Monday, May 18, 2015

Sometimes a Tree is More Than a Tree


We had a 20-foot pine tree cut down yesterday. It used to be beautiful. But last year it died, and every time I looked at it I saw a fire hazard—dry and brittle, next to a wood fence, leading straight to the house.

Until yesterday...when the lower branches were being cut off. It caught me by surprise and I almost cried.

In those moments I remembered its fullness and beauty.

I remembered my daughter as a young child running around it giggling with delight.

I remembered how it sparked in the sunlight after a heavy snow.

I remembered the needles sticky with sap and the pine cones that had to be picked up.

I remembered the night we saw bats flying around the very top branches...and got a little freaked out.

And I remembered our cat, who has been gone for a few years now. She loved that tree. If she could sneak out the back door, that's where she would go—deep under the tree where we couldn't reach her.

And when we finally got her back in the house, she would get sick—every. single. time.

Good memories...and some not so good, but all pieces that make up life.


Isn't that the way it is with everything? The good, the bad, and the unexciting moments that make up every day. Moments we don't think much about until they're gone.

For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 NLT

One day passes so another can begin. But the memories...they become a part of us.



And sometimes those simple moments last a lifetime.


In Christ,
Laura  



Friday, May 8, 2015

Meet Me


I’m joining the Five Minute Friday community with Kate Motaung this weekend…5 minutes, no rewriting, and a one word prompt…

Meet


Meet Me in the morning when you awake, before your feet even touch the floor.

Meet Me throughout the day in your thoughts, conversations, decisions, and actions.

Meet Me in the evening as you begin to wind down.

Come to Me—and I will Meet you right where you are. Always.

Love, God

In Christ,
Laura 



Sunday, May 3, 2015

A Way Out of Temptation


I've always had a like - dislike relationship with social media. I've never loved it, but I don't really hate it anymore.

It’s been a blessing in many ways, but the best part—and I only know this because of the occasional e-mail I receive telling me—is that God uses what He leads me to write to touch others. And that makes being in this online world so much richer.

Any form of social media, however, can be addicting. And then it can become destructive.

Too often I've found myself losing chunks of time scrolling through feeds aimlessly. Or feeling like I have to keep up with what someone else is doing...only to then feel inadequate and insecure.

It's a temptation that sneaks up and attacks, and we're vulnerable to it because we think we have it under control.

But God gives us a way out.

When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. 1 Corinthians 10:13b NLT
The question is, are we going to take that way out?

Are we going to avoid the temptation by accepting God's help?

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In Christ,
Laura

Photo credit: Stock photo: Vineyard Gate (Waterfords)

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

In Awe


Sometimes we don't know what we need. We just know we need God to show up...quickly.

I dreaded giving the news I hadn't expected. I was so disappointed and I anticipated the same reaction when I shared it.

I didn't know what to pray. And I didn't know what to ask God for, because I had no idea what the next step could possibly be.

All I could pray was "God we need You. Please come quickly. Come now."

And sometimes that is enough.

I stalled and moved slowly, not sure what to say or when to say it. I didn't doubt God would be there. I was just too tired to think about what He might be up to.

I expected sadness and discouragement.

But God showed up.

In fact, He had already been at work, going before me, preparing the way.

The news that hit me hard? Well, God buffered it for her. Even she was surprised at her positive reaction.

She said she thought God was with her right then. And He wasright there with both of us.

God at work.

Knowing what I had prayed and seeing how He wasn't sitting idle, but had shown up just as I had asked—that was an undeniable blessing.

And I was in awe.

He allowed me to witness the way He was weaving the details together...details I didn't know how to handle. And, as it turns out, I didn't have to.

Where over the past weeks, I had prayed for wisdom and God had supplied, this time, God took care of it before I tried to.

Just as He had already planned to do, I'm sure.

Looking back, has there been a time you were in awe of the way God put details of a situation together before you could figure out what to do?

Have there been times in your life when you didn't know what you needed, but you only knew you needed God to show up...quickly?

In Christ,
Laura