Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Courage to Trust

In the months leading up to January of this year, I chose a word to focus on as I met with God each day. You may remember from an earlier post, that the word I chose was “courage”. If I had known the full extent of what God was going to teach me about courage this year, I might have chosen a different word, such as “peaceful” or “blessing” or maybe even “joy”! However, courage it was, and courage I have learned.

For a variety of reasons, my husband and I had moved to a town unfamiliar to us. It was new and different, but not necessarily a bad place. However, during this time in this new environment, we faced several challenges. (…and I’m using that word lightly.) Trials, pain, confusion, loss and more, were the things that were placed before us. Mountains that seemed to be indestructible stood in our path, and, the enemy, being a resourceful foe, used our new location to amplify our feelings of loss by keeping us isolated.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sharing His Beauty Blog Link Up

This week, God showed me His beauty in a very special way.  My niece and her husband traveled many hours by plane and got to meet their son for the very first time!  I am thrilled at their upcoming adoption and the incredible blessing this week has been for them.  Hearing of their joy as they held their child and got to know him reminded me of how we are adopted into God's family.  He chose us to be His own!  God didn't have to accept us, but He wanted to because it pleases Him to lavish His love on us.  This incredible gift parallels the joy that my niece and her husband are experiencing right now.  They have chosen this sweet child to be adopted into their own family...and it gives them great pleasure to do so!  How much more pleasure must it give God to make us His own?  Love in acceptance... Now, that is true beauty!

Where has God shown you His beauty this week?  Please join me to share the blessing that God is to you in your life. Write a post on your own blog and then simply click on the "You're Next" linky below and enter your blog information.  You can find more information about Sharing His Beauty by clicking on the link in my sidebar or in the "Schedule" tab above.

You can also Tweet your participation by clicking here:  #Sharinghisbeauty

I'd also love to hear from you in the comment section of my blog!  You may leave a comment on this post to tell of the beauty you have found in His hands. Be sure to visit some of the other inspirational sites linked up and be encouraged today!  Click below for the linky!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sharing His Beauty Blog Link Up

This week, God showed His beauty in so many places.  First, I saw it in the faces of the women who are joining me at Bible study this fall. Seeing their excitement to learn and connect with other believers was so encouraging!  Then, throughout the week, as my husband and I continued to put together our home following our move, I saw God's beauty in the hard work that He enabled us to do.  I know...beauty in work - it seems like an oxymoron, doesn't it?  However, it's true! There was such beauty each day as we organized the house and worked in the yard, all while thanking God for all that He has blessed us with!

I also saw God's beauty in the homecoming of the husband of my good friend and fellow blogger, Beth of Simply Beth.  I was in tears as I watched the heart warming video showing her beloved's return from serving our country for nearly a year in Afghanistan. She shares much of her story on her blog and on her Facebook page, and I encourage you to visit her there.  (She did mention that her blog  may be a bit quiet for a few weeks as she and her husband get reacquainted after so many months apart...  But, still visit, as she is a treasure and I know you will be blessed by her blog and writing.)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sharing His Beauty Blog Link Up

As you know, we just moved this past week into a new place in our "old" town.  We are so excited to be home!  God showed us His beauty almost everywhere we looked.  From the scenic vineyards surrounding our town to the view of Hood Mountain right out our back door, His creation was singing out His glory every day. We also enjoyed the beauty He provided through community by allowing us to reconnect in our church and with friends whom have been missed greatly.  As for the boxes I mentioned last week?  They're almost gone!  Though it has been exhausting unpacking, it has been so enjoyable.  We feel so thankful for all God has done and is doing in our life!

Where has God shown you His beauty this week?  Please join me to share the blessing that God is to you in your life. Write a post on your own blog and then simply click on the "You're Next" linky below and enter your blog information.  You can find more information about Sharing His Beauty by clicking on the link in my sidebar or in the "Schedule" tab above.

You can also Tweet your participation by clicking here:  #Sharinghisbeauty

I'd also love to hear from you in the comment section of my blog!  You may leave a comment on this post to tell of the beauty you have found in His hands. Be sure to visit some of the other inspirational sites linked up and be encouraged today!  Click below for the linky!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Can't Steal My Joy

Years ago, when the children of a good friend of mine were very small, they would say a phrase to each other that has stuck with me throughout the years. When one of the children was upset with the others, he would say they were "stealing his joy". I would smile and inwardly chuckle as it was a sweet way to express their annoyance with each other. But, as I have thought about it over the years I have wondered how often it is that our joy is actually "stolen". I don't mean our "happiness", but instead, joy - joy in the Lord. You see, true joy is a gift from God and can only fade when we take our eyes off of Him. That kind of joy can't be taken from us unless we allow it to be. Happiness is dependent upon our circumstances, but joy happens in spite of them.