The 40 Keel.

It started off as a grand adventure. We would paddle across the serene lake our cabin rested on, to the river, and all the way out to the great freshwater lake. Up and out early with visions of grandeur we would hold onto forever, we loaded into our kayaks and pushed off the dock. It wasn’t in the quiet stillness of morning as we’d woken up to so many other days, but in the choppy result of a steady wind. Soon after we embarked on our journey, both of our kids needed a tow line. Every paddle felt like going backwards. Our cabin neighbor came gliding up beside us. We wanted to know why … and…how.

“I have a keel,” he explained. “It drops down and stabilizes the boat so it goes forward instead of back and forth.”

U2, who I’ve been mildly obsessed with since walk-mans were cool, turned the 40th Psalm into a song that hit me on a new level as the melody drifted through the marrow of me as I flipped the final page on my fourth decade. King David, who wrote the song, reaches into the core of all that makes a human heart beat and break in awe of the unfailing love God has for all of us. The song played and I pictured myself in all stages of life blaring it as an unbeknownst anthem.

Life starts out as such a grand adventure, doesn’t it? But without a keel, we paddle back and forth and sometimes backwards. There’s something about turning the page on a decade that causes us to reflect back and look forward. For the next ten years, I want to steer steady, with the keel dropped down, each paddle as efficient as it can be, no matter the weather. To weather storms with more grace and poise, and for forgiveness to flow out of me faster and easier. It feels time to step up and into the girl God made me to be all those years before the swells crashed into my reality faster than I could bail out or paddle through. 

There’s never been a day in my life I haven’t believed in Jesus. If anything is worth celebrating at 40 …it’s that. So I chose to celebrate by getting baptized. He has loved me through the most impossible circumstances and when I was impossible to love. He reminds me who I am and continues to grow me into who He’s purposed me to be. No one knows me like Him. It’s love, unconditional and eternal. No strings, stipulations or shame. It’s out of this world …and worth singing about. In and around the water I’m reminded of how His Word flows through and connects all He has created. No matter what storms flare up in the next decade, I’m all in. 

This is 40. A few nights ago I sat up to roll over and pulled my neck out. For now my daughters say my smile lines are beautiful because they haven’t morphed into critical teenagers yet. I have to say I like them, too. Looking back, I’m tempted to remember the heartbreaks and mistakes. But the past is equally lined in triumphs. Laughter, love …and fearless adventure. So much laughter. So many friends. And now daughters … Jesus isn’t interested in keeping score in our lives. He commands us to go tell it …maybe …to sing it.

Sing your song.

Megs

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The Pin (#jammed daily devo, day 115)

April #jammed: Grace Studies.

Day 115: A strike every time.

“I call you friends.” John 15:15

The year we surprised my youngest daughter for her birthday will be a day she will neverimage-115 forget. She’s watched her older sister bond with her friends since pre-school and Kindergarten, and though little Lo is loved by so many, it somehow never seemed like we got her together with them as much. All is unfair in trying to parent fairly, right?

To make it up to her, we gathered as many of her buddies as we thought one bowling alley could handle, and surprised her with a party. Biggest smiles we’ve ever seen on her face, and most appreciative she’s ever been. She is truly blessed with the sweetest, funniest group of friends. Her joy in the moment seemed to say , “Yay! They love me, too!”

Today’s verse is a sweet sentiment Jesus speaks to His disciples. His closest followers, who hung on his robe and every word.

 I don’t call you servants any longer; servants don’t know what the master is doing, but I have told you everything the Father has said to Me. I call you friends.” John 15:15(VOICE)

After they had faithfully followed Him through many miracles and difficult conversations, Jesus knew the hardest days for them were yet to come, as He would prepare to say good-bye to them and make His way to the cross. I wonder if they felt a sense of “Yay! He loves me, too!”

 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” John 15:15 (NIV)

To be called a friend is a compliment the human heart seeks from birth. We were not meant to walk alone, and undeniably love to find those people who we feel at home with in our own skin. In our search for friendship on earth, we must never forget that He always calls us, ‘friend.”

jammed-click-to-tweetFather, Praise You for friendship! There is so much to be learned from it, and we thank You for placing people around us that get us! Forgive us for focusing on other friendships more than the one with You. Bless our hands to hold onto Jesus’ as we walk though this life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Friending,

Megs

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The Pin (#jammed daily devo, day 115)

April #jammed: Grace Studies.

Day 115: A strike every time.

“I call you friends.” John 15:15

The year we surprised my youngest daughter for her birthday will be a day she will neverimage-115 forget. She’s watched her older sister bond with her friends since pre-school and Kindergarten, and though little Lo is loved by so many, it somehow never seemed like we got her together with them as much. All is unfair in trying to parent fairly, right?

To make it up to her, we gathered as many of her buddies as we thought one bowling alley could handle, and surprised her with a party. Biggest smiles we’ve ever seen on her face, and most appreciative she’s ever been. She is truly blessed with the sweetest, funniest group of friends. Her joy in the moment seemed to say , “Yay! They love me, too!”

Today’s verse is a sweet sentiment Jesus speaks to His disciples. His closest followers, who hung on his robe and every word.

 I don’t call you servants any longer; servants don’t know what the master is doing, but I have told you everything the Father has said to Me. I call you friends.” John 15:15(VOICE)

After they had faithfully followed Him through many miracles and difficult conversations, Jesus knew the hardest days for them were yet to come, as He would prepare to say good-bye to them and make His way to the cross. I wonder if they felt a sense of “Yay! He loves me, too!”

 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” John 15:15 (NIV)

To be called a friend is a compliment the human heart seeks from birth. We were not meant to walk alone, and undeniably love to find those people who we feel at home with in our own skin. In our search for friendship on earth, we must never forget that He always calls us, ‘friend.”

jammed-click-to-tweetFather, Praise You for friendship! There is so much to be learned from it, and we thank You for placing people around us that get us! Forgive us for focusing on other friendships more than the one with You. Bless our hands to hold onto Jesus’ as we walk though this life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Friending,

Megs

Get the #jammed Daily Devo sent straight to your inbox each morning, by subscribing to Sunny&80.