Salt Shaker–wait, what’s that?

So here it is the long awaited revival of my blog!! LOL  So yes, I am still alive…thanks for asking! =)  I have been pretty busy with school and life which leaves me with not a ton of time to keep up with a blog.  However I am going to try to change that—at least for the summer.  Speaking of summer, I am super excited for this summer in particular because it is going to be amazing!!  Let me explain to you why this is true.
This summer I am going to be involved with my church’s college group’s summer program called Salt Shaker.  That was awkward to type/say—I’ll explain more.  Basically we will be meeting consistently on Tuesday and Friday nights where we will have dinner together, and then on Tuesdays we will be going through the book Radicalby David Platt.  On Fridays we will be meeting like we have been during the school year to share what God has been teaching us through the week, prayer, and fellowship.  Then on other times during the week and weekends we will be doing various outreach and fellowship events.  Along with all this once a month there will be a weekend trip where similar groups from sister churches with-in the Great Commission church network(Chicago, West Lafayette, and Iowa…I think that’s it) will come together for a weekend of learning, fellowship, and outreach.  I am hoping to be able to attend these and will definitely be involved when the groups come here in June! 
God has really put it on my heart that everything in this world and our life is His and is given to us by Him.  This means that we should really be living every moment every breath for Him.  We are human so this is hard to do but we should still strive for this.  Everything that we do should be to glorify Him and reach others for Christ!  I am realizing more and more that this world is at war—a war between our sin nature and the nature of the world and living for Jesus.  Every day we are in this battle whether we like it or not.  Just like a soldier who is in battle and wants to survive never takes a break from not being ready to fight we should not “check out” of being prepared to take every opportunity that we have to reach others for Christ.  I am a warrior in God’s army.  Oh, and by the way we know how this war ends and well, God’s side is the winning side so why wouldn’t you want to be on that side!  I need to remember that to be a good warrior it takes training and fighting every day.  We are not here to just have fun and enjoy life—God does want us to have joy and to enjoy the life that He has given us, but ultimately we are here to sever Him and to reach others with the good news of eternal life. (And for those of you who know me I love hanging out with people, laughing, and even acting a little silly sometimes! So don’t misunderstand what I’m saying here).  Any way, this is why I am so excited for this summer!  I am dedicating this summer to God (I should be doing this ever day any way but ya gotta start somewhere).  This will be like my spiritual boot camp in away—learning to serve others, challenge my faith to the next level, and grow as a warrior daughter of Christ!
I hope to keep up with posting things more regularly this summer and sharing exciting events as well as what I have been learning!  Hope y’all have a great summer and are able to take time to grow closer to the Creator of the universe who loves you enough to send His Son to die for you.  As always…got questions?  Send em my way! =) (answers are not guaranteed, but I will do my best or find someone to help)      
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.” ~Proverbs 11:30 
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