The rain brought chilly weather as I arrived to the Sunshine State, but when I entered Anastasia Baptist Church, it didn’t seem to matter. Inside, 200 volunteers from 15 different churches had passionately come together to put on one powerful Fresh Grounded Faith event. The rain couldn’t stop the SON from shining on us in St. Augustine, Florida.
We’ve all been there. We need peace and quiet in order to zero-in and get work done, but it seems such environment is no where to be found. In a world of distractions, our focus is always being interrupted.
Yep, four of my favorite peeps showed up at our recent Fresh Grounded Faith Event in Waxahachie, Texas. Three of them are pictured here. My girlfriend Lysa TerKeurst, my beautiful daughter-in-law Caroline Rothschild, and my handsome son Clayton Rothschild. Not pictured — Jesus. And boy did He show up.
It seemed like a typical February day as I prepared to leave for Fresh Grounded Faith in Marietta, Georgia. However, I soon discovered my hometown, Springfield, Missouri, was about to be hit by an ice storm, and I needed to leave immediately on the next flight down south. And boy, I am so glad that I did because 1) what girl wants to stuck in an ice storm, and 2) I would have missed a great big blessing that God had in store for all of us that attended.
On the first day of our cruise, Joan, Paula, and I stood out on my balcony. The breeze was magnificent and the fragrance of the fresh sea air was invigorating. We just stood there silently until Paula spoke. ”I love the ocean because it ‘rights’ me.” She captured just how I felt with those simple words.
“Like a feather floating gently in the wind, that’s what it felt like.” That was my answer to Phil when I got off the ship and told him I went parasailing. Have you ever been? Oh my! It was wonderful.
You feel a “swoosh” as you are lifted from the boat and then you just float and glide while rocking every now and then. It feels like some gentle giant hand is pushing you on a mammoth invisible swing set in the sky!