For the past month, life has seemed heavy, darker, less like hot pink and more like midnight blue. I am not a big fan of winter, rather I prefer the green of my pretty trees, the brightness of my tulips and the hot sun while I read a good book in my beautiful backyard. The winter has seemed longer this year and it has been a reflection of not just the weather but also the temperature of my heart. I've experienced the sadness of death, the inconvenience of injury, the suffering in unplanned difficulties, the heartache of pain in relationships, the burden of loneliness. And yet, I keep moving towards LIFE - the Easter of this long winter. I don't keep moving because it's easy. I'm stumbling along because I have to beleive that God is still here and He knows me and all of the afore mentioned portions of my life. He is everything - He can resurrect beauty, peace and joy. I know that God is enough and He is sovereign. I believe that He loves us and that in ALL things, He is working out His good plan for my life. That is what FAITH is for me - when I don't feel it, when I can't see it, when I am unable to find it - I continue to believe that God's goodness still IS. Today, through swollen eyes and a tired but believing heart, I look for Him. For His blessings. And I will give thanks for what is.
As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
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Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor... Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.
This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.” -Shakespeare-Hamlet