Monday, July 22, 2013

Springs in the Valley

One of the simple country pleasures that fascinates me is a spring of water that bubbles from the ground - like this one in the family pasture.  The water is cool and clear and as you can see, the growth around it is lush and green.  When we visited this spot recently, we couldn't see the source because of fallen limbs, but I do know the ultimate source.  According to Psalm 104:10, He sends the springs into the valleys that run along the hills.  A perfect, fitting scripture for this beautiful spot in the woods where John David played as a boy. 

I am so thankful that God sends "springs of living water" into the valley times in our lives.  This year has been filled with much sickness and the death of my father-in-law and my oldest brother.  Several friends have also passed on since the beginning of 2013.  But in the midst of it all, God has made His presence very real.  He has not failed us!  He will not fail us!  He is our Source of life and strength!

Good things have happened, too!  We have enjoyed wonderful times with our grandchildren, taken a few short road trips, and enjoyed some restful days. Family and friends add joy to our lives, and we realize just how blessed we are.  So many - some of you bloggers - are carrying much heavier loads. Life has its ebbs and flows, but we remember Who is in charge.  "Many things about tomorrow I don't seem to understand.  But I know Who holds tomorrow, and I know Who holds my hand." And I know that His grip is better and more secure than mine!

I have not blogged much at all recently, but I am not leaving blogging behind permanently.   So at any time I may pop in again!  Have a blessed summer!