October 23, 2013

A Summer To Remember - by Terrie Lynne

Our daughter walking in the Redwoods
 This summer my husband, daughter and I took a road trip and drove through the states of Washington, Oregon and into the Northern tip of California. It was such an enjoyable time together. One of our destinations during the trip was to see some of the Redwood Forest. Although our daughter is a young lady in her early twenties, she just loved the experience of walking through the woods amongst those gargantuan trees. She said she felt like a child all over again walking in the Enchanted Forest!
Another experience we enjoyed was driving along the famous Highway 101 coastline. It was morning when we arrived at an oceanside view point and the morning misty fog was just lifting. I have to say that no pictures, movies or recorded sounds of the ocean waves could possibly prepare or compare with what I experienced when I saw and felt the ocean for the first time. It was there that all three of us felt like children all over again.

oceanside viewpoint at Brookings,Oregon
The moment I got out of the car I didn't just see the ocean, I felt it. The power of the rolling waves as they came crashing in commanded my respect. I stood in awe as I gazed out over the sparkling blue water that seemed to go on and on. It was a moment I will never forget. I was seeing one of Gods amazing creations!

My husband, daughter and I walked down the hillside and along the beach, dipping our hands and feet into the fresh, clear water. I honestly could have stayed there all day. I didn't want to leave. For me, it was like a spiritual experience in many ways for this was an opportunity, an invitation, a God moment. A moment that He, my family and I had waited all this time to experience together.
Our walk along the beach
It reminds me that it's those "God moments" that our Heavenly Father wants His children to experience so we can appreciate the reality of Him, His power and might. He is the Almighty and Everlasting God and He wants us to love and respect Him. Yet by His Spirit He walks gently along side us and wants a personal relationship with us. I believe He wants us to see ourselves as He sees us, with love and compassion, mercy and grace. He is so much bigger than us and our problems, yet so willing to come and dwell amongst us in everyday life. He Lives! Amen, let it be so!

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Photos compliments of our family photo album.


  1. Beautiful reflection, Terilyn! Thank you for sharing the photos with us too - as I read your post, I felt like I was there, in those wild and glorious places.

  2. yes, this was a beautiful reflection. I can just feel, smell, hear all the things you described.

  3. Thank you Marcia and Tracy for your encouraging words.I am so glad you were able experience this story along with me.
    Blessing you, Blesses me :)

  4. I think too many of us don't take the time to relax in this fashion.
    As you pointed out, it provides for a different experience of God than just sitting at our computers!


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