“The Campfire” – Now Think On This by Steve Martin

1968 in Cedar Falls Iowa, with the 1960 (?) Ford station wagon in the back. 7 of the 8 kids pictured. I (Steve Martin) am the 2nd oldest. Holding the stroller.

May 5, 2020 Love For His People in Charlotte, NC USA

“What we have seen and heard, we are proclaiming to you; so that you too may have fellowship with us. Our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Yeshua the Messiah. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.”  1 John 1:3-4, Compete Jewish Bible

Growing up in a family of eight (parents, 5 girls, 3 boys – Louis, Lila, oldest Sue, Steve, Mary, Tom, Colleen, Janet, Lynn, Rob) in the 1960s was a challenge often, mostly for my parents of course. But every August, in the first two weeks when my Dad’s foundry, Viking Pump in Cedar Falls, Iowa was shut down, we always went on a camping trip. It was something Dad had saved for every year to pay for it. In advance. No credit cards. Working 2 jobs, overtime, and such. Mom kept the home life going. Full-time job there for sure!

At first it was just a tent. Real cozy! And then he built a camping trailer to load everything into it. Given the 1960 (or close enough) Ford station wagon was baby blue in color, he painted the trailer to match it.

Ford station wagon in back. Pictured with 7 of the 8 kids.

From our hometown in northeast Iowa, Cedar Falls, we would go to the Colorado Rocky Mountains, the Badlands in South Dakota, Yellowstone Park in Wyoming and also the Grand Tetons in Montana, and if not there, to the birth state of my parents and older siblings – the Land of 10,000 Lakes, or as some would call it, “God’s Country” – Minnesota. White Water State Park near Elba, MN, where our cousins the Schultz’s lived, was a very common camping spot. Next to the trout stream.

The one thing we all remembered most, in addition to the long travel on the highways with all of us kids packed in the 2nd row seat and the two seats that folded up in the very back, were the times at night sitting around the campfire. You know, enjoying the s’mores  – graham crackers surrounding the half bar Hersey chocolate, with a melting marshmallow placed within.

Around the campfire in 1968. My Dad, Louis, Steve, Tom, Lynn, Janet, Colleen, Mary, My Mom, Lila, took the photo. Brother Rob came a year later I think.

It was a time of relaxing and enjoying the land with family and friends. In God’s country.

As I sat in prayer this morning, that memory came back to me. If was the Lord saying, “I want your time with Me to be like that. Enjoying the Father’s presence, sitting together. Not a whole lot of activity to distract you. To be with Me.”

In all of our comings and goings today, I hope you too take the needed time to spend with our Father, to listen to Him share His stories, His heart, His love that He has for each of us.

Can you? Will you? It is your choice.

This verse which follows wasn’t written for the unsaved, non-believers, though we have often used it as a “Come to Jesus” salvation call in churches. It is for us who already know Him. It was written to the church in Laodicea, which were lukewarm believers. What does that say now about what Jesus was saying, for this day and age church?

“Look at me. I stand at the door. I knock. If you hear me call and open the door, I’ll come right in and sit down to supper with you.” Revelation 3:20-21, THE MESSAGE

Our Lord Jesus (Yeshua) is still knocking. Are you going to let Him into your life today? Whether for the 1st time, or after all these decades…

Now think on this.

Ahava and shalom,

Steve Martin, Founder/President  Love For His People, Inc.

P.S. Being a “numbers guy”, I like that this message, #505, was written on 05.05.2020.

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Now Think On This #505 – in the year of our Lord 05.05.2020 – “The Campfire” – Tuesday, 8:05 am in Charlotte, NC USA

Steve Martin

STEVE & LAURIE MARTIN - LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE FOUNDERS My good wife Laurie and I (45 years in October 2022!), through the ministry of Love For His People we founded in 2010, give love and support for our friends in Israel and in other nations with friendship, humanitarian aid, and social media support, along with Steve's messages, and our Ahava Adventures trips to Israel. Steve has also authored and published 34 books. We live in the Charlotte, NC area. We have four adult children, spouses, and eight grandkids.

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