Enjoying the rewards

Today I’m happy to say that I’m going snowboarding with my husband. I obviously enjoy being with my husband & snowboarding is quite wonderful as well! But the time I enjoy with snowboarding is a direct result of lots of failures, falling down & painful crashes. During my first year of snowboarding, I dislocated my shoulder, hurt my back so bad that the ski patrol had to sled my down the mountain & I hit my head so hard that I received a concussion through my helmet. But today, I really enjoy snowboarding & I don’t get hurt 🙂
A steep learning curve can have totally enjoyable results if we don’t quit too early 🙂

a benefit from being injured

 Well, I have to make a confession – I tried to snowboard on a sprained ankle.  I thought I had recovered enough to enjoy some riding w my family, but alas, I was sorely mistaken, in the literal sense.  So unfortunately, my choices were to be in pain all day, slow down my family who would have to wait for me all the time & risk further injury or sit on the sidelines while my family enjoyed a great day of skiing.  Grrrrrrrr.  At this point in my life, I don’t see the X Games in my future, but I do have to be up to speed for some upcoming Saving Moses travel.  So I opted for the sideline view of a beautiful mountain.

Here’s the great part of this stupid injury – each of my kids took a turn to hang out with me so I’d not be alone.  Just so you know, I have no problem being alone, but to have solo quality time with each of my kids is nothing less than sublime bliss.  Maybe when we are forced to slow down, it helps us to appreciate what is so vital in all of our lives – relationships.  This is a unique perspective on what Paul said in Philippians 3 – I want to know Christ and the fellowship of His suffering, along with the power of His resurrection.  We often follow strength, but some of the best fellowship can occur around hardship, suffering & difficulty.  Selah

some random thoughts

my daughter has finally grown into the skirt & jacket my brother bought her 2 years ago – she’s really beautiful & very confident! 

my son, Benji & i did a butt black yesterday.  translation:  we got on an expert ski run by accident & slid down on our butts

David & I had a “walking home together” date.  We discussed his friends, different books he’s read & kicking rocks

Reece & i took Benji skiing yesterday – he let me sleep in the car on the way home.  very peaceful!

Some spiritual thoughts / considerations floating through my mind of late:

  • when i feel cold-blooded, i look for the Son to get warm
  • contentment is internal & not external – so they say
  • God has life for me underneath the frustrations, worries & cares that will change tomorrow
  • doing is a consequence of being
  • I’m made to be w God

I’ve also been thinking about Jesus’ parable related to living a productive life, so i’ll be blogging on that over the next few days.  keep your eyes peeled!

catching up

Last week, our family took spring break & we went skiing & snowboarding for the week.  Its really nice when you can take advantage of what’s local for vacations!  While on vacation, I had some really spectacular God times – seriously.  Riding the lift, while observing God’s beauty & extravagance was more than captivating.  I sensed God whispering to me & surrounding me w His immensity – while still experiencing His ever deeping love. 

This was an interesting experience for me because previous vacations haven’t had as much God intertwined in them.  Consequently, I’ve observed that my transition back into “regular” life, so far, seems to be much smoother & the continuity of being close w God through the vacation has only seemed to deepen my time w Him this morning.  I know that Monday morning will bring all of the challenges for Mondays, but somehow I feel less daunted to face Monday than I normally do – especially after a vacation. 

I pray that God would help you & me keep our eyes on Him, in vacation season, tax season, past Easter, in peak stress times, in chilled out moments & everything in between.

P.S.  I did an accidental flip on my snowboard, landed on my head & got up laughing!  Too much fun for a someone my age!  😉

lessons from snowboarding

Last weekend, i had an exciting time snowboarding.  it was really overcast & i couldn’t read the snow on the ground from the air above it, no contrast (no line on the horizon) & so i couldn’t tell what the ground was doing.  i couldn’t see if it was rising or falling, if the snow was bunched up or iced out.  initially, it was pretty scarey to ride this, not being able to really see where you’re going very well, or determine what the snow’s like.  but i discovered a trick – if i didn’t use my eyes as much, i could focus on how my board felt, how the snow felt under the board & how the board & i worked together.  so i’m trying to learn how to ride without my eyes as much & more by feel. 

This goes along w what Paul says in 2Cor 5:7 – we walk by faith & not sight.  if we let our eyes tell us where we’re going, then the world is in a sad state of affairs.  i like what Bono says: vision over visibility.

marching toward thanksgiving

Thankfully, this year, I’m not making a turkey & everyone says, “whew!”  So in all of my free time, here are a few things floating around – my food for thought:

  • listening to Reece discuss potential ski purchases
  • snuggling w Benji
  • passed my greek quiz tonight
  • some of my friends are really hurting – I feel this very deeply
  • looking forward to riding this week
  • I want to dream about Jesus tonight
  • computer frustrations I think I finally solved
  • began working on beatitudes book – takes me to great depths. 

Here’s a closing thought – be God’s child by imitating Him. 🙂

time for FUN

 

i wish

i wish

I think God is thoroughly amazing!  He has designed each of us w such unique personalities – completely incredible!  While I tend to be a somewhat reflective, I love that He gives us what we need, when we need it, despite our natural bends.  Here’s what I mean:

This week has been a bit intense – I had my Greek mid-term (EXTREMELY stressful since I’m trying to just pass the class), preaching Wed night, Senate elections for Isabell & David’s school, along w preaching Sun.  Needless to say, I’ve been pretty focused & didn’t know how much of a break I needed.  Yesterday, was a BLAST!!!  My friend, Janice & I went snowboarding yesterday – 1st day of the year & had a fantastic time w no major injuries (not going to discuss the “injury from snowboarding” topic).  I got to ride fast & furious, catching no edges & it was completely great – didn’t know how much I needed to blow off some steam! 

That’s what I think is cool about God – He gives us what we need, when we need it.  So regardless of your natural bend, be sure to give God space & opportunity to give you what you need, even if you think you don’t need it. 

What have you noticed God giving you over the last few weeks?