Three years ago I was talking to the Lord about my granddaughter and how I could be an important Christian influence in her life. The Lord reminded me of Deut. 6:4-7 that says: “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” This was the life verse the Lord gave me when my children were little and one my husband and I tried to walk out in our parenting. If this was still the way to influence even my grandchildren, I then asked the Lord to show me how to do a better job of it besides babysitting, birthdays, and Christmas celebrations. That’s when I came across an idea presented by another grandparent in a magazine. She gathered her grandchildren at her home for several days of fun. It was a way to get the cousins together, since they didn’t see much of each other because their homes were spread far and wide. She gathered them in appropriate age groups over a period of a couple of weeks in the summer with a couple of days of them all together.
As I thought about how I’d implement this into my grandchild’s life (at that point I only had one) I came up with the idea of “Grand Camp.” I prepared a camp like atmosphere. I purchased ideas for age-appropriate devotions at a local Christian bookstore and put them together in a cohesive teaching for each day she would be here. I planned out possible activities for each day, depending upon the weather, and a craft or game for the evenings. Continue reading