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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Camping (07/11/05)

TITLE: Make time to develop these relationships!


Allow me to share some camping memories with you and then correlate some of them to scriptures and spiritual teachings. Besides the many weekend camping times I had with my family was an 18 day, 8 state, tenting excursion. Our daughter was then only nine and enjoyed taking notes and making drawings of various places we’d been. This is in addition to the photo album we have from that trip. Camping provided many opportunities to provide scipture analogies. It brought us closer as a family. From WI to FL we tented at many sites. Grilling over an open fire brought memories of the story of Jesus cooking fish on the shore for the retuning disciples when their nets overflowed. My daughter was very appreciative of a father who valued her so much that he would spend that much quality time with her. Our heavenly Father is pleased with us when we spend time with Him on a regular basis. Are you nurturing that relationship? My wife and I grew closer. Think about it. We believers are part of His Church and the Church is Jesus’ bride. We should be thankful that He wants to spend that much time with us and ‘want’ to spend time with Him. Spend time with Him, time with your family and grow closer in those relationships. They build many strong memories that you will enjoy.

The middle of August, temperature-wise, was not the best time to visit the South and camp outdoors so many days. However, it was only 18 days, not 40 days in the middle of a desert like Jesus did for you and for me. Remember that when things are not always that comfortable or convenient to be content and to not complain. Be thankful for what you have. It could always be worse. We have a heavenly Father that wants to spend quality time with us. When outdoors, look at His beautiful Creation and thank Him for what He has blessed you with.

I’m sure glad Jesus valued me enough to want to spend time camping out with the disciples and passing His knowledge onto them to encourage me through tough times.
Aren’t you? Camping takes time and effort in setting things up. It involves sacrifice of one’s time, but it is well worth it.

Similar to the memories my daughter has from those notes and the pictures provided, consider His Word. He made sure many notes were recorded for us to read and the Bible is full of word pictures and analogies to remind us of His love for us. Likewise, develop your relationship with Him and those around you by spending time and effort with them with a thankful heart for what you do have.

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Nina Phillips07/18/05
Amen. Nice example in comparison how we can develope our relationship with the Lord as a family. God bless ya, littlelight
Karen Deikun07/18/05
I enjoyed reading your camping memories and your lessons drawn from Scripture.
Shari Brian07/20/05
Thank you for sharing these many good comparisons with the scriptures and campging. I enjoyed your article very much.
Shari Armstrong 07/20/05
What an awesome time that must have beeen! Well written. I look forward to the time our family can take that much time off to camp.
dub W07/21/05
Probably a good start on a sermon. The jumps from 3rd. person to 1st. person and 2nd. person instertions disturbed the flow. Good building of the anlogies. Thanks for sharing this 18 day trip in the South is a journey worth noting.
Brandi Roberts07/21/05
Thank you so much for sharing, was a very lovely article. Would love to hear more :)
Susan Carlsen07/21/05
Thank You for good memories. I thought it good that you added relavent scripture.