A New Day Dawns(¸.•´ (¸.•´ .•´ ¸¸.•¨¯`• ♥k

“Teach me how to live O Lord. Lead me along the right path, for my enemies are waiting for me. Do not let me fall into their hands.” Psalm 27: 11

Today is a new day that dawns and It’s a new morning to be thankful for!!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and this photo does tell a story..

After my son’s car accident on June 7th in the summer of 2012, we were very grateful that he was still alive because when one wraps a car around a tree, all logical reasoning would have had all three young men’s lives snuffed out and killed at impact.   God is good, and He spared their lives in that horrendous wreck. I loved how a news report questioned the women figure that some thought they saw, yet seemed to disappear into oblivion that night without a word!  Truth was, there was not a women involved at the scene of the crash, but I believe firmly with all my heart that what they saw was a heavenly figure and a guardian angel sent divinely by God Himself, to protect those three young men.   Phil, without a seatbelt, remained secure in the driver’s seat while the whole engine came crashing into the car.  He wasn’t thrown and he wasn’t crushed.    He escaped with only a broken ankle, but also with much emotional trauma!    It’s a trauma that will leave scars for a lifetime.   His friend, Wes, suffered severe brain injury in the wreck and hovered between life and death for weeks on end. The endless time seemed like years, and it seemed a time that we hardly dared breath as we dreaded every phone call during those devastating days!!   However, the multitude of prayers from God’s people brought peace to our hearts, that far surpassed all understanding. Looking back, the peace that surrounded us, walking through that horrendous time, was definitely something that can’t be explained.  I’m sure if I could see the big picture in hind sight, it would be one of those times when there was only one set of footprints because God had us covered and carried us gently in His arms.  

The Lord  restored life back to Wes, and in just four short months his recovery was remarkable. October 24th was his hospital release date, at which time he went home to continue on to full recovery with rehabilitation!  We thank the Lord for His faithfulness to us and look forward to possibly catching a glimpse of His purpose in all of this as time goes by.   If you see this blog and you are a praying person, I would ask you to put Phil on your daily prayer list for continual prayer support. The road ahead is long and winding and we pray for God’s purpose to be fulfilled in Phil’s life, and that this deep pain will not be wasted.

This photo depicts a trail that we walked with Phil after his ankle had healed sufficiently enough for him to manage! It was a hot day and the sun shone brightly. We were thankful for life itself as we made our way through this dense forest with our son, knowing full well that we had just been thrust into a season of denseness ourselves, where utter real life chaos didn’t make any sense at all.  It was a difficult season to focus on much of anything and we found ourselves walking through it very carefully, step by step!  We still tread carefully over much unknown ground, watching God unfold His miracles along the way.

We can truly relate to David’s words in Psalm 30: 1, where he says, “I will exalt You Lord for you rescued me. You refused to let my enemies triumph over me. You brought me up from the grave O Lord. You kept me from falling into the pit of death.”

Phil still has much road to travel, and much ground to regain as we cross many paths along the way! Through it all, we pray for wise learning and wisdom for life and we are confident of this, “That He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1: 6

If we have life itself, we have a miracle. If we’ve taken a breath this morning it’s a miracle. Let’s enjoy and savor every moment of it while we still can. For me, my camera lets me do just that as I walk around with it in my hand, enjoying the beauty of created things and life itself,.. Have a wonderful and blessed day my sweet friends.

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Your Spacious Place?

Psalm 118:5-6

“When hard pressed, I cried to the LORD; He brought me into a spacious place. The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

And just where is this ‘spacious place’ that our Psalmist speaks of? It’s a clearing of some sort isn’t it? Perhaps it’s a quite place of pure, simple trust in His Lord; a place of safety in the shelter of His wings. Perhaps it’s a peaceful place of rest and security from the struggles that try to tear us apart and the troubles that surround on every side.

The Psalmist was distressed, perplexed and fearful in his troubles and he prayed to the Lord for help and deliverance from the enemy that stalked and threatened. Once he knew that he knew that he knew God’s presence was with him he knew that he had found a place of ease. A place of comfort! A place of rest! God’s hand of guidance was there and yes, a Sovereign God was there and in control of the situation. It was a sweet place of comfort!

Are you there today or are you feeling hard pressed on every side, fearful of what may happen next? Are you afraid of those who are out to get you by spreading rumors or undermining your position? Has something unforseen happened, catching you off guard and placing you in a very vulnerable, unsettling position? There is a place of peace and quiet from the struggle. A tranquil place, set apart from your worries and your cares. Only you and God know your spacious place; that place of freedom and sweet relief in spite of circumstances. Do you need to trust Him today for something in order to find rest for your weary soul? Let go of the circumstances, whatever they might be and Trust Him then! Our brilliant, all knowing creator is fully capable of managing all of your affairs and concerns, so relax and find peace and rest in His presence. Perhaps your spacious place would be a beautiful clearing as one of hope and deliverance, bringing freedom from the despair of guilt of the present or the past. A place of freedom and deliverance from the bondage and entanglement of sin, addictions, selfishness or pride. Christ went to the cross to bring you that Hope and to offer grace for forgiveness through salvation! Perhaps now is your day to come before the Lord, with the Psalmist to catch a glimpse of God’s compassion. To see His forgiveness, grace, salvation and the abundant life He extends to you just because He loves you. Let Him lift you, carry you and bring you into your spacious place. That place of mercy, grace, unconditional love and forgiveness where you can rest in His security, be freed from your past, rejoice in His Hope and triumph in His victory! Who wouldn’t want to find this delightful place of rest? Who wouldn’t want to be there?