This past weekend I had the opportunity of heading to winter camp with some amazing high schoolers from my church. I was so excited to get to join them on this journey and get to go to Hume Lake Christian Camps for my first time. My sister had gone there when I was a kid but I was too little to go. I didn’t know what to expect. The drive was long and the mountains were steep, so I was a little rattled by the time we got there. However, once I stepped out of my vehicle, I had this overwhelming peace and was so excited for what the weekend would hold. I had a wonderful cabin full of girls that were eager to learn more about God’s love and being able to witness their lives change was something I will never take for granted.
I could sit here and tell you it was all about them but that wouldn’t be true. Just as they didn’t know what to expect this past weekend, neither did I. I had gone into this weekend assuming I would be there to support them in their walk with Christ. I had no idea that I would be forever changed this weekend as well. Yes, my focus was on my girls but through that, I learned quite a bit about myself. I think it takes a weekend of rest and relaxation to put everything back into perspective. I saw kids come to Christ that had never heard His word before. I saw kids rededicate their lives to God and be truly moved by the things they heard. I got to see lives change right before my eyes and let me tell you, the tears were flowing.
I love my church and the people in it. Our leaders were incredible, calm, cool, collected and ready for anything that was thrown their way. One of my best friends, Melinda (in the first photo) was able to be a leader too, so getting to spend some one on one time with her in this beautiful place was priceless. I value her wisdom and outlook on life. It was so refreshing to be in a place where I didn’t feel like my faith was under attack. I got to let my guard down and just be me. A task that isn’t always that easy in your day to day life.
I am so blessed that I was able to be a part of an incredible event where over 1000 high students were able to be surrounded by love, talk about Jesus and have more fun than some have known their whole life. I am grateful for places like Hume Lake that allow students to come and be filled with positivity and hope. My heart is full.
Have a great Tuesday! God bless!