Remembering to Rest

I struggle with taking breaks.  I struggle with relaxing.  I struggle with taking time off when there is so much that still needs to be done.  And if I do take a break and/or relax, I then struggle with feeling guilty.  I know I’m not the only one with this mindset.  But knowing that I am not alone is not enough to completely remove the anxiety.  So mornings like this one are good for me, despite my very real struggle yesterday with whether or not I could “give up” the time to attend a breakfast with friends.  I went, enjoyed the fellowship, enjoyed the food and left with a very thankful heart.screen-shot-2016-12-03-at-1-41-38-pmToday reminded me three truths that I already know but still need to remember often as I continue to navigate how I spend my time.

1. God created us for fellowship.  Being with people is important and it’s ministry.  Our fellowship and conversations can build us up, encourage us and give us strength.  We are stronger when we share each other’s joys and burdens.

2. Face to face relationships are important.  As much as I am thankful for social media when I am far away, I need to take advantage of the time I do have with people now.  This in person time is precious.

3.  Rest encourages productivity.  We can only do so much.  We only have so much time.  And we all know that burning the candle at both ends only lasts for so long.  I need to be recharged and for me, that means time with people.  These times of rest allow me to work better and push through when I need to.

It’s nice to slow down every once in awhile and remember simple truths.  This morning that was done at a table surrounded by new and old friends sharing a meal and stories of God’s faithfulness.  “God is Great.  God is Good.  & We Thank Him For This Food.  Amen”

Enjoying the Moon

screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-2-06-38-pmRyan and I have been enjoying the rainy weather in Northern California.  But when the rain stops, we enjoy the crisp fall evenings too.  Last night Ryan took the opportunity to step outside and enjoy the moon.  It’s the little moments that provide rest and rejuvenation in between the long days of work.

Basking in the afterglow of Catalina

Screen Shot 2016-06-25 at 11.05.00 PMIt almost goes without saying that we had a wonderful time on Catalina.  I grew up going to Campus by the Sea family camp but it has been 10 years since my last family camp!  We often stayed in the Pelican’s Perch cabin and that’s where Ryan and I slept this week, too.  I have many wonderful memories with my family and all the amazing people who work and attend the amazing family camp that happens each summer for 6 weeks.  If you’re in southern California, want your family to bond in a beautiful place where they will be poured into and steeped in the love of Christ, then it is definitely worth checking out. Here are some highlights from our week at Campus by the Sea (CBS) Family Camp.  Screen Shot 2016-06-25 at 11.05.59 PMCBS sits in a sweet little cove facing Los Angeles.  It’s a wonderful, relaxing break from the fast paced normal life that we all tend to live.  This week Ryan and I spent a lot of time hiking in the hills beyond the camp, swimming and kayaking in the ocean and simply enjoying the company of each other as well as our fellow campers.Screen Shot 2016-06-25 at 11.06.12 PMThis camp pours into people emotionally, relationally and spiritually.  We especially loved the takeaways from some amazing teaching time as well as our small group time.  It was really encouraging to share life for a week with other newly married Christian couples.  And we loved all our conversations that happened throughout the week with couples, singles and families in all stages of life.  It was a huge blessing and a great encouragement to us in so many ways.Screen Shot 2016-06-25 at 11.05.47 PMOn Wednesday we hiked into Avalon and this was the view that greeted us after 4+miles.  It was a beautiful day and I loved showing Ryan all the places that I enjoyed hanging out when I was a kid and would go with my dad and uncle and cousins into town for the free day at camp.Screen Shot 2016-06-25 at 11.05.29 PMOf course a trip to Avalon wasn’t complete without a little gooney golfing.  This is by far the BEST mini golf course I have ever played.  The holes are inventive, challenging and fun.  My favorite you can see just above my head and to the right.  Screen Shot 2016-06-25 at 11.05.15 PMAnd Ryan’s love of pizza fit perfectly with a little visit to Antonio’s.  This is yummy pizza, a fun atmosphere and of course the crazy mirror in the hallway upstairs near the bathroom.  I remember when this mirror distorted my face and not my bottom half:-)Screen Shot 2016-06-25 at 11.04.32 PMWe had such a wonderful refreshing week.  I was sorry to leave but it was great to be rejuvenated a bit before the next phase of our journey.  Thank you CBS for being an amazing retreat!