When I think about the last few months I am drawn to reflect on God‘s unwavering grace. I have had moments of complete Joy, I have seen the way the crest of a wave disperses on a shell filled beach, instantly changes the heart of a child from excitement to awe, unbridled wonder. I have shared tears within my own private four walls, over the loss in a season of my life. Knowing that regardless of the future that this season will never come again, never the same. The next, something anew fortified, stronger, weaker… different.
Seasons of life they teach us not only the lows that we can feel, also the strength we gain through trusting in God. Reach inside pull out the courage, love and grace that you never knew was there. This season has brought me through another ten amazing christian novels. My love for the written word has grown over and over as I read new pages new authors. I find new places in my heart that needed to grow and the words I read became the seeds.
It’s just a Season people say; you will get through it. Trust in God with all your Heart and He will lead your path straight. I believe this sitting here on my couch typing this blog, yet when I think about going to the kitchen to refill my coffee, or to head to the office to grab a book, I feel stranded, alone, forgotten…. It is humbling to go from running in the water with your children, to wishing you had spent the last five years buffing up your upper body strength. Just so you could lift your inoperative body into a wheelchair, or on to a medical bed. I cherish the nights with my spouse, walking down the hall and kissing my children goodnight or singing the song they Love to Hate to wake them in the morning. Yet I have stumbled again, no rhyme or reason. This time both of my legs have decided to leave on hiatus. Upstairs is a current memory, one I want to make a reality again, now. Yet in the midst of this stumbling, I choose to Follow, in the midst of this I choose to surrender again. ~ “Take My Life and Let It Be, All for You and for Your Glory, Take My Life and Let it Be Yours” – (Chris Tomlin) This song plays in my head like the constant rhythm of the waves urging me to never forget even if my footsteps are nothing but faint memories in the present, God in His mighty Love, in His endless calling for us to follow, is the strength within me! I am a grain of sand in His hands of mercy. He is not testing me to pull me farther from Him, He does not create the pain the suffering or the endless questions and longing for a reason Why??? Now Please hear me, for if I am anything I am only that because of He who has made me! My God is standing in the Gap between my lack of strength and my earnest urge to survive, persevere and be a shinning light for someone walking in a world where darkness seems to have taken hold.
Today is a gift. I cherish the smells, sounds and laughter I am enjoying. The other night My Husband our youngest daughter and I had a small family movie night. We watched “The Life of Pi“ Wow, what a movie, book – This story of Life, Loss and the gift of believing in God who will never forget you even if you don’t understand how He could have placed you in the situation you are in. Movies that share this are a blessing in today’s society. God shows over and over how He never abandons us and when we continue to surrender not long for ourselves to be in complete control. God provides in His timing always in His unique marvelous ways! – A small side note: Although the movie was rated PG be sure your child is ready for some graphic animal violence scenes before renting the 3D version. (i.e.) I give the movie **** 1/2 stars only because they had two small errors in filming (yes I catch that small stuff). Spending time together watching a movie or eating dinner, these moments are a treasure I will hold with both hands and a full overflowing heart.
Today keeps tearing at the fabric I have knitted around my heart. I have learned over time that trials regardless of the reasons they will help us grow are faith and bring us closer to the creator, we only have to be open to His gift. I being human, being an emotional variety of the female gender, find that trials can make you stronger or leave you weaker. So many times in my life I’ve been told “In this Business, In this situation, In light of these circumstances, Now that you have survived, overcome, achieved, been awarded, invited too, in today’s times : YOU NEED TO GROW A THICK SKIN” I just want to clarify, this blog is my way of sharing a set of unforseen circumstances in my life. Those circumstances have given me the nudges I have needed to grow and learn a multitude of things I had not known before. I see God in the wind now, I see God in the flowers outside my window, that I planted there five years ago. I have enjoyed watching it grow. Today I am not able to go outside touch it, take photos of the bees burrowing inside the buds, drenching their bodies with a fine perfect layer of pollen to carry back to the hive and dropping some on many needed plants along the way. I am able to see them through the window, I praise God for that. I will not “Grow a Thick Skin” not any thicker that it is today. I believe wholeheartedly that God created me this way as a perfect representation of one unique part of Him. For we in the Glory of our imperfect selves are made in His image, by His hand. I believe He sees our/my image as a perfect reflection, not something that needs hardening by the trials we are given, but rather to watch us bloom and carry our own pollen/knowledge to the next trial in our life, only to drop pollen, drop love, friendship, wisdom, and experiences to those around us along the way. So I use this blog to share books that I love, items I have come across that I have found indispensable and believe that you would find indispensable as well. I also will share some of my trials and my experiences with you. In that, perhaps you may experience encouragement, knowledge, wonder and a growth of your own Faith.
This is my place of refuge, a place to share little pieces of life that I am unable to express any other way. Perhaps this will shed some light – I woke this morning to my hands being so swollen that they matched my legs and feet, swollen bubbles with knobs on the end for digits. My arms are unable to operate the wheelchair well. I found the desire to cry almost unbearable. It is not so much my body giving me a war I am still learning to fight, it is that my children had to see mom struggle to pack their lunch and send them off to school. Rather than lose myself in the fear of this situation, I chose to go to the window open it wide and watch the birds gather worms, the wind rustle up the underside of the growing magnolia. I could smell the rosemary on the breeze and when I leaned forward-looking hard I could barely see that our blueberry bushes are starting to bloom. I watched God this morning! Instead of surrendering to the tears over fear, I instead surrendered myself to God’s earthly wonderland, watching it work piece by piece in perfect unison. I’m blessed to be part of that plan, God’s plan in all it’s wonder. The trial I am currently struggling with will teach me something I was unaware of before. I believe I will see God’s face even clearer for the journey. I will see a rainbow and cry my tears that God loves us, will never leave us; NEVER. He has given me strength to share my struggles with you. From the nudges He has sent my way recently, I have found the courage to share with you. May my journey give you strength in your life whatever you may be walking through with God now.