All Glory To Him

“I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all of my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds” Psalm 9:1

Hello from Team 8. Much has happened since our last post – including our team phone flying into a ditch, the one time we stopped at a gas station and then turned around and drove 2 hours back towards the town we had just left, and an incident where dish soap was put in the dishwasher instead of dishwasher detergent, and the floor ending up getting covered in bubbles.

One of the best parts of being on NET is the crazy situations we find ourselves in. Life is truly unpredictable on the road. It seems though, that with every silly thing that happens to us, something powerful happens as well. It is easy to get busy and forget to take a step back and recognize the amazing things that have happened. This post is just to say thank you to God for all the ways He’s worked, and to give glory to Him by sharing our experiences.

Here is some personal stories from the members of our team on how we’ve seen God in our everyday lives:

Joseph: There was a retreat for Juniors in high school in Louisiana. During small group we talked about how to be a gentleman to all women and how to be a good boyfriend. We discussed the importance of treating them with the respect and dignity they deserve. Later on we were leaving the main room to head to the church. We were about to go through the door when one of the boys in my group stopped me and said – “I think we should wait and let the ladies pass first.” The rest of the boys caught on and let the girls go in front of them. This showed me that what we talked about in small group really impacted him. He truly was applying it to his life, even if it was in a small way.

Amanda: There was a retreat in Mississippi with Seniors in high school. Most of the day was spent in Men’s and Women’s session. We did one activity that was about appreciating the uniqueness of each woman. During our second small group we were discussing the activity and I asked them what special gifts they thought God had given them. They were quiet for a minute. Then one girl named Leslie said, “You know, I think it might be easier for us to talk about what we think the other girls in the group have been given”. So we went around the circle and focused on one girl at a time. The rest of the group shared what strengths and virtues they thought that girl possessed. They didn’t just say surface level compliments but said things like, “I admire how compassionate you are to people that are struggling,” or “You make everyone feel welcomed and comfortable.” I could tell that what they said came from their hearts. It was so beautiful to see that each girl felt loved during that time. At the end of the day some girls shared with me that the day really unified their class, because it allowed them to focus on Christ all together.

Marty: On a retreat in Louisiana there was a boy named Alex in my small group. At the beginning of the day he shared that on a scale of 0-10, he would rate his relationship with God as a zero.  That day the theme was about having Christ centered friendships. After the main talk he shared in front of everyone that he didn’t have good friends who led him to God. Throughout the day Alex talked more with another guy in my small group who was very invested in the retreat. They hung out outside of small group as well. Then at the end of the retreat during a time where the retreatants can share how their day was, Alex said – “I made an amazing friend today and I finally feel supported in my faith.” In our last small group he also said – “I’ve grown so much in my faith in such a short amount of time. I feel called to do mission work like NET someday.”

God is truly so good! We are so thankful for the ways Christ has worked visibly, but also the ways He works that we can not see.

Here’s a challenge from our NET team: sit in silence today and ask God to show you how He is working in your life right now. He is always always working. It may be hard to see sometimes, but He is present and making something beautiful even during the most ordinary day.  

Thank you for reading!

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