Thoughts & Ponderings

The Highlands and the Heartache

I’ve found myself singing this song (Highlands – Song of Ascent) over and over again this week. Sadly, a few of our friends are struggling with heartache and pain as they’ve faced enormous mountains and found themselves in the lowest of valleys.

I probably overthink what to say to them, I try to offer them hope and remind them of God’s awesome love and promises but I imagine it’s difficult to listen to when your world has fallen apart or you’re facing a journey you weren’t prepared for.

But the words of this song sum it up for me so I think I’ve been singing it in the hope it might miraculously find them in the wind and comfort them.

God is no less there when we’re in the dark shadows and he’s still there beside us no matter how far we might stray. He’s there every step of the way when we’re conquering the mountains, cheering us on and celebrating our achievements but he’s also there surrounding us with love and grace when we’re broken and lying low in the valley.

God can move mountains, trust me I’ve seen him move a few. But what about when the mountains don’t move?! Isn’t that when it’s hardest to lean on him and praise him. Psalm 121 reminds us that our constant friend is just that – CONSTANT.

Yes, even when we don’t understand or we’re angry with the world, even when we blame him or turn our backs on him – he is always there to hold our hands, he’s prepared to carry us; we just need to reach out and let him support us as we take on whatever path is up ahead.

“I look to the hills! Where will I find help? It will come from the Lord, who created heaven and earth. The Lord is your protector, and he won’t go to sleep or let you stumble.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭121:1-3‬ ‭CEV‬‬


Thoughts & Ponderings

Even when it hurts

Sometimes I struggle to find the words to comfort or encourage someone – in those times I find myself seeking God more than ever, listening attentively for the right thing to say. Tonight I felt the Lord telling me to share this beautiful song with the broken hearted to remind them it’s ok to hurt – it’s ok to lose strength. Even though it makes no sense God is right there, holding you and helping you through it all – you are not alone … trust him!

“Is anyone crying for help? GOD is listening, ready to rescue you. If your heart is broken, you’ll find GOD right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭34:17-18‬ ‭MSG

Little life snippets

It was so good

Isn’t God’s creation amazing?! Today I harvested my first batch of mint from our garden to make an Amsterdam inspired tea. Since we moved into our forever home with its lovely mucky garden I’ve wanted to grow veg but I simply don’t have time. On a recent visit to a local garden centre I spotted some mint plants & thought maybe that wouldn’t be too much of a stretch for me. To be fair all I did was pick a good spot & nature did the rest. As I enjoyed my lovely mint infused drink this AM it got me thinking about how badly we treat the Earth that God created for us. For me the amazingness (is that even a word?! It is now!) of how our planet works is evidence enough that God exists – I refuse to believe that it was an accident or a “Big Bang”.

Does anyone else find it hard to read the first chapter of a book?! It’s make or break for me, I have so many books on my kindle that will forever be bookmarked at chapter 2. But the first chapter of my favourite book is a real attention grabber. It outlines the planning, preparation & creation of our planet – we don’t have to wait until the New Testament to see how much love God has for us. It’s there in Genesis 1 in the care and thought that went into every detail.

God looked over everything he had made; it was so good, so very good!
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭1:31‬ ‭MSG‬‬

When I look at my big girl’s room and it’s an absolute mess (most days!) I feel really let down and annoyed – we’ve created the loveliest space for her but she doesn’t respect it enough to keep it tidy. She loves making huts & playing with her toys too much to worry about tidying up after herself. I imagine that’s how God looks at what we’re doing to the world. He has given us such an amazing space that can give us all we need but we’ve been making a bit of a mess of it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no eco warrior yet but I am starting to think more about how I can do my little bit for the environment… Trying not to buy plastic bags, investing in reusable packs for the kids snacks, moving to paper sandwich bags & more eco friendly products for the house but there’s so much to learn.

Do you have any tips, ideas or examples you can share? #InteractiveSaturday