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Camp 2017 Recap!

Church Camp this year was something I have looked forward to since the beginning of the year! I was literally counting down the months, weeks, days, and even hours! This year we went to a camp we have never been to before. Now at first we were all a little hesitant about going to a different camp, but personally I had a really good feeling about this camp before we even went. The camp theme was HIS VOICE.

Here is the condensed version of my experience at Camp!

Day 1- I felt God.

Day 2- I saw God.

Day 3- I heard God.

Now for the extended version!

Day 1– On this day we arrived at camp around 3:00pm. Worship, and then service by Jeanne Mayo were at 7 or 8pm (I can’t remember). Jeanne spoke about ‘Freedom from the Father-Wound’. Basically the point she was making was the fact that sometimes we can attach our feelings toward our earthly father, to our Heavenly Father. God is trustworthy, even when your earthly father isn’t. God is the best parent ever! You don’t even need to earn His attention, you already have it!

This night I really felt something, but I wasn’t sure what it was at the time. I sat in the room after pretty much everyone left and just listened. So the first night I felt God moving.

Day 2– This day we had lots of activities in the morning and then at 2:00pm we had service again. Jeanne now spoke about ‘A Call for Ambulance Drivers’. The point for this lesson was we need to be like ambulance drivers as we run our race. Our goal doesn’t necessarily need to be to save them right then and there, but to get them where they need to be. Do something with your life for eternity! You don’t drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there! You cannot change the world until you let God radically change you! Read that one more time! She had so many great points in this service!

This night I saw something so beautiful! I watched as many students gave their lives to Christ, or even openly said they were faltering in their walk right now. I saw all of our youth family members worshiping their faces off (as we like to put it). It made me SO happy and proud to watch them feeling the presence of God. Yes I cried, because I was seeing God move.

Day 3– This day was pretty much the same as day 2, the set up of it and all. Jeanne ended it all off with a service entitled, ‘Friday Night Lights’. Basically, what is the light in your life? We all have a story behind the lights. Play through the pain of your story! Stay underneath God’s light. You will never learn to pray if you stop when you don’t feel like it. Faith is often spelled RISK.

This last night I had the best experience. During the end when music was playing they invited anyone, who wanted to step up and step out in their faith, to come up to the front. I knew in that moment I needed to move. I went up front and they started to play worship songs. And yes the tears started to fall again. And that is when I heard God!

Maybe it wasn’t an audible voice, but I truly believe that I heard God speaking to me personally in my life. I feel like God told me to let go. Let go and let God. I tend to hold on to my past, my fears, or my insecurities, when I should be holding onto God. One song we sang really stuck with me. It Is Well by Bethel. Here is the bridge of the song:

‘So let go, my soul, and trust in him, The waves and wind still know His name.’

As I move on from chapter to chapter, my prayer is that I will let God do what He is capable of doing in my life. I am so blessed to have had the privilege of going to this camp for my last camp experience (as a camper). I have the most amazing youth family EVER! I know y’all are reading this! ❤ ❤ ❤ I saw all of y’all grow in your lives and relationships with Christ this past weekend. Don’t let this be the end of the “God encounter”! Keep on striving for God, and I promise y’all will not regret it!

❤ Mandie

P.S. I think I got dehydrated from all the crying…LOL

 

Book Review!

I think this is my first book review, so I hope I do a good job. Let me know any improvements that I can make for future book reviews! The book’s title is ‘Smart Girl’s Guide to God, Guys, and the Galaxy‘ by Susie Shellenberger & Kristin Weber. I was really excited when I found this book at Family Christian! I had seen it advertised in the old Sisterhood Magazines. It is composed of 101 tips about anything and everything that a teen girl could want! At the end of each of the tips there are three or four different sections.

The first one is called ‘From God’, and they put verses that apply with each one of the tips in this section. The next section is called ‘Go Ahead-Answer’ and there they have question for you to think about. And the last ones are ‘From Susie’, and ‘From Kristin’ sometimes both of them are one there, but other times it’s just one. In those sections they just say something funny or give advice from their experiences.

I really enjoyed this book, just as a reading book, but you could also do it as a devotional or do it with some of your girlfriends! I would give this book 5 stars! Have you read this book? Let me know what you thought about it! Thanks for reading!

Bluebonnets

   As teenage girls we need to be like bluebonnets. Now for those of you who don’t know what bluebonnets are, they are the Texas state flower, and my favorite flower too, because I live in Texas. The thing with bluebonnets (and other state flowers) is that you cannot touch them, pick them, or anything, or you could get fined. So find another souvenir! Anyway, so why do we need to be like bluebonnets? Well, we need to be pure. As we are tempted to date and get close to boys, we need to fight the temptation and wait. I know that is really hard, because we want everything know. But do you want to ruin, God great plan for your life? I know I don’t! I believe we as teenage girls need to prepare for our future husbands, by staying pure and not giving any part of us away to any other male that we meet. And in the time of waiting we have God to help us, not that he will go away after we get married. Now here is something to get you girls motivated. Look up verses in the Bible that have to do with keeping your heart  pure, you’ll be suprised at how many there are! 🙂

(I do not own any of the pictures)

God Bless,

Mandie

Devotion #5

So the other day I was reading in Matthew, and stumbled across some things that I thought would make a great lesson/devotion, for all of us. So when Jesus was calling His disciples to follow Him, here’s what happened. From Matthew 4:19-22
‘”Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed Him.
Going on from there, he saw two brothers, James the son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with there father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called to them, and immediately they left their father and followed Him.’
Now the key words that really popped out at me were, at once and immediately. They didn’t even hesitate. It says they immediately followed Him. They didn’t ask their father if they could go, they just went! it didn’t say, ‘a day later they found Jesus and followed Him. No! They went right then, no question! And that is what we need to do in our lives. We need to follow Him, what ever He says, and do it now!
I think the song above really sums it all up, we need to take the back seat and let God lead us!
Mandie

Devotional #2: Friendship

We all know what friendship is, and we should have friends. But how do we pick friends? How we know we can trust them and spend time with them? I’ve had lots of friends before. Some of who were best friends, and then we got older and stopped hanging out. But then I made new friends. And I have also had some friends that I made one day and I never saw them again. My sister is my #1 friend (beside God), because she’s always there. But we all have to be careful when choosing friends, we can’t just go up to someone and decide we want to be their friend. We have to get to know them, then we can make sure they follow God’s standards. And don’t forget to pray!!

Have a Blessed Day! 🙂