Shew!!!! I’m back at home and trying to get back to a normal routine...aka rest and do life with two kids. Haha! Can I go back to my teenage days when I could sleep, sleep, and sleep? I forgot how camp just drains you and how your body feels...31 is approaching any day now and boy do I feel it at this moment.
Let me give you a peek into my week....
I work as the youth assistant director at my church. I love it! Enjoy it and wouldn’t trade it for the world...well sometimes haha! This week we went to Student Life Camp at Ridgecrest. I took 15 of my youth and my intern. The week was full of God’s word, amazing music, and lots and lots of walking and late nights. Overall, an amazing week. Our camp theme was I AM. So powerful and such a great topic for youth. I think they all came back with a better understanding of who God is.
When we first got there we jumped right into the camp routine. We had life group, dinner, worship, and then church group time to end the day. Well, the day never ends there. We jumped right into catchphrase and talking and went to bed around 1:30?? Knowing good and well we had to be up at 6:30. So, Day 2 begins with breakfast, quiet time or a meeting for the leaders, Rise (which is worship), and then Rec. Here’s the funny thing....the leaders have to participate. Haha! No getting out of it, but I saw some leaders not. Well, I was all about it. Leap Frog, push up and walk, wheel barrow, pyramid, dizzy bat, and I’m sure there are some I’m forgetting but you get points if you wont 1st, 2nd or 3rd....well we got a big fat 0. Those games were hard and we were competing against 10 other groups. But overall it was fun. Just seeing the kids fall over after doing the dizzy bat made my day. Haha! It was hilarious. Anyways, after this we played laser tag. No joke, best group activity ever. It wasn’t inside, it was outside and you had to wear these hats that had a sensor. It was hilarious and we were competitive. I even had one of my youth say...I really didn’t think you would be good at this...but you are. Haha! And what was crazy was right before we started the game we saw a bear come down the mountain. I kept saying there’s a bear...there’s a bear...then screamed there’s a bear!!!! He went away but boy was it scary for a minute. And the good thing was no one got badly injured... only one fat lip and it was because of the student’s gun. lol! So, after laser tag you can only imagine how stinky we were...gross! Showers and dinner then to worship. One of our youth became broken after worship and spoke during our church group time and shared her story. Beautiful! God is good! And of course we went to bed around 1:30-2:00 again except this night was the night of a very very bad storm. I hate Storms and couldn’t sleep, but oh well..it’s camp.
The next day was messy water day. Same routine except you need to prepare yourself to get really really wet and really really messy. This year was all geared to the swamp. If you mess up or lose you had to go to the swamp. It symbolized our life and the consequences we have with our sin. I’m thankful we don’t have to go sliding down a tarp covered in flour, chocolate fudge, soap, water, koolaide, and whatever else they added when we sin. It was interesting and guess what....we messed up a lot. So to the swamp we went. Now, the boys in my group wanted to go. They wanted to get messy and were enjoying themselves a lot. I mean what teenage boy wouldn’t. I was having fun too until I went sliding downand stood up and then went right back down onto my hip...bruise you will have, Holly. And oh goodness do I. Haha! We had to end a little early why??? Well, it came a down pour of rain. Now let me explain. We are at the top the mountain. We must get down the mountain to shower before lunch. 175 people making their way down the mountain to showers....who are already dirty, soaking wet, and running in the rain. I saw more kids falling then and getting hurt then up at the swamp. However, our group made it down and all were clean for lunch.
We then had life group and free time... for free time they always give you options and me and some of the girls went to scripture lettering where you paint a scripture it was relaxing and honeslty a great time to spend with 3 of them.
So after free time it’s dinner and worship and let me just tell you our camp pastor..Curtis Zackery or CZ was amazing. He laid things out so beautifully and explained things to the group in ways I hadn’t heard and I’m definitley thankful for the words God gave him and spoke into the camp. Also, the band Rush of Fools was so so so so good. They introduced a new song that hasn’t been released yet called only you. Y’all!! Prepare yourselves for it. It hits you in your heart and soul. Such a great group of guys. So go check them both out and follow them...@whoiscz and @rushoffools.
Last day of camp is always so special. It’s amazing what God can do when we give him our attention, time, and prepare our hearts. I told our group...I wish everyday could be like camp. Each day you get the word preached over you, you get to worship with others, you’re in the word multiple times a day...and honeslty, we can!!! But we have to be dedicated and have to make time.And it’s hard.
The last day we started off like the rest and ended up having to play rec inside. We had different games and competed against the other group. It was fun, competitive, and we won! Well, shock won! But we were apart of shock sooooo we won! Haha! The day went by fast and I went to my meeting like normal and got blessed by CZ. He spoke to us. To my servant heart.....it was amazing. He said, leaders always make sure someone is feeding you. Pouring into you! Have someone who you can go to and allow God’s word to be put in you. We are constantly giving of ourselves... God has something to be put in you. Don’t forget about you! So important and I’m so thankful I have that. But, of course I need time just for me for and God. We all need that!!!
So, that night at worship. Remember, I said the last night is special...well powerful! So powerful! I had two of my youth become broken before God and they allowed him to mend their hearts and restore them. God is good! And HE is still working.
During church group time my intern and I had the privilege to pray over all 15 students. Prayer is so important! These kids need faithful people going to God on their behalf and praying for God’s protection, love, and will to be revealed to them. I was honored to pray over them and for them. I prayed these scriptures over them.
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Pslams 51:10 ESV
I want them to go back and lean not on their own understanding, but God!! I want them to trust in him and pray to him and believe that he is with them. I pray for their hearts. This world is full of challenges, but I pray for them to be bold and stand up for God. I pray that they left camp feeling renewed, restored and know that they carry the Holy Spirit with them.
We didn’t make it to bed that night until around 1:00, but I don’t think we went to sleep till 2:00? I know I was in and out. I was tired!!
The next day we woke up to pack and get ready. Did our thing and headed to Rise. Had a great time and loaded up to come home, not before we had some chickfila and duck donuts...yum yum! We’re baptists...chicken and donuts. Oh yeah! The ride back was a blast and now all we have is camp memories. Priceless memories.
God is still working! Get in the word, pray, and be used by him. And if you have the chance to go to camp...go! No matter how old you are.
Love and Prayers,