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DAY 6/ iPad Journaling through John / with SHE READS TRUTH app

DAY 6/ iPad Journaling through John / with SHE READS TRUTH app

Hello!

Hope you all had a good weekend!

I’m away from home…well, I guess I’m at my “second home.”  ❤️

Since our kids were small, we have taken a family trip each year out west to ski. Utah, was our destination.

Now that my oldest daughter lives in Denver, we decided to change that. We recently found a townhouse in Winter Park, about 90 minutes from her home in the city.  It is a quaint little ski town, inviting both in the winter and summer…close to lakes, hiking, fishing, biking, and “rock throwing” 😜

It is a new chapter in our lives. As our family has grown and will continue to grow, God willing, we hope to spend many more years here with our kids and their kids.

As you can imagine, being in the mountains draws my heart to the Lord.  His majesty cannot be denied. It is a peaceful place full of wonder. Outside our door, runs a stream that comes from those mountains. It’s music is worship to me.

In the creek bed, there is a rock beach that the kids love to play, throwing rocks into the the water.  I have a thing for rocks. I collect them wherever we go, name them, journal on them, and keep them to remember good times.

My first Winter Park rock:) A Memorial to the place God has met with me

❤️

In our study of John, we have been given a “grace day” today.

A day for catching up if we are behind… a day to reflect, to sit and dwell on what God has revealed to our hearts. A day to worship.

This scripture was restated:

“I will also sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. I will cleanse you from all your impurities and all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will place My Spirit within you and cause you to follow My statutes and carefully observe My ordinances.” Ezekiel 36:25-27

I am especially drawn to the last few words…”I will place My Spirit within you and cause you to follow My statutes” (law made by a sovereign God)

I don’t have to live with stones. As I invite Christ into my heart the rocks are removed… the Spirit lives in their place. I cling to the truth that it is the Spirit who will enable me to follow the Lord. Even faith, comes from Him. It isn’t something I have to muster up myself. The Lord provides everything we need, even the faith and the strength to obey. What a good Father we have. Knowing exactly what we need, He has provided for us in the midst of our sin

Our responsibility is simply to open the door of our “machine” so that the  living water (Christ) can clean us up and remove our rocky, dirty, heart.

Below is my doodle reflection

I’ll see you tomorrow for day 7!

Blessings,



4 thoughts on “DAY 6/ iPad Journaling through John / with SHE READS TRUTH app”

  • Thank you so much for your message today, Sue. I just got home from the grocery store which isn’t my favorite place to begin with and it was just one of those times where they were out of things I needed, the checker was soooo slow, little ones were crying because they didn’t want to be there either … you prob know what I mean! Typical Monday after work at the store for all of us. Anyway, needless to say I had a bunch of rocks in my grocery bag! I just sat down and read your message and it immediately helped me take a step back and get rid of those rocks. It warms my heart to hear about the lovely place you’re at right now with your family … what a blessing! ❤

    • Oh, Laurie…I do know those days! Hind sight is always 20/20 and the Good Father knows we are so slow to learn and He is patient with us! The call on your life as a Mother is THE most important one you will ever have and those little ones are always watching you. What a gift the Lord has given you, that even in those difficult and frustrating moments, He reached down to encourage you! Learning how to lean into the Spirit, right at the time you are tempted to be drawn away is something that takes practice. The enemy wants to “nag” at you with each of those frustrations (kids crying, mundane task, slow checker…) to separate you from God. He knows that if you learn to choose to listen to the Spirit instead, you will grow stronger in your faith because you will find joy in the trials. Please believe me when I say, that it took me a very long time to understand the need to “practice His presence” moment by moment…Pause, pray and only then proceed. God will bless you with good fruit (patience, kindness, self control…joy!) in the midst of the hard stuff!!! When my daughter was in High School, I had to learn to step away…talk to the Lord…ask for His guidance and perspective…before I could “handle” the difficult conversations and conflicts. Moment by moment. It is POWERFUL to witness the Lord speaking right to your heart, right were you are…because He wants MORE for you! I pray that you will come to recognize His presence with you always. I don’t know how old you are, but since you have little ones, I know you are far younger than I, and can I say…as a Mother…I am so proud of you for choosing to listen to the Lord, instead of the “voice” of the enemy. God blesses your obedience! These words of encouragement come from Him ❤️ Sorry for the book I just wrote…but I deeply care for you…Mother to mother, Sister to Sister…we are all God’s children and I want God’s best for you and your family! Thank you for taking the time to reach out to me…You have blessed me immeasurably! Keep looking up!! Much love, sue

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