To our friends scattered to and fro,
It seems like things have been a bit more quiet here on the blog smog (loving name given to my ramblings by my brother-in-law) Silence does not mean things are slow here on the home front. I’ve spent the last month soaking up the beautiful Valley springtime and traveling here and there for a day or two at a time.
This spring has been so beautiful; the rain showers come and the clouds are fascinating to watch. The air is so clear after a rain. My heart rejoices as the sunshine dances back across the fields and the earth smiles.
I watched the clouds move out after a rainy day recently. The white fog enveloped the mountains behind our house, but occasionally sunbeams would break through the clouds and shine on the green fields below. It was breathtaking watching the game of cat and mouse taking place in the back of our property.
That scene pretty much sums up my life right now.
Years ago when I came up with the big idea to develop a blogging habit, my mom had one concern: “Don’t air the family laundry” Wise words, and I’ve attempted to take them to heart. So I hope that this post is not breaking that code.
This year has been an incredible journey for my nomadic heart- the adventures have been amazing. And as I look ahead on my calendar- 2017’s joyride is not nearly completed.
But the gray cloud covering my world is an ongoing health issue that is relentless. I was diagnosed with a form of ulcerative colitis. This condition is not the end of the world, but drains my energy and makes eating a chore. And traveling is not the best companion. Yet here I go.
A church sign in PA this week read “Fear Not is quoted 365 times in the Bible, one for every day of the year” I researched this, and while that figure may be debatable, there are hundreds of commands to “Fear Not” and “Be not afraid”.
The opposite of fear is to trust, so I’m challenging myself to trust- unconditionally. There are so many times when God has provided for me above and beyond what I needed. Somehow, it’s easy to forget. So I’m compiling a list of verses on trust, and I intend to refer to them often with in the next few weeks.
Deborah and I leave shortly and spend a month touring the West with a group of ladies (stay tuned for more details) and I am so excited to see how God will provide for us!
We’d love to have you along vicariously. (Sorry the van is full, but you can follow along all sorts of ways, thanks to social media) And if you think about it, will you say a prayer? Pray that God will go before us, arrange our contacts, and give us-me especially- strength.
Isn’t it wonderful to rest knowing that God will make a way?
What is the cloud covering your world? I’d love it if you’d share your favorite trust verse with me!
Prov. 3:5,6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.
Isaiah 43:1 But now, this is what the LORD says— He who created you, Jacob, He who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
P.S Aren’t River and Ingrid the cutest?
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit
I would like to come along on your ride and see where the Lord is leading you. I know that it will be exciting for you.
Thanks! Too bad the van is full 🙈 have a blessed week!
Always LOVE reading your “Blog Smog.” 🙂
A favorite verse, reminded of again today at our family campout, is Is. 40:31, “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles….” Was also reminded today by U. Aaron that a detour on our anticipated future was really God’s path for us all along. Praying you’ll find His purposes in whatever “life” sends your way!
Just curious about your West Trip itenery. Thanks to God & Dear Dad money, we plan to take a West Trip w/ our family late Aug/early Sep. for almost 3 wks. Feel so busy being Head Chiefs for VBS etc that we haven’t had much time to plan our route. Have you been Out West more times than with the Eldon & Joyce Family? We love all kinds of suggestions/recommended stops from other people.
Heaven’s blessings on you! ~Doris Lee
Your trip west sounds like a wonderful time 🙂 this will be my 4th time as a vandriver- each time is a little different, but yet still hit the same high points. We are planning on a month of travel leaving June 12. We are hoping to blog as we go- so stay tuned:) I can email you our itinerary if you wish
My grace is sufficient for thee, for my strength is made perfect in weakness, most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities that the power of God may rest upon me.” This is one of my favorite verses. Praying that you will find a solution for your condition. Enjoy your trip!
Ken, I’m so sorry! I hadn’t heard about your diagnosis…😕 I would love to share my favorite trust verse, but you already did! (Joshua 1:9) but here’s my second favorite trust passage:
Do not be afraid or discouraged … For the battle is not yours but God’s. (2 Chronicles 15b)
I like reading your blog, too. I’m sorry about your health problem. God grant you healing and peace! Safe travels. I’ll try to not be jealous as you post your journeys. =)