Monday, September 25, 2017

A Trip for Some Restoration

(This post is from Sep 12-17, but never got posted on time)

This past Friday I got some news that more or less I was not expecting. I don't want to go into details here because I'm still very much vulnerable about it all. The bottom line is that I am good and healthy, so is everyone around me, but the news cut and hurt me. I had hopes and expectations that were not fulfilled right now. 

The news not only effected me, but my husband and son as well. With heavy hearts we prayed and asked God for guidance. In that moment of hurt all I wanted to do was to be with my family. I wanted to stay away from people, from questions and comments. I'm thankful my husband agreed to a spontaneous trip to be together and give our hearts time to heal and process the information we had just learned. On Friday we planned a quick trip and the picked the Orava region here in Slovakia.

On Saturday we cleaned the best we could and packed at quickly as we could. By 11am we were in the car and out of the house on a trip to new places. That day we got to see a castle, eat some yummy Slovak food and randomly drive to Poland. In Poland we visited the cutest mountain town ever called Zakopane which translated to dig in. 

Zakopane apparently has the cutest and biggest wooden houses and cottages that I had ever seen! I was beside myself saying, "look at that one! wow! Did you see that house?! How cute!" Every house was more beautiful than the last. It was also all so unexpected.

The little time we spent in the Orava region and Poland was such a blessing to my heart. I need that time with my family, to be restored in God's love and to see beauty around me. God had put the perfect place on my heart that brought hope and healing in ways I did not expect. This trip and weekend will no longer we spent with memories of pain, but it will be a memory of the blessing God gave me and the promise I hold dear to my heart.

I'm not a very good traveling photographer. I prefer to use enjoy my time, but I'll share what I did manage to capture.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A God Story

At 8:45am I sat in bed with my coffee in hand ready to go through my bible study. Before I dived into today's lesson I left the need to check to see what I was studying this day a year ago (I'm not consistent and didn't know if I even did a study page that day). To my surprise on September 5, 2016 I in fact did do a bible study. What I write next is a prayer straight from my study journal, word for word.
Thank you for answering our prayers. Thank you for guiding our hearts! Thank you for giving us the desires of our hearts and blessing us with a home we didn't even know we wanted. Help me to remember the lessons you taught me while we waited and trusted. It was hard for me and I didn't want to go with it, but You knew what I needed. Help me to remember all You taught me!
In Jesus name,
Wow!! God used my prayer and words a YEAR ago to speak to my current situation! I mean, He reminded me like I asked Him to on the same date. I never look back on my study pages, but today He pulled my heart and did what I asked Him to, to remind me and right when I needed it the most! If that's not an answer to prayer and Him speaking to me than I don't know what is. I am moved by His love for me. I am blessed that when I indeed did forget, He did not. It also addresses all the issues, questions and doubts I've been having about this season. How can one doubt when the answer is written so plainly?! I know I can't anymore and will walk my path out in faith.
This to me, is a God story. My life is full of God stories like this. I love that I am in relationship with such a loving and powerful God. Thank you for letting me share my God story with you today. The story that will come sometime soon with be a much bigger God story, but He hasn't released me to share it yet because I still need to walk a little more in faith. Also because His timing is perfect. But, when I do it will be big because He is my Big God and He did it!

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