Sun, beach, palm trees, endless food, no cleaning, someone taking care of me for a change…can you say paradise? We just got back from a week in Cancun, Mexico and had a blast! It was very relaxing and just what the doctor ordered. We are so blessed to have parents who want to bless the family by making memories together in a tropical paradise…aaaand they paid for it! Cha-ching! Thank you Jesus! I love spending time with both sides of our families. This side of the family is Matt’s side, and I truly love these people!
One of my favorite things we did was each night before dinner we had a family devotion. Each night was led by one of us adult children. It was a wonderful way to hear each others hearts. I pulled away golden nuggets of truth from each person and tucked them away in my heart. I have pondered them frequently since then. I have also decided this will be a new tradition in our own household with the four of us. I think this will be a great way for the boys to dig into the Word of God, pull truth from it and share it with the family.
The trip was perfect! I came home feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. You know what though; once I got back, the stress of my everyday life was waiting for me. There had been a bad storm while we were gone and we came home to damage to our home and property. I was a week behind at work with a host of other things that piled the stress of life back on me as soon as I stepped off the plane. Taking some time for yourself to relax is important and I encourage it, but let me tell you, our true strength comes from the Lord. The Bible says in Isaiah 40:28-31 “The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” I can continue to live a peaceful and restful life because my strength doesn’t come from time off or a great vacation; my strength comes from the Lord.