Canoeing the Santa Fe River

Well it has been a while since Sylvia and I went on any adventures but finally one came up. It was a real experience. Wet wet wet…. and fun. Her venture crew took a 3 day canoeing trip down the Santa Fe River. I’ve been camping but never have I had to carry all of our gear in a boat. Yes we capsized.. yes there were bugs… yes we were hot then cold and certainly wet. But boy, it was fun and I can’t wait to do it again.

Sylvia really surprised me. She can work through anything and this trip was just another example of that. Attempt to drown in the rapids, fought to save the stove which turned out to be a table. Deal with hunger, thirst, sun, and did I say rain, storm, and wind… she did great. She discovered that she likes hammocks better than tints and I must agree. I can’t wait for another adventure with her, just next time we will not order so much rain or heat.

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Taking Me Back To The Basics…

Recently I was listening to a sermon on the radio or somewhere… and God gave me a verse. Have you ever had that happen to you? You were just cruising along and He just dropped a message in your head and it rocked your world? I have been struggling with some decisions and I’ve been doing things that God told me HE would take care of… needless to say, I’ve been stressing about some things when I shouldn’t be.

So what was this amazing verse?

Psalm 119:45 New International Version (NIV)
45 I will walk about in freedom,
    for I have sought out your precepts.

I’ve been letting this verse sink in over the last couple of days and I’m getting close to having a handle on it. The idea of walking in freedom really hits me. Freedom is not the freedom to do whatever I want but the freedom to really LIVE with confidence that no one else can bother me about it. Yes, if I’m worried about what God will do then I’m not living in freedom. If I’m worried about what I need to do to help God do His will then I’m not living in freedom. Freedom is freedom from worry because God has things covered.

Also… the second part of the verse explains where the freedom comes from. When we seek out and as such follow His precepts then we will be free. We must seek out and live under His precepts in order to truly be free. Otherwise we will live in bondage of the world.

I will first seek out His precepts so I can walk in the freedom of knowing God.

Thank you God for giving me the freedom I have from worry. It is not by my actions but by Your power that I live and breathe. Thank you…


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