This week was birthday week for the Collins men.
I whisked Phil away for a night to the Sparkling Hills Resort in Vernon (of course a night feels like a week in parenting years.)
Seriously, what’s not to love about Sparkling Hills?
Beautiful food, stunning views and cleansing spas.
Coolness of waterfalls. Warmth of fireplaces. 3.5 million Swarovski crystals in virtually every element of the property, many crystals have a permanent coating know as AB, this gives off the rainbow effect as they emanate light and color every where you turn.
Rainbows of living colour.
Hiding in our own Aurora Borealis.
A tiny glimpse of paradise?
Allow me to share a couple of things I learned:
*European hour doesn’t mean you have to be European to attend. ‘Oh, Hi pastor Phil’
*Just because there’s a gorgeous bath for two in the window… Doesn’t mean the windows are tinted.
I love to celebrate birthdays. Henri Nouwen wrote this.
‘Celebrating a birthday reminds us of the goodness of life, and in this spirit we really need to celebrate people’s birthdays every day, by showing gratitude, kindness, forgiveness, gentleness, and affection. These are ways of saying: ‘It’s good that you are alive; it’s good that you are walking with me on earth. Let’s be glad and rejoice. This is the day that God has made for us to be and to be together.’
As we return from Sparkling Hills to foggy trails we celebrate Josiah’s 7th birthday.
Energyplex noise, so many toys, and a bunch of handsome boys!
And yes… ‘Show me the boy at 7 and I will show you the man’.
In 2024, lookout for the man who is a great friend. Understands women. Who has no fear. Continually questions …and is the best hugger. Yep. Josiah will be that man.
Back to that permanent coat to reflect color…
I’ve been meditating on this verse.
‘So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.’ Colossians 3:14
Don’t you think by choosing to wear this new wardrobe we reflect God and his promises?
Have a great week.
Wear love, it looks good on you 😉