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Psalm 119:105

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!

 

 

Walking in nature...God's creation...Ahhh!

Walking in nature…God’s creation…Ahhh!

Your word is a lamp that guides my steps, and a light that shows the path I should take. Psalm 119:105

As I’m walking along the path for my morning walk, I often look down to make sure I’m stepping on steady ground, looking up to make sure I’m not walking into a spider web, or even scanning the area for wildlife.

Although the hike is filled with uncertainty for stable footing, there are those moments when I look ahead and see rays of sunshine beaming through the trees. This luminescence assures me of the hope that glory is in the end of trails of trials we may walk through, and is a guiding force to my final destination.

Walking through life can be like that as well…trying to be alert and cautious to hazards, yet when we look to Jesus (The Light of the world) we are replenished with hope and navigated by His comforting and protective hand.

You know those times when you walk smack into an uninvited spider web, and you begin the delirious/kung fu motion dance. Yikes! I’m cringing just thinking about it.

I know a precious lady who is seeing her child literally go through hell right now. A horrific experience their first year away at college has led to a total change in appearance and behavior. This once stunning, tranquil, heart-for-God, confident young lady was violated in a way that is most women fear. She now has drastically changed her appearance, is self-harming her body (inside and out), has attempted suicide, been Baker Acted, and is now in a rehabilitation facility. Satan is doing his best to clutch her in his hand, but we know that God won’t let go. I pray that the Father of Lies will flee from her and release her fragile body and mind! I do believe that the Lord can and will do mighty things through this lovely young lady for His glory. Lord, please let her see Your radiance and run towards You.

I’m sure you know others, or are walking through hazards yourself, who need to look up and see the hope and guiding force of Jesus Christ. Even if you must squint, keep your eyes on Jesus.

“We should live in the light, where God is. If we live in the light, we have fellowship with each other, and the blood sacrifice of Jesus, God’s Son, washes away every sin and makes us clean.” 1 John 1:7

I encourage you to pray for my sweet friend, and others who are going through a season of difficulty. Thank you!

Blessings to you and yours. Enjoy soaking up The Son wherever you are.

Beware of the webs in life.

Beware of the webs in life.

He is my anchor, Stephanie

“Squirrel!”

That’s the word I say in my mind or even out loud when I have random thoughts, one after the other. After about three minutes of reading James 1:21, I thought, “squirrel”. I would read this verse (and the verses surrounding it) in one translation, and a scenario would visualize in my mind. Then I’d read it again in another translation, and another scene would come to the forefront after reading just one variation of a word. Welcome to my world. Yai-yai-yai! See for yourself…

It was late at night, and I realized that I hadn’t eaten anything since lunch.   A bowl of cereal is my go-to-late-night-meal. I poured the milk on top of the cereal, and noticed that there was a faint odor. As soon as the spoonful of milk and cereal settled on my tongue, I knew that I should have obeyed my instinct. Let’s just say that the spoiled milk found its way down the garbage disposal.

“Throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.” James 1:21 (MSG)

You should have seen this garage before!  Now it's ready for action...and so was I.

You should have seen this garage before! Now it’s ready for action…and so was I.

This past week my mom and I took a road trip to Georgia. My oldest brother has purchased a home which has been vacant for the past twelve years. Graffiti and dried chemicals were all over the walls. The ceiling and walls had been punctured. Windows had been broken. So, with years of neglect, it was time for this home to be sanitized. We got rid of any mildew and unwanted critters that had claimed residence in the home. Getting rid of the filth felt and smelt satisfying! This once vandalized home is being saved from any more devastation.

“Get rid of filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.” James 1:21 (NLT)

“Get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.” James 1:21 (NIV)

Listen, my Christian brother and sister, God’s word is planted in you! See…follow these verses with me:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1

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

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.  Colossians 3:16

The word planted in you is God…His Son, Jesus Christ…the Word is full of truth and grace…it is a guiding light…the word is glorious…the word is alive and active…it is our “god-conscious” …the word is fulfilling and gives wisdom. ALL THIS IS PLANTED IN YOU.

You have no filth in your life that is too dirty for God to make clean.

I pray that you will allow the word of God, and all its fruitfulness, fill your life. Rid yourself of anything that doesn’t put a smile on God’s face. Grant The Gardner to pull the weeds in your life out and create a beautiful landscape in your heart. He will!

Okay… No matter how many times (and trust me…my mind is still running and going deep) I may have to say “squirrel”, my focus is always on Jesus and allowing Him to teach me lessons in my life through everyday moments. Now, I’ve applied this verse diverse ways from my life (also click here to see another entry titled Weeds in My Life.) I would love to hear an interruption from you as you permit God to reveal Himself to you.

Blessings to you and yours. Love, Stephanie

Click here for more on James 1:21