Sonrise Provides

Whew!  What a summer just flying by and taking all the hours in the day with it!

I have had a rough time keeping up with my posts and lots of busy on the homefront – being especially remiss in my Sonrise National Park Vacation Bible School reports!  It is not lost on me that our last lesson involved a “busy beaver” – which is what I’ve felt like all summer.

Exploring “True Riches,” it was a blessing to meditate on the virtues of the beaver – and the secret to his wealth and success – hard work coupled with the faith that ALL his needs are provided daily by his Creator God in the design strategy of nature and habitat.

Miss Brenda gives our weekly announcements and leads us in prayer . . .

Beginning our time together with praise and worship, the little kids inside . . .

And, the big kids outside . . .

The Park Guides escort their groups to each station.

Ranger Ed was at the Fireside Frontier with the Bible lesson – illustrating God’s provision for everyone through the “miraculous meal” Jesus served when He fed five thousand men PLUS women and children with only the meager lunch of a small boy’s two fish and five loaves of bread.

Of course – in proper historical and cultural context – those loaves of bread are not like the loaves we eat today.  Ranger Ed showed with his hands just how small and flat – the size of a large cracker – these “loaves” of bread really were!

The story is recorded in Mark 6:30-44 and John 6:1-14 in the Bible.  It is one of two times that Jesus fed thousands from the smallest of resources.  When crowds would follow after Him to listen to Him speak, they would not want to leave even though they were hungry.  Jesus blessed what food was there and commanded His disciples to distribute it among the people – the resource never waned – and there were multiple baskets of leftovers at that!

We see God’s provision in nature everyday.  Beavers have plenty of wood and water provided for them in the habitat where God placed them.  They take what is provided and work hard to build their home by their river food source where there are plenty of fish for dinner.  In this same way, we can be sure that whatever “habitat” the Lord places us, there will be provision, therein, for all our needs – by His hand and blessing.  We respond with hard work and stewardship to take part in His resource provision – be it physical, emotional, or spiritual – God provides our needs right where we are!

“My God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”  
Philippians 4:19

Snack time illustrated our beaver friend with ice cream, chocolate sauce, candy eyes, mini-marshmallow teeth, and a chocolate wafer for the beaver tail.  There was provision for whomsoever came to the table – and yummies all around!

Outside after snack, teamwork with tools illustrated how to use what is provided to accomplish the task!

Our little ones celebrated the fish the Lord multiplied with a bit of paste and sequins to decorate the cut-out craft – and googly eye for fun!

The memory verse brought up the tail . . .

The following week was to be a special water-fun night – but dark clouds were gathering and leadership feared another fierce thunderstorm.  But, there was no fear for providing an alternate plan!  True to what we’ve been studying about the provision of the Lord, two mounds of shaved ice were donated to a re-draft of the evening’s plan.  We would keep the kids outside and engaged in a snowball fight with snow building games – in JULY – and easily be able to retreat to the shelter of the building should the rains and thunderstorm scatter our way.

What a blessing that the storms were on a different course . . . the kids had a blast!  One of our littlest angels shows off the icy snowballs . . .

But, she cleared out of the way when the bigger kids started a battle in earnest!

Then, it was time for teams to build from the provision available – not a summer sandcastle, but a wintery ice castle – or sculpture – as the case may be.

One of the teams came up with a winning idea!  Filling one of the orange cones that marked the play area with snow, the cone became a mold for a sculpture creation.

Three turrets later . . . the last of the castle markings were made . . .

A moat, of course!

Winners were declared and it was time to praise the Lord – all the age groups together!  Not a raindrop in sight!

Then, sitting them down like the Lord inviting the five thousand to sit – snack was blessed and popcorn and ice cream was multiplied amongst all . . .

While Miss Kathy was distracted by a rainbow in the distant sky.

Someone else got the storms – we got a glorious evening of joy and laughter in ministry to our smallest saints!

More adventures to come at Sonrise National Park VBS this month – stay tuned!!

Sharing Sonrise Provides this week with Spiritual Sundays

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at and blogs at


  1. WOW! Looks like lots of fun. The kids are so precious. That one child laying prostrate in prayer just melted my heart! Gave me the Holy Bumps! Thanks for sharing. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  2. I bet the kids love all this stuff! I think I’d be exhausted! 😀

  3. A snowball fight in July…those kids will remember that for a long, long time. I have been involved in VBS for so many summers. Its such a great ministry and outreach. As it so happened I, for the fist time in many years, took a break from VBS this summer…it was just how it worked out this year…and I really needed those quiet evenings for 5 nights as my sister took 3 out of 4 girls to church each night. I was really missing it by the end of the week though!
    Glad your summer seems to be busy and full of good things.

  4. What fun times. when our sons were little I ran our VBS and children’s church every week, but I passed the torch so to say when they got older. It’s so much work, you did a wonderful job I’m sure.

    enjoy your week!

    PS – The only reason that we don’t go to Jersey anymore is tradition. It’s been MD or DE for years so that’s just what we do.

  5. Hi Kathy,
    what a fantastic camp.Blessings to all who participated.
    The children obviously had a marvelous time of sharing, learning and praising God.
    God Bless
    Have a good day
    Barb from Australia

  6. Precious, precious…and may God’s word be planted in their hearts….yea to all the workers

    Oh well this mother-of-the-groom got cold feet, seven years ago..and this past week our second son got engaged, and this mom is on her knees! We pray and let God…that is our part!

  7. It all looks marvelous to me! What a blessing to see children and adults alike using one of my favorite (if not my very favorite) gifts of the Father, the gift of creativity.

    These children are richly blessed. Well done!

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