Wow - I am completely blown away by how powerfully the Father moved here this summer. Iʼve seen so many lives renewed and so many hearts given to Jesus. This summer has been full of spiritual growth, mental growth, and utter recognition. Seeing what I have seen this summer has been a sight for sore eyes.
Tired - while I am so incredibly thankful to have worked all summer; my time away at camp has been exhausting. Uncomplainingly, I am beyond ecstatic that I got to spend my entire summer working alongside my brothers and sisters, radiating the love of Christ. Not only that, but it was such a community building opportunity for me. I got to form stunning friendships and partake in beautiful fellowship. It was amazing!
Hard - while Iʼve had the time of my life at camp, it was extremely challenging. The enemy constantly whispered lies in my ear. Work was difficult sometimes —but I was always able to rely on prayer, the Lord, my brothers and sisters in Christ, and the Bible. I also learned that if weʼre perpetually turning away from the things that feel too hard to face, weʼre defining ourselves by what weʼre seeking to avoid. In addition to that, I realized that avoiding work takes more effort than doing the work. The Lord reminded me to be patient and to walk with Him and not in my own direction; remembering scripture was so vital to me during those fragile moments of the summer. Proverbs 3:5, 6: “Trust in the Lord with ALL of your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” I learned that no matter what I face, I always need to continually walk with the Father because I am extremely vulnerable on my own. When I gave my life to Christ, it was me trusting Him, so I have to remember that whenever I feel like Iʼm alone or like I can do things on my own, I have the love of an all-knowing Father instilled in me. I can always trust Him, I can rest in Him, and I can be free of any boundaries that the enemy tries to set for me. I am free from bondage.
Refreshed - this summer was tiring, but it was also super rejuvenating and exhilarating. I have created beautiful friendships & deepened my relationship with God.
Tender - working at LFR this summer gave me so many chances to bond with the camp kids. Tiny interactions with them each day helped me get through so much. Whether it be forming handshakes with them or giving them piggyback rides until my back gave out—it was beautiful. The Father has His ways of implementing beautiful things in our lives. The little things have extreme significance to children. Their little smiles and laughs were so precious and I can honestly say they made my time at camp so much sweeter.
Eager- I love our little forest so much, but I get happy butterflies down in my stomach knowing that ministry goes beyond the forest. Ministry opportunities are always there. Ministry can be ordering an 8 count in the drive-thru at Chick-fil-a and telling the employee how strong Jesusʼ love is for her. Simple things still have the strength of providing meaningful moments. I canʼt wait to unreservedly share the beautiful gospel.
Free - this summer I was reminded how free we are & how weʼve been liberated from our bondage. Our beautiful God gave His Son so we wouldnʼt have to fight for freedom. That freedom was finished on the cross. We are safe & sound with our God. Nobody knows us better than He does. At our workstaff Bible studies, we would always sing a song called, “Cecieʼs Lullaby,” and it is a deep lyrical reminder of how we can find our rest in the Father. It is so vastly exhausting and impossible trying to deal with hardship on our own. I find comfort in knowing that I am free from lonesomeness. Death no longer has a grip on me. I have the company of the Father and the love of Jesus. I have somebody that will leave the 99 to find the one, and thatʼs all I ever need.
Tetelestai - I find great peace in knowing that I donʼt have to fight for the Fatherʼs love or His forgiveness. I already have it. I am so incredibly thankful for this summer and for the souls that I was able to witness to, the bonds I was able to form, and for being able to deepen my relationship with the Father more than I ever have. His love is greater than any other love that Iʼve ever encountered. I get to soak in the beautiful fact that Iʼm free from sin and I have the love of Christ. I get to lean back in the loving arms of an amazing Father. I am alive because He lives in me. It is finished, but I am not. Period :)