Four Years Ago…….

I was just surprised to see WordPress acknowledge my four year anniversary today. I vaguely remember when I felt A Secret Spring ‘drop into my spirit’ as I was meditating on Song of Songs. 

I knew it was the name of my blog and the conception of something new for me. However, I could have never known the adventure that awaited me over the past 4 years and that I wouldn’t actually begin blogging until September 7, 2019.

The Lord knew. I had NO idea.

It was better that way, because I wouldn’t have wanted to know of the hardships that were coming. 

I dealt with my crash/burnout when it came and my long 26 month recovery to regain healthy functioning. 

I took one day at a time and sometimes only one minute at a time to get through. The Lord Jesus was faithful and continues to be faithful in my healing journey.

During my break from blogging the past few months, the Lord has been showing me some exciting things that I am currently working on and towards. It is exciting to be healthy enough to dream again and pursue my passions. I continue to discover, in more detail, what He put me on this planet to do.

I look forward to sharing it with you all as soon as possible. I’m guessing it could be as early as the end of September or the beginning of October.  

I’ve learned to follow His leading and wait on His timing. Life works best this way! 😉

Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read my posts and support me on my journey. I really appreciate you!

Love and blessings to you and your family!

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Provision: One Day at a Time

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My grandmother

This past weekend we celebrated my grandmother’s 100th birthday! What a milestone! She is the mother of 4, grandmother of 9 and great-grandmother of 4. She has modeled a life of prayer and service and is deeply loved by all who know her.

Already in a reflection mode, I retrieved some scrapbooks from the attic that I had recently rediscovered.  The other night we decided to look through them as a family. It was fun sharing our baby pictures and upbringing with our kids.

In addition to the scrapbooks, I also rediscovered letters I had handwritten to my kids during their first few years of life. They were labeled by name and age and included the date they were written.

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I read out loud the first letter I had written to each of my children. It detailed my love and joy of my firstborn at 3 months old. It shared what she was able to do, what she was learning and what she was discovering. It also shared my hopes for her relationship with Jesus and the future.

After not seeing them for over 13 years, it was so amazing to go back in time and be reminded of some things we had forgotten. We laughed at the similarities that were evident at such a young age and still very true today.

We did the same for my son, although his letters started at 6 months, and were just as amazed.  Again, we laughed and marveled at the time capsule gift from what feels like ages ago. The reminders stirred up more memories and stories. Of course the kids wanted me to keep reading letters, but we decided we would only read one letter a night.

While I enjoyed the letters for all the same reasons my family did, I was even more struck by the content and how each letter highlighted areas that each child is currently struggling with. The letters repeated key themes for each child that they needed to hear and be reminded of regularly.

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I was amazed at the provision of the Lord to inspire me to write and address areas long before there were actual traumas to heal and challenges to overcome. I praised God for His care for my family! He knew we would NEED those letters on multiple levels. What I thought was just a neat idea (from somewhere) was actually His leading and showing His personal care for me and my family. While He didn’t prevent the heartaches and bad things from happening, He has walked closely with us through them and promises to continuing to do so: one day at a time.

So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfill his designed purpose.  Romans 8:28 TPT

May we all have the gift to see the ways the Lord has been present and made preparations ahead of time for the hard times we have walked through or may be walking through now. He truly IS in control, and has ALWAYS been in control, working ALL things for our good.

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