Allowing God to Come Close
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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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