"Guess what?! I'm homeschooled!" a little girl on my team piped up during our lunch hour.
"Really?! You homeschool?" asked Celeste. "I homeshool too!"
And then a third little girl chimed in, "Both of you homeschool? I do too!!"
They were amazed and so-o-o excited to find out that all three of them homeschooled! Their sweet faces just glowed. What they didn't realize is that this whole children's conference was put together so their parents could attend our state homeschool convention!
The weekend was so exciting -- to see the children all learn and grow, and also to see my brothers and sisters step up and grow in their walk with the Lord as well. The verse the Lord gave me for the weekend was from II Corinthians 4:7 --
"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels,
that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us."
It is not by my might, strength, or power, but only through the power of God. He is the one who sustains during long, hectic days, (and short, hurried nights!)
The theme for the weekend was "Enemy Encounter," and really emphasized to us all that no matter what the situation, we must choose to do what is right, even though it is often the harder path. This was clearly demonstrated in the continuing drama about three soldiers. The first was a Christian who did right, and stood up for what he believed, and in the end was promoted. One was a scoffer, who later got saved and repented for his wrong doing. There were serious consequences -- but because of his changed life, he remained in the army. And the third was a 'fence rider', who ended up getting into big trouble and being discharged from the army because he always took the easy way out. It was very entertaining, and yet the message was very clear.
Here are a few pictures of the weekend --
As I (Bethany) was a photographer, we didn't get a picture of me 'in action'! But here's a picture of my team.
"In God we boast, all day long; and praise His name forever."