Camp Life: Week 3

This is a bit of a hodge podge of photos of what we were up to last week and last weekend. My weeks are getting all mixed up in my head…when you’re running on camp-time it’s like you’re not really in the real world anymore and it’s easy to lost track of time haha. Theres so many people out at camp, and with so many people and so many things going on, there’s a TON to be learned and a lot of the time my mind is full of a million different things! But I’m trying to categorize it all into weeks. So really, when I write this for you guys to read, I am also writing it to collect everything!

2 things from last week:

  1. Last week was our first middle school week and I got to teach Girls 1 Bible. I had the BEST cabin and the sweetest girls and had such a blast teaching them. There was one thing in specific that really stuck out to me as we were reading one day. It was actually just one line! We were reading about Gideon. The angel of the Lord came to Him and wanted him to invade the Midianites. The encounter starts in Judges 6:12.

“When the angel of the Lord appeared from Gideon, he said, ‘The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”

Then in verse 15 Gideon says, “‘Pardon me, my lord,’ Gideon said, ‘but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manassah, and I am the least in my family.'”

Even though Gideon believed he was of the weakest clan and the least in his family, God called him “mighty warrior.”

God doesn’t look at who we were or who we are, He looks at who we are becoming.

And not only does He think it, but He treats Gideon accordingly!

And I am SO thankful for that. It makes me think of how I think of others. Its so easy to get caught up on something someone did or how they were and it’s easy to want to hold that against them. It’s even easy to think they’ll never change. If they’re being told negative things about themselves they are going to believe them. They are going to believe how they are currently is how they’ll always be. My friend Emma told me a quote she heard and I’ll never forget it:

“Speak to people as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful, and most magical creatures on earth, for what they believe they will become.”

I believe there is SO much truth in this. It’s how God was with Gideon! He didn’t look at where Gideon was or where he had been, but instead He looked at where he was going and what he was becoming. As Christians we are being sanctified through the Holy Spirit to look more and more like Jesus. So that’s my challenge for the week and I challenge you all as well. Let’s thank God for seeing who we are becoming and let’s look at others the way that God is looking at them. And lets treatthem accordingly!

Proverbs 16:24

“Pleasant words are a honeycomb; sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”

2. I always wondered when I would start being called “mam” and “Mrs.”…it happened middle school week, June 2017. HA.

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9 responses to “Camp Life: Week 3”

  1. Lizzy says:

    I love this and it was such an encouragement to me! Exactly what I needed to hear as I travel to Jamaica on a mission trip this Saturday! Thank you for sharing your Spirit led message! On a different note, where did you get the choker because it is so cute!

  2. Love these sweet pics you share and your insight about God’s message to Gideon! Your campers are lucky to have you 🙂

  3. Caragan says:

    You are literally my inspiration in life. Every time I’m feeling awful I go look at your Instagram and your blog and I feel so inspired by everything you are. God made you so beautifully and I hope one day I can be that for someone else. You have gotten me through SO much without even knowing my name. Thank you for that <3

  4. Amy says:

    Thank you so much Mary Kate for writing your blogs! You inspire me every time I read them. The quote from your friend is now added to my list of favorite quotes. I truly appreciate you and your blog. God bless!

  5. Audrianna Lipe says:

    Where did you get those grey shorts!? Love them!

  6. I love what you mentioned about Gideon in the beginning! So inspirational

  7. Lindsay Kate says:

    That is an amazing quote! I will definitely never forget that and will definitetly use it! Our youth group is going to Discovery Camp in Culumbus, Texas this week!
    Hearing all this makes me even more excited about what God has in store! Love your choker by the way!

  8. Sarah Norman says:

    That blessed me so much!! Thanks??

  9. Regan says:

    Mary Kate I know in your Q&A what camera you use and how you use your phone and VISCO but do you have an iPhone 7? I love the quality of your photos so I was just wondering. Thanks girl 🙂

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