Monday, July 7, 2008
During Bible time we learned of the torn kingdom. Jeroboam got the larger portion, the 10 tribes of Israel. And Rehoboam was left with two. He wanted to go fight, but God said "NO" and this time he listened and stayed home.
Elijah changed into his swimming trunks every time he heard the word 'camping'. So by evening we began packing in anticipation.
I think the Charles Deam wilderness camping event on Monroe Reservoir will be "Grandpa Camp." So I will sign off. The rest of the experience can best be enjoyed via Snapfish slide show.
We did continue the Jeroboam saga. Sadly, after a good start he became more concerned about his popularity and began to set his own rules--new feast dates and places of worship, priests from any tribe, and worst of all golden calves! God sent a prophet to warn him and even a sign, when the altar split in half. Haughty Jeroboam raised his hand to order his arrest and his arm began to shrivel up! Then he finally cried out for help and healing. Our prayer was that it would not take such drastic divine intervention to get our attention.
Well, Grandma camp is over. Will we do this again? If God wills...and maybe not so long!
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Bacon, eggs and a waffle made everybody happy this morning.
Our Bible reading was about the second time God appeared to Solomon (I Kings 9:1-9) in a dream to give him a strong warning (like OJO in Spanish, "Watch out"): If you are honest and follow Me, Iwill keep my promises and more, but if you turn away from Me and my commands and follow after other gods, then...
So, we talked about choices, and things like 'other gods' that could draw us away, trap us. We mentioned the danger of addictions. Skye said, "It's like we should be addicted to Jesus."
Later, this evening before bed we read about Solomon's downfall (I Kings 11: 4-11).
"How could the wisest man on earth go wrong?" asked Malachi.
"Even knowing the right thing to do, he still had to choose," I said.
We talked about the the alliances with foreign nations, the many women from other countries that slowly turned his heart away. He had a "largeness of heart", a very open mind, accepting and tolerant and allowed himself to be led away.
Skye explained about the God-wall illustration at camp and how taking one step at a time toward something that seems no big deal at the time, pretty soon one could have walked away from God. He does not walk away from us.
Well, our adventure of the morning was to explore the woods. And sure enough one step at a time we wandered into unfamiliar territory and could no longer recognize the landmarks. We were lost and did not know which way to turn. Finally we came out on a road and realized we had cut clear through to the other side of our block and would have to walk a mile and a half to get back around.
I, Grandma, decided to jog ahead and drive back for the others. Uncle Stephan arrived when I was almost home and came to our rescue.
So another good day is over.
Tomorrow we go to the Fort Wayne zoo. A big day, we need our sleep. Good night.