summer

Here is a bit of what summer has looked like for me:

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Greek Summit – The Cru (yes, we are officially “Cru” now) Summer Project in Destin, Florida to which I was assigned. This project is for college students in fraternities and sororities who want to share Christ in their Greek houses. I could probably sum up the two and a half weeks with the word “incredible” and the phrase “Jesus is the end, never the means”. I know I’m leaving a lot out there, but trust me – so many changed lives, so many hearts broken over the diseases of our generation and humanity itself, so many minds set on communicating the cure (the One mentioned above!). I am thankful to have been a part of it, and thankful to have learned a little more and lived out a little more of the freedom that is the gospel.

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My dear small group, from all over the place! Kansas, South Carolina, Alabama, and Ohio. I can’t wait to see what the Lord does in each of their lives and sororities this coming year, and beyond.

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They also made me brownies and lemon squares, both of which were dynamite, for my 25th birthday. Such sweeties. Oh yeah, I turned 25. 2nd quarter has been great thus far : )

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I can’t express how much I loooved living with these ladies for those 19 days. You know when Paul exhorts us to “speak the truth in love” in Ephesians (and probably a lot of other places too)? Morning to midnight (and sometimes later), that’s what was happening in our beach house. The Lord has taught me so much through each of these beautiful women! I long for that type of community always.

When Greek Summit ended, I spent some time with family (pictured above, minus Mom) in PCB.We did nothing but eat and relax and swim in the ocean, and then we ate some more (our favorite beach activity).

And now, I officially reside in Dothan for the next two and a half months. I will spend this time primarily raising financial support in order to return to Hattiesburg for my second internship year with Cru. I am also looking forward to reading a whole lot o’ books (more on that later), trying out new recipes (at least one per week), jogging/dare I say running? at Westgate Park, spontaneously visiting friends, and of course hanging out with family and friends around here. Oh and making fun of The Bachelorette on Monday nights with Mom and Maggie.

Much of my time with Jesus, reading, planning for next year, and basically just relaxing will take place here:

Minus the curtains, it really is a gem of a space. I have neglected taking advantage of this downstairs once-playroom in our house – until now. No one ever comes down here anymore, except for the occasional treadmill jog or ping-pong game. And it does function as a somewhat guest room (yes that’s a random bed in the background). It sure beats spreading all of my books and work all over my bed, or taking over Mom and Dad’s den. My family is starting to call it The Claire Lair. Teehee. I even have an “inspiration wall”, which I will not show now.

Fighter Verse for the week – I just started this – a little late in the year, Week 22, and starting on “Set 2”, but no matter… this is a great one to begin on. Would you like to join me? http://fighterverses.com/set-2-core-esv/week-22/.

When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you. For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life.

– Proverbs 6:22-23