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Week thirty eight & nine – ‘love what I do’

More than anything, this is a post of gratitude. Of thankfulness. Of blessing. Of recognition. Of enjoyment for my job.

If you haven’t worked it out by now, I’m a youth worker in my church family with one other guy under our youth pastor…and it’s just the best job! Not only do I get to see Friday night youth sessions and events from before they’re even actioned; I get to learn from an amazing youth pastor who is crazy-passionate about our youth kids and the Kingdom; I get to partner with the other youth worker who is super skilled in his creative expression and really raw in his relationships with the youth kids and on top of it all, I get to hang out with young guns! All the time! I get to talk about high school, about tv shows, about school holidays and most importantly I get to talk about God. I get to speak into the lives of these awesome young people each week and be a light for His glory as He has called me.

On top of the awesomeness of my week-to-week work, I also got to be a part of our annual youth Easter Camp this year and having had a few years off of this, it was awesome to get back into it! From the Thursday afternoon through to the Monday afternoon of the Easter long weekend, there were roughly 90 of us at a campsite by the sea. Cabins, songs, worship, acting, Medieval team sports and games, small groups, amazing food including a Medieval banquet; new friendships and hilarious laughter – the whole shebang! Easter Camp was incredible and this year, I noticed such an amazing and real community feel. Something I hadn’t experienced at an Easter Camp for a long time – true, raw and honest community amongst the youth and the leaders. It was brilliant!

The overall theme was the Kingdom of God and our speaker this year, a young artist was spot-on with his sessions and talks, sparking some deep and truthful discussions amongst our youth in small group times. As much as it’s sometimes difficult to get year 8 girls (the age of girls in my small group) to focus in small group times, they really had some precious gems to share at camp and I’m 100% sure they got a lot out of the talks and discussions!

If you ever feel that God is calling you to step out on the waters of service in your home church and your church has a youth programme, can I encourage you to prayerfully consider serving His Kingdom by serving the youth? It is insanely fun but also intensely rewarding! I’m so blessed to have the job that I have; so thankful for being given the opportunity to serve and work in this way. Each week I look forward to going to work – it’s just the best!

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Guest blogger!

It’s Easter. That time of year again…and what do you think of when you think of Easter? Chocolate? Hot cross buns? Fluffy bunnies and public holidays?

Or are you drawn back into the Story of the Creator and His incredible and unthinkable sacrifice to save us and love us?

I’m so excited to tell you that my Easter blog is featured at Blogs by Christian Women!! To read the full version, click here

It was published on the 17th, but due to the fact that I’m having an amazing-as time at Easter camp with 80-odd young people, I wasn’t able to publish this teaser and link until today…but I hope you still enjoy it!

Thanks for stopping by – Happy Easter!

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A late-night snack

It’s after 11 at night…the lights are out…there’s soft snoring coming from my other half…and my face is aglow with the light from my iPad.

I love a good ol’ late-night blog snack

Sounds a bit lame actually, now that I see it written out like that – but it doesn’t make it any less true! I have the ‘bloglovin’ app and I have all the different blogs that I love to follow all lined up, just waiting for me to pour over. Some of them are travel blogs. Some of them are fashion blogs. Some of them are home-maker blogs and some of them are cooking blogs. But my favourite blogs are the lifestyle blogs. Blogs by (usually) Christian women on just about any topic!

I love these sorts of blogs – I find that I learn so much just from the few lines some woman I’ve never met has written and posted online. There are so many great stories of personal triumph, struggle, deliverance and perseverance in these blogs and I find they often encourage me more than I anticipate. Something one writer has said, or an experience that another has had or a stage of life another writer is in can speak volumes to little old me.

Some bloggers and blogs I am truly thankful for are
Charity over at ‘The Word of a Nerd’ – visit her here
‘Blogs by Christian Women’ – visit them here
Jen over at ‘Unveiled Wife – visit her here
And
Lauren over at ‘The full time girl’ – visit her here
Just to name a few!

If you don’t regularly read other’s blogs, can I encourage you to do so? You never know quite what little gems you might pick up along the way! They really do make for great late-night snacking…less calories too!

(Photo courtesy – http://sincerelydamaris.tumblr.com/post/56008274388)

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Week thirty seven – ‘prayer’

I’ve committed the month of April to praying for a few of my close friends – and not just general prayers, I’m talking deep, feeling and emotion-filled prayers that come from a place I often struggle to pray from!

And so far, I’m loving it! Sounds a bit selfish doesn’t it? Praying for friends but enjoying it for myself? Well, I think that’s more to do with the fact that I’m actually talking with my Creator and the prayers are not self-seeking for once.

Do you often find that what you pray is 9 times out of 10 for yourself…or is that just me? Well, I am thoroughly loving spending these moments in deep and heart-felt prayer for my dear friends because it makes me feel so close to my God. I feel like I could pray for ages – the words just come and they don’t feel forced and I thank the Holy Spirit for His guiding hand as I pen each prayer for each friend. I am trusting and believing with each prayer that the Almighty Lord will hear and respond – in His timing and in His way and that brings me amazing comfort and peace. My friends rest safe in His loving hands and He has awesome plans for them. I am merely grateful to be a part of those plans through prayer.

Can I encourage you to pray today for someone near to your heart? Really ask God for something for them – peace, healing, love – and rest assured that He has definitely heard you!

(Picture courtesy of Pinterest)

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