Monday, February 4, 2013

weekend recap

i just wanted to pop in and say a huge thank you to all of you who prayed for/encouraged me this weekend as I led the middle school girls in our Youth Retreat. IT WORKED.

The girls were just plain adorable and so much fun. We danced to Taylor Swift and took silly pictures and had some serious discussions on which nail polish colors would match their outfits. And we even talked about Jesus and how much He loves each of them.

We were all on the bus on our way home Saturday night and they were all laughing and pulling pranks and I realized how much I love these kids.

 I have never loved being a youth pastor's wife. It was a hard role to transition into. But for the first time, I didn't feel like I was just getting through another youth event. I was having fun. I was teaching them about Jesus and, really, teaching myself. I love each and every one of those little boogers. Even the boys who spit tobacco juice by my feet and accidentally step on my toes in their big cowboy boots.

I never figured out how to fit into this culture that rides bulls and wears confederate flag t-shirts. I just don't get it. But I do get that God has an incredible purpose for each of them. And at the end of the day we all need the same God, the same grace. Rebellious teenagers, rednecks, a youth pastor's wife in nude heels--we're all kind of the same.

I've mentioned it a little before, but we are not planning on staying here much longer. We're feeling called to something we never could have imagined for ourselves a few months ago, and we're preparing to move forward. This was probably our last major youth event. And I'm so grateful that I was a part of it. So grateful for all they taught me.


  1. So glad that you enjoyed the weekend!

  2. yay! so happy for you Heather. the greatest part is that you came out feeling that you were taught something new also. wherever God may lead you all, it will be for the goodness of His glory. so cheers to that!

  3. You're living my dream! :D

    Enjoy every moment, no matter how terrifying it is. WHo you are is exactly what those girls are looking for and God has equipped you for every moment!

    Love from Phoenix,

  4. I was wondering how it went! I'm so glad to hear this Heather :) I'm sure the girls were so blessed by you and I love that you simply loved them in the ways that they needed.

  5. Sounds like you had a fantastic weekend!! xo

  6. Beautiful post! You are so right, no matter how different we all are, we need the same God and the same grace. It's a beautiful thing that ties us all together :)

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend! And sounds like you totally rocked it!

  7. what a blessing to have had this encouraging weekend before you move on to your next adventure! :)

  8. I'm so glad this weekend went well for you and them! I was thinking and praying for you! Sounds like it was a blast!

  9. YAY! I've been praying for you, and been trying to think of how we can wisely teach the young ones about Jesus in such a way that makes the love Him. I want to hear about the big plans! :)

  10. I'm so glad it went well for you!


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