Posted by: Kris Lindsey | June 7, 2012

A Different Kind of Camping

I love camping. The pungent pines and swish of the breeze through the tree-tops sooths my soul. I enjoy the challenge of creek hiking—meandering from rock to rock discovering each little pool and waterfall. But the crowning glory is the campfire. The aroma of hot dogs roasting and marshmallows plumping tickles my taste buds. After the smoky feast, I sit for hours mesmerized by the dancing flames and glowing embers, reluctant to give up the day.

This summer, however, I’m doing a different kind of camping. For years I’ve been on a quest to find the “Joy of the Lord”. Along the way I discovered five principles that help me attain peace, which I’m chronicling in my book Trading Stress for Peace. But now, thanks to a recent new perspective on one of my favorite Bible verses, I feel like I’ve finally arrived at the brink of Joy. So, for the next few months I’m going to camp on the verse, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him” (Romans 8:28), and see how it improves my outlook.

I look forward to feeling the refreshing breeze of the Holy Spirit as I step closer to God in faith. I can hardly wait for the new insights I’ll discover as I meander from word to word, meditating and feasting on this verse. But most of all, I hope to become mesmerized watching all the good God is doing in and around me.

I’m ready to drink in all God has for me on my summer stay-cation. Let the joy begin.

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