Once upon a time, an author started a group for people to come together and encourage and dream and work and grow. The group evolved and people chased dreams and changed lives and accomplished things. We became cheerleaders and friends to people across the globe who we never would have met otherwise.
One man in the group, Chris, makes these Courageous Turtles. Aren’t they cute?! And they pack such great meaning! Don’t know the story? Check out the video at the end of this post.
The blue became a gift for my mother; the middle one, Hope, is my best friend’s. She LOVES green and pink and the HOPE is a reminder.
The green one with the anchor is for me to remember three things. #1 – the sea rocks are each unique, like me. They also allow light to shine through -#2- and my life is better when I allow Jesus to be that light. #3 – Christ is my anchor and my refuge. When I focus on Him, I can be content no matter my circumstances.
So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.
They are confident and fearless
and can face their foes triumphantly.
They share freely and give generously to those in need.
Their good deeds will be remembered forever.
They will have influence and honor.
Sometimes it’s been a hard minute or day or week or month or year and you (ahem, *I*) just need a little reminder that you and I, we have friends who pray for us.
And so that little reminder gets set in something beautiful from a random walk so you can remember often and share the love.
If you’re having one of those days/weeks/months/years…I hope this encourages you. I’d love to pray with and for you…drop me a note!
My church’s women’s ministry is pretty much the best, and we completed a Philippians Bible study written by three women in our church! Anyone who sits by me at church knows I doodle my sermon notes, and the Bible study was no different! Here is a recreation of one of my doodles, taken from John 15:1-11.I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches.
Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.
If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
A friend sent me a book by Margaret Becker to read a couple months ago. Reading it was like a gentle rain on my soul. One of my favorite quotes is below, because it reminds me to stop pining for the past and look forward to the future and all the awaiting adventures.