Last year we were family camp newbies. But after a week of refreshment, bonding and spiritual encouragement, we were hooked on the concept. In fact, before we left camp we had signed up come back again this year.
I could literally talk to you for hours about all the reasons Pine Cove is a gift to our family. (In fact, our time riding horses last year, inspired the most popular post I've ever written.-->read it here)
With such a high bar, I worried how this year would measure up. Thankfully, it didn't disappoint. (well, ok, I didn't ride horses this year. . .which was disappointing at first. . .but I'm saving that story for another post).
The director of Pine Cove Bluffs is Chris Sherrod. He is a gifted teacher and invaluable source of Spiritual mentoring to the husbands who attend camp. His lovely wife, Katie, also a superstar, spends one lunch with all the moms spurring us on with Truth and love.
When I started my podcast, one person I wanted to interview was Katie Sherrod. So, along with our bags of clothes and some flashlights and lots of swimsuits, I grabbed my mic. She and I sat on the floor in my cabin one afternoon and recorded this podcast.
I hope her words remind you of your value as a wife and mom. Most importantly, that you accept God's rest, relish His grace and seek His wisdom.
What we chat about:
- How she and her husband followed their hearts for families and found a place to serve, even if that included a season of unemployment.
- How their adopted daughter was delivered to their door Christmas Eve & God's protection of this baby from disease and addiction.
- How they were given a vision of how God accepts us in our broken state, no questions, for the long haul, to rescue us.
- When you fear you won't be able to love more people, realizing you are standing in a river of God's love, never-ending, inviting others to join you.
- How Katie grabs time with Jesus anytime and every time. . .not just a "first in the morning" quiet time.
- Her advice to expect hard things to happen, not getting upset when they do.
- Allowing your kids to see Jesus in your reactions, even when you make mistakes, asking for forgiveness.
- How little ones reveal and remind you all your brokenness and need for God.
- Advice she would give her young self, to allow herself rest & accept God's grace.
- To cry out: "Give me wisdom to rule these people that you've put under me." and He will give it to us.
- How there is no recipe for motherhood--which keeps you on your knees.
- First picture of the gospel is how you love your husband.
- Don't have to pray for a calling when you have young children.
- Everything you do for your children is your spiritual act of worship.
A mother's prayer:
"God, give me wisdom in this situation for this child for today in this moment."
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1.Listen on the blog. Click through to GodCenteredMom.com and click the play button at the beginning of this post.
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*If you missed past episodes, you can listen via iTunes or click on this page of the GodCenteredMom site to find a listing of all the episodes.