Thursday, 12 August 2010

Hiking in the Ruck Sack

My journey today has me on quite a pensive road.Which believe me is not hard for me. One of my weaknesses is over analysis of things. Particularly concerning the challenges that life has in itself.
All the "shoulda", "coulda", "woulda's" swimming around my head can put me into a catatonic state at times.
So at these times I either take a pen and write (or in this case blog) or I scribble my thoughts in the realm of drawing or some other form of artisitic release. Then there are the times that I delve into one of mine and my friends favourite pass times of collaging (click on Kimber's name to check out her blog.)
This morning I scribbled this little guy (to the left) hiking up a mountain. I guess because that's how I am feeling.
No, in all honesty it is how I feel a lot of people in my life are feeling right now. The drawing is actually a card for my son Aaron who is in a sense is facing a mountain of challenges in his own life right now.
Some of the challenges that I know, my son, as well as others of my loved ones and friends are going through right now makes me feel like I'm going along for the ride.
In many ways I feel like the ruck sack (back pack) hanging on to them, in my heart. As they seem to be hiking up a vast mountain without any sign of the top in sight. When I hear their stories I feel like I am just going along for the ride. Hoping that I can offer a bit of refreshment or sustenance when called upon It is times like these when feelings of helplessness try to overwhelm me. As I seek to share their burdens "fulfilling the law of Christ" Galatians 6:2 Taking each one to the foot of the cross in intercession and travail. I pray that as I go along with them in their own personal hikes I can remind them that God never fails. That even if they feel like they are on some narrow ledge in peril of slipping off and plummeting to the bottom. He will be there to catch them should they fall. That in Truth (Jesus being the only TRUTH) their footsteps can be secure as they look to Him the author and finisher of their faith Hebrews 12:2 Not the ominous cliff side. I remind them as well as myself to keep looking ahead and refuse to dare to look down..

If perhaps you are the one on that ledge I urge you to look to The LIGHT (Jesus is the only true Light) and know that brighter days are up ahead for those who trust securely in God's love.
And believe me Our God is Love. He does care even about the little things. Or the not so little things that make us feel like we are being robbed of our very oxygen. Like the high altitude climber, ready to pass out.
I know you may be saying "well you can't talk you're not in my situation".
No maybe I'm not but I can say with all honesty that I have been there. And in a sense I still am.
Even now as I am writing these words I'm fighting back the urge to cry as I am bearing some heavy burdens of those who are closest to my heart.
But truly that is not the point I would like to make. Even though I may be able to empathize with you or someone else. Or to maybe even sympathize with you. More than that there is One Greater than my experience or your experience or anyone else's experiences.
Who not only was touched with the feelings of our troubles but He took them all and nailed them once and for all on a hideous cross so we don't have to bear them.
So please cast your cares on Him don't hold onto them and let the Lover of your soul and mine send you help from His sanctuary and rescue you from all your troubles Psalm 20:2.
Peace, Love, Hope and Intercession, Firedancer


  1. Great drawing! Love the pic of your sweet boy in his uniform too! :)

  2. What a sweet and encouraging blog you have here. It is evident that God is using your gift of encouragement to help others. What would we do without the Lord's blessings that he gives us through others who are willing to let Him use them and their own overcoming trials and experiences, like He is YOU. THANK YOU! Oh and love how you've captured "your journey" up the mountain in your art journal page. I have just started art journaling in the past few months myself.

    It's nice to meet you. I found you through Kimber's blog today. Thank you for such a peaceful and uplifting atmosphere in your sweet blog I found here.

    Lee Ann


Hi All thank you for sending in your comments they will be greatly appreciated.

Word UP !!!

Thank you all who have in the recent days read my blog and given me such words of encourage-ment.
I cannot say how overwhelmed my heart is.
Please know that I pray for you all by name and take the time to ask God to bless you and speak directly to your heart as you read the words I write.
By the way I take no credit for the great stuff that comes out on the page.
I know full well that I am just taking dictation.
However for the not so great stuff well that would be me.
In any case I hope that when you read, you go away a little more encouraged. Remembering that we all go through pretty much the same stuff.
The great thing is that we never have to go it alone.
So if you ever need me just shoot me an email or a note and I will shoot up some incense for you directly into God's throne room. And if you can't do that just call out my name and know that I will hear you in the spirit. And I will pray for you even if I don't know you by name. God does and He can and will get the message out and send you the help you need from His sanctuary.
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Slide Show Spring 2010

My Bucket List of a Thankful Heart

  • For my Wonderful English husband who continues to love me and romance me as he promised
  • One of my biggest blessings my sons Sean, Aaron, Evan from my womb and my bonus son Reece from my darling Michaels loins
  • My Son Aaron as he turns 22 on the 27th of November thanks for waiting til my turkey was digested to come
  • Gods faithfulness in answering my cry and causing my sister Bobbie to survive the horror of lung cancer and the removal of part of her lung
  • For all my sisters Careen aka Jill, Leith Allison aka Allie, Marcia in glory land and Bobbie
  • For having been blessed with two marvelous parents now in glory Blenkhorn and Hope Silvera
  • Thank you dear God for the provision you so freely give and for all the generous saints of God who have hearts to give
  • A special thanks to God and the people who helped me fill the 'Christmas boxes' you are wonderful
  • For all the loving prayers of my friends and family
  • Christian friends who love me both here and across the Big Pond
  • For The WALL our (Sue Lucas and my) new Satellite group starting on Thanksgiving and for all who will be a part of it
  • For living in country that is free to worship God openly
  • For Will and Caroline Kemp and the Point
  • For God TV, UCB Radio and Television and for all the great preaching and teaching I can enjoy
  • Last but not least (for now) the honour of having my name written in the Lambs book of Life because of Jesus' sacrificial blood