#432: Perspectives Class

As I mentioned in my last post I’ve been taking the Perspectives class at my church this winter/spring. (Which is part of the reason I haven’t been posting as frequently this year, I haven’t had time!) If you’ve never heard of Perspectives, it’s a class on missions and the Christian worldview, and it will change your life! In my opinion every Christian should take it if they can, because it will completely change how you see the world around you, you’ll see God everywhere, and want to be part of what he is doing.

Tomorrow is our last class and I don’t want it to end! Not that I’m going to miss the work, but God has taught me so much, and I want to keep learning. Each week I feel like a piece of the puzzle fell into place about what God wants me to do with what I’ve learned. I don’t have the full picture yet, but it’s getting there, and I’m excited to see what he has in store for me!

I could probably write multiple posts about what God has taught me through this class, but I won’t, at least for now. For now, I will give you some of the highlights, I could write a lot more, but these are some of the main ones.

-I’ve always thought of missions as reaching people with the gospel, and while the people group they come from matters for the end of time, (Revelation 5:9) in terms of every day missions it’s not a big deal. I now see that it does matter what group they come from.
-The Importance of Self-Sacrifice: If the whole world is to be reached, we need to make some sacrifices, whether or not we go on the mission field for the Great Commission to be accomplished.
-Application of some of the stuff I learned in school. There were a couple of lessons that used some stuff I had learned in some of my college classes and applied them to missions. I had never thought of it in that way!

#432: Thank you Lord for the Perspectives class and all you have taught me through it. I’m so glad I was able to take it and I can’t wait to see what you’re going to do next with what I’ve learned!

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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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#406: God’s Timing

I’m often amazed at God’s timing when things come up in my life, unexpected, unanticipated, early or late. He knows what I need and when I need it even though I think I know when I need it. This weekend is a good example. I’d tentatively started exploring plans for a trip I was thinking about taking next year, but some stuff came up and it looked like it wasn’t going to happen and if it did would be different from I’d thought. The next day I found out about another trip to the same area with similar activities that while shorter than I was thinking about, would be much more doable for me at this moment. I’m grateful to the Lord that I found out about this now, and hope it will all work out.

#406: Thank you Lord that your timing is perfect and you know when we need things even though we may disagree at the moment.

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#384: Kathleen Nielson

This weekend I attended an amazing women’s conference on the Psalms with speaker Kathleen Nielson. Kathleen is an amazing speaker who showed us to see the Psalms as poetry, as well as prayer and praise, and how to read and study them as such. I learned so much and I know I will never read the Psalms the same way again. She has taught college English classes, and as someone with an Associate’s Degree in English Writing, I really appreciated her insights from that perspective. Some of the principles she taught us can be used in other books of the Bible and I’m excited to use them in my quiet times. I bought one of her books on studying the Bible and I’m looking forward to reading it and learning even more from her!

#384: Thank you Lord for Kathleen Nielson and all she taught us at the conference this weekend! Bless her and her ministry. Help me to remember what I learned and apply it to my own study of the Bible.

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#383: God in Times of Suffering

The sermon at my church this morning was on loving others who are experiencing long-term suffering. It was very powerful, especially because it included testimonies from people in the congregation who are experiencing suffering who gave us tips on how to interact with them in regards to their suffering. I was in tears by the end of the service, because I could relate both to their situations and in how I interact with people who are suffering.

The more I thought about it, I realized how appropriate it was that I should hear this sermon on the first anniversary of Mr Tom’s death. That day and the week that followed was one of the hardest times of my life, but God was there helping me. When I experience suffering it can be easy to forget that God is there with me in the situation and he has a purpose behind it. But he is there, helping me and I don’t know what I would do or where I would be without him.

A few years ago I was in a show about Joseph from the Bible with Mr Tom, and I’d like to close with one of his lines from that show: “Joseph had grown wise in all the various situations that God’s plan had taken him through. And he realized that not one thing had ever happened outside of God’s sovereign hand. In your own situations, good or bad, they’re all part of the Master’s plan.”

#383: Thank you Lord that you’re always with us when we experience suffering and that you have a plan and a reason for it.

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#381: Easter Sunrise Service

Happy Easter! I hope you’ve had a wonderful day celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ to conquer sin and death for all of mankind. Easter is one of my favorite holidays and the most important one on the Christian calendar, because without it our faith would be in vain.

Like almost every Easter for the past eight or nine years my day started out before the break of dawn, heading out to a Sunrise service at 6:30. While normally I don’t like getting up that early if I can help it, Easter is one of the few exceptions. Jesus rose from the grave at day break and it’s a wonderful way to start off the day watching the Sun rise, hearing the Easter story, and worshiping the risen savior. I can’t think of a better way to start Easter!

#381: Thank you Lord for the Easter Sunrise Service to start off the celebration of your resurrection from the grave. It’s such a wonderful reminder of what happened 2000 years ago!

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#375: Displays of God’s Glory

This past weekend I served at my church’s annual youth conference where the theme was “No Greater Glory.” Meaning that there is no greater glory than God’s, everything he does is for his glory, and we were created to show his glory. I’ve known these things for a long time, but it was wonderful to be reminded of them again. I like to be on the lookout for displays of his glory and am always glad when I notice them. I know they’re all around me but I don’t always pay attention to them. When I see them they remind me that God loves me, and I am thankful for so many reminders of it.

#375: Thank you Lord for the displays of your glory around me. Help me to see more of them and thank you for them.

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