Well folks....i did it...i survived....No I didn't win the million dollars on survivor. but close. I survived the Youth lock in friday night. Yes me...everyone who knows me well knows even when I am not pregnant i don't do night time....My hair just gets bigger and bigger..hehhe. And now that I am pregnant I go to bed at 9:00 and could go to sleep when I get home.
Well I must say..God is so so faithful. I stayed up for an entire night with 60 youth and had a blast.......My plan friday night was to come home from work and sleep untill we had to be at the church at 9:00. However, that did not work out because it was Kelli's birthday, and we went to Red Lobster with the Humbert/Sluder fam..gotta love me some garlic biscuits. ....But glory. The Lord was my strength. He really helped me stay up, and even not be grumpy.....IN fact I had a blast. I loved watching the guys flag football tournament with Alyse and the other girls. Who knew that flag football could be so competitve at 4:00 in the morning.hehhe...and I have never seen Todd quite like that. He showed the boys what was up, that their youth minister was not just a minister but a champion too. His team defionatly won against the big mean guys from the other church. It got heated for sure....
did I mention God is faithful...I did not get back to my house untill 9:00 in the morning. And buddy did I crash..Untill our neighbor kids from next door woke us up at 4:45.....then later on that night I even made it to Caitlyns 18th bday party, and then to Cleveland to Starbucks where Todd and I met up with Harrison and Shawna. We had a blast together.
Speaking of the youth. God is doing awesome things. I can't tell you how exciting it is sometimes to just step back and watch God work. Sometimes Todd and I can get discouraged and wonder if they are getting it at all. But then there are times like Wed. Andrew(the pastor's son) shared his testimony and it was amazing. then Todd brought home the word..Glory...With a completely unplanned message.....For once you could have heard a pin drop. When we broke up into small groups, the youth totally started opening up. Glory! mahima!Youth that I had been struggling to connect with began opening up to me, some for the first time. IT is amazing what God can do..We continue to trust him to turn our youth into worldchangers.
this past week was also a faith stretcher. With Jenn's green Lazarus dead....Jenn...It died..:( However to the tune of quite a bit of money.....He is slowly trying to sing Chris's song I am Lazarus. That was defionatly a stretch for us, and I must admit I didn't do the best job trusting God......IT is still not completely healed so pray for complete healing:)Pray for Todd and I to trust God during a time of financial stretching.
Well that is enough to bore you all by now. Sorry for the long post!