Summer Staff

Summer Staff – Session 1 at Windy Gap – May 25th through June 16th

Those three seemingly long but crazy-short weeks were three of the greatest in my life. The mountains of North Carolina are exemplified and epitomized within the confines of the Young Life camp called Windy Gap in the town of Weaverville where I served as an a.m. cook. Few words can be used to describe the many amazing experiences I had and the many extraordinary people I met. A little over halfway through the three weeks, through those experiences and people, I realized what God was trying to teach me: the crazy immense power He has over literally everything. I realized that one morning at 5:30am sitting on top of the hill (first one below) looking over camp while watching the clouds billow over fast because they were almost at eye level. I just sat there on the mountain and watched Him control the majestic cloud. Like I said, it’s hard to describe in words but something just “clicked” for me. His power and authority over everything, over all of nature, over angels, over demons, over galaxies, and over us as His children and us who have gone astray and every little thing that goes on in our lives. All of that leads to more teachings that would take days to explain. That is what He pierced my heart with.

I couldn’t be more thankful for the atmosphere within the kitchen caused by the handpicked people; the joy, the intimacy, the pursuit of not only Jesus but also each other, the service of each other for each other for Jesus, the abundant encouragement, the blessed conversations, their life stories, the jam seshs, the constant 95-degree heat, the awesome southern accents, the odd frequent use of the word “y’all” (which struck me because I’m from NE Ohio), and so much more that made me want to spend eternity with them with Jesus in Heaven. I couldn’t be more thankful and blessed for the genuineness, sincerity, full life, true love, and their heart of a servitude that I noticed so easily within the rest of the Summer Staff crew as well. We were all handpicked for a reason. We all got to witness God transforming not only the hearts of campers of whom we were serving, but each other as well. All because of the crazy love of Jesus. Thank you.

My one week old cousin, Abigail Brooke Potkay. Seems like she’s havin’ a good dream. She had the hiccups during this pictures So adorable. So proud of my Uncle Joe and Aunt Christina and their dog Ben, love y’all so much.

My one week old cousin, Abigail Brooke Potkay. Seems like she’s havin’ a good dream. She had the hiccups during this pictures So adorable. So proud of my Uncle Joe and Aunt Christina and their dog Ben, love y’all so much.

Exactly three years ago to the minute, I committed my life to Jesus on a rock looking at the beautiful mountains at Saranac with @danrehor learning about the love of Jesus. Man, it’s been the greatest, most joyful three years of my life. The places I’ve been, the people I’ve met, the blessings in the past three years I wouldn’t change anything if I could. Isaiah 53:5

Exactly three years ago to the minute, I committed my life to Jesus on a rock looking at the beautiful mountains at Saranac with @danrehor learning about the love of Jesus. Man, it’s been the greatest, most joyful three years of my life. The places I’ve been, the people I’ve met, the blessings in the past three years I wouldn’t change anything if I could. Isaiah 53:5

These words speak for themselves. Convicting yet powerfully consuming

These words speak for themselves. Convicting yet powerfully consuming

One of the most beautiful places on earth. I miss it and every single person involved in making it the greatest three weeks of my life. #nofilter  (at Windy Gap - A Young Life Camp)

One of the most beautiful places on earth. I miss it and every single person involved in making it the greatest three weeks of my life. #nofilter (at Windy Gap - A Young Life Camp)

The greatest three weeks of my life serving as an a.m. cook at Windy Gap. So so good.

The greatest three weeks of my life serving as an a.m. cook at Windy Gap. So so good.

Phil. 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me #teamfollowback #nofilter #filtered #rain #instaclassic #instapeace @katemcfeeley  (at Funky Ladles)

Phil. 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me #teamfollowback #nofilter #filtered #rain #instaclassic #instapeace @katemcfeeley (at Funky Ladles)

That’s awesome

That’s awesome

This tree had some awesome lookin vines attached to it. #Artistry

This tree had some awesome lookin vines attached to it. #Artistry

This song is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Beautifully written lyrics with a nostalgic feel as an acoustic rif is played throughout the song. A Prodigal Son story makes this song hit home whenever I listen to it. The last two stanzas are my fav fo sho.

"I ran like a speeding train
cut my hair and changed my name
only had myself to blame
for the company I was keeping

curse my restless wandering feet
prone to wander endlessly
all the love you gave to me
it wasn’t enough to keep me

oh, I stole from my father all I thought I could sell
tossed his copper, and I watched as it fell
but there wasn’t any water in the wishing well

bent my knee to many kings
idols of prosperity
heard that dollar calling me
so I sought it in the city

oh, I stole from my father all I thought I could sell
tossed his copper, and I watched as it fell
but there wasn’t any water in the wishing well

for my soul, he made an offer
and to the dust again I fell
and oh, that devil’s got a hold on me now
because there wasn’t any water in the wishing well”