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I want to be in on it!

Wow! I've been in a bubble this last month. I feel like I haven't blogged in forever. The Sisterhood and life have taken me on a swirling whirlwind and I just haven't had any time.

Each summer my job takes me to Star Lake Camp in New Jersey for a month filled of music and spiritual instruction. We (the group of people I work with) get to impact the lives of children - guiding them through their spiritual journeys and teaching some music and arts alongside!

It's truly rewarding - daily I can see transformation in faces of kids who have learned something new or heard God speaking to them for the first time. I read recently - 'Allow God to supersize your dreams...' As each day has ended at camp - I've prayed this over the little lives that I've been lucky enough to come in contact with. I've prayed that their hearts and eyes are open to God - his vision for their life - that they hear His voice clearly. I pray they are obedient to God's voice and that their dreams are supersized. Amen!!

So where am I in all this. Usually frustrated and pretty exhausted at the end of each day. Sometimes the enemy creeps in - makes me forget about the good things in each day - tangles me to be annoyed with people around - and gets a real grip on me. Over the years, I've learned to breathe, step away, and re-evaluate before I ever blow up in frustration. (ha - as I write this I realize this may not always be the case). I've found the closer I've become to God and the deeper my passion becomes for doing His work, the closer the enemy wraps around me.

When life is busy at camp - doing God's work 24/7 - I find no time in the day to sit quietly with God and listen to His voice! I struggle because sometimes this ministry position actually takes my personal time with God...and that is tough.

These last few weeks I designed a devotional journal for our teens on the book of Philippians. I wanted our students to learn how to study the bible, so that when they go back home to normal life they will have some structure to understanding the Word. I wanted to open their eyes to different, more relatable translations that could be fully understood.

We have had the chance each morning to do these devotions together as a big group, but also taking some time to ourselves to journal and allow God to speak. This has given me some time to turn up the music and do what I've been missing - sit with God and allow Him to flood my heart and speak into my life.

Yesterday I read;

'I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized - WHOEVER.

I didn't take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ - but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I've become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God - saved life.

I did all this because of the Message.

I didn't just want to talk about; I wanted to be in on it!

Yes Jesus!!! This was like refreshing rain pouring down on me. A reminder of my heart, my passion. A reminder of the vision that God has been, and still is supersizing! I quietly heard God remind me He is only showing me a glimpse of what this vision is...a little sneak peak of what He has been preparing me for. Somedays it scares the life out of me - others I'm ready to go wherever. I know I've surrendered my whole self to be that servant, just like Paul in the book of Philippians - I'm ready to claim the hearts and lives of WHOEVER for Jesus.

Do you need to ask God to supersize your passions and dreams today?

Are you ready to drop and be a servant to all, not allowing anyone to slip through your fingers?

Do you need to ask God to whisper a reminder of what He wants you to do into your ear?

We only have today - the right now - lets not waste the energy and passion that He has given us with the frustrations and disappointments of this world.

Lets not just talk about it - Lets want to be in on it!

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