World History and Biblical accounts give many examples of people who reach the highest pinnacle in their life accomplishments only to fall or fail.
Ponder the failure of King David. AT the very TOP of his Life’s Goals. He sins majorly. He falls but repentance and God’s Forgiveness and Grace restore his life but he must live now by God’s Rules Psalm 55
The air at the top of any high mountain can be toxic unless right breathing is maintained.
Mountaineers know this well. If you stand too long admiring the view you could die on the descent because of oxygen deprivation.
We who follow the Saviour need to remember that sacrifice of self is part of our journey. It must be HIS Strength that sustains us and His Breath that gives us LIFE.
Breathe on us today O Lord. Make us WHOLLY THINE.
The Summit in our life should not be our goal …..finishing the race is.
Eternity is as at the finish line and Hills and valleys are part of the journey. His PLAN …… HIS WAY. .Breathing His Breath of life.
CONFESSION and REPENTENCE……..Forgiveness and HIS GRACE the rhythm of life.
I m a wife, mother and grandmother. I have always enjoyed writing even from an early age. My book Beyond the Ashes has been written as a labour of love. All the characters are real to me and their story needed to be told. As a Christian my desire is to write General Fiction stories about real people but Hope and a desire for 'better' will always be part of the journey. I have had several short stories published over the years and moderate success in writing competitions.
I realized as I was thinking today (30/01/15) that perhaps I should add here that I have had life experiences of many valley times but also many mountain top experiences. I can understand and be beside anyone who finds their life in tatters because I have 'been' there. Of course as I have got older as well there have been the added sorrows of losing not only older family members but also one by one finding the dearest of friends and the ones of greatest support and care also dying. On the site of rich mountains has been my certainty of the value of marriage and how grateful I am that after loss and sadness I made a happy and long-lasting marriage commitment. The one who was my best friend back then is still my best friend 45 years later. Beyond the Ashes touches upon the POWER of LOVE when folk can forget about their own personal 'feelings' and reach out in LOVE to a desperate and broken person.
Curious; do you have the name of the mountain in the pic?
Great encouragement to keep the END in mind, not the little peaks along the way!
Praise to our Redeemer who carries us along!
Love and prayers, c.a.
No I do not know the name. I searched for an image not copyrighted and found the one used. The inspiration flowed when I found the image. Praise be to our Redeemer indeed! Blessings and Love to you also.
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A wonderful blue-print, Faye! When one draws out in scribbles & scratches the design of our dwelling we proclaim “completion” once the final brick or nail is set in place! Success! Our dwelling is complete. But the moving-in must commence yet and all the “making-of-a-home.” Then the hills & the valleys of the repairs needing done in 20+ years. So too our spiritual life. We’re never quite finished are we? But it is so gracious of God to give us endless opportunities to prepare for THAT final dwelling place in heaven, where we belong at rest with Him. Hugs to you for this beautiful reminder!