(on our way to California last February for my surgery)
(at the hospital this July, preparing for the first day of Jamie's chemo)
Walks every evening, hand in hand with my man.
Watching my dear cousin get married on a farm in June, and standing there as her maid of honor.
My fiancé, Jamie, visiting Maine with my family for the first time.
(at my cousin's wedding!)
Practicing piano little by little and beginning to sing and write again.
Wedding dress shopping with the girls in my family...then going again with my Dad and seeing tears well up in his eyes when I found my dress.
Celebrating one year since the release of the "Sing Over Us" music video on June 21st, and receiving the 2nd place award for "Best Music Video" from the International Christian Film Festival.
(Wanda, my sponsor child in the Dominican Republic who inspired the song and video, will graduate from Compassion's program this September, around the time I get married!)
My eyes healing ever so slowly, to the point where they are better now than they were pre-surgery!
Sitting outside and hearing with both ears the sound of birds chirping and cicadas singing and my dad's patio waterfall splashing on rocks.
Picking blueberries by the bucketful (and eating blueberry pancakes!)
Watching farmer Joe's four chickens in the back yard (Easter chicks turned into family "farm pets"?)
"Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God's right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all His glory." (Colossians 3:1-4)
I encourage you, if you feel like this has been one of the best summers in your life, basking in the glory of sunshine as you sail through, enjoying simple pleasures- give praise to the Creator and Giver of all good gifts. If this has been a sticky season of storms, however, I encourage you to look not at the waves, but to the Maker of the waves and the Calmer of the seas.
In a sermon by Bill Johnson, which I listened to quite a few times after my surgery (when I couldn't watch TV or read or listen to music, because my eyes and ears were too sensitive to do any of that...), he mentioned that everything we do in life is based out of fear or love. Everything. Fear or Love. Those are the two root causes of every action, every word, every thought. The more I think about it, the more true it seems to be. Today, will I choose to fear or to love? Will I choose to watch the waves or wake up and call upon the Master who commands silence and stillness from those waves? What will you choose?