Seek Him First.

Hello again! 
Things are going very well here at Greek Summit. Especially today. I came here knowing my spiritual life was going in the wrong direction but I didn't know what to do about it. This morning I figured out why. I have been living in a works-based mentality for so long that I had grown weary and exhausted. I thought I wasn't doing enough to make the Father proud of me. I was trying to earn my salvation, and why? I don't have to do that, thanks to Jesus. My salvation has already been given to me. I have eternal life because Jesus died for me. I will be with the Father forever because Jesus made it so I didn't have to earn anything. Because nothing I could ever do on my own would be enough. 
I am more sinful than I could ever know, and yet I am more loved than I could ever possibly comprehend. (Paraphrase from Tim Keller, I believe.)
I have been learning today that I am loved at all times. The Father's love for me does not diminish or grow stronger based on my performance. And that is certainly something worth praise!
Thank you Jesus for saving me. Thank you Father for loving me. Thank you Holy Spirit for revealing all of this to me. 

Now for some pictures of beautiful Destin, Florida. 
 I took all of these pictures with my iPhone. I did bring my camera but I am afraid to bring it on the beach. 

 Yesterday, after session, the whole group went to Dave's Dogs. I had possibly the best hotdog imaginable. 
 It really is "all in the bun."
 We basically took over this little hotdog stand. But Bob, not Dave (he was off that day) handled it with such friendliness and precision. Go Bob. 
 And the hour-long wait was so worth it. Look at that beauty. 

Last night we went to dinner with our "family groups" which are smaller groups we were assigned to, in order to make the trip a little less daunting. 

We went to Dewey Destins which was  delicious. I had to document the fact that the building was established in 1928! What a great year. 
God is doing great things in us and around us. I am so fortunate to be on this trip. Here is a verse that God has been truly laying on my heart lately. 

"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Matthew 6:33-34

God has been doing so much work in my heart, I with I could list all the verses that have been helping me. Basically all of Matthew 6 is fantastic. And today I read the first two chapters of Ecclesiastes by the pool. It seemed to express exactly how I have been feeling lately. This world will never satisfy us. But if we "seek first his kingdom" everything else will fall into place. Our wants will become what he wants for us. And when those line up, nothing else could ever matter. 
God Bless You All. 


  1. FINALLY! Makena, I'm praying for you and I can't wait to see what God has planned for you this summer and for life. Read Romans 9:30-33.

  2. Fabulous photos! That hot dog looks amazing!





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