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Garden in Stockholm, Sweden

I recently read this quote. Love it. It’s kind of an eye of the beholder thing. A mindset thing. A what-do-you-see-beyond-what-you-see thing.  …A faith thing.

“David was always there in the marble.

I just took away everything that was not David.”

Michaelangelo

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Milles Garden in Sweden

Maybe eyes of faith can help us look in the mirror of our lives and see that some of the painful chip-chip-chipping away of things is merely grace at work in our lives. Because maybe eyes of faith would recognize that He who began a good work in us is indeed doing the work.  But maybe it doesn’t look quite like we thought it would.

 

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Milles Garden ~ “The Hand of God”

It’s funny how we can spend so much of our lives ‘adding on’ to our idea of who we are with experiences, family, friends, professions, accomplishments, stuff, etc.. But am thinking if Michaelangelo had laser vision to see David within the stone, how much more does our Creator see beyond the exterior ‘add-ons’ to the heart of who we are.

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Milles Garden

So if you find yourself in some circumstances that feel like they are paring you down, making you vulnerable, or laying you bare…am thinking it’s good to ask God to help you see yourself through His eyes…to see the situation through the eyes of the Master Sculptor. Michaelangelo could see that “David was always there in the marble”….and “just took away everything there that was not David.”  How much more can God look at us and see what needs to stay and go? Might be a tedious process, with chisel and point circumstances that we wouldn’t choose. But the end result?  Faith accepts that we might not see things that our Master Sculptor knows and that His Masterpiece is quite a bit better than what we could think or dream or even imagine.  Am thinking His ‘less’ is so much more than our ‘more’…beyond what we could even dream. I’d rather trust the chisel in His hands than in mine, that’s for sure.

Blessings ~
Heather

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

Ephesians 3: 17-20

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So on this “Thankful Thursday” am thankful for a little ‘profile in courage’ of our own. This is Tala.  She does not like bridges.  Especially long bridges.  Even more so, very long swinging bridges where you can look under your four legs and see a stream flowing way down below. Nope, she doesn’t like bridges at all.

She made that clear in strong protest. I didn’t blame her.

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And once she belly-crawled to the steps, she did this again:

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So I called Hope and told her the situation because I was worried, way more worried than I let Hope know. With Tala’s strength and determination and the fact that there are dog-sized gaps between where the rope railing meets the wooden slats, well, I had this picture of us possibly making headline news on the Shelby Star for falling off the swinging bridge. Yes. Tala’s fearful reaction was making a literal ‘walk in the park’, so NOT….and frankly….dangerous!

But Hope gave good advice. It was this. “Mom, Tala doesn’t like to be left alone, so if you just go ahead, she’ll follow you.” So now we weren’t just talking about Tala’s courage, we were talking about my fear/courage.  Although I don’t have a fear of bridges, I do have a fear of a willful, scared dog flipping out on a bridge (figuratively AND literally) and me trying to come to its rescue.  So it took a step of courage for me to step ahead….but I did…and then….miracle of all miracles… (after a bit of wait time with me trying to act very nonchalant)…

 

…after I took a step.. so did she.  Phew.  Big exhale Phew.

So for the rest of the way, we walked really close, step by step, little by little until we made it to the end of the bridge. The bridge swayed a bit and there were moments of hesitation, but Tala persisted and walked close.

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It kind of felt like a long way, but long ways become shorter with each step and so pretty soon, we had gotten from point A to point B and had actually survived. I was so proud of little Tala’s courage.

Sometimes bridges are scary, not just for dogs. Bridges are transitions from one thing to another. To get from one side to the place where we want to go, well, sometimes it takes steps of faith on not-so-solid-ground where one must focus on that step and not set one’s sights on the other side of the bridge. Tala, this sweet and gentle natured dog, absolutely lost all composure and fought and laid down and refused to move forward when she looked at the L O N G bridge.  But the cool thing is, when she saw me go ahead, and looked at me, she was willing to take the first step onto that swinging bridge to follow me. Her fear of being left alone on the other side of the bridge was much greater than her fear of the bridge.

So it can be with transitions. Maybe sometimes we can do courageous things because of our fear of staying where we are and being left behind is greater than the fear of the challenge ahead. Better yet, we can trust the ones we’re with. Tala was fine as long as she stayed close. 

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After I crossed the bridge, I was thankful for the little venture and realized I want to be like Tala. I want to courageously move forward when the ground doesn’t look steady and feels scary. I know that I’m not alone…but I want to stay close to the One who is so worthy of my trust. Trust can look like a lot of things, but I think the deepest trust looks like courage to follow, step by step.

One of my favorite verses through the years has been Isaiah 52:12…It talks about how God goes before us and picks up the pieces behind… But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the Lord will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard.”  One of the beautiful things is that courage to walk through more difficult terrains often leads to amazing ventures, people, and experiences that would never happen had we let fear win. 

Just ask Tala :

 

So here’s to bridges and transitions. Here’s to having the courage to step on to them and the tenacity and trust to cross them. And here’s to choosing wisely Who we trust to go with us along the way.

Blessings~

Heather

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10

 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
 in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5,6

 

 

Thankful Thursday

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Taking the Scenic route to work…. Shelby, NC, June 1, 2017

If there is one thing I know, it is that you never know what is around the corner.

Thankful I know Who.

He goes before us and behind and is right there in the middle of it all.

Omni….omni present. Omnipotent. Omniscient. All of which I am so not.

Thankful He Is.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

 

 

 

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Silent Sunday

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“He had everything but he possessed nothing.

That is the spiritual secret.”

A.W. Tozer

HOPEdancingSo, we got to go to the beach last weekend to visit precious family there and celebrate ThanksGiving.  Although there was lots to be thankful for, there was also, as always, lots of challenges that are being faced. Hope was facing a few challenges of her own, but you wouldn’t have known it.  She laughed, helped, talked, shared, and…danced.  We were at the beach and had had some conversations about the challenges faced, but when it was over, she danced.  So proud of that.  Because I really think that’s what faith can look like sometimes…dancing in the midst of adversity.

I have a very sweet memory of, years ago, when she was only around three. She was dancing in the sunlight of the bay window, twirling around in a little dress with her arms raised high.  We had been dancing and had good music playing when the phone rang, and I went to get the call.  Well, the call was letting me know about, well, another of life’s big challenges.  I felt so discouraged, but as I put down the phone and turned around, that little one was still dancing.  And I got it.  I smiled, and that’s when I started singing this song.  The words came out within a few minutes as I sang and had a new awareness of what faith can look like in adversity…sometimes, faith dances.

Here are the words to the song.  I hope they encourage someone out there today!

To Dance in the midst of adversity,

To Hope though there are no signs,

To Trust God in a world of uncertainty

where there seems to be more darkness than light….

To Rise above weights of circumstance,

To Fly with new wings of faith,

To Rest at the depth of my heart and soul

knowing the comfort of my Savior’s grace.

Trials come and trials go,

but will these trials be perfecting me,

preparing me for my place in Eternity

Day in and day out, the question seems to be…

Will I go my own way or the way He has for me…

in the midst of Adversity?

To dance in the midst of adversity,

To Hope though there are no signs,

To Trust God in a world of uncertainty

where there seems to be more darkness than light….

To Rise above weights of circumstance,

To Fly with new wings of faith,

To Rest at the depth of my heart and soul

Knowing the comfort of my Savior’s grace…..

Oh, in the comfort of my Savior’s grace,

I’ll dance.  I’ll dance….

I’ll dance

 

©Heather Halbert 2006

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