This week has been really great. Last Friday I went to Springfield and got to spend so quality time with friends I have been missing recently. It is hard seeing all of the statuses about going back to Witt, but I know I can always go visit. On Saturday the family went up to Mansfield and visited Grandma and Poppie. It was good to see them, but nursing homes make me super uncomfortable. I spent the majority of my time reading The Help. It is a really engaging book, and I enjoyed reading it. Sunday was the Senior Send-off at the Gathering (our High School youth group). Mom, Dad and Alex came to support Sarah since it was her last one. I didn't do much on Monday or Tuesday. Wednesday was the Impact (the Middle School youth group) and from that the Youth Team left for Marsha's Mom's lake house. We spent like a solid 24 hours with each other both working and playing. I am totally burnt and in quite a bit of pain from that right now, but it was totally worth it. I am excited for what is in store for the youth groups in the coming year. Today I took little brother to his piano lesson and went to hangout with Andrea M. at Kitamu Coffee. Around 8 we were bored so we went to Lytham to see if it was open so we could cook in the kitchen. It was, however when we got back from our epic trip to Giant Eagle it was no longer unlocked. I called Doug and he let us use the Kitchen at Mill Run and gave us his key. Andrea and I stopped at Michelle M's place and picked her up on the way to the church. We "broke into" the church (as Andrea likes to say since it sounds badass) and made tacos. Before we knew it it was 11pm. So we cleaned up the kitchen and I drove Michelle home, dropped Doug's keys off and took Andrea back to Kitamu where she left her car. It's crazy to me that we spent like seven and a half hours with each other. It didn't feel like that long to me. It was a wonderful way to spend my Friday night.
On the retreat I had a pretty strong realization that I need to slow down. Somewhere along the lines I have become a "Martha" when I really desire to be a "Mary". I feel like I need to do things and be places and be really scheduled to be doing what God wants, but in reality I just need to enjoy who God is. It's like I am so busy with my life that I don't really notice what is going on around me and the way God is moving around me.
Sometimes I fear our youth group is that way as well. We are well intentioned, but sometimes it's like we are so scheduled and focused that we miss opportunities where we could see God moving. I really don't want that for the students. Some of the coolest times in my life have been those times when God's movement was practically tangible. Those times where I could see God moving have shaped who I am, and I really want to students to have that as well. It may be time for our youth group to slow down and take it one event at a time. I don't really know how do-able that is, but I would be nice if we could.
I think I'm going to start writing my prayers again. That forces me to slow down and really focus on the words I'm saying. I miss doing that, so I'm going to go back to it.
Well, the sun will be up in about an hour, so I should really probably sleep before we go back up to Mansfield tomorrow. Good night!