lessons with Emily.

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Camp was one word. Amazing! Like really amazing! But honestly, how do you not have a great time at The Wilds?! Thank you so much to all of you that prayed for me and my youth group this past week. We all appreciated it very much!

The theme for this Summer at camp was “joy,” which of course means that it was centered on the book of Philippians. By the way, Philippians also happens to be one of my favorite books in the Bible, so it was a win win! Just a side note. 🙂 So now, I have decided to share a tiny piece of something that really touched my heart this past week.

We all go through trials, right? Different types of trials, but we all go trough hard times in our lives. For me personally, it is so easy to get caught up in thinking that my trials or problems that I am facing are the worst possible thing any human being could ever go through. I begin thinking that I am the only one that actually suffers in this world. I know,  I know, that’s so not true! Camp really taught me that people have far worse problems than I could ever think possible.

I met this cute little Junior Boot Camper one day while tubing, that explained to me that she had been an orphan until about two years ago. She had dreams of finding a family that would love her, when at last she was finally adopted by a sweet loving family. It absolutely broke my heart. How could something so sad and tragic happen to such a sweet little girl? What I found so interesting was the fact that she was the most joyful, bubbly, and smiley little girl I had ever seen. The joy of the Lord just shined on her face. While I was talking to her, it hit me. Here I was thinking I had been suffering through certain situations and things. Yes, I have definitely been through some not fun challenging times, but haven’t we all? Hearing that little girls story made me realize how ridiculously selfish and petty I was.

Nothing I have ever gone through is anything like what this little girl has been through.

Count it all joy my brothers when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. – James 1:2&3

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. – Romans 15:13

All 500 teens that were at camp have a different story. Some good, and some bad. Some come from broken homes, and some have been raised in Christian homes. I would just stand and look around and soak in the reality that I am a very selfish person.  I sometimes catch myself taking my family, friends, church, and even Salvation for granted. For A lot of those kids, camp might be their shelter. Their safety through the chaos of their day-to-day life. I just can’t help but feel so undeserving that I have been blessed with all of those things. Yes, maybe it doesn’t feel like that at times, but when you actually take the time to stop and look around at those around you, you realize the greater need in this world.

I pray that the next time I stop and start to complain about something, that I will be reminded of Emily’s story that not everyone happens to be as fortunate as me.

With Love,

Hannah B. ♥♥♥

P.S. a group from my church is at an orphanage in Bolivia this week on a missions trip. Please pray that the Lord would use them as a light in that dark place, and that they would be able to openly preach His Word. Thank you so, so, much for all of your prayers! Our God is so good!

 

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