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Sign of an open heart…

Sometimes people get hit so hard in life that their heart and emotions simply close up and become hard, defensive and protective of self at almost any cost. If you are in this situation, or helping someone in this situation, there are two things to know:

  1. Just one meaningful connection: It only takes one meaningful connection between a person with a closed heart and someone or something else to begin to open up the heart again. ONLY ONE. The connection can be with a horse, a dog, or a coach, friend or relative.  
    I have watched God increasingly use horses at Warm Beach Camp to provide the one meaningful connection needed to open up a hard, scared and broken heart.
  2. Gratitude is the evidence of a closed heart opening up: When you start to hear someone express gratitude for one meaningful connection, be encouraged, because the heart and emotions are risking opening up to the possibilities of giving and receiving love again.

Caution for parents: Parents want to be the meaningful connection with a child who is hurt. However, the meaningful connection may need to be a horse instead. Don’t assume that you are the answer. Be open to who or what God would bring into your child’s life to open up their heart and spirit. Supportively be faithful to the part God has given you as the parent.

Opportunity for all: Shared experiences encourage connection. Consider Warm Beach Camp as a great place to connect and encourage people whose hearts are closed and hard. Pray they will find one connection, open up and receive love, and begin to express gratitude.

Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

Gratitude – It’s in our DNA

Warm Beach Camp is overflowing with gratitude for the initiatives and transforming work of our Lord Jesus, and gratitude for our donors and volunteers. One of the privileges of the board is to hear stories about the work of the Kingdom in people’s lives and to see new initiatives like Special Friends Camps, camps for adults with special needs.  When we watched the video of the first Special Friends Camp, tears of gratitude were flowing.  Like the Psalmist, we gave ...
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The lights don’t get up there by themselves!

Thousands of people will come and enjoy The Lights of Christmas this year, but few realize that the process of getting the more than one million lights in the trees started three months earlier.For the past 17 years a small group of brave individuals begin the process on the first week of September. They don their layers of warm clothing, and many days, their rain gear. They buckle up their harnesses and climb into the 60-foot lifts. They make themselves ...

“Retreat!” Not just a battlefield command

[lead]Retreat! This command is not just for the military battlefield. It is for those times when life is too busy, too stretched, and simply overwhelming. Jesus understood the concept of retreat perfectly as indicated in Luke 5:16, “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”[/lead] Do you find yourself in need of retreat? Daily we find individuals and groups getting the respite they need by spending time at Warm Beach Camp. Recently, we found these excerpts online after groups ...