That's not what I'm writing about today, but I just thought I would give him a little free advertising. He works so hard at this, and really doesn't realize much in the way of compensation when all is said and done...but the signs bring smiles to people's faces and serve a purpose for their homes and businesses, so he is happy to help make that happen. And God is blessing him for his efforts and sacrifices.
What this particular sign has inspired in me is a sense of thankfulness for the fact that yes, MY life IS better in the woods! We moved out to the forest about 3 1/2 years ago, and since then life has truly been one adventure after another. We've discovered myriads of interesting wildlife, as well as receiving the blessing of many new friends. (Click on the links for more about those stories). But the greatest gift has been the peace that comes over me each afternoon as I leave my busy job in the city and enter the quiet sanctuary of the forest woods
Some people don't really understand how we could enjoy living so far from "civilization"....it is at least 20 miles to the nearest Walmart, and we currently don't have a viable grocery store in our community and only a couple small restaurants in the area that serve a limited menu at limited times. We DO have a small hardware store, post office, Dollar General and a gas station/handy store. We also have a wonderful Saturday flea market where my son sells his signs each week to the weekend visitors and locals.
We also have several excellent small churches, including our own home Bible Fellowship that meets in our home every Sunday morning for worship and study of God's Word.
fishing, hunting or simply watching the birds,
There are so many places to explore...(if only it wasn't so hot right now...but fall is on its way)
I find myself longing to strike out on my own in search of adventure...but I am reminded that there ARE bears
Anyway, I want to pause and give thanks to the Lord for His goodness to us in providing such a place of refuge for our family. There was a time when we didn't know how we were ever going to find an affordable home to help us ease into retirement...but God truly surprised us when He opened THIS window of opportunity. He proved to us that not only was HE able to provide for us, but that He had prepared special people to be kind and generous and willing to take a chance on us until we could stand on our own again. And now He has enabled us to do just that, and we want to say thank you. (No names needed, God knows).
I suppose there may be some who will say that this is all well and good for you, but what about me? When is God going to show ME some pleasant places and a refuge from the world? I cannot answer for God, but I can only say that when we put our trust in Him, He promises in His Word to show us the "path of life", and that "in (His) presence is fullness of joy". For you it may not be in the woods, but it might be in a different neighborhood, or job, or place of worship. It could be a new friendship or relationship that brings joy and fulfillment after a long wait. It could even be finding that place of contentment right where you are when you realize that God is with you and that He will never leave your side.
I read a verse in my morning devotions a couple of days ago that stood out to me and also caught my husband's attention, so much so that he asked me to find it again the next morning and read it again.
The verse is found in Psalm 17:15 ~