Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A Captivating Vacation

Our family recently went on vacation to an island off the coast near Rio de Janeiro.  The island is called Ilha Grande (or translated into English "big island") and it is truly captivating in beauty!  God was faithful to provide specific offerings for us to go on this trip.  We enjoyed relaxing in God's beautiful creation and simply being together as a family.  We are SO thankful for this special trip that the Lord gave us! It was a much needed gift from Him.
We took many photos, so if you want to see a few check out Felipe's photo blog.
During our vacation I started rereading the book Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul  by John and Stasi Eldredge.  I read it about 4 years ago and felt God leading me to read it again.  Basically this is a book for women to learn more about God's heart towards them. The book is amazing, as it touches on so many important truths.  I totally recommend it!
As I was reading this book on vacation (and even now as I am finishing it here at home) God has been speaking so many beautiful truths about who He is and who I am in Him.  I have been so encouraged and blessed by this book.

I thought I would just share a bit of my heart here on our blog...

Lately, honestly, I have been a bit discouraged.  I have been in a place of striving, yet not realizing it.  God has been confronting me about this in His great love. I try to push myself as hard as I can to be who I think I should be, or rather "do" all I think I should.  As Sophia is getting older, I find that I am trying to take on more responsibilities, especially related to our missions work here.  I feel I should be super woman at times, but honestly that is not humanly possible.  I think I have written about this before on our blog.  I have a tendency to want to do it all, giving 100% in all areas.  Then in the end I end up totally exhausted, overwhelmed and burnt out. During our vacation it was a wonderful moment to just stop and reflect.  The Lord spoke many things...

Through the book, Captivating, God has been reminding me and sweetly calling me back to sit at His feet in worship. God is calling me to REST in His presence.  He is calling me to just "be" His daughter and to "be" in relationship with Him. It is not so much about what I do, or how much I can manage to do in one day (as I often try to do it all in one day), but He is after my heart.  God wants to know me and spend time with me.  God wants to captivate my heart with Himself and show me how captivating I am as a woman as well...

God is also teaching me once again about setting boundaries. I want to grow in the area of guarding my priorities and guarding my time with Him. I think there is so much more I could write now about what God is doing in my heart, but I will close for now with this quote from Captivating.  I hope it encourages you as it encouraged me.

Jesus says the first and greatest commandment is, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind" (Matt. 22:37).  Jesus wants us to love one another, yes.  He wants us to serve one another, yes.  But first and foremost, He wants our utter devotion and love for Him.  It is from hearts filled with love for Him that all good works and acts of love flow. 
(page124 of Captivating)

3 comments:

  1. Laura,
    I think most women have that drive to be super woman, especially as you become a mother. It's so nice to remember that God is in control of everything and to just rest in him.
    Miss you guys a lot. Sending love from Raleigh.

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  2. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your heart. This has blessed me so much. The sweetness and tenderness of His revelation to you is so beautiful. I definitely want to read this book as well.

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