12:19 AM

piney woods

boat house

We just returned from a weekend retreat in the piney woods of East Texas.  My brain is still processing a lot of things and physically I'm pretty tired, but it was an excellent weekend.  But you know what stood out to me during these few days?  As I looked around the room at the people who attended, I realized something incredible.  Gathered in that room were people from about four different seasons in my life.  People I went to high school with, people I work with in S. Africa now, my youth leader when I was a teenager, the leaders I worked with at YWAM in Tyler, TX.  And then there were people in that room who were linked to other people I knew.  Now you might not understand how incredible that is, but believe me it was. 

It makes you realize how small this world really is, how much emphasis Jesus places on relationships, and how staying connected to lasting relationships offers so much life.  I mean these people have seen my high's and low's, walked me through struggles, celebrated my victories, and loved me through all of it.  It was incredible to have them all in one room.  It makes chills run down my spine.

I'm still processing a lot of the weekend but one thing I've realized.  As I head into this next season of sabbatical, I really need to get a journal to record everything God is speaking...

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  1. I know what you mean....and I hope as you journal what God is showing you, you can share some of it with us.

    Love!!! the picture of the boat looks so serene.

  2. Sounds fantastic! And I have a feeling I know a few of those people, too. :)

    I kept journals on and off for years - my most recent one concluding during my first pregnancy. My blog is a bit of a substitute, but I do hope to get back to putting pen on paper someday.

    A book that deepened my spiritual focus in journalling is Bill Hybels' Too Busy Not To Pray. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it.

  3. Glad you enjoyed the retreat...sure wish we could have been there. I was thinking Ethan would be born while it was happening. Wishful thinking maybe?? I'm so ready!! Oh and yes, I think you keeping a journal during your sabbatical is a fabulous idea. Hopefully you'll be better at it than I tend to be!

  4. I have journals from 1998. When I go back and look at them and read them...I can see over time things I had forgotten that God did, I can see answers to prayers. Although I tend to journal and write down my thoughts and prayers to God when I am in some sort of distress... so if my children ever read my journals, or anyone...they will think I lived my Christian life in one big distress signal. :)

    Love your pictures, as always!

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