Sunday, May 22, 2011

Week of Rest, Part I


Enjoying an awesome week of rest in Port St. Joe, Florida. Favorite things so far:

  • the drive down, listening to a Dave Ramsey audio book The Total Money Makeover. Good stuff. Not always workable in every detail if one has a quiver full of five, but very good stuff overall. And there are absolutely no regrets. I'd rather have the kids than the fully-funded this fund or that fund. Kids are awesome. Psalm 127.3-5.
  • the company: 1 wife, 5 children, 2 parents-in-law, 1 brother-in law, 1 sister-in-law, 2 nieces, 2 nephews
  • the beach house: the aforementioned parents-in-law rented a place on the beach. I mean ON. THE. BEACH.
  • the food: the aforementioned wife & sister-in-law have planned & prepared all the meals. Feastilicious.
  • the pool: attached to the aforementioned beach house
  • the late evening stroll on the beach: Beautiful.
  • falling asleep to the sound of the breakers coming in through the screen door. Son #1 & I are talking about sleeping on the deck tonight to enjoy both the sound of the breakers and the ocean breeze. I imagine others will join us.
  • watching the dolphins swim by in the early morning
  • daily Bible readings & hymn-singings with 3 generations of sinners who've been redeemed by the mighty hand of our covenant-keeping God
  • worshipping with an older company of God's people this morning at a local church. Best moment was when this aged, elderly, advanced in age, old, ancient, along in years, debilitated, seasoned, senior, over the hill, past her prime, enfeebled, white-haired, painted-on-eyebrowed, getting on, geriatric, decrepit lady was introduced to perform a solo for the "special music." I must admit that as she hobbled up to the front I inwardly groaned. She seemed too old (by about 20 or 30 years) to be doing public solos. But I checked myself and sat up and paid attention. Honestly I have no idea what most of the lyrics were. Couldn't understand them. But three times she broke out into the refrain & it was absolutely beautiful: "My voice will silence never; I'll worship him forever; And praise him for his glorious love!" I submitted myself to the Lord's rebuke, as tears filled my eyes. Reminded me of Psalm 92.14,15: "They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the LORD is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him."
  • enjoying my new Bible. More about that later. Great layout. Never had one like this before.
  • getting into my beach book, Pat Conroy's The Prince of Tides -- loaned to me by a friend well over a year ago.

2 comments:

  1. Someone recently told me, "Rest is holy." Glad you and your beautiful family are enjoying your time at the beach.

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  2. Thank you, Abbie! That's one of the greatest things about our God in my mind... that he is the Giver of Rest. Grace & peace to you & your family.

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