Weekly Image of Life: Rekindle The Joy

Most of you know that I spent the last 2 weeks visiting my parents in their new home in Georgia.  We had an amazing time, and I felt so fortunate to be reunited with numerous family members and very special friends. 🙂

Since returning home I’ve been a bit consumed with that whole “back to reality” feeling, and I admit that as I decompress I’ve been fighting off the occasional wave of gloom.  I’m extremely happy to be home, but selfishly I wish all the people I care about could be held captive in my personal bubble.  😉 Nonetheless, I read these words from my dear, dear blogging friend IT (see the link to his page below), and I was reminded to appreciate the blessings of those I love, whether near or far!

“It was time to rekindle the joy of being around family. Family who shares their heart generously. Family who loves you for who you are. Family who makes you truly happy no material wealth nor Earthly glory can ever replace.”

As I looked through the pictures I wanted to share from our trip, my joy was overflowing!!  The time was well spent, and only the beginning of many more adventures to come!

On the airplane.  And away we go!!
On the airplane. And away we go!!

Meeting her Uncle Chris and Great Aunt Candi for the first time.  Just 2 of the host of family members who happily passed her around!

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My brother. Ain’t he handsome?!! 😉

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All the food was delicious, and oh how I miss the sweet tea!  It’s probably best that I can’t get these sweet treats at home though.  They could become an addiction!

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Honey-buttered croissants.  Licking my lips as I type. Lol.
Mother Tuskegee.  My alma mater.
Mother Tuskegee. My alma mater.

I gave my husband a tour as I walked down memory lane…

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Inside the chapel.

The choir room.  I practically lived here for 4 years!
The choir room. I practically lived here for 4 years!

Meeting the youngest cousin and newest addition.

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You can’t put a price on true friendship. xoxo

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Playdate with one of my besties and her 3 loves.
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Yep, we’re in Walmart, but we had to make it happen!
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Softball buddies and forever friends!

I know this house will always be my family’s second home!

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Nana and Pop-Pop’s place.

What experiences rekindle your joy?

The Weekly Image Of Life challenge is issued every Wednesday by The Island Traveler at This Man’s Journey. If you would like to participate and see other entries please visit here!

Monday Motivation: Strength in My Weakness

Just before heading off to college, I had a going away party.  Because of the Tuskegee schedule I ended up being among the first of my friends to leave, and I was filled with emotions.  I was extremely excited for this new adventure, but the thought of being away from the people I loved the most, brought tears to my eyes at the end of the evening.  Few (if any) of my guests had ever seen me cry, and when they all left I was upset that I’d let them see me so vulnerable.  I couldn’t believe I let them see the tears fall.  They must think I’m so weak now.  I’m better than that.  I’m stronger than that.

You see, for a long time I thought my power was determined by the mighty façade I was able to portray, not realizing the glory of the Lord that’s allowed to shine through us in the midst of our infirmities!  Yes, we should relish in certain accomplishments, but there’s no shame in weakness!

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (AMP)                                                                                                                                                                                         9 But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!10 So for the sake of Christ, I am well pleased and take pleasure in infirmities, insults, hardships, persecutions, perplexities and distresses; for when I am weak [in human strength], then am I [truly] strong (able, powerful in divine strength).

To prevent pride from interfering with the work God did in him, the Apostle Paul was given a thorn in his flesh to keep him humble.   He begged the Lord to cause the thorn to depart, but even amid his brilliant and spirit-led revelations, he was told that Our Savior’s grace was sufficient enough for him.

Once upon a time, my pride dictated that tears meant I was “less than” in some way.  Even today I like to be portrayed as a strong person, woman, wife and mom, but I’m not lacking anything as long as I have Christ!  Regardless of how my flesh is perceived, I want the strength of my Spirit to shine brightly, so that He may continue to be glorified!!

Do you allow the Lord to be magnified in your times of weakness?

Related Articles:

Power in the Pitfalls by Shannon at Revelations in Writing

He is Our Strength by Sebastian at Faith 1st Ministries

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