My hips remind me when I don’t get a walk in.
That hour between 4p and 5p is the slow close of the curtain, a perfect time to walk.
A glimpse of Heaven’s pathway met me as I rounded the first corner:
A not-so-subtle reminder of our ever-present hope. Hope of eternity and the hope we are called to, the He who lives inside of us:
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life (Proverbs 13:12).
As I walked, I talked with Jesus … listened … and did a second glance when I came upon this:
It made me think of how old hurts can come up at the holidays, unfinished business so to speak. Do not give the devil a stronghold by entertaining fear, worry and doubt.
Remember this photo. Toss out whatever is not helping you be who He made you to be. Stand firm, brothers and sisters, because His truth says you are His handiwork created with His purpose and His blessing and His power (Ephesians 2:1-10).
As I continued my walk, I stopped here. This tree is one of my favorites:
I have very personal relationship with trees in my neighborhood.
Maybe weird, only God.
She is a giant holly tree with the fullness of Christ.
Towering, she offers herself as a sacrifice. Many small birds can hide from hawks behind her thick leaves. There are those who want to clip her beauty for Christmas décor:
How can we offer ourselves as a sacrifice this holiday season? (2 Corinthians 2:14-15).
The night was on my heels. Because God is never done giving, I saw the pinkening of His coming sunset:
In His peace, I found my way home.
Peace with the blessed assurance I am a changed woman because of Christ.
I no longer will let the sun go down while I am angry because I am hardly ever angry.
I no longer will drink myself to sleep with wine and say things I don’t remember because I obeyed God when He told me to stop drinking.
I no longer will be chained to suffering I couldn’t name because I am free.
What does His peace mean to you? Do you anticipate keeping His peace through the holidays?
Welcome all new readers and thank you to the ones who have been here with me! It is a blessing to know the words He gives me are shared. My prayer is His truth and the testimony of His power will draw you ever closer to Jesus.
A Thanksgiving poem is up on the poetry blog: https://faithhopeandpoetry.blog
Holiday vlogs and encouragement for your faith: https://Facebook.com/jdibble4Him
Have a beauty-full Wednesday.
In Christ Alone,