I would have despaired unless …

Flowers-IsraelSeeds sprouted and pushed up through the stony Israeli soil to wait upon the sun for nourishment. In the light of the sun, they blossomed to bless passers-by who shared their beauty with others through photos.

I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD  In the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage, Yes, wait for the LORD. Psalm 27: 13-14

What keeps us from despair? Faith that we will see the goodness of the Lord.

What are we to do? Wait for the Lord. It’s an active waiting. It’s being strong and making your heart take courage.

My prayer for you

Father, thank You for the lessons You have placed before us in nature. Teach us their truths and show us how to apply those truths to our Christian walk. Empower us to push through the stony times towards the light of Your own dear Son, Jesus. Show us how to actively wait upon You, and empower us to reflect your light through the beauty You are creating in our lives. Thank You, Father, for Your faithfulness.

May the Lord richly bless you and keep you in His goodness as you actively wait upon Him.

God’s lovingkindness leads

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The Lord is gracious and merciful;
Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.
The Lord is good to all,
And His mercies are over all His works.
All Your works shall give thanks to You, O Lord,
And Your godly ones shall bless You.
They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom
And talk of Your power;
To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts
And the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And Your dominion endures throughout all generations. Psalm 145:8-13

Lovingkindness leads us to the manger.

Lovingkindness leads us to the foot of the cross.

Lovingkindness leads us to repentance.

Lovingkindness leads us to thanksgiving.

Lovingkindness leads us to proclaim His mighty works.

Lovingkindness leads us to say, “Come, Lord, Jesus.”

Lovingkindness endures forever.

Blessed be the name of the Lord!

My prayer for you

Our God of lovingkindness, Your mercies are new every morning. Thank You for enfolding us in Your wings of protection, Your wings of warmth, Your wings of intimacy, Your wings that take us to heights we could never know without them. Although we cannot fathom such lovingkindness, we bask in it. Thank you, Lord, for Your everlasting lovingkindness.

3 years … HEALED!

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But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

Today, marks the third anniversary of the Lord’s healing of my body’s fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Three years, pain free. Three years, proclaiming the miracle. Three years, demonstrating the miracle. Three years, Christians and non-Christians marveling.

The first year, God enabled me to return to work full time. He empowered me to climb the Great Wall of China six months after His healing. Eleven months after He healed me, a blog dedicated to the Lord was born.

The second year, my husband, Keith, and I traveled through six countries on two separate study abroad trips. I had the privilege of sharing the story of the Lord’s healing with a Hindu and American students. I also prayed with students.

The third year, co-workers and executives witnessed this former fibro patient get on a wire 4 1/2 feet from the ground, join hands with another woman, press into her hands, and lean forward as we inched out on the Team Building Low-V until we fell into the hands of our peers below. They cheered. I tearfully revealed the miracle. They marveled.

How did this happen, Karen?

The Lord healed me on November 21, 2010.

Did you change your diet? Did you do anything differently?

I did nothing. The Lord healed me.

There is one thing that I remembered later: I waited on the Lord. The word for “wait” in Isaiah 40:31 is qavah. It means to look for, to hope, to eagerly wait for. It’s an active waiting.

Keith and I waited upon the Lord.

We devoured Scriptures on healing; we read books on healing; we prayed for healing; we thanked the Lord for healing, we waited in anticipation; we went forward for the laying on of hands and anointing with oil, and we walked in faith when the Lord touched my body with healing.

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

It’s a promise we can count on.

I participated in an outdoor team-building cooking exercise the Thursday before I was healed. I was in so much distress that one of my peers escorted me back to my hotel room early.

Tuesday evening, I made tiramisu in a similar outdoor exercise. I reminded my supervisor of the evening three years ago as well as the person who escorted me back to my room that evening. They had not realized that Tuesday was close to the third anniversary of the Lord’s healing. I left the evening exercise and dinner late, celebrating health and the Lord.

God planned Tuesday evening.

God is good … all the time!

The freedom from pain and fatigue is awesome. God healed me to bless me. God healed me to show His reign over nature. God healed me to demonstrate renewal. God healed me to show His goodness.

That’s what signs and miracles are all about. They happen today to point people to Jesus.

Are you eagerly waiting upon the Lord?

My prayer for you:

Almighty God, thank You that You are a God of renewal. You are the Sovereign One who heals, empowers, and strengthens. Manifest Your renewing love in the lives of all who call upon Your name. May they seek after You in eager expectation of Your promises and Your work in their lives. Thank You for loving us so much that You gave Your Son to pay the price for our sins. We love You Lord.

The Sheep Walker’s Daughter … A reflection upon choices

The Sheep Walker's Daughter by Sydney Avey

Loss, secrets, history, meaning, and spirituality. The Sheep Walker’s Daughter intertwines Basque history, the landscape of Northern and Central California, and the Basque region of Spain.

Sydney Avey weaves gold and silver threads of mothers and daughters into a family tree, a tapestry of the Tree of Life.

Dee seemed to be on auto-pilot until her mother died and new people entered her life. With the new relationships, came questions about Dee’s choices, her mother’s choices, and her daughter’s choices.

As I read this book, I thought about the secrets still existing in my family history. I thought of the choices I have made, the choices my mother made, the choices her mother made, and how those choices influenced our families, our history.

With loss, comes reflection,

“The things we leave behind aren’t important. What’s important are the memories we carry forward and what we do because of them.”

With the revealing of the secrets, comes a blossoming of opportunities, freedom, and reflection.

What are you waiting for? An invitation? What am I waiting for? I’m waiting for something.”

The Sheep Walker’s Daughter is a great read that can be read for sheer enjoyment, AND it can catapult the reader into examining the choices she has made, the relationships she has nurtured, and the relationship she has with God.

I highly recommend this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from HopeSprings Books, an imprint of Chalfont House Publishing, in exchange for my honest review.

My prayer for you:

Father, thank You for Sydney Avey and her thoughtful reflection upon the choices women make and how they impact our relationships with others and with You. May the readers of The Sheep Walker’s Daughter reflect upon their choices and be blessed.

May the Lord bless you and reveal the secrets of your family history and unfold the rich tapestry that you have woven.