January 24, 2013

How looking back can help you move forward

I inhaled quickly and bit my lip as the neurologist confirmed my suspicions. The doctor slowly nodded his head as he gently explained, "It is very likely Grant has some additional issues we will need to address."

Unfortunately, that means more medical tests will be conducted. More pain. More bills. More possible diagnoses.

As my mind swirled with itemized lists of everything that needed to be done, I felt anxiety begin to wrap tightly around me and squeeze all hope from my pores. Tears stung my eyes as I gulped a deep breath and inwardly uttered a prayer so common for me: Lord, I'm not sure I can take another step right now. I'm so weary. Please remind me of Your faithfulness.

When my mind begins to form fearful scenarios of what my, or Grant's, future could look like, I try to quickly replace such thoughts with prayer, scripture and memories of all the times God has provided and proven His steadfast love and faithfulness to me and my family. I am reminded time after time that God's promises and blessings are ever-flowing... and never-ceasing.

I also like to sift though photos filled with images of joy and God's glory. To me, the pictures I take are my stones of remembrance:

And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of the Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests bearing the ark of the covenant had stood; and they are there to this day. -Joshua 4:9 (read more here)

It brings me great comfort to look back and remember how God has been a constant rock and fortress. It gives me courage for the days that lay before me.

I am uncertain of how this particular trial will turn out, but I am certain that I will be adding another rock to my pile.
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My stones of remembrance over the past year {moments of provision, community, hope, love and lots of beauty and joy}:

 






























 




"Then Samuel took a stone and set it between Mizpah and Shen, and named it Ebenezer, saying, Thus far the LORD has helped us." 1 Samuel 7:12


"And he said to the people of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.’ For the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red Sea, which he dried up for us until we passed over, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the LORD is mighty, that you may fear the LORD your God forever." Joshua 4:21-24

6 comments:

  1. All the best to you and your family. Beautiful pictures.

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    1. Thank you, Karen! And the same to you!!

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  2. Thank you for sharing. I am grieving a deep loss and needed the reminder to focus on God's faithfulness and the fact that He does not change moving forward.

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    1. I am so sorry for your loss. That is one of the reasons why I so dearly love the community of the Body of Christ - so we can bear each others' burdens and remind each other of God's never-wavering faithfulness. I pray God's peace and comfort for you.

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  3. This is an awesome post! I was just reading that 1 Samuel scripture and I've been thinking about "marking the spot where God blessed." I love how you used photos as stones of remembrance.
    Your photography is awesome by the way. Do you allow people to use your scripture quote photos on their own blogs??? I just started a blog for our church's women's ministry - www.csbcwomen.com and I would love to use your quote photos.
    Blessings, Beth

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    1. Thank you so much, Beth! Your kind words are very encouraging to me. And yes, I do allow others to post my pictures... I only ask that a photo credit is attached. :) Thank you for all you do for your church's women's ministry!

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January 24, 2013

How looking back can help you move forward

I inhaled quickly and bit my lip as the neurologist confirmed my suspicions. The doctor slowly nodded his head as he gently explained, "It is very likely Grant has some additional issues we will need to address."

Unfortunately, that means more medical tests will be conducted. More pain. More bills. More possible diagnoses.

As my mind swirled with itemized lists of everything that needed to be done, I felt anxiety begin to wrap tightly around me and squeeze all hope from my pores. Tears stung my eyes as I gulped a deep breath and inwardly uttered a prayer so common for me: Lord, I'm not sure I can take another step right now. I'm so weary. Please remind me of Your faithfulness.

When my mind begins to form fearful scenarios of what my, or Grant's, future could look like, I try to quickly replace such thoughts with prayer, scripture and memories of all the times God has provided and proven His steadfast love and faithfulness to me and my family. I am reminded time after time that God's promises and blessings are ever-flowing... and never-ceasing.

I also like to sift though photos filled with images of joy and God's glory. To me, the pictures I take are my stones of remembrance:

And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of the Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests bearing the ark of the covenant had stood; and they are there to this day. -Joshua 4:9 (read more here)

It brings me great comfort to look back and remember how God has been a constant rock and fortress. It gives me courage for the days that lay before me.

I am uncertain of how this particular trial will turn out, but I am certain that I will be adding another rock to my pile.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

My stones of remembrance over the past year {moments of provision, community, hope, love and lots of beauty and joy}:

 






























 




"Then Samuel took a stone and set it between Mizpah and Shen, and named it Ebenezer, saying, Thus far the LORD has helped us." 1 Samuel 7:12


"And he said to the people of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.’ For the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red Sea, which he dried up for us until we passed over, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the LORD is mighty, that you may fear the LORD your God forever." Joshua 4:21-24


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6 comments:

  1. All the best to you and your family. Beautiful pictures.

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    1. Thank you, Karen! And the same to you!!

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  2. Thank you for sharing. I am grieving a deep loss and needed the reminder to focus on God's faithfulness and the fact that He does not change moving forward.

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    1. I am so sorry for your loss. That is one of the reasons why I so dearly love the community of the Body of Christ - so we can bear each others' burdens and remind each other of God's never-wavering faithfulness. I pray God's peace and comfort for you.

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  3. This is an awesome post! I was just reading that 1 Samuel scripture and I've been thinking about "marking the spot where God blessed." I love how you used photos as stones of remembrance.
    Your photography is awesome by the way. Do you allow people to use your scripture quote photos on their own blogs??? I just started a blog for our church's women's ministry - www.csbcwomen.com and I would love to use your quote photos.
    Blessings, Beth

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    1. Thank you so much, Beth! Your kind words are very encouraging to me. And yes, I do allow others to post my pictures... I only ask that a photo credit is attached. :) Thank you for all you do for your church's women's ministry!

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