Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Cherishing THIS PLACE

I'm getting really excited about visiting family in less than two weeks!  We're heading to Florida for Dave (Josh's brother) and Leah's wedding on 8 June.  But while this is an incredible opportunity and happy vacation- I'm a little nervous about seeing people we love (and stores we love, and roads without potholes, and sidewalks) half way through our first term.  You see, it's been a really good first year, and the transition was relatively smooth.  And I don't want to sabotage that.  I don't want to get back to the states and realize just how much we've been missing.  I don't want to go to the store and fall in love all over again with finding everything I need. 

And so the next two weeks- I'm clinging tight to His hand- I want Him to be enough, not only in the hard times, but in the amazingly-wonderful-too-good-to-be-true times.  I don't want people or stuff to draw me away from Him.  And His calling for our lives. 

Just this morning I read this:
"And don't turn aside, for then you would go after empty things which cannot profit or deliver, for they are nothing." -I Samuel 4:21
So, I want to enter in fully to this glorious life He has called us to.  I want to hide myself so deeply in His heart that nothing can turn me aside and draw me away.  I want to cherish the gifts of this place, so that I can cherish the gifts of Florida, and return here full, and not bitter.

Here are some moments I've been cherishing:

6388.  a morning alone with You
6389.  this balcony. our balcony.
6390.  living in a tropical paradise.

6391.  Family Movie Night
6392.  Toy Story 3.  Popcorn. Friend and Family.
6393.  Silly boy- inviting Rex to join us :)

6394.  fresh fruit.
6395.  starting the day right.
6396.  juicy mangoes, grown right here. 

6397.  a good man.
6398.  I get to do life with him, til death do us part.
6399.  a dripping wet puppy.
6400.  squealing, happy boys in afternoon sun

6401.  dress shopping with Rachel
6402.  fun african fabric
6403.  alterations made while we waited.
6404.  necklaces. bracelets. bags. shoes. one stop shopping.

6405.  this song. panning for gold. that's what I'm doing these days. 

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