There are no words to really express how precious and beautiful of a week was had here last week. It was a much needed week, yet so undeserved. It was a week of spiritual refreshment, physical refreshment, and mental refreshment. It was a week of learning more about God, coming to know Him in a deeper way, and being so humbled by the fact that I am so broken that I need Jesus daily more and more and more. A week of snowboarding taught me so much, and I can’t wait to share with you.
It was a week of snowboarding. . . And it was AWESOME.
I hesitate to just drop the word ‘awesome’ extensively, because it can almost lose its meaning, but God is truly awesome.
I just can’t really describe how small you feel and how much you realize just a bit of God’s majesty when you’re standing out on a mountain vista. You look around, and you’re sure that if you looked down from the clouds, all the skiers and snowboarders on the slope would just be tiny little dots. It taught me that life is such a gift; it taught me that freedom is worth it, it taught me that living in Christ is freedom, and often I am too afraid to embrace and thank God for that freedom.
So let’s do a week in review of this week and the lessons learned, smiles we had, tears cried, things God taught me, and reasons to be so grateful.
Psalm 104:1-2, ‘Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:’
Snowboarding Week Thoughts. . .
1) The thing that impresses me so much when reading God’s Word is that it is about God. It’s not about me or you; it’s about how God shows mercy, how God saves people, how God judges evil, how God made salvation possible, how God made the universe, how God made you and me…..
I was looking down at the snow and the rocks, and it made me think about how God often uses my brokenness and struggles to peel back the layers, melt the snow, and reveal that there is a person who needs healing, grace, love, and forgiveness.
Those rocks taught me something. They taught me that this moment of revealing my ugliness inside is always tough. It’s always tough when the snow is gone, and people see that you are a person is so needy and falling into pieces.
But God. God has mercy. God heals. He hears the cries, and He answers.
Psalm 40:1-3, ‘I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.’
3) Vacations are not a reason to restrict or to get anxious around food. It’s usually tough for me the first day of vacation, because the temptation to restrict is HIGH, but God’s grace is sufficient and enabled me to really nourish my body.
The hard part was that I had a lot of weird digestive issues that FIRED off during the trip, but…. I still had a GREAT time; I still ate the ice cream and all the other yummy happy food with my fam.
4) The fourth lesson? MOVE the way you love to move. Don’t look at someone else’s life and think that you HAVE to lift weights or HAVE to go running. You can go play in the snow, dance, walk miles like my sweet blogger friend Georgie, do Barre like my cool mama friend Chrissa, Body Pump it like Ashley, or do something totally different.
The whole point? You do what works for your body. Not one of us is exactly alike, and I think it really gives God glory that we are unique and different.
Some days that’s snowboarding, and let me tell you.
FALLING INTO FRESH POWDER feels like a PILLOW. :o)
5) THANK THE LORD for nut butter that makes my tummy happy and fills me with energy. Also thank the Lord Jesus for a daddy who starts the day with reading the Bible; I’ve been thinking about Philippians 2 so much this week and really praying that I can be more humble, because Jesus was so humble to come down to save.
Philippians 2:4-8, ‘Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.’
6) Never be ashamed to eat a BOWL of cheerios with nut butter. Your breakfasts don’t always have to be beautiful and composed of lots of different elements. It’s totally ok to be simple. <3
7) My sisters taught me that it is ok to LAUGH; because laughter is good medicine for the soul. My sisters teach me every day about food freedom. They teach me about God’s incredible mercy and outstretched love to us, that didn’t deserve it. They teach me that life is exciting, that it’s a battle, and that Jesus is the leader, the captain, and that we can conquer through Him.
These gals are some of the most confident, sweet, humble, kind women I know, and I’m so thankful that God put them in my life and the lives of so many others.
Well, that’s what the week of snowboarding taught me…. We were up there for 5 days. It was crazy.
I tried jumps and I fell HARD on my bottom; it still hurst.
Though I tried jumps, I didn’t break anything!!!!
I tried a black diamond run and pretty much went as slow as a snail down it. (I am not a crazy adrenalin junkie at all; read ‘Emily was semi-terrified the WHOLE time.)
All in all it was a huge blessing and so refreshing for the soul.
Now, let’s talk about you and what your last vacation taught you. Vacations can be a huge way to test us, get us outside of our comfort zones, and give us perspective on things we could change at home, things that might be wrong in our thinking at home, and they give us a fresh sense of direction and purpose. In other words, vacations are so needed.
What were the best lessons your last vacation taught you?
What was the last vacation you went on; would you rather go to a warm or cold place?
The lessons from last week; what did you learn?