Oh Traveling (and a prayer request)

The heavens declare the glory of God,  
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. 
Psalm 19:1

I love to travel. There’s something about exploring a new city that just excites me to no end. I’m not sure if a love of traveling is something that God instills in certain people, or if maybe it’s deep down inside all of us, but I know that I love it.

I have a lot of details I can share about my trip to the UK. Places I went, things I enjoyed, memories I now have. I also have hundreds of pictures from the trip. But what’s sticking out to me right now is just my awe for this world that God has created.

Galway, Ireland

See that’s part of what I love about traveling…getting a better grasp of how big this world really is. It’s so easy to live our day to day lives and lose all perspective on what’s going on outside our little bubble. And getting a better grasp of the size of this world is a very tangible way to marvel at God’s magnitude. A reminder of how small we really are in this bigger picture of life.

Galway, Ireland

And beyond just marveling at God’s magnitude there’s also the reminders about the beauty that God has created for us. Most of the time I visit cities within the US and don’t get to stray far outside of them. While I was in the UK I got a chance to see some countryside, and not just boring countryside, I saw gorgeous countryside. How anyone can go to the west coast of Ireland and not believe in a Creator is beyond my level of comprehension.
I take for granted a lot of the beauty in my home state because I’ve lived here for so long. Getting to see a greener version of God’s beauty left me with a renewed awe for the gifts God has given us in nature.

Northern Ireland

Since I use this blog as a scrapbook of sorts, there will probably be numerous posts coming in the near future with more details of my trip. Right now I’m still a bit in awe of how lucky I am to have gotten to take this trip at all, and how thankful I am that I have the memories I now have.


On a lower note, in true Mandy fashion I managed to get sick on my trip. Long story short, I was fighting what I thought was a cold for the second half of my trip. Instead of getting better after I got home, I got worse (probably largely due to spending over 18 hours traveling) and now also have some sort of funky eye infection going on. With my Dr’s office being closed for the holiday weekend I now have the option of waiting for Monday or going to urgent care if I feel like I need a prescription sooner.
This summer has been hands down the busiest summer of my life, and the next three weeks are going to be a major part of that. I have a lot going on with ministries that I’m involved in, plus numerous things going on in my personal life, not to mention lots of things to get done at work. The next three weeks are going to be a lot to handle regardless of whatever my body is fighting right now, but this just throws a wrench into the whole equation. I’m praying for a quick recovery whether it comes from my body finally kicking this thing on it’s own, or from my Dr being able to prescribe something to do the trick.
And while my energy level is low right now, I’m still beyond excited to see what God has in store for the rest of this summer! A big thanks to everyone who has been so encouraging this summer. I love all of you and I’m looking forward to having more time to just chill with all of you again soon!

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