A Southern Winter

Lift Your Eyes 

 

Growing up, when Christmas time rolled around, we would make hot chocolate, pile into the Expedition, and drive through neighborhoods searching for houses adorned in lights. We loved this tradition so much that when Middle Brother got sick, the Littlest and I decked out our house with an absurd amount of lights – he arrived from the hospital and didn’t miss out on our annual tradition. Well this year, I arrived home for Christmas and Littlest {immediately} informed me that the family didn’t want to drive around and see lights. He didn’t want to break tradition. So Littlest and I piled into the convertible {Littlest in the driver’s seat}, top down, heat blowing, hot chocolate in hand.

I glanced at the sky and realized that I hadn’t looked up at the sky in months. I’ve been locked into a computer screen, glued to my phone, attached to a book. The air was crisp, the sky without a cloud, the moon shining bright. In that moment, I decided that January was for admiring the beauty God placed on this earth. Everything beautiful and good is from Him – the sunrise, good company, encouraging conversation. So, my dear friends, that’s where I’ve been – watching the sunrise, enjoying company, engaging in conversation with friends.

During this social media sabbatical, I had the opportunity to travel with the family to the National Championship in Florida. Here are the vacation highlights.

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Friday

9 hour drive to Siesta Key = ample time for planners on planners, donuts on planners, chocolate on donuts, sprinkles on chocolate

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we {finally} arrive at the house


dinner at Selva

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you’re not footballin’ if there’s no tailgate

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Saturday

shopping at St. Armands Circle


Sunday

brekkie with a view

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the earth declares His glory

Monday

get up! it’s game day

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the game was a whirlwind. i don’t think i’ve fully recovered yet

We sat on the Alabama side during the championship game and it made victory so much sweeter. Mom and I had the honor in sitting behind an older Clemson veteran and his son. Bama scored their last touchdown at 2 minutes left in the game and the vet’s demeanor changed. I could see that he had lost hope but I just knew the players needed our encouragement. We were here for them and we weren’t going home without the prize. I tapped the vet’s shoulder, looked him in the eye, and said “just believe” with a huge smile on my face. I looked to the sky and said a little prayer. I asked that Lydia’s {23 years old} husband and Jennie’s dad {both angels in Heaven} would carry the team to the end zone. We needed angels in the end zone and that’s just what we got. Deshaun threw the ball to Renfrow {a walk on} for the game winning catch. “Philippians 4:13: For I can do all things – not some things – For I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us. And I don’t think it’s a coincidence that #4 threw it to #13 for the game-winning touchdown.” -Coach Dabo Swinney

Lift your eyes, there’s confetti in the sky.

{a good friend captured the picture below}

All the goodness in lifting your eyes to witness His glory,

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“Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.” Isaiah 40:26

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