Rafting & Hiking!
Posted on June 6th, 2012

What an incredible day!  Everyone has gotten settled in and we're quickly getting into the rhythm of the week.  We started our week off on the Arkansas River white water rafting.  The water was a bit low, but we all had a great time.  I was so grateful that we rented wet suits. The water was 42 degrees and completely took your breath away at times. Tyler T. got to try his hand at guiding our raft, and did a great job!   We had a few people take a swim, but that's just part of the fun. 

After a great lunch cooked by our wonderful raft guides we headed up to Cottonwood Pass and then hiked up mountain.  We got a great picture of our group at just over 13,000 ft. standing on the continental divide.  I was really proud of everyone for making the hike.  It definitely wasn't easy in the thin mountain air.  Our real goal was to find some snow, and we definitely did that.  There were several large patches of snow that we were able to play in.  The real treat of the hike was view from the top.  It was truly breath taking!

Our evening devotions and quite times are going really well.  For some of the students, sitting by themselves for half an hour reading and praying is quite a stretch.  Pray that they will be able to sit, be still, and listen to God.  We've been talking a lot about who we were created to be a children of God.  We've had some great conversations already and I'm seeing walls come down.  I can't wait to see where God takes us the rest of the week!

Below is todays devotion.  I hope you'll join us as we walk through Jesus ministry in John.

Tuesday - Time With God

Every day we’ll spend some time reading the Bible and listening to God.  This is your time to spend with God, to pray, to read, and to hear what it is that he wants to tell you.  God may speak to you this week through his word, through creation, through someone else, or through that part of Him that he has put in your heart.  As you read, underline anything that jumps out to you and put a question mark by anything that doesn’t make sense. 

Before you start this morning, take a couple of minutes to sit quietly and just look around and then pray that God will teach you something about Him and yourself today.

Read John 8:1-11

What jumps out to you in this story?
What did Jesus see in the woman that everyone else couldn’t?
Which group or person in the story do you identify with?  Why? 

We’ve all made mistakes.  No one is perfect.  That’s not an excuse, just a fact.  Even on our best days we’re are still flawed.  I am constantly blown away by the fact that God can take a flawed person like me and use me for His glory.  What baggage are you carrying with you?  Is it keeping you from God?  Is it keeping you from seeing yourself as God does? 

I’ve always wondered what Jesus was writing in the dirt.  Whatever it was it made everyone uncomfortable enough that they all left.  I’ve always imagined that as He knelt down He started writing “sins” in the dirt.  Greed, hate, selfishness, adultery, lust, idolatry, abuse…  At some point he had just about covered everyone. 

What word would make you most uncomfortable?  Which word would have made you walk away?  Write it in the dirt in front of you.

Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”  What does that mean to you?

All too often we define ourselves by our triumphs or failures.  That’s what the crowd was doing to the woman.  But, we are defined by God and he calls us a masterpiece. 

Erase the word you wrote in the dirt and replace it with
MASTERPIECE.  Read Jesus’ last statement to  the woman 1 more time!


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2 Comments

Sabrina - June 6th, 2012 at 2:54 PM
This morning's devotion was so on target! This is such an amazing experience for each and every one of you! Stay safe! Way to go Tyler! You make me proud every single day!
Arlene Carrillo - June 6th, 2012 at 3:07 PM
Wow Paulie, this blog is great. It looks like the kids are having an awesome time! Thank you for the pictures....it's beautiful there. I am continually praying for you, Jill, Jenny, Noel, and all the kids, and I can hardly wait to hear the testimonies of God's mighty works during your week in His creation! Thanks for the updates, I look forward to tomorrow's.
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