Wednesday, February 24, 2016

When walking my dogs today, I literally 'smelled' spring in the air, even though living in a midwest state, you realize there's still cooler temps and whiteness that doesn't leave til April, or when the birds are singing in full chorus!! But we all look forward to a promise of good things to come, just as Jesus has prepared for us the promise of eternity in heaven with Him, taking on our sins, dying on the Cross, and in his Resurrection assuring us salvation.

 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.
                                                        1 Thessalonians 5:9-10

What a comfort knowing our eternal home in heaven is waiting for us, and living our days on earth is a temporary weigh station that's filled with ups and downs of worldly circumstances and situations that can sometimes cloud what lies ahead. In reading,studying and applying His word, we can live within our world knowing the right direction and having the right attitude, maintaining faith and hopefulness in what God has planned in our lives.

Through him and for his name's sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith. And you also are called to belong to Jesus Christ.
                                                        Romans 1:5-6

As you go through your days, open your eyes and your ears to what God wants us to hear and see.
Co-workers, neighbors, friends are a part of our ever-changing world and the vision we have before us.
His word doesn't change, and it's that constant that can keep us focused and living in faith and obedience to God, and showing love to our fellow neighbors.

Wandering through Life - Hope for Neighbors Christian gift book allows us to see God's grace and love present in our ordinary lives.

**A special Study Guide written by Wendy Nelson will soon be available to purchase to be used in conjunction with the book, digging deeper into His word and exploring the stories and verses further.**

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The slate is clean. Our to-do lists and resolutions and constitutions might start to wane a little as the beginning of the year falls short of our plans and expectations and vision of what is to come.
The word "our" is a part of that disappointment if 2016 isn't all "we" want or hope for, or strive to happen. Unless reliance and plans begin with trusting the Lord instead of our own resources, we set ourselves up to fail, to knock ourselves back down because of personal things we have done, or not done at this point. Starting with prayer with the Lord's direction fuels our hearts and minds where He has planned for us, and accepting His guidance prepares us for the ups and downs we encounter daily. There will be trials, there will be triumphs, and the Lord will be with us through all of them.
"Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I have in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire but you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." -- Psalm 73:23-26
Wandering through Life, Hope for Neighbors Christian gift book illustrates the hope and the promise each and every day when we allow Jesus to be first in our lives, preparing a clean slate daily, washing our sins clean.  May this year be a blessing and full of promise and light amidst the dark and troubled times that come upon our lives. Be assured of His forgiveness, His grace, and His everlasting love.
Wishing you peace and promise and assured faith in Christ alone.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Often in this haphazard world, we long and strive for immediacy and perfection and instant gratification. And the solution is often looked for from within ourselves or friends, or people we feel we can trust and take comfort from in whatever situation befalls us that we feel helpless or unsure.
The only 'necessity' we really need and require is the belief and hope that God can see us through those times…reliance and focus on His word and promise. He is the steady landing in our precarious lives.
EXPECT troubles will come in your days, but also KNOW that He is beside us during each and every moment. We are never alone.  I encourage you to read Wandering through Life - Hope for Neighbors Christian Gift Book
and find solace in finding God's extraordinary ways woven into our own everyday lives….full of brokenness, yet gaining strength from God and God alone.  He finds us where we are at - in the highs, in the lows, and reaches for us.

  "He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.
    He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.
    They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support.
    He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me."
                                                     Psalm 18:16-19

He DELIGHTED in me. How incredible to have delight from Him for us. Rest assured in His saving grace and what He has chosen for us….a sanctuary in His loving arms.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

As the days slip into another cooler pattern with warmer colors of God's beauty, we are reminded of what He provides for and secures for us in our daily needs. Believing in His assurance begins and ends with God's provisions.
   "Nevertheless, he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness."   --Acts 14:17

Wandering through Life- A Hope for Neighbors Christian Gift Book is a reminder of His constant presence in our lives.  It's stories about our interactions and reactions with neighbors, friends, co-workers, family members.  It's about noticing and seeing the world in God's light... looking where He wants us to look, beyond the clutter of the busyness and oftentimes emptiness where we look to fill voids, and seeking and reading scripture to gain fullness in our own daily journey.

Wandering through Life- A Hope for Neighbors Christian Gift Book also will have an 80-page study guide to accompany it that will be available soon!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Spring - a time of renewal, a time when we are reminded of His plan, and God's promise for our lives.  Wandering through Life - A Hope for Neighbors Christian Gift Book offers a glimpse of hope and encouragement in living out God's purpose, seeing and believing through His word and application.

    Our hope is in His name.  Blessings in this season of growth as you explore God's abundance that he's supplied us with.  May you have renewed faith studying scripture and sharing His word with others. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Our new book, Wandering through Life - A Hope for Neighbors Christian Gift Book, is now available to purchase through our website!
Share the gift of hope through God's word and inspiration for daily living.

Stories, scripture, and photographs in a 48-page hardcover gift book provide encouragement and assurance of God's presence in our lives.  Wherever you are in your faith walk, Wandering through Life helps in understanding our earthly existence becoming an eternal provision and promise of everlasting life with Him.

Joy and peace to you this holiday season.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Wandering through Life - A Hope for Neighbors Christian Gift Book helps and encourages us to realize we are not alone, and that God is with us, preparing the way in our earthly life existence to the kingdom he has prepared for us.
    1Co 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.