Devotion by Julie

Hello my most precious child! I hope today is a relaxing end of summer day. As I lay beside Tommy who doesn't feel good, I feel a great sense of responsibility. He hasn't taken naps in quite awhile but the last couple of days he has slept more than he's been awake. I hurt for him and I feel helpless to make it better. All I can do is snuggle him in close and let his body fight the battle it has to do. I think about God and how this is exactly what He does for me. When I am sad or afraid or hurting or are just overwhelmed by life, God is there. He allows me to work out whatever my issue is for the day without judgement or criticism. He is simply present with me. Amazing concept. I am thankful that I can say I have a Heavenly Father who is always there just when I need Him most. My prayer for you today is that you will close your eyes and feel His presence. He's not intrusive. He doesn't make you feel less than....no, He let's you feel loved. May God's blessings be upon you and may you always know his grace. Love and hugs!

Devotion by Julie

Good morning oh most precious child! I trust your day is off to a great start. Someone that we dearly love is having to make some really tough choices about medical treatment. She will have to decide the path she will go down now. She and I have talked in the past and she tells me there is nothing to worry about because it is what it is and she accepts that. In a way learning we are getting to the tough choices is hard. We argue or bargain or rage. But not her. She is ready for whatever happens. I tell her I am concerned about her but not worried because I know she is at peace about the next steps she will face. She has chosen minimal treatment. Do you think you can accept the tough decisions we all have to make? Do you think your faith would keep the fear and grief in check? The answer for her is yes. My prayer for you today is that you look around in your life. See if your choices, whether they be hard or easy, are ones you can live with. Figure out your next step and then turn it over to God. He has your back and He will even carry you if you can no longer stand. May God's love and His peace be with you. May you be filled with acceptance for what is to come. And always, always remember your Heavenly Father is a breath away. Love is the medicine, and the only medicine that can get you through and this beautiful lady is loved beyond measure. God's blessings on you today and may faith, courage and perseverance lead you where you need to go. Love and hugs!

Devotion by Julie

Hello my precious child! There is a chill in the air and the leaves are starting to turn. I love this time of year and all the changes that come with it. I always loved the start of school as the kids reconnected with friends they hadn’t seen all summer. And honestly, while I love to go swimming and have picnics and just have fun together, I feel a sense of relief to have some me time. It is also a time of transition for God’s creation. The grapes and choke cherries are ready to pick, corn and fresh vegetables and lots of other food are abundant. I wish they could spread all the bounty out just a little bit so I could savor all the flavors over a longer time. It’s time to put away the patio furniture and move the plants inside. It is a time of settling in and hibernating and having the taste of soup or pot roast in the crockpot. My prayer for you today is that you will see this time as a positive. It is like our lives...we are aging and our bodies aren’t working the way they used to. Take time to savor the time of life you are currently in and see the good in the sometimes tough times. May God bless you with His presence in your life. Love and hugs.

Devotion by Julie

Hey there precious one! I trust your day is treating you kindly. Music has always been a vitally important part of my life. When I would get frustrated and angry, my mom would send me to the piano to pound it out. When I was happy, the piano sound was more gentle and flowing. When I was working on my masters degree, my kids would know the kind of mood I was in because of the music playing in our house. If it was classic, the best plan was just to be quiet and hang out in your room. If it was piano or instrumental music with no singing music, moms studying. But if it was on the station they had been listening to at the volume they were listening to, they could ask me most anything and the answer would be yes. Music was also something I shared with my dad. He had a beautiful tenor voice and I loved accompanying him. I asked him to sing for my wedding. He said yes if he got to pick the song. His choice was to sing "where are you going my little one." He sang it right before he gave me to Dana. My prayer for you is to think about and remember a song that means/meant a lot to you. Listen to it with your eyes closed and just let yourself drift back to how you felt, who did you listen to it with and listen to the words if there are any. Life is too short to waste when it comes to music. Music soothes the hurts in your life. Music can heal the holes in your life. Music can lift you up so you can fly. My prayer is that you will take time to listen to your "favorite " song and be filled. God bless you and keep you. May He shine His countenance upon you. And may He give you His peace. Love and hugs!

Anticipation

Hello beautiful child! I trust your week is coming to a peaceful end. We are in the airport in San Fransisco waiting to get on the plane to Denver. We left the car in Denver, so since we are arriving late at night, we will stay there tonight and drive home tomorrow. I thought about how many journeys in our life are sort of like this trip. We work hard to get ready to go, anticipating what we will need. Then the first leg comes. We are excited and ready to go. We go to the next step, again anticipating and planning for a place we may not even know about. Each stop on our journey, we heave a sigh of relief and relax and cruise for awhile. Then you start preparing for the next step. At the end of our journey, we just want to be home. We are tired yet calm at the same time. Our lives are like this...we come brand new and need to learn. We are sponges! Then we move into other parts of our life: school, dating, graduation, college, marriage (sometimes divorce), jobs and life in general. We anticipate and plan for the next leg in our journey. We also learn about loss and grief. We learn about faith and forgiveness. And then, as we get closer to the end of our life, we yearn to go home on high....to see those who have gone before us and to see our Father face to face. Through all of these stages, we can learn to be accepting or we can go kicking and fighting all the way. I choose to work towards acceptance and forgiveness for I know that in heaven there is no more strife, fighting and grief. We are home. My prayer for you today is that you will prepare for and accept whatever the next leg of your journey is. May you always remember that you are a child of God. God bless! Love and hugs!

Julie