Every night at Veritas youth conference, I had the opportunity to lead worship - me and a couple other kids. I loved every second of it and could have done it forever. Sitting there at the piano, looking at all these kids my age and seeing them truly worship. I had never even seen that before. It was SO GREAT knowing that I wasn't the only Christian teen out there who really cared about their faith, who really loved their Saviour, and who worshiped Him with all their hearts. Then after we had worshiped and sang together, the girls and guys would go into their dorms and reflect about our day - what stood out to us in the talks we heard and any questions we might've had. We would always end up praying, thanking the Lord for everything we'd learned and what He was teaching us. And every night I would go to sleep with my heart so full.
Now because I loved that part of Veritas so much, and because I couldn't wait till next year to do it again, I started my own girls prayer/worship group. This Friday was our first get together, and it. was. AWESOME. We started out with some singing (man, I didn't know "It is Well With My Soul" was such a powerful song till then) and you could hear every one of us just singing our hearts out. We didn't sound too bad if I do say so myself. :P When we had done almost an hour of singing, we all read a devotional that I had picked out. (here if you wanna take a look) It was based out of the verse in Psalm 37 - "Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart." The main focus of the devotional, (well it was really an article) was how important it is as a Christian to really delight yourself in Christ. Not just in your morning Bible-reading, but on a moment-to-moment basis. It made you ask yourself - what's distracting me from my relationship with Jesus? How can I really delight myself in Him? Then it gave you practical advice on how you could keep a quiet mind in order to be open to Him, 24/7. Anyways, long story short, after we had read the article and discussed a whole bunch of things we found interesting about it, we got to spend some time together bringing all our worries and burdens to Jesus. Seriously, if you want to get close to someone, pray with them. Because after we finished praying, I felt a cool new connection with all these girls in my life.
It was really the first time for me to do something like this on my own - to personally invite my friends over and actually lead them in worship and prayer. I would say it was an amazing experience, and I can't wait till next time we can do it. Now I'm taking my own advice and working on delighting in my Saviour. :)