Archives for July 2012

The Impact of the Waldo Canyon Fire on Glen Eyrie and Eagle Lake

Posted by Jen, From Eagle Lake Camp

The Waldo Canyon Fire was an unprecedented natural disaster that affected over 18,000 acres of land. It has been deemed the most destructive fire in the state of Colorado’s history with 346 homes burned and 2 lives lost. This time has been an extremely trying experience for the entire Colorado Springs community.

On Saturday, June 23rd, Eagle Lake was evacuated as the fire began to spread rapidly as a result of high winds. Over the course of the next several days the fire eventually reached camp, where a team of 75 fire fighters stood ready to protect the property. The events of that week are told here by Executive Director, Jack McQueeney, as he recounts the incredible story of how the Waldo Canyon Fire impacted Eagle Lake Camps and the Glen Eyrie Conference Center.

By nothing short of a miracle, our losses during this time were incredibly minimal, and we are forever grateful for the hand of God and the work of the firefighters who tirelessly protected our camp.

To find out about ways you can help, click here: eaglelakecamps.com/camp-clean-up.

 

The Impact of the Waldo Canyon Fire on Glen Eyrie and Eagle Lake from eaglelakecamp on Vimeo.

 

I am a Navigator at heart.  In college I  made a decision to move from allowing God to be my spare tire to sitting in the drivers seat through the friendship of Navigator Staff at CU.  I have been to many retreats, worked on staff there as my first job out of college.  I met my husband through the Navigators.  He worked there through college.  My brother-in-law works there now.  We have 2 Navigator staff girls who work at CU who live with us. My mentor is on Navigator staff.  I think it is fair to say that much of my foundation in Christ, and my husbands was built through the faithful prayer and devotion to God’s word of the Navigators.  I watched this video and was a little teary the whole time.  Here is a glimps of what went on as the Waldo Canyon Fire moved in on the Navigators Camp, Glen Eyrie and Headquarters.  If you have a chance to go to a retreat or spend some time at Glen Eyeie I pray that you fall in love with it and with God’s Word just like Scott and I did.

Climbing Your Everest

Written By Amy

 

 

My busy days lately are punctuated by moments of  “Oh, yeah, I used to have time for that.”   Little things, like hand-watering the flowers in our back yard (my pots have died) to larger, more significant things like stopping to give food or money to a homeless person. I am focused on Everest, my day of to do’s, that are a mountain I never seem to peak.  I was reminded today in Max Lucado’s devotional that I need to reroute sometimes, decide that tomorrow I can try again but there are things before me today (focusing on my kids, serving my husband, helping neighbor or friend in need) that need to stop me in my tracks:

Mount Everest is sudden blinding snow.  Temperatures are hovering below zero.  In two hours, Dan Mazur would be at the summit realizing a lifelong dream.  He sees a flash of color; a person perched on a razor-edged rock.

“What’s your name?” he shouts.

“Lincoln Hall,” was the reply.

Earlier he’d heard the announcement, “Lincoln Hall is dead on the mountain.”

Dan was face to face with a miracle.  He was also face to face with a choice!  Descending a mountain has profound risks.  How long would Lincoln live anyway?  He had to choose.  Abandon his dream or abandon Lincoln Hall.

We make defining decisions every day.  Not on Everest, but with spouses, children, at work, in school, in churches.  Jesus tells us to “honor others above ourselves.”   Give more than requested.  Do more than demanded.

The sweetest satisfaction lies not in climbing your own Everest, but in helping others climb theirs!

“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor. Romans 12:10″

Max Lucado’s Daily Devotionals   http://maxlucado.com/audio/daily-audio/a-choice/

 

31 DAY CHALLENGE for AUGUST

By Jen

I CHALLENGE YOU to PRAY with me for 31 DAYS for YOUR CHILDREN.  The month of AUGUST has 31 days, so who is with me?

Prayer is something I believe in, but I can get lazy and repetitive with them at times. My mind goes on auto pilot and isn’t always engaged. My friend Michelle has been posting a daily prayer based on 31 Biblical Virtues to Pray For Your Children on her Facebook account and I love it!  Her posts cause me to stop and think.  They are engaging, challenging and encouraging me to intentionally pray for my kids. It has been a nice change of pace.  My prayer life is in a new groove and these simple prayers are wonderful to think through.

Prayer doesn’t have to be long.  This is just a simple sentence a day.  If you want more, there are two verses with each sentence you can look up.  You can look them up and meditate on them and the whole process may only take you a few minutes.  It’s a wonderful way to start or end you day.

THE CHALLENGE:  I challenge you to join me for the month of August to pray with me for our children.  Pray 1 virtue a day for your children.  I found this cool graphic you can print of  the 31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Children.  SO it couldn’t be easier.

1. Click on the graphic and print it.

2. Post it somewhere you will see everyday. (I am going to post mine in my master loo.  Surely, that is a place I will have at least 2 minutes of alone time a day! lol!  It is summer and my alone time feels scarce!)

3. Pray!  As we pray, I am excited to see how God uses these 31 virtues to remind me of His goodness and the wonderful ways He works in our children’s lives!

4. Who’s in?  I hope you will join me!  Everything is better with friends!

Click Here to Print

 

1. Salvation—”Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.” (Isa. 45:82 Tim. 2:10)

 

2. Growth in Grace—”I pray that my children may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Pet. 3:18)

 

3. Love—”Grant, Lord, that my children may learn to live a life of love, through the Spirit who dwells in them.” (Gal. 5:25Eph. 5:2)

 

4. Honesty and Integrity—”May integrity and honesty be their virtue
and their protection.” (Ps. 25:21)

 

5. Self-Control—”Father, help my children not to be like many others around them, but let them be alert and self-controlled in all they do.”
(1 Thess. 5:6)

 

6. Love for God’s Word—”May my children grow to find Your Word more precious than much pure gold and sweeter than honey from the comb.” (Ps. 19:10)

 

7. Justice—”God, help my children to love justice as You do and act justly in all they do.” (Ps. 11:7Mic. 6:8)

 

8. Mercy—”May my children always be merciful, just as their Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:36)

 

9. Respect (for self, others, and authority)—”Father, grant that my children may show proper respect to everyone, as Your Word commands.” (1 Pet. 2:17)

 

10. Biblical Self-Esteem—”Help my children develop a strong self-esteem that is rooted in therealization that they are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus.” (Eph. 2:10)

 

11. Faithfulness—”Let love and faithfulness never leave my children, but bind these twin virtues around their necks and write them on the tablet of their hearts.” (Prov. 3:3)

 

12. Courage—”May my children always be strong and courageous in their character and in their actions.” (Deut. 31:6)

13. Purity—”Create in them a pure heart, O God, and let that purity of heart be shown in their actions.” (Ps. 51:10)

14. Kindness—”Lord, may my children always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.” (1 Thes. 5:15)

15. Generosity—”Grant that my children may be generous and willing to share, and so lay uptreasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age.” (1 Tim. 6:18-19)

16. Peace-Loving—”Father, let my children make every effort to do what leads to peace.” (Rom. 14:19)

17. Joy—”May my children be filled with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.” (1 Thes. 1:6)

18. Perseverance—”Lord, teach my children perseverance in all they do, and help them especially to run with perseverance the race marked out for them.” (Heb. 12:1)

19. Humility—”God, please cultivate in my children the ability to show true humility toward all.” (Titus 3:2)

20. Compassion—”Lord, please clothe my children with the virtue of compassion.” (Col. 3:12)

21. Responsibility—”Grant that my children may learn responsibility, for each one should carry his own load.” (Gal. 6:5)

 

22. Contentment—”Father, teach my children the secret of being content in any and every situation, through Him who gives them strength.” (Phil. 4:12-13)

 

23. Faith—”I pray that faith will find root and grow in my children’s hearts, that by faith they may gain what has been promised to them.” (Luke 17:5-6Heb. 11:1-40)

 

24. A Servant’s Heart—”God, please help my children develop servant’s hearts, that they may serve wholeheartedly, as if they were serving the Lord, not men.” (Eph. 6:7)

25. Hope—”May the God of hope grant that my children may overflow with hope and hopefulness by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Rom. 15:13)

 

26. Willingness and Ability to Work—”Teach my children, Lord, to value work and to work at it with all their heart, as working for the Lord and not for men.” (Col. 3:23)

 

27. Passion for God—”Lord, please instill in my children a soul that ‘followeth hard after thee,’ one that clings passionately to You.” (Ps. 63:8)

 

28. Self-Discipline—”Father, I pray that my children may acquire a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair.” (Prov. 1:3)

 

29. Prayerfulness—”Grant, Lord, that my children’s lives may be marked by prayerfulness, that they may learn to pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers.” (1 Thess. 5:17)

 

30. Gratitude—”Help my children to live lives that are always overflowing with thankfulness and always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 5:20; Col. 2:7)

 

31. A Heart for Missions—”Lord, please help my children to develop a desire to see Your glory declared among the nations, Your marvelous deeds among the peoples.” (Ps. 96:3)

 

31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Children by Bob Hostetler, graphic by KeepingitPersonal.com .  Click Here to print this graphic.

 

Pillowcases That Care

Written By Amy

A few weeks ago our family took a road trip to a Young Life camp called Wilderness Ranch in southwestern Colorado.  I was a summer staffer here 20 years ago with some wonderful women, and several of us meet every other year “back at the Ranch” with our families.

Sprinkled throughout the week is canoeing, hiking, a day in Lake City and craft activities for the kids.  This year my friend Sherry brought a craft that I couldn’t wait to pass on to you!  I’m sure many of you have the “Special Person of the Day” plates, and this craft was a version of that…only pillowcases!  Designed to celebrate the big and small in your child’s life, or to give to a child who needs a little cheering up, and some sweet thoughts before bed.

 

Start with some fabric markers and king size plain pillowcases:

Grab everyone in the family and ask them to write a sweet note of encouragement on the pillowcase:

 

 

Moms, make sure you get in there too!

On the back of the pillow, I wrote a scripture that particularly spoke to one member of our family, but would be an encouragement to all:

Jon wrote the “Drool Here” bullseye!

This was our Wilderness group this year!

Have a great rest of your weekend y’all! (that’s for the Texas contingent)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun For the Fourth!

Posted By Jen

Here are a few fun ways to get festive this fourth.  Click on the images for more information from the source.  I love all these ideas!

Great Free Printable for the 4th from Detail Oriented Diva. Love it! Printed it and framed it! It is on my entry way table!

All American Chocolate Covered Strawberries!

 

Free Printable from The Crafty Chicks.

 

Stars and Stripes Pie

 

 

 

 

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