Trust Without Borders

Tide Walk

I’ve learned a lot over the last couple months as I’ve had to hit the ground sprinting into full-time ministry at the Life Action Camp.

I’m finally beginning to wrap my head around the vast sea of details that my position encompasses. I’m learning to juggle more roles and tasks than ever before. I’m also discovering new ways to organize and process data to produce helpful tools and visuals. But above all that, I’m learning who and what this is all for and just how deeply I need my Savior in every moment of my day and in the smallest seemingly insignificant detail, task, or conversation.

Each day as I spend time interacting with the CREW (our young adult volunteer staff), working out the tech and transitions of a session at the Tab, sneaking in one last background or powerpoint on the presentation computer just before things go live, discussing an unexpected scheduling conflict, figuring out the work assignments or housing for the following week, or just sitting and sharing a meal or coffee with a fellow Kingdom traveler, I’m learning that if God is not invited in and my heart is not continually in tune with His, all the details, relationships, and tasks mean nothing. I’ve never felt more stretched and out of my league but I’ve also never experienced so much joy and communion with my Savior.

On a broader scale, however, God has been teaching me about this seemingly crazy Kingdom life He has called me too. He is gently revealing areas in my heart and will where I need to surrender and step out and watch as He provides and cares for us.

Quitting my job to move to MI before I was fully funded with the understanding that I cannot be considered officially full-time until I’ve reached at least the 100% goal of my funding, has been one of the hardest steps of obedience I’ve ever had to take. But my God has met every need with abundance! Each step I’ve taken, though unsure and unable to see what my feet would find, has proven secure. In the midst of a rolling sea, my feet have found the Solid Rock and my faith has been stretched beyond anything I’ve ever imagined.

I’ve been a little out of touch with popular worship music these days and am increasingly thankful for our band at the camp. One of the songs our worship team has lead us in this summer is the ever popular, Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) by Hillsong United. When I heard it for the first time six weeks ago, my heart was deeply convicted and strengthened at the same time. It has since become my theme and my prayer; that I would be obedient and sensitive to the leading of the Spirit to the point that, “My trust is without borders,” and I would be able to “Walk upon the waters wherever [He] would call me.”

If you haven’t heard the song, I’ve included the YouTube video for you to listen and copied the words below. It is my prayer that it encourages and challenges you as much as it has me!

God bless!

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)
by Hillsong United

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

I will call upon Your name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine

Ready or Not…

It is hard to believe that, as this posts, all our CREW (volunteer staff) are checking in and, by tomorrow, 128 guests will have arrived for our first week of Summer Family Camps. All the planning of (well… for me) the last three weeks culminates now, ready or not.

photoI’ve been amazed at just how fast my plate has filled and how easy it has been to jump into my new role serving at the camp. I’ve been given the title of Administrative Assistant, “among other things” (as camp ministry goes). Because of the nature of pre-camp preparations, much of my time so far has been spent working on spreadsheets and in think-tank sessions mapping out and planning ahead as much as possible.

photoAfter tonight, though, a lot of those “other things” will come in to play. I’ve been asked to prioritize developing my understanding of all the tech (both sound and presentation) in the “Tab” (our meetinghouse) so that I can take over the management of that aspect of the camp. And I have to admit, I’m pretty nervous about taking on that responsibility–it is way more than I’ve ever managed before. At the same time, as you would expect, I’m thrilled and excited about the challenge.

Now that camp has arrived, most of my desk time will be spent on the tasks of organizing each weeks worth of our guests’ family assistants as well as CREW housing and work assignments. I’ll also be touching base with and mentoring our older female CREW counselors. Oh, and I’m managing the data for our kitchen’s meal counts to give them accurate totals for each meal of the day–this first week we’ll be serving over 3,500 meals!

Please pray for us as we work to make this next week the best for each of the family’s that are coming. But above all, please pray that our great God would be glorified and we would seek Him first and fix our eyes on Him that we might be effective tools for the Kingdom work He plans to do in the lives of our guests as well as those serving!

Thanks for joining me on these sojournings in MI at the Life Action Camp!

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Practicing Sabbath Together

 

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I think many would agree that perhaps the most frequently ignored of the Ten Commandments is the fourth, keeping the Sabbath. In fact, you may have hesitated following the link simply because of the title—thanks for checking it out anyways! I’m not sure what has happened in recent (or maybe not so recent) history that has caused the Church to regularly sweep this statute, that Jesus affirmed, under the rug. It’s as though the Church has collectively agreed to spread virtual whiteout over that holy decree despite it being listed in higher rank than even honoring our parents—a command we tend to latch on to and prize so highly.

I’ve been confronted with my lack of obedience to honor the Sabbath many times over the years and have had ample time to experience conviction over my sin. And yet, for some reason, my conscience has always found a way to skirt or block the issue. This is especially troubling since God’s stated reason for giving us Sabbath goes back to the beginning of time (Exodus 20:11). Can you relate?

Several months ago, while I was talking with my sister on the phone, she shared how she and her husband had felt very convicted that they need to be doing a better job practicing Sabbath both as individuals and as a family (of six). I remember hearing over the subsequent months about the different ways they tried to weave Sabbath into the fabric of their family life to make it part of the weekly routine.

They researched the biblical account and dug in to Jewish tradition. Their goal was to develop their own family traditions without making the practice into a legalistic ritual. As I’ve been adapting to living with the Salzman family, I’ve gotten to experience first hand the results of their wrestling through this difficult discipline and the blessings of honoring the God who saved us.

Now that I’ve moved in with them, I’ve gotten to experience first hand some of the traditions they’ve established. Which include: planing out simple meals for Saturday and kicking it off Friday evening with a special meal where they use special plates and cups (with a special fruity beverage like smoothies that wouldn’t be common place at dinner), lighting candles, and physically “break bread” together—all while talking about the rich symbolism woven throughout each of the biblical and Jewish traditions they are trying to incorporate. They also practice the memory verses they are working on as a family and just recently started singing hymns together.

On Saturday we spend time talking, reading books, playing legos :-) , but also try to do something together as a family that is restful. Last Saturday we all took a couple hours and hiked out in the back woods of the NMC (National Ministry Center) of Life Action Ministries. While we marveled at the beauty of the new leaves, abundant green shrubbery, blue sky, and gorgeous sunshine, we also sharpened our knowledge of tree species from a book (and maybe an app or two). All in all, it was perhaps the best Sabbath I’ve ever practiced and I eagerly look forward to the next!

For those of you not on facebook, I thought you might enjoy some pictures from our hike:

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