Sunday, September 12, 2010

Bread for the Journey


The LORD God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer's feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills. Hab 3:19

I took the above photo of a three-points antlered buck in my back yard a few days ago.
He was born and raised by his handicapped Mom
in our complex which sits on a mountain side.
Because he was raised around people he is very tame. If someone is standing in front of his favorite snack -- our roses -- he just waits and then helps himself as soon as we step aside.
We are not always amused !! smile
But I say .. ."Anyone can grow roses, not everyone has deer who want to eat them."
Deer are so graceful and so endowed with strength.
I'm always amazed at the effortless way they leap over a fence.

Habakuk declares that his trust is in God who has made him like the deer.
That promise is for all of us.

God's strength in me enables me to walk surefooted through my day and to leap over circumstances that could hinder or harm me. In what times I am afraid or aware of my weakness, I know that God's Spirit in me has made me strong. He has given me a place above the dark valleys of life and I walk with Him in high places.

"Father, I thank you for your watchful care over your children. I pray that every one reading these words will know Your strength in whatever weakness they are struggling with. May they rest, knowing that in You they walk in high places where they are safe from all alarm.
Amen"

17 comments:

  1. I so enjoy your "Bread for the Journey". Happy Jesus Day!

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  2. Thank you for this wonderful post Julie! Peace and rest is something I have looked for all my life and have never found and your words brought me a moment of calm assurance that I hope I can magnify upon.
    Have a blessed Sunday!
    Tina xo

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  3. Loved this devotional! What a great buck - so elegant, stately, beautiful!

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  4. I always look forward to this bread for the journey, thank you !

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  5. Thank-you.The Lord is using several blogs today to encourage me.This is one of them.
    Blessings,Ruth

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  6. Your posts mean a lot to me Julie. I look forward to each.
    Alice

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  7. Thank you for reminding me today that God is my strength...and He is the firm foundation under me.
    You live on a beautiful hillside. How neat for you to be able to watch the wildlife...and how sweet of you to plant their favorite snack:) Kathy (MGCC)

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  8. I'm refreshed. Thank you.

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  9. I have to smile at Kathy's comment about you planting their favorite snack. I guess that is one way to look at it. But thank you for opening a small part of God's word to us today. Your insight is always inspiring. I was encouraged by a verse today that goes along with your thoughts... "If God is for us, who can be against us?" (in Romans 8)

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  10. Thanks for sharing that promise once again, a simple reminder of our Fathers' love, who reaches down to each and one of his children.

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  11. Hello Julie,
    I read MGCC every day and find them very good for the mind, heart,soul and stomach. Your post today is very comforting and we all have to be reminded who God is and how blessed we are to have Him because He first chose us.
    Julie to get the animals to stop eating your flowers spray a mixture of 2 bulbs of garlic minced. Put into a sray bottle with warm water and put into fridge for a few days. Spray the flowers or trees with this mixture and said animals will leave them alone. When it rains you have to spray again.
    Marlene

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  12. Thank you for this post...it's God speaking to me through your post. I am going through a difficult time and your words are uplifting and soothing to me...

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  13. Wow, that baby deer beside his hobbling mom sure grew up fast. I remember how difficult it was to see her limping, and yet...here's how it all turned out.
    Do you still see the doe now and then?

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  14. I JUST FOUND THIS RECENTLY. THANK YOU KINDLY FOR THE WONDERFUL INSPIRATION THAT I'VE RECEIVED FROM IT TONIGHT.

    AS AN M.S.QUAD., I AM MOSTLY CONFINED TO MY BED. THANKFULLY, I WAS ABLE TO PURCHASE AN IPAD RECENTLY SO I CAN STILL HAVE ACCESS TO E-MAIL, etc. WHILE LYING HERE. I AM GRATEFUL THAT I CAN USE MY RIGHTHAND FOREFINGER TO SLOWLY PECK AWAY ON THE KEYBOARD!

    WHAT A PRIVILEGE TO FIND THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE & ALL THAT IT HAS TO OFFER.

    ABANDONED TO GOD,
    ...Lea

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  15. I JUST FOUND THIS RECENTLY. THANK YOU KINDLY FOR THE WONDERFUL INSPIRATION THAT I'VE RECEIVED FROM IT TONIGHT.

    AS AN M.S.QUAD., I AM MOSTLY CONFINED TO MY BED. THANKFULLY, I WAS ABLE TO PURCHASE AN IPAD RECENTLY SO I CAN STILL HAVE ACCESS TO E-MAIL, etc. WHILE LYING HERE. I AM GRATEFUL THAT I CAN USE MY RIGHTHAND FOREFINGER TO SLOWLY PECK AWAY ON THE KEYBOARD!

    WHAT A PRIVILEGE TO FIND THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE & ALL THAT IT HAS TO OFFER.

    ABANDONED TO GOD,
    ...Lea

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    1. Thank you, Lea... for 'pecking' out this comment, and I am blessed that you found us!
      My heart goes out to you and I am thankful that your trust is in God. I'm sorry that you are suffering and I pray that our Father's healing hand will grant you a remission in your M.S., and that His love and care will guide you to find the daily purpose and fulfilment in life that He he has planned for you!
      Our handicaps never hinder His plans, and all His plans are made in His love for us - something I have found to be true in my journey!
      Sending you a HUG ... julie

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