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The vegetable garden

Outside with a gentle breeze and the sun warming my dark colored Wellies, I realized it was time to update you on our garden.

Which wasn’t easy, because in my mind it’s not finished.

I much rather wait to post pictures when the seeds have popped out of the ground, the wood chip covered paths are complete and weed free.

But those things are part of the continuing effort to grow our own food.

The reality is the garden will always be a work in progress.

An excellent reminder of life.

For me, I keep falling into the lie that if I just…then things would be easy or smooth or something better.

This idea of getting things a certain way, then it will all be great is a myth.

For if we are constantly looking at the future it robs us of the truth and the blessings in today.

This being said, I felt I should post pictures of my garden although there are weeds everywhere, chips missing still, and visually empty containers waiting for the seeds to germinate.

Because life is a process not a destination, outside of the most important one: Heaven.

In this digital visual age of Photoshop and other ways to edit our pictures, I think we see what looks like perfection and it taints us to the beautiful realities all around us.

I wanted to share, in these unedited pictures, what God has blessed us with in today.

It’s a work-in-progress just like I am.

Isaiah 61:11 NKJV — For as the earth brings forth its bud, As the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, So the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for being holy, set apart. Thank You for the blessings of Your Word and Your salvation. Thank You for working in us and through us. Lord Jesus, thank You that You don’t expect us to be perfect before You extended Your salvation, but You loved us so much You died for us when we were yet sinners. Lord Jesus, thank You that we can find so much joy and truth in Your ways so that following You is a daily choice to pickup our cross and walk in Your calling. Lord, thank You that You are not finished with me yet, but I am a work-in-progress. Lord, thank You that You have promised to cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all nations. With that truth in mind, help me to praise You throughout today and to cling to Your Word that I might walk in Your righteousness. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

Praising the Lord for chickens

This is the back of our chicken coop.

I started painting the back first, so my husband could work on the run and not be waiting on me to paint it first.

I was blessed to have a beautiful day and the energy to do it all at once last weekend.

My husband had finished the inside where the chicks will be and we moved them.

(They don’t care if I’ve not finished painting the rest of the coop!)

I knew they had out grown the place we had them, but I had not anticipated how much they were going to like their new home.

They pecked and chirped and scratched and chirped and jumped on the feeder and back down and tried to fly and ran in circles and chirped some more.

They were very happy chicks.

The funny thing was, getting them into their new home.

I tried tilting the tote I’d carried them in so they could just jump out, but they wouldn’t.

Instead of jumping into the “unknown”, which it was a tiny distance, they crowded in on top of one another to the extent I was afraid they were going to be harmed.

So, I moved the tote and began picking them up one by one and placing them on the floor.

Their shock at the change was evident by their bewildered wandering about at first.

By the time I got the last chick out of the tote the first ones were busy exploring and chirping their satisfaction.

We all just stood around watching them and their antics.

We laughed when one little chick decided to try flying, but obviously doesn’t know how to steer and nearly flew directly into our son’s lap, for he was sitting on the floor.

The little bird nearly fell over itself trying to get away from him.

These little feathered bits of fluff are a blessing to our family.

Not just the future of having our own eggs, but because we are enjoying God’s creation.

Watching the unique ways God has made other creatures is an opportunity to praise Him.

While my heart is very thankful for both of these things, I’m especially grateful for the provision of God.

I remember telling our son-in-law, before we started the process to move here: “Well, pray, because it would take a miracle for us to be able to do that.”

Not only did He provide the miracle for us to move, He supplied all our needs to make renovations for my health, and now He’s given us opportunities to raise our own food.

Truly, God is incredible and His ways are not our ways.

As I daily enjoy the task of caring for our chicks, I’m reminded of my Lord and Savior who so graciously looks after me.

1 Peter 5:7 NKJV — casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your provision. Thank You for supplying all our needs and looking after us so we’ll. Lord, thank You for even those times I can’t understand how Your working through a circumstance. I know I can always trust that You are. Lord, please help me to remember that there’s an enemy out there, trying to steal, kill, and destroy and that I need to remain inside Your protection so I’m not allowing a place for the enemy anywhere in my life. For Lord, the enemy doesn’t want to just harm me, he’s after the innocent, the helpless, the young, and I don’t want to be the reason he is able to reach others. Lord, please teach me how to pray, that I might stand in the gap for those who cannot. Please teach me how to walk in righteousness, so I’m not soiling myself or others through sin. Lord, please help me to recognize evil and stay away from it, that I might not be used by the enemy. Thank You for Your truth. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for all Your wonderous works! I love You, Jesus. Amen.

“Broken, broken”

That’s what he said multiple times as he carefully handed me each piece.

Our grandson is 1 and his vocabulary is growing like crazy, so are his fine motor skills.

As this toy is evidence.

I’d handed him the toy a bit earlier and had noticed the bottom of the van was loose in one place.

If Bubba had simply driven it on the floor it would have been fine.

If he’d simply carried it around the house, as he often does with cars, it would have been fine.

The toy was simply old and had come loose in one small place.

But that one tiny area grabbed his attention and he pulled on it until it gave way.

Without the base there was nothing to hold the wheels in place, so he removed them too.

With these things done he looked it over and said, “Broken broken!”

I chuckled, “Because you broke it.”

He couldn’t understand me, but wasn’t upset.

It was soon forgotten as he went off to play with something else.

I put the pieces out of reach and out of sight.

This morning I scooped up the pieces to throw away.

But my heart pricked me and I took a picture of them instead.

Isn’t this a perfect example of what happens when I focus on the one thing which isn’t perfect rather than enjoy the opportunity?

Too often I’m robbed of the joy or the time with others because I’m focused on one thing which isn’t quite right.

I want everything to be a certain way, and when it isn’t I can fall into the trap of the enemy.

Allowing the enemy and my own sinful desires to rob me of what the Lord has given.

And if I choose to pick at the problem, take it all apart, I might even mess up what God had given in the first place, because instead of rejoicing in the gift, I’m complaining about what was given.

The book of Numbers shows clearly why complaining is a bad idea and how God feels about it.

I don’t want to ruin the blessings He gives by my poor attitude or sinful perspective.

I don’t want to miss the gifts of the Lord.

I don’t want to pull apart something He gave me and hand it back with the words: “It doesn’t work, it’s broken” all because I broke it.

Instead, I want to use the things He gives me with joy and gratitude.

I want my words to bring Him glory.

I want my perspective to be based on God’s Word and walking in faith.

After all, He’s in the business of using those who are broken, weak, and insignificant in the eyes of the world.

1 Corinthians 1:27-29 NKJV — But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,
that no flesh should glory in His presence.

Truly, everything we have the ability to do or make is because God Himself gave us the ability.

It is truly folly to glory in ourselves or other creations when all honor, all glory belongs to the Lord.

1 Corinthians 1:30-31NKJV — But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.”

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for this reminder. Thank You that although I’m not always quick to be thankful for things, I know You are teaching me how to be. Lord, please continue to help my tongue to speak words that edify, that I might benefit those who listen. Lord, I thank You and praise You for all these things, both the lessons and the ways You teach my heart. Please continue to hone me into Your likeness, that I might bring glory to Your name. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

*Just because we think something is “broken, broken” doesn’t mean God can’t put it back together, just like my son repaired the toy.

Like a little child

(Please forgive me for not getting this posted yesterday, but I was super busy enjoying my grandbabies and forgot!)

The older I get, the more I understand.

My children taught me so many lessons about trust, obedience, faith, and the lack of any or all of these.

Now, I’m learning from my grandchildren.

It’s a different walk, because I don’t see them every day.

There’s also the change in perspective and the difference in me.

Of course, I’m also older and have experienced life longer.

With all these differences, the lessons are no less profound.

I was recently struck by how easily a small child can become frightened.

An infant, especially, can be filled with fear just over something unexpected.

How similar I am.

Just an unexpected break in our routine can sometimes cause me to be afraid.

Trying something new, is an area I fight being fearful of.

But these are not the areas where God wants me to be child-like.

Matthew 18:3-4NKJV — and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Jesus was talking about faith.

Interestingly, to have that child-like faith means to trust.

A young child is totally dependent upon their parents for everything, from food to shelter to security and love.

Because their parents love them, they find security in that relationship.

They eagerly run to their parents if separated for a time or in need.

They cling to them with all their might.

They are overjoyed when their parents simply give them time and attention.

Which is exactly what each one of us can have in our Heavenly Father.

He’s proven Himself loving, trustworthy, able, and fully engaged in seeking a relationship with each one of us, individually.

He’s calling each one of us to trust Him, to realize we are completely dependent upon Him, and to find security and perfect love in our relationship with Him.

Once, we repent and turn from our sins, He restores us, giving us a heart of flesh, washed clean by His blood. Eze. 11:19

Child-like faith is found in the heart and is in itself a testimony to the wonders of God and His glorious works.

From our beginning, mankind has wanted to do life on our own, without God’s direction and leading, yet we find so much more when we completely surrender, and look with adoration to our Heavenly Father, Maker of heaven and earth.

Matthew 19:14 NKJV — But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for showing us what our relationship with You should be like by giving us little children. Lord, thank You for creating us, loving us, and saving us from sin. Your truth is amazing. Your blessings are incredible. Please continue to teach me how to have child-like faith and how to pass on these truths to those around me. Lord, thank You for Your patience with me as I learn to be humble and to trust You through all things. Lord, thank You for Your wisdom which teaches me not to rly upon myself and my short-sighted understanding, but rather to turn to You and cling to Your truths and be guided by Your Word. Thank You, Jesus for so many blessings. I love You. Amen.

The desires of my heart

While sitting in the shade of our trailer I realized it.

I’m seeing the desire of my heart.

Even before I was married, I dreamed of having a garden to raise food for my family.

When we got married we lived in a one bedroom apartment in town.

No yard, no flowerbeds, nothing but pavement.

I hated it, but figured we had to start somewhere.

My heart overflowed with expectation.

We were renting a house in the country!

I planted my first garden there.

That was over twenty years ago and I’ve had a variety of small gardens since and through those years I’ve given my desire for a large garden to the Lord many times.

Psalm 38:9 KJV — Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.

I’ve been thankful for each opportunity to grow food, even if it’s only a little bit.

But since we’ve moved here, we’ve been able to put up the kind of garden I’ve dreamed of.

It’s not finished, but it’s such a blessing.

Hubby and I agree we want this to be dedicated to the Lord, for we know it’s all His, we are simply His stewards.

So, when it’s finished it will have a sign over the gate proclaiming who’s this is.

Until then, I’m praising God for His blessings and for fulfilling the desire of my heart.

Isaiah 61:11 NKJV — For as the earth brings forth its bud, As the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, So the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for the past blessings and the ones You’ve given today. Thank You that a garden is only a tiny example of Your amazing provision and the things which spring forth from the soil are a reminder of the righteousness and praise You cause to spring forth when we see our salvation in Your sacrifice! Lord, let the work of our hands be pleasing to You and continue to cause righteousness and praise to bloom and spread, that all may know the glory and the majesty of Your name and the salvation of Your death and resurrection. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

The gift of gratitude

Nothing in my own opinions would suggest that one should move house near the holidays.

The very idea seems rather like a bad joke.

However, life often has taught me my greatest lessons through things which seemed ridiculous.

God has truly used this time to show me just how much we are blessed.

It’s been like Christmas morning every time I unpack something!

Although, there’s still a lot to do and we probably won’t be settled for a while yet, it’s been an amazing season.

This Christmas God gave me a fresh perspective on all He has already given into our care.

I am humbled and deeply grateful.

Truly, gifts from God are treasure indeed.

Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.
Psalms 100:1‭-‬5 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your Word. Thank You for doing what You have in our lives. Lord, thank You for the many, many blessings. I truly can’t count them all. Lord, please continue to teach me how to have a grateful heart. Lord, I want to walk in Your will and rest in Your truth each and every day. Thank You for teaching me to let go of the things I used to think important. Thank You for teaching me I can be a good hostess no matter what. Lord, please continue to hone my heart and to value those things which You value. Lord, please continue to guide me in living with thankfulness daily. I love You, Jesus! Amen.

We have moved

Praise the Lord!

We are so thankful to God for His blessings while we have walked through this transition.

I’d have to stop and count how many times we have moved in our 24 years of marriage, but each one has held different challenges and blessings.

This one stretched me in ways I didn’t think possible.

The Lord has taken our family through many changes and this one is as full of His lessons as the others have been.

God has been in our move the whole time and provided in ways we didn’t expect.

Yes, we had wonderful help!

Anne came for Thursday and Friday.

Our oldest daughter’s hubby spent all of Wednesday and Saturday.

It has been an incredible testimony to God’s goodness as well as a chance to learn through new experiences

Throughout this transition of buying, remolding, and moving I’ve been seeking the Lord’s face.

Because I’ve learned that on my own I haven’t the slightest idea of what is best, only through the Lord’s leading can I have discernment and wisdom.

I’ve also wanted this transition to be filled with peace and joy, not striving or disagreement.

It has been through the Lord’s Word that I’ve found the key to be able to stay in unison with my husband throughout this whole process.

Romans 12:10 KJV — Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

Neither of us has held tightly to anything, but instead we’ve prayed, discussed, and adjusted.

If we had opposing opinions on something we talked about our different ideas with kindness and gave each other the opportunity to see the individual concerns or priorities.

Continually, I prayed about details along with the general things.

We had some set backs, but rather than allow stress to rob me of my joy, I prayed and trusted the Lord.

Our plans have been changed and adjusted, our schedule has been continually shifting, but through it we have learned that we can be flexible and loving no matter what.

God has used each circumstance to give us an opportunity to trust Him more, to surrender our desires, and to prefer each other rather than demanding our own way.

It’s been a beautiful process and I’m so thankful.

Through this move we can glorify God for His faithfulness and love, His provision and direction, His blessings.

Especially, the joy of new opportunities in a new home and a new community.

Praise the Lord!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your help in all of this. Thank You that we have learned so much throughout this long transition. Lord Jesus, we want to be a blessing in this place to those around us. Lord, please help us to honor You with all we have and in all we do. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

The pie hutch

I’ve loved this from the first time I saw it.

It’s one of the “leftover” pieces from our used furniture business.

When we first saw the house we are moving to I noticed it didn’t have a pantry.

Handsome and I discussed it and he had a wonderful idea.

“What about the pie hutch?”

So, instead of flipping it, I painted it and we brought it inside.

I began shopping thrift stores for canisters.

You can see my collection in my white wood box.

They fit nicely on the bottom shelf and with some other glass canisters and baskets the pie hutch worked beautifully.

Then, we got the keys and realized we needed to gut the kitchen.

When, we had the plans for the kitchen done, I didn’t factor in my hutch.

I hadn’t forgotten it, but trying to work around it was going to cost us.

So, I left it out and told the Lord I’d do whatever He directed.

Last time our daughter and I walked the house we discussed the placement of my furniture.

Although, I feel I know where most things are going, I’ve continued to pray about the pie hutch.

Where should it go?

What should be it’s primary function?

I’d like it in the dining room, but will it fit?

As I was packing up the kitchen today I began to pray about the hutch again.

I began with telling the Lord it is His and I’m willing to do whatever He directs.

As I began to pack up our mugs a thought ran through my mind.

What about a beverage center?

I suddenly could see our mugs lined up on the top shelf and my husband’s mini coffee maker sitting on the shelf above the drawers.

I thought about the possibility of adding breakfast stuff, cereal and muffins would fit nicely in my glass containers…

Then, I stopped.

“Lord, whatever this ends up being used for, I thank You for it.”

In my heart I went on to praise God for His blessings in so many things throughout all of this.

I’m excited to see if this will work in our dining room.

Whether or not we use it for beverages and breakfast, I am thankful to God for His guidance.

I know He is leading us every step of the way.

Psalm 18:32 KJV — It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for using something as unimportant as furniture to encourage my heart, today. Lord, thank You for Your faithfulness and guidance as we walk each day with You. Lord, thank You for the strength to do things. Please give me the wisdom and discernment to know what things to use my energy on and how to go about the things which need to be done. Lord, all of this belongs to You. My life is Yours. Thank You for giving so much to us. I praise Your holy name, Jesus! Amen.

Battling fear

Fear is an old enemy of mine.

Thankfully, the Lord has taught me much through the years and many of the tricks of fear and doubt have become useless.

But I’m far from finished fighting.

Rather, I’m becoming more skilled a warrior.

Scripture is my best defense.

Faith is my protection.

Prayer is my weapon.

Ephesians 6:13-18 NKJV — Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

The Lord, through His Word, has helped me to admit when I’m struggling, surrender myself before Him, and walk with humility through whatever circumstances are causing me to struggle with fear.

Yesterday, it was my health.

I had a “good” day suddenly turn bad through a migraine.

As I lay in bed, I was assaulted with “what if?” questions until I realized that wasn’t trusting God.

So, I prayed.

I told the Lord about my concerns and thanked Him for the opportunity to trust Him even though I had no idea what He was going to do.

Then, I worked on praising God for everything I could think of.

When I recall the goodness of God and His faithfulness, it is so much easier to trust Him.

Later in the afternoon, I had another struggle with fear.

I heard some news that brought concern about our house.

Frankly, I didn’t understand exactly what the information was, probably because of the migraine, which caused me to feel confused and frustrated.

2 Timothy 1:7 KJV — For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

The Lord used scripture to remind me that He is in control.

I can rest in His love, place my thoughts into order by focusing on His Word, and have power over my emotions through self-control.

Because:

1 Corinthians 14:33 KJV — For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

This scripture was written to the church of Corinth, explaining the importance of orderly meetings so people could be taught from God’s Word.

When the Lord brought it to mind, I realized that allowing my emotions and thoughts to run wild would hinder my ability to learn from His Word through this circumstance.

I don’t want fear to rob my of an opportunity to grow closer to the Lord.

Placing my trust in Him has always brought me through whatever circumstances fear was using against me.

God is faithful and His Word is truth, in Him I have all I need.

This morning I don’t have a migraine and I’m praising God!

There are other circumstances in my schedule today I’m praying about, because I don’t want to give fear any opportunity in my heart or mind.

As for our house, I still don’t know what is happening there, but I am simply praying for my husband and our son-in-law.

I’m trusting the Lord to guide and direct them, because I am not the one doing the work, so I really don’t need to know what every detail is.

My job is to lift them up in prayer and to be diligent with the tasks at hand.

What a blessing that is!

It’s so wonderful to know God is working all things for our good as we trust daily in Him.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your love and faithfulness. Lord, thank You for continuing to teach me how to combat fear and doubt. Lord, on my own I’m unable to do anything. It is only through You and Your Spirit that I have the ability to fight fear and learn self-control. Thank You for Your patience with me. Thank You for walking with me through these unsettling circumstances. Lord, thank You for healing me from the migraine. Lord, I do humbly request You help those who know You, but are defeated by fear and doubt. Lord, help them find hope and comfort in You. Help them to realize that when we die to this life we gain so much more. Lord, please keep us from clinging to things of this world, but rather help us to see the blessings of eternity and the futility of temporary comfort. Thank You, Jesus for all You have done, are doing, and will do on our behalf. May Your name be glorified! Amen.

Adjusting

I took a photo of where I was thinking about putting our garden the last time I was at our new house and it wasn’t raining.

I didn’t take pictures of the inside, because I figured I’d get those after we move.

Which we still have yet to do.

Why?

Well, because God showed us things.

A consultation, concerning our kitchen, with our son-in-law, who is a contractor, made it obvious we needed to gut the kitchen.

I wasn’t excited, at least not immediately.

The Lord was so gracious and showed me He was providing, He also helped me trust Him with the unexpected and it’s turned into a wonderful blessing.

Handsome and I were able to discuss all the necessary changes and make decisions without any trouble.

We haven’t had a single argument or disagreement throughout.

Distance and my health kept me from being able to go pick out cabinets, so our daughter and son-in-law went and did the initial layout.

A few days later I was able to travel down and put the final touches on the plans.

My heart was so blessed that our daughter knows me so well.

She picked out everything I liked.

When I commented on that, she just smiled and said we have similar tastes, so it was easy.

That blessed my heart.

I traveled down yesterday and got to walk through the bare rooms.

The new paint looks wonderful and I’m really looking forward to being able to live there.

We only had one moment of concern.

When I walked into our bedroom my chest began to feel a little tight.

My husband was watching closely and asked me to walk into the attached bathroom.

It felt strange and I knew it was my body reacting to a trigger.

Thankfully, I felt better the moment I was out of the room and the door closed behind me.

“I was afraid of that,” Handsome said.

Then he explained he’d been smelling something and was worried it was going to bother me.

He went on to explain he would remove the cabinets and tear out the linoleum to see where the smell was coming from.

As I drove back to our rented house he called me.

“It’s only in one area, but I found mold under the flooring and we will have to replace the subfloor and part of the wall.”

I took a deep breath.

“Praise the Lord, you found it now.”

Because I am allergic to mold, we have been concerned about making sure the house was mold-free.

Although, finding something else which needs to be fixed isn’t fun, it’s important we adjust to God’s direction.

For He is answering our prayers by showing us in advance what needs to be taken care of.

As I focus on the tasks at hand, I am praising God for His faithfulness.

Yes, sometimes I have to work at being patient.

Sometimes, I have to spend extra time in prayer, asking God to help each one of us to be centered on Him, as I await each of the details which are required before we can move.

I’m not a patient person and I’m learning to adjust my wants and desires to align with God’s timing.

It has also been an opportunity to praise Him more.

Although waiting isn’t easy, it’s very important.

Rushing ahead of God or trying to force circumstances into my desires are both a refusal to wait on God and it’s a lack of trust.

I’ve done both those things and it wasn’t good nor did it help anyone.

I don’t want to live like that.

Thus, I’m thanking God for this time and season.

It’s another opportunity to learn a wonderful character trait: patience.

Psalm 123:2 KJV — Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for another opportunity to learn to wait upon You. Lord, thank You for Your patience with me, I’m a slow learner. Lord, thank You for Your faithfulness, Your understanding, Your love. Lord, thank You for showing us what needs to be done each day and for sustaining us. Lord, thank You for walking us through this season of adjustment. May our lives glorify You. I love You, Lord! Amen.