Have you wondered much what
God's been up to throughout your life...
-Maybe asked Him why He created you to like certain things
or wired you for something that you maybe
haven't figured out why ... yet?
I've had a lot of questions.
I'm sure many I won't know the answers to
this side of heaven.
But some... have been unfolding
Dots are connecting and
as my Mentor describes it to me
it's like those dot to dot pictures where you
draw a line from 1 to 2 to 3 and so on...
with the revealing of a bigger
beautiful picture over a lifetime.
Well recently through a series of dots...
I "came upon" One Life Maps.
It's a portfolio of maps that I'm
prayerfully working and journaling through.
The night I started I was actually home alone
and our power had went out.
So; I sat by candlelight by myself and "began."
I say by myself but in reality .. I can't exclude the company of a toteful of chirping
baby chicklets away from their brooder heat lamp...
oh and two pembroke welsh corgis.
I'm sharing this because
when you find something "so good"
it should be shared don't you think?
To date I'm now mapping the fourth one
which is called "Valley" experiences.
So part of where I've been lately hasn't been
just gardening... but also
Mapping with the Lord.
One of the first things to do is
a timeline. It was hard for me?
But through it... God's showing me
connections. Connections and
these eyes are opening more
to my story.
This is my most favorite photo of Momma
and me. Through doing the peak experiences map
I also discovered it's a peak period for me.
love for feathers....
that carried through....
then til now.
And how around the same point in life,
He placed me near a driveway or dirt road unlike any
I've lived around since. It was special.
At around five years of age I became a rockhound.
No toy or doll could ever compare to the hunt of agates.
I remember coffee cans full of agates.
And at such a young age without knowing I was learning it-
I was discovering that something beautiful could be found on the
inside of the seemingly plain.
My eyes became trained in spotting
the special ones; even if the ordinary rock side
was all that was exposed.
Didn't realize any of this until God used the maps
to make me aware.
Funny how every chance I get to go on a hike
still has me loading up
And I wonder now, ...
how He might use all this
still yet to come?
It's possible that He will.
And in these little dotted ways
I see that He "is."
It's crazy really...
Crazy and exciting all at the same
Another peak in those early years--
....Ordinary days filled playing with frogs,
toads, clams and crawdads as I
alone to the bay
at Clear Lake. No not alone... - I only thought I was.
Because looking at a time line across life,
what I see most of all was that God was with me
through it all.
Never lonely; never bored...
but amused, filled uP and this adventure grew
deep... somehow carrying through
The love I have of the great outdoors
feeds this soul
Frogs, toads and
crawdads are still
etched deep within.
Why? ... so much I don't know...
and I wonder more...
Mapping brought me
back to bicycle rides that stirred
several peaks together.
Around 7 years of age I'd ride my bike
to the swimming pool and afterwards would
walk next door to the library.
Books like Sitting Bull, Sacajawea, andDaniel Boone found their way into my basket and were
pedal-ed home. Sometimes with kings, queens and
aces thrumming in the spokes; held in place
with wooden clothespins.
Once home, these delicious reads would be carried
to a hollowed out area in the middle of lilac bushes.
There; in sweet fragrance grew a love for words,
reading, writing, and plants.
Within that era...
God began more
growing of this girl.
Through a series of events...
gardening got planted.
Grandma Ruby had a big garden and
often had flowers growing by her doors.
Cockscomb, apple trees, zinnias-... and it was her garden
that I have as a first memory of gardening.
All these little things were used ...
in my growing... uP.
Things ... DOTS ... connecting...even
full circle to my own Lilac Bush...
More unique experiences
Even to a New year's anchor verse...
with my one word:
-- Oh yeah and the rock thing too.
so many tiny little dots...
growing... into another...
making something seemingly insignificant
A couple days ago
I planted snapdragons again.
Once again, mapping turned them into another dot I could see.
A dot that I shared with my neighbor ...
and now all of you
You're a dot now...
And I'm yours.
Sorry; back to the story...
It's the story of my very first
I was 17ish. Momma and I lived in a basement
apartment together in Rapid City SD.
For a surprise to her I cut a bit of sod in our rented backyard
into the shape of...
yeah...it was a HEART.
After digging all the sod/grass out of it... I planted it
all in snapdragons. It actually turned out pretty cool and she loved it.
Looking out the kitchen window ... you could see this big colorful snappy heart.
My very first garden was a
That just gets me. And I know with everything in me God's been drawing and growing
me right to Himself through this whole journey.
Every step of the way.
All this has been on my mind
and heart this week planting
I use newspapers for mulch
wetting them first then layering about five thicknesses for a weed barrier.
You know how distracting it is for someone who likes to read
to lay out all these papers?
It's alot of words. lol
The lilac bush was in full bloom too so the memories
of my favorite reading spot...
well; good thing I'm not any smaller or I may have
holed right up with a book and wouldn't have gotten a thing done.
This week mapping in the mornings and then
getting my work done out here could really become another
peak. It was simple yet big and uplifting...
just so much of Him
Who knows what could become of things...
... what "is" becoming ...
The heart of this all
God is ever moving...
and I'm so thankful.