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Shining Moments

The cold February winds blow against my window

causing it to rattle

and shake.

Daffodils are growing taller by the minute

but it’s still a long way till Spring.

Tiny buds on the trees;

new growth on my rose bush

but another dusting of snow last night.

Life pulls us in seemingly opposite directions.

Indications of growth and moving forward

but then sudden setbacks.

seeming to mock any progress.

Growth is more often than not

three steps forward

two steps back.

All too often when we find ourselves going backwards

we panic and beat up on ourselves

with ‘shoulds’ and ‘coulds’.

Discouragement seeps in.

But like one season transitioning to another

a step backwards is not final.

No, it’s only one more opportunity to start pushing forward again.

Our vision is important.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18

God has a vision of drawing all to Himself.

Constantly working,

in ways we often cannot see,

He transforms the wounded soul

into a man and woman of faith.

Emptied of self and filled with His Spirit.

Keep your eyes on Jesus

the Author and Finisher of your faith,

rather than on your little progress or lack of it.

Instead of constantly taking your own spiritual temperature

allow Him to do in you what He has promised.

Step into the flow of His Spirit

Feed on His Word

and you will discover a peace that passes all understanding.

Letting go of what lies behind

and pressing forward.

Grow little daffodils grow.

Your time will come.

Never fear those harsh cold winds.

They are coming to pass.

And so are yours.

 

Shining Moments

Her feet were so tiny when I first met her more than nine years ago in Kostroma, Russia.

And as I slipped them into those pink little shoes that had I purchased in Kiev

    more than a year before

    I marveled at the perfect fit.

God knew that they were her shoes

    way before I did.

He always knows.

Now, today her feet have grown.

Yes, I can hardly keep up with Jenny’s growing body.

Almost up to my nose

   and wearing some of my clothes these days.

This past week

   the rubber on her shoes began to split.

“I’ll need a new pair soon.”

She showed me her shoes.

Immediately I remembered an old pair of mine that still had some life in them.

“Try on those shoes of mine in the closet,” I said.

Maybe. Just maybe.

 She quickly went to find them

   and came back with them on her feet

   and the biggest smile on her face.

“They fit fine, Mom. Look.”

You would have thought she’d won the lottery.

So much happiness shining.

My shoes? Already, this little pumpkin that started out weighing 1 ½ pounds

   is now wearing my shoes.

Can it be?

Then it hit me.

She’s walking in my shoes.

I am her example in more ways than one.

What a huge responsibility to parent.

What a holy calling.

Only with His Grace and Truth can I possibly be the example that she needs.

Father, help me to follow close to you.

   To lead my daughters to walk in love and obedience to your Word.

    To live humbly

         eager to serve

         looking to please You in everything I do.

Yes, they’re both walking in my shoes these days.

Hard to believe

   but constantly giving me reminders to follow closely in His Steps.

 

 

 

 

 

Shining Moments

So how do you keep growing in a world of distractions and endless tasks?

If you can only do one thing

     keep reading.

Growing up I was surrounded by books.

   The shelves were high but not too high for my eyes to wander

       and discover another gem that interested me.

Yes, as a young girl I found my greatest pleasure in curling up with

     a good book.

And I’ll never forget that birthday when I was 12.

My older brother and I were each given $10 to spend on books.

How excited I was that day

   When we were taken to that well-known bookstore

         and left to spend our birthday money.

While my brother was drawn to the paperbacks

       and loaded up with a mile high pile of great finds

I found my way to the classics. Those books written many years ago

    with beautiful illustrations.

From the moment I saw “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett

   I was ecstatic. A  shining moment to be sure.

We each walked out of that store that day satisfied and pleased with our purchases.

Today many years later that book still has a special place on my shelf and in my heart.

Books like friends continue to lift you to other worlds

     And books like friends patiently teach.

When you long to grow into a greater sense of peace and purpose

   read, read and read some more.

Along with articles and blogs on the internet

I have found certain books keep reminding me of what is most important in life.

In addition to reading my Bible I will mention just three of my favorites

 

  • My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
  • Come Away My Beloved by Frances J. Roberts
  • Devotional Classics edited by Richard J Foster and James Bryan Smith

 

Summer often lends itself to more time for reading.

Read to discover more about a lifestyle of peace and purpose,

Read to grow deeper.

Yes, above all read.

 

So now, I have shared some of my favorites.

What about you?

What books are you reading this summer?