Hi Boys & Girls! Welcome to the Campfire!

Corky and Louise were ground squirrels that once lived by our house. Corky followed Papa Tim around all over the place. If Papa was working on his truck, Corky watched every move. If Papa walked into the garage, Corky followed him, just like a little dog!

Every morning, Louise would come up onto the deck and eat my petunias. They were her favorite food of all. But I didn’t buy flowers so she could eat them! So I moved them where they would hang over her head. Louise would stand below the deck and look longingly at the petunias with a sad face. I could tell she wanted some, and I was willing to share a few.

I picked one petunia and dropped it off the deck. It floated down toward Louise like a parachute. She reached her tiny paws up, grabbed it and stuffed it into her mouth. I dropped another one, and Louise ran over to catch it, too. Every morning, I dropped a few petunia blossoms down to Louise and she would catch and eat them. I liked feeding her!

Did you know that God provides food for us, like I provided food for Louise? Yes! He tells us to ask him for food when we are hungry. When we love God and obey him — when we give our hearts to Jesus, God the Son — then God the Father takes care of us, for we become his children. He is a good, good Father! He watches over us and gently leads us and feeds us.

Jesus said, “Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows your needs. Seek first the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” (Matthew 6:26, 31-33, New Living Translation)

What a great promise!

I’ll see you at the next Campfire!

Hugs & kisses,

Montana Gramma

Hi Boys & Girls! Welcome to the Campfire!

The rodeo was in town, and Papa Tim and I went to it. We watched the cowboys rope calves and ride broncos. It was almost nighttime when the bull riders began their show. The bucking bulls raced out onto the field, kicking and tossing their horns around, trying to throw the cowboys off. It was very exciting!

But then, right in the middle of one scary ride, something happened. The sky turned bright gold and red and purple! It was the most beautiful sunset I had ever seen! Everyone in the stands said, “Oooooh!” And they weren’t watching the bull rider— they were watching the sky!

I believe God sent that sunset to remind us that HE is more fun than bull riding! Fun? Yes! God is FUN! He does things nobody else can do.

Once Jesus, God the Son, was teaching a huge group of 5,000 people out in the countryside. When evening was near, his disciples told him, “We should send these people away so they can go buy food and eat.”

Jesus said, “They don’t need to go away. YOU feed them!”

The disciples were so puzzled! “How can we do that?” they asked. “It would take all the money we could make in a year to feed these people!”

A boy heard what Jesus said. His mother had sent him a lunch of loaves and fish. He held it up to Andrew, one of the disciples. Andrew must have smiled. But he said, “Jesus, we have a boy here with 5 barley loaves and 2 small fish. But what are these among so many people?”

Jesus said, “Bring them here.”

Andrew brought the boy and his lunch to Jesus. That little boy had great faith! Jesus must have smiled pretty big, because that boy believed in him. Jesus took the fish and bread and prayed over it, then began breaking off pieces to give to the disciples. “Give these to the crowd,” he said, while he kept breaking up the bread and fish.

The disciples held out baskets and took the pieces, which kept coming and coming until they filled all the baskets! They fed all 5,000 people, and then gathered up the leftovers. There were 12 baskets of bread and fish left! Jesus did that because a little boy believed in him.

When we are having a hard time, we can always ask God to help us. We ask in Jesus’ name. That’s when miracles can happen!

Here’s a Bible verse you can memorize to remind you of God’s great care for you. The Apostle Paul wrote:

"This same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 4:19, New Living Translation)

See you at the next Campfire!

Hugs & kisses,

Montana Gramma

Hi Boys & Girls! Welcome to the campfire!

July is rodeo time in Montana. Everybody crowds into the seats around the arena and watches cowboys and cowgirls ride animals. The first are called “wool riders”, children who hold onto the sheep’s wool while the sheep tries to buck them off.

All day long the rides get more difficult. The cowboys ride their horses out into the field and rope calves. The fastest cowboy wins. Then they rope steers with horns. Sometimes there is barrel racing. These are usually cowgirls who ride their horses around barrels on the field. Some of the cowboys try to ride bucking broncos.

Finally, the cowboys with the most practice try riding bulls with horns. The bulls stomp their feet in the stalls. They snort! They start to buck! Then the cowboy climbs over the fence and sits down on the bull. The gate opens, and the bull races onto the field, bucking wildly. He tries his best to get the cowboy off!

It’s a wild ride! For the cowboy, the ride seems to go on forever! But the ride is really only 8 seconds long. The buzzer rings and the cowboy jumps off the bull. A clown runs out onto the field to distract the bull while the cowboy gets away from it. After all the bull riders have finished, the judges decide who did the best job and give him a prize.

Sometimes life feels like you’re riding a wild bull. It’s hard! You think the hard times will last forever! But usually the worst of the hard times pass, and you can relax again.

The Apostle Paul said, “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed . . . We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. . . Our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen.” (2 Corinthians 4:8, 9, 17)

Paul was telling us that sometimes life can be hard. But if we keep our eyes on Jesus and obey him, we will someday be given a reward — a prize — when we get to heaven. Just like the best bull riders get prizes here on earth!

So when things get tough, keep your eyes on Jesus and trust him to keep you strong during hard times. Memorize this verse to remember always:

“Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will never fail you nor abandon you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6, NLT)

See you at the next Campfire!

Hugs & kisses,

Montana Gramma

Hi Boys & Girls! Welcome to the Campfire!

July is rodeo time in Montana. Everybody crowds into the seats around the arena and watches cowboys and cowgirls ride animals. The first are called “wool riders”, children who ride bucking sheep. They hold onto the sheep’s wool while the sheep tries to buck them off!

All day long the rides get more difficult. The cowboys ride their horses out onto the field and rope calves. The fastest cowboy wins. Then they rope steers with horns. Sometimes there is barrel racing, when they ride their horses around barrels in the field. Some of the cowboys try to ride bucking broncos.

Finally, the cowboys with the most practice try riding bulls with horns. The bulls stomp their feet in the stalls. They snort! They start to buck! Then the cowboy climbs over the fence and sits down on the bull. The gate opens, and the bull races onto the field, bucking wildly. He tries his best to throw the cowboy off!

It’s a wild ride! For the cowboy, the ride seems to go on forever! But the ride is really only 8 seconds long. The buzzer rings, the cowboy jumps off the bull, and a clown runs out onto the field to distract the bull while the cowboy gets away from it. After all the bull riders have finished, the judges decide who did the best job and give him the prize.

Sometimes life feels like you’re riding a wild bull. It’s hard! You think the hard times will last forever! But usually the worst of the hard times pass, and you can relax again.

The Apostle Paul said, “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed . . . We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed . . . Our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; but rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen.” (2 Corinthians 4:8,9,17,18, NLT)

Paul was telling us that sometimes life can be hard. But if we keep our eyes on Jesus and obey him, we will someday be given a reward - a prize - when we get to heaven. Just like the best bull riders get prizes here on earth!

So when things get tough, keep your eyes on Jesus and trust him to keep you strong during hard times. Memorize this verse and remember it always:

“Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will never fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:6, NLT

See you at the next Campfire!

Hugs & kisses,

Montana Gramma