I have had a hard week. One that has left me numb from emotion and heartache.
Only three weeks ago my husband booked us a little stay-cation in Newport. A time for just he and I to getaway and simply be.
A sweet escape.
Little did I know how desperately I would need this moment. That God in his sovereignty would align this beautiful place and quiet space for us at exactly the right time. I needed this quiet to search deep within and allow Gods touch to heal areas of brokenness and hurt.
I have been allowing Jesus' words recorded in Matthew soak into my core. "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yolk upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls."- Matthew 11:28-29 NLT
I have been allowing the grace of God's love to wash over me. The brilliant blue of the winter sky and the rhythmic beating of the deep cerulean sea along the Pacific coast restore me. The loving touch of my husband as he tenderly prays over me renews my strength.
Our hardships shape us, define us, and bring us to the ends of ourselves. But therein, the beauty of grace arrives. He takes us broken and hurting and covers us in love like no other.
*Please don't be alarmed. I am just growing through some difficult parts of life.
All photos taken today at Crystal Cove state park by my good old iphone. No filter. Which may be obvious due to the harsh brightness but still...so pretty.