You know what? I’m not dead yet!
So as long as I breathe earth’s air, I want to LIVE life as fully and joyfully as I can. I want to enjoy the view from our new house for as many years as the Lord may grant.
I want to watch those waves swell . . .
. . . and crash!
I want to walk on the flat, hard sand at low tide;
I want to relish the sunset from our backyard;
and I want to celebrate the sunrise on my morning walk.
I want to take thousands of panorama shots of the Pacific Ocean from my favorite bluffside stop.
I want to worship God in our glorious sanctuary, a building I actually had something to do with building, and which brings joy to us all every time we’re there.
I want to worship with our community, to push against one another when we need to, and to learn from one another always.
I want to welcome others to our home, to say ‘come in and set a spell,’ to order food out when I can no longer cook, and to offer a place of respite and quiet in the midst of life’s noise.
I want to enjoy fresh cut flowers and bright colors.
And good food, beautifully presented — some of it made by me, more of it made by others.
I want to celebrate the indoor-outdoor way of life that central California offers us each and every day.
I want to bird-watch and learn more about living well, living obediently, becoming who I am without worry or shame. (Ever see an embarrassed bird??)
And maybe most of all, I want to celebrate the gift of family – my cousins as often as we can manage it.
My husband, who is most fully himself when he’s helping someone else, or filling in for a missing shepherd or two!
I want to continue to thank God each and every day for each and every one of these people, gifts to me and to my husband and to the world.
I want to keep right on choosing LIFE! And then I want to step into new life, when God invites me there.
Thanks so much for reading along on this L O N G journey through the 31 days of October. Some of you have been immensely faithful and encouraging and I am so very grateful!