Sunday, February 2, 2014

Winter Retreat

Normally a winter in NJ brings a dash of snow here and there, but I'm beginning to think I brought back more of Germany than I realized! The past several weeks have been littered with snow days, for which both students and teachers have been grateful! 
Last week I had the privilege of traveling to upstate NY, one of my favorite regions in the US, with our church youth group for their winter retreat. We spent several days in a cabin with no internet or running water, and had a fantastic time! The purpose was to remove distractions for the kids in the youth group, but I needed it just as much as they did. I was so grateful for the chance to get away with our teens and make time with God an even bigger priority. How often do we think about spending time with Him, and tell ourselves 'I'll do it later'? We make time for that which is truly important to us. Our actions and words stem from our hearts, therefore putting Christ first in our lives starts in our hearts and minds as well. This happens when we acknowledge Him in all our ways (Proverbs 3:5-6), are still before Him (Psalm 46:10), and seek Him first (Matthew 6:33). His Word is a lamp to our feet, a light to our path; in His presence is fulnes of joy. There is nothing more important in life than Christ and our relationship with Him, and the way that we live should exude that. 
We are also told to take the good news of the Gospel to others, and with that in mind I would ask for prayer. I am prayerfully considering where God would have me go in the coming years, and doors are opening. Please pray for wisdom and discernment, and that I wouldn't second guess His leading. His way is perfect, and I trust Him to continue guide as He has been so faithful to do before. 
Also, it may seem a bit early, but I am also preparing for another summer with the Csehy Summer School of Music, another ministry to which God has called me to dedicate my summers. Each year I am amazed at the group of people God brings together, so please pray even now that God will direct exactly the faculty, counselors, staff, and students that He desires to be there, and that He will begin to open hearts to be changed and molded into His likenes.

God is truly good, all the time.
Have a blessed week!