|My Volleyball Team|
The new school year brought a fun but challenging new venture: coaching volleyball! The position had been posted in the spring, but I talked myself out of applying, thinking there was no way I'd have time to do anything like that during the year. As the summer progressed and the position stayed open, I prayed more specifically about it and felt like Jesus was telling me that He was holding the door open for me. So I applied and got the job. It was glorious and overwhelming and wonderful and HARD. The schedule was enough to run me ragged, but I wouldn't change the decision to coach. These eight girls were so great -- challenging as teenage girls can definitely be, but I am hopeful that God will use the relationship built the draw them to Himself. Now that it has been a month since the end of the season, I am more prone to say that I'll do it again next season. I'm hopeful I'll cope with the schedule better now that I know more about what it entails. :)
|What happens when my advisory kids bring black athletic tape to class|
|Pier 1 fun with my YL gal Jenny|
Young Life continues to be an important part of my life. I still struggle now and again (usually on Mondays) with not wanting to be "in charge" of anything like this, but then I get to have important conversations with kids about their lives and their faiths and I think, "it is worth it." YL allows me to add verbal proclamation to the ways I show the love of Christ to the kids at school, and while it is challenging in a LOT of ways, I am sticking with it for this year. I have three GREAT leaders working with me, and another potential leader in the wings, so I know I'm not "alone" in the ministry. Just last week, I got to share at the YL banquet about how God has changed the lives of two gals from Davis: Colby and Jeana. Colby was my first YL kid (who went on to become a YL leader with us) and Jeana was her YL kid. I took Jeana and her friends to see Colby at PLU over Veterans Day, which was such a blessing. Colby is really doing well at school and has even stepped into YL leadership at another high school! I'm so proud of her. :) I'm not sure how YL will play out this coming summer (whether or not I'll go on assignment, in particular), but for now, I'll just keep swimming. :)
And that is the report. God continues to challenge me to ask for His will in my life, not just for what I want. And with that in mind and heart, I am thankful for this season of my life.