A Trillion Thanks

I just spent the last 4 days backpacking on the Appalachian Trail in the North Carolina wilderness. I had the best time! It was challenging and invigorating. I am so very thankful that I had the chance to do something that I love so much! But you know what the best part about it is? God knew. God knew because he formed me in my mother’s womb. He knew me before I was even born. He created me this way.

“Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalms 139:16 ESV

This is incredible to me Lord. You’ve written the story of my life, like a novel. You know the beginning and you know the end. I imagine you sitting on your throne with Jesus at your right hand, the Holy Spirit in your midst, saying, “Oh! This next part coming is going to be so good! Michelle is going to finally cry out to me for salvation! Won’t the angels rejoice!? I knew this day was coming!”

Ever since that day of salvation, my life went from black and white, ho hum, to brilliant technicolor adventure! Like BOOM 💥! Instant joy!

May the people who read this blog find you the way I have. May they find the BOOM 💥 the way I have! Let this be their day of salvation! Thank you Lord! A trillion thanks! I love you!

Happy Wednesday!

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!


It’s been a top notch week at Michelle’s house! FaceTiming with Galen! Having my very first off road hike since I broke my ankle! Oh what joy! 2.25 miles of walking on dirt, gravel, and sand! I am so very thankful!!!

2191. 5 Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,” we can boldly quote, God is there, ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me? (‭Hebrews‬ ‭13‬:‭5-6‬ MSG) Dear God, thank you for the gift of my favorite sister! Lover her so much!
2192. Love the melancholy song “Always Gold” by Radical Face. It’s so honest and beautifully heart wrenching.
2193. “Later, Jesus talked to the people again, saying, “I am the light of the world. The person who follows me will never live in darkness but will have the light that gives life.”” John‬ ‭8:12‬ ‭NCV‬‬

2194. 20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭13‬:‭20‬ ESV) O Lord, let me walk with wise people. And let me be wise for others to walk with me. I love you Jesus!
2195. Uber as a back up fun part time job and Robert stepping up.
2196. Learning new ways to lace old sneakers so they fit even better.

2197. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭11‬ ESV) O Lord. I want this to be a true statement I can speak out loud. I’m not there yet. But I am believing I will be. Love you Jesus!
2198. The discount price on paper recorded by jiffy lube.
2199. For the hard work and dedication of my new manager and the staffing folks to find me work.

2200. 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” (‭Luke‬ ‭12‬:‭15‬ NIV) O Lord, how I continue to need you to remind me that I am more than my job or bills or possessions. Help me learn to be content. Please. Don’t let me forget how you always make a way for me to get by.
2201. Red hot air balloon flying over Phoenix.
2202. Res lights. On cars 🚗. On the street. They serve as a warning to stop.

2203. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. (‭James‬ ‭4‬:‭3‬ NIV) oh dear God, help me to always ask with the right motivation. Because you are the greatest possession I have. I love you so much Jesus!
2204. Meeting Clarissa. A bone marrow recipient who is getting better!
2205. Realizing that being cancelled for work allowed me to make money driving so I would have enough to pay my bills this week.

2206. 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, (‭Colossians‬ ‭3‬:‭23‬ NIV) O Lord. Thank you for the joy of working for you to serve others!
2207. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure if keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable. — CS Lewis Thank you Lord for breaking my hard ❤️.
2208. “Slow was I, Lord, too slow in loving you. To you, earliest and latest beauty, I was slow in love. You were waiting within me while I went outside me, looking for you there, misshaping myself as I flung myself upon the shapely things you made. You were with me all the while I was not with you, kept from you by things that could not be except by being in you. You were calling to me, shouting, drumming on deaf ears. You thundered and lightninged, piercing my blindness.” — St Augustine

2209. 17 As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭27‬:‭17‬ NIV) O Lord. Thank you for FaceTime! Your inventions are so marvelous. They allow us to communicate with each other no matter where we are on the planet 🌎 Thank you for allowing me to have a conversation with galen. I’m so happy he is doing well. Please speak very clearly to him regarding his next steps where he is. It seems you have already given him his marching orders. I praise you for your voice. If this is truly your voice speaking to him, then may every door open, may every response be yes, may all things be provided. I do believe as he believes that this calling is truly from you. The Holy Spirit in me is agreeing with the Holy Spirit in Galen. I’m so excited for the years to come Lord. Protect Galen from the schemes of the enemy. Surround him with leaders who speak wisdom and encouragement to him. Make the path clear and straight. So excited for all you are doing. Love you so much Jesus!
2210. Swelling in my broken ankle continues to decrease.
2211. Taking my first official hike since I broke my ankle!!!

Happy Sunday!!!