This is an overdue entry. But, really, I just haven’t gotten in the mindset of weekly blogging – which is what I want to get to, assuming I have something to write about each week. And if I don’t, maybe I need to change something. But I digress.

June 26-29 was the high school IMPACT conference that I got to help with. Awesome speakers and musicians. I got to lead a small group of 14 youth, which was pretty cool. Maybe we didn’t get as close as some groups, but I think it was good. One guy wants to be a pastor, and boy, could he pray! One of the freshmen committed to reading more of the Bible because he realized it’s importance. Good stuff.

And though it was a conference for youth, there were many messages that I was hearing and taking in throughout the weekend as well. Probably the biggest one for me was the importance of truthful identity. One of the musicians had two songs that talked about Abba – and he took time to expound on this. Every time we sang those songs, or when I prayed to Abba that weekend – I just felt close to my Abba, Father, God. Something about being able to call God Abba is just authentic and beautiful. And further in one of the songs it says, “God loves us. Is for us. Adores us. We are not orphans.” I don’t know how to explain it – but those words are just. so. good. I am part of God’s family. You are part of God’s family. Our Abba, Papa, is on our side! He loves us and calls us his own!! Words on a screen cannot express the joy.

More happened. Plenty of fun and meaningful moments. Maybe they’ll come up in later posts. I’ll end with this instead:

The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” – Romans 8:15


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