Sunday, June 27, 2010

Turtle Tuesday: The Desert View

(This post proves the turtle girl is not crazy! I could not put this together ya'll.) Only God.

The moment left me speechless...

Absolutely awe struck! God sent me a message via turtle delivery. The fact it was sent through a reptile makes it no less spiritual. It makes me cry just thinking about it. Not only are the Lord's ways not ours, they are simply profound. If you missed this Turtle Turtle's post, catch up on Part 1 of the story. 'The Desert View' below is the rest of the story .

The Desert View

For months I have known I was moving to the desert. It has been both exciting and sad, often at the same time. To b honest, I heard of 'desert times' in our walk with God but I never expected to actually 'live' in the desert. To say God threw me a curve ball is an understatement. Nevertheless that is where I am.

One way I prepared for our move is to throw myself in the hunt for a new house. I learned so much about the area on the multiple listing service. After looking at houses over the Internet for months, I came up with a 'wish' list for our new house. Of course I had my thoughts on the size, number of bedrooms, and style but there was one thing that was a must have for me.

A Desert View.

I wanted to see mountains, saguaro cactus, desert brush coloring the landscape, and little desert creatures in their natural environment from my backyard. If a house had concrete block fencing on all three sides of the yard, I would mark it off the list. In Arizona, some lots have wrought iron fencing along the back of the property. They call it view fencing. This was what I wanted.
Obviously the Lord was present as I looked at countless houses over the Internet. He knew what I was looking for so He sent a turtle to open my eyes to the view He had on His wish list.

Look at B, the turtle in the corner. She is looking into a concrete block wall. When I uploaded this photo I heard these words:

"How's the view, B?", the Lord whispered.

The Lord wanted me to understand my 'time out' in the desert was ALL ABOUT A VIEW. Not of cactus and critters but of HIM. Today June 29, 2010 the TGIF devotional on Crosswalk,com had this to say: "The desert holds a special place in God's Word. The Scriptures portray the desert as a place of inspiration and exaltation - a place where people met God in a powerful new way." Two minutes after I read this devotional a friend emailed it to me.

I am in the desert to get a new view of God. This move is an answer to prayer. I have asked to know Him in a deeper way.

If you are in a 'desert' of sorts insist on 'view fencing'. Accept no less. God has MORE for you than you can ask or imagine. (Tears are stinging my eyes as I type this. This is a word for someone reading this. Receive it and keep the faith)

Many blessing to you,

B His Girl

Side Note: As if it wasn't enough to know the Lord's plans of a better view of Him in the desert, He also gave me a view in the natural. The photo above is part of my new yard with a view of mountains, cactus, and the desert brush I wanted. Critter pics coming soon!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Turtle Tuesday: Time Out

Hi Friends,

Today I thought I'd share a 'real picture' of B. This photo was not staged. B's little feet tracked here all by herself.

Meet B, the turtle in the corner.

Less than two weeks before this photo was taken I spoke at a women's retreat. The stage was set with props to create the visual of a corner in a room. A chair was placed in the corner. My talk referenced my first encounter with God. I thought the Lord would put me in the corner. Kind of like a time out. A spiritual 'time out' for how I had lived my life. Here is what the Lord had to say about 'my thoughts' on the matter.

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts,neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord. Isa 55:8

I didn't have a clue how God worked. He didn't want me hiding out in the corner. He wanted to use my life.

Maybe this photo today is just a coincidence if you believe in coincidences or maybe God is using this turtle as a prop. As I uploaded this photo to blogger with another story in mind, the Lord interrupted with this thought. His thought...delivered His way.

*Note to self and friends: Where are you?

Have you put yourself somewhere you are not supposed to b?
Get out of the corner and fight the good fight of faith.
B His Girl