"I hold on to You for dear life, and you hold me steady as a post..." Psalm 63

Friday, August 6, 2010

Our last day...

Sitting alone on the largest wrap-around porch you can imagine, I'm soaking in the quiet and peace of our last day of vacation.  Everyone is upstairs getting ready to start a new day, and I'm wondering how it's possible that this week could have gone by so quickly.  Last week, having gone through a move and then days and days of unpacking...was seemingly endless.  But it had the same amount of hours and days in it that this week had...although I am almost certain the clock ticked in double time this week.  Why is it that real life runs on slow speed and vacation runs on fast forward? 
There should be scientific research on this. 

Here's the thing about vacations...at least in our family.  You learn alot about people when you live in a smallish space with them for 24 hours a day.  Sometimes you learn things you wish you didn't know.  {ie: thongs in the laundry and tofu in the fridge}  Sometimes you learn things that concern you {which will go unnamed} and sometimes you learn things that just make you laugh {ie: SOMEone in our family has germ issues, and placing one of the forementioned thongs on our resident kitty is NOT funny to them...only to us}.  Anyway, the point is this: even when we think we know someone through and through, spending a whole week together is very eye opening.  AND...it gives us a chance put LOVE into practice, because, let's face it...even when we LOVE our family there are irritating quirks that drive us nuts.  Spending an abundance of time with them makes us have to live out who we say we are. 

It's not always easy, because I feel like I just have to say what I think about your attitude, or your immodest outfit, or your way of life.  But it's not my job to convict others and it's not my job to voice my opinion on everything I think.  {That stupid voice inside me tells me I should say exactly what I think....I hate that voice, it really wants to get me in alot of trouble}

My reading for today brought me here....quite appropriate for this last day together:

"Regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It's your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.
Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way." 
Colossians 3
{The Message}


lindsey said...

Thanks for this needy reminder. I hope you return rom your vacation fully refreshed and read to start life in your new home. I pray for abundant bessings upon you and your family! We are returning from visitin our family in South Africa, it has been a great and hectic time!

Jeane` said...

Love it.
The thong (i'm hoping it wasn't your sons) on the kitty was too funny. Your family seems real enough, and I think I'd like a week with them at the shore too. ;) AT this point, I'd be happy to go with most anyone who would take me. Not to mention, OCNJ is my second favorite place in all the earth.
Anyhoo...great verse to cap all your thoughts off with!
Love your blog, Terri!
From another Choleric Cathy, who constantly has to watch herself from broadcasting her immediate opinions of things(ooohhh, but they're so right!!!), as to ensure healthy relationships with her family and friends. ;)

Just a little something from Judy said...

It is so good to be here visiting at your blog again. The Phillies game is on the TV, but I am so happy to be here reading slowly through each post, and loving every picture. You have a beautiful way of writing that draws me right in. I was right there with you on the big porch and feeling the remorse of a vacation that is almost over. I understand better than you could knowk, what it is like to spend a week with extended family and wanting to so freely giving my opinions when they feel like they need to be given. I am 56 years old and my tongue still gives me trouble:)

Your mother and dad continue to bless my life in a real special way. I continue to admire and appreciate the people God has created them to be.

Thank you for taking the time to voice your heart and your thoughts. Thank you also for sharing your and your sister's photography. I considered it an honor to step into your fun family vacation.

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