Hello Creekstone friends,
After our recent two-week vacation to Monteagle, TN the Caston Crew is rested and recharged! Although we did a number of fun activities that included hiking, swimming, playing cards with friends and even taking a photography class, we enjoyed plenty of time just being together, sometimes sitting on the porch during a summer rain or napping in the hammock. You know, each year I am more and more convinced that rest is not a luxury, but a spiritual, physical and emotional necessity. After all, God designed the sabbath for our spiritual, physical and emotional health. Sir John Lubbock would agree, saying,
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
So I guess in some ways, resting is a form of doing. When we are resting, we are not doing nothing, we are… resting. And to rest is to recharge so that we can re-enter the fray with full spiritual, physical and emotional batteries. I’m happy to report that mine is full, and I’m grateful.
Anyway, in case you are interested, I have posted some photos of our trip here.
If you missed either of Andy’s messages from the past two weeks, do yourself a favor and listen to them… now. Wow! They are fantastic! You can listen on demand or download them from either our website or iTunes (just search Creekstone Church).
But now that Andy is on his two-week recharge, I will be back in the saddle on Sunday… and can’t wait to see you! This week’s message continues our series in the Psalms where we are focusing on understanding how God uses our emotions to expose us to the gospel. This week we will be looking at Psalm 3 and Psalm 55 as we explore the emotion of fear. I really think it is going to help a lot of us. May even set some of us free from years of enslavement to fears of many kinds. I can’t wait for Sunday!
Until then, I hope you have a great week!