Linking up this morning with Tuesdays Unwrapped.
Today I'm thankful for the gift of a full life, and of the chance to re-connect with friends.
5. I've been reading a lot. Reading has always been therapeutic for me. I've read several fun novels from the library and am currently reading Love and Respect, by Emerson Eggerich, because God really convicted me a few weeks ago about needing to respect my husband more. It's been really good and has been changing my heart.... more on this later.
1. This last week we were in Kentucky at a big youth conference called LIFE. Every three years our denomination (the Christian and Missionary Alliance) hosts this huge conference for teens. For the last three ('04, '07, '10), Husband has gone as a youth sponsor with our youth group and I have gone to work with the VIPs as a sort of VIP Coordinator/Hospitality Person/Run-Around-a-Lot-er. For the last three months, I've been in contact with our VIPs (speakers, musicians, magicians, comedians, missionaries) and taken care of details like hotels, transportation, itineraries, merchandise sales, and more. This last week I did everything I could to make their lives easier, answered questions, took them around, and basically tried to serve them as they served the 6500 students attending. It was exhausting.... five hours of sleep a night, non-stop walking and running around, but it was wonderful. I got to work with, spend time with, and be blessed by people like Francis Chan, Derwin Gray, James Grout, the Logan Martin Band, Corban, Carlos Oscar, John Michael Hinton, Danny Ray, Trace Bundy and his super fun wife Becca, Proxy, David Thompson, Julia and Dusty Reynolds, Hawk Nelson, Kutless, Bradley Hathaway, and more. Now, I know you know some of those people, and others you've never heard of, but they were all incredible and if you ever get the chance to hear them or see them or meet them, take it! (And if you want to know who the "unknown" ones are, I'll be happy to tell you.)
The best thing about LIFE was that God truly showed up. Everyone's life was changed in some way, every heart was touched. It was such a privilege to be there, although it was a lot of work getting ready for it and I have literally never been so tired at the end of a week.... which says a lot, for me.
Anyway, hopefully this post marks my more-frequent return to blogland, and I can't wait to start catching up with you all, too. Truly, I am so thankful for a full life, because despite the tiredness, I know that I am living and being blessed.