Thu, Nov 30th - 3:24PM
I have been so anxious to write down my impressions of Aquire the Fire. I was a chaperone to about 60 kids almost 2 weeks ago. We went to Billings for a youth rally called Aquire the Fire. I have mixed feelings about the program but by and large I believe they serve a good purpose. My sons enjoyed it immensely (sp) which is the most important thing. We were able to find out more about over seas ministries and things of that sort. After we got home I asked the boys about going someplace easier for our first missions trip, maybe mexico or something. Understand that I have felt called to Africa for the last 16 years. Both boys feel the same way, that we should go to Africa.
More about ATF later.
I have decided to step down as puppet director for our church. After spending a weekend with thousands of teens, I know that I am cheating my youth group by hanging on to the puppet ministry. My reasons for getting involved were directed in the right way, but I have known in my heart that it was not the ministry for me. I am not a youth leader. Dont get me wrong, I love our youth but my place is elsewhere. I know where it is that I want to be, but time will tell if that is where God wants me as well. For now I am content to wait upon the Lord. Keep our puppet team in prayer, and myself as well.
I have a couple of other prayer requests, things with our house have slowed to a crawl. We are supposed to be moved in soon, but things are not looking good. I am having problems getting the plumbers and electricians in to do the work that needs to be done. Everything else is on hold until they do their job. There is so much left to be done. My current landlords are getting antsy to have the house I am in back. They want to remodel and put it on the market. What was supposed to be a stay of 3 or 4 months is turning into 9,10,11 months. Pray for these kind people as well, I understand their frustration but we would prefer not to move again until the house is done.
Back to ATF, we were able to see Bethany Dillon in concert. What a delightful lady! Her music was incredible. Skillet was also there, my sons were wild! :) Myself? I listened for a bit before hunkering down into my seat and dozing until they were done. WHAT???? Sleep during a hard rock concert????? Hey, I am discovering that I am turning into my parents :( It just was not music I was into) I have traveled a lot, I can sleep during anything! ha ha
One funny realization during this program and my sons caught on to it as well.... part of the focus of this rally was how the media owns us. They market based on what we buy, so in essence they own us! The speaker told of how we drink what they tell us to, we listen to what they tell us to, we wear what they tell us to. etc etc...
It hit a nerve, but and here is the clincher.... there we were out in the lobby during the breaks, buying what they were telling us to buy!!! :) I have the sweatshirt to prove it!
I have to run, need to get ready for work. Bless you all. Praise God!
and again, Merry CHRISTmas