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Wednesday, July 2

Wednesday July 2, 2014

and ..... it may not be the path we would like to travel, but ...
It isn't it just life - to not know what the future holds?
And as much as we want to believe life is ....  it isn't promised.
I guess we sometimes get so used to living day to day 
- that we begin to take our days for granted. 
Making plans for tomorrow - as if we know it is going to be there,
 just as it always has been. 

Quotes like finding joy in the journey - not just at the destination help us to remember that.

And yet still we find ourselves planning for tomorrow, next week, next month and even next year.
And then getting anxious when we don't .... know 

This morning I am singing and meditating on one of my favorite choruses

You are my strength when I am weak
You are the treasure that I seek
You are my all in all
Seeking You as a precious jewel
Lord, to give up I'd be a fool
You are my all in all

Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name
Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name

Taking my sin, my cross, my shame
Rising again I bless Your name
You are my all in all
When I fall down You pick me up
When I am dry You fill my cup
You are my all in all

So thankful He has it all under control. 

Monday, June 30

Monday June 30, 2014

Why is it, we always wait for something to end before we can start anew.  You have no doubt heard the saying, "Today is the first day of the rest of your life?"  This morning I am taking that to heart.

When I went to bed Saturday night after my youngest's high school graduation, I started feeling a little sad. He will be going away in the fall. My oldest is on the verge of being able to be on his own, and I know my middle son - is slowly, but successfully working towards his independence. My husband and I walked in the yard last night (a very short walk), and wondered what life will be like for just the two of us again.  Another milestone . . .

He and Jake just put up a new backboard couple of weeks ago, and we hope there will yet be many years of basketball dribbling in the driveway.  But tossing the baseball, and practicing pitching and catching - are for the most part a thing of the past now.

I thank God for the miracle of everyday we are gifted with. As I look back on 22 years of raising sons, and almost 27 years of marriage - there are a lot of things I wish I could have a 'do over' with - and yet - those are the miracles in each day that shape us to be the people we have become.

So instead of looking back - this morning I am looking ahead. A new chapter in our lives is beginning and I want to 'take the bull by the horns" and meet it head on. I have a chance to meet each day as the miracle it is, and time on my hands to change a few things for the better. I believe the journey will be a rough one at times - just like it has been in the past - but I am looking forward to the challenges, and looking forward to seeing how God is going to guide and use me in the days ahead.

Saturday, June 28

Saturday June 28, 2014

It is here. High School Graduation Day for my youngest son. Looking for a quote to mark the day and a photo to bring it to life has been a challenge this morning. And so here are my thoughts . . .

I could go on and on - with quotes that are all about the future and what lies ahead, chasing your dreams and taking charge. But what it all really comes down to, is the foundation we build the future on.  And so my favorite words for graduates are the words my Grandpa Hastings wrote in my autograph book - back before I was even a teenager. They are probably one of the most quoted scriptures - but in these words - such great promise lies: 

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him - and He will direct your paths." - Proverbs 3:5 and 6

pairing that with the quote above, leaves one with another often quoted verse,
 "If God is for us . . . who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31)

Congratulations to my Jacob, and all of his friends and fellow graduates this year.
If only we all lived with these words in our hearts . . .