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What’s Your ‘Tude?

Today was filled with Bible Camp preparations. There is most of a week left before camp begins, but Grandson Will is coming to visit tomorrow and staying until I leave for camp. Therefore, I was trying to get as much done today as possible so this Mema can play the rest of the week.

The camp theme is “What’s Your ‘Tude?” and the scripture focus is from Matthew 5, the Beatitudes. As I studied the devotions for each day, I began to really get excited. Do you remember what the Beatitudes are? They are the verses that begin with “Blessed are the…” Any way, I just know God is going to be transforming lives next week.

Have you been around young teenagers lately? I love that age, but it definitely has its struggles with attitudes. They just don’t quite know where they fit in sometimes. One day they want to be treated like an adult, but the next day (or minute) they just want to be a child. They want to be popular, athletic, musical, liked, included, and the list can go on. Often this age is very self-focused. They also are very energetic and thrive on the attention of older teens and adults.

Next week will be fun-filled, action packed, and life changing. As we study God’s Word, learn what it means to be poor in spirit, meek, hunger & thirst, merciful, pure in heart and peacemakers, and then apply it, we will want to change or adjust our ‘tude.

By the way, what’s your ‘tude?

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Early Morning

I awoke early, 4:30 am, with my checklist in the forefront of my mind. I tossed and turned as I wondered how I was possibly going to get everything done, and the bigger question was where to begin. Sleep alluded me, and I probably should have just gotten up to start the day rather than waiting until the alarm began to play.

I usually start the day with some quiet time with God, getting my thoughts fixed on Him. I have been using the devotional book “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young to jump-start my  quiet time, and this time I was given a jolt! As if speaking directly to me, it began, “You tend to make mental checklists of things you need to do in order to gain control of your life. If only you could check everything off your list, you could relax and be at peace. But the more you work to accomplish that goal, the more things crop up on your list.  The harder you try, the more frustrated you become.” At this point, I was fully awake feeling like I had been doused with cold water. Those were some of my exact thoughts! I prefer order, structure, schedules, rules…for some reason it gives me a sense of security and accomplishment knowing what, when and how things are expected of me. However, sometimes my planning and expectations get in the way, mess things up and distract me from following God’s leading.

How does one find balance between structure and freelance? Finding the balance is something I have worked at for most of my adult life, some days being more successful than others. For me, it begins with my attitude and mindset. How important are the tasks on my list? How can I glorify God through them or while completing the tasks? How is my attitude when the schedule is unexpectedly changed? No matter how much scheduling and planning I do, no matter how long the to-do list is, I must keep my focus on Jesus and let Him be my source of security and guide.

God has a plan far greater than I can imagine. Today, I fix my eyes on Him and let him lead the way.

Isaiah 55:8-9 says: “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

 

 

SOAPing

What do you get when you have 41 Jr High girls, 3 showers, 3 toilets, 2 long mirrors, sand-burs galore, and triple digit temps for 5 days?…… Lots of giggles, fun and games, new friendships, and heart-to-heart discussions.

I just returned from Kan-Ok Bible Camp; the week I eagerly anticipate each summer. These young ladies come from many different backgrounds yet have one common interest – to learn more about God. Granted this might not be their main reason to come, but by the end of the week it is evident that God has worked to soften hearts for growth, repentance and forgiveness.

I not only got to hang out with all these young ladies, but served as a counselor with 6 amazing college women. I love getting to mentor them, and I usually learn a thing or two from them as well. Our mornings at camp are started with personal devotions.  Many of the girls have not incorporated daily Bible reading, devotions and prayer into their daily life, but by the end of the week they want to know how they can continue at home. This year one of the counselors taught them about “SOAPing”. It is such an easy way to learn and grow that I want to share it with you.

To begin all you need is: a Bible, notebook, pen or pencil.

1.  On the left side of your notebook page write the letters S O A P horizontally leaving a few lines in between each letter. These letters stand for S-Scripture, O-observation, A-application, P-prayer.

2. Read one chapter in your Bible. This can be any chapter at random or begin reading a specific book of the Bible. After reading one chapter choose one verse that stands out to you.  Write this verse beside your “S”.

3. Beside the “O” write your observation. What does this verse mean, or what is the main point?

4. Beside the “A”, answer the question, “How can I apply this verse and observation to my own life?”

5. Pray – Ask God to help you make this application.

That’s all there is to it! By keeping these notes in a notebook, you will be able to refer back to it and see how God has been revealing His truths to you.

The campers and staff have gone home, and most probably slept in this morning. We are now back to real life with all its joys and problems; it is time to apply all we learned this week.

R U Ready?

I’d love to hear how God impacted your life through a Bible camp, even if it was 30 or 40 years ago. I’d also love comments if you begin “SOAPing”.