Moved!

And we’ve moved!!

I’m ecstatic to announce I have moved sites! I love Simple Salutations with all my heart but there comes a point where you must move on. Please join me at http://erstwhiletome.com/ to continue with my blogging adventures!

I plan to leave Simple Salutations up and I’ve migrated mostly all the posts over already but I would love for you all to come join me in my next chapter of blogging!

Thanks for all your support and lovely comments. I will see you over at Erstwhile!

Change is Coming!

I’m excited to announce that I am currently working on revamping and giving Simple Salutations a new look as well as a new name. Thanks to everyone who has been sharing this journey with me and I can’t wait to unveil the new and improved blog! Be on a lookout in the next few weeks and in the meantime, I’ll continue updating posts here!

O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go

O Love that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.

O light that foll’west all my way,
I yield my flick’ring torch to thee;
My heart restores its borrowed ray,
That in thy sunshine’s blaze its day
May brighter, fairer be.

O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain,
That morn shall tearless be.

O Cross that liftest up my head,
I dare not ask to fly from thee;
I lay in dust life’s glory dead,
And from the ground there blossoms red
Life that shall endless be.

Thank you Jesus for your everlasting love that will never let us go. You have no reason to love me yet you do because that’s just who You are.

The End Result

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
{Philippians 1:6}

Ever since I got back from the West Coast Christian Conference a week ago, I’ve been thinking a lot about the things I have going on in my life. It can be so easy to be disheartened when I feel like I’m always struggling with the same things or not progressing as much as I should be in my walk. But it was so encouraging to be reminded to look to eternity for the Lord has already completed His work and accomplished His will. In this life, we do struggle and we do fail, a lot. But if we can look unto Him who is faithful and has promised to begin the good work He has begun in our lives, we don’t have to feel disheartened or frustrated. We can trust that He has already perfected us in eternity and that as one brother put it, “we begin at the top of the hill, with victory”. Our position in Him is already a glorious and victorious position because of what Christ has done for us. When we realize the position we are standing in before the Father, how can we be discouraged? Christ has already won the victory over all our temptation, sin, and struggles with He proclaimed, “It is finished” on the cross.

We must keep our eyes on the things in eternity and take hold of the promise God has already given to us, that He is faithful and will carry us through even despite our failures, not because of anything we do, but because that’s just in His character.

From Sun Up to Sun Down

DSC_0838“From the rising of the sun
To the going down of the same
The name of the Lord is to be praised”

Yesterday was a fun filled day of hikes and water activities. I’ve been wanting to do a sunrise hike all summer long but we’ve been really busy. The last time we planned to go, the weather forecast didn’t look so great so we decided to save it for another time. Since Tiff leaves to go back to Houston on Thursday, we had to cram this hike in on Saturday and invited our parents to come along. I was quite impressed that they did and it ended up being some great family time! We left the house around 3:30 AM Saturday morning and arrived at the Rattlesnake Ledge trailhead around 4:30-4:45 to begin our upward ascent.

Rattlesnake Ledge is the perfect sunrise hike because it provides a wonderful view of the sunrise and isn’t too long or rigorous of a hike. As we set out in complete darkness using flashlight to guide our path, the sky began to lighten as the morning came about and we reached the top around 5:30. The sun itself didn’t make it’s glorious appearance until almost 6:10 but it was really nice to eat breakfast and just hang out up top. Turns out, it’s a really popular sunrise hike so we were joined by many other groups of hikers.

 

IMG_5711Once the sun was fully risen, we had to rush back down the mountain because Tiff and I had an outing with our church group and needed to make it back in time to catch the Kingston ferry with them. We spent the rest of the day in the Olympic National Park starting in Crescent Lake to eat lunch and hang out at the Lake. IMG_5736

Some people rented some kayaks and canoes to paddle out to the Lake while the rest of us spent our time swimming and skipping rocks. The weather was absolutely perfect for our activities and allowed us to dry off after we swam. We ended up spending almost four hours at the Lake.10525961_10152136619047504_8710145616228639955_n

From there, we drove to another portion of the park to do a quick hike before we had to head back to the ferry docks and grab burgers  from The Grub Hut (which isn’t’ bad actually:  The Grub Hut) along the way. On the ferry ride back, we also were able to see the sunset on the waters as we arrived back in Edmonds around 9 PM.IMG_5802

Even though it was such an active day, it was so great to be able to see both the sunrise and sunset while enjoying God’s beautiful creation all around with brothers and sisters. Summer sure has been a wonderful