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Life is an adventure. I don’t think that all of us see it as that. I do! How that adventure happens depends on your outlook as to how you live it out. God has been challenging me to begin dreaming and adventuring with him again. This blog is a part of that adventure. I have written a book that tells the story of the challenges in my life that caused me to stop dreaming. Also how God gave me the strength to face them. The Lord also gave me hope beyond those places. God has over the last year rebirthed my ability to dream again. Because of my renewed vision I have begun to start sharing those dreams with those around me. After sharing with someone I met recently he called me a firecracker! I guess he was referring to the fact that I get excited and passionate about the things of God! I have always had the heart of an adventurer. I have pictures of myself on a zip line at 5 years old in a dress.  This is true about me especially when the Lord is birthing a dream in my heart.  There is a scripture in Proverbs that says:

Proverbs 13:12
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.

I don’t know about you, but for me there were many times in my life where I experienced the delay of a dream or something hoped for that never came.  If that happens enough we begin to give up on the possibilities of ever dreaming again. I have faced my share of disappointments so I had times in my life where I had given up dreaming. I faced some great challenges, which are part of what this blog is about. It is about life and the challenges we face.  It is about disappointments but it is also about the adventure of rediscovering, what this scripture says is true.  The second part of the scripture tells us “when the desire comes, it is a tree of life!”  That is something to hold on to.

Even though life has its challenges we have something good to look forward to! I am learning more each day about living the way God made me to be and to not be ashamed of the fact that God did make me a firecracker! I do get excited and passionate about God, life, and touching the lives of those around me.  I invite you to join me on a journey on an adventure to realize the dreams that the Lord has been reviving in my heart.  I have dreams now of writing books, rebuilding the walls of both houses and lives, and seeing as much of the world, as I can in the process. I started traveling at six weeks old and before I was two I had traveled from the west coast to the east coast and back again with a short stay in Texas.  By the time I was six I was living in Germany for the first time. So the way I see it travel is a part of my DNA.  I really am happiest when I can be on some trip somewhere experiencing the wonders of the Lord’s creation.

God has so much He wants to birth in our hearts. The one thing that keeps us from that is our schedules that keep us so busy.  We barely have the time to hear Him, let alone for us to have the time to do what he is asking us to do.  I have found the value of praying, listening and obeying.  It took losing my best friend to learn this.  My husband went home to be with the Lord last September. It has been almost a year now. I had many thoughts of what life would look like after Paul departed.  None of the ideas I had, in my head looked a bit like where I am today.  We think that we have life figured out.  We spend countless hours of our life fretting about what life will look like and planning our five-year plan.  Only to find out that something has happened that caused a disruption to our plans.  We then spend our time trying to sort out why our plans did not workout as we had hoped.

I say we should start at the source and dare to believe that God has good plans for us. Dare to seek FIRST His kingdom and all things shall be added unto us.  Dare to seek Him for His plans and give up our ideas of what life would look like. Dare to venture into the unknown and seek His plan and Dare to live it!

That is what this Blog is about the “Strength From Within” which is the title to my first book.  it is about the journey over several  years of my life. It tells the story of how I learned to pray, listen and obey. Doing that has not always come easy.  There have been times I have been so scared I was not sure what to do next, but as psalm 18 says:

Psalm 18-1-6

I will love You, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies.

The pangs of death surrounded me,
And the floods of ungodliness made me afraid.
The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me;
The snares of death confronted me.
In my distress I called upon the Lord,
And cried out to my God;
He heard my voice from His temple,
And my cry came before Him, even to His ears.

The Lord has given this scripture to me more than once. When I heard my husband’s cancer had returned after the stem cell transplant. These are the word the Lord spoke over me.  He would be my strength, my fortress, my deliverer, my shield, my salvation and my stronghold.  I don’t have a castle to defend for myself because, He is my defender.  He has heard me in my distress and He has brought me out of the trouble I have had to face. Even though death and trials surrounded me I am now in a safe place with Him. He is setting my feet in a broad place.  I am only along for the ride. So I invite you to go on “The Great Adventure” with me. Follow this blog and dare to see where He takes me.