Morning friends, Firstly I want to wish our youngest daughter Kim and her hubby a Happy 8th Anniversary.
How quickly the years have flown by, filled with laughter, joy, fun and some tears. They've got four little girls, ages 5,3,2. 9 mos who have brought such fun into their lives and of course into ours. Kim and her hubby are a wonderful couple and we are so very proud of them.
Today's devotional from Jesus Calling: "I am leading you along the high road, but there are descents as well as ascents. In the distance you see snow-covered peaks glistening in brilliant sunlight. Your longing to reach those peaks is good, but you must not take shortcuts. Your assignment is to follow Me, allowing Me to direct your path. Let the heights beckon you onward, but stay close to Me.
Learn to trust Me when things go wrong. Disruptions to your routine highlight your dependence on Me. Trusting acceptance of trials brings blessings that far out weigh them all. Walk hand in hand with Me through this day. I have lovingly planned every inch of the way. Trust does not falter when the path becomes rocky and steep. Breathe deep draughts of My Presence, and hold tightly to My hand. Together we can make it!"
How often we shrink back from trials but sometimes the blessings in the trials far out weigh the trials themselves. When my sister was in the final leg of her journey with cancer, I remember thinking that walking through it with her daily was such a trial, one I wouldn't choose. Yet, by the time she finished, I realized it was one of the richest gifts I'd ever been given-to walk through it with her and be there until the end. What a gift she'd given me by allowing my alongside her. I most certainly would have chosen life for her but that was not her path at that time and I'm thankful that I was there for her. There were days when she was definitely the stronger one emotionally, I remember sobbing to her that I wasn't ready for life without her. If we would but keep our eyes on the perfector of our faith we would not shrink back but instead just grab His hand and trust.
In His Grip, Noreen
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