Yes, this is me:) Taken by my friend, Lisa Tarplee
There is something magical about the long evenings of summertime. The heat of the day has cooled, making the outdoors more enjoyable. While adults sit around and talk, forgetting the time, barefoot children run free through the soft grass. They chase fireflies and capture them like the dreams we hold in our heart.
When I was a child, many summer evenings were spent on our metal swing set in the backyard. Everything had been removed, except for the swings. My sister and I had the habit of swinging like monkeys from the top of the swing set, making add-ons like seesaws a nuisance. Oh, how I loved that swing set! Pumping my legs, pulling forward with my arms, I tried to touch the leaves of the trees overhead with the tips of my toes. My hair would blow back with each motion forward as I swung higher and higher. When I got as high as I could…I would jump off and see how far away from the swing set I could land.
How freeing it is to soar in the air, to run barefoot in the grass, and to jump into the wind with reckless abandon. Children live in the moment, enjoying the tiny details of life, while adults bear the burdens of the world on their shoulders. Children marvel at the little things, voice excitement for no reason, and hold nothing back.
This past week I was challenged to find my inner child through a photo scavenger hunt sponsored by my church. I have to tell you, it was hard to find that little girl who once loved risk, silliness, and finding fun in the moment. We took family pictures all over town doing silly things like dressing up as super heroes and pretending to rescue our pastor, pretending to read a bed time story at a mattress store, and swimming in the pool fully clothed. It was hard to put down my to-do list and worries and join the adventure. I was challenged to let go, laugh, and do the unexpected.
I find that I have an even harder time being like a child in my relationship with my heavenly Father. I don’t live in the moment and trust Him for the future. I fail to enjoy the littlest blessings He provides. I don’t love Him with abandon or run to greet Him the way my son does my husband upon his return from work.
But I want to. I want to be like a child with my Abba. I want to be like that little girl on the swing, having no fears, and jumping into the unknown future. I want to trust Him completely for my every need. I want to believe that He knows what is best for me. I want to rest in His lap, knowing He will protect me. I want to run free and wild in my faith and feel the wind of His love blow my hair and brush my cheek. I want to laugh with joy, knowing that all my worries and cares are in His sovereign hands.
It is hard on my own to peel back the layers and find my inner child. But with Christ, all things are possible. His love for me frees me from all my burdens and cares. As I focus on that love and all He has done for me, my heart starts skipping with the release of all my worries. Slowly it begins to run and before I know it, my heart is soaring in the freedom of a beloved child of God.
(By the way, did I mention that our childish antics this week included toilet papering our pastor’s office?)
“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
“I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Mark 10:15
Continuing to count His gifts of grace (#1700-1715)
The freedom to dive in to faith
That I can completely abandon myself to Christ and trust Him
Living in the moment
Fun with my family and church friends on our scavenger hunt
Pastor with a good sense of humor
A new blog design:)
Filling up a prayer journal and opening up a brand new one
The amazing friends I’ve made in the blog world
Getting to meet some of those friends at the SheSpeaks conference
My husband surprising me with a first class flight to the conference
Another surprise: flowers sent to my room
Learning from amazing speakers about writing and speaking for God
3 great meetings with publishers who took my proposal
Making new friends:)
Releasing my dreams into the world