As the girls and I have headed back to school I am once again reminded that the blessings of God can often be found in the challenges of life. Especially as He uses them to shape and grow us. 🙂
One of the songs I have come to love is by Laura Story. It is called “Blessings.” You can view the video below, but I also love the story behind it (see the second video).
While we were in Costa Rica this summer I took some videos of our adventure to the San Luis Canopy Tour. In addition to ziplining you can take advantage of two other optional activities — the Tarzan Swing and the Superman. Below are the video of the Tarzan Swing for several of us. It was total fun!
Summer has seemed to fly by this year and as I look back on my writing, it has been months since I’ve really been engaged. I tried for a bit in June, but heading out to Costa Rica with the family and then to church camp with the kids left me little time to reconnect with an activity that I really enjoy in my quiet time.
As we finish our second year in Florida, I am amazed when I think that it has only been two years. I look at the amount of change that has happened in our lives, especially in the girls lives, and it seems like we have been here for at least 10 years. Even our youngest, who was extremely upset about leaving Texas (the only home she really knew), now talks about how God brought us to Florida and the work He has done here in her life. I love to see how connected the girls are with their church and friends here in Florida.
More and more I have seen God’s hand in my life as well. It has been exciting to work with the teenagers and young adults at church. God uses their energy and excitement for “all things possible” to remind me that no matter how old I get or what my life experiences have been, God is in control of all things. He has an amazing plan for my life if I will get out of the way and let Him do the work.
One lesson keeps coming back to me over and over again these last few years: The most important intimate relationship I can have in my life must be with God. It is more important than a boyfriend or girlfriend, than a spouse or children or any other friendship. If my intimate relationship with God is right, then it will serve as the solid foundation for every other relationship that I have.
As I watch my girls grow up and as I grow up myself, I am learning the importance of imbedding this principal in our lives early and often. It is not something that society will teach us or often even our churches. We live in a culture where our relationships with others defines our self-image. We spend time and energy seeking the love of others that ultimately will never fulfill us.
I have so enjoyed the notes I have received from my friends over the years that remind me of how God has used me in a particular place and time. Those experiences come and go as do the people in my life. I love how He has used both friends and experiences to grow and shape me into the person I am today, but ultimately the only relationship I will have forever is with Him.