I started tonight off with a father daughter dinner date. It was so great. I am so proud of my dad. Is that weird to say? Not in a self righteous way, but … I’ve seen my dad change over the past couple months and years even. We were at dinner and we just started talking about missions and a LCU class my dad is in this fall. My parents know missions is my heart. They don’t always understand. Tonight, I brought up this summer. I don’t know what my summer looks like. Don’t have a clue. Got a couple ideas. I know what I want it to look like. I know that my heart longs to be giving of myself. Teaching kids, loving on orphans, feeding people, giving my time, money, and energy. That’s what I long to do here and there. But I shared that with my dad tonight. And he got it. He REALLY got it.
That may not sound like much, but God is so faithful. I posted something about a week ago about family dinner. It’s a rarity. But it happened and we survived. And then tonight. You know when you see the evidence of God doing something how it changes your outlook? Whether it’s the way people respond to a natural disaster or how a prayer is answered? But you know that it is God moving and working? That’s my family right now. One piece at a time. Me sharing with my dad what God is doing in my life here and now and what I long to do in the future. My dad sharing a little with me about things God is doing in his life. The fact that our entire conversation was God focused. This happens so much more with my friends than it does with my family. Not beating on my family, but it’s just the way it is. But it’s just encouraging to me, in not understanding what God is doing, but seeing that He is moving.
After that, it was straight to church for the Middle School Ministry Ignition. Here are some pictures to give you a glimpse …
We did a scavenger hunt around church. One challenge was to play and take a picture. Check.
And then there was the whole take a picture in front of the church sign. There were 57 of these lovely 8th graders.
And then the night ended with this …
Some days, I don’t understand my life at all. Actually this is most days. And then other days, I see God’s hand and hear his voice so audibly its crazy. Tonight was the latter. This is why I’m here. To make a fool of myself. To stand on tables and yell at the top of my lungs to give instructions and be seen above the masses. To paint my face like a clown. Will I remember tonight? Most definitely. Not because of all the fun, although that’s a major part, but because it’s one of those times that God has said, Katie I have you here doing what you’re doing for this time FOR A REASON. Yep. This is my life. And I’m perfectly okay and thrilled about that.