Sitting here admiring the view.

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Sitting here admiring the view. Sunlight strong and willing to put a shimmer on the world. Closing out the shadows and all they bring.

If today finds you struggling through a few dimly lit corners, fight for the view.
If we must surrender, let it be to the radiance.

Do we ever stop to consider the control we lend to darkness?
We allow it authority to eclipse truth.
It challenges our senses, nothing seems as it really is.
We live unbalanced, unbelieving and undone by the distortion.

What if we flipped the switch?
What if our reality was lit by the dawning of a new perspective?
What if we saw everyday, everything and everyone through vivid, brilliant Light?

If we rely on God as our beacon in the twilight moments, when our hearts and humanity fail us, He will flood our vision with a new panoramic reality.
He has complete command over lies that live in a veil of deceit and distortion.

Trust Him to light your way through.
Permit His love to shield you in the first hours of dusk when doubt finds it’s way in.
He is the Light, the Truth and the Way.

Sit back and admire the view. The SonLight is strong and willing to put a shimmer on your world.
All you have to do is surrender to the Radiance.
Amen?

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Have you ever walked in my shoes?

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Have you ever found yourself walking down the same path? Ever wonder how you got here again?

It seems like the steps are different, the stride is different, even the scenery is different.

Nothing looks the same. It is a unique journey.

Yet somehow, the course leads you to the usual destination. Memory is fresh and bold. You experience this exposed expanse, a field of fear laid open.

You take a risk and venture in the pursuit of truth. You can’t settle on the road that leads to less than what is promised by God.
So you do it. You take the one step.

Steps are constant movement with measurement, the small things that propel us forward.

They are a repeated pattern, a combination of lifting up and putting down. Lifting up our hearts in pure hope and putting down our roots in pure truth.

It may look like uncommon terrain. It may appear you are wandering in a wasteland, with unfamiliar landscape. The road may seem like it’s strewn with obstacles.

So, how do we navigate the course? What compass will give us perfect direction?

Maybe it’s about staying in step.
Maybe it’s about walking in rhythm and harmony with our very present Guide.
Maybe then we can explore the world with daring and confidence.

No map needed because….
He’s planned the trip from the very beginning of time.

Psalm 32:8 ‘”The LORD says, “I will make you wise and show you where to go. I will guide you and watch over you.”‘

What’s courage look like?

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Rocks, lots and lots of rocks! Big ones, small ones, tall ones, short ones. All have sharp, jagged edges, edges that could wound. It seems a little reckless to be climbing up with all risk laying there exposed for the viewing. Choices to be made, daring to be determined.

With heart beating, we take one step at a time. Looking forward and upward with boldness. No turning back. There’s no room for the meek, no room for the timid. Just enough space between the rock and the hard place for a little fearlessness.

We climb with positive resolve, not because we are unafraid, without anxiety, but because we look to trade uncertainty for confidence.

We shrink back from the unknown, untried, untrue. All the while we hover in fear and limit ourselves by living in this sheltered, shielded stance. At what cost?

Courage never grows from security. It’s a trait that is developed by danger.

We are confronted by the challenge of choice today. Will we stop avoiding that tight, trembling feeling? It’s that feeling we get when we are forced to climb exposed to chance.

Ah, but here’s the one true assurance, the one true insurance. When we relinquish the control to the One who has all control, we stop quavering and our steps become steady and sure and the threat of stumbling is eclipsed by His promise. There’s an outstretched hand and it offers an opportunity to live dangerously by faith.

“fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

Take hold of that promise and live brave and bold my friends.
Living dangerously by faith, that’s what courage looks like!

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Did we miss the sign?

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Early morning rides with just my tunes from my iphone strapped to the bike, ah, sweet freedom!

I had to wait for dawn, not feeling safe or stable in the dark on just two, narrow wheels.
The darkness does that to us doesn’t it? It’s a place that causes us to lose balance. We start to question every move, meeting it with a fearful frame of mind.

Though if I am true to myself, I recognize it’s not just the darkness that causes instability. Even in the light of day, I miss the obvious. My focus causes the faltering.

I have ridden this path, run this path, traveled this path so many times that I am familiar with every crack along the trail. But, did I ever see this sign “WEAK BRIDGE”? How many times did I go right past, without so much as a passing glance? Was I always looking down? Just observing cracks?

If I don’t take notice of the signs, what am I missing in this journey?

Could my “weak bridge” be faulty focus? Is my view askew?

When I remember to look up, give up staring at cracks, it’s amazing the sense of balance that comes with right focus on Him.
I have ridden this path, run this path, traveled this path so many times that I am familiar with every crack along the trail.
But, today is a new day, and I am in search of the strong bridge.
The bridge that allows me to be connected to Him.
The bridge that spans the great divide between us.
He built it out of the strongest material known to humankind, love.
I’m focused on the trail that leads me there.
Ah, sweet freedom is in the crossing.

The rocky road

joy in the hard places
is there joy in the hard places?

There was a path up a mountain in Yosemite National Park that narrowed and became quite steep.

Alone with just my camera, a bit of doubt came creeping close. Was this a good idea, this trekking by myself in unknown territory?

As I followed the curving, climbing pass it became more and more difficult to discern exactly where it was leading, if it was actually leading anywhere at all. I began to wonder if I was following or just wandering. Ever felt that anxiety of being lost? I wasn’t quite sure if I should keep going forward or go back the way I had come.  But, the funny thing is that at each new height I reached, there was some beauty propelling me further. Eventually I was blocked by a huge rock and treacherous groups of ankle biting smaller rocks, and I stood still, weighing the risk involved in those next steps. Isn’t that how it always is? There’s this weighing of things, this trying desperately to find a way to balance. It’s like a dance of two steps forward, ten steps back, the “Y” in the road, turn left, turn right, or just plain turn. How will we ever know if we are going in the right direction at all? Is there progress or are we simply stuck in the lost and found waiting for someone who sees the big picture to pluck us out and set us on course again.

Just as I was really beginning to feel a bit distressed, I heard voices from above me. Above me on the path, that I could no longer even discern because of the blockade of boulders, came two people who had hiked all the way to the top. I never would have thought there was a way to take even one more step.

Doesn’t God have a great way of showing us His view through others? I hope you have been blessed by someone who walked alongside you on those rocky paths and helped you pick your way through the rubble of troubles. Yes, sometimes you have to go left, sometimes right and sometimes you even have to turn around completely to find that path to the top. When you find yourself at that impasse, and you don’t see a way, know that there are truths to cling to.

You are not walking a path that has not been traveled before you, and there is a way through. And the most amazing thing is that He leaves little moments of beauty to propel you toward Him. Dig out your Bible, you’ll find amazing truth to light your way.

Isaiah 30:21 ‘If you go the wrong way–to the right or to the left–you will hear a voice behind you saying, “This is the right way. You should go this way.” ‘

And my friends, every new day, I look for His way. It’s the easiest path to the top. Join me, there’s a beautiful view!