week one. deuces.

So sometimes I just like to share things I love. Because Love is fun. Well, it can be. If you hate this stuff, it won’t be fun for you. Today I am wishing that I could draw, because I absolutely cannot. I can communicate fairly well with my words, but I really want to be able to do so with pictures. I also wish that I was a better illustrator. And by that I mean one who utilizes Adobe Illustrator to its full potential. If I had those skills, here’s some fun things I would be inspired by.

Ok, so maybe the second one was stamps/paint and the last one was Photoshop. I just wish I was more artsy and talented. Maybe I should get a degree in fine arts. It could be fun. You’re right, I don’t mean that at all, but while we’re putting on our “Serious Faces” let’s talk about Week Uno of Camp.
This week the kids weren’t out of school, so instead of children’s ministry I did painting, construction, and yardwork. I won’t lie; this girl was not excited. I’ve never been trained in how to lead or teach service in that track, but of course the Lord was faithful. I really struggled the day before they came because I had been studying how Jesus taught and what a big responsibility the Bible says it is, and thinking about how I had selfishly let myself get caught up in, … well, me. Again, not worried about the Fall, but finding myself devoting my thoughts to speculation rather than the tasks at hand that God has sovereignly placed in my path, and I kept thinking how am I going to teach those kids starting tomorrow when I can’t even do right in my own life. The answer? I can’t, The Holy Spirit had to teach through me, and everything that happened last week just made that so evident.
Pray that God will make you humble and use you to glorify Himself, and He will certainly do so. I had all but like 2 junior high kids with Bible study material infinitely deep and wide, PCY with no concept of the sites or time management, and the silliest sort of weather. That’s what I had, and I felt afraid. Oh, and I started off on a terrible foot by messing up during the very first thing I was responsible for at camp (Placing kids in track groups [PIT], essential for starting any week of camp). However, God gave me, the most flexible kids, the most loving and patient adults, and unplanned examples to relate Biblical truths to kids that they understood.
Be careful what you pray for, because humility is a scary thing, and being vulnerable is most terrifying, but be careful who you trust in, because independence is deceitful, and being prideful ends painfully. This week was hard, but it was so rewarding.

3 thoughts on “week one. deuces.”

  1. Sounds like you are already learning some amazing lessons. Our family is praying for you everyday, and you can bet, Reagan will not let you forget. We love you. Let us know if you need something specific.

  2. I know I tell you this all the time, but I love you. I love the way you love the Lord and I love the way you love your students.

    Your blog are always exactly what I need to read.

  3. Mrs. Lesley, I can feel your prayers, and I love you guys so much! Give Reagan a big hug and kiss for me!

    And Allison, I love you too, thanks for getting me through day one and consequently days 2-5. Love.

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