We were blessed with the opportunity to travel to Arizona. The trip was awe inspiring, thought provoking, and refilled with happy memories. We left Monday late afternoon, staying with two dear friends that resides 2 hours from us. We hadn’t seen them since the Summer time, so it was definitely a great time to catch up. They took wonderful care of us and we were pleasantly surprised by a lovely gift on the mattress. It was beautiful and touching—true Christ-like love in our friendship. I love that. Thank you both so much!
Driving into Arizona made many memories flood in. I was so happy to be where I made our life together after being wed; the person I fell in love with, grew up there, and I had plan to make that our place to grow old together. I thought about our future house we wanted to purchase after we saved a good amount; having our garden to grow raw goods; having a few dogs, and maybe a horse or two (I’m a cowgirl at heart), and I suppose my husband could have had his dream “mancave” and a garage full of tools. At times, God wants you to be somewhere you’d never picture yourself, which is what happened in God’s plans for us. The trials we faced had to break us so we can slowly build ourselves back up, only to be stronger for the next trials. To me it is the moments we may become too comfortable, leaning away from God, and we need to be worn thin to strengthen our spiritual walk. It only brings you closer to Christ, to seek Him much more than ever before, to be blanketed in His endless love. It does not mean God doesn’t fulfill those dreams you may have, but it is only best when we allow Him to stir.
I am learning after so many experiences throughout our life, even after such painful moments. Recently we have had to face some more painful trails, but I am looking to God to teach me through handling it. I reacted in the way as a protective mother bird hovering over her nest. Instead of making New Year’s resolutions, I make goals to meet the every need of God’s and my husband’s, every day.
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing” (1 Peter 3:9).
That verse remains very heavily upon my heart, that I may apply it to those moments I want to lash my tongue. God never changes, but He can change us… here is to the New Year!