Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Brief Quotes - The Greatest Blessings

The greatest blessings usually follow the most trying circumstances.  
That's why they are called miracles.

This has proven true in my life over and over again.  As I currently face a season of some really trying circumstances, I am reminded of this truth.  

There can be no miracle without difficulty or impossibility preceding it.  

There can be no victory without adversity which must be overcome.

I took the picture above in August of 2014.  I had just begun a hike at one of my favorite places and enjoyed this amazing moment where a butterfly danced around me and simply stopped to pose for me to get this close and take her picture. I could have easily touched her. The butterfly overcame her own adversity of transformation  in order to have danced around me that day and shown off in all her glory.  And that morning, I had made myself a willing participant to take this upwards hike up to one of my favorite places of peace and beauty.  

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Heroes Seeking Victory

Can you be an overcomer without enduring adversity?
Can you be a victor without fighting a battle?
Can you achieve without attempting success and risking failure?

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Finding Comfort and Hope in Psalm 103

This morning I sought comfort from God and one of my favorite psalms of all time, Psalm 103.  My prayers and needs prompted me to create a new personal version of Psalm 103:

Praise the LORD GOD, oh my soul,
and forget not all his benefits and sovereignty
Praise the LORD GOD, oh  my soul,
who forgives all my failures and heals all my dis-eases

The Lord God redeems my life from the pits of sorrow, pain, and despair
And crowns me with all-encompassing love and compassion
God satisfies my desires with the better things he has ordained for me
So that I am strengthened and my faith is renewed
Praise the LORD GOD, oh my soul,
and forget not all his benefit and sovereignty