My Hero Wins!

I am trying to look at what is going on in my life and then see what God is trying to teach me.  Today, I feel like JOB!  It seems there are obstacles everywhere I turn.  How does God fit into all of this?  Every January/February I make an effort through prayer to ask the Lord what He wants to teach me each year – a scripture, a character development issue etc…  So, consequently, I am seeking God in this season as to what He is trying to teach me through the pain. Remember, always, that God does not give sickness, but He uses it for good in our lives.  I am looking for the good every day in this.   It is interesting that in January, I am scheduled to be a speaker at a conference called “Seasons.”  Let me tell you…this is a season.

Yesterday, we spent more than 8 hours at the Kidney Transplant Center.  My poor hero went through so much – blood work, scans, Drs. and nurses.  We were on information overload.  By the time we left the hospital late that afternoon, we looked at one another and realized once again that our journey will involve learning to live one day at a time.  I know that my lesson for the year 2016 is  – There is only grace for today.

As I have said before, I usually live for the future.  I am always visualizing, planning and getting excited about what is to come.  Now, I am forced to live for the now.  I can’t plan for too many tomorrows but doesn’t God say that His grace is sufficient?  2 Cor. 12:9 in the New Living Translation says it this way:  “Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need.  My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses so that the power of Christ can work through me.”

I confess that I am weak and that I need Christ.  As I watch the hero of my life (Jesus first, of course) take each day as it comes, I am reminded of the gift that God gave me many years ago as a college sophomore when this amazing man walked into my life.  I have learned more lessons in life by watching his stable character in every step of the journey given to him as he walks with a positive, uplifting heart no matter what comes his way. Today, I declare that this journey is about taking one day at a time, walking in the grace God has given me for today and once again, watching and appreciating the man God gave me.  He remains my hero.



There’s a Crane on my Fence!


As I was enjoying my breakfast the other morning, I looked out the patio window and much to my surprise, a crane (in AZ) landed on my fence. Its long neck held high, the crane perched itself there for more than 20 minutes.  I watched as it would twist its neck in several different directions possibly scoping out the land.  Knowing that cranes enjoy bodies of water, I was stunned to see it perched on the fence just enjoying my turf.

There is a small little pond to the right of our fence but certainly not the type of water this bird would require.  But here it landed and here it was going to stay.  Interested in this dynamic bird’s story, of course, I went right to my Wikipedia to read up on its history.  I wanted to know a little gossip about my little friend.  I think that my 20 minutes of observation taught me much more than my encyclopedia.

I watched the crane stretch her neck to carefully observe her surroundings.   As she enjoyed the wonderful sun, she remained alert and ready to fly in a moment’s notice.   As I drank my coffee (By the way ~ I wrote a devotional on coffee breaks with Jesus) and pondered all of this, I was reminded that the home we are renting for a few weeks here in AZ is surrounded by four ceramic owls.  Unlike the crane, the owl does not have a long neck but she has eyes with nictitating membranes that can move independently of each other. Both these species can see more clearly and more distinctly than most species.  This morning it seemed as though nature was speaking clearly again reminding me to stop and observe the “NOW.”

Psalm 39:4  “Lord, make me to know my end and (to appreciate) the measure of my days – what it is; let me know and realize how frail I am (how transient is my stay here). (Amp.)

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It doesn’t matter how busy you may be or how much you have to do today, there is a crane on your fence reminding you to slow down a minute and enjoy the moment.  Our every moment is measured in time and every day is a gift.  Our families are a gift and they are a once in a lifetime opportunity and every moment of laughter with them and every tear that falls to the ground is a once in a lifetime moment that can never again be replicated.  I think the Father is speaking to a busy, overworked world and saying, let everything go for this one precious moment – it is my gift to you.  If you just take a moment to stop, I think you will find a crane on your fence somewhere, sometime during the day.  God is waiting to speak a loving word to you through life.  It is one short moment away.

Hey, will you continue to take a moment with me?

Reconnect with Jesus… Eat Your Eggs Slowly… and Watch for the Crane on Your Fence…      THIS IS YOUR MOMENT!

Join me on my journey to 1000 thankful moments. I am now up to 200.  Remember, put your notebook somewhere easy to get to and keep looking for those thankful moments and jot them down.


You are loved today,   Julaine