New Year – New Word

Happy New Year! I’m super excited for 2019. First of all, I love odd numbers. Since this is an odd year, I’m hoping it’ll be a good one. Secondly, I’m going to take up the one word ‘challenge’ again. I barely wrote about my word in 2017, I wasn’t in the mood to write. I didn’t even pick a word for 2018, again, I wasn’t in the mood to write. But hitting the end of 2018 has me feeling like I’m in the mood to write again, so why not choose a word, a theme on which to center the blog?

What word have I chosen? I’m so glad you asked. This year, I’m choosing the word UNCONDITIONAL. Why? I’ve been struggling to live and let live, to accept life as it is, to let go of expectations of myself and others. Because of this struggle, I’ve been allowing self-pity to rear its ugly head. I’m not okay with this. I’m not okay with this because it shows a lack of faith that I haven’t experienced in some time. I’m choosing this word because I sense the Lord leading me to take this journey with him. God is all about sanctification, molding, shaping, changing me into the person he had in mind from the beginning. And I say yes! Here I am!

So yeah, UNCONDITIONAL. It’s my word for 2019.

What about you? Have you chosen a word for the year? Leave me a comment. 🙂

~ m

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The Faith Of A Backpacker

When I dreamed about moving to Arizona 30 years ago, I never imagined how much I would love it here. Never could have dreamed how much better it was.

Soon after arriving, I rediscovered hiking. Fun hiking. Up and down over mountains hiking. Then I discovered backpacking. The first trip was an epic disaster, or at least it felt like it to my catastrophizing mind. I’m so thankful for the friend who told me not to give up on backpacking yet. She encouraged me to update my gear and try again. Boy am I glad I took her advice!

6 backpacking trips later, I am loving it more and more! Backpacking has increased my faith so much. Of the last 6 trips, I’ve gone out alone 5 times. Why? I like going out alone. I see the Lord work so clearly when I go out alone. He’s a good good Father. He answers my prayers specifically each time. For a water source. For a campsite. For animal sitings. For people to show up when I need a little help over an obstacle. His creation is magnificent and I do believe proclaims the glory of the Lord!

So yeah. Backpacking. Give it a try. You may just fall in love with the Lord even more. I know I have!

Happy Sunday! 😁

Mustard Seed Faith 

I got a text from my sister on Monday. A beloved Aunt has been battling pneumonia since July and has been getting progressively worse. This latest text confirmed that there’s nothing more to do. She signed a DNR (do not resuscitate) order and is ready to be done.

But wait God! I’m in Arizona and she’s in Pennsylvania and I need to speak to her! The last time we spoke she wasn’t sure you were real! Will you let me know if she knows? 

I texted my sister back and asked if my Aunt was awake would she call me so I could speak to her. Two minutes later, my phone rang.

Can I just tell you, I was a sobbing mess. Crushed by the thought of my beloved Aunt not knowing Jesus! So thankful for one last chance to press her to see and believe!

As I sobbed, I told her I was sorry that I wasn’t there. And then I pressed. Please tell me you met Jesus! Please tell me you believe and you know he is your Savior! 

And she replied, I’m okay. I’m okay. Jesus came to see me this morning. I’m pretty sure it was him. I believe he will be my Savior. 

When I got off the phone, I prayed, Lord! Let it be!

Our Father is so loving, merciful, and kind! He answered my prayer so quickly! But it took a few days for the absolute wonder of it all to really sink in.

As I was out walking early this morning, sharing this joyful news with G, it really hit me. God is so faithful! In the words of Jesus:

“I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible. ”‭‭Matthew‬ ‭17:20‬ ‭NLT‬‬

The crushing sadness I felt on Monday has turned into confident hope today so that I am in full agreement with Paul when he says:

“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? ”                    ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:55‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Praise God with me! I’m Sharing over at my friend Lyli’s blog today.

Happy Friday!