My Nephew, The Protector

Yesterday I was standing in line at Dollywood to get on a ride with my 4 year old nephew. I told him that I was a little nervous that part of the ride was going to be in a dark tunnel. He reached up his little hand, touched my face and said, “It’s alright Auntie Katie, I’ll protect you.” He then proceded to assign protectors to every lady in my family before we stepped on the ride. During the ride he cuddled close to me and would randomly assure me that he was brave so I need not be afraid. By the intensity of some of his squeezes I think the protecting was going both ways.

Last night my brother in law came to the end of his patience rope and so my brother in laws and sisters and brother and I all played a midnight game of putt putt. The golf course was over the top extravagant. We were so geared up after our game of golf, and especially since we won 5 free games, that we drove around to at least five different go-cart places only to find that most places close after midnight. Oh well, we still have today:)

Last week I was at Silver Birch Ranch with my good friends and fellow musicians, Hoss and Scott. We had a great time hiking and widdling and playing music. The speaker, Dave Wager spoke about intimacy a bit and since then I have been thinking about how to grow in openess and care with those I love. At one point in my life I was in a frenzy trying to build relationships. Recently I’ve realized that relationships are a gift. I cannot force or manipulate intimacy with others. I am so thankful that God has given His wisdom and love in this area. I’m not suzre how it happens but somehow as I go to God for help asking Him for wisom and love, He supernaturally gives love. Really, I shouldn’t be surprised ,since God is the very definition of love and He Himself invented relationships and intimacy. Love is patient love is kind, it is not proud, it is not rude, it is not self seeking, it keeps no record of wrongs, it does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always trusts, always hopes, always protects, always perseveres. Love never fails. May we always be thankful for the the time that God gives to be with those we love the most. And may we ever overflow with God’s love to one another.

Much love, Katie

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