|Movie night at the beach|
|Samantha and Morgan 2011|
Why didn't I realize there would be 12 year old little girls in Rosemary Beach for Easter? There were plenty!! Dave and I sat on the beach and we were surrounded. Polka dot bikinis, pigtails and cellphones. This tween age group was well represented. So, we sat, we stayed and we watched, sometimes I bet we both tried to ignore our surroundings. We didn't even need to talk about it! We were together but, we were so alone!! Families together, enjoying each other. Dad's playing Kadema, mom's snapping pictures, siblings teasing and snacking. At times, my mind wondered with dangerous thoughts, "Look what they have and I don't!", "I will never vacation with both of my daughters, again!" My agitation grew when I would see a parent becoming impatient with their child. That scene would illicit a treacherous thought such as, "If they only knew what it would be like to lose one, they better start being thankful and to cherish each moment." So there you have it!! I am human and far from perfect. I am a sinner and constantly need forgiveness!! These are truthful realizations but, dangerous, destructive and debilitating thoughts. I noticed the acid they produced inside of my heart. I had to snatch these thoughts and stuff them; not allowing them to take hold and take root inside of me. I quickly changed the image inside of my head. More peaceful, grateful emotions flowed through me when I concentrated on the beauty I was witnessing; families and friends; relaxing and creating lasting memories together. Siblings sharing and playing together, drip sandcastles and buckets and shovels; the necessary discipline from a parent. Aaahhh, and the infamous family beach picture; khaki and white clothing and a brilliant sunset as the backdrop. Each of these pictures borrowing just a bit of God's creation. With my focus where it should be, as Philippians 4:8 instructs me, "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things." No longer was my soul poised for a fight, ready for battle. Instead, with precious new eyes, I rested and relaxed, as I witnessed love expressed in so many different ways.
|Easter Morning 2012|
"He is not here, for He is risen, just as He said..."