I’ve been blogging for more than 17 years. I started blogging before it was even a word. Blogging was my comfort. I didn’t know Jesus back then. I didn’t have friends back then. I didn’t feel like I had anyone to talk to back then. Blogging became my outlet. It fulfilled my need to speak and be heard. The longer I know Jesus, the less I feel this way. The longer I live here in Arizona, the more friends I’m making, the more real life fun I’m having, my need to speak and be heard is being fulfilled in real life. I don’t need to write everything down to share with the virtual world. I’m here less and less. And it is good. I am thankful. Because I am living!
2338. 13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. (Galatians 5:13 NIV) Lord remind me everyday to use my freedom to serve others humbly.
2339. Hamburgers. Hot dogs. Cheese. Cookie dough ice cream. Chips and salsa. Guacamole.
2340. Home safely in 12 1/2 hours.
2341. 17 From now on let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. (Galatians 6:17 ESV) do I bear your marks Lord?
2342. Watching Gretchen laugh hard in front of her two-year-old nephew and watching him laugh back made me laugh also. Laughter is contagious.
2343. What did the janitor say when he came out of the closet? Supplies! This made me chuckle.
2344. 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:13-14 ESV) thank you Lord!
2345. Salted brownies. Salted. Sweet. Just right.
2346. Fitbit walking challenges
2347. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. (Ephesians 2:17 ESV) Let your peace be near us today Lord. For Galen. For me. For the hospital. For the managers. For the patients. For the surgeons.
2348. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:13 ESV)
2349. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:4-10 ESV)
2350. 6 The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, 7 keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.” (Exodus 34:6-7 ESV) love how you spoke these things out loud God.
2351. For all the strong independent women in my life who are brace and adventurous and fun!
2352. 8 mile hike! Farthest one yet.
2353. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:4 ESV) yes!
2354. Organizing car camping supplies.
2355. Even when I think people dislike me I know Jesus loves me and I can still pray blessings over those people.
2356. 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ (Matthew 7:21-23 ESV) I love how you follow up a conversation I have with Galen with the exact scripture I quoted! Confirming you were with us in those moment! You bless me so very much God! Thank you!
2357. 2 hours on Skype with Galen learning how to communicate better with each other. Learning how to be okay with where we are in life right now. Learning how. Learning. Changing. Being okay. Unconditional.
2358. One more 8 mile hike done for the week!