Family is a funny thing. A treasure. I find myself realizing more and more how much family is at the core of my heart, and how it is has been the structure and firm foundation that has launched me into everything I am, and am doing, now. It is a continual source of encouragement, source of truth spoken (regardless of how much it may hurt), and true iron-sharpening-iron. It is camaraderie. It is going through every ache and pain and difficulty and growing pain to achieve true intimacy... and in turn, true reward. I have seen my family achieve great things, cheering each other on and championing each other to get across the next mountain, the next valley, the next part of this journey. I am eternally grateful I get to walk it out with these beautiful people -- because family is forever. We are not without our disagreements, but have seen us continue to shamelessly face them with grace and compassion. If your heart is for each other and remains in the posture of Love, anything is possible. Love is always at the center. I felt compelled to share a few words with you tonight as I edited through these fun photographs of my parents and my sister. (Missing my two brothers, Andrew and Stephen). When we took these, we decided to pause for just 10 minutes to snap before we parted ways from a retreat in the mountains.
Challenged by Love to continue to love, and to keep my eyes open to see all those around me who are family. And as I have shared before, "We are found by a Father (God), and formed in a family." I love these people with all my heart and will cherish them for life. And seriously, are not my parents the cutest?!
Photos taken at Shrine Mont Retreat Center in Orkney Springs, VA.