CATHOLIC BUZZFEED: 9 Tips for Growth in Holiness

This week’s Freshly Brewed SHOWNOTES are taking on a slightly different form. Listen to the podcast this week and hear Lindsay and guest star, Bekah, create this Buzzfeed-esque list of tips for growing in holiness.

9 Tips for Growth in Holiness
Created especially for our high school and college age friends. 

1. God gives us our daily bread, not the whole loaf.
Trust in God’s plan for you, day by day. You will likely not have your entire life laid out before you in prayer. Following His will, most often, happens in little ways each and every day.

giphy

2. Be watching for whales.
God wants to shower you with graces every day, but if we’re waiting for something so specific, we may miss these gifts. Watch for the ways God surprises you and loves you each day. (Listen to the podcast to get the full story.)

giphy (1)

3. Take off your negative knickers, put on your positive panties.
We all know it’s true. Comparison, negativity, being down on ourselves, gossip, and the like only lead us farther away from Jesus Christ. Stay positive about yourself, your friends and family, and strangers you meet. You will most certainly be happier because of it.

giphy (2)

4. It’s never too late for a new start.
There is nothing that God can’t resolve in our hearts or our lives. There is not sin too large to be forgiven. Especially in this Year of Mercy, we should keep this in mind. As long as we approach the Lord (especially in the Sacrament of Confession) with humility and a genuine desire to change, we can set off on a new path any day. For folks in the Diocese of Madison: check out the times for Confession available in the parish. During this Year of Mercy, there should be an extra two hours in the schedule!

The-Notebook-Now-Its-Too-Late-GIF

5. Be who God made you to be, and you’ll set the world on fire.
God did not create any two human beings exactly the same, so it makes a lot of sense that he would not desire for any two human beings to become saints in the exact same way. Pray about the unique gifts and passions the Lord has given you, and strive to use those to grow in holiness and set the world on fire. Check out this song for inspiration: The Saint That Is Just Me.

giphy (4)

6. Live in the world, not of the world.
We are called to live in the world, with our eyes fixed on heaven, our eternal destination. In the in between, use your interests, favorite movies, and GIFs, to develop friendships that can lead to sharing your faith, in truth and love. Of course, part of living in the world is growing in the virtue of prudence, so we know what will lead us closer or further away from the Lord.

giphy (7).gif

7. See ourselves as God sees us.
We are precious to the Lord. His love for us is great. This means that we should live like we have been given priceless dignity. Hold yourself to high standards, and then be sure to look for significant others who hold themselves to the same high standards. You are not meant to be in a relationship with someone who does not respect the human person. (This plays out in how people spend their free time, treat their family, and look out for those on the peripheries.)

harry potter mirror.gif

8. Don’t put yourself in situations where you’re tempted.
We should always avoid what leads us to sin, but let’s talk about a particular part of our youthful days: romantic relationships. Spending time behind closed doors with a significant other you’re attracted to is a poor choice. Instead of putting yourself in the way of temptation, spend time around friends, invest in your families, serve your neighbors in need, and go on dates in public.

giphy (8).gif

9. Know the power of prayer.
God has great plans for you. The way you are going to know His will is through prayer. Prayer is also where you learn about your great dignity and are strengthened to avoid temptation and sin. If you are looking for peace and happiness — let’s be honest, we know you are — prayer is a must in your life. Check out this great prayer from Saint Ignatius of Loyola: Suscipe.

giphy (6).gif

You’ve got this. We’ll be praying for you, as you strive for holiness!

giphy (9).gif

Listen on ITunes

If you’re curious what Lindsay and Bekah were making for dinner, check this out: America’s Test Kitchen – Sweet Potato Soup. It turned out really well!

301074_1952130799460_7234754_n

Above: This is the second day Lindsay and Bekah had known each other. They met at World Youth Day in Madrid back in 2011! (Yes. That is #saratheintern, Freshly Brewed co-host, to Lindsay’s left!)

12108201_10103194064725649_5455734059378862623_n

Above: Now that Bekah lives in Madison, she and Lindsay enjoy visiting the Farmer’s Marked on a regular basis!

Thanks for checking in, friends. If you’ve got questions, let us know here in the comments or on Instagram @madisoncatholic!

Freshly Brewed: Christmas Vacation Playlists

IMG_3700.JPG

While you’re trimming the tree this Advent, traveling to see relatives, celebrating Christmas, and enjoying the merriment of this season, we would highly recommend that you fill up some time listening to Freshly Brewed, while traveling solo or spending time with loved ones.

Listen on ITunes

To this end, we have some recommendations for y’all. Make yourself a little playlist, inspired by one of the following categories!

Star Wars Pod

Pop Culture
These podcasts are all touch on relevant, pop culture related topics.

Episode 30: The Definition of Awkward – This episode feautures super hip, young guests who happened to counsel the Pathfinders at Camp Gray this past summer.

Episode 31: Born and Raised – Fr. Garret and Topher chat about the zombie apocalypse, among other Wisconsin themed topics.

Episode 43: Disney or Philosophy? – This podcast is the result of combining Disney fandom with an Introduction to Philosophy course.

Episode 51: The MANPOD – Bill and Topher teamed up to create the most manly (and hipster) podcast we’ve ever produced.

Episode 55: May the Force Be With You – If you’re a Star Wars fan, we trust that you will greatly enjoy this pod!

Episode 4.4

Camp Gray Alumni Love
These podcasts feature stories from Shady Lane Rd. and beyond that may have a special appeal to staff or camper alumni of CG!

Episode 4: Our Catholic Family Tree – Bill, Topher and Deacon Joe Baker talk about their trip to Ireland and meeting Msgr. Gray’s family. (Listen past the poor sound quality; the stories are incredible!)

Episode 18: Live Like Paul – Topher, Jeff and Rebecca share about living life to the fullest, in the wake of the loss of their friend and former staffer, Paul Coakley.

Episode 23: Throwback Thursday – Topher and Lindsay share about their favorite memories created while serving on Camp’s holy grounds.

Episode 24: Freshly Bruleed Tool-Aid – Kid Camp Director Andrew sat down with Topher for the most precious 12 minute podcast there will ever be.

Episode 39: Made for GRAYtness – Alumni will always enjoy hearing the summary of another life-changing summer at The Gray; this podcasts highlights the best of Summer 2015.

Episode 49: The Real MLB – Topher chatted with former Camp Director and longtime board member Msgr. Larry Bakke about the history of Camp and how to receive the gifts the Lord gives.

Tim Teaching Under Lights

Small Things, Great Love
This playlist highlights stories from the local mission field, Love Begins Here.

Episode 3: The Larger Perspective – This podcast is the first conversation had about Love Begins Here on the airwaves; during this pod, Lindsay and Blaine chat about how to live the spirit of mission trips in everyday life.

Episode 23: Throwback Thursday – Lindsay and Sara share about their favorite memories created while serving on the local mission field.

Episode 38: Come, Be My Light – Hear from each of the LBH2015 Core Team members in this super special, summer summary podcast.

Episode 54: Love Begins Here – 7 years and 48,000+ hours of service in, Bill sat down to chat with Lindsay about the history of Madison’s local, life changing mission trip apostolate.

Quote Lake Sunset

Family and Friends
These podcasts will help strengthen you to live happily with friends and families, whether you always see eye-t0-eye or not.

Episode 7: Live Out Loud – Sara chats with Andrew Kidd about creating communities of faith in the midst of our friends and families. (This also features the original edition of Positive Spinz.)

Episode 40: Saints In Sneakers – This back to school podcast will get you ready to pursue sainthood in the midst of every day life.

Episode 42: For Bonding and Babies – Hear from three wise and faithful individuals striving to live out their vocations to marriage in incredible ways within the Church.

Episode 45: You Do You – These three words are often heard in the world today. Hear the Freshly Brewed hosts talk about the weight they carry and what they mean in the light of faith.

Episode 50: The Cucipice – In honor of Episode 50, the hosts got together for one incredible, fun, and spirited podcast where we discussed how to live great lives in the midst of a monotonous routine.

Freshly Brewed Square 3 (1)

Personal Favorites (from Lindsay, a Freshly Brewed host)
None of these podcasts fit into the nice and tidy categories already created, but they are most certainly worth mentioning. Each of these conversations stuck with me long after the podcast ended.

Episode 16: Love That Gives Life – This podcast with Sister Mary Gabriel, of the Sisters of Life, is life affirming and incredible beautiful.

Episode 19: Chevy Trucks, Kitchen Confidence and Women – This podcast was recorded in front of a live studio audience at Frassati Fest 2015, and it’s 20 minutes of joy.

Episode 22: This Girl Is On Fire – This is the podcast I usually hear most from, when it comes to positive reviews from my friends; it’s safe to say that Dr. Helen Alvare is incredibly inspiring.

Episode 47: You’ve Got My Attention – Jacob Rosemeyer’s life story and thoughts on practicing the faith were pretty transformative. Of all the Freshly Brewed podcasts, you may find yourself hitting the rewind button most often during this episode.

Episode 53: A Journey of Joys and Fears – Dr. Carolyn Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, was a joy to talk to; her thoughts on mercy and discernment were spot on.

#FRASSATI2015 – The Recap!

JPII Quote Friday Night

Thanks for checking in to see how inspiring and transformative this past weekend was at #FRASSATI2015. To get started, take a look at these teen quotes from our evaluations at the end of the weekend:

  • One unexpected joy that I felt this weekend was when I prayed for the first time. I had never been introduced to faith in my life before but when I really focused and tried to communicate with God it was a great feeling that I wasn’t expecting.
  • The keynotes were definitely an unexpected joy this weekend. Repeatedly I found myself so engulfed in the words of love and guidance. I felt as if I was the only one in the room. And because it happened more than once, I knew it was so real.
  • The highlight of my weekend was praying together. I truly feel like we’re UNITED.
  • The speakers this weekend were awesome. They were/are so pumped up to be a part of the Catholic family and it’s contagious!

In case it’s not clear, we think that some of the most incredible teens in the nation just spent the weekend together. One big reason this weekend is such a huge success is because it is planned by teens, for teens. If you would like to learn about getting your teen (or yourself) involved in planning #FRASSATI2016, e-mail lindsay.becher@straphael.org. We’d like to say THANK YOU to our 2015 Frassati Planning Team. These young folks are quite the inspiring bunch!

Planning Team

Molly, Camp Gray’s videographer, produced a rocking summary video of our weekend. We’d love for you to check it out RIGHT HERE!

The teens throughout the weekend were busy sharing their experiences on social media and interacting with the keynote speakers during general sessions. Check out some of their Instagrams below and what was happening over on twitter.

Insta 16

The speaking team — consisting of our Diocesan priests, Love Begins Here staff, Camp Gray staff, and Steubenville Conference speakers were the BEES KNEES. Check them out in action below!

Speaking Team

Stay up to date with the latest and greatest youth offerings from Madison Catholic Youth by liking our Facebook page, following our Twitter, viewing their sweet Instagrams, and listening to the Freshly Brewed Podcast! We are in the business of helping our Catholic teens keep and love their Catholic faith for many years to come — help us spread the word about this great mission.

Lastly, we wanted to share the following TOP FOUR selling points for what folks could look forward to learning at #FRASSATI2016. (One of our teen attendees at #FRASSATI2015 penned these for us – pretty incredible, right?!)

  1. Following Jesus is hard, but with Him you can do it.
  2. Once you overcome your fear of living, life is amazing.
  3. Get back up when you fall! Jesus will always forgive you.
  4. Jesus is your friend. Talk to Him like one.

With that, we cannot wait to anticipate the grace and joy we’ll find together next year at this great event. Save the date: February 7, 2016!

Freshly Brewed: Episode 6 – Bless Us for the Journey

Bless Us for the Journey

Howdy friends! As Camp Gray continues to have huge impacts on individuals’ pursuits of holiness we decided to hear from the perspective of a long time camper, Erin Moran! Listen here as Chis talks with Erin about the many different programs Camp offers and how each different experience has played a role in how Erin continues to strive for sainthood!

Erin 4

SHOWNOTES

Camp Gray Summer 2015 Schedule

Camp Gray Instagram

St. Francis of Assisi 

National Geographic Instagram

From the Mission Field: The Mission Manifesto

This summer, we penned our Mission Manifesto. We think it sums up the work we have been up to for the past six years quite nicely. Each and every day this summer, our teens read the manifesto together as they began their work on the mission field. By the end of the week, they all were able to share so beautifully how much these words spoke to them and made an impact on their LBH experience.

To share this manifesto with you all, we’d love for you to hear the words spoken by the 2014 Core Team. (We’re still praying for our nearly 400 summer missionaries each and every day.)

Below, we’d invite you to read about how our mission is inspired by our Holy Fathers and our Patron, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. If you want to a copy of the Manifesto to print and/or share, please download this one right here: LBH Mission Manifesto with Quotes!

Neighbors first.

We boldly take initiative to bring love to our neighbors, evangelizing with patience and joy.

An evangelizing community knows that the Lord has taken the initiative, he has loved us first (cf. 1 Jn 4:19), and therefore we can move forward, boldly take the initiative, go out to others, seek those who have fallen away, stand at the crossroads and welcome the outcast. – Pope Francis, (Evangelii Gaudium, 24)

We are aware that when we close our eyes to our neighbor, it also blinds us to God.

Saint John’s words should rather be interpreted to mean that love of neighbor is a path that leads to the encounter with God, and that closing our eyes to our neighbor also blinds us to God. – Pope Benedict XVI (Deus Caritas Est, 16)

We encounter Him in those we serve.

Christian love is not simply an act of charity, it is also an encounter with Christ himself in the poor. – Saint John Paul II to the Missionaries of Charity

By putting God first in all we do, we live to serve others. Things of the world come last. We will find ourselves and come alive when we make a sincere gift of ourselves to our neighbors.

This likeness reveals that man, who is the only creature on earth which God willed for itself, cannot fully find himself except through a sincere gift of himself. – Second Vatican Council, (Gaudium et spes, 24)

Small things. Great love.

We work on a small scale with a larger perspective.

We need to sink our roots deeper into the fertile soil and history of our native place, which is a gift of God. We can work on a small scale, in our own neighborhood, but with a larger perspective. – Pope Francis, (Evangelii Gaudium, 235)

No task is too small in the eyes of the Lord when filled with great love.

God has created us so we do small things with great love. I believe in that great love, that comes, or should come from our heart, should start at home: with my family, my neighbors across the street, those right next door. And this love should then reach everyone. – Blessed Mother Teresa

We will aim for perfection in our work because our work belongs to the Lord.

Our falling short of perfection should be no excuse; on the contrary, mission is a constant stimulus not to remain mired in mediocrity but to continue growing. – Pope Francis, (Evangelii Gaudium, 121)

Missionary Disciples

We are missionaries who work with passion, knowing we can bring God’s love to our brothers and sisters who hunger.

There is a terrible hunger for love. We all experience that in our lives – the pain, the loneliness. We must have the courage to recognize it. The poor you may have right in your own family. Find them. Love them. – Blessed Mother Teresa

Love, in order to survive, must be nourished by sacrifices, especially the sacrifice of self.

Love, in order to survive, must be nourished by sacrifices, especially the sacrifice of self. – Blessed Mother Teresa

We refuse to settle for comfort and complacency, because we know each person is infinitely loved.

The life of the Church should always reveal clearly that God takes the initiative, that “he has loved us first” (1 Jn 4:19) and that he alone “gives the growth” (1 Cor 3:7).  – Pope Francis (Evangelii Gaudium, 12)

“It is important always to know that the first word, the true initiative, the true activity comes from God and only by inserting ourselves into the divine initiative, only begging for this divine initiative, shall we too be able to become – with him and in him – evangelizers”. – Pope Benedict XVI

We are the ones who enjoy life most, leaving security on the shore, on a mission to spread the joy of the Gospel.

The Gospel offers us the chance to live life on a higher plane, but with no less intensity: “Life grows by being given away, and it weakens in isolation and comfort. Indeed, those who enjoy life most are those who leave security on the shore and become excited by the mission of communicating life to others”. – Pope Francis (Evangelii Gaudium, 10)

Thanks for checking in! In case you are curious, Love Begins Here 2015 Registration is going to open on December 15th this year! The calendar will be released in mid-October.

In the meantime, get excited for a new Madison Catholic Youth podcast. It will highlight the latest and greatest for our Diocesan Catholic youth, the happenings around Camp Gray and what’s up on the LBH Mission Field. We are planning to launch it on Thursday, October 2!

High School Camp Gray Adventure Day: Fall 2014 Recap

Quote Lake SunsetThanks to all the folks who came out to join us at Adventure Day on September 6th at Camp Gray. It was a beautiful day, and we’re here today to share more about it with you! First up, take a look at this rockin’ video of all the fun we had!

If you want the full story behind what you’ve seen, we’d suggest you reading this stellar recap of the day from Sara, the LBH Intern.

Adventure Book Pic

As much as we want to know our Heavenly Father, He wants to be known even more. With this understanding that He is constantly trying to reveal himself to us through the many gifts He has bestowed on us, the Love Begins Here and Camp Gray communities joined together to go on an epic adventure to explore our Father’s infinite love by encountering Him in His great outdoors. While rock climbing, kayaking, fire building, fishing, and praying together in the company of vibrant sons and daughters of Christ, we caught a genuine glimpse of what the Lord meant when He said, “I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly.”

Throughout the day we talked about our Lord’s all-consuming desire to take us on the most exciting journey on earth as He leads us to our final destination in Heaven. These conversations were a perfect reminder that these beautiful experiences we share together amongst authentic friends are just a fraction of what He has in store for us tomorrow, next week, and the rest of our lives.

Adventure Day 1 Blog

For the teens that stayed overnight, we wrapped up the weekend by participating in the celebration of Mass, followed by a solo hike. It was here that we reflected on the ways we were going to continue to pursue a relationship with Jesus on a day to day basis and thus allow Him to transform our hearts.

Words of praise and thanksgiving offered to our Father did not even seem to suffice for the gift of such a perfect weekend to wrap up the summer and send us off with a heavenly vigor for the new experiences to be had this upcoming year. If this Adventure Day was just a glimpse of His glory, just imagine what He desires to share with us the more we desire to encounter Him!

Adventure Day 2 Blog

“Heavenly Father,
Give me the courage to strive for the highest goals,
to flee every temptation to be mediocre.
Enable me to aspire to greatness, as Pier Giorgio did,
and to open my heart with joy to Your call to holiness.
Free me from the fear of failure.
I want to be, Lord, firmly and forever united to You.
Grant me the graces I ask You through Pier Giorgio’s intercession,
by the merits of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.”

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, pray for us!

Again, we’d encourage you to SAVE THE DATE for the Middle School Adventure Day at Camp Gray, which will take place on May 2nd!

On My Desk: Getting Started Edition

September 1 Full Desk

Happy Monday, y’all. I’m here today to share with you a new series on this blog! To be honest, I’m pretty excited about it. In my life and work, I come across all kinds of resources, quotes, apps, and thoughts that I think about sharing with my co-workers. This is going to be a formal effort to share them with you on a fairly regular basis. I’ll do so by showing you a sampling of what is literally on my desk. Thanks for stopping by to check it out.

Party Party App Close Up

First up is an app called Party Party, created by my favorite bloggers. (Note: it’s only available on the iOS platform. Sorry to leave out those of you without an iDevice of some kind.) It is a perfect for documenting all kinds of action, with youth groups, retreats or your everyday life. You can easily create photo collages, GIFs, and stop motion videos; also, it can transform your phone into a photo booth instantly. All in all, it’s mighty fun. Boost your Instagram creativity with this little purchase! (Check out how we used it at #cgadventureday!)

Side by Side Close Up

Check out this book. It’s a beautiful look into the life of Bl. Mother Teresa and her relationship with Mary. It is a perfect tool for spiritual reading and entering more deeply into the life of prayer. (Thinking ahead to the holidays, it would be a great catechist gift!)
“The busier you are, the more you need an interior life.” This quote is literally hanging on my wall right now. I’d suggest you do the same in your office.

Marker Close Up

And, here is a quick recap of what else is on my desk:
School supplies. Who doesn’t love back to school shopping? These markers in particular are going to be used for a tool to teach my 7th graders in my Religious Ed class about kinds of prayer. A tutorial for this simple tool will be coming this week!
Summer memories. This summer was incredible, right? I hope you are all enjoying the fruits and graces gain from mission trips and camps this summer.
– Thank you to the individuals and Parishes who joined us at our first HS Adventure Day at Camp Gray. It was an incredible day (and night) of adventure, friendship and growth in faith. Be not afraid, my friends! Watch for a full recap post and video right here on the blog later this week.
Getting Started handouts. It’s not too late to connect us with anyone in the parish who may be new(er) to their roles in evangelization or catechesis for this series of training sessions. Find out more here!

I’ll give you more glimpses into what’s on my desk in future weeks! If you have any thoughts or suggestions for this new series, I’d love to hear them. Leave them in the comments below. – Lindsay

As we go on… Catholic Graduation Season

JPII Graduation - John Paul II - World Youth Day 1986

Graduation season is upon us. Whether you have loved ones graduating from college or high school, there are celebrations to be had, choices to face and inspiration to be given.

Thanks to Lifeteen, we’ve rounded up some great blog posts to share with the graduates in your life, or anyone gearing up for summer vaca!
– How to avoid the Senior Scramble?
– What kind of choices will you make at graduation?
10 Fun Things to Do This Summer
10 More Fun Things to Do This Summer

Also, we have a resource to give you. This is the synthesized list (from our spring Regional Gatherings) of GREAT ideas on how to celebrate graduates in our parishes and reach out to them as they leave home this summer! Download your copy of this Graduate Advice. If you’ve got anything to add, be in touch.

To the class of 2014, it is our prayer that you move on to do very great things – big or small – with great love for the Lord.

From the Mission Field: JPII Inspiration

JPII Calcutta

When one saint preaches the homily at another to-be saint’s beatification, you know it’s good. That was the case when (to be) Saint Pope John Paul the Great preached at Bl. Mother Teresa’s beatification. This homily is worth the read and perfectly timed for any Love Begins Here missionaries who want to celebrate the legacy of JPII this weekend.

Also, if you’re curious where the words above came from, check out this short quote from Jason Evert’s book Saint John Paul the Great:

When visiting the poorest of the poor at Mother Teresa’s home for the destitute and dying in Calcutta, he reminded them, “You are not God’s abandoned children. Quite the opposite. God will find joy in your faith and courage.” … He felt so at home with the poor that when visiting Mother Teresa in Calcutta, someone nearby heard him whisper to her, “If I could, I would make this my headquarters as Pope.”

Happy Canonization weekend! (In case you’re looking to throw a canonization party, check out this Pinterest board.) Saint John Paul the Great, pray for Love Begins Here, our missionaries, our Core Team and all Madison Catholic Youth!

From the Mission Field: Introducing the LBH Intern

We are introducing a new Friday series to the blog featuring stories, memories, announcements and more From the Mission Field of Love Begins Here. Enjoy meeting Nicky the intern today!

Nicky 3

If anyone saw my introduction video from this past summer, you know that I excel at introducing myself, or at least being interviewed on camera. See this link. You only need to watch 00:35 – 00:48, and that should give you a shining example of my abilities.

However, I was asked to introduce myself for a new role I have been blessed to start for Love Begins Here. Hi, I’m Nicky Kaehler. I teach second grade in Sauk City at St. Al’s, and I live in Middleton. I am overjoyed to say that I am the LBH spring intern, a position sponsored in part by the generosity of a grant through the Apostolate to the Handicapped!

Whenever you start a new endeavor in life, there is a natural inclination to have a “dear diary moment” as you reflect on how you got to this point. For me it was the summer of 2010. My awesome roommate, Lindsay Becher (Superhero Starter of LBH), asked if I wanted to volunteer for the HS1 trip. I had already heard so many beautiful things; I said absolutely. I arrived on Sunday with my sleeping bag, tennis shoes, and an open heart. LBH took me in and made a home in my heart.

That week I experienced beautiful, authentic, Catholic community. Every day we woke up and started our day with mass. That was the coolest thing, to be tired from the day/night before and telling Jesus, “I can’t do this day without you.” He in return provided the Eucharist and the grace needed to live that day for Him. As we set out in the morning for our work sites, the air was already filled with singing and laughter. When we all rolled in at the end of the day, we were dirty, sweaty, and tired, but that same joy could be heard. It was wonderful to unwind, pray a rosary, and share a meal with these young people who are an incredible witness to God’s love. Each night we shared hilarious stories from the day. Then we would get to hear how others saw God in their day. All of this happened in the midst of having crazy amounts of fun, going on random adventures, jamming out to tunes in the car, and celebrating life the way God intended.

DCIM101GOPRO

So, while my body might have been running on empty, my soul was so full. I just wanted more! I wanted to love God by serving his people in a way that was more life encompassing and less isolated. I wanted to be surrounded by these joyful inspiring young people, but I had to start my summer job. For the two days leading up to my nannying position, this was my conversation with God: “Lord, I know you want me here, but I really want to be on LBH. Help me.” Come Sunday, my start day, I showed up to start nannying. I was greeted with the news that they thought I was starting the following week. Oh happy day! I immediately called Lindsay and was back on LBH that afternoon.

I’ve been blessed to be a core team member these past three summers. In that time, the Lord has used this program to challenge everything I am, and mold me into who I am supposed to be. He’s allowed me to share my gifts, and I am humbled and grateful.  I knew last summer was my last core team summer (I still plan on volunteering), and I was already aching at the thought of missing out this summer. Yet again God hears and answers the cry of this heart. While working as a barista saving money for a trip to Rome this summer, Lindsay approached me about being an intern. I would be working to promote LBH, prepare things for the summer, and put out the word on social media. No brainer. This was perfect! I would get to work for a program I love, behind the scenes, so that Lindsay could spend more time developing and expanding the program as she felt God calling her to do.

Nicky 5

So here I am, your LBH intern, happy to answer emails, doing work that I love, getting ready for another amazing summer! Praise God!