Sunday, June 18, 2017

Heaven Will Surely Be Worth It All!

W. Oliver Cooper wrote "Heaven Will Surely Be Worth It All" 

Often I'm hindered on my way,
Burdened so heavy I almost fall;
Then I hear Jesus sweetly say;
"Heaven will surely be worth it all."
Many the trials, toils and tears,
Many a heartache may here appall;
But the dear Lord so truly says:
"Heaven will surely be worth it all."
Toil and pain I will endure,
Till I shall hear the death angel call:
Jesus has promised and I'm sure
Heaven will surely be worth it all.
Heaven will surely be worth it all.
Worth all the sorrows that here befall;
After this life with all its strife,
Heaven will surely be worth it all.
I'm setting the timer, ready, write...

I am not a scholar of the Bible. I read, I listen, I learn, I grow from my own understanding and experiences of what God expects from me. I search out His answers the best I can. He gives each of us our own personal path, one that is not the same for everyone, but gets everyone to the same place, which is eternity in heaven. The people we encounter along this journey add to our growth. We share, they share, we all praise Him and are so thankful for the time and experience given during the good and the not so good stuff. 

It's knowing that, and more that makes it worth it!

Eternity! The final destination in our journey. 

What is worth?

Such a powerful word.

From here to heaven it can be:

Advice worth taking.
A place worth visiting.
How much is that job worth?
They are worth millions!
Our net worth.
Your worth to the world?
My worth to the world?
Women of worth!

With the Bible as my road map, I can be a women of worth! The advice and direction given throughout the Bible is definitely worth taking. I am useful and important to not this world, but for God's eternal glory. He calls each of us to a task. He never claims it will be easy, a breeze. It will be easier with Him then without Him.

Romans 8:18English Standard Version (ESV)

Future Glory

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

That pretty much means that all our present or past sufferings are so little in contrast to the glories of heaven , that by comparison they are simply unimportant. All those bumps, stumbles,  challenges, successes, failures, to surviving, will it all be worth it?

I believe so!

Worth it to you?

Beep, beep, STOP!

Even with preparation, trying to gather all my thoughts before the 5 minutes starts, still needs more work. Which is nothing new! I am and will probably always be a work in progress. It's okay, God loves me this way. He loves what I do for Him, no matter how weird or funky it gets. I love what He shows me of this world that will take me to His for eternity.

Yep, I believe all of this is worth it!

Especially when there are views like this along the way.

Till next week, Live, Love, Laugh, and write your heart out in His name. 

It's worth it!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Five Minute Friday ~ Expect

Once again I am a bit late to the party, but for good reason at least.
I won't waste any more time and just jump right in.

On your mark, get set, GO!

I was thrilled with the prompt for this week, expect. 

Absolutely perfect!

Since we just got back from the most incredible week with our daughter, her husband, and the three grandchildren, to say it was what I expected it to be, doesn't even come close.

Along Our Journey Through LIFE, I have learned to expect just about anything, and at the same time accept the best of it as well. 

Sure we had planned for this week for a while. Made plenty of notes and checked out numerous sites to visit, but until we actually got there and it became real, did we know if any or all of that planning would work out as expected.

From our very first stop at Montezuma's Castle to our last stop at the Wupatki Pueblo, the kids were excited about learning all the facts about each place right down to what kind of lizard was just running across our path. As expected they weren't afraid to ask the Ranger a question about anything. The youngest got right into the Jr. Ranger Program, doing the booklets, answering the Rangers questions, then raising his right hand to be sworn in as a Jr. Ranger at the parks we visited. I think he earned 6 badges this trip.

The week created some of the most memorable moments. From seeing the Grand Canyon through the eyes of our grandchildren after going down the Colorado River with them raising their arms as if in flight, and then at the Red Rocks of Sedona, soaking up all its energy to even sliding down the Slide Rock, was everything I had hoped to expect and beyond.
I surely didn't expect to fall in love with the area as I did. I thought I would always be a Northern California gal. 

I can't believe this is what has been in my backyard for our last 23 years here. I mean I knew it was always there but this was my first time actually getting to create some of the most wonderful memories there.

Whatever took us so long? 

"Why" came to mind a lot along the journey! 

Why didn't we stop the numerous times we have driven through?
Why did we only stay one night back when?
Why did we only visit the Grand Canyon a number of times?
Why didn't we take that road before?

Why did the timer have to beep when I wasn't expecting it to?

I expect it's time to stop!

Expecting to share a week's worth of memories in five minutes is simply impossible! Even trying to get all the words out of my heart and head is a challenge without the timer causing some anxiety.

We've had some pretty awesome vacations before, that is for sure, and this one gets to be right up there with them.
 Montezuma's Castle                                      Meteor Crater
Their First Views of the Grand Canyon
Red Rock State Park                                      Slide Rock State Park
Sunset Crater Volcano                                 Wukoki Pueblo
      National Monument                                                               

We already plan to go back and more often.

We have one last trip planned for Northern California to visit my sister and have decided it will be our last for a while.

With all this beauty we have been discovering right here in our own state, and the other states that surround us, it's time to cut those ties that had kept us going back, freeing us up to enjoy other places while we can.

One last thing.

As I was making my way down to the Slide Rocks, others our age that had attempted it was happy to share their experience with us. Though I agreed with most of what they said like it was for the younger kids to enjoy, I wasn't going to let their thoughtful tips stop me. My comment back and one that I plan to remember was this, "Just because something is on my bucket list doesn't mean it is going to be easy!"

With a few prayers, a faith in God that has no boundaries, along with the courage to do what I can, when I can and how I can, along with the help of an awesome grandson, I DID IT!
It is 80 ft long! I completed about 20 of it! It was cold! It was slippery! It was a blast! 
Check that off the bucket list!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Five Minute Friday ~ Future

Yep, it's Friday and that means...

Okay, so I didn't get it finished on Friday. Each time I previewed to make sure what I had added before and after my five minutes was where it was suppose to be, wasn't and it was giving me a hard time. When things like that happen it's best I just set it aside for a bit and come back later to try again. 

Without further ado.

Ready, set, go...
Que sera, sera

Whatever will be, will be
The future's not ours to see
Que sera, sera
What will be, will be

We might not be able to predict what the future will be, but God already knows what He wants the future for us to be. When you can look up in the sky after a storm, and see a rainbow develop as the clouds move away, it not only reminds us of that covenant He made with Noah but that our future will be with Him. After all, we are the future generations He was talking about!

Genesis 9:12-13English Standard Version (ESV)

12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13 I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

From our very beginning, He has been planning our future.

Jeremiah 29:11 English Standard Version (ESV)

11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

That was and still is my daughters favorite verse. During those teen years when things didn't always come together or as easy as we'd hope, knowing He has the plan that we can't quite figure out yet, He allows us to breath and understand that this to shall pass.

Every journey begins at birth. From that moment on, the present will inevitably become the past just as in the past it was the future. We will always be living in the present, remembering and learning from the past, while preparing and planning for the future. 

It is possible that the future you thought you would have, isn't exactly what it ended up being when it became the present. 

We have been enjoying our journey together for well over 40 years now. I can't begin to count the number of times we might have said, "In the future...", only for the future to have delivered something completely different. For instance, I thought I would still be riding roller coasters. Instead I get to live one! Not that it's a bad thing at all, as I love the thrill, the excitement. Investing in this journey with God's direction, allowed us to also invest in ourselves, in our future, and that future is eternity. 

Do we really want to know what the future will be? Que sera, sera.


I wasn't ready for the beeps to stop. I wanted to expand on the roller coaster. How no two are really alike. How that first ride becomes the past and each turn, dip, twist, is learned along the way. I went a few second past to finish off with that last sentence. I had so much more I wanted to end with more about what will be, will be. 

Rules are rules.

Well I think working on getting a higher word count in five minutes is something I hope the future holds. I never realized how much I couldn't write in five minutes. Had I reached that goal, I would have wrote something like how we get there can depends the many paths we get to choose from along the way. One turn for me, might not be the same for someone else. Just as theirs might not be whats right for me. Some might like the fast lane and trendy things, while I enjoy the back roads and re-purposing those trendy things. 

I also had wanted to bring into it notes from this weeks Living Proof with Beth Moore. As always it was another one that shook and moved me. She always seems to discuss a topic that has or had been weighing on my heart. It was just what I needed to excite me even more for her upcoming Entrusted Summer Bible Study that starts June 15th.

"Ministry is the collective works God has called us to do in our lifetime upon this planet to His great glory."

The past, present, and future makes up that journey of a lifetime!

"Whom among us is willing to believe the power of Jesus could dramatically change something that has been true of you since birth?"

Me, me, me! Oh Jesus, me! Oh so thankfully I praise Him! Even when I stumble. Even when I disconnect from Him. Even when I ignored Him. He stood by knowing He would continuously be with me along this path to my future. He is the only one who knows where I will be, what I would be, and it is through Him that I am right where I am suppose to be for Him.

"We will deal with erroneous estimations of others all our serving lives."

Ain't that the truth! I so wish I didn't have to hear the comments, or the opinions of others, but some just shout them out so loud you have no choice. A while back I had received a response to a letter I had written. 

 "If you want to believe that God has a plan for you that's fine. I don't believe that God has a plan for any of us. We are in control of your lives and how we live them."

It came at a time when the future I thought I was going to have, had been turned upside down. Once the dust settled, standing firmly in my faith, what was once upside down, grew in a whole new direction. By the grace of God, it had turned out to be a blessing. Only God can do that! He transforms us!

Acts 14:22-23English Standard Version (ESV)
22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. 23 And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.
At the end she left us with 5 words for the journey:

Just keep getting back up.

That is exactly what I have done my entire life. Go ahead, knock me down. I have the power of God that allows me to get back up again! 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Five Minute Friday ~ Visit

Ready. Set. GO!

If you've been visiting Our Journey Through LIFE for a while, or if you are new to my off the beaten path world, sharing God's message through our journey of messes, or travels, and even our joy's has been a big part of it. After some very devastating battles and losses, some of which caught us off guard, it effected so many areas of my life. This time around it has taken a bit more energy for me to regain the desire to write from my heart and soul. 

Slowly I have been removing the blanket that has been covering me. I can only give God the glory for the courage to pull those covers off. It wasn't His first time. And this time didn't take as long as the last. The solutions might have been different but the results were just what He knew they would be. Praise God!

Visiting new blogs to read continue to inspire me in a big way. A visit to one blog, led to another, then another. Worlds were opened up. What I have, or am going through, so has others. I am surely not going through this any better or even worst then anyone else. I am right where I am suppose to be, doing exactly what I am doing and how. One thing I have never stopped doing is listening to what God's direction was. Something I have done my entire life. When I hide under those blankets, or I lock my gates to keep others out, He is right there with me. He knows when I am ready and He waits.

Finding FMF has been one of those Godsends for me. Just after what, 3-4 weeks, I am finding I am looking forward to visiting her blog to see what the prompt will be. They seem to fall right into a place that I can be comfortable with. She encourages me to write about something when I can't seem to get words typed out. I love visiting all the...

The timer says STOP, my thoughts want to argue with it. Rules are rules.

Thanks for visiting and if you leave a comment I will visit you as well.

Have a wonderful Memorial Weekend. How will you be celebrating? We're staying home. I will be joining the Girls Scouts tomorrow capturing them place crosses and flags on the graves of those fallen for our freedom. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Ain't That The TRUTH!

It's Five Minute Friday.

And GO!

"The truth is always the truth!"

I have always said and will always believe, the truth never changes. 

"Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment."   Proverbs 12:19

It doesn't matter how much time will pass, the truth will always come out.
Have you ever had to cover up the truth with a lie?

I thought I was protecting the family because the truth would destroy it. Boy, was I wrong!

To find out years later that so many already knew the truth and had been covering it up themselves hurt beyond words. I was the child watching those older do exactly what I was being taught not to do.

Had I followed in those footsteps, the journey might have been different, but I can't imagine it would have been better.

"The truth hurts".

I would say covering it up hurts so much more. I learned who I could trust and who I could believe in. Yes the truth hurt, but the lie hurt more!

"Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free!" John 8:32

"Hurt me with the truth, but don't comfort me with a lie!" anonymous

"When in doubt, tell the truth!"  Mark Twain

"Ain't that the truth!"

Every week Friday arrives at the same time, and ends at the same exact time every week. They might not always be the same, but it will forever be the day of the week known as Friday. The first day before the weekend and the last day of a work week. Well, unless of course you work weekends and then Monday or Tuesday or Wednesday is your Friday. But the truth is, Tuesday is always Tuesday and Friday is always Friday.

Ain't that the Truth.

The end!


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