Philippians 4:8

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Camp DeSoto girls know that words matter. As Sue often quoted,

“Words are so powerful they should only be used to bless, to heal, to prosper.”

This quotation hangs in the Camp DeSoto Dining Hall, providing a daily reminder to everyone in the camp community to speak with intention, grace, and love.

I have always loved this quote, and something I’ve noticed over the years at Camp is that every girl gets this, no matter how old she is. We have all had words spoken to us that were not thoughtful, that stung. We have also been touched by kindhearted words and encouraged by truth. Every camper feels the truth of this quote as soon as she reads it. She recognizes the power words have and the importance of using them wisely. Even when we fail to live by this, we still know how much it matters.

In light of this idea that words can be a powerful force of love and blessing, we are excited to start a new feature on the Camp DeSoto blog called “Wednesday Words!”

There are so many poems, song lyrics, book quotations, and bible verses that speak deep truth to us, and we want to share some of our favorites with you. These are words that have blessed, healed, and prospered our own hearts, and we hope they will speak to yours in the same way.

We can’t think of better words to start with than those that have guided Camp Desoto philosophy from the beginning.

Finally, [sisters], whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Philippians 4:8English Standard Version

Brad and Sue read this verse year after year to describe honor campers at DeSoto, and there’s nothing quite like hearing the sound of Brad’s own voice reciting the King James version.

So, there you have it - the very first “Wednesday Words.” Check back next week for more words of truth, beauty, and good report!

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Sarah Hurt

About Sarah Hurt

Sarah Hurt is the Director of Camp DeSoto. She grew up playing in the woods of Lookout Mountain, swimming in Little River, and spending her summers as a DeSoto camper. She loves good stories, twinkle lights, her dog Riley, and Camp DeSoto girls most of all.

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