Friends, what you are about to see is ridiculous. I apologize in advance for the vegan/vegetarian buds, but this is all in good fun. My job is really awesome, and BACON 2012 is our latest marketing effort to really create a Social Presence online, and to also participate in the current political frenzy. My husband, Dan, is the doofus you will see below. I love him.
Seriously though…. everyone take a few minutes, and chill out. Take a break from the political debates and rants, eat some dang bacon, and watch this video.
I know it’s been almost 2 weeks, but I’m still here- promise! I don’t even know where to begin, so I’ll see if I can get everything out in an orderly fasion.
Last week I had a wonderful time spending 5 whole days with an amazing group of people. My good friend and former pastor, Jesse Carbo, asked me a few months ago to come and lead worship for the Cross Pointe Orlando youth group in Panama City Beach. I love how every time I imagine in my head what an event will be like, it always turns out to be so much better. It only proves that God delights in doing us good.
The few days prior to leaving for camp were awful. I shared in a previous post about Abram’s high fevers and my realizations of deep rooted idols. It was a perfect time to get away and be renewed, and that is exactly what happened.
I’m not gonna lie- I was kinda terrified for a few minutes after Daniel dropped me off at the McDonald’s where I was getting picked up. I walked in to 60 teenagers and had no idea what to do with myself. It had been a while.
Once we got to the retreat center in Panama City Beach, things started to roll really fast. I had the pleasure of leading worship with BENJAH all week, and we started rehearsing right away. I hadn’t been in the position of leadership over others in a while as far as music goes, and it was really cool to see how far God has taken me from where I used to be. I feel like two years ago, all of the sound issues and the non-chemistry between musicians would have ruined my week. But we got passed frustrations and let God work, and HE DID. Holy crap.
The first night was incredible. We opened up with “How He Loves” and the whole room was filled with beautiful voices worshiping a mighty God. The Holy Spirit created such an intense atmosphere of unabashed praise and humility, that I wasn’t able to sing at moments. To say it was incredible would be an understatement.
I got to know some of these teenagers and adults so well in a very short period, which made it quite the bitter- sweet experience. What I appreciated so much about these adults was that they were not quick to create some kind of manipulative formula that contrived an emotional response out of the kids. They just let the Holy Spirit lead and speak through them, and the kids broke down and came face to face with their struggles and idols on their own. The typical spirit of guilt was replaced with a deep feeling of relief, which created a beautiful bond and harmony amongst everyone.
God was working on me as well. He rejuvenated my heart and opened my eyes back up to my identity, which is solely placed in Him. I feel like Megan again, and not some soul-less robot that checks a list off every day. He also re-awakened my passion for music and gave me a peace about giving some other things up to be able to pursue that more and give more of myself to my family. But before I get into that hard conversation, here are some i-phone snapshots from last week.
My face looks so round in this picture…
Our tiny dining room.
2xl means a new sleep shirt. Thanks Jesse.
All I ever want.
Our cabin smelled like wet towels and candy body spray. I wouldn’t have camp any other way.
Our cabins had Bible names. Silly Christians.
Our one trip off campus to eat all of the fried chicken.
Liz, Amanda, Becca and James. Good people.
This started a tribal riot.
It got wild.
My french fries landed this way when I poured them out, and at the end of an exhausting trip, everything is awesome (also, my husband just reminded me of a public profession I made to never eat McDonald’s again in a blog post…? If I did, I apologize. It was our only option).
Best lesson of the week: Jesus is enough. Jesus is more than enough. Rest.
Best quote of the week: “Shallow Ho’s!” -Katie
Best dancer: Little Geoff. Hands down.
Best worship song: a toss up between Like an Avalanche and Give Me Faith.
For those of you that regularly read this blog, I’ll probably be talking about what God did in my life last week for the next couple of days. I’ve got an announcement coming up, but I’ll wait until later this week to announce it, so that the anticipation grows and makes you crazy. You’re welcome.
This weekend was full of family time. We ate lots of s’mores, and Daniel built me some new lighting for pictures. Unfortunately, we could not spend our Memorial Day at the beach like we had planned, thanks to Tropical Storm Beryl. We did however have an impromptu hang out/cook out with our friends later that evening. It was a nice time enjoying burgers, banana pudding and watching all the kids play. All of the rain really helped my sunflower sprouts to shoot up, and this morning I found that my pepper plants are finally sprouting. Overall, the weekend was a success. Now it’s time to enjoy each night at home with no plans or places to go. No Commitments Stay-cation day 2!