Hurdles

Sometimes it’s too easy to think the path ahead is clear. Blue skies, sunny days what have we to fear? Suddenly we face a hurdle, ones we tried to get over before. This time the hurdle is standing larger than the one we faced before. There may be a bright side but today everything is dark. Sometimes we have to stop along the path, restore energy and remember who holds the future and the future is in His hands. 

“I know who holds the future,

And I know who holds my hand,

With God things don’t just happen,

Everything by Him is planned;

So as I face tomorrow

With its problems large and small,

I’ll trust the God of miracles-

Give to Him my all.”

—A.B. Smith

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Waiting for the storm

  
A turbulent week brought thoughts to my mind as I had to face fears, illness and try recover a little confidence. The situation in the world far outweighs my worries and fears although I take solace in the words ‘all these things must come to pass’ Matthew ch 24 v6 This is how I put into perspective things which are out of my control. 

I took this photo last week when we were waiting for a storm to pass and now we find ourselves in with another weather alert for high winds and rain. I can hear the wind as I type this blog. The heron stands in the distance, oblivious to any danger the storm may bring. He is waiting to dive for his next meal, he thinks about his life one moment at a time. He doesn’t plan ahead and stress about not having Christmas organised or piles up too much food. He hunts when he is hungry, yet stands tall in the face of the storm. 

I have another quote which I have been reflecting on while we enter into a season which can overpower our daily lives. We need to keep things in perspective and recover our strength even if it means we step aside from this fast paced world. We need to pray without ceasing for each other, the world around us and ourselves and most important of all we need to listen for the answer as we don’t have the answersourselves. I know who holds my future ‘So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the Kingdom of God is nigh at hand’ Luke Ch 21 v31

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. John Muir (1838–1914)

Spring time snowdrops 

Nature gives to every time and season, beauties of its own. Dainty drops, mark the spot bulbs were planted when the days were cold. Soon they will fade and be replaced with summer’s fragrant blooms.
“All things bright and beautiful The Lord God made them all”   

   

Time to think

It is all too easy to be so involved online with apps and networks and forget to take time to chat with a friend who cares and faces the same or similar problems. Everything changes just like the seasons. Take time at the start of a new season to comtemplate what and who is important to you. Get back to discovering the simple, traditional qualities in life

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Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything has? © C. S. Lewis

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Wandering into autumn

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”
©Rachel Carson

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Sometimes our health tells us when to stop. To take the a rest in order to restore our body and mind. I tried to ignore those signs but when I recognised I wasn’t feeling any better I coped by finding respite in our natural surroundings. I had to accept it was ok to admit I needed to rest without running too far ahead in my mind. The quote I have chosen speaks for me. Beverley

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