The “Why” Factor

Only Lucy could get me to look at the crack of dawn with a semi-smile on my face. It was a bright golden Lucy morning. God new I needed her this week.

Only Lucy could get me to look at the crack of dawn with a semi-smile on my face. It was a bright golden Lucy morning. God new I needed her this week.

When wrestling with affliction there is no way to grasp or truly comprehend the “Why” factor. Yet, in the throws of pain and the anguish of night after night, turning into week after week, becoming month after month… and then to our horror and heartbreaking disappointment, months become years… We are still plagued with the question as great as our illness. Why? Continue reading

A lot of us, for various reasons, could really use a “Warm Fuzzy” today… Here you go.

Warm Fuzzy Baby Hummingbirds

Warm Fuzzy Baby Hummingbirds

It’s HAMMER TIME! U Can’t Touch This! – Alright… Maybe you can!!! At least that’s the PLAN!!! DIY TIME AGAIN!!! Are U in??? Can we all just say “Double Decker Planter Box”? DOUBLE DECKER PLANTER BOX! Good Job! Let’s get to work (looking at the pictures)!

BUILD YOUR OWN BI-LEVEL PLANTER BOX 
FOR A FACTION OF WHAT IT WOULD COST TO PURCHASE A CHEAPLY READY MADE VERSION
This DIY Project is an Intermediate Level –
Geared towards the “Weekend Warrior” Continue reading

Have You Become a Permanent Fixture on Your Rock of Fear?

There I was, pressed between two very large boulders, clinging to one and pressing against the other for dear life.  It had seemed easy enough to climb these monstrous boulders in Joshua Tree National Park, but in my efforts to reach the top, I truly hadn’t give a single thought to how I was going to get back down. Continue reading

My heart says, “Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains!” and cries, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.” ( Isaiah 49:13 & 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV)

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Surely this has been a time of challenging physical pain that has lead to emotional drain. It’s been all encompassing, because it’s been every spectrum of my health, and the mountain just seems too big… NO, it IS too big to climb. I don’t want to make “lists” and complain… I know that I am not alone in my suffering. I know that we all partake in our own share of suffering… Some have more than others, but regardless, there is always someone out there that has it worse than we do. So, my point it, we still reach our limits. We still reach our places where we spiritually, emotionally, and for me now it’s even physically sometimes that we can’t even walk. We need to be carried. This is something that our pride HATES. It’s something that when we don’t REALLY need it, we have no problem asking for it, but when we KNOW we need it, we will do EVERYTHING we can to avoid admitting it, and it will break us to finally have to ask God to carry us. Why? I don’t know. Pride, I imagine. Sadly, I think it’s just plain pride. I know if I can’t get my joints in a better place, I am going to have to start looking at walking aids and wheelchairs. It’s humiliating. I think sometimes, we wait until we are broken down spiritually… SO broken down before we cry out for help. And then there are times we are actively serving the LORD, and things just keep crashing… much like they did with Job. And it seems that we just keep crying HELP over and over and over and over. God is sovereign. God is good. God doe NOT make mistakes. God takes joy in His children. God is GOOD. Our adversary, the devil HATES GOD, and our own flesh is at enmity with God… Therefore, it is imperative that we remain ever focused on Jesus Christ. Daily, hourly if necessary in the Holy Scriptures reading and meditating on the Word of God. It’s also essential for our own well being that we give thanks always to our Lord for what He has done, is doing and will continue to do! It is dire that we worship, for in doing so, the Word say that He (the Lord God) inhabits the praises of His people… This DRIVES out the enemy. The wicked one and his cohorts have no place in the presence of Jesus Christ while He is being worshipped. Food for thought.

May the LORD bless and fill your day with His grace, mercy and peace. In the Name of Jesus. So be it.

I found myself playing it over and over and over again. I finally drifted off into a peaceful sleep last night while the song was playing. When I awoke this morning, I was barely able to pry my eyelids open before the wave of fear, doubt and uncertainty came in like a flood. I rolled over in bed and pressed play on the song again… I then woke to the wonders of God’s great love for us, and the faith He’s given us to live in His promises. I sure hope it blesses you as it has me.

O My Soul – Audrey Assad

Rivers and stones and the trees of the field,
They sing in the night.
And a thousand tongues lay deep in your lungs,
To raise to the sky.

Don’t lie to yourself, O my soul—love your God.

Deep in your heart you feather and tar
Your folly and fear:
Expose them all, for the fools they are, and the world comes clear.

Don’t lie to yourself, O my soul—love your God.

Your worries will never love you
They’ll leave you all alone
But your God will not forsake you
O my soul

Don’t Lose Heart! So, the outward man is perishing… but we do know that the inward man is being renewed day by day! So, TAKE COURAGE, and SEE the Invisible!!! Oh, and yes… that is my elbow facing you.

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Yes, that would be my elbow pointing at you.  Only slight more disturbing than it looked was how it felt… Continue reading