The idea came to us over dinner. Just a quick fleeting idea.
Do you like camping?
We should go camping!
And then i organized a camping trip for 12 high school and college girls from our student ministries group. We chose one of the hottest summer days yet and struggled our way through tent pitching, bug swatting, and fire starting. There were only a few moments when i took at the camera. We had encouraged the girls to be present for the evening. I never expected anything like what happened.
It was truly one of the most memorable evenings i will have this summer, or in this lifetime. The beauty of Palo Duro Canyon, and the willingness of the girls to open up to all of us, make new friends, and laugh and cry under a sky full of stars… well… that was the perfect combination for this spirit of mine.
we cannot wait to do it again.
it always amazes me when people lack a fear of heights. After a round of silly photos and just staring out at everything this canyon had to offer, we quieted our minds and did praise and worship. It was crazy good. I haven’t felt that close to God in quite some time. I am blown away by the way these girls can unapologetically praise their father God. So so soooooo amazing.This was my favorite part of the evening. We all sat around a fire; new friends making conversation and opening up to one another. We had all scribbled down our regrets, insecurities, and doubts. And after we had talked about them and prayed over them… we tossed them into the fire. this was easily one of the most liberating things i have done. What a great significance from one tiny piece of paper burning in the flames.To be honest, taking young ladies on an overnight camping trip out in nature seemed like the perfect recipe for madness. I am so overwhelmed with pride to see how much they all pushed beyond their boundaries, their comfort zones, and their normal routines. When they decided the wanted to wake up at dawn to see the sunrise, i was surprised. I probably shouldn’t have been. But i was. This morning hike was everything. the prettiest things can grow under hard circumstances. <<group hug>>to my twelve outstanding ladies (and the ones that weren’t able to join), i am SO honored and humbled to know each of you. to carry what you shared in my heart and in my prayers. i think so highly of each and every one of you and have SO enjoyed getting to know you. There is no doubt in my mind that you are all game changes, life shakers, and ministry builders! Thank you for coming out. For being who you are. For sharing yourselves with new friends. For teaching US. And for doing it all with grace, poise, and smiles. I will forever cherish these memories. Even if you did just come for the s’mores 😉
be infinitely blessed