Here is a message I shared at 2 different times at our local Bible Camp which I mentioned about in my last blog post. This was my written notes that I went by for the message I shared, but I really just tried to share it from my heart, and did not read my notes word for word. This message was geared to the young people at camp many of which knew our son Clayton. I had a slide show put together about our son at camp, and then of photos around here as well. So I shared that before I got in the heart of my message. I will not post the slide show here since some of the photos have other children in them and I do not have their permission to use them. The slide show was put to the song this World is Not my Home.
I have a little slide show we have put together to kind of introduce our son to you. Many of you will have know him. Our son Clayton passed away April 19th, 2017 in a 4 wheeler accident. It was so very tradgic and sudden. It reminds me of the verse in James 4:14 KJV, "Where as you know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your lif?It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." ( but we sometimes get the feeling we will always be here don't we?) Clayton had been a camper out here for 6 summers in a row. He was at the last 2 Junior high camps. He probably would have been at the Senior high camp this year, and he hoped to be able to volunteer out at camp as well. Clayton was 14 and would of truned 15 on June 14th, 2017. I am sure many of you got to know him here at camp , and I am sure some of you were even his cabin mates in the past.
( show slide show)
Like that song says this world is not our home, we are just passing through. This here on earth is just our temporary home while we are in waiting for our futuer Home --- Our Real Home or our Forever Home. It is easy to sometimes think we will be here for ever or a long time anyway, epsecailly if your young. You feel like you have your whole life ahead of you. But life is not always that way. God sometimes has differnt plans than we have. And our life can be over so much sooner than we ever expected or inticapated as I know first hand.
And just as our son was here one moment; healthy, happy, and full of life, and then gone the next, it can happen to anyone. Life can sometimes be cut short. But the great things is you don't need to fear death. God loves you so much that He sent His son to die on the cross for our sins so that through Him we can have eteranl life. So when we die here on earth, we are simply waking up in our next life, where we will be living for ever with Him Glory. Isn't that awesome!!
As Clayton's parents knowing that he loved God, even though we have great sorrow, we also have joy and the assurance that as he has passed from our home he has gone on to his For Ever Home. And that is my desire for you that you will also know and love God, and that you will have that same assurance that you know where you will be going when your life here is over. God loves you so much that He does not want you to die with out knowing Him. He wants you to love Him, honor & serve Him with you whole being, and have a relationship with Him.
Remmber each new day that God gives you is a true gift, and your life is nothing short of a miracle. So make the most of each day that God gives you giving your life for His service. Because you don't know how long you may have as James 4:13-14 states. And like the lyrics in the song One Day at a Time. Yesterday's gone sweet Jesus, And tomorrow may never be mine. No, we may not know what tomorrow holds. And that is ok. But what is beautiful is that we know who holds tomorrow!
I want to share with you some verses that talk about God's amazing love He has for us. As well as the verses on the hope we have through Jesus Christ.
(verses on hope:)
Revelation 14:13 NIV Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 NIV Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.
Revelation 21:4 NIV ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
2 Corinthians 5:8 NIV We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
(verses on God's love:)
John 11:25-26 NIV Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
Romans 14:8 NIV If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
Matthew 18:4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
John 3:15-16 That everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 10:27-28 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
Thank you for allowing me to share this message with you all and being able to do this also in honor and memory of our son Calyton Renfroe.
I am a wife to my wonderful husband, Paul, of over 22 years. Mommy to 9 blessings, ages 21 to 3 years. Our 2nd oldest son, at age 14, has gone on to be with the Lord on April 19th, 2017. I share about that new road we are on here on my blog.
My first 7 years of blogging.
Great inspirational reading!
"I believe a greater intimacy with God leads us to an inner peace, unquenchable joy, & an ever-lasting hope regardless of what we go through in life." Mae