Thursday, May 10, 2012

Castle and His Word

 I verse that the LORD encouraged me with while Steve and I were at the Castle this morning was; "Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness abide in the fruitful field.  And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.  My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places."  Isaiah 32:16-18
 I'm not even really sure why this spoke to me so much this morning.  Steve and I had a wonderful and relaxing time, but beyond that we were so open to asking the LORD for insight in raising our family for His glory.  First, and foremost for both of us was a conviction and confession for sins in our own lives. 
 After our delightfully relaxing breakfast, we spent some time asking the LORD to show us areas where we have strayed from His ways.  Isaiah 31:1 says "Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the LORD!" 
 We did not want to consult the latest books, or hear the most recent "wisdom" from some other source.  We wanted to consult the LORD and ask HIM the questions that we have right now for our ministry as a husband/wife, family and mother and father. 
 We would walk and then sit, pray and think, talk and be quiet.  We enjoyed the below tom turkey and his mate;
 Colorado Mountain goats, and Big Horn Mountain sheep.
We soaked up the beauty of His creation,
and we came away with less of us and a desire for more of His will, His ....
well, a desire to love Him and make Him daily our focus, our passion, our love.  
We walked away from our time at this beautiful place wanting more than ever to fall in love with and serve our God, our LORD, our Creator more fully from our hearts, and to infuse our children with this love for Him.  


  1. A perfect gift!!!!!
    Amen for seeking the LORD!!! :)

  2. Beautiful!

    Jim and I just went out to dinner this evening and had a similar conversation. Where are we? Where are we headed? What does God want from us and for us?

    When others ask us "What parenting philosophy do you follow? Dobson? Growing Kids God's Way? etc ..." Our response has always been, "We follow our own God-given parenting philosophy. Yes, we read books. But, ultimately we seek the Lord and pray for His wisdom."

    Keep up the good work, you two. Rejoicing with you that you had this short time away.

    Laurel :)

  3. Beautiful.

    The Lord has given my husband and I many of the same verses.

    Its all about the Lord and HIS wisdom.

    Many blessings to you dear one,

  4. I love this post Shonni. I agree. Books are so helpful and inspiring sometimes, but what we have through prayer in Christ Jesus... If only I wouldn't forget sometimes... Many times... I needed this reminder today. Thank you.


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