FYI: Posts will be sparse around here until I replace my laptop.... Coming back to work after Christmas break apparently was too hard and it quit on me!

17 August 2011

Hello :)

Yes, it is actually me, Emily Grace, back from the wondrous world of summer camp. It was an amazing summer.
Exhausting, yes.
Rewarding, yes.
Challenging, yes.
A learning experience, yes.

I made so many memories, new friends, and learned so much.





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If you had asked me during the middle of the summer what I was learning it would have been something about what I was learning through chapel, barn devotions, or my own devotions that spoke to me that day. Early on in the summer it would have been something like this, "Because of His grace, God will give me the strength to get through each day. And He will give me joy to share His love with others. Because my life is not my own, it is His." That is so true.




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But now I see the summer through a different perspective. It really hit me during on of the last weeks of camp during barn devotions was that God was teaching me perspective. We see life through our little human perspective but God sees all that goes on and He is in control. While I may not understand what is happening or why I have to go through this situation, God has it all in control and He has a plan and a purpose for it. I can either choose to have a good attitude about it or a bad one. For example, I can have a bad attitude about having to help out with the counselor hunt because I'm missing my 'shower time' and completely miss the opportunity God gave me to talk to a kid who was hurting. Or I can take advantage of that opportunity even though it means getting up a half hour earlier in the morning to shower. Am I rambling? I don't even know if I understand all that God has taught me this summer. 

DSCN0077I'm a detail oriented person so it is hard for me to see the 'big picture' but I think that this is it--perspective, joy, and it is only by God's grace that I can do anything. That is what I learned most during my nine weeks at camp.


What has God been teaching you lately? I'd love to hear!

(photos from my favorite spot to do my devotions at camp--yes photos from camp, my mom surprised me with my own point and shoot camera!)


I'm off to finish organizing my desk for the upcoming school year. We're moving around our desks and things so that my sister and I will have a quiet room separate from the three younger(& noise loving) ones. Plus, I was able to go shopping for school supplies today! =D 

Love in Christ,

4 comments:

Katie

Yay, you're back! :) I'm so glad you had a wonderful summer! It sounds like a lot of fun!

Lately God's been teaching the concept of more. To do more with my time...with my life.

Anyways, good to have you back, Emily Grace!

Katie

Eyebright

Perspective is definitely one of those subjects that keeps popping up lately for me. It's great to have you back again!

In reply to your comment, yes peaches are one of the best fruits around, most specifically if they are fresh. To me they are the perfect "harvest" fruit. :)

Eve

Hi Emily!

I just awarded you and your lovely blog the Liebster Blog Award! Check it out at: http://swordmaidenforchrist.blogspot.com/2011/08/liebster-blog-award.html

Eve :)

Heather @ Mrs. Southern Bride

Beautiful pictures!

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