My husband and I head off to youth camp Monday. We are crossing another bridge God has placed before us as we work and lead this youth ministry. Last year at camp with the youth proved to be as much of a blessing for us as the kids. We learned so much in working with them. The picture here is the bridge we cross from our cabins to the worship hall...a daily endeavor like my spiritual walk with Him!! All the pictures I am including are from last years camp.
We will be seperated as a couple this week to serve as cabin counselors (however will I sleep at night?!?!? Okay I had to whine just a little, sorry). We are now presenting two workshops:"Living with parents" and "Life in a Blender: Living in a stepfamily world". Satan has really been attacking us these last couple of weeks as we prepare for this...primarily in our role as parents in a stepfamily and in communicating with our own children. WE NEED PRAYER WITH THESE WORKSHOPS PLEASE!!
Our camp theme is "Shattered". Last night I received the cabin devo's. Usually I will spend the week before camp preparing in these but our camp leader's wife has just been diagnosed with a stage 4 cancer and has started treatment (please pray for them too!!) so I have chosen to trust God to provide in all this-but I will be honest I have had to fight off my need to know. It's the type A in me. As I looked through the topics last night fighting off the these need to know thoughts so that I could be prepared for these devotions, I am humbled. The topics for each day has been something God has been using in my own life leading up to this week. How great it is to know that God was preparing me for this time. How sweet it is to know I can enter this week fully trusting Him and allowing Him to lead...He already has proven Himself in this.
We need all the prayers you can send up for us this week. Please, please pray for us!! And also pray that every one of these youth will see God in a mighty way (especially our girls). Pray for my two younger girls who will be without me for a week-it will be hard on them and I! Pray that Joe and I will be able to nurture the boys and girls in our cabins towards a new or stronger relationship with our God.
No cell phones, no computer....just nature, God, and alot of crazy teenagers. I am excited!!