Labor Day, etc

9/5/13 — Thursday evening.
Time at the beach is always fun. It’s even fun if the weather is bad — of course, if it’s sunny, all is right with the world! But, for those days that it’s too hot, too muggy, too humid, too windy, too rainy, too cold — all those days, it’s still fun to be here.

For the Labor Day weekend, we’ve had all three kids join us in NC — Rob flew in from Chicago. Several day later, Lee Anne arrived from Dallas for the long weekend. Jack drove up from Atlanta and he’s still here. Their trips overlapped for a few days and it was glorious just being together! I’m aware that I’m sounding more and more like my parents did when we would travel to see them — they would go on and on about our “being there” and how wonderful it was. Now that my parents are no longer here, I recall and miss how happy they were just by my being there — what a good feeling to make someone so happy by just showing up! I hope our kids have felt that over these past few days.

It occurs to me that, far beyond what we feel for our own children or what our parents felt for us, we are so very special to our Heavenly Father — He loves us with a love that is beyond understanding, with an unconditional, divine love. He not only created us, He knows us inside and out. He accepts us, just as we are. He loves us, just as we are. We don’t need to measure up — we already do! As we trust in Him, He will provide and make our paths straight. And, as we start to grasp the enormity of His love, it only follows that we will want to make choices that please Him.

Excerpts from Psalm 37:
3 Trust in the Lord and do good.
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
4 Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you your heart’s desires.
5 Commit everything you do to the Lord.
Trust him, and he will help you.
23 The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
He delights in every detail of their lives.
24 Though they stumble, they will never fall,
for the Lord holds them by the hand.
34 Put your hope in the Lord.
Travel steadily along his path.

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