“to shine on the outside you have to BURN on the inside”
– Pastor Doug Sauder
Sunday in church that sentence rang in my ears while the muscles in my arms reminded me how sore they were & my heavy eye lids reminded me how tired I was. But every bit of soreness made me smile.
Saturday’s canoe trip may have taken a toll on my achy muscles and energy levels, but it fueled the fire in my soul. A little laughter, exploration, and a few deep breaths of fresh air with people you love can be absolutely medicinal. & I absolutely love the people of Koinonia.
From fear of spending too much time on myself and missing opportunities to fuel others, I find I don’t kindle my soul enough. But I’m learning the balance. I was so refreshed by this exhausting trip. Crazy, I know! I nearly didn’t go at all due to exhaustion and injury, but it was definitely the reset button I needed.
Peace river was my kindling. To get through the last 46 days of school. To keep serving with a smile. To keep burning for Christ.
I can do nothing of my own strength. I have to remind myself of this every. single. day. The Lord is my sole source of strength, that’s my reset button.
Thank you to my dear friends of Koinonia for reminding me of that, and for supporting me by always pointing me back to Jesus.
I am constantly surrending control back to God, stubbornly trying to take over, and surrending to Him again. He never fails to take my pieces & need for control and give me peace.
This peace kindled my soul.
Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” (ESV)
Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.” (ESV)
Psalm 28:7 “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.” (ESV)
41 people. 20 canoes. 15 miles of river. 5 hours of driving. 1 sweet memory.