Friday, February 27, 2015

He is able to do more than all we ask or imagine....

A week ago I asked my friends on Facebook to give me a go to scripture. I was weary, burdened, my heart hurt and my emotions we so very low. Over 25 friends took time to respond and in no particular order I am meditating on the scriptures that they shared and also praying for them at the same time.

So first would you join me and pray for my friend Candice. Lord we lift Candice and her sweet family up to you. I ask that you keep them safe and warm during this winter season and that their home be filled with love and laughter. I praise you for Candice hearing your small still voice and offering me a Word for my time of need.

OK, so Candice suggested Ephesians 3:20.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is a work in us. --Ephesians 3:20


The Father is amazing. He has a plan for us that we can't even begin to imagine. We may wish our paths started differently but in the end we know that God is and has been there right with us...all along. In good times and bad. It's difficult right now for me to see where God is in a situation that our family is experiencing right now. But I know years from now, maybe even months I will look back and see glimpses of Him all over this part of our testimony.

God's Winter Art


He doesn't just bring us to the edge of the fires or rough waters, He walks us straight through them. A good shepherd, always aware, always alert. If we stay silent long enough we can feel His presence. The presence of the Lord is comforting to me. I know He is with me forever and always.

Amen.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Weary? Burdened?

A week ago I asked my friends on Facebook to give me a go to scripture. I was weary, burdened, my heart hurt and my emotions we so very low. Over 25 friends took time to respond and in no particular order I am meditating on the scriptures that they shared and also praying for them at the same time.

So first would you join me and pray for my friend Monica. Lord we lift Monica and her sweet family up to you. I ask that you keep them safe and warm during this winter season and that their home be filled with love and laughter. I praise you for gifting me with Monica and her awesome husband as friends. Thank you Jesus, Amen.

OK, so Monica suggested Matthew 11:28

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

The Lord will give me rest. All I have to do is go to Him and He will GIVE me rest.

What is it to rest in the Lord? Is it to literally lie down? slow down? or press into His Word? Perhaps it is to set yourself apart and be with him daily, or go on a retreat, or even that 5-10 minutes that you set aside to be just with him in the morning or the evening.

It's hard to say but there is much peace to be experienced in the presence of the Lord and sometimes sitting still and being with Him can provide that peace and rest we need so much. To simply quiet your mind, listen to a devotional, read a short bit of scripture. Anything to get a word from the Lord to set upon your heart.

This week was a time for me to hear: don't give up. Keep going, press onward and upward much like these blades of grass in the snow. 
It has taken everything in my power some days just to stand in the Lord, much less walk anywhere. My feet and heart were heavy this week. This has been a season of loss and all who encounter me say...REST. Rest in the Lord. Why can't YOU just rest?
So ...what does resting in the Lord mean to you? Leave your answer in the comments section.
Have a blessed day and pray for those who must endure these cold temperatures. amen.

Friday, February 20, 2015

How do you Let it Go?

She started the day with her favorite...an icicle.

 After my doctor's appointment we braved the parking lot at the local library...she enjoyed crunching snow.
 The ice is about 2 inches high...this was piled up on her favorite brick walkway...we had to avoid her usual walk up high and jump off the end...too dangerous.
 This is a field at the back of our neighborhood. It used to be filled with corn, sometimes cows...soon it will be a main cut through road. Sad. But today...it was the frozen tundra and beautiful!
 This little road was not salted, sanded or cleared. The car way up ahead of us was fishtailing all over the road. We took it slow and low and got home safe.
 Here at home there is evidence of a child in the house. The blessings are the many footprints left by one busy girl. No snow was left untouched!
 This was a bit touch and go while getting the mail. It's solid ice but tomorrow shall be melted away by warming temps!
 We still have icicle art going on in the bush out front. It's amazing how much this bush can take without snapping. It reminded me of how I feel most days.
Amazing what God creates right before our very eyes. So I imagine all that I am loaded down with right now is meant for a better end...excuse the mess...I am building a testimony.
God Bless.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Looking for God and being surrounded by HIM

I just noticed that my last blog post was sometime in August of 2014.

Wow. Our life has been a whirl wind of loss, joy, more loss and retreating with God. I simply felt surrounded by God today as I took some time to clean out the "treehouse" ---code for room over the garage. I looked out the back window into the woods and was hit by nature flocked in snow and ice.
 My daughter's favorite thing about snow is eating icicles. She had her eye on this big one and would not relent until I had given her that winter treat!
 I caught the sun shining through on this one and realized that God is shining on me in these dark times indeed. I recently suffered a miscarriage and this is the second one within a year. It's nice to know that I can always look to the light to find HIM in all situations.
 Here was the icicle that won my daughter's attention. I had to stand on a stool to reach it. But the smile on her face was worth the dangerous task of getting the prize!

 This made me think of a frozen wave. Sometimes we get battered by the waves trying to get to still waters. Sometimes...God freezes them.
 Here is some icicle art in our daughter's favorite bush out front. She spent most of the day plucking them off and eating them...she mentioned ...they taste like "leaf" :)

 This one reminded me of a hand reaching out to get something! Nature is amazing and I praise God for this week of being snowed in to better appreciate what He has in life for us. Snow Days = Time Outs from God
God Bless.