Thoughtful Tuesday..

Thankful for my NOW

“This instant—this one now—is always your life’s beginning, a fresh chance to start living your destiny.” ~Unknown~

This quote popped up in my memories so I decided to pair it with this photograph I took the other day while on my Soul Stroll. The Now of this leaf’s life was to share its autumnal color and beauty with me. It’s nearing its end, yet is this the leaf’s final destiny?! Nope, for through decomposition, it will continue to live on, giving its nutrients to the soil.

Which got me remembering how I’ve tried living and reliving the past, and then having to ask myself, how’s that working for you Linda? 🤷🏻‍♀️ and of course I’ve tried living for the future, waiting for that something better to come along, all the while life was passing me by…….

So, I choose to live my life Now, to embrace it and appreciate the moment. The ups, the downs, the curves and detours, because I know God has it mapped out, and with Faith, I follow 👣knowing exactly where my final destiny will be ✝️

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5)

Remembering Him ❤️

He’s always in my heart ❤️

This is the first year since Jim’s death that I’m not on Chincoteague. I miss him. I miss ‘our beach’. But I trust God as He leads me in the direction He would have me to go…..

It’s the anniversary of Jim’s death, his deathiversary has arrived for the sixth time. There’s no outrunning it. There’s nowhere to hide from it. My favorite season transports me back to that day six years ago that I learned what it was to grieve, really grieve.

So much has happened in these six years, yet some days it feels like Jim died yesterday. It’s hard to believe that my life could go on without him, but somehow it has. Without him I had no idea how to exist. But bit by bit, I’m coming to a place where I’m realigning and I’m moving forward. I’m throwing away all preconceived ideas of what I thought my life should be looking like six years later.

Instead, I’m trusting that God has each day of my life perfectly planned out for me till the day that I depart from this life.Today, I’m turning my grief to blessings by remembering that God is guiding my steps.

“The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (ESV)

Father, Thank You that there is healing in Your presence. Fill me fresh with Your Spirit and renew my heart and mind in Your truth. I release my sorrow to You, and I ask You to fill every void in my heart with Your peace and love.Thank You for my Jim’s life on this earth and the time I had with him. I know I will see him again in Your timing. I choose to give You honor and praise always. Thank You Father for healing my heart. In Jesus’s name I pray, Amen

Look Up

Psalm 19:1 – “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.”

God paints the sky different for us every single day. And at dawn and dusk He bombards us with beautiful expressions of pinks, oranges, yellows and reds that are absolutely stunning! Take time to be enchanted in the sky. God takes the time to paint it for us because He loves us! ~Derek Hill~

30 Days Of Gratitude…Day 20…In All My Brokenness

“Can I really stand here unashamed
Knowin’ that Your love for me won’t change?
Oh God, if that’s really true
Then let the truth be told” (truth be told lyrics)

We are all broken. Dictionary defines ‘broken’ this way: fragmented, torn, damaged, ruined, weakened in strength,spirit……and to deny that, well, we’d only be lying to ourselves, wouldn’t we? Yet, while we may be lying to ourselves and everyone else, we can’t lie and hide from God. But, and I insert a HUGE BUT here! There’s good news, really good news. God. Still. Loves. Us!

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.”

As I continue my Christian journey, I feel God quietly calling to me. In order for me to break free from the chains in my life and the lies I tell myself, I know I need to draw closer to Him. And, as I spend more and more time with Him, the clearer it becomes that God loves me in all my brokenness.

Jesus came to save the lost and broken. I admit my weaknesses, my brokenness, and accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior. He saved me!