Monday, July 25, 2011

Rodeo Bible Camp

Our family just got back from a rodeo bible camp about an hour from where we live. We had an absolutely amazing time! The camp started Wednesday afternoon and lasted until Saturday afternoon. My husband and I went as team leaders and our children were all campers. My boys all participated in steer riding while my daughter did goat tying. If you aren't familiar with a rodeo bible camp, I'll give you an idea of what it is like:
6:00-6:45 am Feed and water animals, saddle up and wash for breakfast
6:45-7:30 am Breakfast
7:30-9:15am  Ropers, horsemanship and barebacks have event instruction
                Bull riders, barrels & poles, goat tyers have showers, team devotion and faith building
9:15-9:25am  travel to events
9:25-11:10am  opposite of 7:30 times (all groups switch)
11:10-11:20aam  travel to events
11:20-11:40am  praise and worship
11:40-12:15pm  chapel
12:15-12:45pm  lunch
12:45-2:30pm  event instruction and showers, devotions, etc as above
2:30-2:40pm  travel to events
2:40-4:25pm  switch events, devotions etc
4:25-5:00pm feed and water livestock
5:00-5:45pm games
5:45-6:00pm dinner
6:00-6:45pm dinner
6:45-7:15pm praise and worship
7:15-8:00pm chapel
8:00-9:15pm check animals, free time and prepare for bed
9:15-? make him famous devotions
10:00 lights out

Some things change each day but that is pretty much the schedule each day. The kids learn more about their rodeo events in a safe Christian environment and also spend time learning more about the Lord. No cell phones, mp3 players, computers or the like are allowed. They fed us delicious food, which caused me to gain about 4lbs while I was there! :) 

Going to camps can be an amazing way to draw closer to the Lord, but when it is over and you come back to the real "world", it can be a tremendous let down. I pray we all keep our excitement for God, our daily (at least) time with Him and spread His word to others. I pray we grow ever closer to Him each day. I'll paraphrase one quote I loved from chapel time-

You can't coast in your relationship with God, because you can only coast downhill!

Blessings my friends,

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