This is just going to be one big jumble of updates. First, when you get a minutes click on the link below. I'd like to share my year with each of you who made it so special!
From March 11th-15th, our youth group is going on a college trip to Northland International University and Maranatha Baptist Bible College. I may have some internet access while at Northland, but not much. So I'll get back to anyone who's emailed me as soon as I get back! And of course I'll post any picture I take while on the trip =)
I'd also like to share a few quick thoughts on a challenge I heard last night in youth group. One that God really used to speak to me personally. A deacon in our church told about many examples of young people who seem like really great Christians on the outside, but inside are just waiting for the day when their parents can't make them go to church anymore: waiting for a chance to rebel against God. There are so many young people who don't want to have anything to do with God. When they turn 18 or 19 they throw away everything that should be important to them for the things of this world. Then they raise a family who doesn't love the Lord. A lot of stuff is going to be hard for those who trust Him. It's not going to be a life of ease. But He greatly blesses and rewards those who keep following Him, those who willingly give their lives to serve Him.
God spoke to my heart through this challenge. There's not a minute where I don't want to please the Lord in all aspects of my life. I'm not saying I'm perfect, but from different experiences God has put me through, He's shown me that I am most satisfied in the center of His will. How could I not want to give all I have for the One Who gave me life? I guess that's why I feel such a strong desire to be a missionary. I want to share His love with those who don't know, and even to those who do know but are hardened towards God. I don't want people to see me and what I can do, but through my actions and words see Christ and what HE can do for them. True joy is found in Christ!