One of my all time favorite things to talk about is the period when I lived in Europe. For 2 1/2 years, my husband and I lived in the Netherlands on the dime of the United States Air Force. We were young, wild and free, with minimal responsibilities outside of work and grad school. This freedom allowed us to travel to a new country at least once a month. It has been a decade since we made our first flight across the pond. And, while I have traveled to many stateside locales since leaving Europe, few experiences compare to tasting crepes for the first time in Paris or gazing upon Michealangelo's David in Florence.
Much has changed since my ex-pat days. I'm now the mother of three crazy boys. I live in the suburbs of Seattle. If I'm lucky, I might travel outside of Washington once a year. My days are spent mostly chauffeuring little boys to soccer practice, making a Costco run, or sorting laundry. In comparison to my days in Europe, that all sounds so B-O-R-I-N-G.
Sometimes we look upon our faith journey in the same way. We speak with excitement and nostalgia over the mountaintop experiences. But, the day to day walk with the Lord is mundane. While there is certainly value in the mountaintop experience and the initial work of the Lord in my life, maintaining a discipline of communing with God is what sustains me in the every day. It also reminds me that He is alive, personal, and still at work!
Jesus tells us that He came so that we might have life and have it to the full. Some versions describe this as "the abundant life". If all I have to say of my relationship with the Lord is what He did for me years ago, something is amiss. The abundant life isn't something of the past, it's in the here and now. But, now it takes a little more effort on my part to identify this abundance. I have to quiet my spirit long enough to hear His voice. I need to wake up early in the morning to have a moment of solitude. I must create space in my day to worship Him.
I'll always speak with wonder over my first encounter with God, but the fact that He continues to speak to me is just as moving. Every day of my life, He draws me closer and deeper to His heart. And, I'm finding that the small moments aren't scarce. In their sum, they are an abundance.
Most days Keri can be found cruising in her Swagger Wagon, reading a good book, or laughing with friends over large cups of coffee. She finds great fulfillment in serving those who might not walk through the doors of a church, but still desperately need the Hope that only God can give. She also enjoys learning about God through unorthodox means, and occasionally blogs about it at Pop Parables. She also gets in touch with her creative side at BringingCraftyBack. Keri lives in the Greater Seattle area with her husband, their three boys, and 2 weiner pups.
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