Sunday, January 17, 2010

Past The Rapids















"Don't be afraid, I've redeemed you. I've called your name. You're mine. When you are in over your head, I'll be there with you. When you're in rough waters, you will not go down. When you are between a rock and a hard place, it won't be a dead end-
Because, I am GOD, your personal GOD, The Holy of Israel, your Savior. I paid a huge price for you: all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in! That's how much you mean to me! That's how much I love you! I'd sell off the whole world to get you back, trade the creation just for you."
Isaiah 43:3-6 The Message


My life's journey has taken many twists and turns. There were times I thought I would perish as the waters turbulently rose around me. Thankfully, I am past the rapids and enjoying the smooth trickling waters of a gentle creek.

With each new day there comes new adventures and struggles. The GOD of my past remains the faithful GOD of my present and future. I cling tightly to HIM.

Amazed by HIS grace,

Andrea

49 comments:

~ Being Woven said...

Know, Andrea, that I am praying for you this morning. I am thankful we have a God Who holds us and allows us rest. And I am glad that God had me give you a psalm through "Being Woven" this morning. He is so wonderful.
May your day be peaceful and in His arms.
Loving you, ~ linda

The French Bear said...

Blessings for you, sweet Andrea! You are always there for me with a smile and a lovely comment. I truly appreciate your visits!!!
Hugs,
Margaret B

Jenny said...

I am praying for you my dear friend...

Anyway i posted yesterday about your aunt and i gave you an award..just visit my site..thanks..

http://jenny-thewayiusetobe.blogspot.com/2010/01/condolence-to-her-family.html

God bless and take care

Finally Free said...

Andrea,
I pray God holds you during this time of loss.
This is one of my favorite scriptures. Thanks for sharing.
Blessings and hugs to you,
Tammy

Just Be Real said...

Clinging to Him tightly is what it is all about dear one! I cling with you as you go through the pain. (((((Andrea)))))

Just Breathe said...

That is beautiful and I agree.

RCUBEs said...

Glad that you're back but prayers continue for God's comfort and strength to cover you all. Blessings.

Terri Tiffany said...

I am happy to hear that you are enjoying the smooth ride right now:))

Graceful said...

Hi Andrea,
I always read your comments on Jumping Tandem, and now I am finally by for a visit (I'm sorry it's taken me so long!). I am here taking in these encouraging words you have posted from The Message, words that speak right into my heart today, and I'm listening to the Cat Stevens song (one I have not heard in ages -- thank you!), and I simply feel peace.

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your aunt. May the Scripture words you include here today seep into your heart.

Blessings, Michelle

Lora said...

So glad you are finding some enjoyment now Andrea. Blessings to you!

karen hopkins said...

Praising God, that He is the God of all of our pasts - the good and the ugly... But even more so, He is the God that sees our past, and loves us unconditionally , and loves to sing over us with His Songs of Delight! Zeph. 3:17.. We serve a Great and Faithful God, don't we??
Love you sweet lady.. Find His Oasis today, and just rest there with Him!

Katia said...

It's so wonderful to read how others encounter God's faithfulness as well. Blessed be His name forever and ever. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Blessings to you sweet sister,
Katia

Colleen said...

Beautiful. I like to remember that I belong to God. "You are mine," He tells us. Thanks!

David C Brown said...

Whatever low point there is in our lives - the Lord has been lower, for us!

SmilingSally said...

Thanks, Andrea.

Parsley said...

Been thinking about you and your recent loss.

Barbara said...

What a beautiful post....a tribute to our all loving, all forgiving Father.

Hi! I'm Grace said...

It is indeed amazing how God displays His love to us even in times that we don't seem to understand what is going on around us. Thanks for sharing your thoughts to us, Andrea.

ruth said...

You did it again! Thanks for blessing my heart with hope and courage to face bigger challenges ahead.
Love and hugs,
Ruth

Divine Mrs D said...

Thank you for the lovely post. I hope that you are resting calmly with God. And thank you for the Bible verse.

He & Me + 3 said...

He is amazing & He is all we need!
Hugs,
Mimi

Denise said...

You remain very much in my thoughts and prayers.

Laura said...

Oh, deep sigh. This is beautiful. God is so good.

Goose Hill Farm said...

In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You, Lord, alone make me dwell in safety and confident trust. Psalm 4: 8

Regina said...

Amen! He will never leave us nor forsake us..
A beautiful message Andrea.

Hugs and blessings.

Auntie Cake said...

Glad you are in smooth waters right now. Hope no more rapids in your future!
Kate

An Imperfect Perfection said...

Blessings to you dear!

sarah said...

This picture makes me feel so peaceful. Funny how nature does that so well. I'm clinging too to Him....great scripture...stay strong. tons of hugs. sarah

Nicole said...

Wow! This is just what I needed to read today. Things have been really rough for me and I am going through trials that I hadn't faced in a long time, but I too feel that the storm is finally quieting a little bit. It is still raining in my life, but not as hard!

Being Me said...

Amen ..out of rapids into his arms...

Jo said...

What a beautiful message -- lovely way to begin my morning and my week!

I am only now starting to feel that calm again -- and I'm beginning to see and appreciate things I wasn't able to before....

Thank you, beautiful lady!

Peace and serenity,
~Jo
'The End Of The Rainbow: Life After Bankruptcy'

ATTIC CLUTTER said...

Hi Andrea(:)
You are in my thoughts..
Have a good day ok..hugs, Patty

Marydon Ford said...

Andrea, I was going to ask you about Aunt Mary but I see she is now in the arms of Jesus. God bless you all.

TYSM for the warm wishes. I'll slowly get back into the swing of things.

Hugs, Marydon

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Your such a blessing to all of us. I know you always make me feel better when I stop by.
Thank you
Maggie

Tammy said...

I love that verse in the Message!

love and hugs~Tammy

Audrinna said...

your in my prayers

Jackie said...

Andrea,
I continue to keep you and your family in prayer.

I'm tightly clinging to Him with you sister!

Sweet Blessings!
Jackie

Patricia said...

Thank you for sharing this encouraging message. Blessings on you from the Lord.

Deb said...

Andrea,

So glad the turbulence has turned to peace for you.

His love! Always amazes me.

May His love continue to comfort you.

Sweet dreams.

homeschool101 said...

I am right there with you. A very encouraging thought for all of us. We can always look to him for all the answers and run to him to find comfort in him in all our trials. Keeping you in my prayers. Have a wonderful week. God Bless you!

christy rose said...

This is such hope for all that have seemed to be in this same place before. I am so glad that waters seem to be calming down for you.

Janean said...

this Scripture is so filled with hope and love. thank you for sharing it with us!

lisasmith said...

I was pondering this very scripture less than five minutes ago. lovely words. lisa

Mary Moss said...

Amen to that, sister! Thanks for the encouraging words.

Yolanda said...

Beautiful words of your heart and I so love how the Message brings God's word afresh. Lovingly, Yolanda

Shadow said...

it's good to hear you are in peaceful waters...

Divine Mrs D said...

I fully appreciate what you said today. It really settled in my heart, especially with the different things in my life. Thank you :)

the wild raspberry said...

wonderful post andrea~

Marydon Ford said...

G'day Andrea ~ Another beautiful write. How blessed you are with your words ... TYSM for sharing.

Thank you for your sweet notes. Dr. said about another 3 weeks, oy!
Have a beautiful weekend.

TTFN ~ Marydon