Surviving the Battle Part 1

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain…Hebrews 6:19 NIV

None of us have the perfect life. We have ups and downs and for some itseems like life is always teetering at the top of a roller coaster. We are either waiting for the excitement of the drop or the fear of the anticipated nightmare. None of us plan for the nightmare, or at least I don’t believe we should.

My nightmare began 9 years ago with a Facebook request. A woman wanting to know how I knew Antonio. Hmm… “my husband,”I wrote. That day forever changed the course of my life. It is not until today, 9 years later, that another nightmare has put me back on the very course God intended me to be on.

Nothing could have prepared me for the second time, but God did. He prepared me for the battle that lied ahead. The battle for heart, soul and love. Satan wants so badly to rip up our anchors and destroy our arrows. I am reminded of the God I serve who does battle for us and with us if only we be still.

I want to encourage any one who is going through a battle this day. A battle for your marriage, your children,your life, and know and remember who is the One in which we cling. He builds our armies and sharpens our tools to focus on Him. Through His Word, through His life, we will find the victory.

But, to keep it real, it sucks. People tend to suck and most days I stink as well. It is not easy to stay in front of the chaos and sadness. Depression and anxiety try to steal your joy and for many years I have allowed it to. It is a real thing, depression and anxiety, and we need to know when it is time for us to ask for help. God made us to be in community. He made our bad days not for us, but to strengthen others in there times of mishap. I strongly believe,all that happens is not by mistake. God will use it for good. I have to believe that, and I hope you do to.

No better directions in life can be found outside of the Bible. It is our guide back to the Father and I pray we can walk this together. One step at a time.

Be blessed this day,

Spring

He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver.

Isaiah 49:2 NIV

Spring

My name is Spring. You probably will never read this. This is my first post.  Writing, well poetry and journaling, have been my healing grace. Especially during this season of my life.  I find healing in words and I find healing in the Word. The Word of God. Every piece of my house is dotted with scriptures and  plaques. Grateful. You are Loved. Pray Often. Be Strong. Joy. Yet, like all of you, challenges come. Days are long. Nights are short. Life can be one trial after another. How do we do what we do? How do we get by when life kicks us down?  Well, dear sisters, we get up and we stand. 

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.” (1 Corinthians 16:13-14)

In the Orchard. This is one of my favorite places to be. Growing up I had apple trees in my backyard, a strawberry patch, blackberries and raspberries and my grandmother would grow tomatoes and just about anything she could. It was one of my favorite places to be. The cool of the shade.  My cousin reaching the top of the tree and throwing down the best ones. The first bite of summer. It was my hiding place. It was the place I would imagine my life differently. It was where I dreamed. 

In the Orchard is a place to rest your hearts and minds from everyday life. From the chaos of losing you and finding to whom you belong. A place to grow. A place to pick things up or to let them down. A place to let your roots grow deep into the meaning of your life. By growing in the One who created you.

“Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught and you will overflow with thankfulness. Colossians 2:7 NLT