Thorny Growth Card

July 7, 2019

The other day (on Wednesday) we stopped at our mailbox after a long day of appointments. My spirit was heavy because of the 4th and the upcoming festivities that I knew we would be surrounded by at the cabin... we ourselves used to go all out for this holiday. I saw there was a card from Carina and I just smiled. I didn't open the card because I wanted to take a few moments privately to treasure the words of wisdom that I knew she would have... and there was so much beautiful wisdom in this envelope... 

So... when a card arrives in the just "the right" timing and holds a priceless gift of words, a special photograph, and a gift that reminds you that every single detail (down to unspoken specifics) is in God's hand... you weep deeply. 

"Sunshine"...I will always be grateful for your friendship and for your love all of these years...and words fail at the impact this has had to my broken and grieving heart... thank you for gently and specifically reminding me of Psalm 34... just like you did 10 years ago...

I love you Sunshine... thank you.

I cried to God in my distress
and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears!
Gaze upon him, join your life with his, and joy will come.
Your faces will glisten with glory.
You’ll never wear that shame-face again.
When I had nothing, desperate and defeated,
I cried out to the Lord and he heard me,
bringing his miracle-deliverance when I needed it most.
The angel of the Lord stooped down to listen as I prayed,
encircling me, empowering me, and showing me how to escape.
He will do this for everyone who fears God.
Drink deeply of the pleasures of this God...
those who passionately pursue the Lord
will never lack any good thing.
Yet when holy lovers of God cry out
to him with all their hearts,
the Lord will hear them and come to rescue them
from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to all whose hearts are crushed by pain,
and he is always ready to restore the repentant one.
Even when bad things happen to the good and godly ones,
the Lord will save them and not let them be defeated
by what they face.
God will be your bodyguard to protect you
when trouble is near.
-Psalm 34-

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