Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Observations from the beach

*** The beach (any beach!) truly is one of my favorite destinations on earth. Elegance and poise, however, will never be my companions there. Traipsing across a sun-baked dune... with a folding chair and tote bag in hand... in the 105 degree heat... will never a pretty picture make. Let-me-just-make-it-to-the-hard-packed-sand-without-falling-smack-on-my-face is more often the manner in which I trudge.

*** As much as I LOVE watching my children delight in the sand and the pounding surf, the opportunity to sit in a chair... under an umbrella... with a single book... for hours on end... is truly a heavenly treat.

*** The sound of the ocean's roar is one of the most glorious in all of creation.

*** While on the surface, time alone seems like a wonderful thing... nothing really compares to sharing LIFE with the ones you love.

*** People-watching surely is an enlightening experience... one that generally begs more questions than it answers and one that inevitably establishes for me-- over and over again-- how very blessed I am and how very much I love MY wild & crazy crew.

*** Ice-cold Dr. Pepper... on the blistering sand... is surely a gift from heaven's hand.

*** Renting an umbrella for $10/day is worth every single penny... and then some.

*** With regard to actually getting to the beach-- it really is important to jot down the directions in their entirety. Skipping even just one little step may add significant travel time to your day. Just sayin'.

*** Watching a stingray flop back to the sea after being cut loose from a fisherman's line is truly a breath-taking experience.

*** Porpoises off the coast-- who frolic and play... surely as God intended-- bring a smile to my face... every single time.

*** There's no doubt in my mind-- the splendor of creation demands a Creator, and how blessed we are that He's a creative One!!

"In the beginning,
created the heavens and the earth...
and [He] saw that it was good."

Genesis 1

Monday, July 25, 2011

1000 Gift: Majesty

Sometimes, I get overwhelmed. Sometimes, I find myself at a loss for words. And sometimes, I just want to run and hide. Because my circumstances seem too great to bear. But, every single time, His love searches me out. And quietly beckons. And softly reminds... that HE who is in me is greater than he who is in the world. And that He who began a good work in me WILL BE faithful to complete it. And that His mercies truly are new every morning as His faithfulness reaches to the skies. And I-- completely undeserving of it all-- am compelled... NOT to run and hide... but to give thanks. For His grace knows no limits and His love, no bounds.

O the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!

Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me!

Underneath me, all around me, is the current of Thy love

Leading onward, leading homeward to Thy glorious rest above!

~S. Trevor Francis 1875

Last Thursday, my husband gave me a gift... a wonderfully wonderful gift.
Three nights at the beach.
In a lovely Bed & Breakfast.
All by myself.
Because He loves me.

"Men are never duly touched and impressed with a conviction of their insignificance,
until they have contrasted themselves with the majesty of God."

~ R.C. Sproul

(#968 - 994)

the generosity and thoughtfulness of my wonderfully wonderful husband
and his amazing act of love
3 days and 3 nights at the beach
with sandy toes
an 8-foot umbrella
text messages
and pelicans
air conditioning and ceiling fans
cedar shake houses with bright white trim
gardens and flowerpots... filled to overflowing
brilliant color!
lifeguards on duty
and 5:00-- when the lifeguards go OFF duty & all the dog lovers race home...
only to return with their pups in tow, eager for a frolic in the sea
canine paradise
The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas
the hint of coconut-scented suntan lotion wafting on the breeze
ice cold Dr. Pepper and a brand new pack of gum
undisturbed sleep (plus a nap in the sun)
the line where water meets sky... where earth meets heaven
the sun on the horizon
and the stillness of the dawn
time to reflect and refocus... rest and recharge
and a Sunday morning treat-- a worship service held right there on. the. beach.
a longing for home
the majesty of His creation
and the vastness of His love

"I pray that you... may have power, together with all the saints,
to grasp how wide and long
and high and deep is the love of Christ."

Ephesians 3:17-19

and the list goes on...