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    A Day in My Life: Camp Counselor Edition

    One of our area directors shakes my shoulder, waking me up for our daily meeting. Shoving my feet into my Chacos, I step out into the morning light. I join the other counselors at a picnic table, our Bibles open before 7a.m.. We’ve been exploring the Gospel of Mark. Each day, section by section, we read parts of Jesus’ ministry and look for ways we can apply it to the work we are doing this summer.  The day has just begun. After a few announcements, it’s back to the cabin to call our campers away from sleep and get them ready for breakfast. Every meal is filled with Disney music, second…

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    For Our Mothers

    Dear Mom(s),  It must not have been easy. There must have been moments of weakness, fear, or doubt when it comes to raising one or multiple other humans. We’re messy, loud, and bound to make mistakes. But there is also joy. When the pain subsides and you meet your child for the first time, when they learn something new, or accomplish something you’ve helped them work for. Thanks for always being there for us. When we were little and had you chasing after us with a Wet One, waking us up for school, driving us to college. Thanks for being just a phone call away, even when we thought we…

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    4 Ways I Worship

    Growing up, I thought there was only one way to pray to our Lord. False. As with many things in life, I have found there are many different paths to take, each unique to us. Prayer is the same way. I believe the Lord accepts every unique way anyone chooses to glorify Him. I’ve listed some ways I have found work best for me when I want to connect with our Heavenly Father. Devotionals & Scripture Study I’ve finally gotten back into the habit of spending time with the Lord in the morning through a daily devotional. I’d finished “Jesus Calling” with the end of the year and was looking…

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    Let the Lord Into Your Struggles

    Today I covered the edges of my mirror with sticky notes. Each square has a different word I am using to describe myself. Every time I step in front of the mirror, my eyes wrap around the frame, taking in each uplifting expression. Life has not always been this way. I’ve been struck with overwhelming anxiety, fear, and failure more than once. But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Here’s something that’s been on my mind for the past 96 days: comparison. I’ve compared myself to other people’s size, fitness, skills, accomplishments and more. It’s been mentally exhausting. If I’m being honest, comparison made me question everything…

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    A Father’s Love

    Hiking down the west face Cadillac trail in Acadia National Park, I grip the rock with my fingertips and try not to look over the drop off. Breathing deeply, I inch my way slowly across the rock, focusing on keeping my balance. “Just stand up, Rach,” my dad calls me by my nickname, only a step behind even though I requested a five second space between us. This isn’t the first time his pointers have made me roll my eyes. Yet, I have found my parents to be right almost every time, if I just take the time to listen. My dad has always been this way. A constant presence…