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I hate wet socks!

What do wet socks have to do with CHRISTmas? Well, a lot in our world. ūüôā ¬†God used a single wet sock to start the trail of details that showed us He is with us and cares about the small details of our lives! ūüôā

It all started this morning before we were about to do our small Christmas. ¬†Cleo – our calico kitty – played the part of the kids. ¬†She started pawing at our door when she thought it was time for us to mosey out of bed. We abided. ¬†Once up, we needed coffee. ¬†Our simple routine kicked into gear. ¬†Mike made the coffee and I threw Christmas cinnamon rolls in the oven. ¬†It was at this point I decided we needed festive Christmas music. My wireless speaker was in the¬†the garage in my car. ¬†So off to the garage I trot so we can open presents. ¬†Mike is so excited. He can’t wait for me to open my gifts. ¬†ūüôā

This is when the story really started Р I stepped in water that had pooled from the rain off the car and hence the wet sock.  Something had to be done!  The sock came off and I walked back inside headed for the bedroom to get another sock.  I hate WET socks!

Mike stopped me and would not let me get another sock. ¬†I argued I need a sock – one foot is bare and cold. ¬†No! He wanted me to sit down and open one of my presents. So I humored him – so I could get my sock! As I ripped the paper I notice one of my old shoe boxes…hmmmm. ¬†Then to my surprise I found a new pair of house shoes…with SOFT material! (I am a texture person – so I LOVE the fuzzy stuff!)

The wet sock opened the door for this perfect gift! Mike noticed I am always in socks or flip flops and didn’t have any house shoes! Love it! (But, inside I was a little curious why he was so excited about this gift – because he didn’t know I was going to have a wet sock! But, God did!)

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My new feet warmers – I already have great leg warmers!

So, now that I was thinking…hmmmmm…that is the gift he is so excited about – he grabs another one. ¬†As he tries to hand it to me I run outside to take a photo of the sunrise. (Photography is the one thing I LOVE – and wish I made more time for it.) ¬†Mike is curious about what I am doing – but he figures it out! (Because I run outside and take photos – A LOT!)

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In I come and he hands me the gift. ¬†I soon find out that this is the one he is so excited about! ¬†This gift is small but heavy. As I am holding it I am thinking “it is really small but I bet he¬†added weight to the box.” ūüėČ ¬†Ripping the paper open I see a Nikon box. ¬†I say “Is this a camera?…No, this isn’t a camera….Is this really a camera?…Noooo…this can’t be a camera!” ¬†But guess what? It was a CAMERA! God is that good. ¬†He paved the way yet again for a PERFECT open door to my next gift. I had just stepped outside to take a picture with my phone and now I am opening a camera that my phone can’t hold a candle to….wow!

Needless to say – I LOVE IT and I am soooo excited to get busy taking photographs!!!! (Those will come soon – we are making some adjustments to the new purchase!)

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Not the camera – just a representation of THE camera!

Now it was Mike’s turn to open a gift. ¬†But, he was so excited about my camera he wanted to research more on it. ¬†I stopped him. He only had one more gift. ¬†He persisted in doing research.¬† I said – stop, open this gift. ¬†So, he did. ūüôā And God once again had paved the way – it was a photo I took years ago of the old barn put on a canvas.

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So in God’s amazing fashion He showed us how He truly cares about the details. ¬†On this day we celebrate Jesus’s birth – a detail that created eternity for us all – He shows up in the simple things. ¬†He does it daily but most of the time we forget to look for Him.

Mike and I looked at each other as he opened the canvas and were in awe of how God had made His presence known in our simple Christmas at home Рjust the two of us.  He confirmed that the ultimate present of His son was a detail we will forever be grateful.

This season has proven to many that life is short and we only have one to live.  God sent Jesus on this day thousands of years ago to save us Рa small, yet eternal detail we can not ignore.  All we have to do is add the detail of belief!

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.  

John 3.16

that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved

Romans 10:9

With all of this being said – I hope you have some wet sock moments where you are able to see the hand of God in every detail of your life! He is there. He cares. He wants to be a detail in your life – He will if only you believe!

Merry CHRISTmas!  Trish

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On our knees…that is where we find the answers.

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9/11

New York.2001

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Paris.2004

My first firsthand experience with fear.

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London.2005

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Boston.2013

 

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Chattanooga.2015

 

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Paris.2015

All of these places above have special significance in my life for one reason or another.  Some much more personal than others.

The New York Twin Tower Memorial reminds us of¬†the day that life changed as we knew it. ¬†This is the first day fear of the world we live in crept in for me. ¬†As we all watched we were in a state of confusion, denial and fear. ¬†This day led so many to their knees. ¬†Our knees was the¬†only place we could find comfort because we couldn’t find answers. ¬†The irony is that He is truly the only answer and we do find Him on our knees.

When I lived in the UK I visited Paris. ¬†It was an amazing trip. ¬†Paris was full of beauty and life….full of love! ¬†Though in Paris is when I experienced my¬†first personal encounter¬†with¬†fear of the evil present in world we live in. ¬†The above night picture was taken in 2004 of the Eiffel Tower AFTER we had been evacuated from the 3rd level. ¬†I was working overseas teaching school on an American Air Force base. ¬†One thing they drilled in our heads was safety protocol when traveling abroad. (I¬†lived there post 9/11.) ¬†As we received word to evacuate panic set in. ¬†Crowds were moving quickly. ¬†No one knew why we just knew to get down. ¬†Thoughts of 9/11 filled my head and I wanted on the ground. ¬†The elevators were full and lines were long. ¬†We opted for the stairs. ¬†Thankfully, the crowds moved quickly and cautiously. We made it down without chaos. ¬†Once we got down we, moved far away and rested. ¬†We were tired and worn out from the adrenaline that moved us to safety. The¬†precautionary evacuation was ordered because someone had entered a restricted area and had taken a weapon from an officer when confronted. ¬†It was small incident compared to where my thoughts led me while on top. ¬†I was thankful to be on the ground and thankful to be alive. ¬†I know that my thoughts wondered at this time to ‘Why?’ As my thoughts again wonder – ‘Why?’ ¬†It sent me to my knees looking to Him for answers.

2005 was the year of the London attacks. ¬†I was in the States for the summer but was to return to my home in England a few short weeks after these attacks. ¬†I returned with fear and apprehension once again. ¬†The unrest in the world was a small part of my decision to move home in 2006. ¬†I knew God was in control but I also knew I wanted to be close to family knowing life is short… ¬†We were seeing and are still seeing this played out in our world. ¬†The only place to be is on our knees!

Coming home did not keep me from the evil of this world. ¬†Media continues to make¬†sure we see it day in and day out. ¬†Then, in April of 2013, I was in Boston. The picture above was taken at the¬†finish line of the Boston Marathon 12 minutes before the bombs went off. ¬†Evil had struck again and this time it was too close for comfort. Scared and fearful once again, but I knew Who was in control and Who I belonged to – God. ¬†This day forever changed me and became part of my story because it is part of me. ¬†God’s faithfulness and God’s hand can be traced through the whole journey. ¬†They can be read here:¬†https://thenextmailboxboston.com/2013/04/

July 7, 2015 – Chattanooga, Tennessee – My home. My running stomping grounds. ¬†Another day of evil etched yet again the minds of Americans. Our world was getting smaller. ¬†This was home. ¬†We had run the area where five service members lost there lives. ¬†My Run with Trish 5k for Team Hoyt was run next to the U. S. Naval Reserve center. ¬†This was once again too close for comfort. Down on my knees again….

Fast forward to yesterday and to Paris. ¬†11/13/2015. ¬†A date that will be engraved¬†in the minds of so many forever. A day like so many since 9/11 that have changed so many lives – and the world we live in as a whole. ¬†Evil is present in this world…but so is God. ¬†We find Him on our knees.

As we search for answers, the world won’t have them. There are two things that are VERY real – Evil and Good! Evil is present! But, Good is here – all around. We hear of amazing stories of kindness and goodwill after every tragic event. ¬†These tragedies are becoming so common in our world.¬†9/11 was when we woke up to the possibility and now it has become our reality.

What is the answer? I don’t know why; ¬†but I do know that my comfort and joy in these evil days comes when I am connected to the source of life – Jesus Christ. ¬†I can only tell you from my experience and my journey – He is real to me and in the deep dark times – mine and the world’s – He is the light and hope that gets me through. ¬†It is my relationship with Christ that make each day good even if it is filled with evil. ¬†I know this is not my home because He has saved me by grace – even when I didn’t deserve it. ¬†As a friend of mine from France said today when I messaged her to see if she was okay – “Very scary reminder to remember Love and how precious gift is Life.” ¬†Here is a small excerpt from my Boston Bombing post to wrap it up:

Hug your family, your friends, your kids. ¬†Tell them you love them! You truly never know when you many not be able to. ¬†And if you don‚Äôt know our Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior ‚Äď don‚Äôt wait! He is the comforter, the counselor, the father and the SAVIOR!

John 3.16

16 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.

Romans 10.9-10

Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

On my knees….Trish

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As I was trying to eloquently state what I know the truth to be,  I searched out the expert of our day РBilly Graham.  Here are his words that cover the topics so well:

http://billygraham.org/answer/if-god-is-in-control-of-everything-why-do-bad-things-happen-to-us-id-like-to-believe-in-god-but-i-just-cant-understand-this/

Excerpt:¬†Third, the Bible tells us that in the meantime, God can give us victory over evil. This doesn‚Äôt mean bad things will never happen to us‚ÄĒbut even when they do, we can know God is with us, and He will give us strength to stand against them. Isn‚Äôt it better to face life‚Äôs problems with God rather than without Him? No, we may not understand everything that happens to us‚ÄĒbut when we know Christ, we know we are on the winning side. Why not commit your life to Him today?

http://billygraham.org/story/do-all-things-work-together-for-good/

Excerpt:  All things are not good. It would be mockery to say that they are. The death of a child is not good. Cancer is not good, drug addiction is not good, war is not good, blasphemy is not good.

But the Bible says, ‚ÄúWe know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.‚ÄĚ(1) In the chemistry of the cross God takes things that, in and of themselves, are bad, and He puts them together, much as a chemist might take chemicals that, in and of themselves, may be deleterious and mixes them to make a medicine that brings healing.

Many of us have some salt with our meals. Table salt is made up of both sodium and chloride. By itself, sodium is a deadly poison, and so is chloride. Put them together, and you have table salt. Salt flavors food, and a certain amount of salt is necessary for health and life. We cannot live without some salt in our systems.

God can take things that are bad and put them in the crucible of His wisdom and love. He works all things together for good, and He gives us the glorious, wonderful promise that He will do so.

We know that we have victory over sin and over Satan, but this verse in Romans teaches us that we also have victory over our circumstances. It says that all things work together for good.

http://billygraham.org/story/suffering-why-does-god-allow-it/

Excerpt: In suffering there is also, I believe, a message of warning. Are you prepared to meet God? What do you have to do to be ready? God took the initiative in giving His Son, Jesus Christ. God says, ‚ÄúI love you. I want to forgive you. I want you to go to heaven.‚ÄĚ But you must respond to Him. Find hope, peace, and security today.

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Do we have eternal eyes?

Do we look at things through the eyes of eternity?

He prepares for us a place! If we have accepted HIM in our hearts we can confidently say: “Our citizenship is in heaven!!”

How comforting is that? It is so very comforting to know Christ is preparing what is good for us…better than any good we could EVER imagine…in our heavenly home! The things we battle in this world are preparing us for our eternal home!

This conjures up all kinds of thoughts for me…Are we looking at life through the eyes of eternity? Are we sensitive to those around us and where their eternal citizenship may lie?

This past week I have had three different people close to me lose loved ones. These loved ones do not have another chance to determine their eternal home. They gained their eternal citizenship last week.  Did they hear the good news?  Are they experiencing the good Jesus has been preparing?  Did someone share with them the saving love of Jesus Christ?

Philippians 3.18-21

For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

John 14.1-4

‚ÄúDo not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father‚Äôs house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.‚ÄĚ

As I live comfortably with the assurance that my citizenship lies in heaven, am I burdened for those who may not be have that same assurance? My prayer should be as Hillsong’s song Hosanna states: ¬†Break my heart for what breaks yours‚Ķ

He wants all of us to see Him and fellowship with Him in the place He is preparing РHeaven! Are we reaching out to ensure our neighbors, our loved ones, our co-workers and others will have citizenship in heaven?  What is keeping us from sharing the BEST news ever????

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http://youtu.be/AQGJdTpMUcU РGo here to listen to Hosanna by Hillsong…be blessed!

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