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I’ll just leave these here.

Because I like them.

I am currently off learning a new skill set.

I would much prefer to just wake up and know how to do it.

But alas, beginning new things can be a frustration.

But along with that frustration, if “We are weary but faint not”, we are rewarded with treasures we cannot imagine.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Until next time …

Oh, Pioneer!

The “road” I take every day for my walk is a gently used farm path.

It is peaceful, and quiet, and I know what to expect.

Today I saw this.

It made me think of the trailblazers of old.

The pioneers who cleared the path for those who would come along behind.

Pioneers never knew what was awaiting them along the way, but went forward anyway.

The excitement of new horizons guiding them.

Pioneers always in the lead, and basically, taking the hits, so that the settlers following could have a safer place to dwell.

We need pioneers.

We need settlers.

It is OK to be either.

I think my physical self, is more like a settler.

Contrast that to my spiritual self, who is always looking forward to the next big learning opportunity.

Do you know which one you are?

Pioneer; noun a person who is among those who first enter or settle a region, thus opening it for occupation and development by others.

Settler; noun a person who settles in a new country or area.

Pioneer

The Band Perry

Oh Pioneer, I sing your song
Well it’s the hymn of those who’ve gone before and those who carry on
Pioneer, your work is hard
But the future of us all rests on the shoulders of your heart

Where are we going
Oh I don’t know
But still I’ve got to go
What will become of us
Oh I don’t care
All I know is I’ll go anywhere
Pioneer

Oh Pioneer
So young and brave
Be careful of the careful souls who doubt you along the way
Pioneer, you orphaned child
Your mother is adventure and your father is the wild

Where are we going, oh I don’t know
But still I’ve got to go
What will become of us
Oh I don’t care
All I know is I’ll go anywhere
Pioneer

Let your heart not be troubled

I won’t run when bullets chase me
I won’t rest where arms embrace me
I will love when people hate me
I won’t hush, no you can’t make me
Send the dark but it won’t break me
You can try but you can’t change me
Take my life, they will replace me
I won’t hush, no you can’t make me
I won’t hush, no we will sing

Where are we going
Oh I don’t know
But still I’ve got to go
What will become of us
Oh I don’t care
All I know is I’ll go anywhere
Pioneer

Let your heart not be troubled

Source: LyricFind

Until next time …

Regaining Strength

I have been absent lately for a couple of reasons.

The one I’m comfortable sharing, is that I spent last week with my husband doing some online classes for the non profit that we operate here in our town.

It was an amazing time of learning, with some really diverse group of folks; all colorful, and wise in their own rights.

The other reason, bothers me to consider.

Just a little.

I enjoy encouraging others, and being someone they can look up to, and to be a soft place to land for those who need it.

So here is the truth; It snuck up on me.

You would think that with all the extra hours, I could do enormous amounts of work.

But, I found myself exhausted in my mind and in my body.

My doctor is helping me with the physical part.

My heart and mind had run amuck, and needed to go back to a different place.

I’ll tell you, it is a place of worship.

Intentionally.

On purpose.

Every day.

I am slowly getting back in touch with my own self.

Regardless of news headlines.

Regardless of what others think of it.

I am as resistant to change as anyone I know, but I must return to keeping my eyes on the Holy Trinity.

God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

In them alone my thoughts, words and deeds must be centered.

Only then can the joy of the Lord be my strength. (Nehemiah 8:10b)

I want to be able to encourage again.

I want to be able to on the front row when people need a little support.

People need strong arms and hands to help them these days.

I want to be that.

So, I am on my way back.

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Matthew 9:36-38 (ESV)

Until next time …