The older Littles have already gone to and returned home from camp. For the record I was going to write every day while they were away. For the record, I did not.
If you ask the Littles their favorite part of camp, answers range from the blob, FOB (feet on bunk), yellow food (mac ‘n cheese, chicken tenders…), friends, and being away from the tyranny of home. Ok, I made that last one up.
My favorite part of camp, aside from the abundance of free time for me to write, is cabin closing time. After greeting stinky campers, parents gather to hear about the week from counselors. During this time, each child is presented with a certificate including two characteristics their counselor observed in them during the week. Along with these characteristics are bible verses.
I love having these verses to pray over the Littles and I encourage them to pray each verse daily too. One over-acheiving Little actually turned the memory assignment into an art project and decorated cards to remind her of God’s word.
I’m sure St. Peter has this duly noted in her file.
Kidding aside, the verses from camp provide us an opportunity to discuss why it’s important to know God’s Word. It’s not to test our memory (although most days that is my personal challenge) or to keep score of who can recite the most verses. It’s to know God more fully! We are called to hide God’s Word in our heart (Psalm 119: 11) and to talk about His commandments at home, along the road, in the evening and the morning (Deuteronomy 6: 4-9).
Here are the verses from camp we are hiding in our hearts and the characteristics the counselors observed in the Littles. Look them up! And if you haven’t already, ask God to show you verses for your Littles and loved ones too.
Matthew 7: 7
On a personal note, I’ve claimed perseverance as the characteristic I need this week as I tackle the aftermath of camp. If I’m not back by Friday, send reinforcement!