Grace and Truth is Back ~ Week 16

Last week life got in the way and I wasn’t able to post the Grace and Truth Friday link-up. So, I’m happy to say that this week Grace and Truth is Back!

It’s been a tough few weeks here at our house – tough parenting issues, tough marriage issues, tough body issues, tough scheduling issues – you know the kind of week I’m talking about I’m sure. :)

So pray for us, will you?  We could use some extra encouragement and joy and laughter around here.  We could use some prayer coverage for the spiritual warfare going on around us. We could use a few easy days.  And I’m learning not to be too proud to ask for that help!

The one good thing about the past week is the beauty that exploded into life in our backyard.  It’s been a daily reminder of God’s goodness to us, especially in this fascinating world He created for us!

white blossoms Grace and Truth, Spring blossoms, Beautiful creation

 

Spring beauty, Creator God, Grace and Truth

We can all use a good reminder from time to time about who we are in Christ. I keep coming back to that truth, the truth that He loves me even still, that He rejoices over me, that He chooses me.  He chooses you, too, my sisters in Christ! Let’s not forget the truth that is His perfect love!

If you’re struggling a bit this week, won’t you share with us in the comments? Let’s rally around each other in prayer support. Let’s share each other’s burdens. Let’s see the Lord glorified right here in this online midst! :)

I look forward to hearing from you this week.

Jen :)

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Five Minute Friday: View

Today I’m trying something new!  Another blogger has challenged us to participate in Five Minute Fridays – we’ll spend only 5 minutes writing on a word prompt that she gives us.  No editing, no grammar checking, no revising.  Just creativity. So, here goes!

 

View

 

I once lived in a land with breath-taking views.  Papua New Guinea, with bright tropical foliage filling the valleys, and the valleys ringed by tall mountains with a beauty of their own.  Our tribal home sat perched on the side of one of these mountains, up on stilts with our hammocks hanging beneath.

 

PNG house

 

I loved to sit in my hammock and look out at the blue sky that seemed so much brighter at that elevation and across to the mountain range on the other side of the valley below.  Some mornings, thick, white clouds filled the valley as if a blanket of white cotton was laid out for us.  So much beauty from the hand of our Creator!

hammocks under png house

 

Today the views that grace my landscape are not quite so spectacular.  Our small town has its own form of quaint beauty, and the surrounding corn and soybean fields have theirs.  Still, I miss New Guinea and the way in which the physical beauty of our mountain home brought me closer to my Creator.  It was as if His presence was always evidenced before me, less easy to ignore.

 

But my Creator is so quick to remind me that my view has so much to do with perspective.  I may no longer be surrounded by majestic mountains, wild-growing poinsettia trees, and grass-topped huts scattered among the dense green bush, but I’m surrounded by beautiful people.  The man in my life who is quick to help anyone in need.  The four-year-old twins who frolic together in the backyard.  The seven-year-old with the impish grin on his face, no doubt planning some new mischief.  The thirteen year old with his gentle smile and willing spirit.

 

me and kids

 

Yes, my view is good.

Jen :)