Welcome to my eclectic journey of my life and delights. This year my theme is surrendering my writing pen to the true author, Jesus Christ, while looking forward to the future, reflecting on the past and dancing through my journey.




Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Prayers for TEXAS!

View out our car window as we traveled to get through the tornadoes passing on our side and front of our car.  We arrived home safe.  The reports came within minutes of our arrival at home of the destruction these tornadoes left behind.

Our rejoicing over the much needed rain has now turned into shaking our heads as the storms continue across our state.  The flooding and tornadoes across the state have left destruction.

We are only seeing the sun for short periods of time.  I grabbed one glimpse on Saturday.


Our family is safe.  Alarms still sound throughout the day and night, as we continue to watch weather reports.   Our home city is struggling this morning as the waters rose this weekend leaving streets flowing like rivers.  Please pray for safety and protection through the remaining season of storms.  This has been the worst flooding in our state since the 20's.  Pray for the rescue teams and responders in all these areas.  Pray for Texas and other states being affected by these huge storms, yes, the storms brought the much needed rain to a dry thirsty land, yet damage will be felt for years.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

A Season Came to an End

A New Season for daughter and family.

There are seasons in all our lives, some are seasons of rejoicing and others are seasons of grin and bear it.  There are times of abundance and times of famine....in different areas of our lives.  It would be nice to say that not all of us going through these seasons, but then, that wouldn't be life.

In each we have the chance to learn.  There are times I love learning and times I am sure the Lord feels He is dragging me through the growth He wants for me.  Each season is for His glory and not for mine.

Two years ago we went through a long period of unemployment and insecurity.  During this time I put my hands to the plow.  I opened up two businesses. One I named my Leah and one my Rachel. Both businesses provided for our family.  One, however, wore me out.  This year it brought anxiety and body aches.  I pleaded before  God for strength or provision to quit.

Two weeks ago I took the leap of faith and quit.  I called someone else to take over my clients and the transition has begun.  When I jumped off, God provided through a commission check through my husband's job.
New Season, Spring...outdoor movie with Grandson Joshua and Benjamin.

As summer approaches I find myself in a new season.  HOME!, ready for summer with Benjamin and available for the coming babies...all three.  I now have time to try to enlarge my decor business.
A New Season for our fifth child as he graduates.

As Benjamin said today, "in a few weeks I will be a fourth grader!  Can you believe how fast this year has gone by?  That means when it goes fast it has been a fun year!"  I had to laugh, what a wonderful outlook on life.
Benjamin is the youngest in the Strings Ensemble.

We close the school year with violin concerts, field day at the school and graduation of our fifth child.  A new season for us all.  Our son will enter college in the fall, Benjamin will enter 4th grade, our son will complete his new home (with his brother's construction business), our third son started a new career and three babies will be born.  This Mom/Grandmommy will see what the Lord has in store for me.  For now, I am jumping for joy over closing one business and entering a new season.

 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

No Longer a Drought

I briskly walked toward the water as the cool breeze blew my hair from my face.  I was breathing it all in, soaking in the sun, smelling the freshness of the the moisture from the recent rain.

Rain, rain, rain, we have been having much needed rain.  We have been in a drought.  A drought that left boat docks dry, bridges expanding over dry land instead of lakes, fear of lack of water supply and economy hurt by lack of summer activities, that kind of drought.  Drought that you believed would only be resolved from years of rainy season.  Then came the spring of 2015.
Rain

We were starting to wonder when the sun would shine again, yet, we knew we needed this precious rain.  As I continued to joyfully move toward the water I let the Lord speak to my soul.  It was a continued lesson He has been working in my heart.



It is so easy to get stuck.  Stuck in the mud would the right term around here.  Stuck mentally, stuck physically and stuck spiritually.  Lessons you thought you had learned you see are being repeated again, you haven't mastered it yet.  God gentle speaks.  He easily reminded me how last summer the drought made many wonder if the lakes would ever be full again....................and yet, the rains came and they are now FULL!!!

Oh daughter of such little faith.


As I drove through what had been all my life just a small, sleepy town in Texas, the message had already started to play. " It just takes ME and things can change.  I can rise up who I want, and where I want and how I want.", seemed to say the gentle voice of the Lord in my spirit.  The sign on the side of the road reminded me how God has taken this small town and put her on the map, because some people said "Yes" to His vision.
Their world has changed and so has this small sleepy town.
Even the college has become known throughout the country.  Baylor's new football stadium rises up over the skyline of Waco.
Things have changed.

I visited the store in September.  We were able to park in the front parking lot, and no one was in the store.  Not anymore!!!   You now have to park next door to the store.  On a Monday afternoon the shoppers were filing in and out in one long line.  Everyone was taking pictures of the store and the salesgirls needed to assist everyone were double from our first visit.

Stuck sometimes makes you mentally feel things will never change.  Now there is change in our home....more babies on the way, but there are other struggles that seem to be in drought.

Then there is God...............and Rain...........and visions and dreams met..........and change.


Reflecting on my renewed soul thoughts as I reluctantly strolled back to my car from the lake, I thanked God for His gentle rebuke.   I resolved  to plan time at the lakes this year and enjoy the abundance that His rain has provided.  May I say "yes" to changes that need to be made, to get out of  my own drought.  May I not fight the RAIN!  God can change everything in just a wink of an eye.
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