Sonrise Super-Power

Another two weeks of Vacation Bible School is past and that just means our summer is tick-tocking away from us!  But what wonders we are learning each Wednesday evening at our Sonrise National Park VBS!!

Recently, we took a lesson from the squirrel – and discovered the secret to Sonrise Super-Power!

It begins with some super-food.  And, I don’t mean broccoli, spinach, or green beans!  Feeding ourselves full of the Word of God will give us the super-power we need to fight sin and temptation in our lives much the same way that feeding ourselves full with wholesome fruits and vegetables fortifies our physical bodies to fight against sickness and disease.

This is where squirrels in national parks or our own backyard can remind us to be daily hiding God’s Word in our heart – in the same way our rodent friends daily hide their acorns, seeds, and nuts away in trees or burrowed into the ground, stored up for the onslaught of cold winters when food is scarce.  The Little Bears acted out this lesson by pretending to be squirrels . . .

Hiding acorns in a tree trunk the way they hide memory verses in their hearts to help them to obey God!

God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out.
1 Corinthians 10:13

Outside at the Fireside Frontier, Ranger Ed told the exciting story of how Jesus used God’s Word to fight off the temptations of Satan for 40 days and nights in the dessert.

He reminded our campers that even though they may not be in the middle of a real desert mountain for long periods of time with the temptation to behave in a way that doesn’t honor God, we have our own “desert mountains” in our lives when we find ourselves in various situations at school, at home, or on the playground.  And, for all us big kids – at home, at work, in the community, and in the relationships we have in life.

Knowing what the Word of God teaches us about God’s Will for us keeps us from sin and undergirds our obedience to Him – life giving food when winter want tempts us towards deadly choices.

Speaking of food – the Blueberry Meadow Picnic Patch was serving up some make and eat acorns with munchkin holes and messy chocolate . . .

As most capably demonstrated by a cheerful camper here . . .

Kayden, however, is undeterred.  It’s finger lickin’ good and he is happy to demonstrate!

Ranger Gina prepared an obstacle course at the Glacier Bay Game Center with challenging activities for youngsters to attack as teammates.  That’s where the power comes from – being a team – you and God’s Word stored up inside of you – then, nothing is impossible!

The Pine Tree Praise Center was another stop for campers to thank the Lord for His super-power Word in their lives!

The following week would see campers tempted with disappointment – does God’s Word provide a way out of that?

Ranger Ed surveyed the skies once again for the long awaited water fun night.

Everything had been set up earlier in the day and campers were arriving prepared in bathing suits and towels.  However, more severe thunderstorms were forecast in our area between 7:00pm and 9:00pm – the very time of our VBS event.

To be sure, lightening striking throughout the evening and a bucket like downpour of water doused any thoughts of outdoor contrived water play.  All our activities had to be brought inside for a Plan B which included snacks . . .

Color pages . . .

Praise & Worship . . .

And, games . . .

And, come electrical storm overhead outside, or electrical overhead lights inside – a good time was had by all!

Sharing our Sonrise Super-Power this week at 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. Hi Kathryn,
    What wonderful lessons on how to live ‘God’s way’ you and the Rangers are teaching. It’s lovely to see the enthusiasm of the happy campers.
    God Bless
    Have a good week
    Barb from Australia

  2. Hi Kathryn,

    What a great way to teach God’s word. Looks like a bunch of happy campers and I could go for some of that watermelon 🙂

  3. Precious and sweet and very uplifting this morning. I needed this fresh look.
    Love ya,

  4. What fun ways to hide God’s truths and Word in little AND big hearts and minds. Such a sweet summer delight!

  5. good for you!! and good for all of those kids. looks and sounds like a wonderful experience!

  6. I know you’re busy…just thinking about you and missing you.

  7. it’s really nice post…

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