Allowing God to Come Close

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 Entry # 9: September 1, 2019 Inner Tubing, West Chester, Pennsylvania

“Be still and know that I am God…” Psalm 46:10

A few years ago, I had an opportunity to lead a group of young adults, as well as my daughter and her friends, on an inner tube trip down the Brandywine River.  I was excited to go, thinking it would be like white water rafting.  The current would be fast and we were in for a wild ride!  Upon arrival, we noticed that the water level was substantially low and very slow moving.  We could see an unusually crystal-clear river bottom.  Most of the way, we were only about a foot to a few inches above the bottom!  For planning purposes, this Embreeville tubing trip should have taken us approximately an hour and a half to complete.  Instead, half way through our excursion, I started to realize we would finish in a little over two hours!  It was a beautiful day, lots of fun, but when I reflected back of the experience, I started to realize a few things.

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Entry # 8:  Paddle boarding – Cape May, New Jersey, Summer 2011

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” Ecclesiastes 3:1

How does this scripture verse strike you?  Do you ever wonder if there are too many good opportunities to pass up and find it a challenge to choose the “best” of the good things?  Do you ever say to yourself, “If I don’t do something now, it may never get done?”

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Entry #7- Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Kempton, PA 

Let me start by apologizing for having been remiss in sending May’s entry.  Maybe you understand from your own life experience, that at times, demands of our primary vocation can require our full attention much more than others!  

 At times, it seems like challenging things can happen in short succession, lending itself to the rising of the “perfect storm!” It is as if every moment is consumed with the needs of loved ones or those entrusted with your care. Imagine this…

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Entry #6- El Yunque National Forest, La Mina Waterfall in Puerto Rico, Summer 1994

A Miracle Story…The Gift of Graces Poured out like a Waterfall!

Back in 1994, early in our marriage, Dave and I went to Puerto Rico during one of his Navy assignments.  Being the nature and adventure lovers that we were, we had to find a rain forest!  We found La Mina Waterfall, in El Yunque National Forest, where you could swim!  I was excited, yet fearful since the waterfall seemed so powerful.  At times, when I swam underneath it, I was afraid the force of the waterfall would push me under! Pressing past my fear, I swam to the backside.  When I did, I experienced the immense beauty of this God-created waterfall from a rare view.

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Entry #5- Daylesford Abbey, Paoli, PA

By the pond.

This past Friday morning, I stopped over at the Daylesford Abbey, to drop something off.   It had been snowing all night and into the morning. The snow continued to fall when I arrived when I dropped off the borrowed Ethernet cable.  For a brief moment, I hesitated to continue on with the day.  Looking around at the white, pristine ground of new fallen snow, I was drawn to take a small hike on the peaceful grounds.

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Entry #4 - The Arenal Region of Costa Rica

Who’s got your back?

In the summer of 2002, my husband, Dave, and I decided to go to Costa Rica to celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary. We were super excited to try some adventurous activities, one being the most popular, a high ropes zip-line canopy tour!  

I sensed in my prayer that it was time to conquer my fear of two things...fear of heights and the fear of public speaking I said to myself, “time to check the first one off my list.”

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Entry #3 Daylesford Abbey, Paoli Pa

As I write this reflection, I must admit that this Christmas has been a bit different for me. About a month ago, I went in for what I thought was a going to be minimally invasive meniscus and plica band surgery in my right knee. After all, my husband and I were planning to go on a backpacking hike in Alaska next summer, so I needed to get myself in “good condition” with plenty of recovery time so I could begin training for this next big adventure.

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Entry #2, Location: Moab, UT

It's pretty amazing how much God is around us, even when we don't expect it.  When my husband Dave and I went to Moab, Utah two summers ago, we had an opportunity to experience the magnificent glory of His creation all around us.  I started each day, asking the Lord, to help me to see each day through His eyes, to desire what He desires for my life, and to be in a position to receive what He wishes to reveal. 

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Entry #1, Location: Zion National Park, UT, ‘The Narrows’

When I reflect on my life, it is amazing to see how intricately woven moments with God in my past continue to transform me into the person I am today. The Lord journeys with us through our experiences of joy, disappointment, times of bondage, and in areas we have received freedom. Though we don’t always know the answers to life’s questions, we can never forget that He remains by our side, and continues to invite us into an ever deeper relationship with Him.

How have you seen God's movements in your daily life? The more concrete we are with our own experiences, naming them as they really are, the more we can talk with God about the things that really matter! When I come to Him JUST AS I AM, WHEREVER I AM, I find that He is a God who is REAL, RELATIONAL, and RELEVANT to all things.

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For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
— Psalm 139:13-14

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