Sunday, June 5, 2011

Who needs a summer vacation when...

Who needs a summer vacation when you could have the summer job that I have?

Last summer I worked at a Christian camp in North Carolina. I found out about the camp through one of my close college friends, K-10. She was always talking about the camp and telling stories about the kids she worked with there and I just became really interested in the place.
After thinking about it for a while, I eventually worked up the nerve to ask her how I could go about applying to work there. At the time, I didn't really think I would apply but I was keeping my options open. I ended up applying and I guess you could say I had an interview. It was actually more of a tour of the camp and getting to know the man who would eventually become my boss and teacher.

Before the interview, I pretty much had a feeling that I would have a job there because I just felt that the camp was where God wanted me to be for the summer. I was thrilled when I got the job and I just couldn't stop smiling and I felt such a surge of joy and hope.

Some of you might wonder why I say I felt hope. I felt hope because I was in a dark place before I went to work in NC. I felt like all the worries and burdens of life and my family and friends were weighing down on me and I just wasn't living life the way I should have. I wasn't giving these things up to God. I wasn't trusting Him to take care of it because I had drifted away from Him. I still turned to God for things I still knew He was there for me but I thought I could handle some things on my own. Those things just snowballed and I let them come between my relationship with God. Although this happened, I slowly started finding my way back to Him before I started working at the camp but I still wasn't where I needed to be.

Knowing that I love to work with children, God placed me in an environment where I could do just that. I went to work at the camp so that I could teach the children there about God and share His love with them but it became so much more than that. God truly blessed me through those children. I absolutely loved working with them and sharing God with them. Being able to share God with them not only helped them to grow in their faith but it also helped me to grow in my faith.

I truly believe that God put K-10 in my life to help me get on the right track. He put her in my life to introduce me to some of the greatest people I will ever know. I learned so much from the people I worked with last summer and they really helped me grown in my relationship with God. I learned so much about God and myself. I learned things that I never knew or fully understood before last summer.

My boss told me that he felt that God wanted me to pour myself into the children I worked with and my burdens would be lifted. That's exactly what happened! The moment he told me that, I began to feel my burdens start to lift and I haven't been the same since. I don't worry as much as I did and I trust God so much more than I ever have. I have been truly blessed!!
I will be working at the same camp again this summer. I'll be leaving in a few days to go there and I can't wait to see what God has in store for me this year!!!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Finding Love

Every time I watch a sappy love story or read a sappy book, I think: "I seriously need to stop watching movies and reading books in which people fall in love." They make me wish I were in love and I sometimes feel as if this will never happen for me. However, I stop and remember that I don't have to feel this way because I have a father who will give me everything that I need.

I am comforted by the fact that God has a reason for making me wait. He has the perfect man for me and He is going to put that man in my life when I am ready. (Who knows? Maybe I have met this person and I don't realize it yet.) He has a plan for me and He gives me the strength to be patient and wait. I love that I have a father who would love me so much that he would do this for me. Not only does He have someone for me but He has a plan for my whole life and I know that they are plans to prosper me and not to harm me, and to give me hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). Isn't He amazing?! He has a plan for you as well. So those of you who have felt what I have felt about love (or even life), don't be discouraged. Trust God because He has a plan for you and He will take care of you and provide for you no matter what you need. When you think about it, His love is the best and most important of our lives!! :D

25 Random Things About Me

Okay, I didn't know what to do for my first blog so I decided to tell you some random facts about me just to get started.
1. I love to read.

2. Dr. Pepper is my favorite soft drink.

3. Procrastination is an art form that I have mastered.

4. I am a recent college graduate.

5. I’m 22 years old.

6. I absolutely love to watch movies.

7. I’ve never had a boyfriend.

8. Blue and turquoise are my favorite colors.

9. I used to have an amazing truck and I really miss it.

10. I have an awesome brother, even though he gets on my nerves all the time.

11. December is my favorite month because I love winter and the Christmas season.

12. I sing in my church choir, even though I’m not very good. It’s fun!

13. I’m a firm believer in the fact that chocolate fixes everything. :)

14. I love bowling even though I don’t get to go very often.

15. I love to take pictures all the time.

16. I buy picture frames before I even have pictures to go in them.

17. Guitar Hero is awesome!!

18. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and am currently looking for a high school teaching position.

19. I went on a road trip to Washington, D.C. and New York with my friends, Madonna and Anthony. I can’t wait to go back again.

20. While in NY, I got to see Lea Michelle and have my picture taken with Jonathan Groff. (You Gleeks know who they are.)

21. I hope to teach high school English near my hometown.

22. I hope to one day go on a mission trip.

23. I love to dance, even though I'm bad at it.

24. I want to travel all over the world someday. I hope to be able to go to Italy, Greece, Ireland, and France.

25. God sending his son to die for my sins is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me and I don’t deserve such a great love.