed up in big ways. It's amazing to me how God uses nobodies to affect others. Just like with Daniel. Throughout the entire week, I was so blessed by how you guys opened up and allowed God to work in your life. Letting Him soften your hearts and break down the walls. He brought you to that mountain top with Him. But just as Andrew said, Jesus doesn't live in Deland, Florida. He's here. With you. During those hard times when you feel like no one understands. No one knows you. No one loves you. He's there. The feelings you felt during camp and how close you felt to God during that time CAN continue. The question is, are you able? Are you able to be devoted? How big is your God?

Thank you for letting Tim and I be your small group leaders. Continue to rest in Him, seek Him, know Him, be devoted to Him. "Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us." 2 Timothy 1: 13-14