Recently, my husband and I were driving the back roads in the Hill Country where we live. This is one of our favorite things to do since he is a photographer and I am an artist. As we came upon this bridge and got out of the car, on one side we looked down at the rapidly flowing waterfalls, which were just amazing! But, by turning to the other side of the bridge and looking down, the water was flowing calmly and very serene. We stood there in amazement looking from one side to the other. Soon I was thinking about life realizing no matter the scene, just by raising and turning our thought, we can see peace and harmony.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 reads “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Sometimes all we need to do is face the other direction.
My husband just told me of an interview with a major league baseball player who was telling of his experiences as a youth playing the game. There was fun and purity expressed (which is God being expressed) early on. As he progressed, he probably had to watch for aggression, competition and ego. That is true in everything in life when we stray from God and allow worldly ways to take over. The fun then disappears.
To keep my focus straight, I have to remember where everything Good comes from and it is certainly not me. Isaiah 26:3 reads “You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind (both its inclination and its character) is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.”
As I strive to stay near Him, I realize I never have to face a challenge alone because I can never, ever be separated from God, Good, but I have to constantly be aware of giving Him the glory as well as my problems.
Recently, I have been asked from two different people where I am getting my information for my blog. The Holy Bible, verses from Hymns and answers to my own prayers are my sources. For me, this blog is written to express feelings and revelations I have received from my own study and prayer work. This is certainly not written to preach or teach but if one person can relate and be helped in any way, it is worth it to me. The pictures are made by my husband.
Yesterday, my husband and I went to see the above movie. He found it very depressing and I found the message about forgiveness overwhelming. Undoubtedly, one needs to have plenty of tissues with them when seeing it. Immediately, I was reminded of Job 11:16 where it states, “Because thou shalt forget thy misery, and remember it as waters that pass away.”
This morning I have glanced back at seventeen years ago, which found me divorced after thirty-three years of marriage, my mother having Altzheimers and my son getting divorced. Moving to a new city and a new job seemed often scary but my lifeline was Romans 8:38-39 which reads, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Today, I have the most amazing husband, the most fulfilling job of working with people through prayer and am a new artist, which I would have never thought possible. When I actually let go and let God be God, my life began to make sense and daily, I refuse to outline what I think should happen, but know it will unfold perfectly. Below is my first graphite.
As I look back over this past year, my heart fills with gratitude for the proof of God’s Love in sparing my husband among other challenges. The spiritual growth I have experienced due to the challenges has been vast and I am reminded of Isaiah 43:2 which states, “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” Psalms 66:12 reads, “We went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.”
This has been so true for me in this past year and I feel very blessed. I wish each and everyone a blessed Happy New Year!
Yesterday, I posted about laughter and how we sometimes take ourselves too seriously. This morning as I read the Bible and prayed and gave thanks, my heart was lifted!! Then I went into my kitchen to make my husband and I a fruit drink in the blender when it broke and spewed over the kitchen. For a minute, you wouldn’t have thought that I was the same person who had just finished praying!! Then, I began to laugh!
“Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.” For an instant, my face was covered with shame.