Nicklis Stevens lost his sister, Lygon, in an avalanche while they were hiking a mountain peak. He then went through the valley of pain asking the difficult question of “Why?” God answered him in beautiful and unexpected ways.
Being confused is one of the most common and most unsettling of human experiences. Uncertainty about what to do, what is going on around you, or what is expected of you can make you confused. When you are confused it is usually because things are happening that you can’t seem to control.
One of the most important details to consider in leading groups outdoors is the content you will teach. What does your group need to learn or process right now? What themes will I stress throughout the camp or retreat?
I do not always make room for God’s Word each day. And I suffer greatly for it, and so do my relationships. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Create a rhythm of regular silence and solitude daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, and you will experience more freedom and less slavery to lies.
The Waterproof Bible is My Favorite Outdoor Bible
I love my Waterproof Bible and I use it all of the time! If you are looking for a durable, waterproof Bible for your outdoor adventures, the Waterproof Bible from Bardin Marsdee Publishers is my favorite.
Take Your Waterproof Bible Anywhere
From the the rain forests of Costa Rica, to sea kayaking off the coast of New Zealand or Turkey, to a good soak in the hot tub, you can read your Waterproof Bible anywhere and not worry about it getting water damaged.
And the Waterproof Bible is Lightweight Now Too!
Their new Bibles are significantly lighter than their older models! I highly recommend you add a Waterproof Bible to your favorite outdoor gear.
Teaching with props and object lessons is a key aspect of outdoor ministry. Object lessons are the basis for experiential learning. I’m always looking for creative outdoor ministry curriculum for the outdoors. Object lessons and props bring learning to life and increase participation in the learning process.
The perspective you gain from a mountain top experience can help you when you walk through some of the more difficult ravines of my normal daily routine—in the valley below. Have you ever observed that hardly anything lives on the mountaintop? This is because the environment is too harsh for creatures to thrive. Life is lived in the valley 24/7 but God knows that we need mountain top experiences from time to time to carve landmarks of perspective into our memory, which can fuel new hope as we journey in the valleys below. Here’s how…
“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” -Matthew 6:6 This morning I got up really early for my quiet time with God which is becoming more of a custom for […]
Probably the thing I remember most about this experience was the attitude and demeanor of our sailing guide, Sam. He was a model of servant leadership. Although he was extremely skilled far beyond anyone else in the estuary around us, he displayed patience and genuinely displayed joy as we discovered some new skills.
I smell the presence of snow. Tiny crystals of water float loosely in heavy crisp air. Each breath refreshes and soothes the cavities of my nose with moisture. The maturing fall season triggers a conditioned reflex response. I salivate for my first turns on untracked pristine white snow.