One of the things Phil and I have always been strict with throughout the many years of leading church is our day off. We have always made sure we spend that day together – often including a nice breakfast somewhere and an ADVENTURE – now known as Monday Funday.
With the constant awareness of ministry needs, the many conversations, being mindful of our community – we ensure that Sabbath is taken. Because so often pouring out means we need to find some pouring in.
For us that means stepping out of our everyday world and finding space, exploring new and changing our landscape.
Finding a thin place to commune with our Creator
Mondays become a pilgrimage where we catch up, pray for our family near and far and dream big for our community.
Finding a creative space that walking inevitably offers
Today was ‘Enderby’ the home of the River float, Fish n chips, Drive in theater… and Enderby Cliffs.
We began our 2200ft trek and the first section led us to a cross. carved by the villagers of Oberammergau, Germany. A clear symbol at the beginning of the journey, one adorned with expressions of young love and graffiti.
We began winding our way through shaded forests of birch and fir, switching back and forth up the mountainside. Invisible insects high in the trees, clapping their wings – the forest applauding.
I took a bow, caught my breath and walked on, bumping into a silent snake and a distracted bee.
Two hours of ascent brought us to sub-alpine meadows covered in Arrowleaf Balsamroot and Glacier Lilies.
The hike was well worth the view from the 180-degree viewpoint. A perfect blue sky dotted with storybook clouds offered views far south to Okanagan Lake and Vernon and as far north as Salmon Arm and Shuwsap Lake. As we sat in silence on the cliff-side ledge we ate our picnic, drank sweet English tea from plastic cups and ducked as swooping swallows swished passed our heads.
After a while, we made our way down and our journey ended as it began – at the cross, we stopped again and I noticed a child’s scribble ‘Jesus was here.’
Hope you enjoyed a little glimpse of our life!
Blessings on your week,
Love, Michelle x
Isaiah 35 Voice – FOR YOU
Imagine the wilderness whooping for joy, the desert’s unbridled happiness with its spring flowers.
It will happen! The deserts will come alive with new growth budding and blooming, singing and celebrating with sheer delight. …
So, with confidence and hope in this message, strengthen those with feeble hands, shore up the weak-kneed and weary.
Tell those who worry, the anxious and fearful, ‘Take strength; have courage! There’s nothing to fear.
Look, here—your God! Right here is your God!
The balance is shifting; God will right all wrongs.
None other than God will give you success. He is coming to make you safe.
9 thoughts on “Some call it a day off…”
What a wonderful day you had today!! Thank you for sharing! !!
Glad you enjoyed it 🙂
Thank you Alissa x
Beautiful pictures & stories from the heart!
Beautiful photos Shell…..beautiful words xxxx
Thank you for sharing, your life, the Word, and your heart.
That was like reliving a very beautiful day. Thank you x
Ah Smokey -we thought of you lots x