|To witness thousands of teens prostrate before The LORD|
is a humbling, soul-searching experience.
But, at the end of the day, we'd all settle into our hotel rooms, and gather around to share what God was doing in each one, praying for those who were broken and dealing with hard-core issues.
God moves in the kid's hearts. Transforms. Causes radical, life-long change. Deliverances. Deep emotional healings. I've witnessed it - year after year. And have been blessed beyond measure that God would allow me to be a part of it.
Then one day, my youngest bird (Andrew) flew my nest, leaving my nest empty.
In addition to the yearly conventions, all my children did summer mission trips with Teen Mania traveling all over the world. Every school year, we'd prepare for the upcoming summer mission trips with praying, fundraisers, letter writing, etc. Two of my three children attended Teen Mania's ministry internship program after high school. That first fall after Andrew went out to Michigan to attend a different ministry internship program, and the following spring, I grieved the loss of ATF in our lives. Literally. It actually took a few years for that ache to finally dissipate.
My hands-on association with teens has been long gone now.
As you know, I'm fairly new to my young, two-year-old church. There are only a few teens. But, almost from day one, the burden for the teens rekindled.
Why not take them to an ATF? Are you kidding me?! I'm so much older now. All that noise, crowds, loud music, junk food! Little sleep! NO!
Can you hear my inner dialogue?
But, God gave me a wonderful companion who is older than me (so what is my excuse?) and is willing to go with me! How can I resist? So, we're planning for the spring in Maryland.
ATF has come full circle back around in my life again. For a weekend I will be a spiritual momma to a bunch of teens that I barely know. But, God does. And this is His plan. His purpose. His circle to complete. After all, He is The One Who completes the good work He began in us (Phil.1: 6). Obviously, my work is not done. And I'm blessed.
What about you? What full circle chapter's have there been in your life? Please share.
Because of Him and Unto Him,