Seriously. I love them. Student Life Tour is amazing! If you have a chance, and they are coming to your town, by all means, grab some middle or high school students, and GO!!!! (studentlife.net) They are 100% excellent in all they do – and this weekend Tour thing is so so so great. They come this weekend, and our youth went. It was part of their DNow weekend. My husband and I went last night, and reconnected with dear friends there. LOVED it. Such a powerful word brought by Gregg Matte (one of my alltime favorites), great great great worship by Spur 58 (definitely been my favorites for so long! Aaron – so great to “talk” to you, and Jimmie and Laura – you are amazing!) and wonderful, amazing drama that just gives such power to what is being sung and taught. (John – truly, such a delight to me!)
I have been able to make the trips to SL camp for close to 10 years now – each one seemed to be better than the one before. I have truly been sharpened, refined, and challenged by God moving through these fine servants each year – I am so very thankful for them. Some of my dearest friends on this planet I met at camp. Is that weird?! I guess, never really going away to camp as a child or youth myself, I am really enjoying it now in my mid-ageness! I think one of the things I love most about these precious servants who serve through Student Life is that they literally pour themselves out for the body of Christ. They spend themselves for the sake of Christ. I watch as they work so very hard, to the glory of God. They stop at nothing to see that all they do is for Him. for His glory. I can’t help but love them. want to serve like them. and pray so fervently for them. Oh, God, please continue to give these amazing servants Your power and strength as they lavishly and joyfully serve you.
I had one regret this weekend. I couldn’t be in two places at once. I really also wanted to support another great organization that had come to town……Women of Faith had brought their Revolve Tour to our area – it is their weekend for teenage girls. For the love! Why on the very same weekend?!!! We certainly would have been their with our girls! Courtney – I love you much, and pray all went so well with you…….you are DEAR to me!
Well, I really do have one other regret – a big one – you won’t believe this! My husband attended with me last night, as I told you, but then early this morning, left town for a couple of days. I had set my alarm late last night, and even double checked it. This morning I was blessed with the opportunity to take breakfast over to one of our Disciple Now homes – a very special one, you see, for it housed my beloved seniors! I was thankful for that, and was looking forward to seeing them. I had already bought the milk, juice, and fruit for the 18 hungry people there, and would run to the store for doughnuts and kolaches first thing this morning. I had given myself plenty of time to run, walk the dog, shower, go get the food, and get it to the house. Then I could get to Tour early to hang with a couple of my dear friends.
Do you see where this is going? Are you already fearing for what actually happened?!!! As I type this I still can’t believe it actually happened…….I overslept. OVERSLEPT! I awoke with a start 15 minutes after the food was supposed to be there! ohmygosh, I moved so fast out of that bed, called the host home, so very mortified at my circumstances. I was met with a little laugh, and much grace. I raced the drinks and fruit over there, while her husband raced to the doughnut store. I slinked into that house, greeting my senior class with such humility. Of course, I was still in my pjs. It’s hard not to be humble in your pjs. I think they felt a little sorry for me, actually. I must have looked pitiful. I sure felt it. I will think of some way to make it up to them.
As I called my friend to tell him I would be late, and what happened, apparently I made his day, for he was out of control laughing. nice…… I did make it to the event on time, and the rest of the day was totally amazing. (Darren Whitehead was the amazing speaker today) I praise God for grace. for forgiveness. and I praise Him for Student Life.