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.


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

  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.