Thursday, August 16, 2012

and then my soul took a deep breath

After two jam packed weeks of summer camp and lots of going and going in between I found myself in need of some quiet. I needed to hear the still small voice of the Lord, just for myself. Not for sharing with others, not for devotional time in the cabins, but just for me.

I needed some buoying up from the presence of the Lord. I looked for it in Scripture but my tired eyes found it hard to focus. I searched for it though worship music at home but my ears were still ringing from the worship band's loud praise.

And then I found it. On a long trip with the family, on the rocky Oregon coast I heard God speak. It wasn't in a thunder, it wasn't in lighting; it was in the crashing waves.

I, the LORD, define the ocean’s sandy shoreline
as an everlasting boundary that the waters cannot cross.
The waves may toss and roar,
but they can never pass the boundaries I set. (Jeremiah 5:22 NLT)

The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands. (Psalm 19:1 NIV)

I am so glad I found God here, that refreshing came. A week away with my family smack dab in the middle of God's beauty was just what this tired soul needed.
And now I am back and ready to go. Ready to take on the end of summer. Ready to get ready for back to school.
A blog break was good, it was nice to put electronics aside for a while and unplug. And hopefully you're all still here, ready to read.
As we edge closer to fall I'm working on some projects around the house, and getting back in the habit of writing. Which is needed since I've recently become a contributor over at Beautifully Rooted. Having more chances to write certainly has been an answer to prayer and I'm so excited to be a part of this online community.

And that is the haps around here. We are relishing sleeping in, ice cream trips, late evening bike rides, and all things summer while the weather allows it. Since the weather is sometimes tempormental around here we are glad that it's actually feeling like summer, with days in the mid to high 90's and nights cooling to the 50's. It is perfect for summer activities.

Before I leave I have to share the quintessential summer picture from our camping trip. This is our sweet cousin on the dock at Zac's uncle's place. As you can tell, we all had a really great time.


  1. a time of refreshing... sounds like the perfect way to wrap up summer. God came near today in a bit of summer rain. all i could do was stand in it and drink it in. now that summer vacay is ending i need to remember to take the moments of refreshment when they come.

    lovely photos.

    so glad to see you.

    1. Glad to be back in there!

      I love summer rains, the smell and the way it cools things off are both lovely!

      Enjoy those summer moments!


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