A Sailing Ship journeying to the nations

We Live by Faith and Not by Sight

God has been working, He always has been working. 

This season of my life has felt like a huge test of my faith. He has been stirring things up and shutting doors. All good things, protective Father-like actions, yet hard at the same time. 

My faith has been up and down. One day living in anxiety, only wanting to trust in what I see. And then the next realizing that I live by FAITH and not by sight! Oh the Lord has been very gracious to me! Daily He loves me and He takes care of me, not changing even when I have a “down” day. And my prayer is that Jesus will give me more faith in Him, because the days I don’t trust Him are my bad days…

However, Jesus has been leading me even while I have bad days. I’m uncertain of where and why, but I know He is leading me somewhere. I know this because of His promise in Jeremiah. 

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." 

This I believe with all my heart, that He created us with a plan and a purpose. Our Creator, who made the mountains, the sea, and US, created us for a reason. It wasn’t by chance that we were born or by accident. God says, “And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” Yes, we are chosen and made by the God who laid down His life for us. Oh how much JOY I am feeling right now!

So why NOT walk by faith? Why NOT step out into the unknown, when our Creator is out in front of us leading the way?!

Are we to fear or are we to have faith?

That is what I ask myself everyday. May you and I live by faith and not by sight! And when you are feeling scared or anxious remember this promise as well:

"Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."-Matthew 11:28-30 

From my heart and what the Lord is teaching me,

Vanessa


He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

— Phillipians 1:6


To the people I follow, you are so encouraging and your love for Jesus is inspiring! WOW!

Jesus is a redemptive God.
He is a healing God.
He is a gracious Lord.
He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Jesus, thank you for being so much greater than myself, and for never changing.


Burkett Women’s Retreat

Over the weekend Anna and I went to the Eugene area for our families annual women’s retreat! The house is on the Mackenzie River and it is such a beautiful home.

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All the women gathered this weekend to laugh, cry, share, eat, and just enjoy one another. We only get to see most of these women once a year, so as you can imagine, there is a lot of talking that goes on! Here are some pictures I took over this amazing weekend!

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The backyard!

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Anna sang and played her guitar a lot this weekend. She’s so good! :)

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Yoga time!

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We ate so much! I always look forward to the meals these ladies prepare!

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Anna and I went on a beautiful walk.

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This years retreat was themed “Hen Party.” So the weekend was full of EGGsiting games and jokes about chickens!

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I am so blessed and honored to have these godly women in my family. Sometimes I forget I have so many people who love me and will take care of me. I had such a beautiful weekend.

Thank you Jesus.