The most beautiful summer day lies right outside my back door. A clear blue sky like an accidental spill of water across the table; cherry trees vibrant with verdant green leaves – so similar to the birds that perch in their branches; the warm sun soaking in to fresh cut grass and smells like happiness and memory.
I see these things around me and they make me smile. For a moment. And then I’m not smiling. I’ll have taken a step. Or stretched something out too far. Or moved too quickly and realized that one of my joints isn’t cooperating. There is pain.
This is a daily challenge and struggle I wrestle with – and imagine that so many others do too. But we don’t talk about it. The things that hurt – whether physical, mental, or emotional.Continue reading here …
I’m so blessed to be guest posting over at my friend Barbie’s blog today. You may remember her from my interview a couple of weeks ago where we talked about her painting and Art in Her Life. Barbie’s space is always a restful, encouraging place to visit. Her words lift you up and her desire for God’s heart is a beacon in this world.
The words I share on her blog today are not easy and light. They may be encouraging, but they are hard. I have felt God pulling me to write about the hard things – I have more experience than I’d like to admit with them, these deserts – but by the same token, these hard things have brought me closer to God and glimpses of His grace and mercy.
If you find yourself in the midst of a hard space or time, I pray these words speak to you and give you hope.
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