We live in a condo in a small beach town. As much as I appreciate the summer visitors and their contribution to our local economy, I really like our beaches after Labor Day! You can tell summer is over by the lack of boats in our parking lot!
And returning to local restaurants is much easier now! So we’ll have the beaches to ourselves and in just a few short months, the cycle begins again! In the meantime, we’ll enjoy the beaches, the locals, the sunsets – and concentrate on expanding our All Tide Up brand and products!
Would have been a great morning to have the kayaks out.
Just a few views of what our evenings continue to be like! We live in paradise!
Here are a few photographs my wife took on one of our evening walks. Just another beautiful day in paradise! Mexico Beach is very good for our souls!
Sometimes I think my life is a dream….
Just the view behind us while walking along Mexico Beach.
One of the larger pieces of coral we’ve seen while walking along the beach.
A sand crab who decided to watch us along the way.
Some random mid week thoughts – and a photo!
This is a normal view we have almost every day. Sometimes it’s earlier in the day. Sometimes it’s closer to sunset. But the cool thing is, we get this view almost every day! Our lives are blessed. We take long walks along these shores multiple days a week. Sometimes we pick up sea shells. Sometimes we just walk. Last week we came upon two sea turtles – one dead and one alive. You never know what the gulf will give us!
We’ve spent a number of hours lately promoting a venture – All Tide Up. If you have a second, check out our web site. If you see something you like – go ahead and order it! We’ll get it to you as quick as we can.
I become more convinced each week that nothing in life is a coincidence. There are divine opportunities all around us if we will only be willing to look! I’m pretty excited that God has provided some unique paths that have crossed and what potential there will be there. Reminded that it’s not about me – it really is about others!
My friend Alex Rocha is raising funds to purchase a permanent location for his youth work in Cartagena, Colombia. I’ll share more about that in a post to come – might be a divine opportunity for someone other than just me!
A little beach therapy!
Not every day is like this but there are a few!
Even if the picture isn’t perfect you get the idea! Our life is blessed.
A full day at the beach! With a shameless plug for one of our favorites: All Tide Up!
We recently hosted our best friends for almost a week here at Mexico Beach. A number of weeks ago one of them visited for a few days and we were able to share our life now with her. It’s not perfect but it’s the season of life we’re currently experiencing and enjoying! Most of our evenings are filled with scenes like this:
Living in a beach town that has year round residents of about 1,000 has it’s benefits! Of course the population swells beginning in March and will last until September but that’s ok.
For the past 27 months we’ve traveled every weekend or at least a portion of it to Tallahassee, Florida. First we commuted from Inverness until September 2012. Then for 7 months we made the commute from Mexico Beach. That season of our life was spiritually encouraging and fulfilling. But I’ve got to admit it was physically draining and not to mention the miles in the car and the time in the car. We calculated at one point that we spent literally a month (yes, one month) of our lives just commuting!
Cyndi and I both feel we were doing exactly what God wanted us to do during that season. We experienced lots of cool things, met some unbelievable people, led some great discussions, had some life changing conversations and like to think we were used by God in other’s lives as well.
That season has faded away and now we are taking a break. A time to refresh physically, emotionally and spiritually. This may be the first time in a very long time we are embracing a season in life like this. Without going into all the minute details, we know God has blessed us and placed us exactly where He wants us to be once again. We know He’s going to use us again in some incredible ways! We’ve learned that it’s not about being a Christian but instead it’s really about being a follower of Christ and that impacts the way we approach life!
In this season, there’s going to be lots of opportunities to see things like this:
And who knows? Maybe our venture into All Tide Up will continue to take off and will open other opportunities for us. In the meantime, there will continue to be days like this:
We got to share our everyday life with a good friend this weekend!