It is a wonderful thing to have family get togethers. When kids are older and they all have jobs it is SO hard to get everyone together. I try, but I also realize that it doesn't always have to be ALL of us.
We had a camping adventure this weekend with all but three of us. Kids and grandkids. It was 100 degrees with only one tree in our three campsites. But to this mother's heart it doesn't matter when or where or the weather. It is time spent. I am sure some of you can relate to this.
We rented jet skis one day and as I was out in the middle of the gorgeous, deep blue mountain lake I could not help but be so incredibly thankful. For family, for creation, for the means to be there.
We were in our family's favorite place and doing our favorite thing. How fortunate is that?
Jet skiing gives me such a sense of freedom. Flying over a wake or driving around as fast or slow as I wish looking at the mountains and thousands of pine trees. Clearing my mind and just enjoying the incredible beauty surrounding me. I am such a nature girl. There is nothing that helps me think or gives me such amazing peace as being out in God's creation.
Even looking out my window and watching my chocolate lab, Ginger chasing a squirrel can bring me such joy. Sometimes I need to LOOK for the joy, LOOK for the peace and BE thankful. It is a choice. I only jet ski once a year. I am not always able to see my kids and grandkids when I want. That can't be the basis for my joy. And sometimes I can't always be outside peacefully sitting in a lovely nature setting of a mountain lake or an ocean beach.
So then what else gives me that same feeling? Reading God's Word. I can get lost in it. It gives me true peace anywhere and anytime. It sustains me. And when I feel lonely or sad I go to His Word and know God has everything under control. He holds me in His hand and I can just kick back and rest.
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