A FEW INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHTS;
God loves each of us as if there were only one of us. ~ Augustine
God is love. He didn’t need us. But he wanted us. And that is the most amazing thing. ~ Rick Warren
God is love. Therefore love. Without distinction, without calculation, without procrastination, love. ~ Henry Drummond
Saving us is the greatest and most concrete demonstration of God’s love, the definitive display of His grace throughout time and eternity. ~ David Jeremiah
God’s unfailing love for us is an objective fact affirmed over and over in the Scriptures. It is true whether we believe it or not. Our doubts do not destroy God’s love, nor does our faith create it. Gods unfailing love originates in the very nature of God, who is love, and it flows to us through our union with His beloved Son, JESUS CHRIST ~ Jerry Bridges
GOD’S love and the love He gives us to love others with as well as ourselves is patient, kind; does not envy or boast; is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears, believes, hopes and endures ALL THINGS! Love never ends. God is love ! 1st Corinthians 13
I love how Gods grace , (His unmerited Favor ,) is His bestowal to us, birthing from His pure and genuine mercy… It is only because of His great love towards us that His divine favor and grace are extended to us 24/7. WOW! That blows me away!
In reading the passage in Zephaniah 3:17, I am always taken aback at just how authentic and irrefutable as well as reassuring the love of God is for us, His kids.
“The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”
I never knew before that the Lord sang over us, rejoicing in His heart. Can you even imagine, the almighty God singing over us as His heart delights in us? Its almost an inconceivable thought. But IT IS TRUE, (no matter if its a good day or bad in our eyes or if our hearts can believe it or not.) It is Gods word in which He places above His name.
The very love of God’s heart for us has given us the precious honor to be called His children…and so, WE ARE. Not just His kids for a day or week, BUT forever His and He is forever our Abba daddy. The greatest way God had to show us His deep love for us was to sacrifice His only son, Jesus, His son that was with him from the beginning of all time. They had never parted, EVER! But in His love for us, He sent Him from His side, to save us and bring intimacy between Himself and His chosen kids. I still struggle with being able to truly lay hold upon that great of a love. I am convinced, it will take a life time to even begin to understand and then, in spending eternity with the Godhead, we will know His love in ways we will never know on earth.
This especial, “customized by God,” year for Kit and I was one of those extended periods of time that we felt tremendously blessed by God’s favor, love and sensational grace. It was during this time that He reassured our faith, not just in the many reminders He brought to us of His words and the abundance of miraculous works He had accomplished within our lives thus far, but with all He was doing in the present time. Kit and I felt like He had given us a brand new armor to put on. We were excited and amenable, ready to stand strong in all He had promised us, even though we began to see some of our cherished friends and family, (who had stood beside us since day one,) begin to doubt our faith and path as they had grown weary. It was one of those seasons where we both felt an overflowing of the Lords love in our marriage, home and lives, (enjoying every moment upon this mountain top God had placed us upon. ) AND… I know Grantham, (AKA Mr. intuitive and perceptive) did too. We all know that when we are at rest, filled with joy and the peace of the Lord is overflowing within our homes, our babies, (whether canine or human,) also reap Gods blessings as they to FEEL it within their souls. All I can tell you is that Grahammy sure did a lot of “tail wagging” this year.
Ever since I can remember, the phrase “Love eyes,” has been a part of my daily vocabulary. (And it’s rubbed off on Kit, so now its part of his as well.) I think for me, it sums up how God sees us and how He desires us to look upon others. I know this expression has a medley of portrayals of what comes to all of us when we hear the words, but I have two that come to my mind that I use most often. The first one, (and there is no order here,) is the love of Jesus that God has placed within our hearts for our spouses, (which totally surpasses our own capacity to love.)
Its so easy to tell on any given day or moment, which one we are operating in.
As Kits wife, I am in awe of his ability to see past the very things within myself that make me feel loved if they are all in action... a clean, inviting and romantic home, his favorite home cooked meals, bringing him his morning coffee, groceries in the fridge , staying on the budget he gave me and lastly, having my makeup and hair done, and dressing in something he thinks looks nice on me. Its all the moments that none of these things are actually in the “REALITY” stage , (yet, ,) that he will look at me and say how beautiful I am, how much he loves me and is so thankful to God that I am his wife. It is not just his words, but the look in his eyes and seeing his sincerity that boosts my self confidence and fills my love tank to FULL. Seeing His “love eyes“ changes me to the very core. I know he too feels and sees my “love eyes” when he is going through rough times, doesn’t feel as good about himself or when he falls short of the goals he makes, as he sees my actions or hears my words of love, encouragement and edification with no conditions attached. It is then he feels the gauge of his love tank instantaneously scoot over to FULL.! Unconditional love…that is Jesus’ love within us! We are so blessed to have been given a gift so rare , to not only choose to love others with but ourselves as well.
The second scenario is Jesus and his relationship with us. The only way He looks at us is through love… He doesn’t see our flaws, our infirmities and insecurities that have created the feelings within us of loneliness, being an outcast, or notice when we have a bad hair day or have gained 10 pounds. He is love and views us 24/7 with eyes full of love and adoration, knowing everything about us good and bad, and the great joy here is we will always be His beloved.
Jesus’ love for us is so great , accomplished and refined. In the bible, Paul actually uses four qualities of spacial extensions to try and describe the love of Jesus. He encourages us to learn and know the “breadth, length, height and depth,” of His love for us. I believe He is implying that the fullness of Jesus’ love is beyond depiction… the riches of His love towards us are unsearchable to the natural mind. The bible encourages us to be strengthened to even begin to comprehend the ungraspable proportion of His love. In the beginning, we try so hard to lay hold of it, but it is something we have never known or experienced before. The wondrous secret to coming into the knowledge of His love, (as much as we are able to contain it within our spiritual yet still human vessels,) is to continually keep growing in grace with Him, becoming more and more intimate as we walk in His spirit and truly get to know Him. It is then, our cognizance of His love changes us completely. Whether through arduous times or buoyant, the promise of Jesus is that He will bring us into a deeper awareness and knowledge of HIS LOVE for us and WHO HE IS.
During this “suspension of calm,” as we continued to live in our beautiful home within Delaware, nestled next to the alluring and charming, undomesticated woods and deer filled meadow, the Lord bestowed upon us a sundry of felicitous occasions of celebration and continued to bestow more of His favor and anointing upon our household. My favorite part of the year is when He took Kit and I on an elongated and cherished ‘journey down memory lane,’ closely walking by His side , exclusively unabridged the the entire time. (Meaning to say, Jesus had our FULL attention.) It was a multiplicity of cherished ventures with Jesus as we recollected and reveled in all the miraculous things He had done, spoken and revealed to us over the many years of our journey hitherto. He also brought us new instructions and promises through His Rhema word as well as through the prophetic. He brought us closer to our friends in Delaware, allowed me to still have “the best job ever,” blessed us with a new and eminently welcomed house-guest once a month, and gifted us with an abundance of heart felt comforts, blissful get-togethers coincided with a hushed and calming, REST!
There are so many arresting words , visions, dreams and time spent with the Lord to even begin to write about within this chapter, but I want to share just a few of our most cherished ones with you! These treasures from God not only were confirmations, but strengthening and affirmation within Kits and my faith!
Have you ever awakened after an extraordinary nights sleep to the brilliant rays of the sun, fluently radiating through your bedroom window, your body and spirit feeling unusually soothed, tranquil and at perfect peace? To top that off, you have a vivid memory of the dream you were awakened from. A dream where you remember every detail, emotion, color and spoken word.
This happened to us while staying at Mark and Tina’s during our 3 month respite at their home in Delaware. In this slumber-land bestowal there was a captivating message to us. IT TRULY WAS A GIFT FROM GOD. A heavenly tiding that He would surely bring interpretation to. This chimera was not only unique, but prolific and undoubtedly spiritual. My heart was beating in double mode, as I could hardl y contain my excitement and wonder. I wanted to begin seeking God immediately as to what it all meant. Though the dream was given to me, I know it was given to “us,” as Kit and I are one flesh in God’s sight and I just happened to be the one of “us” that God gave the dream to. (But it sure started kits engine running as he too, eagerly anticipated its full meaning!) The crowning touch upon this moment of time was that this wondrous dream occurred on Easter morning!
In this spiritual dream, having being given this gift, ‘ somewhat reminding me of a present day “Hallmark Card,” from the Lord Himself , created a moment in time where I actually felt as if I was in a utopia, euphoria or Nirvana! This beautiful card looked like a formal invitation, the message was written on only the front as this card did not open up. I remembered that in my dream Kit and I were there together in the Lords presence. We both felt His sweet countenance, His smile and divine favor towards the two of us as we were fellowshipping together. He then handed me the card and with a smile said’; “This is for you.” As I awakened, Easter morning, I still felt his revered presence and His beloved peace that passes all understanding. (We all know exactly what that feels like .) You know the moments in time that you wish you could hold on to, live in and savor for the rest of your human life? Well, this was definitely one of them!
Now, you can only imagine , without hearing from the Lord Himself, the interpreter of our spiritual dreams, or through someone He has given the gift of ‘interpreting dreams” to, like Daniel, we began to try and figure out this Godly message ourselves. (My advice to you is ; “DON’T DO IT!” Here were “OUR THOUGHTS, ” ( before I share Gods interpretation.) I am telling you right now, when we finished trying to use the “human process,” of what this dream meant, we both (subconsciously,) heard the sound of the disk-shaped percussion instrument that produces a resounding tone when struck with an unusually padded hammer, AKA the GONG SHOW with Chuck Barris, telling us we were WRONG, off the show and OVER! We had earnestly tried to no avail to interpret this message from God. (Though I am sure He got a chuckle with us trying so hard.)
“Hey honey, what do you think ” Star 52″ means?” I asked Kit after enthusiastically explaining the vivid and colorful card God gave me in my dream.
After minutes of what seemed like being in deep thought , Kit responded: “Well, maybe something is going to happen with Gods retreat and promise to us when we are 52 years old.”
“I replied in a bit of angst; “Really? You think we are going to have to wait that long?” ( His idea brought me no joy whatsoever.)
I responded back to Kit, trying to forget having to wait until we were 52 before we saw God move , and began to share with him all the research I had done on ‘colors’ and what they mean in the bible. “The star itself is in gold. The color gold symbolizes illumination, love, compassion, courage, passion as well as wisdom. It is also associated with wealth, grandeur and prosperity.”
Kit , (miles away, and contemplative,) answered back with an elongated ; ” HMMM.” I immediately KNEW that he liked where I was going with my ideas.)
“And Kit, the message on this card is written in blue with a touch of silver. Blue symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven. The second color is silver, it’s meaning is associated with high tech, sleek, ornate, glamorous, graceful, sophistication, elegance as well as wealth and riches.” I responded with no clearer vision of what God was trying to reveal to us. (But still had HOPE and an excitement that there was a very special meaning in all this.)
The wheels in Kits head were quickly turning, as he replied with a notable excitement; “You know Susan, maybe the gold star has something to do with the house on Star RD. The house we have been believing for. What do you think?”
A bit persuaded that perhaps Kit had a clue to our puzzle, I asked him what he thought the ’52’meant.
“I know,” he said with a tone that was extremely convincing, “If you take the 5 and add it to the 2, it equals 7 and that number means fulfillment and divine perfection. Maybe it means the promise of the home in Connecticut will now be fulfilled.”
I too replied with a lengthy “HMMM,” feeling utterly confused.
(Now it is understandable why the Lord encourages us not to interpret our own dreams with our human logic or ideas. )
Finally after hours of not getting anywhere that brought us closure or peace, we placed it all upon Gods throne, as well as on a back burner within our life. We agreed in prayer , asking God to bring forth HIS INTERPRETATION and share with us the meaning of this special and covert tiding, which would be revealed to us in the spirit. (As we were convinced by now it was not going to be a “head revelation.”)
Easter Sunday was a beautiful day. Tina fixed a scrumptious spiral ham with the most delicious sweet and tangy glaze, with fresh asparagus, hot breads, and Melissa, as she did every holiday, created her “to die for,” homemade recipe of macaroni and cheese with a tempting sweet indulgence for dessert. After completing this festive, ambrosial meal, we were all beyond stuffed. God had blessed the day with heartening fellowship, laughter and pure joy. Our hearts were filled with an overflow of gratitude for this day , a celebration of all celebrations …the day our Lord rose from the dead and gave proof that He is the powerful, almighty son of God, the very foundation of our faith! The evening brought hot cups of coffee accompanied by many enlivening talks followed by a wonderful nights sleep. (No dreams that night!)
I am not sure how many days, weeks or months that had passed by when I felt the Lord nudge me to look up on the Internet the words “Star 52.” Knowing it was His spirit that prompted me, I had an influx of new hope and with my laptop in hand, began to research. It did not take me long at all, for it was not like doing a careful and diligent search for one of Kits clients or for my own personal writings, for this was a “Spiritual quest!”
As I got on my computer and typed in the words “Star 52” and clicked on Images , I was blown away in my spirit by what I beheld. I called kit over to see if he too observed what I had and he excitedly responded with a “WOW! and a “yes.”
Both Kit and I immediately had seen the face of God with his arms stretched out wide, as if He were riding the heavens. We could not turn our eyes away. We believe it was a notable fete within the heavens, with the Lord of hosts coming in power and glory in the night sky. Still unsure of how it all applied to the dream, we were awestruck and both had goosey-bumps as well as an incredible hope within as we continued to ‘search on.’
As I saved the photo, I then went back to the website as well as other Internet sites and this is what was said about this photo and Star 52.
Star 52 is also known as The Bridal Veil Nebula which is considered, (Scientifically,) as a Supernova explosion. It is a rare celestial phenomenon involving an explosion of a large amount of material within the star, resulting in an extremely bright, light. It is a short lived object that emits vast amounts of energy. It is a happening in the heavens that brings one WONDER and AWE. It is also known as a MARVEL and unaccountable occurrence .
Kit and I have been taught that a prophetic word is proven in two ways. One way is that when someone gives you a word, it will be The first time God is speaking something to you and He will be faithful at a later time to confirm what was spoken to you, so you will KNOW it was of Him, not something that someone else felt led to tell you, (that was not from the Lord, even if they meant well.) The other is that GOD HAS ALREADY SPOKEN TO YOU and will bring a person with a word from Him, or a dream, vision, etc that will only be a confirmation to what He has already showed you.
In the case of Star 52, it was hands down, incontestably a confirmation to a previous prophetic word from Tina as well as scriptures God had given to Kit and I in our prayer and worship time together.
In Virgina, during Worship at the church we had met Tina at months before, the pastor began a time of ministry and prayer. Tina began to prophesy over kit and I . Her words touched the two of us so deeply as well as others, for I heard many a sniffle and saw that tissues were being passed around. (Most of the time, my eyes were closed, but I did peak for a moment.)
Tina’s word from the Lord was much needed and Kit and I felt the Lord was right there with us as we listened, for it was Him speaking , (we believe,) through Tina.
” Kit and Susan, the Lord is showing me in the spirit the two of you on a long path. It is a pathway with many seasons and He is strengthening you each upon this passageway as your traveling to His destination. He is very delighted and pleased with you both and His heart is full of love for you . He sees all things, the tears, the disappointments, doubts as well as the glory, triumph, elation and joy…A multitude of eyes are upon you as your traveling…eyes that will one day see the GLORY and MAJESTY of what He is going to do. He is coming with His reward and blessing for you two. Continue to walk in obedience and look only to Him, you’ve still got a ways to travel. Be encouraged from the Lord Himself. ”
****Little did we know at this time, just how many seasons, not only in the natural, (autumn, winter, spring and summer,) but also “seasons within our spirits” we had yet to walk through at this time after hearing from God through Tina’s prophetic word to us. I always appreciate that God does not show us everything at once…especially time.
After Tina ended her word from the Lord to us, we needed some of those tissues being passed around too. It was as if the Lord was identifying with every ounce of emotion we had tucked away inside. We felt His love, encouragement, hearts approval and it blessed us immensely that we were pleasing unto Him. I believe that whenever the Lord speaks to us, whether through His word, a dream, vision, His still small voice or in the prophetic, it changes us and we stand a little taller, are filled with a Godly confidence because the God of all eternity, also our dad, speaks to us, and once again, we know that we are in His care and anything is possible!
This gathering in Virginia was small in number, but eminently monumental in faith. We received many hugs, words of encouragement and were exceedingly blessed. They served a scrumptious buffet lunch, (with home cooked southern dishes.) Now you know, being raised by a southern woman, I adored all the comfort foods this part of the world inspires and because Kit loved my moms cooking, he too felt like he was in heaven.) Besides eating until our hearts were content, we all fellow-shipped until late into the afternoon. We still had a few hours before us in our drive back to Delaware, so we said our goodbyes and headed home. Kit and I felt renewed, encouraged and grounded in the Lords call upon our lives and so blessed that the Lord brought this body of believers as well as Tina into our lives.
The gift of Gods “Star 52” to us was not only a confirmation of Tina’s prophetic word, but also to a scripture God had given Kit and I years before, when we were in prayer and worship together. We were in need of a touch from the Lord as we were feeling a bit “dry” in our faith as we were continuing upon our journey with the Lord. We placed everything we believed He had spoken to us thus far on our journey, upon His altar and reminded Him what we believed He had said in the very beginning. That the home by the water was ours and that we would be the hosts of this home, the place His kids would come to and be ministered to as well as abundantly refreshed. We also told Him we believed that He had said it would all be done by the work of His hands, to His glory and those looking on , would know it was all of Him and nothing to do with man. The only thing He required of us was step by step obedience , just as He had asked of Esther . (And we all know what Glory He received through her obedience to Him . ) The scripture God gave to kit and I, after our requests before Him at this time , which ministered deeply to our hearts and spirits was Isaiah 40, verse 5. “AND THE GLORY OF THE LORD SHALL BE REVEALED AND ALL FLESH SHALL SEE IT TOGETHER: FOR THE MOUTH OF THE LORD HATH SPOKEN IT.”
Though I know that Isaiah was not speaking of Kit and I , Kit and I do believe that the Lord uses His written word in our lives in quickening scriptures to us to encourage, confirm as well as convict, correct or warn us in our present time circumstances in our walk with Him.
I praise God for being a God who wants to encourage, confirm, edify and embolden us to not only follow Him at any cost, but to be obedient to His voice and promptings! This is but one of the many gifts He gave us in our time of recollecting with Him over the years of our journey!
Our second recollection with the Lord
A BIRTHING IN DELAWARE
I know I have written more than a few times within the pages of our Journey’s treatise, about our respite for three months in Delaware with Tina, Mark, Melissa and Carl, but our stay brought so much joy and life changing experiences, I never grow tired of revisiting this time in our lives. The felicity Kit and I experienced in our short stay with this kind , loving and extraordinary family was truly one of our favorite chapters within our journey. Whether with the scrumptious home cooked meals we shared each evening, long “glory stories” about our favorite subject JESUS with our endless cups of Starbucks coffee on the much loved back porch or the gift of Tina’s gatherings and Vito’s Wednesday night studies, Kit and I were in a constant state of rest and refreshing.
As our three month stay with Tina, Mark and the family was coming to an end, Tina came to Kit and I after spending a morning with the Lord, a little anxious, but fully persuaded by God that what He had put on her heart to share with us was very important. Now, if Tina heard from God and prayed for you, it was a sure thing as she truly is one of the strongest prayer warriors of God I have ever known.
She began by saying; “I have never been asked by God to do this, but I truly believe this is what He showed me, so in obedience, I am going to do what He has asked..” She then laid her hands upon my stomach and began to pray in the spirit , followed by the words ” It is now time for the birth of the promise from God you two have stood upon and held closely within the very depths of your hearts to come forth.” Tina went on to say; ” Though this is for the both of you, Susan, God has asked me to lay hands upon you as He wants you to go through this birthing and letting go. For so many years it has been you who has carried it deep within your very being. “
At first I was a little a taken back, but I was filled with such a wondrous peace as I felt the presence of the Lord so deeply. It was as if there were 4 of us standing together in our little room that precious morning. I had never equated or embraced the promise God gave us as “a baby.” In my spirit as the Lord was supernaturally bringing this part of His promise into fruition, I felt both honored and excited. I don’t have to tell you how Kit and I were thinking, as by now, I am sure you already know. OK, I will share a short portion of it. Because of what God had just done, we were mulling over the idea that maybe when we left Tina’s , and traveled back to Connecticut, we were going to see Gods covenant with us come to life in the natural. Perhaps the home we had been believing for would some how be ours and we could get started on the retreat..) (Thank the Lord that He loves us so much and doesn’t mind our “human ways ” of thinking, )
As you already know, we did travel back to Connecticut and no, we did not get the house, but instead, were asked by the Lord, to die to our vision… perhaps one of the very reasons, God had done what He had.
In thinking about our promise being likened to a baby, I could see, as well as Kit, the resemblance and a likeness of the two , both being very cherished gifts from God.
The conception of a baby is a miracle from God . He chose for a mother to carry and nurture her precious gift for a certain period of time in which that new life was her first thought every morning and her last, every night. As this new life began growing within her, her heart was captivated and enthralled as she felt its every move, saw images of her child changing as their body was developing. She , by faith took care of her baby believing that one day, she would experience the immeasurable joy of holding that new life in her arms, the precious gift of life from God, now brought into the world , a new life to begin to mold, love, and adore…One of Gods most cherished gifts .
God definitely opened my spirit and understanding in how He likened the two miraculous happenings. The difference between an actual baby being born and what God was revealing to us was that the baby we were birthing was a spiritual baby.
Gods heart for our life and His calling was and is OUR BABY. A home, by the water, ( , I just could not pass up this photo of this newfie,) for His kids to come to, that will be pampering to the soul and spirit, a place of rest, fellowship, delicious entrees and most importantly, the presence of Jesus and His ministry .
God implanted the vision and call within our hearts, often times speaking to me personally about it as I had the time and a husband who was very busy working as well as a man who loves and fears God and believed in what God shared with me every step of the way. (Accompanied by many confirmations from God to Kits heart and spirit.) God filled my heart with a yearning to continuously HEAR about this calling, what His plans were, and it was in the first year He began teaching me so many skills to one day host this sanctuary He had in His mind to one day bring to life. It was a precious gift that I shared with God, pondered over many, (and I mean many) times throughout the years and though I held it ever so closely for more than 9 months, (7 years at this time,) it was a great joy and brought me so close to the Lord as well as kit. It became our dream as it was Gods dream. In Him now asking me to let it go to Him, I believed He was saying to me , “Susan, I have other things in mind for you to be doing. I want you to hand this ‘baby’ over to me to keep it until the time is ready. The promise has been brought to full term in the spirit ….you no longer have to carry and nurture it for that time is now over. I now will be the sole caretaker …trust in Me for one day, I will place it back in your arms, (as well as Kits,) to experience the joy in its entirety.
Our third recollection; one of my favorites.
A Validation of the HOPE of GOD.
Years later , Kit and I received another dream from the Lord that was so unique, eminently vivid and with it came an abundance of HOPE, and a much needed boost within our faith. Time is a wonderful gift , but with it also comes seasons where we begin longing for just a little bit of rain, (or perhaps a full on storm,) upon our fields of faith... God knows exactly what we need and He is a God of confirmation as well as encouragement. Whether He sends us a word, brings life to a scripture within our hearts, gives us a dream, vision or talks to us in His still small voice, He alone gives us exactly what we need to stay in the race of our calling and steadfastness to His hearts will. He is our hope and the resurrection of our faith. It amazes me how God is so explicit and avowed in the specific dreams He bestows to us. Only the Lord could bring His perfect messages in such a definitive way!
SURPRISINGLY enough, this dream was of a baby. My older brother Jim and I were standing alone together in a room within a high-rise building. Behind him were several large windows graced with a view of a beautiful, bright blue, sunny sky accompanied by several other grand, elevated and towering structures. Right beside Jim , there was an oblong wooden table that held a very large glass beaker. Inside this immense translucent vessel was a newborn baby, surrounded by a clear liquid that seemed to be preserving his life. As Jim took this baby out of the life sustaining receptacle, the Infant was filled with life, vibrancy and spirit. When Jim placed him within my arms, a joy like nothing I had ever felt before filled my soul. He then spoke the words; “Susan this baby is for you. It is now time for you to receive him.” As he handed me this astral miracle, I remember feeling ecstatic, overflowing with reverie and awe as I held him tightly within my arms.
Jim then spoke the words; “ His name is Zane two.”
In the dream I remember feeling that God was indeed giving us the baby Kit and I had longed for and dreamed of for so many years of our marriage. I was not thinking about it being a spiritual baby whatsoever at this time
As I held this glorious and sublime bundle of joy within my arms, I could not stop thanking Jim for giving us this beautiful new life. Jim was filled with such a noble and deep joy, as he knew our hearts and could see the awe and felicity beaming upon my face. In life, Jim too had always wanted a family and as he handed me this amazing gift, he was totally selfless. It was almost as if his heart was ardently devoted in fulfilling this quest for God.
After I awoke from this captivating chimera, my thoughts were fully focused on each intricate part of the dream. I could barely contain the overwhelming excitement as I ran in to Kits study to tell him about my “sleeping vision.” As I began speaking , conveying the dream to Kit, hearing my own words out loud was the first key to unlock the interpretation of this message I knew in my heart was from the Lord. When I told him about the baby being kept alive in a fluid, and that he had been preserved for this exact moment in time , the word preserved stood out to me, constantly coming back to my thoughts until I just had to ask God about that part of His message. Then I began questioning the importance of why God chose to use Jim as the person who was delivering this child to me.
Isaiah 42:9 9 See, the former things have taken place,
and new things I declare; before they spring into being
I announce them to you.”
As Kit and I sought the Lord on this dreams interpretation, His answers amazed me. I placed before Him all of the specific characters within this divine happening. Firstly the baby, then the baby being preserved, Jim as the deliverer of this miraculous gift, the atmosphere of where this event took place, and the baby boys name. I also shared this dream with someone who not only is a person I trust fully, but they have a wonderful anointing in both the gift of dreams as well as their interpretations. He has helped me throughout my life and has always been “right on.”
Right away, the Lord revealed to me that this baby was not representative of a living, breathing newborn. I felt a sadness , but it did not last as what God was showing us was magnificent. This precious new life given to us represented the promise of God over Kits and my life. His spiritual baby , the child He gave us to carry in faith, then brought to fruition and took away from us, was now being given back , no longer on hold. He was brought forth into the natural for us to embrace. God had preformed HIS WORD. (We were quickly reminded of what He had spoken years before through Tina, while staying at her home in Delaware.) The Lord truly had been preserving the child, (our ministry) for us all along…” OKAY, one down and a few more to go! Jim. Why did God choose Him to give me the child? My friend and interpreter helped me with that one. He asked “What does Jim represent to you and Kit?” As we pondered over the chief quality that depicted and portrayed JIM in our lives, it was unanimous… HOPE. The Lord immediately met me in this realization, confirming its truth, that it was Hope that blessed us with His promise and again, hope is not a thing, hope is a person. Hope is Jesus. Jim represented Jesus. When I look back over the beginning years of our promise, there was no one like Jim who stood beside us every step of the way. His faith in God for us was childlike, he was forever supporting us through phone calls, finances, words of encouragement, along with prayers and gifts for our “future endeavor,” keeping the hope within our hearts alive. My favorite gift from him was a wall hanging , that to this day I have kept, (believing it will grace each guest at our retreat home one day.) (*** Place your mouse upon the photo to see the message. ) Why was the place the vison took place in a raised , eminent building, yet Jim and I were in an amicable and snug meeting place? This, I believe represented our “heightened and escalated emotions,” as well as an emblematic of a higher, spiritual calling or perspective, yet still intimate and endearing.
That left one incredibly important part of this dream in need of Gods illumination. His name is Zane “two.” Now I do not know about you , but I had never even heard that name before so I had more fun looking it up. This chosen name by God in the dream has two origins, American and Hebrew. It’ s meaning , “Gift from God.” (Wow!) This is why I love dreams. God takes all of the analyzing away and that is a wondrous gift if you have a deep, intense mind as some of us posses, always TRYING to figure things out, (not by choice.) :) I was so deeply impressed that the name of this bestowal from God told us all we needed to know. I did not ask God for quite some time, that if this child who is the representation of our ministry to come, is named Zane “two”, what or who is Zane “one”?
After praying and seeking the Lord, I believe that Zane “One”, the first gift of God, could possibly be the Journey itself. When the Lord led me to begin writing on our journey, He gave me the title long before I began its first chapter. The titles name itself has two meanings to kit and I. The first interpretation being; Journey to my fathers heart… The physical journey we are on, and its ending, (final destination,) will be our Fathers heart fulfilled, the dream and calling He implanted within our spirits, the retreat for His kids.
And the second meaning is the journey itself, with each Intricate part, the highs, the lows, the times of darkness and testing, as well as the triumphs and miracles, have brought us into and intimacy with Jesus and a true KNOWING of our fathers heart of love for us and His kids. That is a gift that is irrevocable, unfathomable and eternal.
I have to say at this time in my writing on our journey, in my heart, I am not one hundred percent assured in my interpretation of what Zane one is, as Kit and I are still sojourning through this time with God and the promise is undoubtedly here within in our hearts, but we have not beheld it yet in the natural. Something else may come about to change what or who Zane “one” is. So for now, we believe Zane “one” is our journey itself as well as a true knowing of the fathers heart of love. I may have more to add one day, so I reserve that right.
Sometimes He comes in the clouds.
I love the song by Steven Curtis Chapman, “Sometimes He comes in the clouds.” In his lyrics, he is speaking about when we cant hear the voice of God, no matter where we look for him . He encourages his listeners that It is in those specific moments that He is working mightily on our situation and the glory of God will be seen when the clouds are lifted.
I totally agree with Steven, yet I also believe that God comes to us in the clouds literally. (As well as the heavens. ) You know how you meet people who are whale watchers, or those who are captivated by birds, dogs, dolphins, even those who love to watch other people, well I by nature am a cloud watcher. I have more joy witnessing the soft, puffy white, ethereal clouds as they leisurely glide upon the wings of the wind, continuously transforming into a medley of whimsical characters, such as chubby cherub angels, winged creatures, renowned people and all kinds of four-legged animals. I love to sit on my front porch during Delaware’s early morning dawn, before the sun makes its assent, and the bright morning star is shining so incandescently, it undoubtedly can be likened to a UFO. God many a times, speaks to my spirit during these marvelous performances in the heavenlies . Another wondrous show time is the infamous gloaming hour where the sun has descended and the white clouds recast into a soft pink, filling the early night sky with a sundry of cotton candy puffs amongst the newly shining twinkling stars. There is nothing to compare to the daunting thunderstorms with their loud claps of thunder, (Grantham does not share my bliss for this one bit.) God has spoken to me several times through the three majestic doves that frequent the telephone lines directly across from our front veranda, as I with my coffee on our wicker rocker. Suddenly, out of nowhere, their wings are immersed in pure gold as the sunlight hits them at just the right moment. For some reason, there are always 3 doves together. Hmmm?
This one particular evening, about a week after I had the dream of Zane two, while sitting on our porch, I observed an unforgettable spiritual l extravaganza within the heavens, shortly after the sun had become a minute, fiery light, slowly dissipating at the earths horizon. The enchanting and alluring dusk had arrived, where only the moon and the sundry of luminous stars shed their glorious light above and through the abundance of the of the white diaphanous clouds. Because the visions God gives us within our spirits, (whether wide awake or in our slumber,) can never really be fully captured through verbal translation, I have found a few photos that bring forth a small likeness to what I saw in my vision within the evening sky. In this heavenly presentation, as I looked to my left, I beheld Jesus . He was filled with a radiant joy and amazement as he held a beautiful little baby in his arms. I continued watching in awe, as this ongoing vision was vivid and amazingly clear. Gradually as the clouds and lights in heaven shifted, I beheld a woman standing close, but across from Jesus. He then handed the baby to her and I watched in awe, the three of them together. There was such joy in their expressions.. It was more than obvious that this woman cherished this baby with all of her heart. What amazed me most was the Lords pleasure…I believe it topped hers. For me, this was more than a wondrous vision from God…it was a confirmation of the dream He had given to me while sleeping. A dream and affirmation of HOPE. To the Lord, there is no time…He speaks things before they happen as if they have already happened, because they are already DONE IN HIM. I have never doubted His promise or words to Kit and I again. Kit and I, we have yet only to behold it in the natural.
You can know for sure that all of the memories and recollections the Lord has embedded within Kits and my hearts and souls, are written down, but really don’t need to be as they are forever refreshed within our spirits as we pray, share and speak of all God has done. I am so appreciative of this year being a year where God took us on a trip down memory lane as we were not the same two people any longer …we stood taller, our faith was resurrected and our “UMPH to keep going, was stronger than ever. Thanks be to the Lord.
Now, back to the happenings in the earthy realm, as this wondrous year continued to blossom.
Our savored dinners with Vito began to grow…no longer was it just Kit, Graham, Vito and I, but others began joining us as well, coming early to bible study, so they could break bread together with us and fellowship outside of the study. So I was cooking larger portions and I loved it. I knew it was Gods gifting…yes, one day for the retreat, but for now, He was allowing me to feel the pure joy from the desire He had placed within me to create a delicious meal, hospitable surroundings and a beautiful atmosphere as we welcomed our new guests. Vito’s teachings on grace were continuously challenging us as well as changing us as the Lord was bringing us into a brand new way of walking in His spirit. Truly, by this time we were “drenched” in the grace of God through His word and spirit. How cool is that? A time in our lives, Kit and I are so grateful for. (And , needless to say, my repertoire of new dinner entrees was growing like crazy, with our newly , much welcomed dinner guests.)
Another Brobdingnagian blessing for Kit, Grantham and I was getting to spend quite a bit of quality time with our niece Jaime. She had recently relocated to Maryland from Arizona with a top notch job offer and only lived and hour away from us in Delaware. She would pack up her car and drive up to stay with us at least once a month. Kit , Graham and I had more fun taking her to all of our favorite places including , the posh downtown bakery and coffee pub, the Georgia House eatery for a delectable home cooked dinner and the Cold stone creamery in Dover. (Now that was a real “SWEET INDULGENCE!!) One of our “keepsake” moments was introducing Jaime to our bestfriends and neighbors, Tina, Mark, Melissa and Carl as we all gathered together for a spectacular bonfire in our back yard. There is just something about an open fire, built in the fresh, brisk open air with the alluring night sky arrayed in a comingling of a rich ebony and dusky charcoal, accompanied by thousands of glistening lights against its opulent , tenebrous backdrop. Autumns bestowal of nippy and chilling air, along with its soft breeze, created in all of us a desire to sit as close as possible to the dancing, amber, red and gold flames. Delicious hot mulled cider and Kits oatmeal cookies (still semi warm from the oven,) were also a wonderful addition to our cozy evening. We thanked God for this wondrous new addition to our lives.
Brobdingnagian – extremely large , marked by tremendous size. (Also, one of my favorite words.)
Kit has known Jaime since she was a newborn and they have always shared a close bond. I met her when Kit and I began dating, and she was one of the beautiful flower girls in our wedding, but truly feel I have known her a life time. She has grown into a lovely lady and someone Kit and I both love to pieces. She lights up a room with her bright smile and bubbly personality. She also , besides working her professional job, is a fabulous, eminently creative baker, with many people , including Kit and myself, who would be willing to pay top dollar her for her scrumptious masterpieces. She was forever bringing us cakes and sweet confections, ambrosial homemade crab cakes from Maryland, (the best we have ever tasted,) and she overflowed our home with laughter, joy and fellowship. Graham absolutely adored Jaime and her feelings towards him were mutual. Every time we walked her to her car on Sunday afternoon, after a wonderful weekend together ,( all of us, not wanting to say goodbye, ) welled up with a tear or two. (OK, Jaime and I welled up, the two guys showed their emotions a different way. ) Even Grantham would do his one special bark, (over and over again as he chased Jaime to her car and continued to circle around her , desperately trying to convey his message ,) which meant in canine language, “PLEASE, AND I REALLY MEAN IT, PLEASE DON’T GO! ” We all knew she would return in just a matter of weeks, but we just loved having her with us and did not want our time together to come to an end.
One of Delaware’s richest and most treasured gifts from the Lord to me, (but it was a gift for Kit as well, as it made his “other half” a much happier person,) was our ladies group get-togethers. These women were my east coast BFF’s, prayer partners, and many of them cherished mentors. This year we had all become knitted so closely together that I cold never pass up a mid day gathering, prayer meeting or an afternoon Tea. Tina continued to orchestrate an extraordinaire luncheon for each of the gals for their birthday, and after sharing our savory celebratory meals together, there was always a time of precious ministry and worship. Now, let me tell you, anyone who came through her doors with a NEED in their hearts, did not get to leave Tina’s until their need was met with a brigade of prayers and breakthrough from the Lord. We also continued to have our “ladies afternoon tea”…a time of scrumptious scones, gourmet teas, Victorian hats , laughter, pure bliss and pampering to our souls and spirits. I never knew the Lord had so many blissful and felicitous stops along the way on our elongated journey with Him.
In the glorious time of spring, we celebrated Kits birthday. Now I am not going to tell you what Milestone celebration it was as Kit is due his privacy, but he and I both, being only 6 months apart in age, had the same landmark this year. Because it was such a “sui generis” occasion, we did not pull any strings and celebrated big! This much welcomed season of the year, with all of its grandeur blossoms, sundry of kaleidoscopic colors , lush grass and cool temperatures is not only the ideal , but an infallible time to celebrate any kind of gala. The Lord blessed Kit with an absolutely perfect week, weather wise and every other thing you could think of -wise. (I know that is not a real saying, just fits what I am trying to say.)
“sui generis” – incomparable, matchless, unequaled.
We celebrate birthdays in our home for a week, so I had more fun pampering Kit with a small token of my love every day… some gifts were small, but they all lead up to his big one. I enjoyed filling his room with balloons, bringing in his especially wrapped gift every morning with his hazelnut latte, and displaying all the cards on his desk that he had received in the mail . On his actual birthday, we shared a candlelit dinner, with his favorite cake and he got to pick his most cherished movie of all time for us to enjoy with our dinner and dessert. During his birthday week, I also was honored to make one of his favorite dinners every evening. He was wished a happy birthday by many and though he does not like to be the center of attention, (except in a dark movie theatre when no one can see him, a story for a later time,) he thoroughly enjoyed his many friends dropping off a gift, a card in the mail from out of state friends and family, or the surprise celebration they had for him at our Gym here in town…He received a lot of love from all sides. It was a wonderful addition to the year God had bestowed to us. Graham also demonstrated an overflow of extra attention and love to Kit. (Are you kidding me, of course he did as Kit was in such a great mood and Graham had more people treats that one week than he got that entire month.) When Kits birthday was over, Graham did not understand why he was lacking in all the goodies that were coming his way the week before and that now “Dad” wanted him to play with his ball outside… by himself of al things.
“ A little summary of Kits week!”
As our year was beginning its descent to the last quarter, (October, November and December,) Ahh, my very favorite time of the year, the Lords hand did not stop to continue to bring us an abundance of peace, blissful occasions and graciously, fill our home with His presence. Its funny, I do not know if you are like me, but when you are experiencing such a long extended time of grace, joy, serenity and felicity, it kind of…(and I accentuate the words “Kind of”,) makes you wonder if the next season arriving in your life may have some new friends that come a long with it, like Mrs. patience, Mr. trial of testing, cousin worry and its third cousin, fear JR. HMM. I put that little thought away from my mind as it did not belong with our over abundance of joy.
With October came a surreal realization that my days of writing peacefully, ( the hours passing by so quickly they seemed more like expedited minutes,) with my beloved Grantham sleeping contentedly at my feet, along with one of my favorite movies that I’d seen 100 times playing, mainly just to bring me an occasional smile or serve as comforting background noise,) was truly my occupation from the Lord.. Yes I still believed that I had the best job ever!
When I was not working, I enjoyed decorating for the autumn season, bringing a touch of this glorious time of year into our cozy abode. Even though every year, after finishing up each room with an enchanting embellishent of the harvest season, I’d assure Kit; “Next year, I don’t need to buy anything else as our house is 100 % complete now with all I have acquired over the years.” Well, don’t you know I was right back at the shops finding “just one more, no two more things for that year.” Good thing Kit has love eyes for me.
We tried to capture every fall event in our quaint city. First, a wonderful fall boutique, (where we purchased our favorite new Scarecrow, Tobias,) followed by the farmers market for fresh autumn veggies and joyously baked a sundry of scrumptious autumn confections, (pumpkin bread, my famous sour cream coffee cake with brown sugar and pecans, carrot cake with coconut crème cheese frosting and Kits favorite oatmeal cookies.) Though we don’t have a fireplace, I was sure to light a large assortment of tea light candles and of course always had my long time autumn partners from Yankee Candles, burning day and night, bringing forth every fall scent you can imagine…each one boasting of itself , one at a time… Otherwise, too many scents in the house tooting their horns, gives kit a headache.
Graham, Kit and I loved taking walks amidst the multicolored, crisp leaves, breathing in the brisk, fresh air. Forever bringing us smiles of pure joy, Graham would entertain himself by blowing his breath into the air, so humorously surprised to see the fog like vapor coming from his mouth on the chilly days. He is truly one very intriguing being. We enjoyed going for a latte at our favorite coffee pub, and stopping off at the popcorn shop…where they offer every flavor one can conjure up in their minds of freshly popped and bagged corn. Don’t you just love small town amenities ?
By November, not only were we getting prepared for our favorite holiday , giving thanks to God for all the many blessings He has placed within our lives, but it was the month that I, like Kit , would celebrate a big milestone in my life. And as Kit, I claim my right to privacy , so the exact landmark I am talking about will not be divulged, but is a birthday celebration I will never forget. (OK, I will tell you that this decade is known as the ” NEW thirties.”)
Tina put on a fabulous luncheon for me where all the ladies from our bible study as well as Tina’s women’s gathering attended. Her home was alluringly stunning, reminding me of an engaging photograph out of the acclaimed VICTORIA magazine. Her house smelled of fresh cut firewood kindling, spicy pumpkin and yummy cinnamon . (I am sure coming from her warm, amber candle burning in the living room.) The ambrosial aroma of fresh, hot bread leisurely baking in the oven, pleasurably wafted throughout the entire house. Because my birthday is so close to Christmas, Tina had put a playlist of songs on that included all of my favorite holiday carols. It was one of those moments in life you will remember forever as each talk with my gathered friends was a reciprocal instant in time where our words were both heard and received as well as validated. Blessing and warmth was just in the air that day. Just as her entire house was eminently captivating, welcoming and riveting, the dining room table was a sight for sore eyes as Tina began lighting the candles, putting our salads on the table as well as pouring sweet iced tea into our crystal glasses. Every entrée was perfect. The butternut squash soup was a “must have recipe” for sure and the grand finale cake that she had baked especially for me every year, was more beautiful than ever. Rich, dark chocolate cake iced with a luscious , sweet buttercream frosting. As we all loosened our waist belts, chose the exact coffee creamer we wanted, we sat fully content, still a million things left to say to one another, enjoying two, even three cups of hot, freshly brewed Starbuck coffee as we’d nibble on what was left of our sweet indulgence. Tina always served the best!
With our bodies feeling eminently pampered, it was our spirits, being fully motivated with excitement, that got us up from our chairs and into the living room as we knew what came next. WORSHIP and PRAISE! Tina quickly popped everyone’s bubbles as she reminded us it was a birthday gathering, thus it was time for gifts. I tried my fastest to open each bestowal, but it was so hard as some of the gifts made me tear up. I have the most thoughtful, loving group of friends in the world in this place that God transported us to. I felt like the luckiest woman in the world. (Oh yea, I don’t believe in luck…so I’ll refer to a word I know I over use… the most BLESSED woman in the world.) I have got to talk to Merriam Webster about adding some new words to their dictionary.
The worship, praise and ministry was beyond wondrous. Of course Tina singled me out for a special birthday prayer and word from the Lord. As the gala died down, Tina drove me home even though we are caddy cornered neighbors, as I had so many gifts to take with me. Graham and Kit greeted us and Kit, (just the thoughtful guy he is,) already had one of my birthday dinners in the oven. Can it get any better. YES! (and believe me It did.) :) I received plenty of birthday calls from friends and family as well as thoughtful and unexpected gifts of money in the mail to go out and buy my own gifts. (And believe me I did.) My favorite calls were from my two best friends from CA. as well as my five siblings. One of my girlfriend’s Kim, I have known for over 35 years and the other, Margo 32. They are what you call forever friends. My favorite gift that year was from my younger brother Pat who sent me an entire, (not one piece missing,) set of exquisite china that he bought for me at a church auction. Pat was so worried that I may not like it after he purchased the entire setting for 12 , with all the bells and whistles one could dream of. Oh my goodness…I did not just like it, I was in unabridged reverie with it for hours! First, not being able to comprehend that a set of china even existed without having at least one piece broken after being used for so many years in one home, but its pattern had my name all over it. I cried when I opened the boxes and thanked God for such a very thoughtful little brother. (Definitely a stunning and riveting china that we will use in our retreat one day, as well as enjoy along the way! )
Kit treated me like a queen my entire Birthday week, as we celebrated in our home. A gift every day, special home cooked dinners every evening, foot rubs, back rubs, and a drive down to Rehoboth beach to see a matinee. Its what we do every year for my birthday and its so much fun as the beach is already decorated for Christmas by this time. Our movie came with the accompaniment of a large tub of buttered popcorn…(and we are not talking margarine, but real butter here.) Because this is only an annual event, we give ourselves the permission. Our two hours in the theatre, kits arm around me, enjoying our buttered popcorn and diet coke, (LOL) along with a wonderful movie on the BIG SCREEN, reminded me of one of our first dates. Where was Grantham? After his long walk in the grassy knoll we found by the beach, he “did his thing,” and quickly retired to his fluffy, tapestry bed, where he fell fast asleep in our jeep, the windows cracked bestowing upon him the cool breeze and chilly temps, (in which he adored.) Graham would much rather go with us any where in the world and sleep on his car bed than stay at home, for he knew we would always be “right back” to the car and he wanted to be with us as much as possible. (Believe me, it was a mutual feeling.) And yes, he received an abundance of love during my birthday week as well.
A summary of my special gala.
What better celebrations to end the year with than Thanksgiving and Christmas. We were blessed to have our sister in law, Jaime’s mom, Michelle, fly out for the Thanksgiving holidays from Ohio. We had not seen her since we flew back to Arizona on Thanksgiving day, in 2001, while working for the Christian news company in Washington DC, to make our final move to the east coast. Our dinner was five star, warm , inviting and seemed to last the entire evening. Probably because we sat at the table for endless hours, ( nibbling off the pies and cakes from our dessert plates and drinking bottomless cups of our second pot of coffee) reminiscing over all our many memories we shared together in Arizona. Yes, who can forget our 9 years in this desert state??? The one state I told God I would never live in. (Remember…never say never to God.) When we awoke on Friday morning, Michelle and Jaime were long gone. They had very quietly gotten ready and headed down to Rehoboth beach to the outlets for Black Friday. We did not see them again until dinner time, where they both walked into the house with an abundance of fashionable shopping bags and big smiles upon their faces. (No doubt, Christmas gifts for friends and family in Ohio and Maryland.) We all enjoyed a wonderful evening out as Michelle took the three of us to our favorite eatery The Georgia house to end our holidays together.
We enjoyed our last big celebration for Christmas with our neighbors and bestfriends Tina and her family! We did not know it at the time, so there was no sadness on this special get-together at their beautiful home. Kit, Graham and I always felt their beautiful haven was our second home. Especially Grantham as he loved kisses and McPherson so much and could not wait to “hang out” with them every chance he got. Kit, Grahammy and I had our own celebration at our home in the morning, with praising God, lattes and my Christmas specialty, sour cream coffee cake. We enjoyed the nostalgic and warm melodies of Harry Bellefonte, Manheim steamroller and thoroughly enjoyed the ambrosial aroma of one of the gifts Kit gave me, the yummy Balsam and cedar candle by Yankee. It truly smelled as if we had gone to a mountain forest and cut down our own, living pine tree. After breakfast , we placed all of our unwrapped gifts back under the tree, and got ready for the day. It was time for the many phone calls to began. (No worries, we could have plenty of marathon chats) as I had already made my side dishes and Tina was making her delicious spiral ham again, and yes, the special sauce too… It was a perfect day. As we arrived for dinner, ( their home looking like Christmas day in the movie Home Alone 2, as they each reveled in the felicity of this joyous season,) there were more gifts to give and to open . (Even for Grahammy.) One of my favorite parts of Christmas evening was sitting (as close as I possibly could) to their delightful and oh so warming fire kindling in the hearth. Melissa and Carl had more fun showing us all their gifts, as did Mark…(He was like a little kid at Christmas.) Aren’t we all? As always the food and dessert was out of this world and Kit, Graham and I left happy, jolly and so full, we could have rolled all the way home. (All five yards of it.)
As Kit , Grantham and I went to bed on New Years EVE, (always by 9:00 at the latest,) we thanked the Lord for all He had shown and blessed us with this year, as well as His faithfulness and unfailing love in our lives. We were excited to see what the new year would bring…or lets say, what God would bring in the new year. We still felt strong, empowered and revved up to go forward with God on our journey, for He had replenished our souls with all He had brought to our minds and spirits. We still had no idea of WHEN His promise would be revealed in the natural, but it was A-OKAY with us, as we knew that we knew it would and until then, we would continue to walk with our Dad, growing in His love and grace. Whether we were on the mountain top, (which of course we all love to be and we certainly did that year,) or a dark vale, God is forever faithful and the best tour guide one could dream of.
I truly believe in my heart that the Lord loves us so much and it brings His heart such wonderful delight when He bestows His blessings upon us, His chosen kids. :)
In every season of our lives, Jesus is there, whether one of celebration, the desires of our hearts coming true, accomplishments, and heightened joy, or when our hearts are broken, we are in mourning, physical or emotional pain, He is there to share in our exultation or our lowest low. What a precious gift God has given us in our savior.
I hope you enjoy this video and song “Come To Jesus.” It truly celebrates Jesus in every season of our lives, for He is FOREVER present and FAITHFUL! God bless You!