An Adventurous Spirit

On Saturday, I went on a hike at Yellow Branch Falls with my two young boys and some families from our Community Group. It was a beautiful day. As we hiked, it was a blessing to see community at work in a tangible way. I was carrying my 6 month old in my Ergo Baby carrier, which limited what I could do for my 3 year old. Since my husband had to work, the other members in the group came along side my son to help him-adventuring at the falls with him, carrying him on the way back, and holding his hand. I am beyond thankful for this group of people I get the pleasure of doing life with during this season.

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When we got to the waterfall, I watched my son climbing on the rocks at the bottom, going further and further out all on his own. I  suddenly saw the adventurous spirit of God in my little boy. Sometimes I find my son’s need to explore frustrating, something slowing us down. But in that moment, it became something sacred, holy.

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In Genesis 12, we see God calling Abram away to go on an adventure with Him.

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” So Abram went, as the Lord had told him…

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Personally, I am amazed at Abram’s willingness to bounce off into the unknown, leaving the life he knew behind. God put the spirit of adventure in man and woman, but sometimes we allow fear, worry, and perception squelch it.

My son, on the other hand, is almost always up for an adventure, be that roaming outside, or trying something new. This is part of God! We can see it when God asks us to do go on a new adventure with Him-a new job, a new place to live, a new friendship. What my son looks like as he explores on the rocks must be akin to what God looks like in heaven. Excited to be leading us, pushing us further out to try something new, to do something different…to follow him into the wild beautiful unknown.

What adventure has God been calling you to? What has been stopping you from running along behind Him?

Elise

 

 

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Baby Blueberry – The Countdown is On

Well…we are almost there! My due date is in approximately a week and a half.

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Soon, Phillip and I will be parents of a living, breathing, hold-able, snugly newborn.

I know that we are parents already, but it still seems surreal somehow…like maybe I’m imagining it all.

I have dreamed of being a mom for so long, ever since I was a child. I long for the hard work of raising children in this broken world. The unending sacrifice of valuing someone else’s life as more than your own. The most important work of bringing up tomorrow’s workers, leaders, parents, spouses, and teachers. I have no expectations that this work is simply or easy. That it is cut and dry. That it will not cause stress, worry, strain, or frustration. That it limits me and my freedom. But I am sure that despite these things, it will be the most important work and an unbelievably satisfying adventure to walk.C.S. Lewis quote - children are the most important work

So, as I look forward to holding my little man, I wanted to share our maternity pictures Phillip and I had taken a week and a half ago by a friend of mine. Her name is Rebecca Finley. You can find her on Facebook. She has always taken fabulous pictures and captured some wonderful moments for us. Thanks Rebecca! (She’ll be doing newborn photos as well after Joseph is born.)

I started with my absolute favorite.

It captures the joy and excitement we have for each other and for meeting this new little one!

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I hope you have enjoyed these pictures and seeing a bit into my thoughts regarding motherhood and why it is so important!

Love,

Elise

Monday Musings…”a letter to anyone”

This letter applies to so many people in my life that I was close to at one time, but have since lost touch.

Dear Long-Lost Friends,

I am so sorry that I haven’t kept in touch with you, that I’ve let the ball drop.  It is such a weakness of mine, one I deeply regret.  I have let so many lovely friends slip through the cracks of my life as a result of laziness and busyness.

You and I – We have laughed together, grown in Christ together, sailed together, ate together, played games together, worked together, challenged one another. I knew some of you well, and I could have known some of you so much better. I have wanted to renew my friendship with some, but I don’t know where to start. I don’t know if we have anything in common anymore, or whether the other person would be open to rekindling friendship.

So, to start, here is an update on my life; who I am now. I am married to Phillip Gilmore, and we live in Travelers Rest, SC. I have a Bachelors of Science with a double major in Bible and Youth Ministries from Columbia International University. I love working with teenage girls in youth group. I currently work for a local upstate ministry called Miracle Hill. I work in one of their thrift stores as a cashier. The thrift stores they have support the outreach ministries such as a Children’s Home and Recovery Centers, etc. I attend a church here called Community Bible Church, and it is simply amazing. I have finally started taking dance again after a 4-5 year hiatus. I love it, just like I always have. It still moves me deeply, like nothing else really can besides Christ.

I wonder how some of you are doing…Where are you now? What are you doing in life? What are your passions? How is God working now, and in the time I’ve missed?

If you want to reconnect too, let me know! I don’t want to be pushy. I know we’ve moved on from our previous phase of life and are growing up and spreading out, but some of you I value highly and friendship with you could be a sweet adventure.

Much Love and Apologies for the Time Lost,

Elise Gilmore