Checking In

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 This past weekend, Bernie and I had the incredible privilege of attending the wedding of our dear friends Kristin and Corbin in Houston, Texas.  It’s hard to put into words just how perfect the entire weekend was.  Few couples are as warm, hospitable, welcoming, and incredibly fun as Kristin and Corbin.  I knew the weekend was off to a great start when we got to the hotel and there were two Taste of Texas steak knives waiting for us.  I love a good steak and combined with the perfect cutlery is a dream come true!

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One of the treats of the weekend was getting to stay at The Houstonian hotel.  In addition to my love for red meat, I love a good hotel.  Who doesn’t?  A fancy hotel is even more divine.  When given the opportunity to stay at such a place, I want to take advantage of everything the hotel has to offer

the health club, pool, toiletries, complimentary tea and coffee, apples at the front deskI want to make the most of every opportunity. 

I fell in love with Bernie all over again when we’re walking out the door and he asks, “did you get the sewing kit?”  True love!  Did I get the sewing kit?  Of course I did, but I’m so grateful for a wonderful husband who’s such a fast learner.  Now, even when he stays at a hotel without me, he always makes sure to bring me home some hotel swag.     

Has anyone seen the Friends episode where Ross and Chandler stay at the hotel.  Click here to watch the highlights.  They start around 1:30.

Okay, here’s where I jump to my point.  Anyone can stay at hotel and just use it as a place to sleep, but beyond a place to lay your head, there can be so many more benefits of the hotel if you take the time to explore and enjoy all the amenities they have to offer.   

At the gym, while on the fancy elliptical, with a personal TV, lemon water in tow, I couldn’t help but think how much I was enjoying every detail of The Houstoninan, but some guests might not even know just how great the extra benefits are and simply use it as a place to sleep.

As I continued going up and down the elliptical, I thought about my faith and how on a similar level, many times, I’m happy to just coast along without taking advantage of the full depth of our God.  There is so much more of God to discover than I tend to take Him up on.

At the beginning of the year, the word that stuck to my heart for 2011 was More.  More of God in every sense of the word.  I don’t want to be a girl who views God as a comforting place to lay my head and then call it a night, but I want to discover, explore, and experience all that He has to offer.  I want to inhale His presence and feed on His faithfulness.

“Trust in the Lord, and do good; DWELL in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.”
Psalm 37:3 (NKJV)
“God – you’re my God! I can’t get enough of you!”
Psalm 63:1 (The Message)  

“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more ABUNDANTLY.”
John 10:10

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