It has been a full week! I am running on very little sleep, but am surprisingly very energized! I'm guessing I'll crash any time now. :)
Work has been great! There are only 2 more weeks of summer camp left and I am starting to get sad. I am going to miss my kids! God has used them to teach me so much this summer. One thing I've learned is patience. I always thought I was a patient person, but this summer my patience has been test numerous times. I've been told by other co-workers that I have the worst class, when it comes to disrespect and disobedience, and sometimes I have to agree. But God has used those times when I thought I was going to lose it to teach me the importance of having patience! I was reading in 1 Corinthians one morning, and read chapter 13 and was really challenged by what I read. The words "Love is patient, Love is kind..." really stood out to me. I realized that I wasn't being an example to my kids and showing them the unconditional Love of Christ if I couldn't show patience and kindness towards them when they were having "moments."
This week, I was blessed with the opportunity to lead one of the boys in my class to the Lord. It was such an exciting moment. Our Bible lessons this week were great, and talked alot about life after death and how we get to Heaven. We read specific verses straight out of the Bible and the kids had tons of questions. After our Bible time on Wednesday, one boy said "hmmm I think I might try that one day..." I said "try what?" and he answered "asking Jesus into my heart, I think I might do that when I get home." I told him that he didn't have to wait until he got home, he could do it right now if he was ready. His eyes got real big, and said "really?? I can do it right now??" So I told the rest of the kids they could have free play time, and I took him outside and we talked. My boss came and sat with us and she helped answer some more of his questions and then he prayed and asked Jesus to come into his heart. He was so happy, and, of course, I was extremely happy for him, too!
The other exciting part of my week was my little "niece" Zariah was born! Wednesday afternoon, I got a text message from my friend saying "IT'S TIME!" I knew right away what she meant, and ran out to my car and went to the hospital. I waited there with her brother and a couple other friends until she was born. Cell service was not very good, so as we all waited down in the lobby, we got updates from facebook from her dad on what was going on. How crazy is that?!? They have no cell service in the rooms, but have full wifi internet where you can be on your computer right in the delivery room.
She was born August 5th at 9:46 pm. We were able to go up and see her around 10:20 pm. When she finally made her way to my arms she was a mere 45 minutes old. It was amazing. She was so tiny and so precious. I instantly fell in love with her. She is the most beautiful newborn baby I have ever seen. Her name is Zariah (Za-ry-a) which is Hebrew for God's radiance.
She was born 3 weeks early, so she only weighed 5 pounds at 13 ounces. She is so tiny!! :)
Sing to God, sing praise to his name,
extol him who rides on the clouds his name is the Lord
and REJOICE before him.