petrichor (n.)

Today, as I walked out to my car I experienced petrichor, a word I learned just yesterday.

Today, I smelled it: spring.

I smelled spring in the rain that fell on the ground.

A guarantee that new life is coming, that winter is nearly over.

I sensed hope. Hope that God is doing a new work in my life.

[ See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland. ]
~Isaiah 43:19 

Today, I am ever so thankful that I serve a God who never stops growing us, who never gives up on us, and yet a God who is always constant. Today, I am thankful for petrichor, for spring, for hope, for “ways in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

Jan Berenstain (1923-2012)

Jan Berenstain died Friday at the age of 88. The Berenstain Bears books were a staple in my reading catalog for, well, a very long time. I remember my grandparents reading them to me every time I stayed at their home, even though the stories never changed. I remember the thrill of finding a new Berenstain Bears book that I had yet to read or the thrill of buying a new one. I remember identifying with Brother or Sister Bear so many times.

Really, it’s amazing the legacy Stan and Jan Berenstain have left behind. How many lives they touched. How many of us have memories tied to those books.

http://www.npr.org/2012/02/27/147516778/jan-berenstain-co-creator-of-berenstain-bears-dies

Image

One of the first Berenstain books I remember reading:Image

Where to Find Happiness

I thoroughly enjoyed this post from Ann Voskamp. I’ve posted blogs of her’s before and every time I am struck by her power with words.¬†http://www.aholyexperience.com/2012/02/where-to-find-happiness/

A few favorite lines:

“God is literally all around us.”

“Honk if you are happy” is in reality: “To¬†be¬†happy, honk.”

And “Give thanks if you are joy-filled” is in reality: “To¬†be¬†joy-filled,¬†give¬†thanks.”

devotion

I felt God leading me to Habakkuk today, so I opened up my Bible and my eyes were immediately drawn to these two notes that I wrote a little over a year ago from a Jim Lo sermon on 11/12/20:

“God is more concerned that we trust Him than that we feel Him” and
“Habakkuk means ‘to embrace, to cling to’ “

“The Sovereign LORD is my strength;
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
He enables me to go on the heights.”
Habakkuk 3:19

That is exactly what I’m trying to learn right now: cling to Christ and listen to His voice. I may not feel Him, but that’s not the point…He is constant, He is there, and I must keep trusting Him. And if you’ve read any of my previous posts, you would probably know that music is one of the clearest ways God speaks to me. Even so, when I heard this song I was floored. These lyrics are better than any prayer that I can voice today:

All My Devotion by Kristene Mueller
Beautiful Man,
Beautiful God,
You’re more than worth my time.
You’re more than worth these longings of my heart
Left unfulfilled,
Just for a time.

And I know You don’t come as easy as some,
But I will watch and pray,
I will watch and pray.

Beautiful Man,
Beautiful God,
You’re more than worth my time.
You’re more than worth these longings of my heart
Left unfulfilled,
Just for a time.

For all my devotion belongs to this Man.

And I know You don’t come as easy as some,
But I will watch and pray,
I will watch and pray.

Isn’t God so great? Isn’t it so refreshing and encouraging when He shows Himself just when you think He won’t?

psalm 139

psalm 139

1 You have searched me, LORD,
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you, LORD, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.

7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,‚ÄĚ
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand‚ÄĒ
when I awake, I am still with you.

23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

photo a day

Really? Am I jumping on this bandwagon? Yes, I am. I used to think it was rather dumb, but now I see it as a great way to be intentional with your day and a great way to remember your year. Think of all those pictures you can look back on!

Check it out here: https://oftheroaditravel.wordpress.com/month-in-photos/ or click the tab at the top (P.S. make sure you watch the video I attached! SO beautiful.)