A One-way Ticket Home

As part of our end-of-the-summer rest we made our annual trip to visit Phillip’s family. I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with driving the 20+ hours from our house to Jacksonville. It’s such a joy to have those days to rest, read and engage in meaningful conversation but by the time we get there, we’re always wishing we could just fly home.

So that’s exactly what we did.

Hughey P. Long BridgeBefore we left Texas we deep cleaned my Trailblazer, loaded up some rough cut wood from my parent’s farm, bought 2 one-way tickets home and told Phillip’s parents almost nothing about our plans. As it turns out, it’s really hard to plan a surprise from 4 states away.

Trailblazer with woodEarlier this spring we each read a book called The Circle Maker (more on that later) and since that time felt like we were supposed to give this car away. [Side note: my day job is about 1/3 mile a from our house so I walk to work everyday and rarely drive my car.] We knew we wanted to give it to Phillip’s parents and so after months of planning, we arrived in Florida and surprised them with ‘Little Sis’ as she has now been dubbed.


And as wonderful as it was to hop on a plane and be back in Texas in less than 4 hours, it was even greater to hear the call of God and answer it.

“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Luke 12:48


One thought on “A One-way Ticket Home

  1. Although I haven’t read the book yet, the church we attended in Oklahoma did a sermon + small group series on it. I liked parts of it for sure, but the style of almost demanding prayer that was being encouraged seemed to odd for me. Some people in our small group loved it, though, so I definitely think it can work in some relationships (referring to those between an individual and God).
    Way to go on taking action and stepping out in faith!

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