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Our Destinies are Rooted in God’s Desires for Us

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“Our destinies are tricky things, because they are rooted in God’s desires for us based on what HE knows about us – and that just so happens to be knowledge that we typically aren’t privy to yet.” ~Darren Wilson, Finding God in the Bible“Our destinies are tricky things, because they are rooted in God’s desires for us based on what He knows about us -  and that just so happens to be knowledge that we typically aren’t privy to yet.”   Darren WilsonI’m reading a book right now that has a pretty fun title: Finding God in the Bible: What Crazy Prophets, Fickle Followers and Dangerous Outlaws Reveal about Friendship with God. I got a chuckle out of the quote I have embedded into the pretty picture/ inspirational image above. 

In the chapter I was reading, God and Moses are hanging out, and God tells Moses about the mission he is about the send him on to free Israel from slavery in Egypt. Moses is like Nuh-uh, and God is Like Yuh-huh. And back and forth for a while until God ends up getting mad, and Moses never Nuh-uh’s Him again. God assures Moses that he is up to the task… and that’s that. The way Darren writes is very approachable, but not as informal as I am being here. In any case, his point is well made. Moses is afraid to go on a mission that he is clearly unqualified for. Moses is not wrong, either. But, that said, God was more right. Moses DID pull it off in the end.

See, when God calls us to certain tasks that seem particularly big and scary, He has more information than we do. He actually knows what we are capable of, especially when He is with us. 

All this to say, if you have a distinct impression that you are supposed to do something that feels too big for you, and you are scared, move toward it anyway. If you are being invited to try something that you don’t feel qualified for, maybe you are more qualified than you realize~! Maybe walk like you would on a tightrope. One step at a time… Use a balance bar and a safety net.

My husband and I were asked to play very prominent acting roles in a play recently. We have never acted, and it was outside of our comfort zone. But, we decided to say yes because we felt like we were supposed to, for reasons that had nothing to do with acting. The audience was large, and we may have made fools of ourselves overacting the roles. But, it was exhilarating, and we got tons of laughs and encouraging comments. I never thought I would do something like that~! Moving to Africa for 2 years was a much bigger and scarier risk.  One small risk, one large. Both were amazing and rewarding.

Pray and listen, and take the next step toward your destiny~!

Finding God in the Bible

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Beautiful Abandoned Places | Nature Pictures

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I have dreams that I am running through beautiful abandoned places. In the dreams, I am in awe of the beauty, and energized by running; I never want to stop. I have never been able to duplicate this feeling in the real world, with the exception of one bike ride I went on 8 years ago. Well, imagine my delight when I found a website with 33 beautiful abandoned places. I agree with the curator of that site: they are awe inspiring, and yet melancholic. I have included a sampling of the the photos here, and a link below. I also found that if one googles the names of these places, there are other stunning photos available. I’d like to see more of Nara Dreamland and San Fruttuosa~! But, life is busy. So, this is it for today.

Nara Dreamland in Japan

Nara Dreamland in Japan

Fishing Hut on a Lake in Germany

Fishing hut on a lake in Germany

Kolmanskop in the Namib Desert

Kolmanskop in the Namib Desert

El Hotel del Salto in Colombia

El Hotel del Salto in Colombia

Holland Island in the Chesapeake Bay

Holland Island in the Chesapeake Bay

Abandoned Subway Depot in Cincinnati

Cincinnati’s abandoned subway depot

The Kerry Way Walking Path Between Sneem & Kenmare in Ireland

8. The Kerry Way Walking Path, Sneem, Kenmare,Ireland

House of the Bulgarian Communist Party

House of the Bulgarian Communist Party

Christ of the Abyss at San Fruttuoso, Liguria

Christ of the Abyss at San Fruttuoso, Liguria Follow this link to see many more beautiful abandoned places~!  The 33 Most Beautiful Abandoned Places In The World | Nature Pictures. The author writes: “Many people don’t know about these famous abandoned places. Many of these places are really something amazing, but they are also really sad when you take a closer look at them. On the following list, you can see abandoned planes, abandoned ships, as well as the abandoned houses, and so many other things, that are really amazing and magnificent. So, check out these amazing abandoned places photos.”