Hello friends– Some times life seems heavy, too real. We have three friends facing very serious medical treatments. They don’t know how things will end, but I’m thankful they all have a tenacious hope is God’s goodness and mercy. They are prepared. And we are praying with them…
It reminds me of a note I received a while back from a friend in the middle of her chemotherapy–
“No one warns which days will forever change our lives. No one wakes us that morning and says, “This day will require you to have an unwavering trust in the sovereignty of God. This day you’ll need to be prepared with all truth.” (Chuck Swindoll)
So every day, we all must be prepared, ready knowing who God is and how we trust him. Because we will all face unwelcome troubles. It’s our hope in God and trust in his care that will see us through.
–photo from drive across New Mexico with Laurel
“Be strong and take heart,
all you who hope in the Lord.”
Love these words. I should read them every day– but especially at Easter, the day that is the center of our hope. Hope because Jesus rose. Hope for a life of meaning and purpose. Hope for eternity with our God. So grateful.
From Mother Teresa (1910-1997) Catholic nun and missionary to Calcutta.
“People are often unreasonable and self centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
I you are honest, people may cheat you.
Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough.
Give you best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.
Ran across this and loved it, thought you might too. Reminds me that I walk with God in who I am and what I do day by day. Thankful.
Hi Friends– Here’s my morning yesterday– I walked by those freesias on the table and was surprisingly thankful to see them fresh and bright. I didn’t plant them. Someone before us in this house did. But for 23 years, jugfuls have popped up every spring. They’re a gift every year.
And it made me thankful– for small things all day. Sitting in the sunshine eating frozen yogurt with my mom. Face timing with Lois (and her mom while she folded the laundry). Green hills and snow on the mountains to the north. A quiet dinner at the kitchen table with Larry. Bright funny friends who come in on Monday nights to talk & pray. And rest at the end of the day knowing God’s great love and mercy.
There’s more. But that’s enough to fill a heart. So thankful.
So thankful that God is always the same–his goodness, love and mercy are never ending. It’s a comfort.
“For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
**photo from a morning walk this week (unusual clouds here in so. California)
**Spurgeon quote from Jesus-is-for-you.tumblr.com –thanks!
Snowy trek up the mountain–I’d never seen such white sky!
Hey all– Are you looking out the window to see a wonderland of snow–bright & white & beautiful?? We’re snowless all winter here at our house, real snow amateurs. But last weekend we trekked up the mountains to Big Bear through a snowy afternoon and it was magical.
We settled in to a snug cabin.
We woke up to sunshine and crisp mountain air (Larry was the snow shoveler!)
Some of the group took off to ski/snowboard.
While Larry and I took a long morning walk in the sunshine.
We loved every minute talking and playing games and eating and praying with this group of amazing people. It’s wonderful to be together with them…
Thankful for the beauty and the people and the quiet of this snowy weekend.
And thanks Tyler for this sunset photo– it’s awesome! So glad and thankful for this group and for all we learn from you…