Do not call to mind the former things,
Or ponder the things of the past.
Behold, I will do something new,
Now it will spring forth;
Will you not be aware of it?
I will even make a roadway in the wilderness,
Rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:18-19, NASB
Continuing to count His gifts and grace . . .
1337 birthday phone call from a friend far away
1338 text messages from friends, cousins, mother-in-law
1339 kids pitching in to help, making the work go quickly
1340 husband helping me get the kids ready to go
1341 her laughter as she tells the story
1342 patient kids, no complaining over the wait for the broken-down bus
1343 lightning storm
1344 cold wind blowing through
1345 the kindness of the camp staff
1346 a toothbrush & toothpaste!
1347 high school students loving on my firstborn, first-time camper
1348 cloud cover during the day
1349 clear, starlit night
1350 spending time with students, unplugged
1351 grass growing again after drought
1352 flowers growing straight up out of rock
1353 side-by-side with students & my firstborn on the Sherpa trail
1354 students coming with question after question
1355 their wonder at His Word
1356 hungry hearts
1357 hearing them process the awesome vastness of God
1358 hands lifted in praise
1359 river baptisms
1360 our faithful youth minister who prays and serves and loves like Jesus
1361 youth staff who continue to pour themselves out
1362 camp pastor who loves students and the Word
1363 driving home 5 hours - time with my dad
1364 that my boy-child loved every moment at his camp
1365 prayers for him answered beyond my wildest expectation
1366 this hope: that God is doing something new
The people I formed for Myself
will declare My praise.
Isaiah 43:21, NASB