There’s nothing that’s quite so arresting as awareness of God around us. I mean really near. Not just the cursory acceptance of the verse “I am with you always”, but the raw knowledge that Someone has direct involvement in our lives.
It can be the evidence in God’s creation – the vast mountain landscapes or torrent seas.
It can be in God’s provision – the great and the small.
It can be in His people, from the touch of a mother’s hand, the laughter of children, or a newborn baby’s cry.
They all speak of God’s ‘touch’ in our lives.
We often think God is far off – up in His Heaven somewhere, but His Spirit is actively at work around us – providing hands and feet through people.
Kind words spoken, a hug of comfort, a phrase of encouragement, another shoulder to bear the burden, and understanding/listening ear.
He’s here. His body.
And it’s absolutely amazing when we step back and ‘see’ them.
God provided it for me in so many ways this week – from a ‘word in due season’ while meeting with Beth Vogt at BRMCWC to a chat with my 5 year old about faith. God was there. Right there- leaving his fingerprints all through my life.
And all through yours too.
Open your eyes and see the wonder of His love and know He is not far off.
He is near.
I’m sure many of you understand the thrill of a BREAK! Oh yes, the lovely thought that sleeping in late is okay, that your schedule can feel more relaxed.
Change of scenery.
Ahhh…. my whole body relaxes.
This time it has been particularly cool so far. We started it with a parents’ retreat 🙂
Dwight and I went to the lovely Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference on Sunday and came back yesterday. REtreat for Dwight = getting to hang out by himself, sleep, and read. Totally fit the needs he had for ‘relaxing’. Retreat for me = hanging out with other writers and chatting about imaginary friends. 🙂 Perfect.
I gleaned encouragement, inspiration, and much needed ‘like-mindedness’ among other CHRISTIAN authors. Words are sometimes useless in expressing my joy and gratitude for such an opportunity.
God brought amazing people into my life like Beth Vogt! And I had the opportunity to celebrate with Lisa Carter over her 3 book contract. Ramona Richards surprised me with an amazing gift – Krista Phillips DEBUT novel!!! Then there was amazing introductions with fabulous author Susan May Warren, who is just a wonderful person and wears great shoes 🙂
I got to hug Alley Pals like Melissa Tagg – so sweet and felt a kinship with beautiful Marney McNall – wow, what a lovely person!
There were so many fantastic opportunities and divine appointments 🙂
We’re headed on vacation with the family (my parents included). Lake Lure! Looking forward to some more opportunities to relaxand create.
Thank you, God!!!