Precious Thoughts…Precious People!

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     Several precious people in my life have birthdays in March. Our youngest granddaughter, Emalynn Grace, was born March 22, 2011, my mom’s 85th birthday. Both Emmi and Grandma Kathy enjoy sharing their special day!

     Ron’s mom, Loretta, born March 26th, passed away several years ago. I’m certain it would be difficult to find a finer mother-in-law.

     Today, I’d like to honor these special ladies. Each holds an important place in my heart.

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(Grandpa Ron had a lot of fun experimenting with a new photo technique, imposing a photo of 5-year-old Emmi onto the dramatic picture of this crescent moon, which graced a dark, starless, summer night sky.)

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     In closing, I’d like to bless you with a blessing from Psalm 115:14 & 15, which I read during my devotional time the morning of my mom’s and youngest granddaughter’s birthdays:

     May the LORD give you increase, you and your children! May you be blessed by the LORD, who made heaven and earth!

     Blessings on the journeys of you and your loved ones…

Sue Reeve

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2017: Sue Reeve’s One-Year ‘Soul Care’ Discovery Journey…

Discovery #4[1]

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‘Soul Care’ Discovery:

     The desires of my heart as revealed in my hopes and dreams may be my soul’s way of nudging me to take the first step into a God-sized adventure.

I will care for my soul by:

  • listening to and trusting my hopes and dreams.
  • praying Psalm 25:4 often—“Show me your ways; teach me your paths.”
  • determining the next action steps I need to take.
  • remembering God has always been faithful to lead me in right paths.

I will seek to avoid:

  • assuming I know God’s best plan without praying before taking action.
  • permitting voices from past disappointments or failures to keep me from moving forward.
  • ‘what-iffing,’ ‘yes-butting, ‘should-ing,’ and ‘put-offing.’

‘Soul Care’ Practice:

     Lately, I’ve been thinking about what steps I need to take in order to accomplish a longtime dream. I guess that’s why Christine Caine’s recent message resonated deeply.

     For quite a while I’ve been receiving Christine’s inspirational e-mail, First Things First. I recently finished reading her book, Unashamed. The life and ministry of this dynamic woman are both amazing and inspiring.

     Christine prefaced her message with a Scripture verse that’s been a guiding light to me since becoming very real during one of the darkest segments of my life journey.

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (James 1:5).

     Next, Christine asked her readers to consider five excellent questions—questions I’m pondering:

“1. Have you been where you are long enough?…

2. Is it time to break out of where you are and run to where you are going?…

3. Is it time to advance?…

4. Is it time to forget the past …?…

5. Does it seem impossible?…

     I encourage you to read Christine Caine’s entire article, and if you’d like a good dose of daily encouragement and challenge, subscribe to receive her posts.[2]

     Today, I conclude by asking you some additional questions I’ve also been asking myself lately:

  • What is the ‘next step’ you need to take?
  • Is what’s keeping you from taking that step the voice of the Lord saying, “It’s not quite time.”
  • Or, is it my fear or insecurity speaking?

Blessings on the adventures awaiting us…

Sue Reeve

P.S. The footprints in the photo are mine etched in the sands of Hanalei Beach in Kauai, Hawaii. (Loved that beach!!)

 

  1. In case you’d like to review previous discoveries: See Archived Posts: Soul Care Discovery #1 – February 6, 2017Soul Care Discovery #2 – February 27, 2017Soul Care Discovery #3 – March 6, 2017
  2. christinecaine.com – March 1, 2017 is the e-mail post referenced.

Wintertime – Necessary for Nature and the Soul

Blessed is the one…

    whose delight is in the law of the Lord…
 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season…
Psalm 1:1-3 (NIV)

     I appreciate living in a region with four distinct seasons. Of all four seasons, winter is my least favorite. (Except for Christmas…I do love Christmas!)

     I don’t like the cold temperatures. I dislike driving in snowy, icy conditions. I disdain the short daylight hours.

     When I read Mark Buchanan’s book, Spiritual Rhythm, his thesis made perfect sense. Buchanan’s book developed from the realization various cycles we travel through in our lives have much in common with the earth’s cycle of seasons.

     In Spiritual Rhythm, the season Buchanan addresses first is winter, describing his own bleak winter season while dealing with a faith-shattering personal experience.

“The death of my friend and colleague…plunged me into winter deep and long…There was nothing else but to enter it, and dwell in it, and learn from it. And, maybe, just maybe, to grow from it.”[1]

     Bare-branched trees, brown-withered bushes and pitiful perennials seem also to dislike winter. It looks like nothing is going on in the life of a naked, leafless tree or pathetic-looking plant during wintertime, but, in fact, a great deal of vital activity occurs during this season. The work being done happens on the invisible interior, in preparation for lovely manifestations to appear on the exterior.

     Even like I don’t relish the calendar’s winter season, neither do I enjoy a spiritual winter. I delight in feeling the warmth of God’s love. I enjoy realizing work I’m doing is valued and makes a difference. I’m energized whenever I hear the ‘still small voice’ of the Spirit speak into my human spirit.

     But, I’ve come to realize even as winter is necessary for the maturity and vitality of trees and bushes, it is pivotal for my soul’s growth.

     In a spiritual wintertime, my soul has felt cold, empty—even useless. I’ve had moments when I’ve wondered where God is, if God cares. But, when winter has ended, and I engage in some retrospective reflection, I know assuredly God was working at a place deep within my soul. Even though I wouldn’t be inclined to invite another winter, I appreciate the life changing work that took place in the recesses of my heart—a place only the Spirit has the ability to reach. Plus, there’s a certain satisfaction knowing I endured!

     During the long Coeur d’Alene winter of 2016/2017, I found comfort in some of my husband’s lovely winter photographs. Here are a few more I’d like to share with you today.

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Yes, my friends, spring is coming! Blessings on your journey from winter into spring…

Sue Reeve

  1. Spiritual Rhythm, Mark Buchanan, Chapter 1, Winter