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Jayme McHale  The best gift I received as a child was a camera from my grandpa. Somehow, he knew that it would change my life! 🌴Sarasota, FL ❤ God! ❤ Adventuring!

Last night, I walked to the northernmost tip of the beach, and planted my toes in a sliver of sand between waves and seawall rocks. This spot I claimed as mine for nearly fifteen minutes, lingering to witness the sun kiss the horizon. As if on cue, this ship sped past to boldly announce the magic moment's arrival... or so I told myself as I soaked in the scene.



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Tonight, I returned to Siesta Beach after a two month hiatus (to avoid the spring break and snowbird crowds). The sunset did not disappoint!



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An arrow never tells you when to stop; it keeps you in motion, always directing your next steps.



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One of my favorite spots in #SRQ. But then, I have a lot of favorite spots.



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Exactly three weeks from now, I'll be on a plane, bound for Barcelona! That solo trip to Paris only intensified my wanderLOVE, so much so, that I was inspired to write this last night:


Steep, snow-capped peaks
Dark depths of sea
Birds in mid-flight
Enrapture me

Quaint valley towns
Bold city glow
Airplanes above
I long to go

This whole wide world
it calls my name
I must respond
My heart's aflame

And so I roam
to heed these cries
and greet the world
with love-filled eyes

Happy Easter! He is risen!

Though I'm optimistic by nature, the true source of my hope comes from Christ. He chose to endure an agonizing, humiliating death to pay the penalty for all of my sins -- past, present, and future. That level of sacrificial love is beyond my human capacity to fully understand. Yet, that is how intensely God pursues us. And, that alone is worth every ounce of gratitude I have to offer.

But, God didn't stop there. Through Jesus, He actually defeated death! Yes, DEATH. Had Jesus remained dead, his sacrifice would have been in vain. Our human deaths would still have been the end of our existence. Only Christ's resurrection ensures our life after death. A life WITH God, if we choose to accept it. And God wants us to be with Him; He wants to spend time with us! We were lovingly designed to have a personal relationship with our Creator.

That is what Easter means to me... the God of this universe pursuing ME out of pure, unconditional love. And so, I pursue Him, too. Not people, not things, just Him. The more I do, the less I get in my own way of the best life He has planned for me.

Last night, this guy rowed past me in the afterglow. He was the only one out on the lake, enjoying the peace and the view. Smart dude. And now I want a kayak.



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#tbt to that day back in January when I took this selfie during my first international solo trip. In just over three weeks, I'll cross another trip and a new city off my list. And, while I'm counting down the days, I'm also savoring this anticipation and planning stage.


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God designed me with a restless curiosity to explore. It's a gift I refuse to leave unused.

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In case you missed it in my stories, lemme explain my infatuation with arrows. Besides finding them aesthetically pleasing, fun to draw, and useful for organizing notes, I'm ultimately drawn to arrows because they remind me to:

Press on
Make progress
Pursue dreams
Be active
Travel often
Go on adventures
Truly LIVE life
~and~
Always follow GOD

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