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This trouble seems to go on and on. You are still waiting and waiting and waiting...and waiting. Wilderness hopelessness is a favorite lie of the enemy. Here is some perspective for you.


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Finding Perspective While Stuck in the Wilderness

As you rise the next hill your hopes are dashed once again, it’s just more wilderness for miles.  Your trouble seems to go on and on.  You are still waiting and waiting and waiting…and waiting for that relief to come, for that job to be less stressful, for that special someone to come along, for your health to improve,  for things to get better.

This trouble seems to go on and on. You are still waiting and waiting and waiting...and waiting. Wilderness hopelessness is a favorite lie of the enemy. Here is some perspective for you.

The same old scenery makes you antsy…makes you dissatisfied…makes you discouraged.  Wilderness hopelessness is a favorite lie of the enemy…whispering  that God has abandoned you to the scorpions and cactus.  Poor you!

Not so, the Word says.  You can still have a fulfilling, beautiful life while you wander.  The Holy Spirit led me to find these deeply meaningful verses for you, if you read them with the spiritual in mind.

Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands.  Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.  Deuteronomy 8:2-3 NLT 

Here are some noteworthy observations from this passage.

You are being led.

If you remember Israelite history, the people were never alone.  God went before them in a pillar of cloud during the day and a pillar of fire at night.  (fact check: Exodus 13:21-22) This is a profound truth for you to think about…God always kept Himself visible to His people.  All they had to do was look, and there He was.  It may look like you  are going in circles, but the leader is leading…the follower needs to follow.

You are being humbled and tested on purpose.

Somebody much bigger and smarter than you has your best interests at heart.  He promises that things are in the process of working out for your good if you love Him.  (fact check: Romans 8:28)  But now you are hungry…starving, longing for a bite of relief.  Just wait y’all, bread is on the way.

You are being taught how to eat.

There’s purpose to your hunger.  Sometimes you just need to hear that word…purpose.  The gnawing in your spiritual stomach is to teach you  that people do  not live by bread alone….that there is something sweeter for your soul than the physical….that time is not to be wasted with meaningless distractions, where a soul drops exhausted into bed each night, proud to have made it through one more day without dwelling too much on life. Y’all the bread of life is rich and satisfying.  This is how we truly live, by every word that comes from the mouth of God.   So breathe in the aroma of a freshly baked loaf, and cut yourself a slice.

 

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God's wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, in an answered prayer, and in the togetherness of a family. This post is to share a few wonders I captured this summer during our month long road trip, along with Psalm 148.


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Will Wonders Never Cease? No, Never.

The literal answer to this age old expression is, “No, a thousand times NO!”  God’s wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, an answered prayer, a second chance, and the togetherness of a family.  God’s wonders take us to new heights if the one in the middle of the wondrous decides to catch the kite string and soar into the spiritual.

God's wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, in an answered prayer, and in the togetherness of a family.  This post is to share a few wonders I captured this summer during our month long road trip, along with Psalm 148.

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This summer, my husband and I saw many wondrous things in our month long road trip and I would love to share some of my best pictures with you.  Psalm 148 just seems to fit.

God's wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, in an answered prayer, and in the togetherness of a family. This post is to share a few wonders I captured this summer during our month long road trip, along with Psalm 148.

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God's wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, in an answered prayer, and in the togetherness of a family. This post is to share a few wonders I captured this summer during our month long road trip, along with Psalm 148.

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God's wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, in an answered prayer, and in the togetherness of a family.  This post is to share a few wonders I captured this summer during our month long road trip, along with Psalm 148.

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God's wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, in an answered prayer, and in the togetherness of a family.  This post is to share a few wonders I captured this summer during our month long road trip, along with Psalm 148.

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God's wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, in an answered prayer, and in the togetherness of a family.  This post is to share a few wonders I captured this summer during our month long road trip, along with Psalm 148.

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God's wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, in an answered prayer, and in the togetherness of a family. This post is to share a few wonders I captured this summer during our month long road trip, along with Psalm 148.

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God's wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, in an answered prayer, and in the togetherness of a family. This post is to share a few wonders I captured this summer during our month long road trip, along with Psalm 148.

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God's wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, in an answered prayer, and in the togetherness of a family.  This post is to share a few wonders I captured this summer during our month long road trip, along with Psalm 148.

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God's wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, in an answered prayer, and in the togetherness of a family. This post is to share a few wonders I captured this summer during our month long road trip, along with Psalm 148.

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This excerpt from The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones  captures the childlike simplicity of creation and its response to wonder.

And when God saw them He  was like a new dad.  “You look just like me,” He said.  “You’re the most beautiful thing I’ve ever made!”  God loved them with all of His heart.  And they were lovely because He loved them.  And Adam and Eve joined in the song of the stars and the streams and the wind in the trees, the wonderful song of love to the one who made them. 

This post is just a reminder to join the song.

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Pictures:  1)  glacial ice seen on our Alaskan cruise, 2)  hummingbird perched on a branch near her nest in my California son’s yard, 3)  California beach, 4) Oregon coastline,  5) View from a train in Skagway Alaska, 6) More Alaskan beauty, 7) It was a surprise to find Washington Lake Wanapun in the middle of such barren country, 8) My family’s Montana ranch, my favorite place, 9)  Ranch sunset on our last day.  The sky was especially beautiful.  10)  Ranch sunrise  on our last day.  The sky was especially beautiful.

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There is pretty good evidence in scripture of a pattern that shows that by the third generation a spiritual forgetfulness has emerged. Most turn from their parent's God to worship the gods of sensuality. I am making plans to do everything I can to thwart this cycle.


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The Lost Generation

There is pretty good evidence in scripture of a pattern that shows that by the third generation a spiritual forgetfulness has emerged.  First a person, or a group of people, are called out from unbelief to belief, many times due to suffering.  This first generation is thrilled and genuinely grateful to know God.  The second generation, is caught up in the zeal of their parents, but suffer less conviction, because they experience God in a different way, by second-hand news.  The third generation is disconnected from the original story, treating their grandparent’s beliefs as inconsequential and myth-like.  They lack their own identity and most turn from God to worship the gods of sensuality.   Now re-read this paragraph  in context of 2016.

I heard a Bible scholar refer to this phenomenon as the law of the third generation.

There is pretty good evidence in scripture of a pattern that shows that by the third generation a spiritual forgetfulness has emerged.  Most turn from their parent's God to worship the gods of sensuality. I am making plans to do everything I can to thwart this cycle.

The cycle moves as such:  DESERTION OF GOD – SUFFERING – FAITH – PEACE – DISCONTENTMENT – DESERTION OF GOD  and so on.

Tragically, based on Biblical evidence, humanity seems to  lose our next generations during the peaceful times.  Do we talk less about God during these times?  Do we cry out to Him less when life is smooth sailing?  Do we fail to remember the family stories of deliverance, and that peace comes out of struggle?  Do we remain silent before our children to spare them, when in reality we damage them?

I personally have a gory history that I would love to spare  my granddaughter, but which I won’t.  When she is old enough, she will hear from an eyewitness (me) about the graciousness of God and the faithfulness of my mother.  I will explain how hard it was to forgive by showing her my heart and the aftermath of confronting evil.  She will hear the countless struggles I have had with my faith, and she will be shown how God has been compassionate to me and all those I love.

I plan to accomplish these goals by leaving behind my journals to the generations to come, and by adding to my gratitude corner so each answered prayer of anguish and trust will become part of our family history.  And, most importantly, as long as I have breath, I plan to speak the name of my faithful Father, worship the Son with enthusiasm,  and be a living example of keeping in step with the Spirit, even when it’s hard.  The important idea is to not let the generations to come fall into the desertion cycle.  I reject this thought.

A perfect example in scripture comes from Deuteronomy 11.  Moses points out to the people, the first generation,  that their children did not see the wonders and miracles. The second generation did not see how the Lord cared for His people in the wilderness,  but that THEY have seen these things with their own eyes.  vs. 1-7   Moses warns the first generation to be careful because consequences will follow those who forget Him.  vs. 16-17  Moses explains the ONLY way to keep our children faithful…

There is pretty good evidence in scripture of a pattern that shows that by the third generation a spiritual forgetfulness has emerged. Most turn from their parent's God to worship the gods of sensuality. I am making plans to do everything I can to thwart this cycle.

“So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, 21 so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors.”  Deuteronomy 11:18-20 NLT

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Cultural sin...vile but packaged as pure. Poetry is a way for me to express what I am helpless to verbalize. I cry out for the world y'all.


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A Poetic Comment on Cultural Sin

Society in general tends to beautify sin.

Normalize sin.

Cultural sin...vile but packaged as pure. Poetry is a way for me to express what I am helpless to verbalize. I cry out for the world y'all.

In reality sin is dark, crude, and filthy.

Steaming excrement.

The masses cry to turn off the light,

when truth tries to penetrate.

A brutal confrontation with one’s own darkness

in comparison to our Savior’s purity

is the beginning of everything.

Of everything!

Stand before the inner darkness oh soul,

vomit from the stench,

then purposely,

painfully,

let Jesus burn the evil within

to oblivion

until all that is left

is light.

Cultural sin...vile but packaged as pure.  Poetry is a way for me to express what I am helpless to verbalize.  I cry out for the world y'all.

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Picture:  +  Taken at sunset at my family’s ranch in Montana.

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Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please. At the end of the day I was ready to make Banana Blueberry Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Muffins and I tried my hand at dehydrating some in my oven.


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Hooray For the Blueberry!

I can’t say enough about the health benefits of the blueberry.  God was so creative when he thought up these finger staining, antioxidant filled,  disease fighting delights. But they are so expensive and are on the list of produce high in pesticides called the dirty dozen.  Domestic blueberries are  number fourteen,  and imported are number nineteen.    (here is the 2016 list)

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please. At the end of the day I was ready to make Banana Blueberry Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Muffins and I tried my hand at dehydrating some in my oven.

The possibility of pesticides make it important to buy organic blueberries from your local store, which naturally  makes them even more expensive.  Or you could find a local blueberry farm and pick them for yourself.  Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please. I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please.Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please.

But what does one do with that many blueberries?  Well, blueberries freeze beautifully, but I did cook with blueberries for days after our picking adventure   Scroll down to see several recipes I used.

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please.

The small basket we got free

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please.

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please.

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please.

Free blueberry lemonade and a cool country porch when you need a break.

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please.

This makes me happy.

The first thing I tried to do was to dehydrate some of these beauties thinking they would be perfect in my granola recipe.  I used my oven set on 200 degrees for about 5 hours.  I spread out the blueberries on the parchment paper and turned them periodically.  When finished they had the consistency of raisins.  A few were still plump with juice so I just ate those.

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please. At the end of the day I was ready to make Banana Blueberry Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Muffins and I tried my hand at dehydrating some in my oven.

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please. At the end of the day I was ready to make Banana Blueberry Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Muffins and I tried my hand at dehydrating some in my oven.

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please. At the end of the day I was ready to make Banana Blueberry Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Muffins and I tried my hand at dehydrating some in my oven.

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please. At the end of the day I was ready to make Banana Blueberry Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Muffins and I tried my hand at dehydrating some in my oven.

The next thing I made was my Banana Blueberry Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Muffins.  These are adapted from my mother’s banana bread recipe using whole wheat instead of white flour, olive oil instead of butter, and a handful of oatmeal to help with battling my cholesterol.  I have a printable recipe for you below.

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please. At the end of the day I was ready to make Banana Blueberry Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Muffins and I tried my hand at dehydrating some in my oven.

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please. At the end of the day I was ready to make Banana Blueberry Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Muffins and I tried my hand at dehydrating some in my oven.

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please. At the end of the day I was ready to make Banana Blueberry Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Muffins and I tried my hand at dehydrating some in my oven.

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please. At the end of the day I was ready to make Banana Blueberry Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Muffins and I tried my hand at dehydrating some in my oven.

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please. At the end of the day I was ready to make Banana Blueberry Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Muffins and I tried my hand at dehydrating some in my oven.

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please. At the end of the day I was ready to make Banana Blueberry Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Muffins and I tried my hand at dehydrating some in my oven.

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please. At the end of the day I was ready to make Banana Blueberry Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Muffins and I tried my hand at dehydrating some in my oven.

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please. At the end of the day I was ready to make Banana Blueberry Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Muffins and I tried my hand at dehydrating some in my oven.

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please. At the end of the day I was ready to make Banana Blueberry Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Muffins and I tried my hand at dehydrating some in my oven.

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Eating real food is not a diet, it is a lifestyle change and unfortunately clashes with popular food culture.  A decision to eat naturally is often misunderstood by those who do not share your convictions.  Spiritual motivation to change eating habits is not based on weight loss, even though eating naturally does drop the pounds.  Good health for Jesus, and for the temple of the Holy Spirit…your body,  is the greatest motivation.    Being healthy is a form of worship for me as I deny myself what culture tempts me to taste.  See my post  7 Simple Ways to Eat Healthier for more about real food.