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3.4.19 – He has gone before us.

I’m sitting here at the dining room table in our cabin with the most beautiful flower arrangement sitting before me. Sweet smell of fresh flowers.

No, I’m not sitting at my own dining room table, we’re staying in a beautiful historic cabin while on location for a photo shoot this week.

We’ve been using all kinds of beautiful flower arrangements to style with, and this arrangement sitting at the table is one of them.

It smells so nice. ??✨?

Feeling thankful for the peace I’m experiencing.

You know, I was concerned about so many things happening all at once with travel to NYC, then going right into this big shoot this week, and then mixing some other things in there. It may not seem like a big deal, but going constantly is a challenge for me. With how tired and exhausted I had been for the last few weeks, and then the fall I had a couple of weeks ago, I really didn’t know how I would be able to do all of this.

And yet, here I am, we’re day 3 into our shoot (we’re photographing the interiors of an inn) and I’m okay. I’m doing this. I’m not as exhausted as I have been. I have the energy I need to be able to do this. Have we ran into a few little hang ups right off the bat? Yes. Oh yes. But I know what that is and I know what to do about it.

Here is what is on my heart this morning…

The Lord our God has gone before us! And He is for us! Not against us. Our God is good, and He is faithful. He has already given us what we need. We already have what it takes.

I don’t even think I fully understand what I just typed. A situation happened in the natural with our cameras that felt like a big hang up on the first day of our shoot. We rented this big fancy camera to try for this shoot to “take it up a notch” and things just weren’t working with it. We hit a wall. So we’re using the camera we already had and it’s working probably even better in that set up than what we thought we needed to be able to make good “better”, to take it up a notch. That situation could have gotten us off track this week, but no — we already have what it takes. Everything is just fine, even though it could seem like it’s not.

Still, as I’m hearing, “we already have what it takes” it feels like there’s something to it that goes much deeper than just a situation with a camera. That’s all I know.

I just love when I get to see the Lord cooking up things. Maybe I don’t know what it is exactly, but sometimes I can sense and know when He’s up to something. Sometimes it’s in the little things. Then I know what to pray into. Then I can go ahead and thank Him for what’s He’s cooking up. What He’s stirring up. What He’s going to do.

The Lord is so good at working in hearts. I love that about Him. It’s the kind of thing that only He can do, and it’s beautiful when we can see Him chasing after someone –in the most urgently, patiently, kind and gentle and loving way all at once.

He loves us so much. ?

“The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” – Deuteronomy 31:8

–Heather ?

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