Almost a month has passed since you last heard from me. In that time I’ve traveled, crafted, laughed, and tested my faith. November has been filled with reasons for gratitude. I wish I could say I have pictures to share with you today; however, God had something else in mind.
You see, I got a new phone last Saturday and in the process the Apple guy accidentally lost my 900+ pictures from the past month. He said there was a way to find them in the cyber iCloud world, but it would take a while. I decided to let it go and not make him worry with that. I surprised him and myself with that decision. I instagram enough that I have some left from this past month. I just can’t figure out how to save them to my computer (still working on that).
In case you are wondering what those pictures would include, you would see lots of Vivie lovin’ pictures, Aggie Awakening 96 cook staff, happy mail, sunrises, hiking adventures with Allison, Canton shopping, a surprise visit from Kelly, T Swift tunes, 6am work outs with Megan, basketball planking, croissant and Christmas crafting with the Lowes, wedding crafting with Lexi, Purgatory Creek with Lacy, pumpkin bread baking, happy mail writing, canvas painting, ruffly scarves for every day in PA, big cheesy grins with little girl nieces, fun times with my dad, Angela, and Jarrett, flying to Pittsburgh with my mom, reuniting with Robyn, hiking in the Amish country, getting wet in a waterfall, running through Frick Park, Turkey Trotting across the Ohio river, and saying farewell to PA. Whew…what a month!! That’s a lot of crafting, traveling, and joy!
Now for a little more reflection….
I read a blog post that painted a beautiful picture about each of our stories. It reminded me of God’s love and grace for each of us.
So we have this “lower story” on earth as I heard it expressed so well on the radio yesterday. And God has the upper story. He sees it all. Nothing is a surprise to Him as a wise teacher told me recently. I believe He is interested and involved in our lower story. The mundane.. the not so mundane. He cares about our story. He SEES US as Hagar expressed in the Old Testament. (love that..she called him “the ONE who sees us” one of my favorite lines in the entire Bible). He sees US and He has the BIG picture. It’s not hard for God to care about my sore throat in Texas and big tragedies in Syria. He sees it. He cares. No matter how big or small.
God’s certainly been working on my heart this month. There have been triumphs and struggles. Challenges and reasons for praise. Tears and joys. And when “my words get tangled” (Exodus 4:10b), much like Moses’, I’m reminded to take the focus off my deficiency to trust in His sufficiency (from my favorite devotional).
Where I am deficient, God is sufficient.
Where I struggle, God will succeed.
Where I am weak, God is strong.
I’m considering this blog post my catch up to now. I still have some artsy goodness to post about from Mo’s art retreat and there’s still news to share about the coming weeks. These next 3 or 4 weeks are pretty big for me. More to come about that. Here’s my favorite song for the past few weeks. Perhaps it will bring you some homegrown joy this Tuesday.
“Settle down, it’ll all be clear
Don’t pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear
The trouble it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found
Just know you’re not alone
Cause I’m going to make this place your home”