Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2012
in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
Beautiful flowers were commonplace throughout each of the Hawaiian islands we visited.
Their beauty is captivating whether you normally enjoy flowers or not.
Their blooms are big and lush; their colors are vibrant.
“Notice how the flowers grow in the field. They never work or spin yarn for clothes. But I say that not even Solomon in all his majesty was dressed like one of these flowers.” 1
As beautiful as these flowers are, the Scriptures reveal that God’s majestic love for us is personal.
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012
in Emotional, Financial, How To, Values
While we were in Hawaii Amy and I bought some cool souvenirs for her, my daughter Shannon, my son Josh and my son’s girlfriend Tay.
One day Amy asked, “Don’t you want any souvenirs?” Then, before I could answer Amy answered her own question, “Oh, yeah, food is your souvenir!” Unfortunately, based on the size of my waistline, I may have those souvenirs for a while.
Truth be told, I did come home with souvenirs. I brought home five different blends of different Hawaiian coffees from three different plantations.
On Oahu we tasted our favorite coffee was the Dole Plantation’s Waialua Coffee.
Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Values
Whale watching — when we finally saw some — was amazing!
While we paid for a whale watching tour — which was educational — according to Hawaiian laws boats could not be closer to the whales than one hundred yards. Fortunately, while watching from shore on Oahu we were that close, and closer at times.
One evening on Maui we saw two male humpback whales battling over a female.
The first whale rose up out of the water and fluke-slapped [his tail] seven times. And, then again, fifteen times. And, finally, eight more. Then nothing; we guessed someone was declared the winner. We could hear the sound of the flukes slapping the water from the shore!
Each morning just before the dawn surfers wake up, grab their gear, paddle out and head out into the surf. There they look, listen, feel, notice, observe, calculate, analyze and determine based on all those factors what the surf will be like that day.
Water is a mighty force. The waves on the North Shore are among the mightiest. It’s important to acknowledge their power.
To fear the Lord means to acknowledge God’s great power, God’s complete authority over us, and all of creation, and God’s terrible hatred of the pollution of sin.