The past few weeks have been really, really good, filled with GC parties and celebrations, working a lot, starting Surge - a year long discipleship program with a lot of reading each week and regular table discussions, and just regular every day life! We are so excited about this season of life and all that is going on but it can also deplete our spiritual, emotional, & physical bank account leaving us grumpy, impatient, & overwhelmed. That is why I could not be more grateful for a long weekend away at our family's cabin in the mountains where we can breathe some fresh mountain air, ride the new ATVs, hike with our puppy, spend some quality time together, and read! All things I love.  

I am always on the go. Going about 90 miles an hour. Doing 37 things at once. I thrive in this environment but even I need to recharge. I will admit that it is difficult for me to slow down and I resist it as much as possible, for reasons only the Lord knows. But in the midst of going and going and going, I forget to just enjoy each moment and the journey of getting to where I am going. I tend to rush on by with little thought as to where God might be in the midst of the mundane and what He wants to teach me. With all that being said - I tried to put aside my agenda for the weekend and just be recharged, refreshed, and revitalized through conversations, reading, exploring the trails on the ATVs, hiking, and looking out on God's immense, vast, and gorgeous creation.

God is everywhere, in the clouds, in the Mountainous horizon, in laughter, in cooking breakfast, in basking in the sunshine. He is everywhere. Through Surge the last two weeks, we have really focused on God's creation by reading the entire book of Genesis in two weeks and reading the "The Drama of Scripture". Creation is a concept that many of us Christians tend to glaze on through just accepting and knowing that God spoke our universe, world, and people into existence. Yes he SPOKE us into existence. I mean have you ever pondered that? God spoke and it was. How amazing is that? Also, what God teaches us about his creation is that it was designed and put into perfect shalom in the Garden of Eden, and it was all GOOD. Shalom is my new favorite word and concept right now.

Shalom is "the webbing together of God, humans, and all creation in justice, fulfillment, and delight" - Cornelius Plantinga, Jr. in his article titled "Sin: Not the Way It's Supposed to Be". Cornelius also goes on to say that, "In the Bible shalom means universal flourishing, wholeness, and delight - a rich state of affairs in which natural needs are satisfied and natural gifts fruitfully employed, a state of affairs that inspires joyful wonder as the creator and savior opens doors and speaks welcome to the creatures in whom he delights. Shalom, in other words, is the way things are supposed to be." (To read the full article, click here.) How dreamy is that? How amazing is that? I want to be in a state of natural flourishing and fulfillment where everyone's gifts are fruitful and there is joyful wonder. I want that! I mean who doesn't? Although we live in a fallen and broken world, we still have hope and delight in knowing what God has created with us in mind, what he has created that is good and nourishing. We may not see the fruition of revelation on this side of heaven but we can rest assured that we will experience this with Him in his holy kingdom.

View from Windy Ridge of the Lower Mount Bross Trail

View from Windy Ridge of the Lower Mount Bross Trail

View at dusk from our cabin porch

View at dusk from our cabin porch

 
Our little slice of mountain heaven

Our little slice of mountain heaven

 
 
Our cozy nook of the loft

Our cozy nook of the loft

 
 
Working on perfecting my fried eggs...also its never too early for a Christmas glass

Working on perfecting my fried eggs...also its never too early for a Christmas glass

 
 
Furry hats are a must in the mountains

Furry hats are a must in the mountains

 

Loading up the ATVs

We successfully hitched up the ATV trailer

We successfully hitched up the ATV trailer

Trigger jumped on thinking he was going to get to go with us

Trigger jumped on thinking he was going to get to go with us

Triggy wanted to go for a ride

Triggy wanted to go for a ride

We did it!

We did it!

 
View of Montgomery Reservoir

View of Montgomery Reservoir

 
Handsome hubby

Handsome hubby

Magnolia Mill

Magnolia Mill

 
We attempted a level "red" trail called Wheeler Lake - we did not make it up! Thought "safety first!"

We attempted a level "red" trail called Wheeler Lake - we did not make it up! Thought "safety first!"

 

Campfire & Cuddles

I wish I could remember what story Ben was telling us but it looks like it was really interesting!

I wish I could remember what story Ben was telling us but it looks like it was really interesting!

I love spending time by the fire with great friends!

I love spending time by the fire with great friends!

Hiking McCullough Gulch

I know that for some people, this seems like a jam packed weekend and where did we find the time to rest and recharge? Well what you didn't see was a lot of vegging in our reclining chairs, reading for hours, watching the sun come up over the mountains, watching a little HGTV House Hunters Renovation, and all the good food we ate! This to me is what I enjoy and I feel more at ease & refreshed than before we left. We had two families come up and meet us at the cabin for a little R&R. This was a breath of fresh air and I loved spending time with the kiddos. They are so precious and I love listening to their stories. What do you do to relax, unwind, and recharge? I love to hear new ideas. 

Shalom -

Chelsea
 

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