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"... Christians are certainly not above experiencing the occasional face plant, sometimes one right after another. The difference, however, is that the son or daughter of God "rises again" (Prov. 24:16), even on scraped hands and scuffed knees. We may only be crawling by that point, barely getting back to our feet. But our eyes are pointing forward, and our intent is to press on, "looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith." (Heb 12:2)
And the more consistently this happens - this again-and-again pursuit of Him - the more clearly the Spirit will bear witness "with our spirit" that we truly to belong to Him, that we are indeed the children of God."
"When hardship comes your way, will you tell yourself it's a tool of God's grace and a sign of His love, or will you give in to doubting His goodness?"
"If you are not on God's redemptive agenda page, you will end up doubting his goodness.... Here's the bottom line. Right here, right now, God isn't so much working to deliver to you your personal definition of happiness. He's not committed to give you a predictable schedule, happy relationships, or comfortable surrounds. He hasn't promised you a successful career, a nice place to live, and a community of people who appreciate you. What he has promised you is himself, and what he brings to you is the zeal of his transforming grace. No, he's not first working on your happiness; he's committed to your holiness. That doesn't mean he is offering you less than you've hoped for, but much, much more. In grace, he is intent on delivering you from your greatest, deepest, and most long-term problem: sin. He offers you gifts of grace that transcend the moment, that literally are of eternal value. He has not unleashed his power in your life only to delver to you things that quickly pass away and that have no capacity at all to satisfy your heart.... when you are tempted to thing that God is loving you less because your life is hard, he is actually loving you more.... these hard moments aren't in your life because God is distant and uncaring, but rather because He loves you so fully."It isn't about what I'm feeling today.
It isn't about my comfort.
It isn't about my idea of happiness.
It's about more than just today.
It's about eternity.
It's about His glory and my good.
I'm sometimes tempted to think He couldn't possibly understand, when in reality, I'm the one who doesn't understand.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
A few weeks ago, Tim and I took a couples trip down to Georgia to hang out with some good friends of ours. We decided to drive and made a few stops along the way. This was a big trip for us, in the sense that it is the longest we have left all of our kids, for a total of 6 days. My amazing mother-in-law (and father-in-law) watched the kids the entire time we were gone. Yes, I know how blessed I am :)
The first stop was in Indiana where we stopped at a casino to play a few rounds of roulette and black jack…. we lost $32 :(
For lunch we ate in Florence Kentucky at this place called "Mai Thai" (thanks to trip advisor) and while we were a little rushed because we got there at like 2:45 (15 minutes before they close for the afternoon), it was fantastic - if you like Thai and sushi. We go to Cincinnati every year and I look forward to going there again.
The next stop was Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, TN where we took in a show at the Smoky Mountain Opry. The show was good. We had wanted to do the dinner show about the Hattfield and McCoy's but the line was way long and we knew we wouldn't make it to the show on time. So for being our second choice I was not disappointed in the opry show. We loved the variety, and mostly we loved the juggler and the gospel music portion. So good! I love that our country still has a few spots where this type of things still happens.
We also ate lunch at this little spot called "Wild Plum Tea Room" it was rated #1 on trip advisor. It was off the beaten path and was a very unique experience.
Their regular menu was very small, and to be honest I was a little disappointed when we first sat down until the waiter came over and told us all of the daily specials. We both ended up ordering a special, as well as their famous tea (which was delicious btw). My only complaint is that I would have preferred for the specials to be written somewhere only because it's easier for me to process things I see rather than things I hear, and there was a lot so it was hard for me to keep up.
While in the art district we stopped at a few shops, primarily to look at the pottery. I did purchase a little pottery mug for my morning coffee…. it's so cute and authentic!!
From there we drove through the mountains - including the Smoky Mountain National Park - to Elijay, Georgia. The drive was gorgeous!!
Unbelievably beautiful, i could not take enough pictures!!
It was a great time and something I will never forget.
And there is no one in the world I would have rather experienced it with!!
Once we got to Elijay, we stayed at a cabin in the deep mountains (I say deep because it took 15 minutes to get 2 miles with all of the curves to get to the actual cabin) although I would not describe it at as remote, I would describe it as "a ways out" thanks to the curves. There were 8 of us staying there, and I think after the three days only 2 of us had not gotten car sick. But it was a beautiful cabin with lots of room for us and the three outer couples we were staying with.
While there, we enjoyed some of the amenities on site: the outdoor pool (which was so warm it was like getting into bath water). I personally decided it wasn't worth getting my hair wet and just kept my legs dangled over the side. :) We did a round of mini golf, basketball and tennis (or at least the others did the basketball and tennis…. way too warm for me to be working that hard).
Our second day there we decided to do whitewater rafting. I was very nervous at first. And by very nervous I mean, for a few moments I considered not getting into the raft.
We went with the Rolling Thunder River Company - our group of 8 was divided into two groups. Tim and I's group was with Morgan (we called her "Captain Morgan") and it was AWESOME!! As scary as it was, it was memorable and exciting. I truthfully can't wait to go again sometime and while I want to take all of the kids, I particularly can't wait to take Treyton - I know he would love it!!
It took about and hour and half and when we were done, all I could think was that I wanted to do more, but the next morning my arms were a little sore, so I think, in the end, it was just enough.
Side Note: we technically were in Tennessee for the whitewater rafting.
Our last day there we decided to go for a hike before we headed out (Tim and I left a day before everyone else), after losing our way a bit we ended up hiking The Approach to the Appalachian Trail to the Amicalola Falls. It was probably the most intense hiking we had ever done, but was well worth it once we saw the falls. It wasn't too far either, mostly just steep - both up and down. I'm very glad we went - even if Tim and I had sore legs the next day. :)
It was an amazing trip - my favorite part aside from seeing our friends and participating in the world's most amazing dance party - was the great food and the whitewater rafting and the scenery…. okay I guess i loved it all!