Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Unexpected Fruit on the Trail


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Life sure has a way of getting busy quickly. Sometimes before I know what is happening I am overcome by innumerable details and deadlines. Have you ever been there? Have you ever become so busy that the people you care about the most seem to only get the worst of you, or the leftovers? Well, I most definitely have!!  If I can be completely honest with you, I have probably found myself in that place more than once!  And.....That is exactly where I found myself on this particular day. So much to do and starting to feel overwhelmed and agitated.....so I did something surprising, and I went on an adventure with these three beauties!
I know it seems counterintuitive to escape to the woods with deadlines looming, but what I found is it had the exact opposite effect. Although the time I spent away from my "obligations" was spent.....(time I will never get back), it did several things for me.

The most obvious is this.....I love every second I can spend with my girls, and we have a wonderful time no matter what we do.  Even though the park was muddy and it was too early for there to be leaves on the trees....Actually.....it was too early for the bathrooms to be unlocked at the park! Ugh!! That's a completely different story altogether.
Next, exercise is always good for you....and it helps you clear your mind and build your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19 tells us that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. It is important that we spend time caring for ourselves....that is a hard one sometimes!
I think the most important reminder I received was about the truth of God's Word. You see God tells us multiple times in His Word the importance of rest for our bodies. He led by example as we can read in Genesis....on the seventh day He rested. Do you really think the God of the universe was tired? No.....He was teaching us that we need to take some time to rest and rejuvenate ourselves. When we are faithful to walk out the precepts of God's Word....it will always produce fruit in our lives. We will see growth and development in ourselves because of it.
That is exactly what happened! After my little adventure with my girls I was able to get right back to work and was actually more productive and got more done is a shorter amount of time! Not to mention, we were able to make some silly and wonderful memories along the way! I love watching the Truth of God's Word in my life!


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