Friday, September 18, 2015


Today’s post comes via my Sister Brandie Pahl, (unbeknownst to her).  While perusing the face pages, aka, Facebook, I saw her status for the day which had such a powerful message that it made me pause and reflect. 

Happy Friday friends. Listening to Hillsong's "Touch the Sky" this morning and having a moment (what's new?). I love were it says, "I found my life, when I laid it down". Such a powerful lesson in those words. So many times I've asked God to take over in my life, to fix something, to intervene. I've worried and prayed and wondered where He was. What took me a long time to realize is that I hold God back from moving in my life, from intervening in those situations when I forget to do my part, surrender. How can I give my situation over, my life over, if I'm clenching it tightly in my fists? It's so hard to give it over sometimes, to lay your life down and surrender, but that's when the magic happens. That's when the fullness of what God has for us can be revealed. So I work to unfurl my hands, lift my palms to the sky and lay it all at His feet.”  

How profound!  Most of us do not even come to this realization, much less have the courage to share it or even act on it.  This tells me to stop holding back from what I know is destined for me to achieve.  I too wish to let all of my chains down and be lifted above.  What are we waiting for? 

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

To Journey, or not to journey

Hello again all,

If you follow me, you already know that I love adventure. That being said, hiking has always been an interest of mine.  Living in Michigan, I'm used to frigid temperatures, so naturally I would not mind going somewhere north of me, preferably Canada.   Yet, yesterday I happened upon a new location....

Havasu Falls in Arizona just seems nothing short of amazing.  Since my family is planning a trip out there next summer, it just seems fitting. Sure, the Grand Canyon is awesome, but this goes one step further.  Talk about amazement!

The fact that one can even hike here is a feat. It is 12 miles down the canyon to the Indian Reservation where this little gem lies.  Heat, thirst and sheer exhaustion are definite concerns, but luckily guided tours with knowledgeable guides are offered through different companies (see

However harsh the elements, I, for one, think it must be a mind-blowing experience.  Surrounded by nature, history and culture, the journey itself is the reward.

Journey on!