Kitty issued a challenge several weeks ago to scrap our walk with the Lord, right where we are , today. I was glad she included me as I really felt this was something I needed to do.
I much prefer to scrap, talk about, and even journal the happy things. I don't like to acknowledge when I'm sad, hurt or struggling with an issue.
Really, who does?
I believe that it is quite simple to have a strong faith when all is good, when all is right with the world. Who can't be a happy, joyful person on days like that.
But I have learned who I really am is revealed while I'm hurting, while I'm walking through the shadow of death.
I strive to be real.
But I also want to have balance.
I don't want to be a negative person, but i want to be a realist.
I want to have a joyful spirit deep within, not just slap a smile on & pretend life is great.
I want to acknowledge & face my problems or challenges not just blissfully act as if they don't exist.
I tried to keep this layout simple to show that's where I am these days- trying to simplify.
Simplify my life, my expectations & to have a childlike faith.
I used one of my favorite images of Caroline walking at the beach to represent how we walk through beautiful surroundings each day. This walk may not always be along the shore ( which i would prefer) but is right where the Lord placed me,today.
I used the brass key & key tag from heather's shop as a symbol of the key to my walk.
I copied my old hymnal page of jesus loves me.
I also decided to sort of "hide" my journaling in the envelope.
I wanted the focus to be the hymm & the simple elements
not the focus be the "me" in my journaling.
I have included what I wrote, maybe too much info for some.
But I also know how much we can encourage one another when we feel like someone has been right where we are, struggling with an issue, a simply walking one step at a time.
If you have had a day where you felt scared or confused,
This I know...
This past year has been very challenging for me.
I have dealt with some private medical issues that have left me fearful & anxious.
Fear is what can take over my emotions
It can leave me distracted
It can make me feel overwhelmed
Having lost Gregg to cancer 11 years ago, I am well aware that life is fragile~that we never know what tomorrow holds.Since that time, I have tried to never take the “everyday-ness” of a simple day for granted.
Many nights when I have felt afraid, when I have felt my heart start to race I have tried to quote scripture.
Maybe it’s my immaturity
Maybe it’s my simple faith
But each time, I simply sing the words in my heart“Jesus loves me –this I know”
I sing it over & over
I repeat the promises
The promise that the bible does tell me so…
the bible is full of promises that He is with me
He is in control
He knows my heart
Little ones to Him belong
They are weak but He is strong
Yes I am a child of God
I am weak but through my weakness
through my fear
His glory is revealed
Through this weakness His strength will get me through
Jesus loves me
despite my fears-
despite my anxious spirit
This I know….