Friday, August 2, 2019

Legacies by Sharee Stover


Summer is a busy time for many families and mine is no exception. This past winter, when the snow was piled high and the temperatures were below freezing, my happy thoughts traveled into grandeur plans for summer break. It’s easy to write out things on a calendar before life actually participates in your planning. But that’s a separate blog post for another day.

We’re nearing the end of summer vacation and already ramping up for school to start again. Sadly, we haven’t done half of the things I’d hoped to accomplish. However my family and I did take in some wonderful sights and even a mini-vacation.

I’m a Colorado native and for me, there’s nothing like going home. This time though, we returned as tourists and visited the Cave of the Winds in Colorado Springs.

Here’s a view from the patio deck. Isn’t it gorgeous?

Our tour guide was fabulous and although being inside a mountain in tight quarters kind of freaks me out, it was fascinating. 

God’s creation is beyond description. There were a lot of “ites” stalagmites, stalactites, and helictites hanging from the ceiling and growing up from the ground. I really was paying attention during the tour, honest, but I’ve slept since then and can’t remember all the details. What I can tell you is that we weren’t allowed to touch anything. Apparently the oils from our skin messes up the formations by discoloring and preventing the growth. Even our clothing affects the formations. These incredible creations just developed over time thanks to water, air, carbon and other scientific-like processes. It took a long time, and folks have been baffled and intrigued by them for centuries. 



How’s that apply to this blog post? My over-analytical brain got to pondering, and I wondered about the evidence our lives leaves behind. The legacy if you will. Life seems busy all the time, but I want to slow down and enjoy those precious moments with my family and friends. Relationships are the most important part of our existence on this lovely planet, at least in my humble opinion. 

That’s my prayer for you today that you’ll be able to slow down and enjoy the wonderful people in your life. To leave a lasting impression that goes beyond today and gives generations to come a glimpse into your giftings. It’s one of the many reasons that I write. I love telling stories that share the goodness of God’s love and the power of redemption. It’s a blessing I never take for granted. 

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So let’s talk. What’s one way you’re leaving a legacy? Or have you experienced the blessing of another person's legacy?

4 comments:

  1. What beautiful photos, Sharee. God’s world always amazes me! Thanks for reminding us of that.

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  2. Hi Sharee! Lovely pictures. I confess I've never been to Colorado but it's on my list. It just looks so serene and beautiful. One of God's masterpieces! I like to think my legacy is living out your dreams and using your creative talents. Listening to one's heart is so important. So happy to meet you in person at RWA. Blessings!

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  3. Sharee, I'm not a cave person. Toured a salt cave in Poland and realized I'm not meant to be underground! :) Love your pictures though.

    My grandchildren started school yesterday. So early. Summer, for them, is over and I hate that the time passes so quickly.

    A legacy? Hmmm? I hope I've spread love. That's my goal.

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  4. We have similar caves here in Oregon. Fascinating to explore. I love the way God created so many different terrains. Nature is one of God’s mysteries but so beautiful. As for leaving a legacy, my prayer is to always be kind and loving to those whose path I cross.

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