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!

Thankful _ March5 _ March11

So much thankful this week. New specialty. Temperatures rising. Snake sighting. Road trip planning. 

2296. 12 It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice. 13 Who appointed him over the earth? Who put him in charge of the whole world? 14 If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirit and breath, 15 all humanity would perish together and mankind would return to the dust. (‭Job‬ ‭34‬:‭12-15‬ NIV) O Lord! Thank you for your breath of life that lets us live.
2297. When I find things in my car that were left behind by passengers. A phone. A wallet. Keys. And then being able to return them to their rightful owners.
2298. I found a church home after all these years of not feeling home.

2299. 10 Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” (The seven lamps represent the eyes of the LORD that search all around the world.) (‭Zechariah‬ ‭4‬:‭10‬ NLT) how amazing you are God! To encourage me through devotional immediately after praying about these very small seeds that we are planting!
2300. Learning how to do retina surgery.
2301. That the exhaust pipe was just bent out of shape when the car came down on the rock. An inexpensive repair.

2302. 15 But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction. (‭Job‬ ‭36‬:‭15‬ NIV) oh God, that I would always hear your voice in every situation, every trial, every affliction.
2303. Having a job to go to consistently.
2304. Coffee. Coffee maker. Chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.

2305. 1 I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. 2 I will glory in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. 3 Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together. 4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. 5 Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. 6 This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. 8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. 9 Fear the LORD, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing. 10 The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. 11 Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD. 12 Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, 13 keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. 14 Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. 15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry; 16 but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to blot out their name from the earth. 17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. 18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. 19 The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all; 20 he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken. 21 Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned. 22 The LORD will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned. (‭Psalm‬ ‭34‬:‭1-22‬ NIV) amen.
2306. Singing and praising God loudly.
2307. When all the noise of the city, the traffic, electricity, the sprinklers, stop at once and then the silence makes you realize just how loud the world has become.

2308. 6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. (‭Revelation‬ ‭21‬:‭6‬ NIV) yes please!
2309. For this new western life that I am carving out with the Lord ‘s help.
2310. Excited to be Road tripping to Texas in less than one week!

2311. 1 “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. 2 Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. 3 Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David. 4 See, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a ruler and commander of the peoples. 5 Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations you do not know will come running to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor.” 6 Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. 7 Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. 8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭55‬:‭1-11‬ NIV) yes Lord!
2312. In Christ I have a high priest and a mediator. In Christ I am free from the power of sin. In Christ I have Eternal life.
2313. Really appreciate my new manager. Her hard work. Her willingness to stand behind the people under her. So thankful for her.

2314. 8 I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. (‭Psalm‬ ‭16‬:‭8‬ NIV) thank you for always being at my right hand!
2315. Reading the Word of God, how to manage finances, and Galen’s newsletters from the Middle East.
2316. Perfect end to the week. Super fun hike on a new trail with a giant balanced rock and a rattlesnake encounter! Western Diamondback! 🐍 He even rattled for my pleasure! The Lord’s creation is so beautiful!

Happy Sunday!

Thankful _ February26 _ March4

A full week of work after 3 months. Signs of spring in the wilderness. Fun weekend adventures. I am so very thankful!

2275. 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. (‭James‬ ‭1‬:‭22-25‬ NIV) O Lord. Help me to always do your Word.
2276. A night in the wilderness. Interrupted by 20 gunshots, mysterious breathing in the brush, shouts of joy from a ridge line, shivering in my sleeping bag. On to morning and coffee ☕️.
2277. Returning to a regular prayer practice.

2278. 14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have insight, I have power. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭8‬:‭14‬ NIV) Lord, thank you for counsel and sound judgment and insight and power through your Holy Spirit. Thank you that as your children we each have these things.
2279. It’s been 3 months since I broke my ankle. It still looks ugly on the outside and feels a bit ugly on the inside but, it’s beautiful how the Lord carried me through the whole thing and continues to carry me and how I am accepting the change in my body, mind, heart, and soul. 😊
2280. Sharing my story with a CRNA about how the Lord transformed my ugly, messy life in the wilderness into a beautiful life of redemption.

2281. 58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15‬:‭58‬ NIV) O Lord. Let me be sure of giving myself fully to your work. Wherever it takes me. Whatever is required. I am yours Lord.
2282. 1988. I visited Phoenix. I dreamed of living here. You made it happen Lord. 2015. 27 years later. The dream became a reality. I trust your future.
2283. I have survived abuse, reckless living, drunkenness. The gift of surviving so many things helps me trust in your future plans for my life Lord.

2284. 13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 14 Do everything in love. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭16‬:‭13-14‬ NIV) help me Lord to do these things.
2285. Coming home and being greeted by Abby and Suzie everyday.
2286. Being scheduled to work everyday this week. Everyday for the first time in 3 months.

2287. 14 The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. (‭Psalm‬ ‭25‬:‭14‬ NIV) 0 please confide in me Lord.
2288. All the green things. Cactus 🌵. Palo Verde trees 🌲. Grass. Veggies.
2289. Being able to see the time clock at home on my computer.

2290. 14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (‭Exodus‬ ‭14‬:‭14‬ NIV)
2291. Even when I don’t get offered every job I apply for and it bugs me anyway. But why???
2292. 37 years.

2293. God may actually speak in the language of pain, forestalling arrogance and independence (Job 33:19-28) Yes Lord. I know this must be true because of my own fierce independence. I’m so thankful for the broken ankle that stopped me from making a hasty decision about a job. That caused me to turn back to you. To depend on you again instead of myself. Thank you Lord!
2294. Because my dad died, I have a loving relationship with my mom. I don’t know if that would have happened otherwise?
2295. Fun Saturday skyping with Galen, hiking with a sweet friend and Ubering my way home.

Happy Sunday!