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Extravagance. The word leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Images rush to my head of .. opulence. Ridiculous expensiveness.. wasteful.. excessive..
But the word has been redefined for me.
I was having my morning alone time with Jesus and was reading in my devotional book about the widow who gave her two last coins. I’ve read the story countless times, heard messages preached and illusions drawn. But it hit me in a fresh way. A radical way.
“She gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford – she gave her all.” (Mark 12:44b The Message)
That’s how Jesus described her to his friends.
It was a praise.
Suddenly, the word is beautiful. Giving more than she could afford.
That’s what Jesus is asking of us. To not just give enough that we feel better than the next guy.
To not just give our all.
He wants EXTRAVAGANCE.
What we can’t afford.
I’m so tired of living a life centered around my trio of most important people.
I’m tired of just being a great Christian. Tithing, serving, faithfully attending church.
I’m gonna give what I can’t afford. I’m gonna live an extravagant life.
I’m gonna climb out of my cozy,comfy boat and stagger onto the waves.
Radically take risks, join the war.
Follow the One who is the Light.
The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.
It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.
C. S. Lewis
Change is never easy, and we shouldn’t expect it to be. We just have to be mindful that instead of fighting hard to hold on to what was, we must instead fight hard to let go. -Unknown
Some of us think holding on makes us strong;
but sometimes it is letting go.
- Hermann Hesse
There are things that we never want to let go of,
people we never want to leave behind.
But keep in mind that letting go isn’t the end of the world,
it’s the beginning of a new life.
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
- Reinhold Niebuhr
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
delicious fresh salmon.. grilled with lemon by sam. so so so yummy.
ruth’s bachlorette party.. with a spa theme. manis and pedis and facial masks and yummy treats and music and candles..
the sunrise, our first of our trip.. beautifully streaking across the sky on ruth and mahlon’s wedding day.. =}
we came to this park to see if we could spot manatee. apparently it was a good place to catch sight of them. well. we didn’t see a single one. but we got quite the comedy show from the pelicans!
this guy was absolutely determined to get some free fish from the fisherman. they weren’t so impressed. but he wouldn’t give up.
it was a beautiful trip. so peaceful and relaxing.. so much time to be with friends. and i like florida now. and no, i didn’t want to leave. =} -beth
the huge beach house the bridal party is staying at..
the last couple days my life has consisted of beach walks, ocean breezes, the surf coming in over my toes, cold jumps into the ocean, looking at seashells, wandering around on the beach taking photos and being with friends.
yesterday we went over to the park where ruth and mahlon’s wedding is going to be.. its beautiful. surrounded by palm trees and overlooking the bay. it has a little pier and will be quite charming at night for their reception.
it’s been very cloudy so far at the beach. i honestly don’t mind because it’s been so much more beautiful and makes for better photos, too.. and mostly, because its not so hot! it’s been in the 70′s and cool breezes the whole time. so delightful.
i found a perfect little porteuguese man of war on the beach. so deadly and beautiful.
and i finally got a picture of the moon..
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the beach. the sound of the surf rushing in and out. pelicans swooping over the water, dipping down and coming up with fish. a dolphin in the distance gracefully swimming in and out of the waves. a perfect tiny little portuguese man of war. huge waves crashing over my head. sand beneath my feet. a nearly full moon reflecting on the water.
i took this photo after dark. in fact, let me show you just how dark. i took the next photo at the same time. a mere two or three minutes later.
thank God for tripods and shutter releases.
for a beautiful day at the beach, the warm breeze, the brisk walk along the ocean, the wind in my hair. for the funny little seagulls who act so terrified of me when i walk up but are too lazy to fly away.
thank God that this is only day one of my week.
so this post might confuse you all a little bit, and with good reason. this is my first photo in project 365 and its already day 34? here’s what happened. i wanted to do that this year (a photo every day) but i forgot until about a week ago. so i decided better late than never, so here i am, starting a month late. =}
packing! i’m leaving for a week at the beach in florida with friends tomorrow! my sister-in-law is getting married and the bridal party are all staying at a beach house together the week before. i’m so excited! but not so sure about the 90 degree weather down there.. =/ thank God there’s an ocean to jump into!
and yes, there’s actually two photos for today. i thought my dinner looked rather delicious so the food photographer that i am, i had to take a photo of it.. there’s actually a fillet of salmon hiding underneath that sauce. did i ever mention that i adore salmon?
happy friday and i hope you have a delightful weekend! next week be checking in for beach photos!