Alright, my dear readers, I promised to tell you about our youth trip we took on Saturday. Here we go!
Most people met at my house, and we left somewhere between 8:00 and 8:30 that morning. We had lovely weather and safe traveling, thank the Wonderful God I serve!
After driving for almost an hour, we met up with one more person from our youth group, and kept heading out.
We reached the church about an hour later, with just enough time to prepare our hearts for the service.
I appreciate the songs we sang, but there is just no church like your home church! There were a lot of modern songs, which are good, and have a lot of meaning to the words, yet I prefer the lovely old hymns and choruses that hold profound revelations hidden in the lyrics.
The sermon that morning was about Being Exhausted. The preacher spoke on how Samson grew “vexed unto death” with Delilah’s daily pressing, and therefore told her his secret.
I don’t get why Samson just didn’t get away from Delilah. Obviously she wasn’t in love with him, and was trying to assist in his death!
I guess that goes to show you how “playing around with the devil”, as the minister put it Saturday morning, can get you in a lot of trouble. Even though God gave Samson grace by returning his strength, his wrong choices caused him death alongside his enemies, the Philistines.
Another example given in that service was something to do with rhe minister’s wife, and two girls. He was saying that he and his wife were walking on the beach, since no one was there, and said to his wife, “Let’s go take a quick swim”
“Oh, no,”she said, “I’m not going in there. It’s too big and strong.”
No matter how much he tried, she still would not go in.
Then, the brother said if he would ask his oldest daughter, she would be like, “Sure, Daddy, let’s go!” She would jump right on in, and keep going.
Lastly, if he’d ask his youngest girl, she would say, ” Okay, Daddy, but let me hold your hand first.” As they wade deeper, she would sit on his shoulders, and as the waves come, she is safe and having fun, while her dad gets all the lickin’s.
The ocean in this story symbolizes the world. The preacher would be represented as God, our Heavenly Father. His wife shows a Christian that lacks faith and trust in the Only One who is bigger than our problems, so He knows how to solve them.
His elder daughter would act as a person who wants to test out the world without any help, even if they were warned time and time again to be cautious of the dangers that lie ahead. If you are one of those kind of people, you must beware of the waves and current that pull you out farther.
He then mentioned how he would go out there to save his daughter. That was a way of giving up his own life to save his child. The farther away from God you get, the harder it is to return, but thank the Lord it is He Who does the work in bringing is back to safety!
His youngest child is the type we should pattern after- have a childlike faith and take ahold of God’s unchanging Hand; trust Him to carry you through each buffeting wave of tests and trials. I love how this types being in the world, but not of the world!
After service, we went to the fellowship dinner, and ate a marvelous meal! Many played basketball, then later volleyball. I would’ve played the latter, but I don’t like to in front of a bunch of good players that I don’t know. About an hour before we left, it absolutely poured down rain! It only lasted about 20 minutes, so it wasn’t too bad.
We stayed there until 7:00 or 7:30, then, quote, “punched the highway!” – Eugene Meltsener, AIO!
We were a pretty crazy bunch on the way home- singing funny songs, cracking humorous jokes, and being just plain goofy! We also got serious and sang some godly songs and talked about the service and fellowship.
Along the way, we stopped at a Chick-fil-a. Hey, that rhymed! Anyway, you know how they ask for your name after you order? Well, Mr. D told them to “just call me awesome!” The cashier thought that was kinda funny, but she never ended up calling him “awesome”, but “buddy” instead. Oh, well, it was funny, anyhow.
Sunday morning , Pastor preached yet another part on how to be More Than A Conqueror. I didn’t realize there was so much to it! Yet it is simple- be sincere about reading your Bible and praying every day to draw closer to the Lord, and put your faith in Him! Christ is the Answer, the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
That evening, the assistant pastor preached along the lines of Staying On Your Guard. He spoke about how he had recently been bitten on his leg by a dog while doing his job as an exterminator. He had a metal container in his hand, but since he wasn’t prepared, his weapon did him no good.
That teaches us to “watch and pray” as the Bible says in Matthew 26:41; again, I say, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
After church that day, a couple from our church invited everyone to a bonfire and food. We ate, played some volleyball, chatted, and enjoyed the fire.
I want to take a moment to stop, think, and appreciate the things our veterans of late have sacrificed for the freedom of America. They gave their lives for our country. Think of what their families went through, as well! After all, that is what Memorial Day is for!
Memorial Day Monday, aka, yesterday, a lot of our family went to a beautiful location near here that has a pavilion, pond, volleyball net, fire pit, and lots of open space, as well as trails in the woods. It is so pretty there! I love it! That is where Deana and I are planning on having our graduation party, as well.
We brought our own lunches, played volleyball and baseball, and hung out! We had lots of fun!
Today… 4 MORE DAYS UNTIL GRADUATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I guess you could say I’m a little excited…
Today I slept in, and did some chores. I have so much stuff to do for my graduation party and the company coming in, but my, it just feels like nothing gets done! And when it does get done, it doesn’t stay very long! *Sigh…* And my mother says, “Amen!” Haha!
Alrighty, I guess it’s time for me to let you go. It has taken me nearly all day to write this post, between busy schedules, and such. I profusely apologize for neglecting to take any fun photos for you! It is hard to take pictures while you are the one playing!
Here are some pictures of our flowers to help make up for the lack of other photos. Don’t forget you can click on a smaller photo to enlarge it!
Which of the above flower pictures is your favorite? (Top Row: 1, 2, 3; Middle Row: 4, 5, 6; Bottom Row: 7, 8, 9)
Do you want to leave a tribute of thanks to a specific soldier?
What fun things did you do for Memorial Day?