Love Does 20

Wednesday, May 20
Chapter 20: Ten-Year-Old Adventures
(pg 128)

Quote of the Day:

“Every day God invites us on the same kind of adventure. It’s not a trip where He sends us a rigid itinerary, He simply invites us. God asks what it is He’s made us to love, what it is that captures our attention, what feeds that deep indescribable need of our souls to experience the richness of the world He made. And then, leaning over us, He whispers, “Let’s go do that together.”” – Love Does by Bob Goff, pgs 129-130

Scripture Reference:

Ephesians 2:10
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Putting Love into Action:

What adventure has God been whispering into your ear? What has He put deep inside your soul – what captures your attention? Don’t keep that thing to yourself. Find 1 person this week to share that adventure with and talk it out! Ask them to pray that God will draw you closer to Him through what He has made you to do! Don’t know who to talk to? Talk to me! Email me if you don’t want to comment here: starrhaigler@gmail.com

Question/Discussion:

Did you go on any adventures as a child or even as an adult that stand out in your memory?

Post your comments below for today’s question/discussion. I can’t wait to hear your answers!

~Starr

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11 thoughts on “Love Does 20

  1. I always think about how my family was the traveling NC family every summer. My dad was a teacher when I was growing up, so we took most of our vacations during the summer months. We seriously had to have gone to every state landmark you can imagine – from the mountains to the beaches. I can remember Cherokee and Ghost Town, Maggie Valley, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Wilmington Battleship, Carolina Beach with the best sea shells ever…What sticks out to me most is that these weren’t fancy big vacations. We never did Disney (and I’m still ok!!!). These were simple trips with mom and dad that I have great memories of. It doesn’t take a lot of money, just a lot of love and time set aside. This chapter really challenged me to continue making memories with my kids – no matter how simple or silly. We may not end up in England anytime soon, but I can at least make Fun Friday something that they always look forward to and have great memories of. It’s so easy to let days, months, weeks, years pass by and think there will always be time for that later. I don’t want to waste a day that I’m given. I know I could be taken from my family at any time – none of us are promised tomorrow. This entire book has challenged me more than ever to make every single day matter. What is a day where I don’t do anything for anyone or just think of myself? Wasted. I want a life full of crazy stories and a family that DOES love.

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  2. When i was little, we had a pop up. I think most of our memories happened in our pop up. Camping was what I looked forward to every year. We went with family members and always had a blast. We love to take our kids camping now and we have the best memories (and have lived through sleeping in freezing temperatures and through flooded tents!). We even ate breakfast in a laundry room and went to a local church just so we could get dry and warm – yes, 4 adults, 9 kids smelling like smoke with lots of dirty clothes walked up in that Baptist church….. Hilarious!! This chapter is challenging me to make more memories like this! I don’t want to be full of ideas – family wise or ministry wise…. I want to be full of action!!!

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    1. I love that last sentence Becca! Not full of ideas, but full of action! I can only see ya’ll walking into that church like a hot mess!!!! Hahahah

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  3. I remember my first and only camping experience. I was around 8-9 and if you know my mom she is not outdoorsy at all and my dad isn’t really either, but we loaded up this tent and some sleeping bags and off to cane creek we went. The evening was awesome, we fished and played forever! Well we laid down in the tent and got comfy and the loudest thunder ever happened and then it started pouring down rain! Well apparently you had to make your tent waterproof or something and we did NOT! Our tent filled with water, it was like a monsoon hit, we all ran and got in my dads camaro and camped in it. It might have been awful and we were all wet and cold but we laugh so hard when we recall our awesome camping adventure!

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    1. Megmeg, I LOVE that story! And your story reminded me of the time my dad decided it would be a good idea to go fishing with friends of his… and take my brother and I. We “camped” in the car. His friends were in a camper. And I was a young teen (my brother two years younger) without a phone or friends or fun… I was miserable. 🙂

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    2. I am laughing!! This is fantastic. If my family had ever gone camping, this is EXACTLY what would have happened! My parents did not do camping at all. Ha! Love this story 🙂

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  4. I honestly don’t remember adventures as a child… not to say that we didn’t do things. I’m sure we did. But none stand out as adventures.

    With my youngest son, I try to do things completely different from time to time. (When I can get him out of the house that is.) We’ve driven seven hours to go a concert – and we’ve taken spur of the moment trips. I want him to remember that it’s ok to take chances – and to live life.

    One thing though – while reading this chapter I was kinda jealous of “Sweet Maria”…. to have a father to her children that would take these 10 year old adventures with them.

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  5. I do have several adventures to share! The most memorable trip is my first plane ride the summer I turned nine, the trip taking us to live in Puerto Rico for a two year commitment. We loved it so much that we stayed for seven years. Summers were spent back in the states, our parents would send us back on planes by ourselves at times to stay with grandmothers, aunts and uncles and cousins. The relatives were in North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. My sisters and I returned to visit Puerto Rico after forty years, taking Joy and my niece and nephew to visit all the places we visited as children. Those were such wonderful memories! Adult adventures include business trips to Paris, spending a week in the countryside of France, several business trips to Manhattan, and trips to Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We took Joy to New York City for her 13th birthday, in the extreme heat! At my last count, I can remember living in 27 different houses and apartments in my lifetime! I am an excellent packer! My marriage has been quite an adventure, being married to a band director and minister for almost forty years now. And I’ve been raising chldren for 34 of those 40 years. God is good! I hope God allows me another forty years or so of adventures!

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