Monday, March 2, 2009

Pine Cove Weekend

This past weekend I led the Women’s Retreat at Pine Cove camp in east Texas. Pine Cove is a glorious and beautiful place with a dedicated, servant-hearted staff. It is always a joy for me to go there because it brings back a flood of wonderful memories of when I spent a summer there as a camp counselor back in 1981. It was at Pine Cove that the Lord stretched me, grew me and matured me through serving others and learning God’s word in a deeper and more practical way. I encourage you to check out this camp for your kids or for your entire family (Family camp program) for the coming summer -
- God uses this marvelous encampment to change lives!

Here’s some lesson learned from my weekend at Pine Cove:

As God’s chosen people we are holy and dearly loved.
We all need to retreat, spending time alone in God’s beautiful creation.
Recognize that every person is a treasure, created by God.
Go on a treasure hunt to find the gems in others.
Horseback riding can teach us a lot about how God deals with us, gently guiding us and leading us.
Give women chocolate and karaoke and watch the crazy fun talent emerge.
Let the peace of God rule in your heart.
God’s word is our sure foundation. Let it dwell in you richly.
Be thankful always, even in the midst of anxiety.
Songs of praise can take you from fear to faith.
Set your heart’s focus on things above.

Finally – to all the delightful women who were there this weekend – it was great to meet you and get to know you. I truly enjoyed the blessing of visiting with you. And yes, Pine Cove Staff that goes for you too!


Jesse said...

Thank you for your encouraging words, Karol! If you or anyone else wants to relive the memories of "Janise Dion" and her song, there's a recording on Youtube at

Clint said...

It was so great to have you here, Karol. You did an awesome job.