Surfside With The Savior

He wakens me morning by morning, 
wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.

Isaiah 50:4b

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It Takes A Storm {Faith Life Preservers – Day 29}


Sometimes I think it takes a storm to remind us that
we need to order our days rightly.
To be prepared,
yet understand that preparations are not guarantees.
To recognize that life is brief and fragile.

That we hold life in our hand like a sweet dandelion
that is blown in the wind, 
spreading seeds of whatever we value most, 
into the lives of those we love and encounter along the way. 

That moments make up all that we are,
and will ever be.
And that moments are meant to be lived not hoarded, stored, hidden.
Instead our moments are to be spread generously like seeds
of love in the hands of the sower.

Graciously sent out in trust that there will be a return.
Despite the current appearance or state of things.
For we walk by faith and not by sight, under the care of a loving, living God.
Trusting in the unseen realms for hope.

Today I lift up my eyes, knowing where my help comes from…

My Faith Life Preserver is this:
I am called to praise and thank Him in all circumstances.

As we await what is feared to be the worst storm our area has seen in 70 years,
I look to the One who calms the seas.
He’s the same one who keeps me.

As our tiny state prepares and holds dear the prayers of friends and loved ones,
I thank God for His Presence and Peace.

I will praise Him in this storm.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
 My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.
 He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
 indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.
 The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
 the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.
 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.
Psalm 121

31 Days of Faith Life Preservers 
October 1-31, 2012
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Sharing The Sunrise {Beach Morning Walk}

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, 
    for his compassions never fail. 
They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness. 
Lamentations 3:22-23
It’s the day after my birthday and I am awake though the sun is not up yet. The sweet memory of a blessed birthday is lingering in the back of my mind. Sleep is still visiting my husband and daughter. I take the dog out and see two stars shining brightly out of the dusky morning. I am longing to walk in the cool of the morning, greeting the day, beholding the Creator’s morning canvas. How I love Sunrise. I love it more than a beautiful sunset. It is the beautiful reminder of those new mercies promised every morning, by a faithful God, after the darkness of night. So consider this my Post-Birthday Gift to you. Be refreshed and blessed in the new mercies of the morning. Regardless of the time when you read this, embrace the idea, the belief, the gift of His grace, forgiveness, love and beauty. Right now. No hesitation. It’s for you, my friend. With love.
Walk with me in the cool of His grace, in the gentleness and strength of His presence.
Let’s go… 

There is none like this Artist,
my friend.
May He bless you today. 

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Surfer Girl, Monday!

Well this week has been a great week. Not only did I see my long lost Mainiac BFF twice but I converted her to being …A BLOGGER! Yahoo! I will wait until she gathers her thoughts and situates herself before I ask you to go right over there and encourage her, OK? 
So you are asking yourself,  “Why, Dawn, is this week so special?”
Well, Monday is my one day on the blog that I actually get a bit …well, personal. Kinda.
I mean, really, share more than my heart in Him, right?
Like my actual above the surface life so to speak! 
This week was a fun, above the surface week.
Maybe I should I have a new blog: Above the Surface: Breath of Hot Air?
That’s a giggle. And yet, it resonates with me! lol.
Still squeezing in beach days, and of course it was Shark Week. 
I am excited to announce, here on my blog a most lofty achievement. 
This year during the 25th anniversary of Shark Week, I finally made a dream come true.
 No, I did not go into a Shark Cage, although that has always been a dream of mine as well. 
I actually surfed for the very first time
During Shark Week. 
Enter Jaws theme HERE!
Can you feel the Epic-ness of the timing. (yes, I know that is not a word). 
Now look at the pictures at the top of the Blog Post.
The top picture is not how I actually looked.
But this picture below is a pretty accurate depiction.
Thank you.
On top of all that, yes there is more. I actually co-taught for three days, with my new partners in the fitness field, a local Women’s Boot Camp Program. Because I love Jesus AND hurting torturing people this way. It is a gift. I really enjoy bossing and bullying people for money. No, seriously, I really missed teaching classes and am very happy to be back in action. It has been a long, sedentary year, friends. It brought me to you all though. For that I am grateful and blessed! 
The converted blogging friend. 😉
My Friend Lauree is (almost) a Blogger:
We brainstormed to find a name that she felt was a good fit and in the end,
 my busy but determined friend chose one.
She has a lot on her plate attending school,
managing a household and homeschooling one of her two children,
 but I am hoping when she can she will share her meanderings with us!
Don’t we find Blogging to be a great clarifying of the thoughts kind of journey?
Here is my wonderful Surf Coach Sara.
Seriously, she gave some great feedback and input.
She is a natural athlete and coach.
Her brother Ryan also helped me,
once Sara got bored with me was finished teaching me.
I have a suspicion we might see Sara in the Olympics or possibly even as
President someday. Either that or she will easily handle a household
 as large as The Duggars. 

The reason my Thursday beach days have been fantastic!
This is my Sunshine Sister in Christ and Prayer Partner Natasha.
Grateful. For. Her. 
We met through Moms In Prayer when she co led our group
with me, now we have become beach buddies as well!
Surf’s Up! This is Sara’s mom BTW and she also received her first surf
 lesson this day with her girl!

Oh, and for those of you who are off to see The Odd Life of Timothy Green. The oddest think about the star, CJ Adams is the fact that he is in my daughter’s class at school and well, basically, is just another classmate to us. The movie does look really cute. But we will most likely wait until it is out on DVD to see it.
I get a little teary eyed on the Trailer, though, I admit. I am a sucker for Disney Magic.  
Remember my Necklace to celebrate my birthday 
(which is really not until August 24th) and my one year of Blogging?
Well I got it this week in the mail!
I know these pics aren’t the best BUT well, hey there they are.
That’s the way it goes. 
I am very happy with this special creation. 
You must check out Becky’s Etsy Shop

Can you see why now it has been a pretty great week?

272. God’s amazing provision and direction (Proverbs 3:5-6)
273. How He surprises us with our heart’s desires in His perfect timing and way.
274. Sisters in Christ who love Jesus and enrich my life by spending precious time together.
275. The answered prayers that my girl would have good friends. She does. I am thankful.
276. Hot, beautiful beach days, and air conditioned nights.
277. Time to write daily
278. Two people who commented on my enthusiasm, before ever meeting me!
279. The generous provision of God. Knowing He has been busy behind the scenes (is always) 
orchestrating the “right fit” for me to return to work. 
280. Knowing that His blessing follows me wherever I go-looking forward to see that for those I will be working with in  the days ahead! 

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Shine On In Him

    Commit your way to the Lord;
 trust in him and he will do this: 
He will make your righteousness 
 like the dawn, 
the justice of your cause 
like the noonday sun.

Psalm 37:5-6

 Nothing is worth more than this day.
 You cannot relive yesterday. 
Tomorrow is still beyond your reach   
Shine on in Him, through Him, for Him. 

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