I went swimming about 4 times total. One of my dreams came true of starting a girl's small group Bible study, but I question how much effort I put into it. Did I love them enough? Did I teach and pray with them enough this summer? Did it matter to them? I was sharpened, but were they? Lifting these things before Him. Several friends moved away. I didn't go to camp and therefore summer felt empty... if even the slightest bit. I don't want to count all the times someone we knew or one of our family members were sick or in the hospital. We have claimed our own personal emergency room... and this summer, we might as well have camped out there. So, as you can see summer wasn't perfect, but life isn't perfect. Jesus fills every hole, exalts us in HIS timing, and steadies our heart. When loneliness and insecurity creep in He banishes them from camping out in my being.
In the craziness... in the tears... there was laughter beyond measure. In the unlimited space below, I will count down several highlights from my summer. If certain things didn't make the highlight it could be that I just forgot them... or they were just darn unexplainable. We are incredibly blessed. Something else to keep in mind: I didn't include anything that has to do with starting the school year-- sincerely summer. I encourage you to meditate on your summer and welcome fall with open arms!
So, in no particular order...
An anxiety and self doubt that was like none other... From now on, I will pray that I will refuse it, but one thing I know for sure: I will KNOW when it approaches. Time at RADIANCE was priceless. I learned more than I can truly capture. From the business side, the lesson preparations--whether it was me or not-- and the spiritual realm as well. It was an educational and a time for spiritual growth. Our prayer time was an out of body experience almost-- in a good way! Teenage girls praying for strength while gleaning advice from one another. Precious.
- Simple days.
we witnessed history right in our own living rooms. Cool, right?
|With dear friends watching the opening ceremony.|
- July 15th.
|Moses and Marriage-- Extended Notes.|
|Call me whatever you want, but, yes, extended notes were a highlight of my summer. |
I may not remember the sermon in its entirety, but the discussion and meaning, and MEANING, behind these notes meant the world to me. If you want to read it go to my July archive-- I typed it out so you could read it as well! Somewhere in between the facts and words that I hold dearly... I find where I stand in the middle of it. I relate and I bet, if you REALLY hear the message, you will too.
I met this lil' girl. You remember her? :) Jasmyn.
What else can I say? The. day. was. awesome.
- Makenna's Dedication.
- Kid's Praise Team.
- Labor Day!
|My friend, Kara and I enjoying one another's company for the first time since our joys shared in her current country, Uganda!|
Well, friends, time flies when you are having fun. I am finally getting around to typing the last paragraph of this blog almost a month after I started it. But, nevertheless, here it tis. It was a good summer filled with fellowship, my Grandparentals came for a week which was delightful, and as you can see... these wonderful things as well. :)
NOW, shall we get to fall already?! Hallelujah.