Isn’t it funny that when waves are perfectly aligned they become bigger, or when a mirror is aligned with a light source the light is doubled, or when a compass is correctly aligned it can be used to find the way.
Sweet Lord, please align the ripples flowing from my heart with the tsunami of Your love , please align my mirror so that I may reflect Your perfect light, and please align the compass of my heart with You so that my path will be straight and clear! Please let me be an infinitesimal addition to the Your infinite goodness!
Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth.
On New Year’s Eve we had dinner with our family. I love going around the table and giving everyone a chance to give thanks for something from the year.
As always when it was my turn, my eyes welled up with tears, my throat became tight and my sweet girls lovingly said, “There she goes again… Mommy’s going to cry.” We all started laughing and as I was wiping away my tears and getting ready to speak, my sweet husband quietly spoke and said, “Sarah is thankful for the wind as it blows through the trees, a leaf that falls in her path, a bird that soars past our kitchen window, a caterpillar she finds in the backyard… she is thankful for everything.”
Sweet Lord, I love the little reminders You place in our paths. My sweet love truly sees me more than I realize and in that moment I felt so deeply understood and loved. Oh my Lord… I am so blessed that he is mine, I am his and we are Yours!
Thank You, thank You, thank You… in every moment and in everything – Thank You sweet Jesus!
We went for a hike about a week ago and my sweet 8 year old and I sat down on a rock for a minute. On the rock where we sat, someone had carved the words “Hate satan”. I asked her what she thought about it. She just sat there for a min and then said, “It isn’t right to hate, especially since that is what he wants us to do, he wants us to hate. I think the person who carved this should have written, Don’t follow satan”.
I couldn’t have put it better myself!
Lord please keep us on Your path to follow You and only You!
My new sister-in-law is coming to celebrate Thanksgiving with us. I spoke with her the other night to talk about the menu that weekend and at the end of the conversation she told me that Hanukkah begins the Wednesday before Thanksgiving this year. She said she has never celebrated Hanukkah without a menorah and wondered if it would be okay for her to bring it.
A few years ago I would have said yes, but I would have completely missed out on the excitement and joy of this experience.
Jesus was Jewish! He celebrated the Festival of Lights every year of His short life. Can you imagine celebrating the Festival of Lights with the Light of the World standing by your side?
Just thinking about it… takes. my. breath. away.
I am so thankful to have my eyes open enough at the moment to see what a blessing it will be to celebrate the Festival of Lights in our home with my sweet new sister.
Thank You my Light, my Love, my sweet Jesus!
I love any version of the song “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” by Robert Robinson.
Bind my wandering heart to Thee
Prone to wander Lord I feel it
Prone to leave the God I love
Here’s my heart Lord take and seal it
Seal it for Thy courts above
For a moment when listening to this part I had an image of my family… they are my hearts! I pray that God will take and seal them for His courts above so that I will not wander, I will not waver off of His path, but will instead follow my loves, my hearts straight home to our one true Love and His courts above.
Jesus please help us to keep our hearts always on You!
I have been thinking a lot about John the Baptist. I am inspired by and in awe of him. He rejoiced as his followers/disciples left to follow Jesus.
He was like a lamp post along the path. He clearly understood that he was not the goal, but instead a guide, directing his pupils down the path toward Jesus.
Since I started looking for a teacher I am finding teachers everywhere. Therefore I have now started wondering how to figure out which teachers to listen to and learn from?
I think the answer lies in our first teacher, our first lamp post, John the Baptist.
- We need to look for someone, something to inspire our ongoing search for Jesus.
- We need to look for a teacher who is willing to humbly share the job of teaching us with others.
- We need to look for someone who will understand that one day the relationship might change/grow from student/teacher to friends and then rejoice in this change/growth.
- We need to look for someone who knows and understands that they are lighting our paths… they know they are not the final destination and they don’t want to be the final destination because they understand that this desire would hold them back in their own search for Jesus!
Jesus, thank you for John the Baptist! Please help us to rejoice from the depths of our souls as others find You, just as Your first lamp post, John the Baptist, did!
Unlike Atlas, Mr. Barack Obama did not shrug!
Regardless of the growing weight of our country on his shoulders, regardless of our finger pointing, blaming, and judging without ever walking in his shoes, he ran again and he won!
Let’s unify, let’s remove our Republican or Democratic cloaks and remember that we are all Americans and this is our country. Let’s try to take some of the weight off of his shoulders by coming together, because even Atlas eventually shrugged.
Let us not set ourselves up for failure, but instead support our president in prayer.
- Let us pray that he finds the right path, the path that is pleasing to God.
- Let us pray that someday when Mr. Barack Obama is standing before Our Creator, he will be able to look God in the face as God gently smiles at him and says, “Well done my son!”.
Please pray with me my sweet friends, it is always so much more powerful when we join together and when we pray for others.
I am sending my love to all of you and always praying for Our Best Life!
A few months ago I posted “The one path, our path!”. While I was imagining this path, I was imagining walking down it with billions of friends one of which was my husband walking beside me. While I thought of us walking together in my mind I knew he was anxious to run ahead and climb the mountain to see his mom. I urged him to run ahead, but I chose to stay behind. Not because I didn’t want to be with him, but because I wanted to see him at the top of the mountain singing with his mom. In my daydream I could see him embrace his mom, hold her hand and then begin singing, but I had a really hard time imagining him singing (my husband does not sing very much) and imagining what song he would sing.
A few weeks later I heard I Could Sing of Your Love Forever by Sonicflood and decided that this was the song I would imagine him singing. Since picking the song, I have thought about this walk and watching him sing on the mountaintop a few times and this daydream always brings a smile to my face.
Last weekend we were sitting on the couch together. I was reading my book and he was working on his computer. My Pandora station was on in the background and I Could Sing of Your Love Forever by Sonicflood came on. Around the middle of the song my husband began singing the song to himself and carried it through to the end!
I smiled to myself and thought someday he will sing this song on the mountaintop with his mom. It truly is Our Best Life, thank you Jesus for loving us so much that the song really will go on forever!
I have been thinking about Our Best Life a lot over the last two weeks. I am finally starting to see! For those of you who are already there, thank you for humoring me as you read this with a joyful smile and excitement in your heart.
I am imagining our world covered in billions of little paths crisscrossing all over the place, and now I can finally see the one large path that has been created by the convergence of many small paths. This one path is not paved in gold, but is a beautiful dirt path surround by fields of wild flowers and green grass covered in dew and glistening in the morning sun. We are in awe of the mountains we see ahead, but our joy as we walk down the path is in the relationships we build and the soul mates we meet.
Say it, live it, believe it and IT WILL BE! It is Our Best Life!