Friday, March 20, 2015

O Lord, how manifold are Your works!


Our oldest granddaughter's love language is quality time.
For Christmas we asked her if she wanted a present or a getaway with Papa and I.
She chose a getaway and chose the beach given a couple of options of places we could go.


When the day came that she didn't have school and was able to go, 
I didn't know that our gift for her, this little getaway, would be a gift to me as well.


Sometimes it's not easy being a person who "feels all the feels".
As a pastor's wife, it seems we're in a season where several of the people in our church 
are facing serious trials and my heart is hurting for them.


Then in my own life, I've got a calendar full of events before the big event
 of our youngest daughter's wedding in May.
I've been feeling anxious, waking up at night with things to do running through my mind,
and dreaming about the wedding being about to start with us not ready.

Our first order of business when we arrived at the coast, was a long walk down the beach.
The longer I walked, the lighter I felt as my burdens rolled off of my shoulders and onto God's.

The beautiful weather and getting to witness and photograph this older gentleman, 
in his western clothes and cowboy hat,  ride his horse down the beach was an extra blessing.

This afternoon I got a phone call with news that a young mama from our church,
who has been in a coma since her recent heart surgery, opened her eyes and that an MRI of her brain
 showed no brain damage from a stroke that occurred during surgery.
God does a lot better job taking care of things than I do.
So why do I waste a moment of my life being anxious or fretful?
Oh, to trust Him and His wisdom and to learn to instantly give Him my cares and burdens!



 still following,




Scripture and Snapshot


SUNDAY STILLNESS


Also happily linking up with the lovely Lisha Epperson 







30 comments:

  1. I came on other from the Weekend Brew when I saw your picture hadn't loaded in. Thanks for this lovely testimony, Elizabeth. I'm glad you got to get away. God is truly in control. May He bless you with extra peace through all of the preparations for your daughter's wedding!

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    1. Betsey, thank so much for coming by from the Weekend Brew! Thank you for your blessing!

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  2. blessing you with an abundance of His peace, beauty falling soft

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    1. Thank you for your blessing and prayers!

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  3. The last three lines are just what I needed to hear...thank you Pastor Elizabeth

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  4. Oh Sweet Elizabeth. Your words are beautiful & so are your photo's. God bless you with much needed Grace, Peace & His Wisdom! Hugs

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  5. Elizabeth, your photos and your words take my breath away. God is so good....

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  6. Elizabeth, your photos are just stunning! Your words of God's wisdom are so heartening! May you have a blessed weekend!

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    1. Cheryl, your encouragement means so much to me! Thank you!

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  7. Beautiful photos, beautiful words.
    I shall put your "young mama" on my prayer list for a complete recovery.
    Psalm 46:10 comes to mind.
    Even though I know better....I too have anxious moments.
    Addie

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    1. Addie, she started to wake up from her coma today! Thank you for praying!

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  8. I have a similar "affliction" - feeling all the feels.
    So happy to hear the good news of the young woman recovering from stroke....Praying you will continue to rest and find the yoke easy and burden light as you prepare for the upcoming wedding.

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    1. Rebecca, I'm glad we are sisters in our affliction/blessing of having a tender heart and sensitive spirit. It blesses me to think, "she understands me".

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  9. First of all your photos are beautiful and I would love to visit where you live someday. Second, your words left me knowing that God does take care of us and our worry about life really is just a waste of our time. God already has it figured it out. I always love seeing you at The Weekend Brew. Blessings!

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    1. Mary, Oregon is beautiful! You would love it, the Pacific ocean, majestic mountains, and even desert, all in one state!

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  10. That picture of the cowboy looks like my dad, it wasn't him as he passed away in 2013 but dad was a cowboy for real and he loved his jeans and his hat and you blessed me with that 'picture'. I am glad you got away with your grand daughter that is so important. take care.

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    1. Thank you so much, Sharon! I'm blessed that my photo reminded you of your dad.

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  11. Such a wonderful gift to give - Quality time, and a day together, sounds lovely ... Also leaving steps and moments to look back to and cherish afterwards!
    Wonderful photos from your trip!

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  12. the photos are so beautiful, and these words resonate so much with me today;
    "God does a lot better job taking care of things than I do.
    So why do I waste a moment of my life being anxious or fretful?
    Oh, to trust Him and His wisdom and to learn to instantly give Him my cares and burdens!" I'm glad I saw our link on #givemegrace. so glad to read this today

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    1. If my blog post blessed you, that blesses me!

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  13. God's purposes are two fold (I started to say two, but then thought perhaps his purposes spreads many ways.) How lovely for your granddaughter to spend special time with you and her PaPa, and for the blessings this short excursion carried with it.

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    1. Thank you for coming by my blog, Hazel!

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  14. What a blessing to hear and see so much! I was just overwhelming re: the horses on the beach. I sure look forward to seeing you in a not-distant future. What a blessing that will be!

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    1. Thank you, friend! Hope you are feeling better!

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  15. Magnificent work of the Spirit in that young woman's life... beautiful images: very nicely done. :)

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