Tuesday, August 27, 2013

today is the day.

Today is the day I move in to my new home at Crooked Creek Ranch. I am excited to meet new friends that I will share this adventure with. I am fearful of the countless number of unknowns that still remain. I am sad to have left so many I love back at home. I am overjoyed to live and work at a Young Life camp for an entire year. But mostly today, I am thankful for the past few days I spent exploring Denver with my mom. Take a look... 


City of Denver

Rainbow... God's promise to us. 


Mom and I had the joy to attend the Denver Broncos game on Saturday night. We sat way up in the 500 section, but the view was incredible.

There were no jets to do a fly over, but 5 guys jumped out of a plane and landed directly on the field. Unbelievable. 


As die hard Packer's fans, it was a must to wear Packers attire to the game. 


On Sunday, we ventured into the mountains, found a quaint, old town, and wandered around Winter Park.






We also stumbled upon a big park in Denver with beautiful flower gardens and a small lake. 




This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.   {Psalm 118:24}

Monday, August 26, 2013

adventure.

In the last few days I spent at home, I had the privilege to have dinner with some of the people I hold dearest to my heart. We shared memories of what has been, and dreams of what is to come. When it was time to say good-bye, the one word I heard over and over again was adventure. "Enjoy your adventure", "good luck on your adventure", "can't wait to hear about your adventure", etc. And as I drove away I thought, surely I am not the only one embarking on an adventure.


friends who were able to celebrate in k-town. thank you.

Recently I am all about dictionary definitions so I decided to look up Merriam-Webster's definition of adventure.

Adventure (noun) : encountering of risks; an exciting or remarkable experience

Now, let me make an important announcement : Friends, I am not the only one encountering adventure. 
Life is all about adventure. Every day is an exciting or remarkable experience. I think of friends who are preparing classrooms for their first year of teaching. You are on an adventure. I think of friends who recently said "I do" for the rest of their lives. You are on an adventure. I think of friends who are living in unfamiliar big cities. You are on an adventure! The risks involved in each of our adventures varies, but that does not reduce the importance of the specific adventure God has you on. 
In Him we are chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will.    {Ephesians 1:11}
We are His chosen people, living the adventures He planned for us according to His will. Your adventure is not insignificant. Your adventure is not dull or boring. Your adventure is yours for a purpose. May you hold dear to that adventure and live it out loud. May your days become remarkable experiences that you praise God for.







Thursday, August 15, 2013

in a season of waiting.

One week from today will begin my travels to the beautiful state of Colorado.

Way back in November 2012, I sent off my application to be a year-long intern to Crooked Creek Ranch, a Young Life camp in Fraser, CO. It was an exciting moment, knowing this is what I dreamed of since my first summer of interning at a Young Life camp. A few days later a woman contacted me to let me know they received my application, but it was going to be a while before they started looking over applications. Time to wait.

After the chaos of graduating in December and the busyness of the holidays, I decided to call Crooked Creek and check on the status of my application. Less than a week later I had a phone interview, and just 3 days after that, I received a call that I was hired as a 2013-2014 year-long intern. Wow. It all happened so fast and I was overjoyed by the opportunity, but it was still 8 months away.

Eight months of waiting for the next step in life. That can be a very long time, and it was. But in that time I learned something invaluable. I learned what it means to obey.

Like most, I grew up believing that to obey meant listening for an exact set of instructions and doing as told, which also translated into my relationship with God. I thought God would give me a to-do list of sorts, and it was my job to check the items off the list. There was a task God needed me to do and obeying Him meant completing that task. But I found freedom in these wise words from Beth Moore...

"Obedience does not mean sinlessness but confession and repentance when we sin. Obedience does not mean arriving at a perpetual state of godliness but perpetually following hard after God. Obedience is not living miserably by a set of laws, but inviting the Spirit of God to flow freely through us. Obedience is learning to love and treasure God's word and see it as our safety."

Freedom emerged from this because it no longer meant I needed to be perfect. It no longer meant I needed to check off the items on God's to-do list for me. It no longer meant there was a target I needed to hit. In my season of waiting, I learned that God wasn't calling me to some grand task to accomplish, but to practice obedience.

And practicing obedience is just as Beth described, "perpetually following hard after God and inviting the Spirit of God to flow freely through me". I began to let go of some of the expectations I put on myself for what the eight months of waiting would look like and trust the Lord would meet me where I was. I made it a priority to dig into God's Word and use it to guide my days. I prayed the Lord would recognize my pursuit of Him and draw closer to me.
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.  Psalm 145:18
This season of waiting is about to come to a close. There is no doubt it has been long, but I'm thankful for such a season and all that's its taught me... to be patient, to obey, and to trust.