It’s 7:00am on a beautiful cool crisp sunny Saturday morning and I’m sitting in a coffee shop alone in downtown Nashville trying to “hold it all in”….but my tears testify in this photo.
Soo many things encompassing my life the last couple months, has felt like a big ole pile of stress, anxiety and disappointment. I’ve been overwhelmed to say the least. And if one more thing arises I might need to sit in an empty room and rock back and forth until it all goes away….OR I could also just sit on a beach somewhere! That seems more like my style!
I feel it all around me. The hot breath of summer has slowly changed to a refreshing chill in the air.
Change. There’s that word again!
All of us have faith, but will your anchor of faith hold in the storms of life?
Is your anchor of faith a true anchor? Is your faith built upon the truth of scripture? Is your faith tested? Do you know how valuable, revealing and full of love a faith in Christ is?
Here we are again...September 11th. 20 years ago, on this day, I got the phone call that I had dreaded getting all night long the night before….”Tammy, we found Trent.” He was about 100’ below the water in Jamaica’s Blue Lagoon, still hanging onto his underwater scooter, and it appears something had struck him on the back of the head while he was free diving. And he didn’t survive. He didn’t make it. He was gone.
Earthly blessings are temporary; they can all be taken away. And oh what pain and disappointment that can bring. Job’s blessings all disappeared in one fateful day. I, too, had a wonderful life that was stripped away within seconds. My husband was gone and my dreams were shattered.
And yet, in the midst of those painful days that followed, I began to experience God’s truest and richest blessings. My faith was growing stronger than I had experienced before. I felt a deeper love than I had ever known. I began a more intimate walk than I could explain. It was just us. Jesus and me...on the road of understanding, discovering and healing. My trials grounded my faith in ways that prosperity and abundance never could.
We all long to know that God is for us and with us and in us. Yes, great relationships, financial wealth, good health and maybe even a bucket list trip are all wonderful gifts that we can thank God for, BUT they are not His “greatest” blessings.
Always remember, that God’s GREATEST blessings ALWAYS start and rest in God Himself and they will always draw us closer to Him and the eternal. When we have and understand that, we have everything and are truly truly blessed through it all.
James 1:17 ~
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change."
A fellow traveler -