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On this ‘Thankful Thursday, am thankful for…

…for sun…and rain…and sunflowers in the rain.

…for the way the seed from bird feeders has allowed for these beauties to pop up in some of the most inopportune places…and that even though they looked like weeds, I didn’t pull these sunflowers because I knew what potential for beauty they held. They were worth the wait.DSCN0786

…for looking on the bright side of having old cars: no car payment, ¬†low insurance rates, and the humility that comes with driving them. ūüôā Also for the time I have to catch up on my summer reading during the three hour repairzzzz.

…for two more days of “Summer break”. ¬†For time well spent with family and friends and for all the things crossed off my “summer” to do list.

…for phone calls from one coast to another from my kids. ¬†For connections with them that miles can’t take away. Yep. Very very thankful for that.

…for a new coffee mug that I love and use for way more coffee than any person should ever admit to drinking.

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…for three different “chance” meetings with people this week. Love how paths often cross at just the right times.

…for little hands and eyes that remind me of wonder ūüôā

 

…for the reminder that life is precious … and the reminder that we need each other. (A friend from years gone by lost her 24 year old son… have written some things…but tough to find words for things so deep sometimes.) Prayers for Ashley and her family…and for those Jake left behind who adored him and are facing a deep ache and incredible void.) May God comfort in the ways that only He can. Screen Shot 2017-06-28 at 2.12.28 PM

…for a friend sending me songs ‘out of the blue’ that helped yours truly beat a bad case of the blues. (Thanks Cheryl. Worship gets my eyes and heart back to where they need to be…. and for the so cool fact that the first one she sent was one of two that I keep playing over and over daily.) ¬†One of my new favorites is Starlight by Amanda Cook. Bethel Music.

…for my camera and misty mornings walks. For cows that make me laugh and dandelions that so don’t look like weeds to me.

 

…for visual reminders that help me see and understand deeper truths that I need to take hold of…and the truth that “Love hopes all things, bears all things, believes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” ¬†It was on the bulletin for my wedding. And “if I have not love…I am a clanging symbol…” ¬†Below is a photo of a visual of “the two shall become one…” ¬†Black sand mixing with white sand as a powerful visual. ¬†Tough to separate grains of sand. Marriage is a blending, a meeting in the middle, a union. Yeah, good to have that reminder for me and my oh-so-polar-opposite-of-me-husband (and him and his oh-so-polar-opposite-of-him wife!) Thankful for the differences though…I really am. ¬†A balance of extremes can be a good thing. Even a great thing. Just sometimes the blending of the two isn’t as easy as with sand. ¬†At all.DSCN9764

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…for Greek yogurt with blueberries and granola (tastes like dessert… probably even qualifies as dessert!) and the time to eat breakfast outside on a cool summer morning. (Yep, there’s my new coffee cup ‚̧ ) For the views, the fresh air, and a new day and the birds flitting around from branch to branch singing their little hearts out.

…for ‘game changers’…truths that reach deep and transform mindsets and encourage and give strength and a new awareness for the day (or the minute as it may be)… (Ephesians 1: 18-20)DSCN0798

…for writing…blogging…and the venting and processing that comes with it. …for time to be able to write over these past few weeks, and for the creative outlet it is. ¬†For connections with people I’ve never even met but feel like I know, and for the deeper connection made with people I do know that comes through sharing of thoughts, heart, and experiences and those moments of smiling because we get it and understand where the other person has walked or may be walking.

…for this verse…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.‚ÄĚ (Joshua 1:9) ¬†Thankful that the ‘wherever you go’ doesn’t have to be distant lands, or huge undertakings. The ‘wherever’ is wherever…. grocery stores, back yard decks, car service stations, business meetings, schools…yep. It covers “where-ever”. ¬†And the courageous doesn’t have to be big and bold and earthshaking. It can be the quiet trust that knows that it’s not alone…and that thought alone is enough to empower and en-COURaGe to take the next steps…where-ever and what-ever they might be.¬†

One thing I know is that there is always a lot to be thankful for. Not just on ¬†Thursdays, but every moment of every day. ¬†I’ve just gotta take the time to see it. ¬†So thankful for extra doses of time these past few weeks to do just that…

Blessings ~

Heather

 

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

 

 

 

driving into sunset

 

Oh, the roller coasters we ride.  The ups.  The downs.  The extreme highs.  The deepest lows.  The highest highs and lowest lows can even happen in one day.

But while our bodies and minds and circumstances often have no choice but to experience the wild ride on roller coasters, can our hearts remain stayed upon truth, stable, steady, and secure?

I think they can.

I rode a roller coaster today, metaphorically that is.

The Low: ¬† ¬† ¬†Right before I was to arrive at a greatly-anticipated baseball game to watch my sons’ team play, we received news that a long battle we had been facing was lost. ¬†It was over, done. ¬†All the time, money, energy, etc. couldn’t revive our hopes. ¬†It was done. We are at a crossroads in our lives and with a crossroads often comes unwanted decisions to make and uncertainties not only about the future, but about how to proceed. ¬†Receiving the news…yes, that was the deepest low of the roller coaster ride today. ¬†It’s a deep low that will have a significant impact on the days and months and years to come.

The High: ¬†The difficult news came ¬†just as I was driving up to the American Legion Baseball Championship in North Carolina. ¬†My sons were part of the team. ¬†This was a high, something ¬†which we have so looked forward to. ¬†They had worked daily towards this goal. ¬†Blood, sweat, and tears, and tenacity, along with determination, strategies and dedication of the coaches helped this awesome group of boys to reach this goal. ¬†The highest height came as they won the state championship. ¬†They won! ¬†State!! Yes, this was the definite ‘high’ of today’s roller coaster ride of life.

So here’s the thing. ¬†I think I’m learning something through all of this. ¬†That yes, our hearts can indeed remain steady. ¬†Why? ¬†Because One thing remains…one truth I can hold on to. ¬†The Truth is this: that the Almighty God is with me on the ride, through the highs and the lows. Does it change the ride? ¬†No. ¬†It doesn’t change the nature of the twists and turns of the ride itself. ¬†It doesn’t change the physiological responses I’ll have to the wild ride, or the fears, or adrenaline rush, or gut-wrenching screams that may come as a result of riding a roller coaster. ¬†But what does it change? ¬†Me. ¬†My awareness. ¬†My focus. ¬†My comfort level in knowing that there is One Present who knows the roller coaster ride I’m on like the palm of His Hand. ¬†He knows what’s before, and what’s behind. ¬†And He is with us in the midst of any “ride” in life that we may willingly or unwillingly be ‘privileged’ to ride. ¬†Love that. ¬†It makes all the difference for sure.

And one more thing. ¬†This photo was taken on the way home after this roller coaster of a day. I was thankful just for the moment I was in, and reflecting on how God has been so faithful in the midst of so very many twists and turns in my not-so-gone-as-planned life. ¬†But, one thing remains…God is with us. ¬†Because of that fact, that Truth, that Hope, I can face whatever may be on the horizon. ¬†Oh, and by the way, a little while after this photo was taken, my daughter and I witnessed the most amazing sunset I have ever seen in my life. ¬†The almost fuschia-colored sun was on the horizon and appeared to take up a third of the horizon! ¬† ¬†My daughter kept saying, “that can’t be real!” ¬†But it was real. ¬†And so is my God. ¬†I love how He shows up. ¬†And when the sun goes down and darkness comes,¬†that sun is still present. ¬†Sometimes we just have to endure darkness for awhile. ¬†But one thing remains: even in the darkness, we know that the light is coming. ¬†And even in the deepest lows of life, one thing remains, God is present.

By His Grace ~

Heather

P.S.  One more thought.  Roller coasters are FULL of surprises!  Right when we think we may be going for a wild ride to the depths, we may be swept to the right or left and climb to the highest heights.  So it is with our Lord.  We never know what answered prayers or surprises He may have around the corner.  Thankful for Hope in Him.  Period.

 

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” ¬†Joshua 1:9

 

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God‚Äôs love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,¬†neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow‚ÄĒnot even the powers of hell can separate us from God‚Äôs love. 39¬†No power in the sky above or in the earth below‚ÄĒindeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ¬†Romans 8:38-39

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