Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Serenity Falls

Is that not a wonderful name for a waterfall? One of the places where my mind and heart find serenity is at the bottom of a large waterfall. It's one of my favorite places to be because I seem to listen more intently and hear God's voice more clearly. This past weekend was no different. Our family took a 12 mile bike ride [Jacson road 24 miles in all...we are so proud of him] to a mountain cabin for two nights. Breathtaking views of a glacier, the falls, and a swift mountain stream.

At the base of this waterfall, God impressed deeply upon my heart the truth of Psalm 121. I am continually being reminded that when I bring my nothing to the Savior, I get His everything. My neediness ushers me to freedom. "Oh how I need you Lord, to come and rescue me, to come and give me life." I realize that I am prone to wander...prone to trust in what God has done in me and forget what He has done for me. Mercy is what I need. When I minimize my sin or self-justify, the cross becomes less ,I rest in what God has done in me, and miss the power of His mercy and grace. But when I face my own shame and step into the light with it, I find rest and healing for my soul...like a waterfall called serenity over my heart and mind.

The trip was wonderful for our family. We are so thankful for the Sheldon family and their invitation to us to join them on this adventure. Enjoy the pics
Eklutna Lake...on the way to our cabin. See the princesses in their chariot?


Derek said...

Yes! I'm with you about waterfalls...

Plus, I'm grateful for the way your pastoral heart shows even through your blog.

lots of love from my family to you and yours!

Matt said...

I think that last picture should be the Swain family Christmas card this year. Although Savannah might be mad at you about that one when she's older! Love you guys and miss you very much!

Heather said...

Wow, the views are breathtaking!! Looks like you guys had a great time and Matt says that he loves the girls Adidas outfits!! So cute!!! Love y'all!

momofmiageorge said...

Hello, sweet Swains!
I looked at my calendar and realized that 10 years ago today you two were married. Congratulations on a decade of marriage - I was honored standing beside you as you took those vows. Much love from me, Bo and the girls....Always, Lauren

Kelly said...

Love reading your blog. They always encourage me, when it seems like I need it most! It makes me sad that I've never even met the kiddos, though! Can't believe it! Think about y'all often. Tell your precious wife hello. Y'alls names came up this past weekend when we were hanging out in Kansas with the Oberzans (Todd and Kristen Holmes and their three boys). Wish y'all had moved to the Colorado mountains, but are so excited for all that God has in store for you in Alaska!