How not to be afraid of the unknown

Dessert rose, the journey is the destination
Photo by Gale E

“The LORD our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites; go to all the neighbouring peoples in the Arabah, in the mountains, in the western foothills, in the Negev and along the coast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the Euphrates. See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land that the LORD swore he would give to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—and to their descendants after them.””
Deuteronomy 1:6-8 (NIV)

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It’s the last Monday of February so hopefully you will capitalise on the opportunity to capture moments and not things … but let me share a moment of my own with you.

I met up with a girlfriend recently. She had resigned her well-paying, prestigious, high profile job to work on her own. Things at the office had been going downhill for some time but then it became a matter of integrity as lies were told and grey shadows of doubt were cast upon her work. I watched my friend’s face carefully as she shared. She seemed happy enough and entirely at peace with her decision; I was proud of her.

How many of us complain everyday about our dead-end jobs, unreasonable bosses, selfish co-workers, inconsiderate spouses or belligerent children? And though months and even years may pass, how many of us simply sit back and remain in a situation because in reality we are just too afraid to step out in faith; to step into the unknown land that God has already claimed for us and is trying so hard to lead us into?

Yes, life can be more than difficult and some days find us tired, empty and overwhelmed. For women it’s even more of a struggle as we attempt to juggle our careers with raising our children and fitting in time for ourselves/loved ones while feeding our spirituality. Yet, no matter how long you’ve been struggling or how much it may look as though there will never ever be any light at the end of your tunnel – there is hope! God hasn’t forgotten you! He’s right there with you, holding your hand and encouraging you to come with Him into the land He has waiting for you … BUT it’s going to take faith because you don’t have a clue where this land is, or what it looks like, or who’s going to be in it with you.

Don’t let fear of the unknown hold you back from receiving and embracing God’s richest blessings. Don’t extend your stay on the mountain unnecessarily. Break camp and advance! Do something! Go in and take possession of your land because even though you will always have trouble in this world, Jesus has already overcome the world. He is with you.

“”I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.””
John 16:33 (NIV)

It was a Season for Love

Love cards for Mom

It’s always a season for love but I couldn’t resist capturing these beautiful flowers which were part of a Valentine’s Day bouquet presented to a group of awesome ladies. Unfortunately, each woman is suffering from Dementia or Alzheimer’s. This means that she may not even have understood the significance of the flowers. Yet we are sure they all appreciated the beauty of God’s amazing nature – collected just for them in a vase of love.

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Do you feel God’s love around you whenever you embrace nature whether it be in a vase of flowers or a simple walk in the woods? Share your story while enjoying this amazing double rainbow which hugged the sky one Sunday morning on the way to church and thanks for visiting!

early morning double rainbow
Photo by Gale E

 

A WordPress Photo Challenge post on: “share what the concept of Seasons means to you.” To read more about life seasons you can check out this post: This is YOUR Season.

Family, Friends, Love … Forever Grateful!

The interesting thing about blogging is that you write stuff and sometimes forget all about it! Yet, this Thanksgiving, I am acknowledging I have soooo many things to be thankful for … here are some I mention in a previous post. Enjoy 🙂

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Take time to smell a rose/beautiful flower today … and be grateful!