Majesty of the Seas

Wow!

Majesty of the Seas

Steve and I just returned from our first cruise on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship – Majesty of the Seas.

We sailed to Nassau, Bahamas and spent the afternoon at The Atlantis Resort reminiscing about our vacation there in 1999.

Beautiful Atlantis Resort

We also spent time with my friend and best-selling author, Karen Kingsbury. The cruise was a Karen Kingsbury and Friends Cruise sponsored by Premier Christian Cruises.

With Matthew West

We enjoyed concerts from Mandisa, Matthew West, Anthem Lights, Britt Nichole and Tim Halperin. It was fabulous!

With Mandisa!

Due to strong winds, we were unable to make the stop in CocoCay so we spent an extra day in Nassau. We used the day to rest and check out the twelve decks of the ship. We had fun with Steve’s camera.

Our Dinner Friends

Our next port of call was Key West, Florida. We had a fun trolley tour and lunch at Flat Jacks. I left my purse on the ship so we had a bit of a panic but I was able to get back on without my ID or passport. Thanks God!

Wind! Snuggle up!

We left Key West in a beautiful sunset and enjoyed our last dinner with our table mates who became fast friends.

We landed back in Miami early Friday morning.

Our plane was detoured to Lafayette, LA due to severe weather in Houston coupled with President Barack Obama traveling out of the city. That delay made us miss our flight but we were blessed to catch the last flight home.

We enjoyed time away together and meeting new friends.

Fun at sea

We are grateful to Karen for the her generosity in making this cruise possible and planning the fun events.

I’d love to go back next year.

Will you join me and a bunch of my friends for the Karen Kingsbury Cruise 2013? Start saving now!

Blessings on your life today. I pray you are sailing smoothly through God’s plan for you. May you feel God’s “kiss” upon your cheek!

Gigi

Stones of Remembrance

Thursday March 1 2012 11:24 pm | Comments (2) Tags: , , , ,

Panning for precious stones is an exciting adventure.

My husband Steve grew up in Philipsburg, MT where sapphire mining is popular.

After rinsing the dirt off a bag of stones, the shiny sapphires are easier to see. In amongst the mud clods are precious jewels.

So it has been with the stories of my life.  I have called these stories my Stones of Remembrance.

I mined these tales from years of journal entries.

Today I dusted off this manuscript and shared the introduction with a few writing friends.

Some of my stories are rough and pitted and not so pretty. Some are smooth and polished from being tossed in the tumbler of God’s mercy and grace.

I have been convinced for a long time, that I am to retrieve my stones of remembrance from the bottom of my river of life. I will build an altar to the One who has redeemed my history. This process has moved me to a place where my story will be used to help other women.

I’m excited to see what jewels I will uncover as I work on this project once again.

Come back to my blog and I’ll show you some of these precious stones. I hope you’ll show me some of yours too.

This is what I’ve come to know.  In the midst of the storms of life, our God is unmovable, rock solid, unshakeable and strong.

God bless you as your own stories surface. Don’t be afraid to dig deep. You might even find some healing in the process.

God Bless your heart with rich stories to tell.

Gigi

PS – So excited to create a new story which will begin in four days as Steve and I enjoy some time with my favorite author and friend, Karen Kingsbury. I’ll post photos!