Image by Laura Ketteman

Image by Laura Ketteman

Monday, June 16, 2014

Old Draft, #1, May 2011

Came across this one and it made me smile.  I don't know why I didn't post it, but here it is... three years old... and while sometimes, it feels like SO much has changed... these few paragraphs feel as familiar as if I'd written them last month.

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Nehemiah 6:3 (ESV)

And I sent messengers to them, saying, "I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?"

Have you ever heard someone refer to their "life verse?"  Everyone who has one, has a story to go along with it.  Often times, it correlates with a portion of their testimony in some way... how they came to know Christ... or some time in their life, when God spoke to them so clearly that it was almost audible.

Mine is weird.

Who chooses a verse in Nehemiah as their life verse?

I love that when God inspired every word of His Word, He did it with intention... that every thought and word, would speak to one of His children in a way, that is so personal and intimate...

P.S.  I've written about Nehemiah before.  If you want a recap of the story, you can read HERE.

I am doing a great work and I cannot come down.

My priorities will change throughout my life, but my true desire is that no matter where I am, in any given season, that they will be God-honoring.... and at the forefront of my heart and mind.  No distractions.  No noise. 


It's the end of the school year.  My kids have serious spring fever.  They are distracted.  My days are busy.  I'm at their school a lot, helping out where I can.  I try to stay afloat with my responsibilities at home, as well as my photography business.  It's pretty easy to lose focus.

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So, that's where I left off...  Well, so, some things have changed... My photography has taken a serious back seat.  Just had to.  But the rest of it speaks of a sentiment I needed to be reminded.

It is SO easy to lose focus.  So easy to let go and try to run things myself.  So easy to try to do things MY way.  So easy to get discouraged.

Fortunately, I know that God is full of grace and mercy.  I am thankful.

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