Wednesday, October 22, 2014

From Isolation to Community

Tuesday morning I had the privilege of sharing some of my story before a group of women at my church. When the large group leader asked me if I would be willing to speak, I was a little bit nervous, but excited at the same time. I had never spoken in front of a large group before, but prayed that God would make the words flow and what I said would be an encouragement to those listening. The group is doing a study on Ephesians and we have been learning about the importance of community within the Body of Christ. And so, when I was asked to speak, I knew exactly what I wanted to share. Because much of what I spoke about involves many of you, I wanted to share my thoughts here on my blog as well. So, here it is, in paragraph form…

There have been a couple of times in my life when I have learned and then re-learned the importance of leaning on the Lord. Most recently, I was reminded of this during the last year. For those of you who know me well, you know that about a year and a half ago, my husband and I moved away from Santa Rosa to the Sacramento area. There were several reasons for our move that seemed smart at the time…including moving for my husband’s work and to bring my mom closer to where my brother lives.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Sharing His Beauty Blog Link Up

Well, Sunday evening has come and gone, and I am just now putting up my Sharing His Beauty link up post!  I'm sorry for it's lateness...  I have a good excuse, though!  I was away this weekend with my husband enjoying the incredible beauty that God provided in Yosemite National Park.  The park, which is a few hours away from us, is my favorite place to visit.  The sheer granite cliffs complemented by the beautiful colors in the valley take my breath away every time we are there. During our visit, we did some hiking, took lots of photographs, enjoyed watching the wildlife and even met up with one of my best friends for coffee whom I had not seen for 4 years! It was a beautiful weekend and I am thanking God for the blessing of every moment of it!

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.

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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!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Promises Gripped

As I went through this past year, learning tough lessons on courage, God has shown me so much. One of the things I have learned has me really excited right now! I’ve learned the importance of not letting time slip away without following the inner nudging of the Lord. So often I have said things to myself like, “Oh, I’d love to do that someday,” or “If only I were braver or more talented or knowledgeable I’d do that.” I’ve even said the typical insecure statement, “Oh, I’m not qualified. God doesn’t want to use me.” And then, the opportunities passed leaving me feeling disappointed and more insecure than before.

But, no more! I am learning to not only listen for God’s voice, but to trust it as well, while hanging onto His promises! As I have stepped out in faith more and more often recently, God has encouraged me.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sharing His Beauty & Blog Link Up

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!

Monday, October 6, 2014

The God of My Strength


*Note:  The Sharing His Beauty Link Up is found if you scroll below this post.  In addition, today I'm also blessed to be sharing over at Lisa Shaw Cares!  (See below.)  I hope you are encouraged today!


This month, my husband and I are blessed to be able to visit one of our favorite places on earth – Yosemite National Park. I love that we get to visit during my favorite season of the year in order to enjoy the autumn colors before the snows of winter turn the valley into a winter wonderland. Though visiting at any time of year is a true gift! As I anticipate our upcoming trip, my mind is going back to another October visit not too long ago. I remember marveling at the beauty and grandeur of this incredible National Park. The diversity of life showcased there is a testament of God’s creativity and artistic design. His artistry is also evident in the rugged contrasts He creates in the park’s forested areas. On that trip, the colors of the autumn foliage in comparison to the steel grey of the valley’s granite walls took my breath away. We entered the park just as the last rays of sunlight filtered through the trees, and I actually became emotional witnessing the splendor of it all! In addition to the magnificent beauty of the park, there is one thing that never fails to amaze me, and that is seeing the rock climbers on the cliffs high above...

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