John Luke and I are spending our summer working out at camp. We’re back in Louisiana not far from home at Camp Chyoca. Camp Chyoca is where John Luke grew up and holds a really special place in his heart. John Luke is the activities director, and I get to be the camp photographer. We both love camp and everything that it entails. Songs, campfire, games, swimming, arts and crafts. Its hot and and its humid, but the impact it makes on kids is incredible. I can say that from personal experience. I started going to camp when I was 10 years old and went every year till I graduated high school. I looked forward to it all year long and was so sad every year when it ended. There’s just something so special about summer camp…the friendships you make, the counselors who you look up to, and the worship that brings you to tears. The Lord’s presence is just so evident. It’s so nice to step away from busy lives and a crazy world and just have some unplugged, peaceful, quiet time.
I did work study at the camp I grew up at once, but other than that, this is my first time to be working at camp. I always dreamed of being a camp counselor. I had so many incredible camp counselors growing up that I looked up to so much. I still keep up with many of them and have been invited to a lot of their weddings! I always wanted to do what they did, but the summer after I graduated high school I traveled, the next summer I got married, and last summer we were filming for Duck Dynasty. So I am really excited to be finally working out at a camp.
Although I’m on my camera and uploading pictures for camp a lot, I’m trying to have more of an unplugged summer personally. I I will be updating my blog once a week though to share what I’m learning.
Here’s what I’ve learned in a week:
Camp is hard.
I’m not sure how I didn’t see this coming. I knew it would be challenging, but I just didn’t dwell on it enough to really think through it. Camp ministry is one of the biggest ministries. It’s one of the main places where kids and teens dedicate their lives to God! Which is so awesome! But that means the enemy does not want it to succeed and is going to attack. Coming into this our director talked about this and mentioned how the enemy has already been at work with his family and the other directors. I’m learning you have to be on guard and expect the enemies attacks because if you don’t already realize things are coming from the enemy, you’ll start to blame others, when you and them are on the same team.
I’m learning at camp you’ve got to have that constant communion with God. Camp is so fun and so awesome and so rewarding, but by the end of the day (and the middle of the day, and the morning when you wake up haha) you can find yourself exhausted. Exhausted physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually. But through the exhaustion you’ve got to be loving, you’ve got to have joy, and peace and patience and kindness and gentleness and faithfulness and self-control. All the fruits of the spirit. And if you’re neglecting your time with the Lord and trying to manufacture these things on your own, you’re going to wear yourself out…you just can’t do that. You can’t run on your own reservoir. These things HAVE to be actual fruits from THE SPIRIT. I’ve been reading the Psalms because I find them so refreshing and I keep coming back to this particular one.
Psalm 46:4 “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God.”
Out here at camp we’ve got to keep our bodies hydrated, but we’ve also got to keep our spirits hydrated. Drinking lots of water will keep our bodies feeling good, and abiding in Him is what’s going to keep our spirits refreshed. So that’s it for the week. Camp can be hard, but its so good and its so worth it!! Plus being able to capture the smiles and the laughs coming from these kids as they enjoy God, enjoy nature, and enjoy each other is just a breath of fresh air.
Psalm 34:8 “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.”
boots: Sorel Out N’ About boot (mine are the quarry color, but are no longer sold)