learning to fly

Month: August, 2014

gratitude lately!

such good things …

IMG_3775.JPGthe girl that sits next to me that has become one of my best friends (mainly because she thinks I’m funny)

IMG_3804.JPGhannah in Colorado: a breath of home, good conversation, and long walks

IMG_3825.JPGslow morning with my favorite, favorite people.

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Truckee, CA – everyone should go.

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Emily starting work at Windy Gap.

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Psalms of the summer: day 7

August 9th – the last day of the 2014 summer. The final day 7 before we [quickly] transition into the off-season.

Psalm 149.

The last day of camp every week has a unique feel about it. It is super sweet as there are one-on-one conversations between leaders and high schoolers happening in every nook & cranny around camp. It is beautiful that there is a new believers walk that happens in the morning where a high schooler may hold a Bible in their hand for the first time. It is weird because people don’t want to have to go home. It is fun because everyone is still in the midst of be best week of their life.

And at the end of the day, there are so many voices praising Jesus. New voices praising Him for the first time and voices that have been heard before praising Jesus for those new voices next to them.

praise the Lord.

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quandry peak

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Lindsay’s birthday wish was to hike a fourteener with friends .. so that’s just what we did. She started her 25th year and we hiked 14,265 feet.

Having Linds in this valley great. I’m thankful for our friendship and for her honesty and for her humor. We’ve celebrated two of her birthdays together now and they have been two of the MOST fun times. For her 24th we had an array of inflatables [bouncy-boxing ring, bouncy-jousting] and sang karaoke. For her 25th, after we hiked, we ate crepes then had a evening bonfire with friends. Here’s to celebrating many more birthdays together.

She has this thing that she chooses a motto for the year so here she is declaring her new motto.
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Psalms of the summer: day 6 for work crew

Psalm 95.
Work Crew is part of the volunteer staff at Young Life camp. It is comprised of high schoolers from all over the country, most of whom are very new in their faith. Their Young Life leaders call for months fighting for a spot for them. These folks work hard, long hours washing dishes, running weedeaters, setting the dining hall, cleaning restrooms, and folding laundry (read: not glamorous summer jobs).

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But they had an experience through Young Life where they fell in love with Jesus and they hope to create a similar time for another group of high schoolers. They are my favorite group of people on camp, for sure.

I pray for them on this day because on this night they get to share with campers who they are and why they’re serving. It’s a beautiful picture of high schoolers telling other high schoolers about Jesus. Yes.

I pray this Psalm for them because they have risen above and identified themselves as “the people of his pasture, the sheep of his land.” Generations before them have remained hard hearted to the Lord, but not them. Their lives have been transformed, they have entered into His place of rest, they are making a joyful noise, they have a heart of flesh.

Psalms of the summer: day 5

Psalm 19

The day has finally come!!!!!
On this day high schoolers hear about the sweet redemption of the cross. They hear it and it is good.

Everyone sits through club and then they’re let out for 15 minutes alone under the stars. Every light in camp is (hopefully) turned off and it is them, the sky before them, the quiet around them, and the Lord. It is a beautiful picture to look over camp and see, only by way of moonlight, silhouettes everywhere looking up into the night sky.

There has to be a range of emotions that high schoolers feel on this night. I a lite but remember going out under the stars when I was a sophomore in high school … I sat on the woodchips just behind the pool. The story of the cross is a lot to take in and I think it is such a gift we give to kids to sit outside and begin to process their feelings.

Rock and Redeemer. He is enough.

Psalms of the summer: day 4

the sin talk.
Psalm 51

Day 4s are so friggin heavy. I hate the feeling of knowing that 500 high schoolers are hearing about the fact that they are sinful. There is no gracious part of this part of the Gospel message, there’s grace to come but not yet. Leaders have to sit by and watch their friends wrestle with this idea that shows them the darkness in their hearts and lives.

There is a mood about camp that is somber and unlike any other day. I try to stay out of main camp around the time they come out of hearing this talk because there are tears and looks of anger. It breaks my heart for then to endure this but not as much as all of our sin hurts God.

But Psalm 51 is right. The Scripture is true and real and evident on this day. It is such a plea to be right with God but by what he can do for us, not by anything we can do. There is no sacrifice, no bull big enough to make any sort of difference.

As kids wrestle with this all day, everyone working at camp is preparing for the night because it is the best night. It is the night that never ends. It is a good time. It is full of laughter. It is a picture of life to the full.
We invite kids to dress up, to sing songs, to laugh until it hurts, and to dance the night away. It is always, always a good time and normally folks’ favorite night at camp. The good night is such a contradiction to the bummer of a morning they had. If you look at the day from 20,000 feet up you can see the contrast of light and dark, just like the difference of Christ in someone’s life.

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