I must get used to this. The house is quiet. Ethan and Shalisha went to camp. Nate and I are experiencing something new...empty nest. I can't say that I like it very well.
It was a great time last Tuesday night camping on the mountain. The seniors left after the last activity and walked up the mountain to the designated spot. Dwayne, my nephew, comes each year to take the seniors. I go to be the lady counselor.
When they get to the site, they set up tents and then start a campfire. They have to make their own hot dog and marshmallow stick. After supper they slide/hike down the mountain to the creek. The contest in on to catch crawdads and "minners" (minnows). Dwayne says that he will eat a minnow if anyone catches one. (not this year).
The time wading in the water was fun, but watching Ethan eat a boiled crawdad whole was very entertaining (better than survival). After smores there was a contest to see who could fit the most marshmallows in their mouths. Dwayne, Isaac, Ethan and Erin tried. I laughed so hard my sides hurt.
Dwayne settled everyone down and a time of praise singing started. Isaac and Ethan led the singing with their guitars. Dwayne had a nice devotional and encouraged the seniors. After the devotional they played a few crazy games.
As I lay in the tent that night I was very away of huge trees around me. What if one fell on the tent? I had to pray for peace in my heart and remember that God was in control. Later in the night I heard a 4 wheeler in the distant trails. I wondered about my van parked along the trail a ways back and envisioned some person breaking in. Again, I had to stop thinking and fretting over something I could not control.
Prayer is a powerful. I thought of the verse in Psalms 37:7,8 "Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret - it only causes harm."
In the morning we had a gong sound wake us up. Dwayne hit the huge frying pan. We had eggs and sausage over the fire, then the campers headed back to camp. Ethan and I stayed back to help take down tents. Next year we plan to camp on the ridge and do some star gazing at night. (too many trees at present location). It was great time on the mountain.
Sweet things in life come in many different kinds of packages. Last night at camp there was a little party going on in the store. John was at his job of making shaved ice. This time he made strawberries and cream. What a nice treat!
I had to send along this email to share with you. It is another sweet thing in life that encouraged my heart, and hopefully it will yours also.
Keep sensitive about life and even when there seems to be trouble and frustration, look for the sweet things.
I just received this email this morning and I want everyone to see it. It came, as you’ll see from Lia Back, who was camp nurse the first week this summer. It is one more expression of how the Lord is using this ministry to impact many people, some who we’ll never know until eternity.
606.251.3231 Ext 102
From: lia back [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, June 28, 2010 5:48 PM
To: Roy Hodson
Hi Roy, I would like to share a little something that involves camp. Please send this on to Jeff and anyone else who knows Noah Campbell and may be interested. My neighbor is a local Sunday School teacher and came for a visit last night. She told me her kids in Sunday School this past Sunday were bubbling over talking about their experiences at camp. One of these kids was Noah. She told me she has had Noah in her class for about two years and he has nearly caused her to quit teaching on some occasions. (I can certainly see that) She said Noah was the one who was most excited about how much fun he had at camp. Then they had an activity where each child has to pray for the child sitting next to their right. The child sitting next to Noah was a special needs child with emotional problems. My neighbor got tears in her eyes and her voice cracked as she told me that Noah prayed the most beautiful prayer she has ever heard a child pray. Noah thanked God for this special needs child and thanked Him for sending a light in our lives through this person. My neighbor stopped and said "Lia, if this is what camp can do for Noah, I think every child in Perry county should go to Camp Nathaneal."
...doesn't quit writing, and when ideas come to mind they are written down, researched, internalized, and reformatted for readers.