I just want to sit at my Father's house and listen to his voice. The LORD is my Savior and King! With every choice I make in obedience to his will, he is drawing me nearer and nearer to him. It's a process, and daily I have to deny myself, take up my cross and follow Christ.
The neat thing is that the verse where that comes from, Luke 9:23 is the theme verse at PVM Camp for this summer! I am so blessed to be here at PVM for summer 2012. It's certainly been a stretching experience, and I've only been through staff training, but God has taught me numerous lessons, my faith has been encouraged and strengthened, and the staff members already feel like family to me (that happened within the first week). All of the last school year, while I was at Cedarville University, I felt like God was pouring his love and truth over me, drenching me to the bone with goodness and mercy. I had an itch to get out and share his love in a real, authentic way, and I wanted to keep on using my talents and spiritual gifts to serve God's kingdom for the three months of summer vacation I have. Somehow, God knew that PVM is the best place for me to be at this time in my life, and so he lovingly placed me here, to serve him with my whole heart. I'm not completely sure what's ahead these next couple of months, but I know that no matter what happens, God loves me and he will give me the endurance, peace, patience, and joy I need to thrive at camp.
Today is the day that our first group of campers arrive, and I couldn't be more excited! This group of kids is coming in from the inner city, and I'm assuming that a good portion of them will come from families suffering from abuse in one form or another. These children are desperate for love, and I can't wait to help teach them just how much God loves them, and how much we love them, too, as their counselors and other staff members. Urban week is going to be a hard week, but I'm praying for lives to be changed by the power of the Holy Spirit, and believing that God is going to do great things in and through everyone who sets foot on the PVM Camp property.
Please join me in praying for God's will to be done this summer. Pray that God would use the PVM Camp staff, despite our weaknesses, to bring glory to his name through our service and sacrifice of love to the precious children that he is entrusting us with.
Thank you so much! I plan to post regularly so that you can hear about the work that God is doing here and be encouraged along with me.