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What a gift

So, I just got back from a trip with the Senior High Youth at my church.  I can’t begin to tell you what that did for my soul.  First there was the amazing music–that I say half in gest and half truth!!  Then there was allll the food–can’t even quote the grocery bill.  And the hike that will go down in history with the bones that we saw. 

And then there was GOD!  In the midst of all of the silliness, the fun, the food fights, the sweat, the tubing, and yapping, God showed up and was so present!  The first count I’ll recall was just in the ride there when with 12 high school girls in one bus, I heard no bickering (maybe b/c the music was so loud!?!?).  The second was the most profound–initially… we were on this glorious hike UP the side of a mountain in the middle of the afternoon in August in the South (i.e. 100+ degrees), and we had reached the end of our rope, we were sweaty, exhausted, the trail had ended (nowhere), we had passed the bones of a large animal, and one of the buys informed me he had asthma (which set a little panic into my heart).  So, someone says they just wish we had a breeze, so I told them to ask God with faith and that it would come–and can I just tell you that it came instantaneously, and it was more glorious than words can describe!  Thanks for showing off there God! 

The most beautiful way that God showed up on our trip was through these children, and I use that term loosely because they are so strong and wonderful.  We did devotion type things each night and the comments and feelings and thoughts that were shared were more profound that many sermons I’ve heard from a pulpit (no offense to my friends who deliver our messages–they are good!).  The world is violently scared of the future of mankind because of these young people.  They see weird hair, strange choices for music, random hobbies, and don’t see the people that are behind those things.  To see what I saw, we can count ourselves lucky to leave the world in the hands of the hearts that I encountered this week.  Their real concerns are not revolving around what outfit to wear, or who is cooler than whom, or what party to go to, though those things may matter on some level, these young people are concerned about each other, about their futures, and about how to make a positive imprint on this world.  In my opinion they are each already wildly successful, for they have given a person who doesn’t yet have children and was very leary about bringing them into this world a newfound hope for our future!

Thank you for letting me experience this week with y’all, you have truly touched my heart and I look forward to more fun times and seeing what God does in each of your lives!


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