The Gift


Spring break is here and I’ve had the opportunity (thanks God!) to go to the beach for a few days. I need to escape from all the events going on 450 miles away. My plan is to rest, relax, spend time with God, and take in as many sun rays as my skin will allow.

I am currently reading “Cold Tangerines” by Shauna Niequist. There is nothing more perfect than having a good book to read while listening to the waves crash onto the shore. Shauna, the author, wants a life that sizzles, pops, and makes her laugh out loud. She wants to make God belly laugh and glad that He gave life to someone who loves it. I want the very same thing plus more! I’m pretty sure that God would chime in right now and say that I am not demonstrating that kind of love towards life. I seem to only appreciate life when the good times are rolling, but haven’t figured out how to embrace and love the bad times.

My friend left me a message. One that said, “Write it down, roll it up, place it in a bottle, and toss it out into the ocean. Come back fully restored of sound mind, spirit, and heart.” What a perfect road map to follow. I am hoping that this trip will completely restore me and put me back on God’s path fully equipped to finish the journey. I know there will be road bumps along the way, but I don’t want that to be all that I hang on to. I want the good times to override the bad. I want to seize every moment and not be so bogged down with disappointment that I miss the daily gift that God has for me. How much do you love this life (gift) that God has given you? Can you hear God belly laughing?

Love in Christ,


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