Life at it’s best is found in relationship with God and one another!

I’ve experienced the strengthening power of God time after time.  This past week is one more reminder that in the end, we can’t do this alone . . . the meaning of life is based on a relationship with God and one another.  
God strengthens us, giving us the ability to endure and persist the challenges and the every day stuff of life.  
Rest on these words.  
Give thought to what God is saying to you today.  
Determine to give space to the presence of God in all things.
Life at it’s best is found in relationship with God and one another–Kerrie
See you Sunday @ RDC  @ 10:30 am @ 1219 3rd St NW  Salem, 97304. 
Thank you, God, for giving strength and healing this past week . . . 
These two sweet ones have had quite a week!

A Day In The Hospital

Yesterday ended up being a good day; however, it was spent in hospitals.

It began early.  We met mom for a procedure at Salem Hospital which went well.  Thank you God.

BUT.

The day had only just begun.

We headed up I5 to

where two of our little sweet ones were scheduled for a day of  surgery.

I mean look at these cuties–sweet and fun–every single day . . .

We spent a good portion of the day in the waiting room facing the doors leading into surgery.

And, waited.

Along the way, I’ve learned  it’s necessary  to take time to gain perspective.

So.

I turned around and saw the landscape of reality, reminding me there’s always more to our story.  It’s the message of God:

For I am about to do something new.  See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?  I will make a pathway through the wilderness.  I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. Isaiah 43:19 (NLT)

I’ve found when I gain perspective, I’m enabled to see past the hard, anticipating the “more of God.”

I changed in that moment. I was refreshed with new insight, excited for what’s ahead, knowing there’s something awesome right in front of you and I.

And, I am reminded of how God was at work before the girls were born–putting together the details of the medical staff and facility to be present and skilled– giving them the opportunity for the best care and outcome.  The unseen work of God is reality.

Both of the girls did well.  They face a summer of recovery with great results promised.

I encourage you to be engaged with God.  Turn around.  Look. Gain perspective.  There’s something more right in front of you–Kerrie

(To be engaged is RDC’s assignment this week for our 40 day challenge:  rdcsalem.com #40days #beintentional #beengaged.)

This is what I saw:

Unsettled

Watching our sweet little ones manage the day after surgery was enough for me to want to do some kind of magic trick to make the pain disappear and take them immediately to the finish line of healing. It’s hard knowing they have a few months before their life is right-side-up.

I look at these “before pain” pictures and just want to make it happen–NOW:

They are in the hard of the unsettled place.

I prefer to be settled–to be certain of what is as well as what will be.   I mean, it makes life easier to navigate and produces instant peace.

BUT.

Settled is a rare luxury in our unsettled world.  The unknown of “now and then” makes managing our life an ongoing challenge.  And, if, that’s not enough . . . exhaustion and down-right worry can easily become a companion in the wasteland and desert of this place of life . . . making it difficult to go forward or for that matter to breathe.

YET.

I know God inhabits the unsettled places.   After spending more than enough time in the unsettled places of this world, I’ve realized it’s where I wrestle with it all, sifting and sorting what’s truth and what’s not of truth until I finally land on what really matters with the help of God.  I’ve never been able to fully accomplish it on my own.  And, quite frankly history proves this to be true for all humanity.

As I’ve traveled through this territory, trying hard to make it through, the words clarify the way:

“Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”  (Matthew 28:11). 

This invitation is beyond what the most religious can try to explain.  I mean there’s no conditions put on this invitation–it’s open to all with a promise to change every story–every situation–everything through a rest that can’t be found on our own.  So, why is this so hard to accept?

My first thought is that the condemnation amongst the religious in this world creates an avoidance and unbelief of an unconditional God-invitation.  And, then there’s the condition that many of us suffer from “conditional surrender.”  The narrative goes something like this:  “God, show me . . . then . . . I will trust.”

Here’s the thing . . . Jesus demonstrated it all from beginning to end . . . so, it comes down to you and I making the choice to hand over the backpack of worry, cares, and concern that’s attached to the soul.

So–my prayer is for our sweet ones and all to learn:   Let the hard of the unsettled break off of the soul.  Take a breath, focus on God, surrender each detail with confessed trust, and live in amazing rest.

Find a quiet place–and receive rest–it’s the way through the unsettled place–Kerrie

More To The Story

I can’t believe it’s Memorial Day Weekend.  Come on.  Where has the time gone?

It’s beginning to be PRETTY clear that this summer will be different for our two sweet ones as they recover.

Uncle Timmy with the girls.

I’m thinking a quiet and less active season will be somewhat of a challenge–for all!

The thing is . . . this quiet season . . . is crucial for the rest of their lives.

It’s always a challenge to see there’s more to the story when it’s hard.

BUT.

There’s always more to the story.

It’s a matter of perspective.

Take a breath–look at your life–and, then, look again and see what more God has for your story this summer.  BECAUSE–there’s always more than can be imagined when you see God in your story –Kerrie

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