Thursday, October 22, 2009
I've been back from Switzerland for a few days. The trip was a feast in more ways than one: feasting on good food, of course was high on the list. It was also a feast for the eyes - the scenery in the Swiss Alps is everything the postcards promise. It was also a feast for soul and spirit: the fellowship with friends old and new, wonderful times of worshipping the King. I went on a couple of solo hikes that were super - on one I even burned something like 800 calories!
I also had some good times of prayer and insight while I was gone. Nothing surprising, really, just more clarity and focus on things that have been occupying my mind for a long time. For one thing, I realized while I was at this "Time of Refreshing" how important it is to build these times into my day-to-day life and not just let myself get burned out while I look forward to next October! Practically, this means getting to bed earlier which means turning off the puter earlier.
I also felt confirmed that my place is still in Germany right now. It's hard watching my parents go through their struggles from a distance but I can only be involved to the extent that they allow me to be.
I'm blessed to live in a place that has a beauty of it's own, the Rems River valley. The sunset shot was taken on a recent Nordic walking tour. So I'm back "down in the valley", have been catching up on blogs and am now back to tracking food and fitness on SP again today. I got to sleep in this morning, so I've already enjoyed a mini time of refreshing!