life as it is seen from my heart and soul

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get away

everyone needs to get away. and i mean truly get away. from phone. tv. work. family. spouse. kids.
whatever you need to get away from.
find that place. and GO.
this weekend i did that. it has been planned for months.
with my bestie. she is my boss. but more than that. she is a kindred spirit.
a soul that knows my soul. we could have been raised in the same family. same parents.
only i am ten years older.
but we have a shared experience in the alcoholic father and the codependent mother.
in seeing what needed to be done in a completely dysfunctional family and doing it.
i worked the hospital floor years ago with her. late shifts. not enough help. learning as we worked.
and then we lost each other for a while as our careers took a different path.
but then we reconnected. and Jesus has been in the details since then.
we fight the evil one at work and on our knees for our family, our children, our jobs.

so this weekend we escaped to Westfield New York.
i got the airbnb. didn’t know anything about the town. just that our place was 2 blocks to the beach.
and holy cow.
what a quaint cute little town. great food. wonderful Saturday morning market with Amish donuts and Lake glass earrings and not packed at all.
and rest. we rested our brains even though we didn’t stop talking.
spent three hours on the beach in the morning. the lake was cold but refreshing.
burned the tops of my feet per usual.
we ate bad food. went to a winery and tried the wines. then bought the wines.
took naps. slept in. read magazines. colored. laughed and laughed and laughed.
solved the world’s problems.
and now i am ready for the world of work and life.
because in the end we both know that neither one of is in charge.
and we can agree to disagree at work but that will never ever ever break the bond of the kinship we have.

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so much to think on and talk about. yet, sometimes…. no speaking speaks volumes.
the act of being quiet. to quiet the mind and contemplate. to be still.
last weekend was a weekend of reading, talking, discussion and quiet.
it was good food, great fellowship with Jesus, and a sister in Christ.
the weekend before the big leave.
the weekend before the month of crazy at work.
the weekend before the time change.
the weekend to celebrate a birthday.
to give out of me and be the Titus 2 woman Jesus calls me to be.
to love and be loved.
we learned how to use watercolor pencils!!! so much fun!!
and we learned Jesus is there. always.
in the darkness of the night.
in the light of a cold day.
in the washing of feet.
in the act of waiting.
this pull to go back to Titus 2 and read what I am to do…
so I pray for what/who/where i am to go.
and they keep coming…. so i pray for my time to be used wisely for Him.
because there are so many. but He will provide the strength and the wisdom.
my high school girls will soon begin a new book with me… LIVE by Sadie Huff. so excited to start this!!!
and my John study sister. we must be more diligent about getting together.
a new one is my friend the doctor with three children, a hard working husband and the cost of being busy.
and then my girlies of Walk 71.. but especially the one that has kept coming back. so we are doing Fervent – because her questions are so many.
and we all pray. in our ways. to the One that made us, to the One that saves us.
and i ask to be that Titus 2 woman to glorify my Lord Jesus. to encourage love mold pray over listen to and be the woman of God i am to be to other women. because there is no replacement for sisters in Christ. none.