A Far Country

What do you do when your child is in a Far Country?  How do you function day to day when communication is sketchy at best or normally non-existent?IMG_1212

It is difficult for parents, especially mothers, who have poured their life into these precious souls, guarding, protecting, helping them find their wings.  Do we worry?  Of course.  Even when we pour out the burden of our heart in prayer, even when we have confidence that “they’ll be alright”.  For many of us, we also traveled in that Far Country.  We have experience there.   We seek to console ourselves with “I turned out okay” or “I made it and I’m wiser because of  it.”  Or maybe those are the very things that give us the most angst, for we know that we are not really okay.  We learned the hard way that the Far Country is full of wolves, robbers, and leaches.IMG_2001

Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.”  I thought it would give me some measure of peace.  Not really.  How old is old here?

While Jesus taught he shared a parable that often gives the parents waiting comfort.  We see a father, evidently a caring tender father, being told by a son of little wisdom, “I’d rather have my inheritance that you owe me, than you alive with me.”  In other words, I’m tired of waiting for you to kick the bucket so I can go do what I want to do without your interference, so give me my money and I’ll see you later.

How that must of pierced the father’s heart.   But he gave the boy what he asked for, can he be called a real man, and let him go to a Far Country and learn life’s lessons in the School of Hard Knocks.    Off the son went, with nary a look back at the devastation in his wake.

Now, we aren’t told what his mother experienced in this.  If she were alive, I’m sure her eyes were faint from tears, her heart throbbing with sadness and rejection, her knees raw from hours spent in prayer.  Maybe, she was spared this grief.A_Prayer_for_those_at_Sea_by_Frederick_Daniel_Hardy

The Far Country seems like a place the cartographers have forgotten to draw in on the maps.  But, one thing I know.  God created everything.  There is nothing hidden from Him.  No one goes to the Far Country that God does not know about.  He is even there, watching over and seeking His straying lambs.  There is comfort in knowing that.

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Blessed New Year!

 So we are four months in.  I don’t know why I did not get this published in January.

I have been a little busy.  I know some people are still waiting for their New Year’s cards.  Maybe this year, they’ll be Happy Spring cards.
  I like to make plans.  The problem I find with many plans I make, they depend on other people doing their part (or the part I have for them).

Being a mom is more complicated than some would think.  Moms make plans and most of them require the rest of the family to be moving in the same direction, at the same speed, at the same moment.  So, anyone ever try herding cats?  Being a mom is kinda like that.

I’m thankful the Lord has plans for me.  I’m a slow learner, well, maybe that isn’t quite right, I do learn things quickly.  Better said, would be I’m intent on where I’m going, so when things don’t go according to MY plan, I try harder.  Thing is, trying harder isn’t always is what is needed.  Most of the time I am slow to Stop.  Look to the Lord.  Listen.

“What are your plans for my life, Lord?”

God has been my lifeline.  My anchor.  My Rock.  I have been learning what it really means to “hold to God’s unchanging hand.”  I have stood on the prow of that ship and looked over the dark troubled waters of sorrow; understanding more than I wanted to the words “…When sorrow like sea billows roll.  What ever my lot, Thou has taught me to say, ‘It is well with my soul.”

And in the midst of a storm that threatened to undo me, that sliver of peace pierced the clouds and my heart to remind me that God is God alone.  He reigns on His throne.  He is faithful no matter what; I can trust Him and He will not leave me nor forsake me.  Therein is Hope.

My lesson has been to make plans, but realize that I have control over nothing in this world.  My ability to plan, direct and execute are no more a barometer of my control than is my alarm clock  the cause of the rising of the sun each day.  The same holds true for you.

On the Journey,

Amy

Be A Thankful People

To you, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and might…”

Daniel 2:23a

“And when you sacrifice a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Lord, you shall sacrifice it so that you may be accepted.” 

Leviticus 22:29

“Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!”

1 Chronicles 16:8

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!”

1 Chronicles 16:34

“I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.”

Psalm 7:17

“But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise.”

Psalm 79:13

“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

1 Corinthians 15:57

“do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

Philippians 4:6

“saying, ‘Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.'”

Revelation 7:12

My Dear Reader, I pray you will have a blessed day of Thanksgiving.  Lift your voices in song and supplication; crying out to the Lord God for wisdom, courage, boldness, and forgiveness.  May the Lord be merciful to you and to our nation.

“if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

2 Chronicles 7:14

(in)Perfectus Unio*

“..‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife,and the two shall become one flesh’[.]  So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”  Matthew 19:5-6

Once upon a time, there was a Fair Maiden and a Handsome Prince.  Over a much befuddled period of time, and in like manner they finally came to stand, together, before a Man-of-God, several joyful Witnesses and God Himself.

(c) J. Finnucan

(c) J. Finnucan

There in the Rose Garden on a overcast afternoon the Man-of-God spoke words of Covenant to the Fair Maiden, the Handsome Prince, before the joyful Witnesses and God Himself.  The Fair Maiden and Handsome Prince repeated the words of Covenant, little knowing how God Himself would lead them on a far, far journey, at times an arduous journey, through beautiful spring and summer days, through difficult and sometimes bleak autumn and winter days; that they might learn what the words of Covenant meant.

Until today, this special autumn day when they would celebrate an annus verto* for the 27th time.

We continue the journey began so many years ago.  We cherish each other, our Covenant, and the joyful witnesses that God Himself has blessed us to raise under this Covenant and His Word.

 Let marriage be had in honor among all, and let the bed be undefiled.”  Hebrews 13:4 (ASV)

Let us rejoice and be exceeding glad, and let us give the glory unto him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.”  Revelation 19:7 (ASV)

In Love, On the Journey,

Amy

*Latin imperfectus; in + perfectus, finished, perfect; Latin unio, to unite, from unus, one; Latin annus, year + verto, to turn (or anniversary) via Webster’s Dictionary 1828 – Online Edition.

Post Script:  This is also my 27th blog post!  God has such a sense of humor.  :O)

It Is My Father’s

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

Genesis 1:1

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him;

male and female he created them.” 

Genesis 1:27

“Let them praise the name of the Lord! For he commanded and they were created.”

Psalm 148:5

“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.”

Colossians 1:16

For behold, he who forms the mountains and creates the wind,
    and declares to man what is his thought,
who makes the morning darkness,
    and treads on the heights of the earth—
    the Lord, the God of hosts, is his name!

Amos 4:13

My dear Sojourner, know that “[y]ou are not your own, for you were bought with a price.” (1 Corinthians 6:19b-20a), and that we who would follow Him, must die to self so that we might live in Him (Mt. 16:24; Gal. 2:20).  Since all is our Father’s, do we need to run after the things of this world?  Do we need, with clenched fists, to hold on to the things of this world?  My Father gives us all things that are needful (Rom. 8:32).  Won’t you trust Him with what you need?

Let go.  Let God.

On the Journey,

Amy

Willingly, for You

And to these also Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying,

Behold, the Lord came with ten thousands of his holy ones”

Jude 14

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” 

Romans 5:6-8

If you were the only one in all of history to follow Jesus,

He still would have come.  Willingly, for you.

On the Journey,

Amy

Being Known

“But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.”  1 Corinthians 8:3

“But you, O God my Lord, deal on my behalf for your name’s sake;

because your steadfast love is good, deliver me!” 

Psalm 109:21

“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God,

the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those

who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations”

Deuteronomy 7:9

 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 

If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love,

just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.

John 15:9-10

On the Journey,

Amy