These Moments

9 Jul

What I’m sharing with you today started as a entry in my journal and grew into something I thought might be worth sharing.  I know some of you are facing huge, seemingly insurmountable mountains today and I hope this will encourage you to keep climbing.

Appreciate this very moment you are living.

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With all of it’s difficulty, pain, struggle, confusion, and tragedy – it is still your life.  And intermingled with all of the bad things that are happening to you right now are those treasures, those nuggets of joy, love, hope, contentment, peace, and fulfillment that keep you going.

All of these things – the awful and the amazing – make up your own very unique, wonderfully challenging, and yet truly blessed life.  Don’t pass by the hard times too quickly.  Don’t wish them away too fast.  Hidden within them are little presents meant just for you.

If you don’t wade through the river, how will experience the joy that is waiting on the other side?  If you are never burned by the fire, how will you know the beauty that can rise from the ashes.

That pain in your heart?  The physical challenges you are facing?  The mountain of adversity in front of you?  They are there for a reason.  You are supposed to learn something from it.  It is designed to help you grow.  Yeah, I know.  You would much rather grow another way – any other way – just not this way.  But that’s not the path that has been laid before you.

You have mountains to climb, yet you don’t feel equipped. But you are.  God has been preparing you for this moment – these moments –  this season – your entire life.  Every twist, turn, start, stop, and crash was all part of His grand design for your life to prepare you for this moment.  And this painful season of life you are enduring is shaping you into something very special.

I know it’s hard.  Yes, I know.  It’s hard to watch your child struggle for life.  It’s hard to face the truth.  It’s hard to say goodbye.  It’s hard to do the work required to survive cancer.  It’s all just so hard.

The hardest part is that you never saw it coming.  You weren’t prepared, not that you could ever be.  Life came at you with hurricane force winds.  And those winds hit you again, and again.  But you know what you’re doing?  You’re standing!  You’re breathing!  You’re making it, one hour, one day, one step at a time.

And every hour, every day that you continue to move forward – to climb that mountain – gets you one day closer to restoration.  Restoration of your health, your heart, your mind, and your spirit.

And you know what is the most amazing thing about this moment?  You are not alone, nor have you ever been.  God saw it coming and has been with you every second.  Sometimes you’ve sensed His presence and have cherished the peace.  Other times, you’ve allowed your fears to cloud your view of Him resulting in anxiety.  But no matter what your feelings say, God has not and will not leave you.

So keep standing, keep climbing, keep reaching, keep walking – and keep crawling if necessary.  And remember to appreciate all of the moments, because they are your life.

♥ Rachel


6 Responses to “These Moments”

  1. Tranquil Moments Photography July 9, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    Oh my, what wonderful words to read this morning Rachel :) Thanks for sharing, really enjoyed your blog today. Have a marvellous Monday sweetie.

    • rachturner July 9, 2012 at 9:04 am #

      Thanks, Daphne! Have a great week!!

  2. Betty Johnson July 10, 2012 at 7:58 am #

    Thank you for this wonderful reminder to stop and appreciate every moment we have each day.

    Betty Johnson

    • rachturner July 10, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

      Hi Betty. Hope you are doing well.

  3. Molly July 10, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    Hi, I’ve been following your blog for a few months (: I’d like to tell you that you are a wonderful, Godly inspiration. I am going through some physical ailments right now and trusting God can be hard when you feel poorly. It brings on anxiety and that is never good, lol. Thank you for taking the time to minister to others through your own physical trials. May God bless you on your own journey (:

    • rachturner July 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

      Hi Molly! Thank you so much for commenting! Your words mean SO much to me. I am very sorry about your physical struggles – ongoing or chronic physical pain/issues can really wear on you emotionally as well as physically, not to mention the nervousness you experience wondering if there’s something more going on. I understand. Feel free to email me directly at if you want to talk more. I will be praying for you, so let me know how you are doing, ok?

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