26 Weeks and finding Peace on the River

     Recently, a friend of mine was going through some tough stuff at home. She was worried, tired, and overwhelmed by life. She didn’t quite understand how her situation had anything to do with God teaching her something. If God isn’t constantly teaching us something, then what is the purpose of this life? He created us to be close to us and to love us. Sin has separated us from Him, and He wants to close that gap. He’s always teaching us how to draw near to Him, but why do we miss that so often? Our fears, our loneliness, and our exhaustion…they’re all windows of opportunity to fall into His arms and allow Him to carry us. Some of my favorite memories are the ones that begin in pain and end in His arms. Why do we constantly try to fix things on our own? Do we fail to see how incredibly small we are? Do we not recognize how big God is? It’s foolish to think that we can do anything without Him.

     This week, I finally came to a halt and recognized my loneliness. I’ve been trying to go, go, go, and not focus on it, but He wants me to see it. He wants me to be surrounded by the quiet and listen closely for His whispers of direction. This world is so loud! We’re always surrounded by noise! I’m not cursed to be alone all the time. I’m blessed to have so much one-on-one time with my tender-hearted  Creator. I had so much on my calendar, and I finally grabbed my black marker and made a line through it all. I felt horrible cancelling plans and appointments, but it needed to be done. Some very good friends of ours (who actually feel more like family) invited the boys and me to go camping on a river with them, and that seemed like exactly what we needed. So, I packed up the boys and headed north toward bad cell phone reception and His symphony of crickets, waves, and the wind blowing through the trees. I didn’t get a whole lot of physical rest, but I found rest for my soul away from my calendar, my computer, and my to-do list.

     You never know how much you’re going to impact someone’s life until you have. I’m so grateful for the family in my video. They are so much more special to me than they’ll ever know. I don’t know what the future holds for me, but I know that this family will always be in it. We were only up there for 32 hours, but was an incredible chunk of time, and not a moment was wasted. Even if there’s no one out there reading this…for the one person that might, please take the time to rest your soul in Him. Here’s what my soul-nap looked like:

     Thanks to “Biff”, I didn’t have to make the roadtrip alone. It’s been a while since I had a co-pilot! She helped calm my boys and fed my craziness on the road by joining in with me. It was nice to have someone else join us on our IHOP date too!

12 Down, 20 to Go!

2012 – The year I found Peace on the River in Blue Ridge

Until next week, send your crazy to me, since I’m going there anyway.

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