Thankful _ March19 _ March25

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!

Happy Sunday!

Thankful _ March12 _ March18

Such a great week! Road trip to Texas to spend time with one of my favorite families. We met in east Texas and served together with Mercy Ships. My heart is happy and I am so very thankful!

2317. 9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. 11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? 12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. (‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭4‬:‭9-12‬ NIV) Thanks for the reminder.
2318. So many friends to hold me up in prayer.
2319. Even though sometimes I have no idea what to do.

2320. 15 So I will very gladly spend for you everything I have and expend myself as well. If I love you more, will you love me less? (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12‬:‭15‬ NIV) a very good question indeed.
2321. Round things. Pills that control my BP. Red clown 🤡 nose. Copper table fan.
2322. Today was a very good day. And I overheard a surgeon saying nice things about me.

2323. 11 Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭13‬:‭11‬ NIV) 00 that we would strive for full restoration, encourage others, and live in peace Lord.
2324. Gifts of silence. Focused thinking. Owls 🦉 hooting. Morning birds 🐦 singing. Roosters 🐔 crowing. Silence for the sake of silence.
2325. Out of work early. Road trip!

2326. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭10‬:‭23‬ NIV)
2327. Arriving in Abilene in a timely manner.
2328. Reunion with a beloved ship 🚢 family and hanging out in their new lake home.

2329. 28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭40‬:‭28-31‬ NIV)
2330. Learning Texas things. Northers are like no’easters. FM means farm to market used in place of RD in a road sign. I like Texas.
2331. Like Arizona, Texas has many terrains. And historic landmarks. And accents.

2332. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5‬:‭16-18‬ NIV)
2333. Rejoice always. Didn’t realize this was one verse until today for some reason?
2334. Discovering my awesome Texas 🚢 friends love hiking and the wilderness as much as I do and dreaming with them about long distance hikes and ultra running (me being on her support team).

2335. 30 As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. (‭Psalm‬ ‭18‬:‭30‬ NIV)
2336. Red dirt in Caprock Canyon State Park. Wild turkeys 🦃. Buffalo. Coyotes. Tumbleweeds.
2337. Hiking in Texas with ship 🚢 friends.

Happy Sunday!