SHE is made new
Our annual girl’s trip took us once again to Broken Bow, OK. We had been two years prior, but a different cabin was promising for different experiences. People that know me, know I do NOT camp, I GLAMP. I need running hot water, indoor plumbing, a comfy couch, and a kitchen to cook all my food. SN: I still don’t understand why people pay rent (especially Bay Area rent prices) and then leave their homes to sleep outside on the ground. For 2.5 days, my cell phone service was thankfully limited to spotty service at best. It didn’t take too long for me to eventually leave it upstairs in my room without thinking twice about who’s calling/texting. With nothing but conversation and carbohydrates to fuel our secluded weekend, I slowly realized the work that God has done in me within the last year. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
|2 Corinthians 5:17| Being away from my closest friends and family, made me appreciate my relationships with them even more. The distance made me grow in my intentionality to come home when I could, reach out before I forgot, and celebrate with others even if it’s through FaceTime. Old Elizabeth would say, “I’m not very good at long distance relationships.” -or- “I’m not good at keeping in touch.” But in this NEW place in life that God has taken me too, I know longer bank on excuses to justify old habits. Instead I work to correct them. Sermons aren’t only delivered from behind pulpits or from the mouths of preachers. The relationships that I have with people that encourage and convict me to be a better friend, daughter, sister, niece...one day girlfriend to wife (yea I said it) all preach a message of growth and transformation that are best developed first through your relationship with Christ which then spills over to the people He puts around you. I emerged out of the wild (or bougie log cabin) with a reNEWed sense of the changes I didn’t even realized I had made and a greater vision for where I want to be at the end of 2020. Do you have relationships that preach to you?