"If our God is for us, then who could ever stop us? And if our God is with us, then what could stand against?"
"For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose."-Philippians 2:13
"Whom shall I fear? My help comes from the Lord."
"Our God is greater, our God is stronger, God you are higher than any other."
"There is love that never fails, no matter how dark, my God prevails."
"We are not sinners because of what we DO, we are sinners because that's who we ARE outside of the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ."
"God takes broken pieces and makes masterpieces, and He takes the vulnerable and makes it valuable."
"Let us not be about the American Dream, but about the Kingdom Dream."
"I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, CHRIST DIED FOR NOTHING."-Galatians 2:21
"Religion says that you have to obey the law to get acceptance, but Christianity says that your acceptance leads to obedience and results in a relationship."
"Suffering is a part of God's will for your life."
"Don't isolate yourself, insulate yourself."
Also, God has laid on my heart the joy of sponsoring a child through Compassion International. I would really like to sponsor a girl from a Spanish-speaking country, because since the Lord has given me a love for Spanish, and in wanting to make it my minor, I would be able to help her with English, while she helped me with Spanish. I could visit her sometime, and we would just have that instant commonality. However, while looking through packets, God placed 4 girls on my mind-1 from El Salvador, 1 from Peru, and 2 from Africa-and obviously, I can not sponsor all four. I began to pray for these girls, and asked the Lord which would have the most need. One girl from Africa, Faith, stood out in my mind, and I just can't get her beautiful smile out of my head. Also, another girl from Africa, Joy, stayed on my mind as well. While preaching one evening, Ed Newton spoke the words, "...joy, don't miss this, JOY!" So yeah, that threw me for a loop. A few days later I found out that a girl from my team is sponsoring the girl from Peru, Melissa-an answer to my prayers. So now it's down to the three-Faith, Joy, and Mayra. I'm putting it in the Lord's hands, because if He wants me to sponsor a girl from Africa, then by golly, that girl needs my help, so I will.
Now, I'm sitting in Limon, Colorado, about to experience my second week at camp in Estes Park, Colorado starting Monday. I'm a little nervous about altitude sickness, but hopefully everything will be fine. I'm still so very thankful for my wonderful team, and I'm super excited about the rest of the summer. My prayer is for safe travel, and teenagers lives to be changed this week.