The Main(e) Event

The Main(e) Event

A long drive down some back roads brought us (brother and I) to Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  We jogged up a short flight of stairs and stood in awe.  Then we skipped down the hill and stood amazed once again.

Despite the breathtaking coastline, Brother and I were perplexed.  We walked several trails at Two Lights State Park, but we didn’t see any lighthouses.  A glance at the map confirmed that the nearest lighthouse is a five-minute drive from the park entrance.

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After a picnic lunch, we explored Fort William Park, which does have 2 lighthouses.

Brother and I were never disappointed with the scenery in Maine.

We enjoyed the beautiful weather and God’s masterful handiwork.

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A Walking Tour of Boston

A Walking Tour of Boston

Well, I’ve never plucked a rooster,

And I’m not too good at ping pong,

And I’ve never thrown my mashed potatoes up against the wall,

And I’ve never kissed a chipmunk,

And I’ve never gotten head lice…”

But I have been to Boston in the fall.

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Simple Joy Saturday #8

Simple Joy Saturday #8

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or evolve as time passes.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

 

 

October 14-20

1. My best friend is married! Last Saturday evening at a perfect venue, Beth and Stephen said “I do.”

Photo by Sassyfras Studios.

2. Traveling with my brother.

3. The gorgeous foliage of New England

I promise to post more about our travels sometime next week!

Simple Joy Saturday #7

Simple Joy Saturday #7

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or evolve as time passes.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

October 7-13

1. Running at the park after work (and listening to audio books on my MP3 player — see #3).

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Thirty Before Thirty: Land of Oz

Thirty Before Thirty: Land of Oz

Someday I’ll wish upon a star

And wake up where the clouds are far

Beyond me.

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Pumpkin Butter Granola {Blind Spot Nutbutters September Recipe}

Pumpkin Butter Granola {Blind Spot Nutbutters September Recipe}

It’s September, and you know what that means.

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Change {And Why It Scares Me}

Change {And Why It Scares Me}

This afternoon I went on a walk to appreciate the beautiful colors of Autumn, and my mind drifted to the topic of change.

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I have never been one to like change.

I didn’t want to start first grade because I was afraid of staying at school after lunchtime.  Since my three closest friends transferred schools after fifth grade, middle school brought the fear of eating lunch without them.  When I moved up to high school, I was terrified of the upperclassmen.  The daunting world of college was more frightening than I thought I could handle.

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You see, I don’t like change because it is scary. I am fearful.  Change is terrifying.  I am frightened.

Despite my fears, I loved first grade–as a first grader, I learned to spell “long” words (like because and swimming).  In sixth grade, I became friends with two girls that stuck with me through the most awkward years of our lives.  Some of the upperclassmen that I played sports with in high school actually turned out to be friendly.  Furthermore, college has taught me more than I ever anticipated.

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I wish that I had learned the benefits of change by now, but change still haunts me.

When change happens, I have to face the unknown. I always like to know what will happen next, when it will happen, and how it will happen.  But when change occurs, those three facts are generally left up in the air.

And then there is the truth that change is painful.  Routine is comfortable, but change is unsettling.

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Yet, I know that change is necessary…Change is beneficial…Change brings progress.

Without change, we  might have pumpkins, but we would not have jack-o-lanters.  We might have trees, but we would not have the beautiful colors of Autumn.  We might have caterpillars, but no dazzling butterflies.  Pain might exist, but there would certainly be no knowledge or strength.

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Most importantly, change brings our salvation and sanctification.

In the past all of us lived like the world, trying to please our sinful selves and doing all the things our bodies and minds wanted. We should have suffered God’s anger because we were sinful by nature. We were the same as all other people.  But God’s mercy is great, and he loved us very much. Though we were spiritually dead because of the things we did against God, he gave us new life with Christ. You have been saved by God’s grace.  –Ephesians 2:3-6

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When I was still living a life of self-pleasure and sin, God’s mercy and grace were great enough to rescue me.  He changed me and gave me a new life.

So, as hard as it is, I will embrace the change that brings godliness, beauty, and hope.

 

Questions for you:

Do you like change?  How do you deal with change?

What is the best thing that change has ever brought you?