Soaking Up the Son........

beach scene

I'm not sure if it was Erich and Mallory's wedding four hours away or Evan being hospitalized for almost a week recently or teaching full-time in a brand new job or trying to get ready for two weekend women's retreats or remembering that I still have a family who needs to eat and a house that needs to be cleaned or a combination of all of the above that has sent me to this level of tired, but I am sure that somewhere along the way I came to the realization that .......

I need a few days to sit on a beach with a good book and NO PHONE SERVICE!

The smell of the salty air and the sound of the waves rhythmically hitting the coastline make my heart beat just a little more calmly.

The thought of pushing my toes down into the sand and leaning my head back so that the rays of the sun warm me from top to bottom brings a peace that I just don't experience while zipping in and out of my driveway all afternoon after work for trips to the store, basketball practices, basketball games, church events, and every other outing that involves a car.

I'm reminded tonight, though, of Joyce Meyer's words, "Where the mind goes, the man follows," so I'm going to allow my mind to slip away to the beach for tonight.

Imagining all the emotions I would feel if I were sitting in a lawn chair just feet from the ocean's shore is as close as I can get.

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.......I hear something sweet.

Is that the ocean that I hear or something even better?????

Psalm 93:3-5

 The seas have lifted up, O LORD,
       the seas have lifted up their voice;
       the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.

Mightier than the thunder of the great waters,
       mightier than the breakers of the sea-
       the LORD on high is mighty.

Your statutes stand firm;
       holiness adorns your house
       for endless days, O LORD.

I feel better already.

Soaking up His Holiness,


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got my bags packed for the beach, When do you want to leave? Where are we going? :) Love you!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooops! That last comment was from me, Kim B.

Blogger Tammy Nischan said...


How about today!?!?!?!?


Love you!

Anonymous Christine said...

I'm working on your recipes, should have them done soon. That will help lift one of your burdens hopefully! Hang in there, you and Tim and God can handle it! Romans 8:28

Blogger natalie said...


Hang on, it's almost Friday! Count me in on the relaxing trip too!

much love,

Anonymous Anonymous said...

From an older woman to a younger woman, take the time you need to rest and get rejuvenated. Go to your bathroom, lock the door, light a candle, put on some relaxing music, shut the lights and climb into a bubblebath tub of warm water. Even if it is for 20 minutes, you owe it to yourself to feel that calm in your body. Then you will be ready to do what all we women have to do in this life. It's not easy, but it is good for sanity and exhaustion. Trust what I say, been there, now retired with all my kids grown up with family of their own. It doesn't mean that life stops, but it is less rigorous. Sandy from MD
PS Don't forget to the lock the bedroom door too so when they want you, you can't hear them.


I am smiling because I just DID exactly what you suggested!! :)


THANK YOU SO MUCH! I can't wait to see those recipes!


Wouldn't it be great to vacation together!?!

I love you all so much!!

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