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Matthew 6:33

 

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This morning I knew exactly what I wanted to write about today. Then, God confirmed it as the preacher (Pastor Brian Stowe) practically took the words right out of my mouth. I guess it was God’s way of confirming the thought.

When we were recently vacationing in Canada we decided to waive the chaotic crowds of touring the glaciers (which I hear were amazing!), and decided to take a more private tour via helicopter. The decision was the right one for us. Private, amazing view of God’s creation, landed on a little island in a river, ate by the riverside, drank from the cool water streaming down from the small waterfall, and partook in a small hike. Are you ready to go? Put it on your bucket list.

My camera was clicking away around every turn (bumpiness and all). Within a fifteen-minute time span, I had taken over 150 photos from the sky.DSCN5133

While flying, and being amazed at the views close to you, you can get so enthralled with what is directly in front of you. The pilot said, “Don’t forget to look up and enjoy the scenery off in the distance too. Most people forget about looking up and only see what is in front of them.”

My eyes glanced in the distance. The scenery took my breath away. A smile came across my face in in my heart as I was captivated by not only the landscape, yet the words from the pilot.

How often do we do the same in our everyday lives? We usually get caught up in the busyness of the day or task at hand or problem or ________ and overlook the fact that we need to change our perspective and simply breathe in and look up to God for awe inspiringness. (I think I created a new word here).

I lift up my eyes to the mountains; where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2

I lift my eyes to you, O God, enthroned in heaven. Psalm 123:1

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.  Philippians 3:14

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Look up. Get a godly perspective. Don’t miss out on the glory He has for you.

Blessings to you and yours. Love, Stephanie.

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Hiking The Valley of the Five Lakes

Hiking The Valley of the Five Lakes

After spending a week of hiking in Canada, we arrived home last night around midnight, before Tropical Storm Emily decided to hit land and dispense an abundance of rain on us. While visiting Jasper and Banff, Alberta, we hiked trails (and some off-trailing for Cole) that were rocky, smooth, filled with tree roots, and over streams. The trails ranged from easy to moderately challenging. No matter the level of difficulty, the end result was always rewarding.

Last night, I dreamt of hiking through the woods and reading trail maps. Really? Hadn’t I had enough? I believe I dreamed about hiking because I had immersed myself in this routine of seeking trails, reading maps, and taking on the challenge daily over the past seven days.

When I awakened, I thought about how our thoughts and dreams would be if we did a daily hike with God. Think about it…I had occupied myself with a routine of seeking, reading, and taking the challenge (obeying) with hiking trails that were unknown to me.

Listen, life is FULL of unknowns. If we just “wing-it” and do life our way, things probably (okay, definitely won’t) turn out as we planned it, or if it does, it’s not best for us. But when we seek God’s guidance, read His word, and obey His commands, life will be so much more rewarding in the end. To God be the glory!

My handsome hiking guide/lumberjack/husband.

My handsome hiking guide/lumberjack/husband.

DSCN5046“But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Deuteronomy 4:29

“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.” 1 Chronicles 16:11

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.Matthew 6:33

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.  God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

“If you love me, keep my commands.” John 14:15

Seeing God's glory as we hike.

Seeing God’s glory as we hike.

I pray that you will strap on your hiking boots and enjoy soaking up The Son wherever you are.  Wouldn’t it be pleasant the dream about hiking with God???

Blessings to you and yours, Stephanie.

God blows me away!

God blows me away!