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The Power of a Grateful Heart–Observation Gratitude

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Some people are like action figures, they explore their world from the time they first climb over the bars of their cribs and tumble out on their heads. They go through life climbing trees, riding bicycles up ramps, speeding off on a four wheeler or motorcycle, jumping out of airplanes, skiing down black slopes, slalom water skiing, learning to fly, you know the type…and I married one. Other people grow up observing, they watch their brother fall head first from his crib, ride bikes behind other folks avoiding the holes they run into, ride up in the plane to watch their spouses jump out…you got it, I am more observer than action figure. I do things and even take chances, but not without first observing the course and considering the outcomes. My husband commented the other morning when I was driving that I take caution to a whole new level, but once I am on the Parkway, “Katie, Bar the door”, cause I travel fast. Perhaps because I have spent a lot of time in corners at parties watching is why I write to share my observations of the world and the marvelous people assembled here.

Frankly, I have always wanted to be a wild adventurer and love to read about them. Hey! I even married one. Even when he broke his neck on a sandy beach at Keystone Lake in 1972, he did not give up skiing. And who goes to seminary at age 42 after walking on the darker side in private security and private investigation…beginning the grand spiritual adventure that brought us to this place in preparation for the greatest adventure of all…going Home! Along the way, I have had so many opportunities thanks to my man to meet and come to love some of the most wonderful people in God’s world and I have experienced heart wrenching pain as I walked with my man in ministry. Along the way, I have observed and internalized and I am so thankful God gave me all these opportunities, so thankful he made me an observer and that he gives me words to share about all my adventures as one of his who watches, prays, and writes it down.

So thankful.

Are you an Action Figure or Observer?

Blessings on this first day of November, 2013.

Carolyn

Still Running the Race….in Florida

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. (Acts 20:24 NIV)

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Here in Florida this morning in a place that does not as of yet feel like home–frankly, it all seems a little surreal–I have awaken to thoughts of worth and purpose. Maybe all this introspection comes with decisions that will change our way of life…where we live at least part of the time. If we were doing this buying of property, wintering in Florida stuff, when we were younger…like we could have done that, HA! Perhaps I would feel less torn.

In fact, in our mid forties we did yank up our roots, leave Oklahoma and move to Kentucky, following ministry and career opportunities for both Terry and I. Answering that call brought Terry and I closer together, brought our daughter to the place where she would marry and raise a family, and opened our hearts and beings to wonderful people. I might add it also removed me from micro managing my sons and their wives and families, so yes, it made me a better mother-in-law. Of course, there have been hard times, sad times, but all in all I can see the worth and purpose of it all.

So when I read the verse of the day from YouVersion, I realized I have been focusing inward when I should be opening my heart and mind to this new place, these new people, this mission field. The Holy Spirit has not gifted me as an evangelist, but as one who seeks to encourage and challenge myself and other Christians to know the depth of God’s love through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Whether in Oklahoma, Kentucky, Florida…wherever may I finish the race as one who testifies to the Good News of Jesus Christ.

All prayers appreciated!

Love to you all,

Carolyn

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