#427: Generosity from People at my Church

At my church on Sunday we concluded our series on Generosity by having people from the congregation come up and share testimonies of how people from the church had shown generosity towards to them. It was an incredible time of sharing about how God uses (as one person so amazingly put it) “people, not the steeple.” I wasn’t one of the people who shared, but hearing all those stories inspired me to write a list of some of the people from my church who have demonstrated generosity to me:

-The Pastors for their teaching and helping me grow in my faith
-The Pastors’ wives, I enjoy talking with each of them, and hearing their insight
-Eric and Linda L, and Steve and Angela B who pick me up for church when I need a ride, even though it’s out of both of their ways.
-Christy M who is giving me a ride to the Perspectives class, even though I live way out of her way
-The married couples in my small group who invest in my life.
-My present and past accountability groups, for encouraging me in my faith, helping me grow, and above all praying for me.
-Everyone who’s contributed financially and prayerfully towards my missions trips
-The leaders of my missions trips, for leading the trips and making them experiences that I’ll never forget
-My various serving partners in the church bookstore, I’ve enjoyed serving with each and every one of you and getting to know you.
-Karen H, Margaret S, Sarah D, and several other older adult women who pull me aside on Sunday mornings just to ask how I’m doing.
-Jackie B, Karen B, Ann and Tracy C, Becca D, Christy M, Darlene S, Deborah S, Lydia T, Nicky W, and Linda Z my friendships with each of you means more than you will ever know!

I’m sure I’m leaving people out, but those are the main ones.

#427: Thank you Lord for the generosity of people from my church. It’s made such a difference in my life and I’m so grateful for it!

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#426: Beachmont Christian Camp

Friday night I attended Beachmont Christian Camp’s 40th Anniversary dinner. It was a wonderful evening celebrating God’s faithfulness and all he has done through the camp. Afterwards I realized that I’ve written posts about specific programs at Beachmont, but never a general one. That is changing right now, because it is WAY overdue!

Beachmont has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. Some of my earliest memories are of being at camp, doing Arts and Crafts in the old barn. I started going to Beachmont as a camper at age 3, and it’s been part of my life ever since. After growing too old to be a camper I graduated to a Junior Counselor, and eventually served on Senior Staff for three summers teaching Arts and Crafts. I still serve today during the fall volunteering with the Corn Maze. Not to mention attending countless Teen Nights, going to a few Easter Sunrise services, Live Nativities, and Fall round-ups, as well as briefly attending their Homeschool Phys Ed Program, and I’m sure I’m forgetting something.

Beachmont is one of my favorite places in the world. You can’t go there and not feel God’s presence there in so many ways. There are so many fun activities to do, and awesome people to meet. I’ve made some life-long friends through camp.

I feel like I grew up at Beachmont, both physically and spiritually. Mr Paul and Ms Maureen have taught me so much over the years spiritually. I know I wouldn’t have the faith I have today without their influence in my life. I can’t imagine my life without Beachmont and I know I wouldn’t be the person I am today with it.

#426: Thank you Lord for Beachmont and the huge influence it’s had on my life. Continue to bless it and use it to touch lives for many years to come.

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#425: A Bad Week (Now and Then)

I had a really rough week last week emotionally due to several different circumstances. I had some awesome highs and some tough lows. By Friday I was exhausted and ready for the weekend. Now that I’ve had some time to reflect on what happened last week, I’ve realized that God is using the bad things that happened to teach me about life and myself. I wish every week was a good one, but I know life isn’t like that. We need some bad ones to grow our character and to teach us lessons. I don’t want to have a bad week every week. (I don’t think I could handle it) I’ll take one here and there if it’ll help me in the end.

#425: Thank you Lord for giving me a bad week here and there. I want to grow as a person and if that’s what I need I’ll take it. Help me to learn what you’re trying to teach me through the circumstances and apply it.

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#424: Changing my Trip

In May I’m going out of the country on a really amazing trip that I’m super excited about. When I first heard about the trip I learned there were two options: one week in one city or two weeks in a different city in the same country. I really wanted to visit the city for the one week trip, but the two-week trip sounded more interesting, so I decided to go on the two-week trip. Over the weekend I got a call from one of the trip organizers who asked me if I would be interested in spending one week in the city I was planning on going to and the second week in the city I had wanted to visit. Of course I said yes! After hanging up the phone I started crying tears of joy, I couldn’t believe how God had worked things out, and I’m even more excited for the trip now!

#424: Thank you Lord for the change in my trip in May. I still can’t believe how you worked things out and I can’t wait!

What are you thankful for today? Leave a Comment and let me know, I’d love to read it!