Two weeks later, I’ve finally caught up on sleep enough to write about it… Just kidding! Although it was a jam-packed weekend with TFUMC Youth for DNOW 2K14. Jam-packed and AWESOME.
I just have to make a little disclaimer. It’s to no offense of the other groups whatsoever, but I do believe that I was gifted the 9 most wonderful gals/ weekend housemates that I could have ever dreamed of! Lucky for me, I got to sleep in my own bed and act as host and small group leader for the high school girls… and boy did I enjoy it. To open up my home, my heart, and my life to these girls who I could see little bits of my younger self inside. Really cool. Very humbling.
I’d almost dare to say it was majestic 🙂
The most amazing part, which is what always amazes me about these weekend conferences, was how much the Lord shook me to wake up and not assume that just because I’m older, I’ve got it together. Not the case. And I think it’s easy to get stuck in that rut. I was so blessed by the weekend spent with these ladies because they challenged me, made me dig a little in places I’ve been avoiding, and taught me things that I honestly didn’t expect to learn.
The theme of the weekend was EXCHANGE. Exchanging death for life. Hate for love. Self for Christ. And comfort for calling. “Gaining through giving up.” Which is exactly what I was steadfastly reminded of and humbled by… all in 3 days 🙂
But more than anything, I am thankful for the experience of this weekend and the relationships that have come from it. I have friends! And they’re amazing girls that are younger than me, but no less FRIENDS! And I’ve already enjoyed coffee shop talks and sleepy morning breakfasts with quite a few of them… Oh my heart delights in these relationships. Pray with me that they only grow closer to each other and the Lord from here.
So was I exhausted? Yes. Were there a million things to do after the girls left? Well… Not really… They cleaned my house. 🙂 Was it a weekend that I’m glad to have spent the way I did? A million times YES! Over and over again, I would.
And truly… I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1:3-11)