"You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at you right hand" -Psalms 16:11 (NIV)
When our children were growing up, everyday was an adventure. We were intentional to hunt African hippos in the woods beside our home and our sons just knew they were "born on a mountaintop in Tennessee" and would "kill them a b’ar when they were only three!" (To those of you who don’t know that song, just know Davy Crockett was an icon in the Kight household before "rap" was ever a song choice!) For our daughter, dressing up in my old bridesmaid dresses and playing "beauty shop" made her Cinderella dreams come true. (She, by the way, wore one of those old dresses to a college function just a few months ago and she still loves to have "beauty shop" days…now becoming a little more expensive, however, and being called "spa" days! Can any of you college moms relate? )
Anyway, as I was thinking about this today from a stage of life where those "intentional adventures" are just past memories and the house is way too quiet, I started wondering why Greg and I stopped making daily adventures. I think I stopped expecting them in the same form so I stopped asking God for them altogether. I guess I became complacent to accept "ordinary" and "familiar" when the children weren’t in the house anymore. So as I challenge myself I’m going to challenge you…let’s ask our Father to "delight us" as Louise blogged a few weeks ago but let’s also expect to go on an adventure with him every day. Let’s step out of what’s always familiar and safe to places that are OUTSIDE our comfort zone and ask for an adrenaline rush for Christ! What does that look like? Well, maybe it could be an international mission trip but it could also be saying "yes" to creating a website when you don’t know what "refresh" means! Ken, stop laughing! God says he uses unlikely people! (Ken is our webmaster and friend who has seen the miracle of bringing this website together and believe me when I say it has been a miracle!) I think it could also be baking a casserole for your elderly neighbor and just spending 30 minutes letting them have someone to talk to for the first time in weeks. Maybe it’s truly praying for those people you promised you would pray for then watching to see how God gives them their "parking spaces".
Adventures can be big but they can also just as easily be the small things of life. It’s all in how you look at it. SO HERE WE GO! Please join me today in intentionally asking for an adventure with Christ. I’m not kidding when I say I would LOVE to hear about your new "intentional adventures". Your comments really fuel our fire! So start asking and start writing! We are anxiously waiting to hear!
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