Camped Out

We are a camping family.

If you would have told me that statement would ever be true about me when I was younger, I would have belly-laughed.

God has a sense of humor and gave this girly girl all boys {for most of her life} so camping has become a family tradition.

The boys love it because they can fish and swim and hike and ride bikes and play with fire.

I like it because it is typically a quiet and restful time with my family.

In the sermon yesterday, our pastor mentioned these verses found in John 8:31-32

To the Jews who believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.  Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free”.

The phrase “hold to” actually means to abide in.  To stay, to remain, to dwell

As I sat there listening to that, two words popped in to my mind- CAMP OUT.

Here is my paraphrase:

If believers choose to camp out in the Word, then they are truly my disciples, my students.  In the Word they will find the Truth, the absolute Truth, and it will set them free.

With all the unknowns surrounding my health right now I have been distracted and distraught.  I have not been abiding in God’s Word near as much as I should.

I am accepting His invitation and I am going to spend some time camped out in my Father’s book.  I really need His truths right now.

and I am back to counting gifts (#121-130)

~ phlebotomists that get it on the first stick

~ teenagers that keep up with the falling snow and shovel out elderly neighbors driveways

~ seeing God move in the lives of those that I love

~ cozy pajamas to relax in on snow days

~ finding the wedding ring that had been missing for over a week

~ a hubby sweet enough to get on one knee and slip found ring back on my finger

~ blow dryers

~ club soda with lime

~ belated birthday lunch {corn and crab chowder} with my grandparents

~ seeing Sweet Pea roll over for first time


  1. Miskris10 says:

    Thanks for this Melissa, I needed it with all the hustle and bustle of life right now. I need to do some camping with my Lord!

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