Quotes

Posted in Uncategorized on July 1, 2009 by ksenn

“The Father cares.  He knows each of us by name.  He is deeply involved in the little drama of our personal existence.  “Even the hairs of your head have all been counted.” (Luke 12:7)  Within this climate of trust the Christian confidently searches to discern the Fathers’ will.  It is the atmosphere in which all his decisions become clear and from which all his actions spring.  The outcome is less vague, ambiguous, and uncertain than one might suppose.  The sounds of inner peace, harmony, and consonance resonate in the heart attuned to the Father’s will, while agitation, conflict, dissonance, and contretemps resonate in the untuned heart singing its own song.”  — Brennan Manning

“If we know how much He loves us, we could always be ready to face life – both its pleasures and its troubles.  The difficulties of life do not have to be unbearable.  It is the way we look at them – through faith or unbelief – that makes them so.”  — Brother Lawrence

“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.  This is hard; … how can we do it?  Only, I think, by remembering where we stand, by meaning our words when we say in our prayers each night, ‘Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.’  We are offered forgiveness on no other terms.  To refuse it means to refuse God’s mercy for ourselves.”  –C.S. Lewis

“Each time I fall, I am propelled to renew my efforts by a blind trust in the forgiveness of my sins from sheer grace, in the acquittal, vindication, and justification of my ragged journey based not on any good deeds I have done (the approach taken by teh Pharisee in the temple) but on an unflagging trust in the love of a gracious and merciful God.”  — Brennan Manning

“I say to the glory of God and in utter humility that whenever I see myself before God and realize even something of what my blessed Lord has done for me, I am ready to forgive anybody anything.”  — Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“What a crazy world this is that we live in – a world where brokenness is unfortunately a part of life.  Death and suffering, war and violence, conflict and strife… from anger, hatred, and racism to hurricanes, tornados, and tsunamis.  We can’t avoid it or deny it, no matter how hard we may try.  But the beautiful thing is that brokenness does not have the last word… wholeness does.  For no matter how broken the heart, or the life, or the circumstance; we have this amazing God who says, ‘With me nothing is wasted.  Gather the pieces, I am in the midst of them.’ ”  –Jim Branch

“The mother of expectation is patience.  The French author Simone Weil writes in her notebooks: “Waiting patiently in expectation is the foundation of the spiritual life.”  Without patience our expectation degenerates into wishful thinking.  Patience comes from the word “patior” which means to suffer.  The first thing that Jesus promises is suffering: “I tell you… you will be weeping and wailing.. and you will be sorrowful.”  But he calls these pains birth pains.  And so, what seems a hindrance becomes a way; what seems an obstacle becomes a door; what seems a misfit becomes a cornerstone.  Jesus changes our history from a random series of sad incidents and accidents into a constant opportunity for a change of heart.”  — Henri J. Nouwen

“Living in an awareness of our belovedness is the axis around which the Christian life revolves.  Being loved is our identity, the core of our existence.” — Brennan Manning

“Too many of us panic in the dark.  We don’t understand that it’s a holy dark and that the idea is to surrender to it and journey through to real light.”  — Sue Mark Kidd

“Cultivate my heart, Lord, so I may catch every word that falls from Heaven – every syllable of encouragement, every sentence of rebuke, every paragraph of instruction, every page of warning.  Help me to catch these words as the soft, fertile soil catches seeds.”  — Ken Gire

“Well, I don’t know what will happen now.  We’ve got some difficult days ahead.  But it really doesn’t matter with me now.  Because I’ve been to the mountaintop.  And I don’t mind.  Like anybody, I would like to live a long life.  Longevity has its place.  But I’m not concerned about that now.  I just want to do God’s will.  And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain, and I’ve looked over.  And I’ve seen the promised land.  I may not get there with you.  But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!  So I’m happy, tonight, I’m not worried about anything.  I’m not fearing any man.  Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming Lord!”  — Dr. Martin Luther King

Your Love is Deep

Posted in Uncategorized on June 30, 2009 by ksenn

Your love is Deep, Your love is high

Your love is long, your love is wide.

Your love is deeper than my view of grace

Higher than this worldly place

Longer than this road I travel

Wider than the gap you’ve filled.

Your love is deep, Your love is high

Your love is long, Your love is wide.

Your love is deeper, higher, longer,

Wider than the gap You’ve filled.

Your love is Deep.

Session 1

Posted in Uncategorized on June 27, 2009 by ksenn

So on our first day together everyone on session 1 was given a blue laminated card on one side it had 2 quotes and on the other it had Ephesians 3:14-21.  

 

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom His whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.  I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.  And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!  Amen.   – Ephesians 3:14-21

 

The most important thing about us is what we think God thinks about us. – A.W. Tozer

 

Nothing distorts the human soul more than a wrong view of God. – A.W. Tozer

Philippians 2:1-11 (Ropes Team)

Posted in Uncategorized on June 27, 2009 by ksenn

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.  Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.  Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.  Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!  Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

2 Corinthians 5:1-4

Posted in Uncategorized on June 27, 2009 by ksenn

For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down – when we die and leave these bodies – we will have a home in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands.  We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long for the day when we will put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing.  For we will not be spirits without bodies, but we will put on new heavenly bodies.  Our dying bodies make us groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and have no bodies at all.  We want to slip into our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by everlasting life.

Isaiah 41:10

Posted in Uncategorized on June 27, 2009 by ksenn

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.  Do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you.  I will help you.  I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

Frontier Ranch

Posted in Uncategorized on June 27, 2009 by ksenn

SO i’ve been at Frontier Ranch for the past month.  Let me tell you it was pretty intense and I definately left a piece of my heart behind.  Going into I really didn’t think that any other experience would be able to go up against Malibu.  But I was wrong.  Very wrong.  I’m not saying that they weren’t both great learning experiences or that they didn’t both have amazing groups of people.  I dunno I just feel like Frontier almost came out on top.  Its pretty difficult to choose so I don’t really think that I’m going to.  I can’t begin to describe the relationships that I built this past month.  The memories that I made.  The lives that I saw changed.  Or the way my life was changed.  It was truely and incredible experience that I will never forget.  My heart almost breaks when I think about my time there I miss it pretty badly right now.  If i got a phone call asking me to come back I would be on a plane in an instant.  Now, reading this, you’d probably assume that I had one of those perfect months at the perfect christian camp.  WRONG.  My month was far from perfect.  There were definately fun times, but there was hardship, frustration, bitterness, brokenness (physical and spiritual), healing, laughter, joy, sadness.  Believe me the month was a rollercoaster.  But we pushed through.  We used it to grow together.  My stubborn streak unfortunately reared its ugly head this month.  But gosh I don’t really even know what to describe.  Well I guess first off I will say that my job was the ropes course.  And to be perfectly honest going into it I was TERRIFIED.  Literally.  But by the end of it I was hanging off the edge of platforms doing the whole course with a boot on my foot.  So go figure.  And my team.  Gosh.  I’ve said so many times already that there aren’t words to describe but its just so true!!  They were great.  Tie Dye Tuesday is going to be sorely missed.  One thing that was really great was our first Summer Staff meeting together they gave us all journals and really encouraged us to write in them.  Just a few sentences, passages that meant something to us.  Just whatever we felt on our hearts that month.  It was great.  I really suck at journaling but by the end I filled up almost the entire thing which is pretty crazy for me.  SO after this post will be quite a few little posts that are some of my journal entries over the past month.  They also really had us focus on prayer over the month.  Prayer for the camper, the camp, the staff, each other.  It was great.  Going in I knew my prayer life was something that was in desperate need of a makeover.  So that was something that really benefited over the past month.  I got to do so many cool things!  Here’s a list:

Ropes Course

Rappel a mountain

The Screamer (giant swing)

Make banana splits for hundreds of campers

Dance at a hoe down

Just plain dance!

Take pictures of BEAUTIFUL scenery

build great relationships

Wrangler breakfast (Thanks Snow)

Obstical Course

Town Tour

Share life stories

Carnival

Tableau

Sing Amazing Love every week

Sand Volleyball

Play with Addie, McKenna, and Kayleigh

Go through the book of John

Wash each other’s feet

Share my crap with girls who cared

Prayer Mosaic

Clean the camp

Hang out by the pool

Go down a water slide with 30 people (but don’t break your leg…)

Be loved.

This list could go on and on and on with all the opportunities at fellowship and fun that we had.  People always seem confused why I would give up a summer job and volunteer a month of my time unpaid.  Well just look at what I’ve written.  How could I not want a place to truely live in community.  To build lifelong friendships.  To see kids meet Jesus.  How could I not jump up and down and beg to be chosen to have that opportunity.  So if you ever consider Summer Staff or Work Crew with Young Life and you just really aren’t sure.  Read this.  Do it.  Please.  You will not regret it.  In fact you will ball your eyes out when you get on that bus or that boat and have to go home.  You will cry in the airport every time someone has to say goodbye to get on the plane.  You will laugh and cry at all the funny pictures put up on facebook of all your memories of such an awesome time.  And during all of that you are being a servant of Christ.  Doing his work.  So as of now I am eternally grateful that I was given this opportunity.  I loved it.  My heart’s there.