Sorry for the delayed post…. I RAN AWAY!!! yep, that’s right… and I took ALL the kids with me!!! We had a blast!
Before you panic, we are home safe and sound.
Let me explain…
Our family trip to Prayertown was postponed til mid summer after a few unexpected deadline changes with my husband’s work. So since the kids and I had worked so hard to finish our homeschooling goals for the year and we were nearly finished packing… we decided to hit the road.
You know those loved ones that you always intend to visit but never actually get around to going see, well that’s just what we did.
We have dear friends in Houston, TX who have encouraged us to visit for several years now. My dad has been working near Rockport since Christmas with plans to stay possibly another year. Houston happens to be between my home and Rockport…. the trip planned itself. We left with two goals in mind: 1. catch up with friends 2. hug Pop (my dad). We did accomplish these simple goals and, as you might expect, found some real grace-filled moments in the mix.
This trip was for me more than just a chance to see special people; it was an oppurtunity to step away from my to-do list, never ending housework & the routine of daily life. As a nervous momma with several young children, I tend to cling to these things as a way to maintain some since of control and order. I have been known on more than one occasion to not attend an event out of concern that my kids might behave like, well kids. Stepping outside of my comfort zone, I found myself falling in love with my kiddos. Being reminded that their innocent curiosities are God-given as a means of exploring His creation. Their smiles and laughter are contagious, even to strangers. Their youthful enthusiasm for the small things is refreshing. I was renewed by the same little people whose laundry, dishes & schoolwork make up a bulk of my daily to-do list. I was renewed, because I was able to step back and look into my own life for a moment. A life that is busy indeed yet blessed to overflowing!
Do you need a break? A renewal? Then stop. Take one. Maybe you don’t have six days for a South Texas escapade, but you might have a weekend or time for a day trip. Oh, and yes, you may have to cancel an appointment or two… Take a friend or go alone. Turn the radio off or turn it up to loud. Visit a museum you’ve always wanted to check out or a long-lost family member. Just.Do.It.
“Oh that I had wings like a dove, then I would fly away and be at rest.” Psalm 55:6
You see in order for us to be EverydayMissionaries, to be people who seek the Lord’s promptings in our everyday lives, we must SEE HIM in our everyday lives. We must take time to step back and count our blessings, because they do so easily get camouflaged by the homework, carpool lines, grocery shopping, etc… When is the last time you stopped and allowed yourself to be refreshed so that your hands and feet could more easily and willingly be open to being His hand and His feet.
Let us pray. Wonderful Lord, I praise You with a willing heart and open hands. I give You permission to cleanse, renew, and use me. Jesus, I trust in You. AMEN.
Here’s some music for the road. You can also follow me on Spotify username POPLOAL.
Side note: If you find yourself in south Texas, here are a few places you might want to check out.