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Out my Window: The Atlantic  Ocean, palm trees, the beach


Enjoying: Having my whole family together and being at the beach

Listening to: At this moment, the ocean… but listened to variety of music and podcasts on the way here.

Alice Merton, U2, Thousand Foot Krutch… top music listening  We listened to a few of the old ones. (if you are super serious, these will not be the right fit for you.)

If you have not listened to Jill Briscoe yet, all her talks are worth your time. She is a wise soul. I love that she is still faithfully sharing the truth at 82.


Reading: As I was narrowing down my book bag for the beach (we are moving my son so the amount of items brought was to be very small, I am not good at bringing only a couple books.) But before I left an old beach friend called out, Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. So many nuggets in this beautiful, simple book. Always the right book to read by the ocean. Treasure from today:

“I want first of all… to be at peace with myself. I want a singleness of eye, a purity of intention, a central core to my life that will enable me to carry out these obligations and activities as well as I can. I want, in fact–to borrow from the language of the saints–to live “in grace” as much of the time as possible. I am not using this term in a strictly theological sense. By grace I mean an inner harmony, essentially spiritual, which can be translated into outward harmony. I am seeking perhaps what Socrates asked for in the prayer from the Phaedrus when he said, “May the outward and inward man be one.” I would like to achieve a state of inner spiritual grace from which I could function and give as I was meant to in the eye of God.”

Starting Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones by James Clear. I am a brain nerd. I love learning about how the brain functions and how people learn and grow and change. I enjoy books on habits and always learn something new. I heard about this one on Craig Groeschel’s leadership podcast I started using a few pieces that I learned on the podcast.

Also Starting Let’s All Be Brave: Living Life with Everything You Have by Annie F. Downs. A friend loaned it to me, so I am looking forward to it. Using this one as my sub book because it is easy reading.

Pondering: What does it look like to do this next section of life without as much stress and fear? God was so gracious as we helped our oldest transition to independent living and college two years back. I am amazed at all that has happened in the last two years, and all the blessings that were beyond what I had hoped for or imagined. As we help him transition to the new part of his journey, I am trying to remember what God has done and that He is able to do all that, and more in the future without me stressing or trying to make things happen. I know it is not up to me, but I do not always live that way. Pondering what does that look like?

Learning: To be quick to listen and slow to speak, especially when the situation is uncomfortable or off, or I feel either way. Allowing quiet in a hard space sometimes allows for something unexpected to surface.

Home: Going away is motivating to me. I need to have my house clean before I leave. So things are in order and we are not there to mess things up. Not sure if the cat is cooperating with this, but I do not have to deal with it for a bit. Also being reminded as I live the “beach life,” and read Gift from the Sea how much less I really need, and how simple things can be. Hoping to carry more simplicity into our lives when we get home.

Fitness and Mental Health: Not to over talk the ocean, but there is something that is so good for my body, mind, and soul at the beach. I love water, it has always been my refuge, but there is something about the ocean that calms me and gives me perspective. I think it puts me back into proper size proportion…God spoke all this into being, and put boundaries on the water, and the Scripture says his Spirit hovers over it. The sun rises and sets in a daily rhythm. It is easy for me to see at the beach how small I am and how good and able God is. I also love morning and evening beach walks and schlogs. 

Giving Thanks:  For an opportunity to connect and walk with friends on Saturday in grief and hope. Getting to spend time with my family at the beach. For more pieces of the puzzle of my heart and future being shown. For friends who sense the Holy Spirit and listen and obey. For friends who stand in the gap for me and my family.

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