My man and I like to take short little getaways — just 4 days away to see the sights and spend time together.
The day before our departure, I always ask him to do 2 things: print my packing list and pull down the red suitcase. I stuff mostly books and a few toiletries into the bag — all the essentials for a temporary stay.
Rather than pack my big bottle of shampoo, I have a travel size sample. I use the tiny toothpaste the dentist gave me, and I don’t worry about possibly running out. It’s just a short trip.
When we arrive at the hotel, I usually don’t fully unpack. I kind of live out of the suitcase. Most of the time we are adventuring outside, and I only come back to the room to lay my head on the pillow.
I never settle in. I don’t try to warm up the place and make it mine.
It never feels like home.
Tonight, I am thinking about how it’s wise for me to pack lightly for the journey called life. I need not worry that I am going to run out of what I need. I won’t be here for long.
Rather than nesting inside a cramped, sterile space, I want to throw the door open and step out into the wild adventure with My God.
Time goes by so quickly.
One day soon, I’ll be home.
Something to think about…
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Some days, I want to hide.
I want to turn off my phone and delete all my e-mails. I think about how wonderful it would be to say goodbye to all the ugly.
Some days, it’s hard to face the unlovely.
But then, I remember. I remember that God didn’t say all my days here on earth would be pretty and peaceful. I remember that there is work to be done, and if I give up the fight, who will stand and protect my piece of the battlefield?
I gain strength when I remember that I am not facing the ugly on my own. I gain hope when I remember that others before me have stood their ground and stayed the course. I gain courage when I remember that the Creator of this universe is my Hiding Place.
Like Moses, I want to stand on the Rock and watch God’s glory go by. But first, I must position myself in the secret place. I must stand still and look for His splendor.
My song of deliverance is coming.
King of Glory, I wait for you.
This year, my desire is to lift up holy hands and “Pray Big.” Want to join me? I’ve created a private “Pray Big” Facebook group for like-minded sisters to share their stories and surrender each one to our mountain-moving God in prayer. Let’s cry out to God together.
I am sharing “The Secret Place” and joining like-minded sisters at Recommendation Saturday, The Weekend Brew, Spiritual Sundays, Faith-Filled Friday, Blessing Counters, Live Free Thursday, Tell His Story, Coffee for Your Heart, Woman to Woman Wednesday, Three-Word Wednesday, The Soli Deo Sisterhood, Testimony Tuesday, Purposeful Faith’s RaRaLinkup, Rich-Faith Rising, Sharing His Beauty, and Playdates with God.
I’m sharing “A Fresh Start” and joining like-minded sisters at Still Saturday and Give Me Grace.
I thought from time to time it might be nice to give you a peek at what’s tugging at my heart strings.
Right now I am…
Celebrating: An old friend was in town over Easter, and I was delighted to learn that she is now a married woman. It was so much fun seeing how God has worked in her life, and her wedding album was beautiful. I love it when Jesus girls get happy endings!
Watching: I’ve tuned in to A.D., the Bible Continues on NBC, the last two Sunday nights. (I winced and closed my eyes through some of the more violent parts.) I also finally sat down to view Episode One of Your Big Family Renovation with Jen Hatmaker. I really enjoyed watching the Hatmakers do their thing and help out another big family with a limited budget. I could only find one episode though, so I am not sure if more are coming since Episode one aired at the beginning of March.
Reading: I just finished reading Chasing God by Angie Smith, and I am working my way through several other half finished books, including Heaven by Randy Alcorn (which is a million pages long and may take me a few years to finish!)
Planning: I’m dreaming about taking a dip in our new pool! That is if it ever gets finished….
Making: I am making good use of my crock pot these days. I love how easy peasy it is to make a big hearty meal, and the whole house smells yummy yummy all day while the food is heating up. Here is my favorite “go to” meatball recipe. I make this whenever I have a big group of friends over, or if I have to take an appetizer to a pot luck.
Pondering: My dad discovered these great pictures of his parents recently. I never met them because they both passed away in Cuba when I was little. I find myself wondering how different my life might have been if that whole Fidel Castro thing hadn’t messed things up for my dad’s family.
Feeling: Brand new! I visited the hair salon last week. What is it about getting a good hair cut that makes you feel lighter and fresher?
Loving: I love, love, love the Missional Women App! It’s packed full of awesome resources including an ESV audio Bible and lots of other goodies.
Q4U: What’s on your heart right now?