Elim

23 Then they came to a place called Marah, but the water there was so bitter that they could not drink it. That is why it was named Marah. 24 The people complained to Moses and asked, “What are we going to drink?” 25 Moses prayed earnestly to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a piece of wood, which he threw into the water; and the water became fit to drink. There the LORD gave them laws to live by, and there he also tested them. 26 He said, “If you will obey me completely by doing what I consider right and by keeping my commands, I will not punish you with any of the diseases that I brought on the Egyptians. I am the LORD, the one who heals you.” 27 Next they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees; there they camped by the water.

So you may be asking what or where is Elim?  And why did I choose that as the title of my blog?  Well, glad you asked.

For the past few years I have felt that God was up to something in me.  I could not put my finger on it, but very excited about the possibilities.  Earlier this year He finally let me in on another piece of the puzzle, He is calling me to write and to speak.  Well, that is absolute proof that He definitely has a sense of humor.

You see, I have issues.  Revelation!  Nobody else on earth has issues, right?  I do.  The one I struggle with probably the most is rejection.  I have experienced many deep hurts throughout my life leaving my heart battered, bruised and scarred.  So when God told me that He wanted me to write and speak, I could not help but think, What?  No way!  Really God?  You want me to write and speak?  Really? Me?  You have to be joking?  Me with a hurt heart, you want me to open myself up to the possibility that I will be rejected and hurt by writing and speaking.  What the heck do you think you are doing God?

But as much as I want to argue with Him that He is nuts, I have to trust that He knows what He is doing.  Especially since He has proven Himself faithful in so many other things in my life.  There have been times in my life that I thought there was no way possible that I could make it through.  And I did.  But ONLY because He was there with me every second.  Did it mean it was easy, NO WAY!  Did it mean it did not hurt, NO!  Did it mean I learned my lesson?  Sometimes I didn’t.  And there will be many tough lessons ahead.  But I am so thankful for His Grace and Mercy.

So I embraced this crazy notion of what He has for me, and began praying for His guidance in what it may look like.  Years ago I had read about the children of Israel’s journey after leaving Egypt.  At one part they began complaining about being thirsty so they were led to Marah, which means bitter, because the water there was bitter.  There God used Moses to turn the water sweet for them to drink.  After that He led them to Elim, where there were 70 palm trees and 12 springs.  How wonderful!  That even though they complained and were bitter, God led them to a wonderful place where they were renewed and refreshed.

 I ask that you please pray for me on my journey.  Because I believe you can never have too much prayer.  

Glory!

So, why am I blogging?  To some it is just another person out there that think they have something important to say and think people will listen.  Well, maybe so.  But I know that God is leading me.  Over time I will let you see into my heart.  What makes it happy, what makes it hurt, what makes it angry, and whatever else He leads me to say.  To start off I will tell you little about me.

I am wife to Paul for 25 years.  We have had wonderful times and not so wonderful times.  But are committed to God, each other and our family.  Mom to four boys:  Lane is 24 and married to Kathryn for a little over a year.  Stuart is almost 20 and a genius who can take amazing photographs (will share many with you and no I am not biased at all).  He has great potential, but is a little stuck on what his future holds.  Thankfully we know WHO holds our future!  Cameron is 15, very sociable and friendly.  He thinks he is not handsome because he has deep red hair.  But it is gorgeous and makes many jealy as they say.  The youngest is Fielder at 13.  He has a sensitive and compassionate heart, and a gentleman.  Will tell you more about each one and why they are my favorite in later posts.

I LOVE the beach!  We are blessed to live close enough to the Gulf, which is a little over four hours from our home in Birmingham, Alabama.   I am an admitted chocolate addict.  Milk chocolate being my preference, and Sea Salt Caramel Truffles being my latest obsession!  Purple is my new favorite color, bet you never would have guessed that one.  I say new because it has only been in the past few years, before it was blue.  Not sure why the change, but I love Purple!  Being in Alabama a person has to choose their allegiance.  In college football that is.   I am an avid Auburn fan.  WAR EAGLE!  My dad went to Auburn, my husband and I met at Auburn, and my oldest son Lane, graduated from Auburn last year.  So, my loyalty is with Auburn.  I like to dance, listen to music (loud), read a good book, and many other things.

Mostly, I LOVE Jesus!  And He has seen me through much, and is daily teaching me.  I am NOT perfect, I am real.  I have real feelings, real struggles, real hurt, real life.  My husband says I talk too much, I do.  He says I share too much, I do.  But here is why…God has done amazing things in me and my life.  If I am quiet then how will that bring Glory to Him?  If I don’t tell people about Him and what He has done for me, then how will they know that He is able to do amazing things in their lives too?  So I guess that is the ultimate reason why I am doing this blog.   To open myself up and share with others what He has done, is doing and will do in my life so I can bring Him Glory.