I'm Not Sure What to Say

As someone who is rarely quiet, I find myself more and more not knowing exactly what to say. Often I search for the right words. The words that will fix everything. The words that will explain. The words that will correct the wrongs I have created or experienced. But there are no magic words for every situation, and sometimes it isn't words that we need at all. In class this month we talked about silence and solitude, and we have been trying to practice these things. I sat down just to try and practice silence before God for 10 minutes, and let me tell you it was HARD. It was hard for me to just be still and be quiet. And as I ponder and process the situation I find myself apart of, I can't help but think God is using this to help me slow down and trust in him. I don't need to talk, I just need to listen. I don't need to explain, comfort, or fix anything. I just need to approach God, be with him, and listen. A friend reminded me of this Psalm during this time, and it has been helpful for me to reflect on it as I live in this new normal. 

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
     He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
     he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
 Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

 You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.

Virtual Life

In general I feel like a capable human being, but when it comes to technology I have the intelligence of a potato. Adjusting to having everything over video chats and apps has proven to be a new challenge, but thankfully we have so much access at our fingertips to connect!
Kylie and Johnny leading us in worship at our first FNF live stream!

This is from a meeting I had with two of the amazing corefas. Two of us unknowingly had our hair up in towels, so the other joined in as well. 

Emily Mullings leading worship at church!

This is how we do online classes. Here we are learning about the New Testament!

Online Staff Meeting 

I made my family download an app called houseparty so we can play games virtually!

Here is my setup for FNF from home! 

Prayer Requests:

  • For the freshmen who have been removed from campus
  • For the students who are alone on campus 
  • For our students who are going home to hard situations
  • For our ministry and moving things to an online platform
  • For our one on one studies of the bible
  • For our world as we morph and change
  • For people to use discernment and honor guidelines for our safety

Thank you!

Thank you all for your continued support of campus ministry, and thank you for your prayers. We would not be able to make all of this work without strong communities and supporters like you!

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