21 July 2014

A Walk In the Forest

When my anxious thoughts multiply within me,
Your consolations delight my soul.
Psalm 94:19 NASB
June was not a good month for us;
in fact it began with some very difficult news.
Quickly we realized life had changed--perhaps permanently.
Hard decisions needed to be made and
anxiety levels increased along with the uncertainty.

The future wasn't quite as secure as we had once thought and had been planning for.
Of course, there are always things one cannot control...
that's life.

But we weren't left to walk this 'new' path alone and everything wasn't bad.
In fact our life was filled with many blessings during this time
(the kind money can't buy).

Blessings like the verse above,
 which I 'happened' to hear shortly before we received the news.
 I am convinced it was God preparing me.
The 'me', who can easily let fear take over when I dwell on the negative and the unknown,
 was given something positive and tangible to dwell (meditate/reflect) on instead.

Of course, God brought other good and wonderful blessings along our path during this time too --

Blessings such as this gorgeous butterfly we found
who found us along a mountain river
It reminds me of my grandma who used to collect butterflies years and years ago.
Isn't he beautiful?
Blessings such as these pretty flowers too.
Love the pink:)

 Blessings which nourished my soul and reminded me of God's love and His power.
Yep, we were definitely not without blessings!
Small One was with us when we experienced some of these blessings.
Small One is a BIG blessing in our lives!

She was with us when we were privileged to see this butterfly dancing on the wind
(yep same butterfly--but this time in flight).
And she was with us when we enjoyed the blessing of woodland flowers too--
the mountains were full of their beauty!
I want Small One to always have a love for nature
and the One who fills our lives with blessing after blessing.
I also want her to understand that in the hard times,
 as well as the good,
God is only a prayer away
and that His love never fails us.
He is just waiting for us to ask,
honestly and humbly ask,
Him to show us the right path to take.
I want all my kids and grandkids to know this.
That is one of the reasons why this blog exists--
in a way, it's my letter to them as well as a journal of my walks on the mountainside of life.

As for us we'll be fine.
In time this challenge will end and the sun will come out again.
Life is like that--
filled with ups and downs;
difficult times often end up being blessings in disguise.
I've seen this happen;
I know it to be true.

Blessings always,
The challenge is over now.
Life has changed,
but not as drastically as it could have.
God has provided and we are OK.
AND -- we are still counting our blessings:)
Photos taken in the Tillamook State Forest.
"Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®,
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Linda W. said...

Love your butterfly photos! Glad to hear things are not as bad as originally expected. Sending smiles and good wishes your way!

Teresa Kasner said...

What wonderful photos you shared.. and I'm glad the challenge is over and it's not as bad as you thought. Enjoy your darling little one. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Gracie Saylor said...

His mercies are new every morning, aren't they, Aimee [Lam. 3:22-23] Sending you hugs :)

aimee said...

Thanks! He was quite entertaining and we were able to get very close to him:) Me too--thanks for the smiles and good wishes!

Thank you! I am also very happy for both of those things! We will---she should be staying with us very soon now:)
Blessings and hugs,

Yep! Thanks for sharing those verses and thanks for the hugs:)
PS: If anyone is wondering, here is the scripture Gracie referred to in her comment--"It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness." Lam 3:22-23 KJV

Betsy said...

Amen and Amen! This is such an encouraging post for me Aimee. You have a way of putting into words much of what is in my heart. It seems as if God has us walking on parallel paths through this journey in life. We are facing some challenging life changes too and I have been pouring my heart out to the One who knows me best.

I'm glad to hear things are better now. ( I think those flowers are gorgeous....what are they?)

aimee said...

Thank you! I am so thankful that I could be a small part of encouraging you tonight. I think many of us share similar paths and feel God has brought us into fellowship to encourage one another and help each other know they are not alone! I know that major life changes can be most difficult and sometimes they have a way of multiplying! I pray that God will grant you peace, wisdom, joy and an even closer walk with Him in the midst of this challenge. Hugs and God's blessings to you!
Yes, though things have changed, I am very grateful things are better and that our needs are being met. I think the challenge has made me more aware of God's provision and blessings.
As to the flowers-I am guessing the first one is some kind of wild rose, the second a wild foxglove and the third--a variety I found down near the river (foxglove, daisies, etc). You would have loved them close-up!

Sallyo said...

I'm glad things are working out for you all right. Love the verse from Psalms. It is amazing how close the Lord is to us when things are rough.
As always, I loved the photos and the thoughts you share.

aimee said...

Thank you! I am glad you were blessed by them. Isn't that an awesome verse? God definitely is! Hope things are well with you and yours!
PS: Me too on the working out all right part--could have been much worse. Thank God it wasn't.

Lorrie said...

Wonderful thoughts. Focusing on God's faithfulness and his promises, and the beauty he has created helps us get through the challenges that lie ahead.
Beautiful photos. Glad the butterfly found you.

aimee said...

Thank you. I totally agree. I am glad Mr. Butterfly found us too:)
Have a great day!

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

Wonderful photos- I am glad the challenge is over and that you are going to be ok. Blessings.

aimee said...

Thanks! Me too--now on to the next challenge:)

Willow said...

Oh Aimee I hope all is well or better with you .
I hadn't been blogging as we had some challenges in our lives too, but now that I am here catching up , I will have you in my prayers hoping things are moving forward with blessings remaining prominent in your life.
Hugs my friend,
Ps Loving the header on your blog !

aimee said...

Thanks! Love that photo header too:)
I hope things are better with the challenges you faced this summer. June's challenge is in our rear view mirror (LOL) and now we are onto August challenges... Such is life:)
Thanks for your prayers
PS: I've missed your blog posts but totally understand the challenge thing!

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