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Life Is A Journey

21 Sep

The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 27:1

 

We stood in the foyer of the church following the memorial service of our young friend who had passed away just days before. As what often happens at such life events, a reunion of sorts was taking place among many of us who once shared the same church. When it was time to say our good-byes, my now out-of-state friend hugged me and we exchanged a few more words and went our separate ways. That very brief conversation left me thinking. It left me praying.

 

Cindy reminded me that the last time we were together, I had mentioned to her that I was on a journey. My mind quickly rewound the tape of life to recall what had actually been said, but in that moment and in those circumstances that brought us back together that day, my response was simple. LIFE is a journey.

 

Since that Sunday afternoon just a few short weeks ago, God and I have discussed this journey…and oh what a journey it has been! I continually cover my children and their loves with prayer, thanking Him for His prevenient grace, His constant protection over their lives and for His blessings – even when they don’t always recognize His Touch and Presence. 35 years of this journey has been shared with my husband. Our relationship has taken me across paths that I never thought I would travel — some very special places and wonderful memories… and others not so much. God has picked us both up and carried us at times when we couldn’t take the next step. But here we are today. Still on the journey and extremely grateful for our Guide. Then over the course of 4 major moves, we have so many friends that have contributed to this adventure. Friends that only joined us for a season and others for a lifetime. All part of the journey.  Over these past few weeks, I have brought bits and pieces of this journey back out into the bright sunshine of God’s Grace and Mercy, once again humbled and so eternally grateful for His forgiveness and for His redeeming Love to me. Life is truly a journey.

 

A few days after that thought provoking conversation, while sitting at my desk at work, my eye caught a glimpse of a card that a former co-worker gave to me when I left the law firm. “Life is a journey”  I smiled as I wondered if God was quietly nudging me to write. Later that day, all doubts were erased as I sang along with one of Colton Dixon’s song … Click here to watch the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0Dzh3RZn0E
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“Through All Of It”

There are days I’ve taken more than I can give
And there are choices that I made That I wouldn’t make again
I’ve had my share of laughter of tears and troubled times
This has been the story of my life

I have won and I have lost
I got it right sometimes but sometimes I did not
Life’s been a journey I’ve seen joy, I’ve seen regret
Oh and You have been my God through all of it

You were there when it all came down on me
And I was blinded by my fear and I struggled to believe
But in those unclear moments You were the one keeping me strong
This is how my story’s always gone

I have won and I have lost
I got it right sometimes but sometimes I did not
Life’s been a journey I’ve seen joy, I’ve seen regret
Oh and You have been my God through all of it

And this is who You are
More constant than the stars up in the sky
All these years of our lives
I look back and I see You
Right now I still do And I’m always going to

I have won and I have lost
I got it right sometimes but sometimes I did not
Life’s been a journey I’ve seen joy I’ve seen regret
Oh and You have been my God through all of it
Oh and You have been my God through all of it
Oh and You have been my God through all of it

We are all on this journey called life.  Won’t you join me today in embracing the One Who has been Our God through all of it?

Until next time,
Debbie

 

19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you
that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses.
Now choose life, so that you and your children may live

and that you may love the Lord your God,
listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him.
For the Lord is your life,
and He will give you many years in the land
He swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Deuteronomy 30:19-20

 

No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life.
As I was with Moses, so I will be with you;
I will never leave you nor forsake you.
Joshua 1:5

 

Surely Goodness and Mercy will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Psalm 23:6

 

The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the Stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 27:1

 

In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame;
deliver me in your righteousness.
Turn your ear to me,
come quickly to my rescue; be my Rock of Refuge,
a Strong Fortress to save me.
Since You are my Rock and my Fortress,
for the sake of Your name, lead and guide me.
 Keep me free from the trap that is set for me,
for You are my Refuge.
Into Your hands I commit my spirit;
deliver me, Lord, my faithful God
Psalm 31:1-5

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It’s All For the Birds!

9 Jun

Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn;
yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!  
Luke 12:24

Is it just me or do the birds seem to be louder and more noticeable this year?   We were blessed with a drop in temperature and humidity a couple days ago, so we actually turned off the AC and opened the windows for the night.  Though the alarm clock was set, we certainly didn’t need one to wake up by!  At the crack of dawn, which was much earlier than the alarm was set for, the birds began to go crazy.  Seriously!  There is a family of such creatures who have built their small abode just above the outside trim of our bedroom window…only a short distance from my pillow.  As I tried to sleep through their insistent chirps of ‘Hello … it’s morning time!’ I pulled the covers up even tighter to my head, trying to block out the all-too-cheerful peeps of exclamation.

Later in the morning as I walked out on my front porch to hang up a fresh batch of hummingbird nectar, two feisty feathery friends were chasing each other from tree to tree, carrying on like a couple of young feuding lovers.  I’ve seen them before, darting back and forth in a frantic rush, always seeming to be irritated with one another.  Perhaps they are the parents to the little ones in the back, and they are not getting enough sleep at night!

The other day, I noticed a very small blue bird in the drive in front of the house.  He was little, but he sure had a mouth on him.  It fascinated me to watch his beak open and close in such a precise manner … and oh what a loud message he had to proclaim!  He was such a tiny bird with much to say! 

The Cardinal ~ Feb 2010

Yesterday I was sitting here on my little couch having my quiet time and my ears caught the all familiar sound of wings fluttering against a window.  These wings belong to our resident cardinal.  Mr. Cardinal … and what a beauty he is!!  His unruly restroom habits that are all down the side of my car and van are irritating as all get out, but he sure is handsome!  And he knows it.  He is constantly looking at his reflection in the mirrors and windows of our vehicles.  It seems to be his favorite pastime.  We began to notice his annoying addiction several months ago when he would fly and flutter around on our van as it sat in the driveway.  I became so familiar with his song that I knew he was out there without even looking.    And I can’t help but smile just a little bit when I sit down in the driver’s seat and see the tiny thin beak marks in the corners of both front windows … and both mirrors.  I’m not quite sure what the fixation is about seeing his reflection, but he loves it!  Mrs. Cardinal comes around every once in a while, but she must be busy tending to the children, leaving Mr. with a lot of free time to admire his good looks. 

I’ve laughed with others over the antics of these birds and listened to their feathery tales as well.  My mom has been doting over a robin’s nest, full of tiny chicks filled to its brim.  She has also been aggravated by the vain attempts of many a bird who would perch on her window sills and peck, scratch and mess.  Then our daughter, thinking that someone was trying to break into her home while hubby was away, sheepishly peaked around the corner into the kitchen to find a robin of her own at the side window admiring his fine suit of brown and orange. 

Just now, a high-pitched tweet and quick flutter caught my eye, so I sat down the computer, looked straight down below the window to where I just planted some watermelon seeds yesterday.  Oh my … I feared I was catching a thief, but instead, the noisy homemaker was gathering the loosened dead and dry grass from along the edges of the gardened area.  As quickly as it flew in, it flew away. 

Is there a spiritual lesson in the antics of these birds?  I’m sure God wants us to know that even the birds of the air have character, purpose, and His own Creator Signature in their beauty and their abilities.  Do we believe that about ourselves? 

So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas,
and let the birds increase on the earth.”
And there was evening, and there was morning–the fifth day. 
Genesis 1:21-23

The song of the bird is quite distinct and often resembles a cheerful chorus of praise.  Even the tiniest feathery friend is deliberate as it opens its beak to communicate and proclaim its message to the world. 

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.
Psalm 19:1-4

Join with me as I watch the birds this summer…fascinated and amazed at how God created them so perfectly to fit in His plan and purpose for their existence in this life.  If He cares so much for them … how much more does He care for you and I?

 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn;
yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!  
Luke 12:24

Until next time,
Debbie