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 -
Life is full of movement. If we are moving, we are living. Yet movement can also be exhausting—physically and mentally.
In some ways, movement can be paralyzing. We can feel stuck because though we're moving all over the place it might not seem like there's any real direction or meaning behind it. We know we're moving, but we wonder if we're really getting anywhere.
Finding Joy can be a challenge for alot of people. Especially during a year long pandemic when nothing has been normal. But when I talk about joy, I’m not doing so from the perspective of a bubbly person who never seems to have a bad day or questions WHY! Many of us think that joy means feeling good all the time. That’s impossible! Even for those who are naturally upbeat and optimistic, that’s impossible.
On September 8th, mine and Anita's precious friend Lieutenant Colonel Shelli Huether was killed in a plane crash here in TN, along with 2 other airman. Shelli started her military career in the Texas Air National Guard as a Navigator and has deployed five times. Her current assignment was with the 118th Airlift Wing in Nashville TN. Shelli had a servant's heart and spent countless hours volunteering with the USO, Operation Stand Down, and many other charities and non-profit organizations. She leaves behind soo many including her husband Brian and 8yr old daughter Josie and 5 yr old son Levi. Please pray for them on the journey ahead.
Anita has put together the Shelli Huether Honor Run, Walk, and Fundraiser to raise money for two charities...