Monday, June 14, 2010

Life's a Beach (and Pool)

Saying hi from Rosemary Beach, Florida!

Sorry I haven't posted in a while. We arrived on Saturday but haven't had internet for a couple days.

We've been enjoying every minute of Daniel's first trip to the beach. I don't have many pics to share yet because I left the thingy that connects my good camera to my computer at home, but here are a few from Olivia's pocket sized digital one.

This is Ava, Daniel, and Brady enjoying kayaking fun with cousins.

This is a quick pic before going to dinner.

And this is with a large stuffed alligator at dinner.

After two and a half years of mentally Photoshopping Daniel into our family memories, it's such a blessing to have him sharing it all with us.

My belated Sunday dinner of scripture is simply one about the sea:

"Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea-- the Lord on high is mighty."

Psalm 93:4
Few things make me realize God's greatness like the ocean. I awe it, fear it, revel in it, delight in it. Just like I awe Him, fear Him, revel in Him, and delight in Him.
I have many thoughts about the ocean that I'll share later, but one small thing I love about it is its healing power. We all came on vacation with our scraps and cuts. I have a cut on my hand that reminds me that I'm long overdue for a tetanus shot, the boys' knees look like they have been grated like a piece of cheese, and my teen's legs look like she's been shaving with a chainsaw.
On the drive down, I reminded all the injured that the salt water would heal our wounds. And, you know what, two days into our trip and you can hardly tell where are boo-boos were.
It reminds me of God's love. I know if I just immerse myself in the healing power of His grace, I find healing of wounds that I thought would always be raw and infected and bleeding. Sometimes it stings at first, but I know that is the first step toward restoration.
As I soaked in the sea playing with my kiddos, I saw healing--not only in body, but in spirit. Primarily Daniel's spirit. It's a beautiful sight to behold.
This week's dessert of song is "Ocean Wide" by The Afters.
May you celebrate God's greatness and experience His healing.
More Than Lots,


Kristin Ferguson said...

I'm rejoicing with you that Daniel is now physically included in family vacation memories! What a great part of being in a family those summer beach trips are! We hope Nadia enjoys her first one too. :) Your comments have been very encouraging on my blog!

Thank you!

Sr. Ann Marie said...

Beautiful photos of a beautiful family! Enjoy your vacation!

Angela said...

May you celebrate God's greatness and experience His healing.

amen amen amen..

I am praising God for sending me Goodness and Mercy to my blog..((hugs))

trustandobey said...

What fun to have Daniel along now!!! I bet it has been fun watching him soak up the sun and surf. What a blessing to have the whole family together finally for vacation and every other day!!!
Have fun!!!