Posted by: vftmom247 | 2012/03/02

It was the best of times…

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times…


In a lot of ways, the past weekend encapsulated the best and worst parts of this community and the new life I’m living (and truly love).

I was part of a team that led a teen women’s retreat.  Women, as a whole, are wonderful to work with on a retreat.  This bunch was no different.  They are facing so much right now between our culture, the media, peer issues.  I heard stories about bullying, not liking themselves, drifting from their faith, not fitting in, academic pressure (repeatedly), peer pressure, ostracism, etc.  Yet, I also heard how close to God these girls are, how much strength their faith gives them, their hunger to do what is right for themselves and others.  They are truly awesome young women.

I was also “on” from 5:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. for two days straight, and so dog-tired as we left for youth group – and my wonderful middle school girls there.  The youth group when we’re ministering to teens is going really well.  Behind the scenes…it’s going.  I am forced a lot of times to remind myself what I was like in college – assumed I knew it all, not too introspective in some ways, all too introspective in others., not willing to rock the boat by speaking up, but  pouring all my heart into what I loved, sometimes without considering others.

All will iron itself out, and the youth group kids won’t be affected – we’re all youth ministering pros by now.  Hopefully not too many hurt feelings among my missionary brothers and sisters/adopted kids.  If you’re going to make brownies, though, you have to crack some eggs at least a little.

It is truly the worst thing about community, this living together so much.  And the best thing!



  1. You can choose to curse while you stir (the brownies) orbpray while you stir, but at the end of the day it’s God’s infinite love that makes those brownies so darn tasty.


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