Monday, August 29, 2011

Never Has Something So Smoky Been So Clear.

Well.  Long time no blog.  Sorry about that; if you've ever once enjoyed reading one.  Not incredibly much has happened too recently in my life.  Still just cruisin happily on through life. 


Walkabout happened.  And that was awesome.  We had a 50 mile trail with beautiful lakes and creek crossings, all through the Smoky Mountains.  And I must say, it was quite the exercise.  Walkabout is one of those things that you can't really explain unless you've done it.  So, if you're a walkabouter, that's about the only way you can understand.  But. This is what I learned. 
First, I learned that I view God/Father love, and Daddio/Father love as some sort of trade-off thing.  And I know it's not, but I pin-pointed that that was a struggle for me.  Like, I love my earthly father so incredibly much, and I don't always view God as a 'real' Father.  Like, I feel like, there's a certain percentage of love that I have to divide between the two.  And I know that's not real, nor is it a good view to have about it.  But., at least identifying that is a step I guess.  
Also. I learned that God speaks to me pretty silently.  Like, I think certain people need to be spoke to through dreams and big storms and stuff like that, but maybe God speaks to all of us just enough to have the kind of faith that we have, and I think that I just need the little thoughts and whispers and such.  So that's that. 
Lastly, I was reminded that God teaches me a lot through people.  I think we can see God in people, and that's how God teaches me about himself and about loving others.  That's all I'm offering for detail about that right now. 
This was my group, and they are grand.  Nothing bonds you like being stinky together on a mountain for 10 days.  


My Staff for this year is wonderful.  All of them have these awesome hearts for God and for people and I'm really excited to work beside them and just have fun with each other.  Not to mention, game nights seem to be equally matched between the males and the females, so competition there is grand.  I'm sure there will be more on all that later, but for now, I'm just super excited for the year.    

Randoms:
  • "Almost" is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.
  • My friends are the greatest. 
  • Salmon might be one of my new favorite meal choices.
  • Ben (if you're reading this), Josh is really sorry.