Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Off to camp

Sunday night I sent Faith, my oldest daughter, off to camp. Are you wondering if she is actually old enough for that? Well, you aren't alone. Since when is she old enough? And to top it all off, turns out, she's attending the YOUTH services as opposed to the ones for children. Youth? Are you kidding me? She's 10, people. She's my baby, you nut cases. My baaabbbyyyy!!! (said with the most drama you can possibly muster)

The camp is in the northern part of our state, and I actually attended the same camp as a little girl. I'm really excited about her having this experience, and have prayed that this week will be a spiritual marker for her. I'm not one of those parents who leaves teaching my children how to follow Christ up to Sunday school workers, VBS, or camp; In fact I'm very confident that my own responsibility in growing spiritually strong children is much greater and probably more profound than any camp experience. However, I'm equally confident that many of God's children joining together for worship, fun, and focused time of learning about Him with some amazing Christ-followers could be a life changing experience for her. My little girl just really isn't anymore. She's growing into this beautiful young lady and my primary goal is for her to have a personal relationship with Jesus. She has begun that already, but life with Jesus is so much more than an occasional prayer or quiet time. She's now learning to fear Him, to love Him with all her heart, to rely on Him..... sometimes holding onto Him rather than on us. I'm losing control! ah! But while it's scary, it's a beautiful thing to watch her blossom.

4 comments:

hsmomma5 said...

I noticed in one of the pictures you posted the other day that she really looks like she is growing up! She is looking more like a "young lady" now. I remember when I noticed that in my daughter--it was a sad, sad day! :)

Mandy said...

I know you are so excited to hear all about her time at camp and to see what works Christ has done in her in a week's time! One week with Jesus is time well spent :)

K.T. is Mommatude too! said...

I think I know the camp you are talking about,I never got to go but I remember a good bit of my friends going.So fun and so cool.I agree with Mandy-a week with Jesus is time well spent!!!

Naomi said...

"Bloom and grow" time... I'm on the sidelines watching my friends' eldest (who I cared for as a baby 'til she was a school girl), go through this transition from little girl... And it's giving ME mixed emotions! You miss the little one that was, but you're so excited/curious/anxious for what's to come; and when God is working in their lives, well... wow!