Thursday, January 24, 2013

Young Life 5K Race For Kids

Our 3rd annual 5K Race For Kids is just around the corner 
and you can register NOW!!!

Visit www.ylraceforkids.com to get more information, REGISTER, and even find out how you or your business can become a sponsor!

Check out some of my fave pics from last year's race!
See you on April 27th, 2013!










 Hope to see you April 27th, 2013!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Silence.

Silence, though often seen as boredom and constantly sabotaged by everything that needs to be plugged in today, has been holding me together.

From the first day I started sweating in Haiti to the day my area code reverted back to 904, to today, when I drove way too many miles between the Young Life office, tutoring, and Bible study... I feel as though I am in a never-ending transition plagued by a complete lack of silence.

Before Christmas, I was blessed to be able to attend a silent retreat at a camp that I need to start calling my second home.  Going into it, my thoughts consisted of "how am i going to fill the emptiness" and "three days of no talking? ...yeah right."  Shocker, God had something else in mind.  He used silence to bring me back to Him and back to the foot of the Cross.  Henri Nouwen, as usual, writes it perfectly.

        "Why, O Lord, is it so hard for me to keep my heart directed toward you?  Why do the many little things I want to do, and the many people I know, keep crowding into my mind, even during the hours that I am totally free to be with you and you alone?  Why does my mind wander off in so many directions, and why does my heart desire the things that lead me astray?  Are you not enough for me?  Do I keep doubting your love and care, your mercy and grace?  Do I keep wandering, in the center of my being, whether you will give me all I need if I just keep my eyes on you?
        Please accept my distractions, my fatigue, my irritations, and my faithless wanderings.  You know me more deeply and fully than I know myself.  You love me with a greater love than I can love myself.  You even offer me more than I can desire.  Look at me, see me in all my misery and inner confusion, and let me sense your presence in the midst of my turmoil.  All I can do is show myself to you.  Yet, I am afraid to do so.  I am afraid that you will reject me.  But I know- with the knowledge of faith- that you desire to give me your love.  The only thing you ask of me is not to hide from you, not to run away in despair, not to act as if you were a relentless despot.
         Take my tired body, my confused mind, and my restless soul into your arms and give me rest, simple quiet rest.  Do I ask too much too soon?  I should not worry about that.  You will let me know.  Come, Lord Jesus, come. Amen."

Searching for silence,
Abby

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

It's complicated...

My current relationship status with my beloved blog is "It's complicated."  We're working on it.

In the meantime... some snapshots of life.







Ideally, I'll post again before 2014...