From Sunday until today I had the privilege of staying at the Gaylord Texan with my Alyssa’s church as a youth leader. I’ve gotten to do several events with Alyssa’s church and have always loved every second of it. I’m currently between churches and am struggling to get plugged in anywhere, but FBC Livingston has really adopted me and I’ve been able to develop great relationships with so many of the people there. So when the opportunity came up to volunteer at a youth leader at this conference I jumped all over it.
We arrived on Sunday night and played a game called Whirlyball. This was one of the most hilarious and challenging games I’ve ever played. It’s played in teams of 5 each and you ride around a room in bumper cars trying to get a hold of a small ball. Then, you must somehow throw the ball at a board that is a good 10 feet over your head. This game is not for those who are uncoordinated, meaning me. HA! But it was still a ton of fun!
Once we finally made it to the hotel I was placed with 3 high school girls, who were so awesome the whole week. We had minimal problems with sarcasm that first night, but it was soon replaced with us trying to point out things we like about each other. I wanted the girls to realize that sarcasm can be hurtful so I laid down the law: we were going to be the nice loving room. And by the end of the week everyone in the youth group was calling us the loving group. It was awesome!
On Monday we had the opportunity to go serve with Mission Arlington doing apartment ministry. This was new to me, but I loved every second of it. We spent some time cleaning up the apartment complex and then went door to door inviting families to bring their children to the park for games and Bible study. We split up into groups to go knock on doors and at first I was getting discouraged because many families said no thank you, or would not come to the door at all. But one little girl, Maya, came out with us and showed us where her friends lived, and we soon had a small posse of children following us back to the park. When we arrived at the park we were shocked to see at least 50 children running around playing games and being held by different members of the youth. It was such a great scene. These kids just wanted to be hugged and loved on and we were all more than happy to oblige. I also got to speak Spanish with several of the residents in the apartment complex, which was so cool!
The rest of the week was filled with a trip to Six Flags and a water park, multiple worship opportunities and listening to speakers. The fellowship in the wee hours of the morning were my favorite parts of the trip. Those were the moments when people got real and honest and began asking the hard questions. It was awesome to see the youth group grow over the span of a few days. I wasn’t ready to come home today, but I took so much away from the week and am so thankful that I was able to go!
I just want to start off with a word of thanks to my family, roommates, friends, coworkers, and God. I have felt so loved and blessed by all of you every day and I see God using every single one of you in my life. Words cannot describe the love I feel. God is moving in my heart and in my life and I see evidence of Him everywhere I look. I feel so at peace and just surrounded by His presence. Just amazing. He is healing my heart day by day. I am realizing that this season of my life is a gift and that I should be using it to bring Him praise. I am just excited for what is going to be coming next.
I lift my eyes up to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will not slumber nor sleep.
This psalm has become one of my favorites, simply because it reminds me that my God is constantly watching over me and that I do not have to be afraid. Such a sweet sweet reminder.
I am currently going through a Bible study by Beth Moore called “Stepping Up.” It goes through the Psalms of Ascent, which are about the pilgrimage to Jerusalem to worship God (basically getting closer to God). Through everything that has been happening the past few weeks I’ve felt really far from God and just haven’t had the desire to grow closer to Him at all, and I really haven’t had any desire to go to church, or to do anything at all. I’ve just really been unhappy about where I am. Spinning off of that thought, I haven’t been happy at church because I don’t feel like I’m growing there and I don’t feel encouraged by the people there anymore.
One of the points in the Bible study yesterday was that God has us go through seasons for a reason. We are in certain places because He wants to make a point to us about something. But even more importantly than that we are to praise Him and live for Him while we are in that place. The psalm we read was about praying for Jerusalem. I was really convicted to pray for my church because I hadn’t been doing that, and I honestly don’t think that I’ve ever prayed for any church that I’ve gone to. And that’s not how it should be, especially because I am one of the leaders in our children’s and youth ministries. I have been so caught up in myself and my own discomfort that I forgot to look around me and see how much I can be an encouragement to others.
I really want a change, and I am going to have to trust that through fervent prayers God will bring about the change in Him timing, exactly the way that He needs it to happen.
Well Dear Followers my roommate and I have decided to start a college girls Bible study at our lovely house! We’re kind of excited, but we don’t really know where to begin, what materials to use, or even what book of the Bible to start with. We’re a tad bit in a rut here. SOOOO, my question for all of you is: do you know of any Bible studies that are geared toward college students or young adults?? Comments and messages would be much appreciated! I love you all!!