Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Exulting in the Reward From A Gracious God



Do you see that adorable "land shark"? That is who I get to spend the next three days with. Well, and my daughter and her new hubby too, but the moment she got a cute puppy, her cuteness was inconsequential. I love puppies and this one is especially adorable. My first granddog!

We will be in a cabin in the middle of nowhere along the New River. My birthday gift to my favorite daughter is an all-expense-paid vacation on the banks of the New River, complete with a long horse back riding trip along the New River trail. Our cabin is right on the river, and she was very excited to buy her new pup, Ragnar, a life vest so he can swim in the river.

I am bringing kayaks, my bicycle, and my horse riding boots. This is as close as I suspect I will ever be to heaven on earth.

So, don't expect blogs for a few days. It is possible I will find time to blog...but not likely. The things I love most will be all around me -- family, nature, dogs, horses, kayaks, bicycles, gorgeous trails, a river, and huge open skies with stars sprinkled like glitter.

I am 6-weeks post-mastectomy now, and the trauma is but a distant nightmare. I have planned something special each month to look forward to in the midst of the surgeries and treatment. This is my first formal celebration of life and God's goodness. Less formal celebrations occur every moment, as I take in a breath of oxygen and exhale. Miracles of God's love.

I have been told that an essential part of my cancer recovery is to de-stress. I am taking that seriously. (But not too seriously, or that would be stressful.) God has opened this exquisite moment for me, and I am seizing it. Living a purposeful life for Jesus is often a hard and arduous path. This does not mean that it should be joyless.

God rewards those who seek Him. I have ardently sought Him, however imperfectly. It has been a very hard road for some time. I wanted to give up more than once. However, no matter how hard it was sometimes to follow God, it was always harder NOT to follow Him.  I am exulting in the reward.

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For those of you who would like inspiring reading while I am on vacation, I strongly recommend Joe- The Horse Nobody Loved. Even if you are not a horse person, you will like this book. It has the universal theme of being unappreciated for who you are, and uncertain of what you have to offer to the world, but slowly discovering self-worth. Click HERE to purchase.
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Deuteronomy 28:1-68 

“And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. ...

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