Category Archives: Joy in the journey

Memories…Jesus is Your Friend…

And tonight…when your head hits the pillow and you think of the events of the day, some of your favorite memories (whether losses or gains) will be of how obvious it is that He was with you. Continue reading

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Be the Light…Discover Purpose & Joy…

Remember, He put Adam and Eve in a garden… the most satisfying place for the soul of man. He walked and talked with them…laughed with them and marveled with them.

That is the life He intended for us…the life He wanted for us.
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It’s a good word from James…not a foolish or impossible one! It is a hopeful word that tells us our problems aren’t just empty happenstance. They can become a tool in the hand of God for our hope and future and His glory. Continue reading

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A Life That Makes a Difference For The Generations…

In Priscilla’s YouTube video, Releasing Your Grasp #1 she talks about how we often wish we had a testimony…especially when we watch other people who have a story and who have a deep trust in God. We wish we could … Continue reading

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We want what we can’t have and sometimes we gain what we want but shouldn’t have.

This morning I stood and looked out the window marveling at the lush green grass, the result of amazing rains after a very long drought.

A bold rabbit was nibbling away at my flowers but must have seen a glimpse of me because he suddenly wanted desperately to leave the fenced-in area of our yard. He stuck his head through the circular links in the fence but he was way too big to escape that way. He bounced hard against one too-small opening and then another…leaving me wondering if he was going to injure himself. Thankfully, it didn’t take long before he was out…moving with lightening speed.

In just a few minutes I noticed a baby squirrel trying to figure out how to get to the bird feeder. We have a feeder that has a large hollow tube on the feeder pole. The tube keeps squirrels from making it up the pole to the feeder. This little guy (like all of the others before him) had his head inside the big hollow tube, trying to figure out how to beat the system. Their curiosity and tenacity always makes me laugh. Eventually he gave up and feasted on the seeds the birds had dropped on the ground.

It made me think of us as humans. We want what we can’t have and sometimes we gain what we want but shouldn’t have. The rabbit has 100 acres right behind us and he even has the other half of our acre that isn’t fenced to feed on. It is plentiful and delicious and God given. Still…he made his way through the fence and then risked harmed himself bouncing up against it trying to get out when he was discovered.

The squirrel had bounty all around him…seeds hand delivered right at his feet. Still, he stuck his head into a hole where there could have been danger or where, had he been able to navigate, he might have gotten confused and stuck.

Adventure. We all need it. God gave us the desire to conquer and explore. It is a blessing and a joy. So we take chances and long to discover…to conquer…to attain.

The squirrel did find a rainbow at the end of his other adventures. We had 13 tomatoes and he carried away 12. We didn’t know squirrels ate tomatoes, let alone were capable of carrying them into the trees whole!

The rabbit had some tasty new treats he would not have enjoyed, had he not ventured into unknown territory.

It should go without saying here, that as humans, we have a greater responsibility to choose with integrity. But there…I said it. (Smile)

As daughters and sons of God, He wants us to enjoy the challenges and the victories. The balance of which challenges to take on should come from Him. Once we know the idea and tenacity are from Him, we can find inexplicable joy in the journey. The challenges and bumps and bruises will not discourage us for long and will certainly will not defeat us, because we know it is He who has put us on the journey. The whole journey will be rewarding (if not always exciting) because we will know that even the hardest places are filtered through His guiding hand!
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