Changing Plans

I changed my plans for today at the last minute. I was going to go snowboarding, but decided that there are more pressing needs at home than my snowboarding interests.
In 1Samuel 13, Saul changed his plans as well. He & Samuel made a plan to make a sacrifice together but he got scared & offered the sacrifice without Samuel. This was a major downfall for Saul & Samuel explained shortly after Saul’s fearful decision, that God had sought out a different leader for Israel, a man after His heart (1San 13:14).
Saul changed the plan he had made with Samuel because he was afraid of his enemy, the Philistines, & saw the Israelite’ support of his leadership rapidly eroding.
While I’m a massive advocate of flexible planning, I’m growing to appreciate the importance of keeping God’s goals as unchanging piers to anchor my soul, regardless of my environs, feelings or selfish preferences.
God’s goals always related to genuine love & connecting humanity to God’s heart in deep intimacy. Let’s be sure that we keep God’s plans more central to our choices rather than our selfish interests, including my snowboarding plans 🙂

Try Something New!!

This is a picture of South Park in Colorado. My son & I are grabbing a day over Christmas break to get some skiing / snowboarding & today I decided to try a new route to get up to the mountains & man was it GORGEOUS!! The views on the drive were entirely enchanting, serene & ethereal – almost like driving in a picture!

I’m really glad that I tried this new route even though there were some icy patches & a few parts were a little touch & go.

Seems like this could be a good mindset for starting out 2017! Let’s be determined to try some new stuff, even if some parts might be a little tricky to navigate. I find that often the rewards of new things can be better than the risks! Let’s GO!!

No Concussion 👍

Today, I took my kids skiing / snowboarding, my first time since I fell last ski season & got a concussion. So today is wonderful! Fun with my boys & fantastic runs!

Sometimes we have to get back on the horse & keep riding when we get bucked off, learning the appropriate lessons that go w the fall 🙂
Of course there’s a time to quit, but let’s do that when we’re succeeding & not when stuff is going poorly.
Keep on, keeping on!!

Concussion

Recently, I was snowboarding, fell & got a concussion. Needless to say, this isn’t in my top five exciting experiences. Recovering from a concussion requires rest, again not in my top five exciting experiences. Furthermore, I’m not supposed to concentrate for long amounts of time, again not in my top five exciting experiences. So I’d rate the concussion thing at a 2 because there’s a little up side with people being more patient & kind, generally. All that being said, I wouldn’t recommend this adventure. 
But here are some things I’m learning from God that might help you as well:

  • Being still & quiet can be a massive opportunity to experience supernatural peace
  • Being strong & independent doesn’t help us to be close to people or God
  • God is big enough to handle stuff that can feel overwhelming
  • I can trust the Holy Spirit to take better care of things than when I try on my own

Have a really excellent weekend & don’t forget to grab your copy of Heavenly Help!

Concussion

Recently, I was snowboarding, fell & got a concussion. Needless to say, this isn’t in my top five exciting experiences. Recovering from a concussion requires rest, again not in my top five exciting experiences. Furthermore, I’m not supposed to concentrate for long amounts of time, again not in my top five exciting experiences. So I’d rate the concussion thing at a 2 because there’s a little up side with people being more patient & kind, generally. All that being said, I wouldn’t recommend this adventure. 
But here are some things I’m learning from God that might help you as well:

  • Being still & quiet can be a massive opportunity to experience supernatural peace
  • Being strong & independent doesn’t help us to be close to people or God
  • God is big enough to handle stuff that can feel overwhelming
  • I can trust the Holy Spirit to take better care of things than when I try on my own

Have a really excellent weekend & don’t forget to grab your copy of Heavenly Help!

Keep Practicing

  

This picture is at the top of a black ski run. I didn’t take a picture of the din because it was a steep drop 🙂
I’ve been snowboarding with my this week as they’ve been on Spring Break & I decided to try a black run (translation: advanced as opposed to beginner or intermediate). The first time I tried it, I conquered! The second time, I was conquered ,)

So I’ll keep practicing. Practice is a good thing – it’s the space where we can mistakes, learn, grow & improve without feeling shame or embarrassment, usually. 

There are heaps of things in which I want to do better & honestly, I sometimes get discouraged with myself for not improving more quickly. So I remind myself, “Keep practicing, you’re getting better & better!”

You too! Keep practicing 🙂

Dislocating My Shoulder & Important Lessons

Yesterday I dislocated my shoulder with some snowboarding stuff & ski patrol helped me a lot. When they came, they got close to me because my face was kind of buried in the snow. He introduced himself & asked my name along with some pertinent questions (what day of the week, who’s the president, when’s your bday, etc). They were super helpful, trying to get off my snowboard & helping me to sit up, getting me into the sled & coaching me all along the way: what’s coming next, how’s it going, are you doing ok, grab my hand & I’ll help you, always using my name, protecting me in the sled on the way down (I watched some but mostly tried to say 1Cor 2 to keep my mind off the pain), being very gracious & patient.
While I didn’t know either of these men, they were extremely helpful & got me to a place where I could get my shoulder back in place. I was with them maybe for 30min, but their help was entirely invaluable.
Going through this experience has made me think a lot about Who the Holy Spirit is in my life. Let’s remember that Jesus called the Holy Spirit, our “Helper” when first teaching His disciples about the Holy Spirit in John 14.
Some of my take always that could help you as well in relation to the Holy Spirit:
*Help is always very close & not repelled by any brokenness
*Help coaches you along the journey, even when it’s painful
*Help us strong & available – stop trying to be independent
*I panic less when I listen to the Helper’s voice
*keeping my focus on the Helper empowers me to go through difficult adventures

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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?