Hey There Dear Friends! <3
HAPPY JUNE!!! The month of June makes me SO delighted. It’s my brother, Benjamin’s Birthday month as well as my own and just such a pleasant time of year with all the sunshine and warm flip-flop weather! :-) If any of you know me well, you know that Sand Dunes and Lake Michigan hold a very special place in my heart and are two of my most favorite things/places IN THE ENTIRE WORLD! I’m so glad God allowed me to grow up in the state of Michigan! :-) This past Sunday my family took a trip out to the Silver Lake Sand Dunes. I was feeling pretty sick the morning of, so I *ALMOST* didn’t go with them….but at the last minute I hopped in the van because I just couldn’t bear the thought of not getting to see my beloved Lake and being away from my family all day. Incredibly thankful I went; it was very good for my soul. :-) My family took several hikes which I wasn’t able to participate in because I’m not quite that strong enough, so I had a lot of alone time with my Bible & Journal, but just BEING THERE was glorious! I could sit out on the beach ALL.DAY.LONG.EVERY.DAY.OF.THE.YEAR and never get tired of it. :-) I also managed to climb up one sand dune!!!! It took me a loooooong time….. seriously, a LONG.TIME. LOL! :-) Climb a few feet, sit down and rest…climb…rest…climb…rest….climb… rest…etc Which frustrated me quite a bit thinking back to the days when I could run up them no problem….but then I had to remember where I was last Fall and how walking 3 steps on my own wasn’t even an option. That vivid recent remembrance of intense weakness made me INCREDIBLY grateful to the Lord for the strength that I DID have and that I was able to climb up one dune. I thought about this quote when I started feeling frustrated at my lack of strength: “It is ALWAYS possible to be grateful for what is given rather than resentful over what is withheld. One or the other will become a way of life.” ~Elisabeth Elliot // I pray my way of life will be one of continually thanking Him for His many blessings in my life and never a “grass is greener on the other side of the fence” mentality. If I don’t cultivate a spirit of gratefulness in the here and now I don’t know that I ever will. <3 Praying He teaches me more of His heart in that area…
Here’s some pictures from the day! Hope you enjoy! It’s fun posting something other than just a strictly medical update now and then. :-)
Us kids with Dad! :-) And yes…I know I know I’m the only one still in my tennis shoes. :-P
Here’s Little Sable Point Light House…..or, what I prefer to call it: Petite Pointe Au Sable Lighthouse…which is technically what it’s name was BEFORE they changed it to Little Sable Point in the year 1910. “Petite” is just a slightly cuter tone than “Little” and somehow sounds more endearingly conducive to the loveliness of Lake Michigan. ;-) Lol…okay, moving on….:-) Somehow, whenever I look at this lighthouse picture I start singing the words to the hymn, “Let the Lower Lights be Burning.” – || “Brightly beams our Father’s mercy, from His lighthouse ever more, But *TO US* He gives the keeping, Of the lights along the shore. Let the lower lights be burning, send a gleam across the wave! Some poor fainting struggling Seaman, You may rescue, you may save.” || That hymn had been going through my mind the past few days ever since taking the lighthouse picture and came back today when I listened to Ravi Zacharias’s testimony on how he came to know Jesus. He had tried to commit suicide as a teenager, but PRAISE GOD it didn’t work. As he lay completely dehydrated and hardly able to move on his hospital bed a man who felt led by the Holy Spirit brought him a Bible…to which Ravi’s Mother read him out of and that’s how Ravi became a Christian! And now, years later, because of the one man’s obedience to the Holy Spirit JUST LOOK at the THOUSANDS if not more people that Ravi and his ministry, “Let My People Think” have touched! I’ve learned so much about history and Christian apologetics from him…I can’t imagine not having Ravi Zacharias a part of the family of God. Thank You, Jesus, for the man who chose to be a “lighthouse” to Ravi and bring him a Bible which in turn saved a “fainting, struggling seaman”! May we all be lighthouses wherever God has placed us!!! None of us are where we are at by chance.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes. Are they not absolutely beautiful?! I’m glad God made sand dunes and Lake Michigan! One of my bucket list things that I haven’t been able to do yet but so desperately want to is to camp out directly on the beach and listen to the waves of Lake Michigan ALL NIGHT LONG. Wouldn’t that be amazing?! :-) Well, I have a lot of Bucket List Adventure things I want to do when I get all better…but that’s probably one of the top ones. ;-)
As far as how I’m doing physically today….honestly, not that great. I’m dealing with tremendous amounts of inflammation and lyme pain today that is making me feel positively miserable. :-/ But it’s okay. All the pictures I took on Sunday make me so very happy! Visiting Lake Michigan was so very good for my soul and I keep replaying the videos I took of Lake Michigan’s waves…such a relaxing sound! Only God could create such beauty. “He shall beautify the afflicted ones with salvation.” ~Psalms 149:4
Well, it was fun writing a post that was on something other than Lyme Disease. Hope you enjoyed this *happy* post and God bless you with an incredible first week of JUNE! To all of my lymie friends who read this…I hope and pray each of you are able to get out and start enjoying the sunshine. I know Summer heat is something so many of you can’t handle and that makes me really sad. I was at that place up until last Summer. And it was really hard not being able to enjoy the outdoor warmth. THANKFULLY as my body has been getting stronger my ability to handle hot temperatures has dramatically improved….Thank You, Jesus! I’m praying that is improving for all of you as well! <3 Stay in HIS Word, pray back His precious promises to Him and don’t let the enemy discourage you or make you doubt anything Jesus says in the Bible. Meditate on His promises until you believe them with everything inside of you. <3 Hiding His Word in your heart will help you so much….even if it doesn’t always feel like it is. <3 To all of you fighting hard battles today with Lyme, “Chin Up Buttercup”! We’re all one day closer to beating this not fun disease! Thank You, Jesus!
“YOU are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with shouts of deliverance.” ~Psalms 32:7
“Against all hope, Abraham IN HOPE BELIEVED…without weakening in his faith…” ~Romans 4:18-19
“My soul be silent unto God; for my expectation is from Him.” ~Psalms 62:5 (I’ve been meditating on this verse recently. My expectation cannot be in treatments or medicine or new Lyme research coming out….my expectation must be COMPLETELY and ONLY on God, my Savior….He will never fail me.)
“There is always the afterward of His gracious promising” …Jesus, Thank You for the “afterward”….but DURING the trial…keep us strong! <3
With Love and Prayers,
P.S.- A quote a wrote in my journal recently and have been going to back to a lot a mulling over: “Joy is not gush; Joy is not jolliness. Joy is simply perfect acquiescence in God’s will, because the soul delights itself in God Himself. “I delight to do thy will”, said Jesus, though the cup was the cross, in such agony as no man knew. It cost Him blood. Oh, take the Fatherhood of God in the blessed Son the Savior, and by the Holy Ghost; REJOICE in the will of God, and *nothing else*. Bow down your heads and your hearts before God, and let the will, the blessed will of God, be done.” ~Prebendary Webb-People, Springs in the Valley, 5/28/15.