While we were away (in Florida)…
How great is that!!? We love sharing the seasons we get up here with you! They each bring a different purpose and beauty! Just like our lives with Christ.
The vibrant colors of fall lead to the bare trees, that, for a time, seem bare and dead. But inevitably they set the scene for beautiful views of snow covered mountains. Every year we enjoy the winter but it often feels like the cold and bare trees will never have warmth and life again. And every year, just a few weeks before you all come, so do the bright green buds and flowers and leaves of Spring. And it’s not long before the whole mountain is alive again and thick with color and the smell of the fresh crisp mountain air (and each of YOU)!!!!!!
God tells us in the bible that life is a lot like the seasons. In Ecclesiasties He says that there is a season for everything…”For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
There are ups and downs every day. But along with the expectation of seasons God gives His children two other very good promises…”I will never leave you, nor forsake you,” (Hebrews 13:5) AND, He will help us and use it all for good, “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:26-28.
So what? Do you know Jesus as your Savior and Father? Look around at life where you are right now, ask God to help you see the beautiful part of the season you are in. Thank Him for it. And also be encouraged that He will never leave you and that He has plans for you and for His glory that can’t compare to your best dreams! What He promises for His children in Heaven can’t even compare to the greatest day at camp! How nuts is that! It’s gonna be great!
If you don’t know Jesus as your Savior and Father this is what He says to you! “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17 “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved,” -Acts 16:31
We are so thankful for you all and will make you a snow angel the next time the ground gets covered!!!
See you all soon!
As you may have seen, we got a few inches of snow here at Camp Crestridge. Winter is always more enjoyable when you have snow. Since some of you have not been in snow, we figured we would give you a few tips about experiencing snow.
I know that I’ve said this before, but I can’t believe how fast the cabins are being built. The last few posts about the cabins showed pictures of floors and walls, but now they look like the real deal! Ron, Phil, Sharon and myself trekked over to Crestridge again this afternoon and were amazed by the progress of a few short days. Not only are there floors and walls, but now there are roofs, covered porches and even showers in one of the choctaw cabins! Below are some shots of the progress on the new Chickasaw camper cabin.
Now here are some pictures on the construction over on Choctaw hill. Take particular notice of the dual shower stalls…warm water for everyone…get excited
The Cherokee cabin only has the footers and floor finished right now. But it shouldn’t be long before the framing, walls and roof is added to it also. If you’re ever in the area, stop on by so we can show you in person. Otherwise, keep enjoying the updates here online.
It’s definitely winter here in the mountains. Most days this past week have been cold, cold, cold. A mountain winter is going take some time for this North Texas girl to get used to. One thing I love though is waking up to it snowing, and that didn’t happen too often back home! So, I drove around camp today and took pictures of various places. It was only a dusting, but even so, camp still looks pretty in white. Hope y’all enjoy seeing these!
We woke up to an unexpected white blanket of snow today at Camp Ridgecrest! Well maybe less of a blanket and more of a dusting. Either way, it’s cool to see Camp Ridgecrest with snow on the ground. Thought you may want to take a peek, so here you go!