Scaling the Mountains

Peaks still to conquer

It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; He enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me Your shield of victory, and Your right hand sustains me; You stoop down to make me great. Psalms 18:32-35

I struggle with writing. Even basic grammar is hard for me. Sometimes I get discouraged and want to give up. That is where Psalm 18 helps. God stoops down to enable me to stand on the heights to serve Him.

If any good comes from my writing and photography, it is by the grace of God. That same grace and strength is there for all who will humbly ask.

God’s Unfailing Love

Sunrise over Lake Wenatchee

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say this— Psalm 107:1.

When you stumble and fall—give thanks for His unfailing love and ask for help.

When you are ashamed by your lack of self-control—give thanks for His unfailing love and ask for strength. 

When your health fails—give thanks for His unfailing love and ask for healing.

Remember the Lord’s love has triumphed over the grave. He’s risen; our hope is in Him and His unfailing love.

Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set His seal of ownership upon us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22

Hallelujah! Give thanks.

Rejoice!

Sunrise on Wedge Mountain

The Lord is near,
I can be gentle,
I can be kind.

The Lord is my Shepherd,
He knows my way,
I can rest in Him.

The Lord will never leave me,
night will not overcome,
nor fear drive Him away.

The Lord is near,
I can lie down in peace,
I can rise up in joy.

Rejoice in the Lord always;
again I will say, rejoice!

( Philippians 4:4-5; Psalm 23; Hebrews 13:5)

Love and Fear

Storm coming

Without fear of the Lord our understanding of His love and forgiveness is diminished.
Without the clouds of fear our appreciation for His light and mercy is lessened

If You O Lord, kept track of our sins, O Lord who could stand? But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.  Psalm 130:3-4

Through the Gates of His Love

Icicle River

Though I don’t deserve it,
through His grace I can receive it.
Though my words can’t describe it,
through His Spirit I can walk in it.
I can make no promises about my future,
other than He will never leave me.
His love and goodness woven into my life… forever.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” Psalm 100:4

Learning to Praise

Grand Canyon at sunset

“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
    love and faithfulness go before you.
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim (shout praise to) you,
    who walk in the light of your presence, Lord. 
They rejoice in your name all day long;
    they celebrate your righteousness.” Psalm 89:14-16

Learning to acclaim Jesus allows me to walk in the light of His presence, and rejoice in His name all day long.

Jesus, my creator.
Jesus, my redeemer.
Jesus, my protector.
Jesus, my shepherd.
Jesus, my king.
Jesus, my counselor.
Jesus, my righteousness.
Jesus, my rock.
Jesus, my Alpha and Omega.
Jesus, my peace.
Jesus, my Lord forever.
Praise God!