Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Home again

We had a wonderful time at camp. Our boys were the only little kids there, since it was a high school/college age crowd, so they got tons of attention from everyone. It was very sweet - Ethan sat with someone other than us every meal and every chapel time. And he didn't know a soul there when we arrived. What a little socialite!

The speaker for the weekend was Robert Fitzgerald from St. Louis. Dave and I enjoyed meeting him and his wife Barbara- they have 4 sons, and just in our casual conversation, they shared so much good parenting advice. It was helpful for us to hear what they thought they would change if they could do it all over again, and what they thought was important for raising godly young men. We were really blessed by meeting them and spending time with them.

Because I don't know about the rest of you, but I LONG for the advice of those who have walked this path.

The Lord has given us this huge task of raising the next generation. Sometimes I am so overwhelmed by the enormity of it! There are plenty of days I am just sure that motherhood was designed to make me feel like a complete failure. :) How do I look past the nitty gritty of today's work at home and trust the Lord to do His work in my children's lives? It was inspiring to see the godly young people at this conference, to listen to seasoned parents, and to visualize what we are aiming towards.

Robert spoke on the "man of God" from 1st and 2nd Timothy, and went through the books in an exhortational way, encouraging us all to live for the Lord with everything we are. "...that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:17) which of course refers to being in the Word - there is no way around it, is there? We need to be reading, studying, meditating, memorizing the Word of God. We have no power against sin without it, and we are useless in the church if we're neglecting it.

We got home late Sunday night, and so far this week has been less than desirable. I was tired and cranky for the last couple of days (I assumed from the long weekend), and the kids were up to their ears in mischief. And as of this afternoon, I have a fever and the pukies. Instead of doing what I was planning on, I ended up laying in bed all afternoon. I was supposed to lead the women's Bible study tonight, go to a VBS meeting, go to MOPS tomorrow, and have the evangelistic study over here tomorrow night. Now what, Lord? He has been changing the plans on me a lot recently. I know I can trust Him, but I still wonder sometimes.


Kelly said...

It sounds like it was a very nice weekend for the whole family. What a blessing to be able to spend time with a couple that can impart their parenting wisdom to you and Dave.

I'm sorry to hear you're not feeling well and it's been a tough week. I am praying for you.

I'll call you soon so we can compare schedules, ok? I can't wait to catch up with you!! Love to you and yours!

bandanachick said...

I am so glad you have a great time at camp. Somehow I am not surprised that E made a million friends at camp...sounds just like his momma at that age. :) I think I need to get a few pointers from that kid.
That is great that you were able to spend time with the speaker and his wife. It is always so encouraging to learn from those who have walked this path before us.
I hope you feel better you.

Anonymous said...

Rachel, I'm soo sorry you're not feeling well. I hope it's short-lived! I thought you looked a little tired yesterday, though... Jake had so much fun! We're praying for you! Sonja

Eryn said...

am i the only one who noticed the sign? the incorrect grammar and the word saved is way smaller than the rest of the words? i know, totally unspiritual, i should have been reflecting on the message. (things like that just bug me, i want to go and fix it!)
oh, it should be shalt, instead of shall.

dave & rachel said...

I noticed it too, Eryn. :) And why didn't they just use the NKJV anyway???

Robin said...

Rachel, thanks for sharing. I would love to have you share their insights on parenting - Godly advice is such a blessing and it is so helpful to get it from people who have already been where we are. We missed you at MOPS - I'm so sorry that you are sick again. It has been a LONG LONG winter for your family.

Anonymous said...

Hi this is kind of of off topic but I was wanting to know if blogs use WYSIWYG
editors or if you have to manually code with HTML.
I'm starting a blog soon but have no coding skills so I wanted to get advice from someone with experience. Any help would be enormously appreciated!

my web-site ... fast cash advance lenders