Thursday, May 3, 2012


(Just a warning. This will be a fairly long post. Sorry!)

 Much of you know that I have been on the Christian Challenge worship team for the last 3 years of my college career. Let me just tell you. There have been different people trinkling in and out while I have been on it, but every year, a new family grows and that family becomes such a blessing to me every year. Casey and I started the same year (our sophomore year) and she is the only other student that has been with me and I just am so blessed by her as a person. I love getting new challenges every year and going through different books, or books of the bible. One of my favorite things that has come out of this is the girl time we get to have every other week. Oh my. These women in this group literally no everything about me and still love me! I love getting to know them all on a heart level and learn what I can pray for them, or how I can help encourage them, or just how I can love them more. There are always tears (ok, mostly from me, but still) and you can guarantee there is always laughter. Welp. Last night was the last night that I will officially be in the group. The group yesterday consisted of Casey and I sharing what are plans are for the summer, and then basically asking what we would like prayers for in the future and next year. Then, we took time and they prayed over each of us. After that, we went around and found out what everyone is doing for the summer and took time praying for them too. Every year, we leave for the summer, a family and then we join back together at the beginning of next year and when I left last night, I guess that didn't sink in until later, but I am so sad to see this time of my life past. These people are my family and I love that I have gained so many deep brothers and sisters through all of the years I was on the team. Amazing. That is the word that comes to my mind. I have seen myself and others grow so much in the Lord and I just am so inspired by everyone. Every year. Through this family, I have also had the awesome opportunity to get to know the Sapp family. Nate and Erika are two of the most understanding, loving, caring, inspirational, amazing people. (Just to name a few traits) They are always there for you when you need them and I have had the amazing opportunity to also get to know their daughters and love on them every summer and during the school year. I have loved watching these girls grow into little girls that are beautiful and wanting to know the Lord. Some of the things that they say sometimes shock me because they make me want to learn more. They have such a hunger for knowledge. I love it. I just love this family with all of my heart. This whole experience has been such a blessing and I am just so thankful that I had this opportunity. =)

The amazing brothers and sisters I gained this year. =)
Goofiness. Quite normal actually.
The girls from this year with Erika. Love them!
=) haha
Casers and I. Love this lady.
The groups the past three years! =) They just make me smile. I love them all.

1 comment:

  1. Okay, Erica, make me tear up here....
    Seriously, you have been a great, great blessing to our family. We are so glad you will be living like 2 blocks away next year. We hope you always hold to the truth that God put you together MASTERFULLY and that there are no accidents in the story of your life. We love you!