My first trip of the summer was with 4 other girls to New Orleans and Destin. We arrived in NOLA in time to walk around, have dinner, watch the Rangers on TV in the hotel (yeah, we're wild) and then go to sleep. I woke up early the next morning and went down to the hotel lobby to read and pray. Clearly God was ready for me because the coffee that they were brewing in the lobby was "Napoli Blend." You can imagine my excitement over this favor.
Destin was beautiful. White sand. Clear blue waters. A condo that had recently been remodelled. Mornings in the condo started with the greatest cinnamon rolls ever, coffee (not Napoli Blend), and a dose of Him.
A few days , I took my studying down to the shore and soaked up sun, sand, sea,Starbucks and scripture.
My other trip this summer was my yearly pilgrimage to New York. This year, I went by myself and was so excited to take pictures of my study all over the city. But it was hot. And it was crazy humid. So I stayed indoors most of the beginning of the trip where AC rules. No Bible in Central Park. No Bible in Bryant Park. No Bible on the Ferry. Just Bible in hotel lobby in midtown. This is the Roosevelt Hotel on Madison Ave. The lobby was fancy and the hotel had over 1000 rooms. It was way different than my hotel on the Upper West Side at the beginning of the week. It was so fun to be in the busyness of the city.
I spent Monday nights this summer with some of my favorite people on the Central Market patio studying Tozer's Pursuing God. I learned about seeing Him everywhere and serving Him everywhere. One of my favorite quotes of this book, a quote that has put a wrinkle in my heart, is this: "Studying theology will make theologians but it will never make saints." As I explored that quote more and dove into books like 7 by Jen Hatmaker, Love Does by Bob Goff, and Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis, I saw this quote in action. I've learned so much from these saints this summer and feel the call to action strong in my heart.
Now, I've returned home. A place where God has shown me this summer has great purpose and promise for me. My daily routine is where He works out His will and good pleasure and shapes me into the image of Christ. Home. This is what God did one morning through my bedroom window. My favorite picture of the summer.