Run Away

I have a regular routine in my life.  When stress begins to mount up (thankfully not very often) I “run away” to be alone with God.  I need time to share my concerns with Him and to listen to His quiet voice.  No other voice will work but His, and He has never once failed to give wisdom, strength, encouragement and answers for the stress.

This happened to me recently–I grabbed a notebook, pens, water bottle, sandwich and phone (since a Bible app is on it) and headed up the mountain on a trail I know well.  It was a gorgeous day to think, pray, reflect, hike and listen.  After you look at these gorgeous photos, please read the rest of my thoughts below.
















I ended up hiking seven miles that day, stopping midway for lunch and to look at scriptures and write in my journal.  It was a fantastic day, but when I sat down to write I was attacked by a bunch of horseflies.  I was angry and had no option but to get up and pace back and forth as I wrote in my journal.  I did this because I was determined to hear what God had to say!  Among other things, I learned that, once again, as always, God did speak very clearly to my needs.  I learned that struggles, interruptions, misunderstandings, and disappointments are inevitable and normal.  I learned to literally keep walking with God through those times; don’t quit or despair; don’t get angry or stop trying.  Persist in your faith and keep walking with Him–trusting, listening, pouring our your heart, waiting–and you will soon know how to handle the common difficulties of life.  You will also have discovered the greatest Friend, Counsellor and Refuge of all!  A friend thanked me for sharing this story with her and her daughter, and made a brilliant observation:  “You probably wouldn’t have remembered that day without the horseflies!”  How true!  This meant a lot to me, especially coming from someone that has experienced far more hardship than I have.

In conclusion, I love this quote I just read in a devotional by Beth Moore, because I was thinking the same thing after hearing from someone who has a different belief system from me:

I was overwhelmed at the difference between my loved one and me.  He believed the things he had been taught…I didn’t just believe.  I knew.  I gently said to him, “My God is not just Someone I believe in.  He’s Someone I know.  I’ve felt His presence.  I’ve seen His activity.  I’ve experienced His deliverance.  I’ve been touched by His healing.  I’ve witnessed answered prayer.  I’ve ‘heard’ Him speak straight to me through His Word.  Yes, I believe.  But more than that, I know.”  –Beth Moore, Portraits of Devotion, pg. 402


Hilarious Wildlife

This week I’m sharing some photos from some of the walks and bike rides I’ve been on recently.



It’s certainly been beautiful everywhere I’ve been, and the wildlife has been wonderful to observe!




This mama moose was having fun stripping the branches of the bush, and we found it hilarious to watch her.  2016-08-12-09-23-25_500




We have also seen huge herds of elk several times–I love seeing them, and they can be pretty funny, too!





Perfect Work

Following the scripture below is a great quote from the South African writer, Andrew Murray [1828-1917].  It contains great wisdom for today.

We call Abraham “Father” not because he got God’s attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody.  Isn’t that what we’ve always read in Scripture:  God saying to Abraham, “I set you up as father of many peoples?”  Abraham was first named “father” and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do:  raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing.  — Romans 4:17 [MSG]

As we cease from self and our soul becomes still, to God, God will arise and show Himself…Christ, in His death, in His life, in His perfected redemption, the soul may be still, and God will come in, take possession, and do his perfect work.  But God Himself must work it.  And for this end our working must cease.  We must see how entirely it is to be the faith of the operation of God, who raised Jesus from the dead.  — Andrew Murray [How Great is Our God, 6/28]

Be Still

How can you know God’s will and plan for you?  Be still.  Wait.  Listen.  Watch to see what He will do.  This has always worked better for me than rushing into situations with my own ideas.

Psalm 46:10 tells us what to do when you’re not sure where we fit in God’s action plan.  The psalm says, “Cease striving and know that I am God.”  Yep.  Be still and know it ourselves.  Don’t default into our past.  Don’t jump the gun for our future.  Just behold and know.  Instructions will come when the time is right.  — Beth Moore [Portraits of Devotion, pg. 311]

Don’t make your living by extortion or put your hope in stealing.  And if your wealth increases, don’t make it the center of your life.  — Psalm 62:10 [NLT]

God may well give you an assignment that takes you outside your experience or comfort level.  Remember — you will know what His will is through your relationship with God.  Don’t bypass the relationship. — Henry Blackaby [How Great is Our God, 6/30; from Experiencing God]


Shadow of Death

This is the final week of quotes from my journals.  These words have been a great encouragement for me, especially in these weeks since my father’s death.

Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning…  — Amos 5:8a [KJV; Note:  I discovered that my grandpa, Reverend R. O. Chaney, used this verse at a funeral that he officiated]

We will be spiritually safe in our use of the Bible if we follow a simple rule:  Read with a submissive attitude.  Read with a readiness to surrender all you are–all your plans, opinions, possessions, positions.  Study as intelligently as possible, with all available means, but never study merely to find the truth and especially not just to prove something.  Subordinate your desire to find the truth to your desire to do it, to act it out!  — Dallas Willard [Hearing God, 7/8]

The Lord gives his people strength.  The Lord blesses them with peace.  — Psalm 29:11 [NLT]


These quotes have some very deep and true thoughts.  Everyone asks “why” at times.

Sixteen times Job asked God why.  He is persistent and petulant.  He is accusatory toward God.  And, as has been observed by many, God never answered Job’s why.  Instead He answered who.  Pastor Baker, in his book on Job says, “I have long since quit seeking the answer to that question in my own life — God owes me no explanation.  He has the right to do what He wants when He wants, and how He wants.  Why?  Because He’s God…Job didn’t need to know why these things happened as they did — he just needed to know who was responsible and who was in control.  He just needed to know God.  — Jerry Bridges [Trusting God, quoted in How Great is Our God, 7/15, also quoting author Don Baker]

Three of the Psalms being with why:  ”  Why, O LORD, do you stand far away?  Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?  My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?  Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?  O God, why do you cast us off forever?  Why does your anger smoke against the sheep of your pasture? (Psalm 10:1, 22:1, 74:1) But each of those psalms ends on a note of trust in God.  The Psalm writers did not allow their whys to drag on.  They did not allow them to take root and grow into accusations against God.  Their whys were really cries of anguish, a natural reaction to pain.  [Ibid]