Posts made in September 2012

Who Knew an African Safari Would Teach Christianity 101?!

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 in Faith | 2 comments

It’s been my lifelong dream to go on safari in Africa.  But after my amazing week at CURE Kenya, I didn’t know how even the famed Masai Mara could possibly compare.  I had felt God’s Presence and Love so powerfully at the hospital!  It was bittersweet to leave such a meaningful experience and start a new, totally different adventure the same day… especially one that wouldn’t be as overtly “Christ-centered,” I thought.  But grateful for the opportunity–not to mention during peak season of the wildebeest migration–I asked God to open my eyes, ears, heart and mind to whatever HE wanted to reveal.  With my family back home in the States, this safari was a vacation with my “first love” (Revelation 2:4).  I was excited to take Jesus’ hand and follow wherever He’d lead… physically and spiritually.

The morning before my first game drive I prayed:  “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long” (Psalm 25:4-5).  “Teach me” He did!  It didn’t take long to sense God’s glorious Presence just as strongly as at CURE Kenya–albeit very differently.  “All day long” my eyes feasted on image after image of the stuff dreams are made of, and I SAW different truths of Scripture… just like I had “seen” Psalm 23 the day I met Emmanuel!  My amazingly creative God revealed Himself to me in ways I couldn’t have experienced anywhere else on the planet.  There’s much more, but these are five highlights of what “God my Savior” showed me….

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Puppy Love ~ A Doctor’s Prescription for ‘”Rest and Love”…for Us!, Part Two

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 in Faith | 4 comments

Yesterday it was raining–a somewhat out of the ordinary occurrence here in Colorado Springs.  Moist and verdant, the outside world looked remarkably beautiful and peaceful.  Ever since the wildfires in our city this summer, I view rain as soothing love from heaven.  Our land desperately needed it then.  My soul desperately needed it yesterday.

Perhaps you or someone you know is dying for refreshment… emotionally, mentally, spiritually or physically.  Maybe it feels like all of the above.  Whether it’s raining where you are or not, we can rest assured God’s love ALWAYS reigns.  We need only “be still” and let His soothing water flow over and through us (Psalm 46:10).

For several weeks God has been using my precious puppy as a role model of rest… again.  Some of you may recall when, last December, Pebbles suffered intense pain and no longer had use of her hind legs.  She had emergency surgery, and her doctor prescribed “rest and love” for six to eight weeks.  You can imagine the state of my heart when, last month, she started having similar symptoms again.

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