Secrets

Secrets
 
Is there something you have hidden away hidden in your heart?
 
We have all experienced hurts and disappointment in our lives.  We each have a secret we are ashamed of or a hurt so deep we have buried it deep behind the recesses of our minds.
 
God knows our secrets, our hurts and our shame.
 
We cannot hide anything from God.  He created us and breathed life into us.
 
He knows.  He cares.
 
God comes to us arms wide. If we let Him.
 
Isn’t that awesome?  He will not force Himself on us, but is waiting to heal our hurts and wipe away our tears of shame.  His arms outstretched, are welcoming us to His embrace.
 
God sent He sent His Son Jesus to restore us, to bring healing and erase all our shame.  All our sins, deep secrets, wrong choices, our pain and our sorrow Jesus took upon Himself at the cross.

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26)

What Jesus has done for others – He will do for you.  When Jesus pardoned the sinner of their sins, Jesus has already pardoned us.  When Jesus has healed someone from addiction He healed the broken.  When Jesus lifts the hopeless out of depression – He lifts up the lonely .  When Jesus comforted the grieving – He comforted me.
 
Our past is an open book to our merciful God, no matter how deep we may try to bury our hurts, we will never have to walk alone. Jesus walks with us.  Even during those times you think no one cares.  Jesus cares.  God cares.  When it seems, all hope is lost – remember God sent His Son to travel with us on our journey.
 
It is no secret Jesus heals our wounds, restores our hope and seals us to His heart forever.
 
Isaiah 43:2
“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.  When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not burned up; the flames will not consume you.”

Patty Beggs  Sept 2017
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Morning Mist

Misty summer morn
Casts a shadow of forlorn
As nature sings
Arise sun arise
From your slumber
A new day is born

                           Patty B. July 22, 2017

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Finding God In The Unexpected

As spring ends and summer begins we witness new life emerging from a winter slumber.  We expect the birds migrating back to the north and anticipate the tiny buds of tulips, crocus’ and daffodils breaking through the cold ground reaching up to the warmth of the sun.  

Most years by June 1 the sun is already blazing in all its glory while we feel the summer warm breezes on our faces. Long walks in the sunshine replace the umbrellas of a rainy spring day.  But for some reason this year, spring seemed to have carried over into the summer months.  Cold nights, more rain than sunshine kept our furnaces running. Light snow glistened on our tulips and daffodils. June did not come as gently as years passed.  It was unexpected yet God was expected as the clouds lifted and summer returned with all of His splendor.

Nature teaches us to expect the unexpected with things out of our control.

God teaches us to expect Him in all the unexpected of our lives.  

What about the unexpected in your life? 

I expected God when I heard the unexpected words, “you have breast cancer”, words that turned my life upside down.

My life consisted of biopsies, a mastectomy, every scan imaginable searching for any lingering cells followed by months of two different types of chemo, radiation followed then more scans. During that time, I gave myself into His care.  He came to me in the last place I had expected – and He was the first One I expected to hear my cry.

This disease was unexpected.  But God was expected.  I expected God in the most unlikely place – I expected God in cancer. I expected God’s promise “Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5   I gave myself into His care, trusting in Him to never leave me – God kept His promise.

Joseph’s betrayal by his brothers was unexpected, but God was expected in his prisonJoseph’s story.

Paul encountered a violent storm at sea and was shipwrecked. Everyone else panicked, except Paul. Calm and confident, Paul expected God as the waves crashed around everyone on board.  Paul shipwrecked.

It is easy to miss God altogether if you are not expecting Him.  We can expect Him in the smallest detail of our life and in the biggest challenges we face.  We can expect Him in His Word, through His Son – Jesus and in the power of His Holy Spirit.

Whatever you are facing – expect God.  He is with you.

Patty Beggs  July 2017
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A White Dogwood Tree

427966_3554187091944_911756793_nThis past spring as I sat looking out my window at my white Dogwood Tree, the white pedals glowing in the dusk I was reminded of the hope Jesus offers of peace and rest.

As I watched twilight give way to darkness it resembled a blanket being pulled over daylight welcoming the darkness.  This darkness overtakes me as I witness the beauty of God tucking in His creation for a nights rest and His whisper gently telling me to “be still” in His care – even in darkness He is with me.

Nightfall replaces the peaceful calm of early evening when the glow from a neighbor’s home illuminates a noble White Dogwood Tree.  With a radiant quiet beauty it reminds me of the Light of Jesus in our dark world. In the shadows comes a quiet beauty as night fall descends and tranquility settles over my drowsy neighborhood.

Everything around me is dark except for the brilliance of one solitary tree.

I have walked in the darkness many times – darkness of death, illness, and sorrow. Yet, there has always been one Light constant, never changing in my darkness.  Like night must come, so we all must face the darkness that life sometimes brings.  Our night.

If we are not careful we will wander around in the darkness never experiencing the Light of Hope that Jesus offers.

Hope the light of day will come. 

We know every night when we lay down we do not fear the darkness because morning will come and the sun will shine down on us once again. 

We have hope of a new day.

When we face the dark times in our lives, we do not need to give in to the darkness. For in the darkness there is a glimmer of the Son’s divine Glory, reassuring us of His Light within us, like a neighbor’s porch light casting a soft glow on a blooming Dogwood Tree.

A reminder of Jesus’ presence in our lives.

At times His Light is strong like a beacon boldly showing us the way and other times a faint glow gently leading, like the shadows of a White Dogwood Tree silhouetted in the night sky.

We have hope of a dark free world.
Patty B.  June 2017

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in the light of a spring day ~ Patty B.}
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Harrison

2016 HarrisonMany of us have pets or as we lovingly call them our fur babies! 

Over the years we have had many doxies and one beautiful Bernese Mountain Dog mix or fur babies as we call them – each one with their own unique personality.  And just like our children, we worry over them when they are sick; we feed them, protect and love them.  And in return they give us unconditional love and companionship.  There is nothing better than getting puppy hugs at the end of a long day.   

Last week we noticed one of our “babies”, Harrison would not go down the yard on his usual walking the perimeter routine. Then when he came inside he clung to us, his little paws hugging our necks and not letting go while his little body trembled as if something scared the life out of him.  We did find a hole where they were digging so most likely whatever critter they were after was not happy with them.  Later that night we noticed Harrison’s nose was swollen, so fearing he was bitten we took him to the vet.  We found out he had two abscess teeth.  The vet told us that the critter they were flushing out could have swatted at his nose as he was digging causing his tooth to dislodge and causing the nose to swell enabling us to notice the abscess sooner.  She also did say he could have fallen or hit his nose and that we will never know, other than whatever happened although giving us cause for alarm, was a good thing because it allowed us to take him to the vet sooner. 

If left untreated I hate to think of the consequences. 

He is home now after surgery where they also removed other teeth that was starting to show problems.  He is recuperating and enjoying the extra attention we are giving him.   

I saw how God had His touch on Harrison.  Some may say it was a coincidence that the “critter” did something to Harrison.  But I can tell you years of  flushing out critters (and bringing some home to us) they have always managed to have the upper hand – or paw. So I am thanking God for the critter or the accident that caused the chain of events that led us to take him to the vet now.   

I know Harrison’s time here on earth is limited.  But I am thankful to God for allowing us to watch over him a bit longer. 

God created all the animals, birds and sea life before He even created man.  God brought every one of His animals to Adam to name them. God declared His ownership over animals when He said: “For every animal among the trees is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills” (Psalm 50:10-11 NLV). He then entrusted them into Adam’s care, and today God entrusts them to our care. “A righteous man regards the life of his animal.” Proverbs 12:10 

I am thankful God entrusted to us the care of His doxies and one special Bernese Mountain Dog.  I am also thankful that our God is a compassionate and loving God who encourages us to pray over our beloved pets, or the creatures of the forests and even the birds at our bird feeders knowing He will watch over them.   

Everything God has created is perfect even to smallest ant.  And everything God created has a purpose, including each one of us.  

 “Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!”   Revelation 5:13 

We will even worship our Creator together.

Harrison with his brother Silver

Harrison with his brother Silver

 

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One Life

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A woman stands alone.
A silent scream.
A world falls apart.
No one stops.
No one listens.
A lonely life –

Life goes on except for the one who is hurting.
For her, life stopped.
A heart beats yet a soul has died.
Dreams fade no longer within reach.
Life has no meaning.
A broken life –

A woman unnoticed.
People walk by.
No one hears or sees her pain.
She is strong to many.
She is weak to herself.
A weakened life –

A Hand reaches out to the one who is hurting.
Bringing Life and Hope.
A lonely heart beats.
Awakening a weary soul.
Bringing life to lost dreams.
A renewed life –

The Light of the One who reaches out
Removes the darkness.
Takes her hand.
Showing the way.
God’s Strength, God’s Hope.
A transformed life –

                              {Patty Beggs 2016}

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Spring Rain

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Spring Rain

Spring rain softly falling
Quiet reflective moments
Peaceful tranquility for a weary soul

Melodious serenade of birds
The sounds of heaven
Softly permeates tender hearts

Gentle breeze rustles through trees
Voice of God tenderly whispering
“Rest my child – be still in Me”

Patty Beggs June 2016
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Connected Through Prayer

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Good news to report!

My latest CT scan showed no increase in the lung nodules since September.  The liver mass, he said was almost nonexistent on the MRI so explained that the PET scan must have picked up something as the liver was active meaning it was functioning the way it should. The enlarged (active) lymph nodes tell them my body is fighting an infection most likely the root cause of the nodules and my persistent cough. The diagnoses are the lung nodules are the results of my severe bronchial infection from 4 yrs ago and from recurrent bronchial infections since then. The protocol is to be rechecked with another CT scan for the next 6 months for two years.

I now have to be very careful come flu and cold season because even the slightest cold can trigger the infection/irritation in the bronchial airway.  Which I do all I can now, take my daily vitamins, get my yearly vaccines, stay away from people who are coughing and even have begun to wipe off grocery store carts before using them.  Other than putting me in a bubble I don’t know what else to do.  😉

It has been months of up and downs.  Your daily blogs have been a constant in my life – something I looked forward to each day enjoying your pictures, poems and stories with my morning cuppa.  I have prayed with some of you, cried with others and rejoiced during your happy moments.

Your prayers have encouraged and strengthened me both physically and spiritually. It is through our prayers for each other that we are connected through Jesus Christ.

“Even though we are many individuals, Christ makes us one body and individuals who are connected to each other.”Romans 12:5

“… In Christ’s Body we’re all connected to each other.” Ephesians 4:25 a

I am thankful that I am connected to you through the body of Jesus, our Lord.  May the power of prayer always keep us connected to each other and especially connected to God.

In closing I would like to share a golden nugget of wisdom with you from a dear friend whenever I feel as if my life spinning out of control:

Life is hectic and there is never a dull moment. Some days are better than others.  We can all use an extra hour or two or three or more each day to accomplish what needs to be done.  But at the end of the day – let us take a moment to be still, leaving all of the stress and endless tasks behind us and spend time just “being” with God.

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Unexpected Path

Isaiah 43_2

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. Isaiah 43:2

In February when I posted about writing again I had good intentions to get back into my routine.  But like the old saying, “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry” (Robert Burns), my life has taken on a new twist and I find myself in the midst of a new storm.

Last November I went to my doctor for a pain in my left side that turned into months of doctor appointments and tests, with a break until March when more tests found other issues.   I think I have had all scans known to mankind since this ordeal began.  The ironic thing is my initial concern of the pain is gone.  The problem (without going into much detail) is each test is inconclusive but then they find something new so more tests are ordered to get a clearer picture – and results again are inconclusive. I have felt like a human pincushion and Guinea pig! 

I am thankful to God – so far all cancer tests (blood markers and MRI) show no signs of metastatic disease from my breast cancer.  So the question remains – what is going on?

Six months later and they are still unsure. 

I have them all stumped –  I have no symptoms, no other pain (other than the pain in my side that went away), I feel pretty good other than another fight with a virus, and my appetite is normal.  The peace of God has enveloped me as I wait and has given me super human strength for patience – if you know me you would know it is indeed God’s strength and not my own. Let’s just say when God was passing out patience I got tired of waiting in line and so went on to the next of God’s gifts!

So, here I sit in limbo. 

Looking back during those months when I took my break, God was at work with preparing me for this season of waiting. So, instead of dread I feel an expectation of how God’s glory will be revealed. 

God has reminded me I am at that age now when things will begin to fall apart, sort of like an old car, when one part goes they all go.  I just need to go into the repair shop (hospital labs and doctor’s offices) for tune ups and repairs.

And, so, life goes on. 

In between work, dr appointments and to do lists (yes I am still doing them!) I have plans to get back into my writing. I have even etched out a time frame to sit at my desk with a cup of tea, dogs at my feet and soft music playing as I type away all the stories and inspirational thoughts flowing through my mind during the day.

My best laid plans often go awry as reality sets in –

 After working all day, there are the daily things that need done around the house and then time to unwind.  Any writing gets put on the back burner as I jot down some thoughts for future posts.  So you know, the dogs are on their sofas or chair – yes they have their own furniture and are gracious enough to allow us to sit with them on occasion – the only time they lay at our feet is when we are eating as they wait patiently for their treat.

We do not know what our future holds but we can face each new day with all the joys along with the uncertainties and trials knowing God is already there, preparing us for the unexpected and for helping us through our daily routines.

If your life’s journey is taking you on an unexpected path remember God is with you.  God may be walking along side you or most likely carrying you but be encouraged – all of your needs are already set before God.

Our life may be full of uncertainties – but – God is always certain and sure.

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Why We Remember

Lest We Forget –

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I remember my friends who did not survive the crucible of combat; I remember them every single day. My request for you is this: let this be a solemn holiday for us all; it is not too much to ask.

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