Look Up

Lord, Facebook reminded me of this memory from 2 years ago when you gave me a theme for 2016 when the New Year rolled around. You told me to make no resolutions. Just to Look Up… every day… whatever may come my way… Look Up. And see you coming for me… maybe today… eventually! You have not forgotten me. You ARE coming for me… some day. ❤ You gave me a verse.

“And when these things begin to come to pass,
then look up,

and lift up your heads;
for your redemption draweth nigh.”

– Luke 21:28 KJV 

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So I made this for my Facebook Cover Photo to remind me, and to motivate me. I am so glad that I listened to you! I fell in love with your sky… the firmament where you watch me from on high. I began to see you so much more. Our conversations became so much sweeter, more personal than ever, and added such depth to our relationship while I developed a desire to fly!

“And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove!
for then would I fly away, and be at rest.”
– Psalm 55:6 KJV 

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When I see your clouds so high in the sky, I am envious that they could linger around in the sky, so close to you, and floating in the midst of your beautiful creation.  I wish I could just spread my wings and soar. But you remind one day I will.

“then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
– 1 Thessalonians 4:17 KJV

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Sometimes you delighted me with nice surprises like this double rainbow. Ever so faint, but I could see it as you brought to mind 2 Kings 2:9.

“And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.”
– 2 Kings 2:9 KJV

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One of my favorite nights was on our best date night we had this last year of 2017. For while the theme was given for 2016, I fell in love with looking up into your firmament and seeing you every moment of the day. All of these pictures in this post were 2017.

Delight thyself also in the Lord;
and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” 
– Psalm 37:4 KJV
“For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty,
and shalt lift up thy face unto God.”
– Job 22:26 KJV

And you are a God who delights in giving us the desires of our heart… when they are desires that you have put there. By following you in Looking Up, I gained a desire to want to see more of you. You took a lot of fears and anxieties, and turned them into joys and delights. And by continuing to follow you in faith, I heard your whisper drawing me to my front row seat of My Fireworks in July. Again, your word was my guide. You wanted me to believe you are a rewarder… and you are! ❤

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
– Hebrews 11:6 KJV

 

Choose Life

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: that thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.” – Deuteronomy 30:19-20 KJV

This is the verse you have given me, Lord, for this year ahead. Weeks ago I began asking if there was anything you wanted me to focus on, making sure to be careful not to make promises I cannot keep or that you were not asking of me. You lovingly taught me the value of not making resolutions, and the peace of following you instead of the world the first year you led me not to make one, and not to let the world make me feeling guilty.

You brought to mind things that happened through the year, and how this battle for my health was following your instruction to fight! At least you would know I was trying to do all you asked of me. Even if I lost the fight… I would go down obeying. Now you are saying CHOOSE LIFE. You used Caralyn’s broadcast to confirm it with Deuteronomy 30:19, and explained why with verse 20.

Choose Life… not just to live… but to love you… to obey you… to cleave to you… because YOU are my life… and the length of my days.

So…. by your grace… in your strength… according to your will… I will choose to live…
to love… to obey… to cleave… to my life… which is all you!

Some things you have encouraged me to use as a source of strength and Motivation are:

  1. Writing down the bible word for word as you lead.
    (I was so motivated I already began in December.)
  2. Continue to fight for my health. (Philippians 4:13)
  3. Lovely A’s Walking the Walk, and blogging it as you give it.
  4. Blogging (both blogs)
  5. Writing poetry
  6. Color Therapy (You gave me plenty of materials for Christmas!)
  7. Music (You use Hayley to make it enjoyable! ❤ )

None of these are in specific order. And there may be some I have forgotten, or that you will add along the way. But whatever the journey has ahead you have assured me…

“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go:
I will guide thee with mine eye.” – Psalm 32:8 KJV

Happy New Year 2018! :)

Happy New Year 2018 to everyone! 🙂 Praying your year ahead is all God hopes for you! For many of you that will be endless blessings and new adventures on the horizon. For some of you it will be a year of smiles and heartaches. And for some it will be a day to day, moment by moment, hardship. You are wondering now how you will make it another minute, therefore dreading, maybe even hating this new year head. You may be so depleted and could care less for another day, or if you draw another breath.

From what God has allowed me to be aware of, I will have my share of up and downs, but He reminds me that no matter what comes my way He will be with me. No matter what may be ahead for you, God will be with you. Whether you want Him or not, believe in Him or not, or are thoroughly in love with Him… God loves you and cares about everything that you care about and are going through. I pray that you will at least know you have Him… every second of the day, and every day of the year ahead. And because He is the God who can do anything, we ALL have hope in Him.

Don’t give up your hope!
Even if it only comes in moments!
Choose hope!
Choose Him! ❤