Friday, December 29, 2006

Goodbye Vacation... Hello Life.

In less then 24 hours, life (as I know it!) will return to it's neck-breaking speed. Gone will be the enjoyment of sleeping in until 8:30 (pure bliss!). Replacing it will be early morning chaos. Gone will be the opportunity to make homemade cakes, cookies, and buns (yum!). Replacing it will be sandwiches, veggies, and snacks. Gone will be the late midnight girl chats (and laughter) with my sister. Replacing it will be a strict bedtime schedule.

But the time I've spent here in Florida has been restful... even though my sister and her family live smack dab in the middle of a huge tourist area (read: Disney). The sweet times spent in prayer and devotions have re-energized me for the work that is ahead. I feel refreshed and I'm ready to head home. I'm never ready to say "good-bye" to any loved one, but God's will for my life is not one continuous vacation! Can you imagine how boring that would be! But if you know me and the way God often leads in my life, you'll be hearing about another trip soon, I'm sure. God has given me a love for traveling and I praise Him for that. Just last week I was talking with a missionary's wife who doesn't like to travel at all. But I appreciated the spirit that she had about traveling for a missionary certainly does a lot of that!

So good-bye vacation... hello reality. Hello family. Hello church family. Hello preaching at LVBC. Hello Christian school. Hello Bible studies. Hello serving. Hello visitation. Hello ministry opportunities. Vacation's over. I'm ready to come!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

8:30? LOL I'm almost embarassed to say we've been sleeping in until 10:00 or 10:30 since hubby's been off. LOL

Glad you had a good time with your sister. And you're right, God's will for anyone's life is not one continuous vacation.

Bruce goes back to work Monday night. :( So we'll be getting back to routine then. I've enjoyed him being off so much. I hate to see him go back. But.......that goes back to that continual vacation thing. LOL

~Kristi

Anonymous said...

Heehee!! Had to laugh at the missionary wife comment about traveling. It's funny how our perspective changes sometimes. I can think of a few missionary wives who loved to travel....well, until they had kids! It's a whole different ball game when you are packing, caring, comforting, and at times, stifling, young children as you travel. :) Of course, I have little to no experience in this area....I can only imagine!

For now, I love to travel too!

Mrs. Spangenberg said...

Dear Anne,

Welcome Home!!! So glad you're back!

Love,
Johanna

Anne said...

Kristi ~ With a hyper 2 1/2 year old in the house, he wouldn't let me sleep past 8:30!!! I'm glad I'm not the only one who enjoyed my time off:D

Rachel ~ I was thinking the same thing! I sat by this screaming two year old on the plane yesterday and although I had just left Bayley (and understood what the mom was going through), I think I would still be exhausted if I travel with kids. Can you tell that we're "seasoned travelers" but not moms?;)

Johanna ~ Thanks:)It was nice to sleep in my own bed and I'm ready for preaching:).