Hey there Folks
As many of you know Pastor John and myself got the pleasure of spending some time with some fine folks this last week in the Boundary waters canoe area(BWCA). You can see some pictures a little further down in this newsletter. Long story short of it though is we had a great time. Weather was perfect. Fish was all right and we got to spend a lot of quality time with some great people in one of the most amazing places in the world. During this time, we had plenty of time for fellowship and we even did some devotions while there. Over the next few weeks, I want to share with you all some of what we talked about.
While in the BWCA, it is easy to get away from the busyness of what life is like in the "real world." It is easy to get away and just disconnect from pretty much everything. It gives us time to Pause, Ponder, Reflect and Refresh. Those were the four main themes of my devotions for the days we were there.
Saturday we talked about taking time to Pause. For me taking time to pause is a hard thing. I sometimes feel like sitting and doing nothing can be such a waste of time, so too often when I have down time I feel I need to spend it doing something. I am trying to learn that it is all right just so sit and do nothing. As the picture up above shows just sitting there, watching a "live stream" may be the way to go. While in the BWCA being able to just sit by the water and listen to the sounds around you is beneficial.
We looked at Psalm 1. Verse 2-3 say "but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither whatever they do prospers." I think to truly yield our fruit we need to sometime firmly plant ourselves and pause. Take that moment to pause and just be.
Next week I am getting that chance with my family as we are taking off for a week in Colorado. We will have a busy time taking in some sights but we hope to be able to pause and relax as a family. To recharge a bit before the school year starts and we get back into the full swing of great events planned here at Grace.