Willow’s Growth

I was looking through an old journal last night and found a treasure!

For several years now I have been writing about a character named Willow. In my stories she is portrayed as a tree, but the analogy is that of a young girl facing challenges in her daily life. It was so special to come across this entry again as I find myself in the same circumstances. Hope you enjoy!

“Willow had seen many seasons, and had for the most part eagerly embraced them. She hid under her branches and held tightly when the rain and floods came… and at last, the cold winter winds seemed to visit her less and less. Willow felt as if her whole being was beginning to thaw.

Beauty everywhere was in bloom and coming back to life. Yet somehow, Willow felt afraid. She almost wished that winter wouldn’t end. For in winter, all she need do was stand. She had stood and took the harsh winter cold, and waited patiently as her roots soaked up the rain. But now, willow felt fear. Now, it was time to grow again. She wasn’t sure how to grow taller and bear new and beautiful leaves. Willow did not know what would make her stronger and help her become all that she had hoped to be.

But as the warmth of the sun shone on her, a joyful thought came with it! The sun was shining warm and bright as it had before, but she had never felt it this way. The way it moved across her with the passing day, the way it hit her that day was like never before. Willow had grown. It was then that she realized that she had grown and would grow, for it was what she was made to do. And with her roots in the ground and her face towards the sun, she would continue on.”

In Him-Turn my eyes

“Oh soul are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness to see
There’s a light for a look at the Savior
And life more abundant and free
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of Earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace”
-Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

The mind set on the world can lead to such emptiness. The perspective set on the flesh drains life, while the perspective set on the LORD is life and peace.  We can’t see the whole picture from where we are now. I am trying to remind myself that it is better to look to the Lord and His promises than to look around or back at myself for answers.

In my joy and in my mourning, in my aching, and in my healing, let me turn. Through worries, fears, and sorrows, and through all things may I turn my eyes toward my faithful Savior. In Him is life, joy, and peace. In Him is everlasting, soul-satisfying love. In Him is the courage I need to face my tomorrows. Righteousness to cover my sins and redemption to work through my failures rests in Him.

Let us turn our eyes upon Jesus. And when we feel we can’t, let us cry out to Him to help lift our spirits, and He will!

Victorious Spirit through Christ,

Laura

 

A quick thought for your Friday!

Something I have been thinking about recently is just because a few people think badly of you or speak badly of you doesn’t necessarily mean you have done something wrong. Or if you did do something wrong, that doesn’t mean it is all your fault or that you should take all the blame. Everyone has a different perspective and lens which they see life through. So let the LORD be the one who defines your identity and refines your character.  As far as you can, be at peace with those around you, but remember you can’t please everyone. The Lord will work on them and you in His own way and on His own time.

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

 

Hello world!

My name is Laura. I am a follower of Jesus, lover of adventure, people, communication, nature, & music etc. The statement “Enjoy the Journey” is one very dear to my heart. The beginning is indeed the best place to start a journey or story, and the end what we all are eagerly waiting for, but where does it get good? A story is made from a journey with ups and downs where the characters grow and learn things about themselves and the world around them. As well as recording times of joy and ease, a good story includes conflict, struggle, and change. I feel as if I’m caught in the middle of my story right now. And in some pretty beautiful ways I have been learning that joy is found in really living and growing wherever you are. I hope and pray that through sharing a bit of my journey with you you will be challenged as well as encouraged to do the same. Your life is a journey, treasure each step.

Here’s to a new perspective as we head up the mountain together!

Victorious Spirit through Christ,

Laura Beth

Photo by Haylee Bazil
Photo by Haylee Bazil