Thursday, July 28, 2011

Oh, The Beach

Am i inspired by the beach?
Um.. Yes!
Something about getting up before everyone,  having my toes in the sand, hearing the waves crashing, coffee in my hand and reading God's word  all at the same time! Yes, please!

We have been going every year now for 11 years (except for the year Katrina hit) and it has been incredible how our family has changed and grown through the years.  We have gone from kiddie toys to boogie boards to boyfriends coming (who we made sleep in our closet in our room!) to son-n-laws and now back to kiddie toys for grandkids.  Wow.   I wish I was at home to share a picture or two from the beginning. 
 So much fun.
 So much change.
 So much still yet to come.

Talking about  beach inspiration...here is a poem I wrote on one of my very first beach trips.  So long ago, that the girls were still small. It was one of those mornings when I left everyone sleeping, slipped down to the beach with my coffee, bible and  my notebook. The poem itself isn't anything amazing but what blesses me when I read it is remembering where I was on my journey with the Lord.  It was in the very beginning of my love affair with God's word.  I had been reading through the book of Job and specifically chapter 38.  God answers Job and describes His greatness... You know the chapter when God says.."Where were you when I made this...Where were you when I made that..."  And He states that He told the waves of the sea how far they could go and exactly where they must stop. I was in awe of God the Creator that morning as I looked at- and felt- and smelled- one of His mighty works as I was reading about it.  

The Sea


As I sit and admire this sea so vast,
My respect, its waves so loudly demand.
I ponder its contents underneath its blue blanket,
My imagination runs wild in my head.


This world I can’t see that lives underneath this blue
My emotions are many inside,
Amazement and awe of God’s handiwork
With each break of the loud boastful tide.


Fear creeps in as I think of the control  
These waves have over my small in comparison frame.
The creatures within that can destroy if they choose
And with them they bringing much pain.


Then I’m reminded of my awesome Savior
Who’s shelter I have in His wings.
My mind may race away with my fears,
Then His love and security He brings.


I no longer fear the strength of the sea
For my Father who loves me designed it.
He knows each piece of sand on the ocean floor,
He purposely handcrafted it’s contents.


His security and shelter is the beach that I relax on
As I gaze out at the ocean top.
For He’s in  control when He told the sea,
“This is as far as you come.  Here your proud waves must stop”.












four generations

































Dreaming of this years trip.
A little over a week away.
"squeal"! I can hardly wait!

Stephanie :)

linking up with Gussy Sews  Inspiration Workshop.
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8 comments:

  1. Beautiful poem, beautiful pics.. Your beach pictures have always turned out so good. Wish we were going to the beach...:(
    When are you coming to visit us? After we get moved??

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  2. What great photos and such fun memories!

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  3. looooooooooooooove all of these family pictures. you have a beautiful family.

    that looks HAPPY. :)

    i think the beach suits you guys VERY well.

    waiting for vacation is the best. well, sorta. :)
    but i'm right there with you...vacay right around the corner. I am ANTSY :)

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  4. Visting from Gussy! Man-o-man what a sweet post! My fav are those sandy painted toes! I will have to remember that one ;) Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Beautiful! Love the 4 generations pic!

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  6. OOOOH, I love it! Beautiful family and LOVE the silly picture!!

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  7. amen sister!!! You have an amazing family, and these pictures are soooo fantastic!
    xoxo

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  8. Oh my gosh, I love that poem. Those words are exactly how I feel about the ocean. I am so in awe, and so afraid at the same time. And yet, God is in control of it all!! It's so amazing to be able to see all that and more wrapped up in a "blue blanket". :0) Love your blog.

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