Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Flinging through the air.

I was doing some reckless cleaning the other day.  And what I mean by that, is I had a garbage bag in one hand and everything my other hand landed on was going into it.  I do that sometimes.  I'm a clutter hater.

Anyhow, as I was throwing things, I found a pile of old journals.  I'm one of those people that doesn't typically keep them after a few years have gone by.  This one, however, was a keeper.  I recognized the year and I knew that everything poured out onto paper in that journal needed to be saved.

 I dropped it onto the counter top and it flipped open near the middle, as books often do.  I took note of the page because the center had been written on, circled, starred, and highlighted.  It was August 30, 2010.  I remember that day.  It was the first day of homeschooling and I knew I was in trouble the first hour of that day.  (That's a whole other story.)

I wrote an entire quote from Oswald Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest.  (You know, before I starred, circled and highlighted it.)  It read, "Patience is more than endurance.  A saint's life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer.  God is aiming at something the saint cannot see, and he stretches and strains, and every now and again the saint says, "I cannot stand anymore."  God does not heed, He goes on stretching til His purpose is in sight, then He lets fly...Faith is the heroic effort of your life; you fling yourself in reckless confidence on God."

I've gotten it wrong more often than I've gotten it right over the past few years, as documented in my roller coaster ride "Adventure Chronicles" label (on my sidebar), but I can tell you one thing.  I've gotten pretty good at that 'flinging myself in reckless confidence on God' part.

Don't you love the visual picture of that?

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  1. I do love this visual! And love the fire pit! Perfect time of year to have it all ready to go. So fun!

  2. how crazy is it that that exact quote/devotional was what i read in "my utmost for His highest" TODAY... wow.

  3. Your daughter sets a perfect rustic table! And your fire pit is perfect. perfect. perfect.

  4. your firepit is awesome!!! you're going to have some great night around that this summer! I save my old journals. all of them. I love looking back and seeing what God's done, how I've grown. Its so good.

  5. Thank you for that quote and the great visual. A wonderful reminder that God sees the whole picture and knows where he is leading me.
    Love the progress in the backyard...the firepit, picnic table and more. I forsee many wonderful family times around that firepit this summer and in the years to come! Like mother, like daughter...she has a great eye for decorating and design.

  6. Love the yard. Adrian did good. We need to get out there and use ours more often. Make it homey.

    I knew you then. I remember those hard homeschooling years. God brought you out of that and he'll do the same with other stuff. You'll look back and be in awe. I just know it.

  7. love the visual of "flinging" oneself in reckless confidence on God..awesome. I have to say that reckless cleaning also perks my ears...:)

  8. you are FUN. look at this!

    oh, and fling yourself on Him, girl. i will too. xoxo.

  9. LOL. Did you resize your blog? I PANICKED at first when I couldn't see the whole post... I thought I had done something to my screen. Did I? Did you? Don't mind me, it's past my bedtime. xo I love to read old journals!

    1. I thought the same thing about the blog....I was like "what the heck??" "what happened" :) hahah

  10. I love Oswald Chambers....My Utmost For His Highest is a great devo...thanks for reminding me, he's been sitting on my shelf unused! I may have to add that one back in!! Currently I'm working through "This day with the Master" by Dennis F. Kinlaw and Jesus Calling by Sarah Young....good breakfast for my groggy soul!

    Ava set a great table- she's obviously learned from the best! Joe and those eyelashes :) and what a fun fire pit - I know your summer is going to be full of smores!! God bless you and your family Sasha, as you look to the past for reminders and look to the future for gifts <3

  11. Flinging yourself in reckless confidence AKA strong faith!!! I totally love that!!!!

    Your daughter did a wonderful job. Daughters are fun to have around to "play house with", aren't they?

    God bless you, Amy Kinser

  12. Ava is so cute to have put the table together! Fun with the fire pit kids love this.

  13. i'm looking at these pics on my computer and they look great. not too big at all. you go girl!

  14. "God does not heed, He goes on stretching til His purpose is in sight, then He lets fly...Faith is the heroic effort of your life; you fling yourself in reckless confidence on God."

    powerful truth.