Category Archives: Encouragement & Faith

Grace On Top Of Grace

Gotta take a moment today to just give thanks for all of the blessings in my life. Didn’t deserve any of them. Got ’em anyway. Way cool.
 

“Lord, how You’ve loved me, I don’t deserve…grace on top of grace. More than I’ve asked for, more than I’m worth…grace on top of grace.”

Beyond Belief

“We’re content to pitch our tent
When the glory’s evident
Seldom do we know the glory came and went

Moving can seem dangerous
In this stranger’s pilgrimage
Knowing that you can’t stand still, you cross the bridge

Leap of faith without a net
Makes us want to hedge our bet
Waters never part until our feet get wet

There’s a higher place to go, beyond belief, beyond belief
Where we reach the next plateau, beyond belief, beyond belief”

This song is a great reminder to me to live by faith, not by sight. Because, after all, He’s got this…

Philippians 1:6
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

 

I Don’t Have to Know It

“Certainly praying takes some admissions, that is, recognition of your state as a man. But this admission does not lead to shame, to a feeling of worthlessness or despair, but rather to the discovery that you are a man and God is God.

To pray is to walk in the full light of God. At that moment, conversion occurs, the restoration of the true relationship.

This conversion brings with it the relaxation which lets you breathe again and puts you at rest in the embrace of a forgiving God. The experience results in a calm and simple joy. For then you can say: ‘I don’t know the answer and I can’t do this thing, but I don’t have to know it, and I don’t have to be able to do it.'”

-Henri Nouwen

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Youth Retreat

Question: Would you sign up for a weekend where you are responsible for nearly 100 tweens and teens?

Ok, me neither…until the past few years, that is.

It’s our youth group’s annual spring retreat this weekend and I’m typing this (at just after 1 a.m.) from the lower bunk in a room with eight others.

This is my third retreat as an adult leader for the youth group. Always amazes me how much energy you can pack into a couple of days. 
It took until about half an hour ago to get everyone, at least the guys’ wing of the building, to finally blow off enough steam to even consider sleep. 

There was full-scale soccer and football going on in the hallway after midnight. I mean, why not?

Fridays for me anymore are in bed by 9 or 10. Not this weekend, though – and I love it. 

It’s a lot of work to pull stuff like this off and it requires some patience, but it’s so worth it. 

Tonight, probably two dozen kids gave their lives to Christ! Amazing!

That alone makes it completely worth it. But, it’s also a lot of fun to connect with the kids in a fun setting. They tend to open up more and it’s great to get to know them better. 

We’ll see what the rest of the weekend brings, but for now, I’m smiling at the thought of being so blessed to get to be a small part of these young people’s lives. God is good.