It's a Beautiful Day!

I know that each day I wake up and choose to get up out of my bed, something good is going to happen. That is my outlook, I choose to have a positive frame of mind. I don't always feel like it, but I know in the long run my day will somehow go better because of it. Autumn has arrived in Tennessee, the leaves are changing and the temperature is cool and crisp. I love the feeling this time of year brings, the warmth, the yummy smells and the memorable sounds. As I begin this blog, Ryan and I are in the midst of a new phase of our lives. Over the course of the past year, we have experienced great challenge. Along the way, we are finding God has a reason for it all: we will be tested, we will be stretched to the limit, and He will allow it so that we can be stronger and more dependent upon Him. The familiar hymn, "Trust and Obey", has been a constant for me lately. I have been listening to it and singing it repeatedly in the car, a wonderful new arrangement of it by a favorite Christian group. The lyrics have been etched upon my heart and have spilled from my mouth with such love for my Savior. I cannot think of another time in my life when I have found myself so enveloped in His presence. It is because we know He is all we need and He is all we have at a time when we aren't sure what is going to happen next. He knows, He loves us, He promises to provide for us and never leave us. Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us that He has a plan for our lives, to prosper us and not harm us, a hope and a future. It's a beautiful day and He is with us each step of the way.
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