So I have made it a habit to let Peyton know that God has big plans for his life. I believe that it is important to speak life into our children. The more we speak it I believe the more they will remember it. As I put Peyton to bed here was our conversation, remember that he is still only 3 and a half…
Me : Peyton, you know God has big plans for your life.
Peyton : Really, How big?
Me : Real big Peyton, we will have to wait and see.
Peyton : Bowling Ball?
Me : Much bigger than a bowling ball Peyton. God has real big plans for your life?
Peyton : Candy?
Me : Maybe, we will have to wait and see what he has for your life Peyton.
Peyton : God has a Surprise for Me?
Me : Yes Peyton, God has a big surprise for your life. I can’t wait to see the surprise he has for you.
We made it home and lets be honest. Our vacation wasn’t nearly long enough… Is it ever? However, it was well needed and worth it. It was great to be around so many people who I can consider friends throughout last week. Our days were busy from swimming, church services, meals, talking, laughing, etc. Now, it is back to real life I guess. Monday starts a brand new work week which I am sure will be filled with backed up work orders for me. Not to mention I will be working four ten hour days but the good news is I will have Friday and Monday off. Something about having to get back to normal is never fun, however, normal is needed too.
I feel somewhat that this was MY WEEK…There have been a few defining moments where I believe God spoke directly to me through either one of the messages or bible studies at 2010 SCCOG Campmeeting. If I can pick out a few definitive times it would be Tuesday nights message, Wednesday nights message and Thursday mornings bible study. In each of these services I felt God doing something in me that kind of built upon one another. For instance…
Tuesday I was reminded that God knows right where I am at, safe in the pavilion of his arms. Wednesday and Thursday Morning kind of bounced off of each other in that God was teaching me that His will and dream for our life never dies. In particular a message was given out with the exact statement, “What would you do, if You Knew You Could Not Fail.” God reiterated once again he knows right where I am at. Needless to say, this is what I needed personally, spiritually, emotionally, physically in all areas of my life. Can’t wait to grab the CD’s of these service before we leave out on tomorrow and spend some time jotting down some notes over the next few days on some specific areas that I felt God speaking to me.
We are having a great time at Campmeeting 2010 so far. Due to getting time off and money we have made our trip into a little bit of a vacation mixed with Church Retreat. It has been a blast so far. We have done a few things to relax such as hanging at an extremely dear friends house, who opened their doors up so that we could bring the kids over to swim in their pool and catch up. Then we hit a place called Reedy River Falls in Downtown Greenville and lunch at the extraordinary Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakery. We got a few pics that I hope to upload on my photo blog soon.
The services have been amazing. God has really used two of the sermons so far to speak life into my heart and realize that we are not on the wrong track. One of the main things that God is adjusting us to is the fact that we are hid in him and we are going through a preparation period. Sometimes I get anxious and also frustrated thinking that I am forgotten and that nothing will open up but God is hiding me close to him, waiting for His timing when He is ready to do the work through me. My response is, Let it Be. Overall it is a great week and have made some pretty great memories.
Went to our first service last night of 2010 SCCOG Campmeeting. It was great seeing some folks I haven’t seen in years and reconnecting. Pretty timely message by Bryan Cutshall, on Heaven and the need to be reminded of the things God has built for those who are in Christ and wait for his appearing. One of the things I hope to get out of this week is a definitive call or at least some sort of direction of where we go next as it relates to preparation and full-time ministry. After a waffle provided for by the hotel, and a cup of coffee, Peyton and I will be heading down to the morning Bible Study and then back to pick up Chanelle and Julianna to hang out with some great friends for lunch. Feeling refreshed and relaxed already.
Hanging out this morning getting ready to head on to Greenville actually Mauldin to be exact. Looking forward to Campmeeting for the rest of the week. I think the last time we went was in 2004. So needless to say it’s been a while. Campmeeting is our denominations state get together, so to speak. We will have nightly services till Friday, and also a few morning study/services throughout the week. As we get ready to finish up visiting in Columbia this morning I couldn’t help but think of some former campmeeting memories that I have. My Grandfather would go up every year and most times as a kid we would go up with him. What an awesome week we would have with family and friends enjoying part of our summer vacation in Greenville. Not to mention that is the place I received some of my first bookings to speak when I started preaching. It proves to be a great place to connect with other members/churches from within our denomination, and also to meet new people. I am interested to see how things have changed over the past couple of years and to see what sort of things have stayed the same. I will post updates and highlights throughout the week, MAYBE, either here on the blog or either by picture over at my Photo Blog.
Maybe you have some fond memories of family vacations or even Denominational or Church meetings, share them?
What a great Fathers Day. My day started out by speaking at Hardeeville Church Of God. I was filling in for the past three weeks and it just so happened that the final service fell on Father’s Day. Then we made our way to Columbia to stay with family and will be heading to Greenville for our denominations annual State Campmeeting the rest of the week. It feels good to be off work and out on vacation. Chanelle and I were talking and our last official vacation was on our honeymoon close to five years ago. It’s been way to long. I am looking forward to reconnecting with some great friends and making some new connections as the week goes by. It’s going to be busy, but super excited about spending the time with my wife and kids.
By the way, I got a book for Father’s Day that I can’t wait to get started on, will probably read through it this week. It’s called the “Council of Dads” and seems pretty interesting and thought provoking. What a great Fathers Day, I wouldn’t change my life for anything!