Rooted in Jesus {The Source of Our Strengths}

I noticed this cottonwood tree at Zion National Park earlier this summer.  When I looked closer, there was no soil under the tree itself!  It had been washed away by seasonal floods, but the tree’s stout roots grew deep into the ground to support it.IMG_20170629_091457056.jpg

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Actively Waiting

The lights are red in every lane.  No one is moving.  There is no choice but to wait.  We’d prefer to keep hitting green lights, to keep moving forward and get where we want to go.

But it’s not all about us.  There are other people, in other lanes, getting their green lights while we sit at a red light.  There is a practical plan with traffic lights; we understand the pattern that promises our lane will get a turn to go.IMG_20180410_121253108

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Grieving

Sometimes, grief catches us by surprise.  It’s been over twelve years now since my father passed away.  Recently I stopped by a media business to have my wedding VHS recording transferred to DVD.  Not only did my father give me away in marriage, he also made the wedding video for us.  He thoroughly enjoyed technology and worked on video projects.  As I entered the business it reminded me of my dad, and the urge to weep came over me.  Early on, this was a common part of the grieving process.  Over time it became less strong and less often, and I could speak of my dad with peace.  But once in a while it still catches me by surprise!  

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Living Water in the Desert

We all have hard seasons in our lives.  In these desert places, sometimes there is some thing we are waiting for and want, like a career change or people to connect with.  Or, there is some thing we are living with that we don’t want, like illness or a difficult relationship.  We hope and pray things change quickly.  But when it doesn’t, how can we live and love well in that season?

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