Time to Rest, work is ahead

I’ve been wrestling with some physical limitations recently. I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had a stress fracture in my foot, thankfully last week I was able to retire my brace and walk in shoes only again. Only to later in the week aggravate my back.  I went directly to my back doctor who informed me it was a mild aggravation of the facets near my surgery site (the bones that surround the disc) and I should feel better in a few weeks. So I am forced to take things easy right now. I often think that God allows these things to happen when He needs me to slow down and rely on him. I don’t like slowing down or sitting still, or waiting on anything so its an area God is still working on in me. I am thankful for my husband and my dad both have been here for me this week. My dad came and helped me watch the kids the day I injured my back so I could lay down he also cleaned my kitchen. I am so blessed with a good father. My husband has helped me with more of the chores that require me bending or sitting on the floor which I am very grateful for.

I also think I have a tendency to want to do everything my way, on my own without asking for help. In the past two years since my back injury I’ve had to learn how to ask for help and how to show appreciation for it. Its hard and humbling to know you can’t do something most people can do for themselves without help. Its such a relief when someone comes beside you and does help, thank you never seems like enough.

I have two exciting things coming up in July that I need to be better for, both will take a toll on my body if I’m not careful. But both things I don’t want to miss. The first is I volunteer for a week at Camp Allendale in Trafalgar, Indiana. This christian camp is one of my favorite places on earth. I attended there as a child and both of my daughters have attended. I can’t wait till my son is old enough to go. The week of camp is Holy Spirit filled and rich with lessons about how much Jesus loves us. Last year was my first year volunteering and I just loved seeing it through the eyes of the kids in my cabin. It was hard work but so worth it.

I also have the Christian worship conference Karitos to attend from July 11 -13. This conference is very important to me. This year I am the department head over the youth attending and I have been working on making this years experience for them for the past few months. I am so excited about what they will be doing this year. We have a professional spray painter, Milton Coronado who will be spending both Friday and Saturday with them teaching them about street art and giving them a chance to work on an actual mural. We also have individualized devotional time planned. The youth get to try all fields of artistic expression from visual art classes to sound and video recording. It will be a great experience for anyone who attends.

Both are big reasons why I need to rest and focus on being in better health by the end of this month. Prayers are greatly appreciated on all fronts. If you would like more information about Camp Allendale check out their website www.camp-allendale.org  or Karitos check out my blogs. What is Karitos Worship and Arts Conference  and their website www.karitosnation.org. 

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