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10.29.2013

adventures in colorado // glen eyrie

glen eyrie has a special place in my heart. not only are the castle and the grounds absolutely stunning, but i've spent many moments there with some of my dearest friends. taking naps in the softest grass ever, having heart to hearts, and spending quality time with Jesus. there's just something that's completely peaceful about the glen...a beautiful stillness.

my first visit to the glen was back in december of '03. it was actually my very first time being in colorado (one trip to colorado and you are ruined for all other things in life.) my dad had a business trip out in denver and our whole family got to go. #perksofbeinghomeschooled: you get to go on vaca whenever the heck you want. my mom, brother, and i drove down to colorado springs during a blizzard (a regular colorado snow, but a blizzard to us tennesseans) to explore the glen, and it was during our tour that my mom came across a brochure for eagle lake camp, which is where i ended up spending three incredible summers. it was during my summers at eagle lake that i grew in my walk with the Lord, met my best friend, and fell in love with the rocky mountain state.



it might seem silly, but because of that series of events, the glen is special to me. it's because a simple thing like the tour of a pretty castle introduced my family to eagle lake, which has had such a huge impact on my life. all those things put together reminds me that Jesus loves me. Jesus had a plan for my life at 14 years old, the next two summers i would spend in colorado, and the six years in between before i went back as a counselor. i'm just reminded that Jesus does not waste my time. although it may feel like i'm waiting around on him to make something happen, his timing is perfect, and this waiting time is not a waste.

// but they that wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. // isaiah 40:31

12 comments:

Amy said...

amen - Jesus does not waste our time.
I couldn't have said it better myself, seriously. :)
what a beautiful place!

Samantha @ Elah Tree said...

More Colorado adventures! Love it! Great thoughts on God's perfect timing. I think we all need a little reminder sometimes that everything that happens, happens in his timing.

kristyn said...

Wow! What a beautiful place :) That is probably only the second castle I've ever heard about in the US. What a cool coincidence that this place connected you to so much in the future :)

Allison said...

Wow!! This is gorgeous!! Sounds like a very special place.

Ech and Will said...

So beautiful! Even more so since it has such a special meaning to you.

Megan McIlvaine said...

we have a small(er) castle here in tenneessee! it's still monstrous by my standards, though. it's the place where taylor swift's "love story" music video was shot. pretty cool! you can check out the story of the castle here: http://tnhomeandfarm.com/castle-gwynn

Megan McIlvaine said...

yes ma'am. i know i am always in need of that reminder. it helps bring me back to the reality of the present and remember to be here now in this place Jesus has me :)

Megan McIlvaine said...

you must go visit some day :)

Megan McIlvaine said...

it is so beautiful!! you'll have to swing by if you're ever in colorado :)

Megan McIlvaine said...

so very true :) it is definitely gorgeous there!

Elizabeth Mayberry said...

And now He is bringing you back to work HERE at this dear place! I just love how the Lord works!

Meg McIlvaine said...

I'm all teary eyed just thinking about it!