Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A Different Camp of Sorts

Our family spent the last 4 days attending our church's youth camp. Vernon was the camp speaker. When he was asked to speak I got SOO excited because, as most of you know, I would live at camp if I could....I LOVE camp. Where most people get tired as camp goes on, it just fuels my excitement and by the last day I am bummed about going home. I love it. As soon as Vernon accepted the offer to speak, I began dreaming of camp...the competitions, the team colors, the girls in my cabin and the Lord moving among us. I knew exactly who I would ask to watch the boys so I could be a counselor and invest in some sweet HS girls. When I was dreaming out loud about camp, Vernon goes, "Amber, we are are bringing the boys. I am away from them when I am in Sudan, I really would like for them to come with us. Peter already got us a room that fits us all." Sadly, my dreams were crushed in an instant. I knew at that point what my days at camp would consist of: changing diapers, running around outside, naps during the camp rec time, and NO listening to Vernon's preaching.
After some thinking I decided it was going to be so fun having the boys there....and it was! Camp this year was WAY different than any other camp I have gone to because I had 4 solid days, outside our normal home life to invest in our two boys....who will, sooner than I can imagine, be attending HS camp. When my perspective changed, my attitude followed and the Lord blessed us with amazing conversations and LOTS of fun with other kids and moms that were there!
The second to last evening, Titus, Justus and I were playing in a room with Krystal and Jenny and their little ones. Titus had been playing with his friend Ben's car a lot that evening and this evolved into him WANTING Ben's car. We have talked to Titus alot about the Pride in his heart called Greed. He knows that greed can lead to anger and rudeness towards whoever is standing in the way of him getting what he wants. Sooo...that evening when he was begging me for Ben's toy, I said, "Titus, I think I am hearing the greed in your heart." and he got angry and started to hit me...but stopped himself before he did full force. (he doesn't usually hit much so this was eye opening for him) I could tell he was blinded by the greed and had realized that it had progressed to I grab Justus and Titus and we went to our room for him to receive discipline.
In the room, I got Justus occupied and started talking to Titus about the pride of greed and how anger towards someone he loves is what came of it. This time he seemed to be following me. He got his discipline and I asked him if he was ready to go back and play. He said, "Not really. Mom, Why do I have greed in my heart?" So I told him that we are all born into sin and sin is what separates us from God. He said, "yeah, when you have sin in your heart it is like THIS between you and God" as he held up his hands forming a barrier between me and him. I told him he was right and told him again about the saving power of Jesus and how He came to rescue us from that sin and restore us to relationship with God. Titus then is his own 4 year old words summarized the gospel to me. He is getting it! God is moving in him and I am so excited to witness it! Please continue to pray with us for the Lord to call both our boys to Himself. What a Joy to be a mom.
I am so glad I went to camp and I am soo glad I took the boys!


Amanda said...

Wow, Amber, that is so cool that Titus is really getting it. I wish we could have been there with y'all! I have had some camps where I had a good attitude and some where I've resented my new role and pouted. It's hard to switch over, but like you experienced, there are big blessings to having your kids there too. I'm so glad it went well, friend!

Danielle (Life with the Hewitt Family) said...

That is awesome that Titus has such a great understanding! This is something that we are struggling with Carter on so I think we may have a little lesson based on what you have said. Thanks for sharing!

We are so excited about expecting another baby. I love hearing Carter talk about the baby and wanting to do things already...last night we read a special book just for the baby. It was one that I read to Carter so many times when he was little. This is just such a wonderful time!

Andrea Bowman said...

That's so exciting! I'm glad the Lord is revealing so much to him at such a young age.

kg said...

Amber, I am so glad you had a good time with the boys at camp. I can totally relate to your initial feelings of "this isn't going to be the same as I thought" but then coming to find out it was great in it's own new way with the kids. Those really are precious moments you will want to know you have taken advantage of. I'm glad everyone had a good time.

Adam, Connie, Josiah, and Bella said...

Thanks for sharing your mommy stories; it's encouraging for me - a mom a couple of years behind you! I love hearing how you teach Titus about the Lord, and it's awesome to see him understanding. What a joy that must be as a parent!