Five Good and Perfect Gifts

This year has been hard. And good. And perfect.

My view in the Jeep

This Christmas season when I have actually had time to reflect, I keep coming back to one of my favorite verses.

Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. ~ James 1:17 NLT

I’ve had some good and perfect gifts come down from heaven this year.

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Once Around the Sun

Colorado SkyWe have a book in our family room purchased in 2007 on a vacation to Yellowstone National Park.

Once Around the Sun.

It is one of those books where I almost love the title as much as the actual pictures in the book. The whole concept the author/photographer was going for is to show the ebb and flow of nature throughout one whole year in America’s first national park.

This year my life has had a once around the sun feel to it.

 

This time last year the holidays started off rough. I was moving my grandma into assisted living. I was also beginning a season about this time last year that rocked my world and forced me to work through some tough family junk and grief that I had left unresolved in my heart for years. Eventually with a lot of grace, I began to open up myself to healing and new possibilities. [Read more…]

Sheepadoodle Saturday

Monroe "Stormageddon" Abel

I have a hard time with focusing on now. I always have. I like the future.

When I first took the Clifton Strength Finder I was validated. There it was. Futuristic.

Yesterday has moved on and the present is just a space for me to think about tomorrow. It is how God has wired me. I have always processed this way. It makes me a pretty optimistic even through difficult times. Just like little Orphan Annie, I find myself thinking about tomorrow.

But when you spend so much time thinking about tomorrow, you can become useless in the right now.

Today becomes difficult to enjoy. Sometimes I am not  aware of the blessings that are right in front of my face because I can have the tendency to mentally escape to the future. What do I need to do to get ready for ___? Where else do I need to be? Who do I need to talk with?

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Be Determined to Make a New Friend in 2013

I received a new gift in the mail this weekend.

When I ripped open the package this was what was in it…

Determined

In honor of my One Word for 2013, she told me she saw it and had to get it for me.

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Rest In Him

I’ve had a few rough weeks. OK, let me rephrase that. They were more than rough. They were a personal cheese grater.

It was emotional, busy, and just one of those seasons you just find yourself having to get through.

The last few days I have had a chance to regroup, catch my breath and rest in Him. All in beautiful Steamboat Springs, CO.

Abiding has looked like this…

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Abiding in Praise ~ A Psalm for Vocation

Yesterday I posted this status on Facebook. As I read over it later, and talked with folks who inquired privately about my passion for my work something dawned on me. I realized what I had posted was kind of personal psalm to the Lord:

The stillness of this house and the beautiful light that comes shining through on Fridays when I am here by myself is rest for my soul. I know the calm comes after an evening of intense ministry where hurting families have gathered to find peace. The ticking of the clock serves as a wonderful reminder to me of the rhythm of ministry that has taken place here for 70 years. I am thankful to be apart of it ~Family Life Services.

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