Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Memory From My Beach Walking

We only had two nice days on our ocean vacation this years, but I used every minute to walk the beach.
On one such walk, I turned to look back, and  noticed my footprints, and the beautiful shoreline, azure sky and billowy clouds.
My thoughts went to this well-known poem, and for the rest of my walk, I reflected on the times in my own life when the Lord carried me through  my hardest trials.
"...and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen     Matthew 28:20

Friend, has this reminded you of times from your life, when the Lord carried you through your trials?

Saturday, October 3, 2015

And The Rains Came, and Planned to Stay

Our vacation was short this year; two days of almost constant rain, two days of beautiful warm, sun-soaked,
"this is fantastic weather",but ending on Thursday morning, " I think we better head home, a storm is brewing, possible hurricane."
And I didn't get to finish all the many books I planned on reading! Disappointed yes, but accepting and thankful.
Thankful not that we must leave so soon after arriving, but thankful that we were able to go and had two full days of fun and relaxing in the sun. Maybe, it's a getting older kind of thing that I can accept changes, accept disappointments with more grace than I did years ago. Maybe.. but I don't think so.

I believe the contentment is all about trusting in God for the days of my life. Since yielding my life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in 1996, it has been easier to accept life's disappointments.  Yes, this is just a trifle thing, but when the huge trials of life come, and they do and will for all of us; but, as a follower of Jesus, He gives us grace to endure-just when it is needed.

                        "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.
                        Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power 
                        of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore, I take pleasure in
                                          my infirmities,
                                                   in reproaches,
                                                       in needs,
                                                            in persecutions,
                                                                in distresses,  for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, 
                                                                then I am strong."    2 Corinthians 12:9,10

I truly believe the secret to contentment is trusting in the sovereignty of God. His ways are far above our ways. (Isaiah 55:8,9)
One of my favorite verse selections, that I repeated and prayed over and over again when I was going through the most difficult trial so far in my life, in 1994-96, was Proverbs 3:5,6.

                       Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
                       And lean not on your own understanding;
                       In all your ways acknowledge Him,
                       And  He shall direct your paths." 

Through all the years following, He has been my constant source of peace.
                         "You will show me the path of life:
                           In Your presence is fullness of joy;
                          At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore."   Psalm 16:11

Wonderful Wednesday!
Walking the beach for hours
Watching the fishing boats
Wading in the water (not far)
Wishing the hours would slow

              Forever thankful for an ocean of memories!


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Morning Blessing

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up His countenance
      upon you and give you peace.
                              Numbers 6:26,27 

May you have a beautiful day, friends!

11:30am. I just returned from morning walk on the beach; one ear attuned to the ocean waves, the other soaking up the Psalms- the book of the day. Yesterday, while walking, I listened to the Letter to the Romans.

Pockets bulging with shore shells, this one caught my eye!

  Wishing you were here 
to enjoy the beach with me. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Enjoying Every Moment of Tuesday's Blessing

 Even on vacation, our days begin quite early-
after all, the best part of the day are the moments of sunrise.
              God's blessing of another day!

And today, His sunrise gift was exquisite and so appreciated after our first two days of rain- almost all day!

Walking and waiting for the first light glimmer of the new day sunrise.
Husband ahead; I lag behind, capturing beauty and finding shells.

Having a condo, oceanfront, is our first ever experience. such a blessing to hear the sound of the waves upon awakening, and last sound before sleep.

We spent the morning, reading at the beach, then biking and an hour of walking.

Reading several of John MacArthur's books this week.

Gary, holding our cat, Sassie, enjoying the ocean, too

                                      From the rising of the sun to its setting,
                                              the name of the Lord is to be praised!
                                                                    Psalm 113:3

Monday, September 28, 2015

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Disappointment tried to sneak in-
into my thoughts as I woke early to the sound of rain splashing  on the deck of our rented fun-at-the-ocean condo.
No morning sunrise to capture, no hours of walking the beach, but blessings are being counted, for they are many.

Like today is my husband's birthday-  much to be thankful for that rain cannot dampen.

Three of us went biking between all day misty rain to downpour
Misty grayness all day

God's rainbow blessing to end the day!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Lift Up Mine Eyes To the Hills

Saturday morning, our trip to North Carolina began.
As I gazed upon the misty hills, and vast mountain range of West Virginia, my thoughts went to one of my favorite Psalms.           
                    Psalm 121         
  I lift up my eyes to the hills.                                       
    From where does my help come?
      My help comes from the Lord,                             

           who made heaven and earth.
     He will not let your foot be moved:
          He who keeps you will not slumber.
      Behold, he who keeps Israel
           will neither slumber nor sleep. 
      The Lord is your keeper;
            the Lord is your shade on your 
                           right hand.
       The sun shall not strike you by day,
            nor the moon by night.
       The Lord will keep you from evil;
        He will keep your life.
        The Lord will keep
             your going out and your coming in
       from this time forth and forevermore.

Thank You, Lord God, my Helper, (verse 1-2); my Keeper, (verse3-4); my Protector, (verse5-6); my Preserver, (verse7-8).

 Resting in His care

one of the tunnels through Virginia

As we drove by this sign marking the main entrance to Camp Lejeune, I know my husband's
                                                                                      thoughts were driven back to his Marine Training
                                                                                      days at this camp.

Through North Carolina rain was our constant companion, even to our arrival at our oceanfront condo.
 Throughout the night the heavy rain continued as huge waves pounded the shore.

 Resting in His care.

Morning worship service at
Emerald Isle Baptist Church was our sunshine as rain continued and roads flooded.

Resting in His care
 Morning gave way to afternoon.
Rains stopped, dark gray clouds moved on,
azure sky around

Resting in His care

Saturday, September 26, 2015


Yes, we arrived to our vacation destination- Emerald Isle NC.
Excited, yet tired; long day of car travel; but safely we arrived and the rain stopped!
                             Excited to see what the Lord has for us to experience this week.
Until tomorrow- good night, friends