I hope everyone’s having a great summer! I was just gone for a week, home for 4 days, gone again for 6 days. Shew! I had a great time, but there’s definitely no place like home!!
I’ve had a lot of “only God” things & living, learning & applying lately. Have you ever had those times when you just “get something” and looking back you realize how it was all pieced together? It’s the greatest thing ever, right? When we hear things when we’re little that are just words, but when we’re older, the words have meaning!!…coolest thing ever!!!
My parents worked in the youth group when we were little and my dad always had us sing, “He’s still working on Me” in front of the teens. My girls sang it too (once as a duet) at church. I added their cute picture with their video, as they were about this age when they sang it.
I’ve always LOVED church camp. First, as a camper, then as a counselor. My first year as a counselor was in the summer of ‘97. It was a life-changing, unforgettable experience. Then, I married in ‘98, had 4 kids within 6 years, divorced after 13 yrs and alot of life happened along the way too. I can’t tell you the times that I’ve thought back to that profound time and wished I could go back to that summer!
Last year, coincidentally, or what I call a “divine” hair apt. 😉I ran into an old friend who helps run the same camp at the same place I was a counselor in ‘97. Neatest thing ever!!!! “Only a God” thing. As I said, a lot of life had happened in those 23 years and I didn’t even know Supercamperific still existed. As we talked, I learned they needed counselors & I was overjoyed to volunteer! Last summer brought me back full circle to the same camp my counselor days began …..the best days ever!….”Only a God” thing!!
We’ve just had camp again this summer. We all re-connected from last year and made new lasting friendships with the new campers and staff from this year. We had so much fun & the connection you build with so many great people is amazing!
Sometimes I questioned though, why in the world the kids would want a 47- year old , chunky lady around. Haha! We probably all do that at times-what can I do?!? how can I help?!?
I’m not a Bible scholar. I know the stories of Adam & Eve, Noah & the Ark etc., but not the in- depth history of the Bible. Praying the scriptures and being a prayer warrior would be my strengths. In my darkest times, biblegateway.com, became my best friend. I’d search whatever I was feeling, look up the scriptures and pray them. The Bible does say….
Psalm 119:11King James Version
11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
It’s amazing how those words do become hidden and and can flow right out of your mouth when they’re needed.
God made a way for me to build good relationships with, minister to & pray with the campers about the tough things they each face as teenagers. Just to hear one of them say, “I needed to hear that” was enough of a reason to know why I was there (AND….I just answered my own question in writing this 😊). Thankful that His word is hidden in my heart & it could become alive to be a light unto our feet and a light until the path of a teenager.(mine and yours too)
I used to think that I & everything had to be perfect first and then…. But, I was reminded that God can use all of us right where we are-whoever we are, however we are, if we’re willing ! Thankfully though, He’s still working on me everyday.
It also gave meaning to what being the body of Christ really means. How we can all offer our own strengths & truly see how all things work together for the good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose! Love you all!
To be continued….Can’t wait to share about my NY trip
Thanks for letting me share!