You’re back again! Say whatttt!?
You have no idea how much it encourages me that you are back here. And for the outpouring of love yesterday… thank you from the bottom of my heart!
To say I was scared and overwhelmed and even…. embarrassed maybe!? … to put myself out there and put this blog out there, is an understatement. But then there is God. My loving God who created me and knew the insecurities I would carry, also knew exactly what I would need in this moment. And the same God who put this dream in my heart, has spent years and years, surrounding me with all of you. All of you, who so generously shower me with kind words, and texts and phone calls and just so much good love. To Him I am so grateful. And so grateful He gave me all of you. Thank you for cheering me on. Thank you for believing in me. Thank you for every thoughtful word. It means the world to me.
So back to this blog… and why, The Juniper Blog!?
2014 and 2015 were some very hard years. Years of hard learning and growing – in ministry, in life as a mom, as a wife, a sister, a daughter, and a friend. Only then to be followed by many, many tiring and lonely months, in dealing with the unknowns of my daughter Lily’s health. (If you’ve followed me on Instagram this past year, I am sure you have watched and read, as we are still trying to figure out what is causing the allergic reactions in our four year old daughter Lily.)
And during these hard times, and when I would cry out at 3am over my daughters itchy body and during the moments I felt I was desperately failing as a mother, leader, and friend…. during these lonely moment of feeling like God had forgotten about me and my family, is when I was started to hear these stories and words of encouragement, springing forth from my heart.
And so that has become the pattern of when God would speak to me. In the lowest of valleys, in my weariest of moments and in the coldest of winters, God’s voice has pierced through the dark.
And haven’t we all walked those cold and dark winter days? Or maybe even now, you are feeling a little lost and a little lonely and a bit forgotten in the valley. A little left out in the bitter cold.
Friends, I pray that this would be a reminder to you that there is hope in the night! Morning is coming and a new light will soon come, piercing through the darkness. I pray that you would know, that these hard and wintery seasons of our life, are the seasons from which God can produce characteristics in us that could never be produced in the sunshine and in the Spring. Strength and perseverance, deep rooted faith and hope.
And much like the Juniper that thrives in the winter, and not only thrives, but produces good fruit, God has produced this dream in me. And if He can do it for me, then He will surely do it for YOU!
So Jesus, I pray for each one of my friends tonight. Father, I ask that you would light up the areas of their life that feel dark and lonely. I pray that you would whisper to their hearts, that even in the night, You are there. You have not forgotten them. Remind them that even in the coldest of winters, you are planting and rooting in them, rich faith and strong hope and new life, that could only spring forth from the valley they walk. Help them to press forward and draw them near to your warm and loving heart. In your good, good name, Amen.
Thank you for stopping by and a Happy Happy Easter weekend to you all.
With love, Tina