Here it is the middle of February and I’ve only written one post in 2017. So much for my goal to blog more!
On second thought, maybe I need to move the goal a little further down the list. I’ve always been one to write when I feel the Lord has something I really need to share and not to write just to be writing. That’s a better goal, right?
Today I felt like I needed to get a few thoughts down. So here goes…
January was full! My one post in the new year was to declare my “word of the year.”
We began 2017 on a family vacation joining my side of the family in Florida for a week. We hit the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and both sides of Universal while we were there. It’s not the first time to Disney parks for me, however, it was the first time to Universal. Anyway, there really is a lot to “marvel” at in an amusement park. Here are a few that caught my attention:
- The people – both employees and visitors. Disney really does it well. They know how to handle crowds and their staff are courteous and helpful. And those playing a character…well, it’s just really fascinating to me.
- The rides – I don’t think explanation is necessary; however, I will say that although I don’t understand the technology and mechanics of it all, it’s absolutely amazes me!
- The lights – there is something about Cinderella’s Castle covered in lights. Not to mention all the other lights all over the parks. It really is a wonderland.
- The landscaping – I just had to mention this one because, well, I just love the Mickey head made of flowers or the bushes trimmed into the shaped of our favorite characters.
We were treated to a character breakfast. That was a new experience for me! Both of my children and my sister had birthdays that week so birthday cupcakes came with breakfast.
As mentioned, the first two weeks of the month also came with birthday celebrations. Our daughter turned 13 and our son turned 18 within the first 10 days of January. Those two days, more than many other things, cause me to “marvel.” I am so proud of my kids.
Shortly after our FL trip, we took our church youth group to Gatlinburg, TN to a youth conference called Winter Crossroads. The conference is put on by Clayton King Ministries. It was a wonderful time of worship and teaching. I saw the Lord working in the lives of the kids, and adults, in our group. What a MARVELous blessing. Lives were changed. To God be the glory! A side note is that I ran into a long time friend, who lives in another state and was at the conference with her church. What a sweet reunion!
While in Gatlinburg, we took the opportunity to drive through the areas that had been devastated by the fires in late 2016. I promise we weren’t just out to gawk at the severe devastation and loss that those who live and work there had experienced. We actually prayed for the people as we drove. It’s was something I will not soon forget. If you think of it, please continue to pray for them. Some will be able to rebuild. Some have lost pretty much everything. All of them need prayers as they move forward with their lives.
As if we hadn’t traveled enough, my hubby and I had the opportunity to go to a retreat for pastors and their wives at the end of January. It was a time of refreshment and encouragement in ministry. Such a blesssing to be with so many other pastors and wives from across the state!
I have been reminded at just how good the Lord is to us. I have, for sometime now, had a desire to try my hand at becoming a Virtual Assistant. Yep, it’s really a thing! Anyway, I have been blessed with the opportunity to work for two wonderful ladies for a few months now. I’m learning so much and enjoying it too! At some point I may go into more detail but for now, the opportunity to assist these ladies with their businesses AND be at home to continue on our homeschool journey…well, I just MARVEL at the Lord’s care for me.
But that’s the thing about God. He does care for us. I am so thankful for the truth of Scripture that I see working in my life and the lives of those I care about. As I continue on this year, I’m looking for things to MARVEL at.
How about you? I’d love to know what the is doing to catch your attention.
Until next time!
Joy to You!