Better than Caffeine

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Better than Caffeine

Earlier this week, we were all at church camp. My husband and I went as adult leaders, and the girls went as campers. It was Princess Roo’s first year at camp, and it was BookGirl’s last year at the children’s camp. (Who told her she could get old enough to go to youth camp next year?!)

Keeping camp hours is much more difficult on an adult in her forties than a child who is nine or eleven years old. I was struggling. Some of the girls had been up extremely late the night before, homesick and having trouble going to sleep in a strange place without their parents nearby. And then they got up a few times during the night and came to find me. I reassured them and tucked them back in—and then the alarm went off very early.

I had consumed so much caffeine that I should have had boundless energy, but I was so tired that the caffeine wasn’t offering any relief by that afternoon. What finally woke me up was a spiritual high.

That very day, I had the privilege of spending time with two girls from our church who wanted to learn more about becoming a Christian. I talked with them, shared Scriptures with them, and prayed with them both.

As physically tired as I was, there was no way I could have slept after that. The joy that filled me as God used me to share eternal life with them was better than any amount of caffeine. I was good to go for a long time.

After praying with one of the girls, she asked me if God would answer her prayers now that she was a Christian. I offered 1 John 5:14-15, explaining that our prayers should be in line with God’s will and purpose. Then she explained that she wanted to not be scared anymore. I joyfully shared that the Bible tells us over and over again to not be afraid, anxious, or worried. We read verses about her immediate fears, and both of us were encouraged. I was so blessed that God used my own struggles with fear and anxiety and my growth in that area to minister to someone else (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

My reading and writing progress for this week: Other than reading my Bible and the Bible studies and curriculum for camp, I didn’t get much reading done. I didn’t get much writing done either. At camp, I didn’t have my laptop or an internet connection. When I got home, I had mountains of laundry and a lot of sleep to catch up on. The good news is that I have set goals for next week so that I will get writing done on my book and reading done too. I miss being in a routine!

So tell me—what did you read this week?

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5 Responses to Better than Caffeine

  1. Bird says:

    beautiful post and beautiful inspiration! I am learning to read Biblical Greek so that has been my challenge for the last 6mths ha. God Bless!

    • That’s amazing, Bird! Are you teaching yourself, or do you have someone to tutor you?

      • Bird says:

        actually I am taking this course with dvds and a book and workbook. My husband has taken it twice and is a whiz so he is helping teach me too along with the materials. It is a very challenging language. One of the hardest in the world. But there is such fulfillment in reading the ancient scripture! He is doing some work on re-translating John! Will share it with you if he finishes it ha 😉

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