Every day, we can find a blessing. Today’s was special. Every year, my daughter goes to church camp. She has a special place in her heart for this camp. She has gained so many new friendships and enhanced the friendships of her fellow classmates from school and church. Each year she has gone for all the fun but this year, she came back with one additional story from her camp experience.
When we were driving home, Joellen excitedly told me about the dance, the games, campfires, and of course the yucky camp food!! Then she got really serious….. She explained that in worship all the kids were given the opportunity to stay and spend time in prayer with God. She said she knew she had already given her life to Christ long ago but she had decided to rededicate her life. She explained that she kinda had lost the feeling. She said she stayed and prayed. And now she feels better.
This opened up a conversation about how we all struggle with losing that feeling. I explained that once you have given your life there is no need to re-save yourself just for a feeling. The fact that Jesus is with you always and the Holy Spirit is within you means you can easily regain that feeling. I explained that it is about her relationship with God.
I put it in camp terms for her. When you make a friend at camp, you see them as a best friend for a week. Then life happens. You go about your business and you lose those strong best friend feelings. Once you reconnect, those best friend feelings come back.
We discussed ways she can strengthen her relationship with God. She said, “to serve, pray, and go to church.” I explained that this is a daily commitment.
Thank God for this opportunity. Praise God for these moments that helps me to understand where my children are in their walk with Christ. Plus I kinda get the warm fuzzies all over and I can breath a sigh of relief knowing they are following Christ.
Proverbs 22:6 ESV
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.