Good Morning, and Happy Thursday! Again, this week has flown by, and I am left wondering how in the world it can already be Thursday. Ah, well. Last night I had to work late, so it felt good to sleep in a little bit this morning. Now I am happily cuddled up on the couch with Samson…great way to start the day! I don’t have too much time this morning, so I’ll get right down to my reading from this morning.
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
I’m quite certain I’ve shared this verse on my blog before, but today it has some special significance. Not only is it one of my favorite verses, but it was also a favorite verse of someone who died three years ago today. When someone close to you dies, especially someone so young [junior in college] life begins to look a little different through your eyes. You begin to see things through a new lens, or perspective, and its inevitable that you will be changed in some way. I don’t pretend to have been one of her best or closest friends—one who was hurt much deeper than I to be sure—but I am confident that I was changed my the circumstance of her death.
To be brief—life is a gift. Treasure it. Enjoy it. None of us knows the number of our days. Make the most of every moment and every opportunity given to you, and never put off pursuing the dreams God has placed in your heart. Emma was such a loving, caring, compassionate, joyful, bubbly and passionate woman of God. Someone who I truly admired—even if I never had the opportunity to tell her that in person. She lived life with a purpose, and she loved God deeply. If you knew her, you would agree that the world could use more people like her today.
So, live life with purpose and passion, pursuing the dreams God placed in your heart. Life is too short to be doing anything other than what God intended and planned for you. Take hope, courage, and have faith in the Lord. Lean on him always and he will lift you up.
Emma and I at a sailing event.
Thank you Emma for teaching me so much about life. You may not be here with us today, but I know you are in a much better place, looking down on us from above.
Hope you all have a great rest of your day…God Bless:)