natures wonders

I can seldom sit in nature and not marvel at God’s creativity.

How do the leaves know when to uncurl, to bring the buds and seeds, then release them in the wind to dig their way to the dirt and begin again?
consider tree
To walk the shore and think of what lies beyond? Stories, secrets, mysteries…will they ever be discovered?
consider the shore
There is so much we won’t be able to explain in life. Yet we often act like we understand it all. We become satisfied with where we are, what we know, and the wonder of it all is no longer embraced.

Yet…there is always so much more….

“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—
these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
1 Corinthians 2:9-10

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fog

A few weeks ago I took mom to the beach. She loves sand between her toes. It seemed fitting since we’ve done a variety of beaches this year. It was a beautiful day.

As we approached the beach she mentions smoke over the inland lake. I notice something but was paying attention to pedestrians. As we got closer she says there is more…

As we pulled in the parking area visibility soon disappeared.


Still a wonderful walk along the shore.

Sometimes we need to see in the distance but often the most important thing is the next step in front of us.

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I entrust my life.
Psalm 143:8

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a peek

Sometimes even a bad sunset is good.

Contemplating my errand, I noticed the sky was clear with a few wispy clouds. The beach was calling.

Toting camera, water, and journal I headed out thinking I had an hour before the sun would sink to the waters edge. The time was shortened as a dark cloud rolled up to meet the sun. But what a dance the kite boards were doing in the air and on the water as people were dodging the blowing sand.

I had a short bit of good light to continue my reading in Luke about Jesus sitting in a boat offshore to teach those around him…

Have you ever wondered how they could even hear him?

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him. Luke 5:10-11

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understanding wisdom

Antigua

Antigua

Sometimes the message is simple and straight forward and we still miss it.

Have you ever driven past a stop sign…
Totally missed your exit…
Gotten groceries but forget to pay…

We are not always the best at focusing and more keeps trying to grab our attention. Another reason for my hiatus.

The beginning of wisdom is this:
Get wisdom.

Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7 NIV

Where can we buy this…
Maybe Walmart, Amazon, or Craig’s List has a deal…

But where can wisdom be found?
Where does understanding dwell?
No mortal comprehends its worth;
it cannot be found in the land of the living.
Job 28:12-13 Read more

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5

SEEK – you will find.

one way...

one way…

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things unseen

seeing beyond...

seeing beyond…

Some return from a trip and are ready to get back to “normal” life. Somewhere in these past years I gave up on a normal return.

Maybe it was the anxiety attacks at the grocery store. Those are long gone but some extra processing is now a part of the return for me.

Editing photos and making a fb album was helpful. More of the moments not captured on film came out…those places where your heart feels impact.

Holding and praying with a crying woman and language doesn’t matter.

Sharing joy with a grandma who was able to get some piñata bounty.

Realizing another grandma wasn’t knocked down by the candy crowd…she’s actually in there fighting for it!

Holding an unknown mother’s child who falls asleep in your arms.

There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:18 Message

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clear as a bell

Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua, Guatemala

Not all things are “clear as a bell”.

I’ve taken time away to tune my ears a bit. Definitely helpful even though I’m unsure how the next verse will go.

Last week a group of 31 returned from Guatemala. It’s always a time of learning flexibility, grace, love, and listening to God’s promptings. As we gathered for group worship and devo time each day, we would share some God moments and be in awe of how He can use us in little ways that bring BIG impact.

Many of those little moments…we’ll never know how they change the world, if He’s leading, do them anyway.

Sunday’s teaching was from Hebrews 11 on Abraham. He didn’t see the fulfillment of all God spoke but WE are part of that promise…
“descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.”

We often try to make results happen instead of leaving them to God, The Maker of Heaven and Earth.

He’s been telling me to do my part and let Him do His.

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back to beginnings

New Discovery

New Discovery

Think of those feelings you have with a new discovery?

A great recipe, a hidden beach, a new store, or a blossoming relationship. We have an excitement we want to share with others. Often we’re distracted by the bad things around us but let’s concentrate each day on the good.

The past few months have been such a treat with the ALPHA group at my church. Many years ago I was in one of these groups – meeting new people, discovering things about God, and feeling free to ask more questions. To discuss with people at all different places in there journey is refreshing and helps you rediscover the wonders of Jesus all over!

Don’t settle for a comfortable belief in our Heavenly Father. He wants to show us more things that will make us rejoice each day. He wants to lavish His love on us, sing over us and show His delight.

Rediscover your Savior. He wants to show you great and amazing things.

And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17-19 Message

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where is home

wheres your focusThat good ole saying, “Home is where your heart is.”

Maybe my grandma knew something more when she wrote the poem for me called “Gypsy”.

I was reading about the dreams and hopes of HAPI – Haitian Artisans for Peace Intl. I miss my friends there. Seeing the progress in business and community development from it’s beginning in 2007. I’m in awe! And also missing the simplicity when they were without electric or running water. They showed us what help looked like to them and it’s making an amazing difference.

Years ago a God message was “Latin America”…and I’ve seen a bit of it. I had assumed it would be a landing place.

As I plan for our group to Guatemala, I’m excited to return. To experience more of God’s wonderful work there as people find hope in Jesus, love in growing relationships with Paradise Bound Ministries, and restored health through medical clinics. And the growing little ones! What a joy those children bring!

Even with volcanic action, earthquakes, and tropical storms – it’s the people who make these places filled with beauty.

Holland, MI is coming to life again with tulips, spring blossoms, and longer sunshine days. Where I call home, a friend dubbed an “artist’s cottage” before I was one. Do you think she and grandma talked?

Hawaii – heavenly to be sure. I do seem to love islands!

But home…it’s not in a place – it’s “He” who is in me. Thank you Jesus!

Back to time with my Lord to see where He will lead next…

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return to Guatemala

Guate 2008 medical clinic

Guate 2008 medical clinic

The cats and I were enjoying the porch when I wondered what was written in that little notebook in the ceramic bowl…

Journal pages from my first trip to Guatemala….dated 07/07/07 – so fitting since I was working on details for our group today.

On 07/07/14, I return for my sixth trip. Very interesting to review and see the questions asked, the family we built a home with (this photo is their baby who arrived after our trip), and special verses shared in our group devotional time.

One of my prayers written, “You have a purpose for all today Lord. Let us be open to Your plan and Your ways – that we would see the blessings of hope and peace and pass those on to others as we give medicine, love and the gospel of Christ.”

We later were in Matthew 14 and the little boy sharing his fish.
I noted “Giving ALL to Jesus = ALL are blessed”

Please keep our team of 30 in prayer as we prepare and work to raise further funding to build homes and supply medicines for our trip with Paradise Bound Ministries. Also for the ministry and people of Guatemala. Thank you friends!

I will try to post the blog link for updates before we travel.

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let’s imagine

Part of mural done in Guatemala

Part of mural done in Guatemala

Did I just catch you daydreaming?

Letting your thoughts wander is often seen as childish or irresponsible, but where would we be without our imagination?

Still with the horse and buggy by the candle light?

We certainly know how to be creative in worrying – don’t we?

As kids, our imaginations went to a lot of fun and creative places – blanket forts, dancing clouds, cardboard castles, and wrapping paper swords.

When was the last time you did something silly?

Innovation begs for imagination. God created us in His image…He used great imagination! A part I love is that He designed us with two sides to our brains. To live His full and abundant life we should be intentional in using them both.

You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. Mark Twain

Worry is the misuse of the imagination. Dan Zadra

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