It has been a long winter. I have heard that over and over this winter. We have had lots of winter storms here in the northeast but living in New England--that is par for the course. Things like sitting near the fire warm and cozy keep us going with hopes of spring on the horizon. Thoughts of outside activities like camping, hiking or kayaking keep our hearts happy while we shovel for the umpteenth time!
This winter, we have fared a different kind of storm. Hope has kept us going....hopes of healed minds and bodies, miracles that have kept us going when we felt like we couldn't take another step, powerful lessons from the the one that loves us most and holds us in the palm of His hands.
We see glimpses of a different kind of spring and take each delicate step in faith knowing God is going to meet us right where we are. Knowing He knows our future, has our back on all the details.
He looks to us to die to self,
He wants us to humbly wait for his direction,
Sometimes looking to Him to sustain us for a day, or sometimes by the minute. Life is not for the faint of heart but holding onto His promises that the JOY will come...in the little things...
a phone call from a dear one,
a note of encouragement,
a chance to help someone else despite what tumbles in our lives,
the break through of words tumbling out of a toddlers mouth,
the realization of a hurting heart that they really do just have to trust God...not because mom and dad say so!
a little one asking Jesus into her heart (smile!)
a healthy report from the doctor,
an answer to prayers that a precious child has found their forever family!
The Christian life is one of change--changing to become more of what we are being called to and less of what the world has to say about it. Changing hearts and minds to reflect Christ. Leaning on the one who created us and trusting Him in everything. We are waiting for with great expectations of the things HE has in store for us ...joy, Hope and love...what a gift!
When you go through deep water, I will be with you. When you go trough rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up, the flames will not consume me.