Well, here we are. At church camp. With the frogs. And the locusts. And those one things with a bunch of legs.
All bugs aside (and under my chair), I can tell from just one day of being here that church camp is exactly where God wants us to be this week. I’m watching our oldest son love his life as a camper. I’m watching our three other boys jump right in with their kitchen and canteen duties. I’m seeing Matt engage in meaningful conversation with youth and young adults. I’m experiencing God’s work through me as a teacher to teenage girls. And I am beginning to form relationships that I believe will be very important this week and into the future.
All I can say, is that this – this is the joy we experience when we listen to and obey God. That is why I’m here – me, the one who doesn’t “do camp.” God called me here for so many reasons. It is rich. It is beautiful.
And shucks, I haven’t had to cook a meal or wash a dish since I arrived. It’s a vacation, service opportunity, growing experience all in one. :)
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So glad you are all being blessed by your trip. And I’m thinking the not cooking a meal orwashing a dish sounds alright! ;)
Judith at WholeHearted Home says
Thanks for hosting Gratituesdays even though summer brings more time with family and trips…have fun!!
Jessica Bish says
My favorite memories are from camp as a teenager where I got saved…. I am so anxious to go to family camp together… in the cabins with running water and AC. :)
How wonderful to have the family together like that. What a wonderful opportunity. Enjoy your camping. :)
Mary N. says
Hope you enjoy your “vacation”. I’m sure everyone is having a wonderful time. God Bless all of your family and all the ‘campers’.
Enjoy your time! Thanks for hosting Gratituesday!
Rebecca Johnson says
I am sharing a portion of a letter that we send to our family as it sums up a lot of experience in a few words. We recently purchased our first home and it was a stretching like unto going to camp to put it in order as it was left empty for a few years before we moved in.
A season of stretching is what these past few months have been in every detail of our lives. The winter in this area seemed to stretch for so long (and more so in other areas) and then spring came and the rains kept coming. But God’s grace always prevails and the sunny days came and the garden was finally planted and even with a fence up around it. And the rain has kept coming as needed to grow the garden beautiful. Trusting Him makes every part of our life grow beautiful. He shows us what weeds to pull and what bugs to eradicate and where the rodents need removing and then there is sweet freedom to enjoy the beauty in us and around us.
Sounds like fun to me. I LOVE camp! :-) Glad you’re enjoying it.
Thanks for this – sometimes we find out some important things when we step out of our daily lives…what I focused on too today.
Happy almost birthday! I’m turning 40 later this year, too.
Camp sounds like so much fun. I pray the relationships you develop will be good for both you and the young ladies you are teaching. Blessings!
Please enter me in the drawing. I so enjoy your recipes and would love to have more. Thanks!
What a great experience! Glad that you found joy!