Longs Peak

Longs Peak

We are already 11 days into 2015. Can you believe it? So far so good. It’s been a whirlwind, but I feel the promise of the new year. How about you friends?

In an effort to stay true to my One Word for 2015 I feel like I need to share something with you. You’ve caught glimpses of it here on my blog before, but I feel like I need to let everyone in on a little secret. Here goes: <DEEP BREATH>

Hi, I’m Julie Abel and I write poetry.

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Sunday Morning at Sprague Lake

Sunset at Bear Lake, Longs Peak

We’ve been going 100 miles and hour, but the last few days Jeff and I have been able to steal away some quiet moments in our new playground.

Sometimes it’s a drive through waiting on the kids to finish up with practice. Sometimes it’s a quiet Sunday sunrise like the one we witnessed at Sprague Lake. We live in a wonderland. Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and we are blessed to live here.

Walking up to the Light, Sprague Lake

This was the light just as we walked up to the Sprague Lake:

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Career Change 2.0

What are you doing here?

It’s a question that was first presented to me through an old Jewish parable. Essentially the gist is everyone should wake up everyday, look in the mirror, and ask yourself this simple question:

What are you doing here?

What are you doing here?

It’s a question I’ve tried to ask myself almost everyday for years. Sometimes there’ve been seasons in my life when I’ve forgotten to wake up and ask it. When this happens, I tend to get lost.

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Breath Before Spring

Springtime in the Rockies. I really do hate this term. It is usually used to describe the crazy winter weather we get in March and April. You know the go home Colorado you’re drunk snow?

We are having that kind of day today. I’m done with snow. I know I shouldn’t be. I signed up for this trip and it’s part of the fun of living here. I really want to update everyone on how things are going for us in Estes Park, but that will have to come in the next few posts. Instead today, I’m sharing this…

From the Back Deck April 13, 2014

This is the view from our deck today. I’m not kidding. We now live in a postcard. But even though it is beautiful, I still long for warmer weather. Soon.

So I’m really going to put myself out there and share this with you friends. A little poem I wrote exactly a year ago. Evidently it snowed a year ago in Colorado Springs and I was wishing for spring there as well.

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My One Word for 2014

Last year I died. Every day for 365 days. I woke up and experienced death.

Graveyard

I died to myself. I died to my past. I died to my will. I died to all that I thought that I knew.

Dying was hard, but necessary.

For Christians dying is central to our faith. Dying is life. I forgot that somewhere along the way. Somewhere along the road to hunky-dory everything should be perfect land, I forgot that dying is a good thing.

Good but painful.

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Christmas Will Always Come

Insanity. The last month has been crazy for me and my family. Let me recap.

RMNP

Apply for job in Estes Park.

Interview for job a week later.

Accept job offer in Estes Park a week after that.

Thanksgiving.

Prep house to be put on the market. THE WEEK OF THANKSGIVING.

Transition current job.

Try to find a place to live in Estes while my family stays here and I start new job January 13th.

To say that my head is spinning is an understatement. Every morning I find myself waking up to two intense feelings. They are:

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Once Around the Sun

Colorado SkyWe have a book in our family room purchased in 2007 on a vacation to Yellowstone National Park.

Once Around the Sun.

It is one of those books where I almost love the title as much as the actual pictures in the book. The whole concept the author/photographer was going for is to show the ebb and flow of nature throughout one whole year in America’s first national park.

This year my life has had a once around the sun feel to it.

 

This time last year the holidays started off rough. I was moving my grandma into assisted living. I was also beginning a season about this time last year that rocked my world and forced me to work through some tough family junk and grief that I had left unresolved in my heart for years. Eventually with a lot of grace, I began to open up myself to healing and new possibilities. [Read more…]

Bittersweet

This post is bittersweet. I’m excited, grateful, and sad all at the same time.

Family Life Services

This letter was given to all of the WOC partners and resident families I serve at Family Life Services this week. Family and friends who have walked with me this year know that it has been a difficult but transformational one. This next step is essential in my personal growth and calls me to be obedient to a faithful God who has never ever failed me. Ever.

Thank you for your continued prayers as I transition. I love the ministry of FLS and truly believe in what goes on there to transform families. I will forever be an advocate of this nonprofit. It is hard to leave something you love so much but next spring I will be transitioning out of my ED role there after five years of service. This letter lays out the details.

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Determined in 2013

Last year was a life changer.

I don’t say that lightly either. So many of you shared the ups and downs with our family as we gave up our horrid eating habits.

My former bread area #jeffscrazyidea

I felt so much love and encouragement when I achieved a 15-year goal of hiking Pikes Peak.

Me beside a cool cairn almost to the top of Pikes Peak

I received prayers from strangers after they read my funny and tough moments through Fridays with Freda.

Grandma Freda and I walking through Garden of the Gods

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Rest In Him

I’ve had a few rough weeks. OK, let me rephrase that. They were more than rough. They were a personal cheese grater.

It was emotional, busy, and just one of those seasons you just find yourself having to get through.

The last few days I have had a chance to regroup, catch my breath and rest in Him. All in beautiful Steamboat Springs, CO.

Abiding has looked like this…

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