Yesterday I returned from a few days away at the lake with a smaller group of Seniors. We got away to talk about leadership in the youth group, plan Fall Retreat and simply have some fun together. As much as I love the big events like Project Serve and Fall Retreat where there’s 200 of us, it makes smaller retreats like this one that much sweeter. Returning from this time away with 21 Seniors, I found myself deeply encouraged and full of life and joy.

Years ago, at the same retreat I had my first experience tubbing. It’s fun and scary all at the same time. I gave it another try and while I ended up, of course, falling out of the tube, I came out of the water with a smile on my face. As I climbed back into the tube, spent of energy from holding on for dear life, at the same time felt so full of life. Later I was highly encouraged by the students to jump off the 15 feet drop from the deck. It was thrilling to say the least. When I took a rest to dry off and let my body return from feeling like jello, it hit me. I was doing things I could never of dreamed of doing last summer while in treatment.

This thought, of being able to live life so full made me think why I was so happy with being able to tube or jump off a dock. Not only was I happy to be so active after last summer when I was zapped of energy, but it felt redemptive. A reminder that God is faithful. He brings life. I often feel Jesus be so close durning the hard days, that I’m almost surprised when I feel him so much on the full of joy days. It’s easier, to me at least, to draw nearer to God when things are hard. Good days? Easy to take credit of the happiness I feel, but as I sat on that dock, surrounded by students with such joyful hearts and so much laughter, I couldn’t think were else the joy I felt came from, other than from Jesus.

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Oh, I love this so much. I totally get it being hard to find Jesus in the joy. But what an amazing moment to feel him in joyful moments like these. I’m so glad you were able to be free and live it up at the retreat!

August 11, 2014 12:40 pm

Love it!

August 20, 2014 11:39 am

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