We have the joy of witnessing so many firsts in our children’s lives.
The first time they rode a bicycle.
The first unsolicited hug/kiss and “I love you.”
The first chance to comfort little hearts and wipe tears from little cheeks.
The first time worshipping together with our church family.
The first time they glimpsed the ocean.
My heart is filled with the joy we experienced as a family last weekend.
Just look at this picture. The absolute abandon of our children as they rushed down the sand and into the ocean for the first time.
And this….a video I took as they giggled and splashed and tasted the ocean water.
I posted last week about how I feel as though our family has finally turned a corner. Our days are slowly being filled with more cherished memories and less stress and tears. As Scott and I sat on that beach and watched our children splash in the ocean, we felt as though we had passed through the storm and were experiencing some of the peace that was waiting for us all along on the other side. We know that we will not have smooth sailing from here on out, but God never promised us that. He only promised that He would be with us no matter the storms we face.
The words to this song come to mind…..
When the oceans rise and thunders roar,
I will soar with You, above the storm.
Father, You are king over the flood,
I will be still and know You are God.
Find rest my soul in Christ alone,
Know his power, in quietness and trust.
We had rest for our souls this weekend.
We had laughter.
We had memories.
We had the power of a God who restores broken hearts and builds families.
I am so thankful for our weekend. I am thankful for my family. For my children. For my God – who is “the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them–the LORD, who remains faithful forever.” Psalms 146:6