When I travel, I usually post something about my trip. I'm not a travel blogger, but I share because there might be something of value for you. This trip was interesting because God made it interesting. We had a conversation with someone searching for God on her spiritual journey. Although you could say this about most people, she stands out because she goes to a church who encourages their members to seek God in their own way. There is a distinct difference between religion and relationship with God. Religion is our effort to reach God, something that the Bible tells us is impossible on our own effort (Galatians 2:16; Ephesian 2:8) The other is by accepting the free gift of salvation Jesus gave on the cross to wash us clean from our sin so we may have a relationship with God. Once we accept salvation, we no longer seek God, but we may now approach the throne of God, Abba Father, Heavenly Daddy. The experiences we have with Him are amazing! While she is still searching for Him, I know Him in a personal relationship. We can't have that relationship by our own efforts. Jesus said, "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:1, 6 NKJV (Venice Beach)
As for the rest of the trip, we just wanted to be able to bask in the warm sunshine and enjoyed sightseeing. We love to learn, so we went to Sun Harvest Citrus and the Edison Ford Winter Estates. Learning is great exercise for your brain! The citrus store allows you to have free samples of their citrus fruit and their juices. Giving samples turns into sales for them. It took us about 30 minutes in line to pay for our stash! The Winter Estates was amazing and eye opening into the lives and works of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison. The houses and grounds are beautiful. If you get to the Fort Myers area, I would really encourage you to see for yourself. Don't give up learning. (Edison statue at Banyan tree-- yes, 1 tree! He used these for rubber production.)
By escaping the bitter cold dreariness of Michigan, we got two days of what we wanted, then it got chilly. We still went to two beaches and enjoyed our time away. When we came back, my car was piled with snow! UGH. As I helped my hubby clear my car I stepped in a big cold puddle that soaked my shoes and socks. Welcome home, indeed. As I thought about our trip, it stood out in my mind that many people bask in the Sonshine through caring Christians, but never make their home with Jesus. They enjoy their time with His people without the ability to live in His presence every day. When they step back into their daily grind, it is like stepping into that cold, nasty puddle. They can live in His Sonshine if they simply make the move to accept Him as Savior and Lord. What about you? Are you basking in the Sonshine through one of His people or do you live in His warm Sonshine? (Fort Myers Beach)
By the way, we began a new series studying about some of the New Age practices that have gone mainstream. This was spurred on by an incident my husband encountered at work. I hope it helps you maneuver through the slushy mess which has become popular in health, fitness, and wellness. Is there a topic you want us to address? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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