Change happens all around us every day. Technology advances in leaps and bounds, entire cities expand with a fury, and what was once familiar becomes new and unknown.

Living out in the country, time seems to pass at a slower pace. The prairie seems protected from the hustle and bustle of town. But then I realize this land has seen it’s fair share of changes, even in the last 50 years. It’s not all good, and it’s not all bad. Nevertheless, it is change.

Old and New

Old Meets the New

The good news is that we can control how we respond to change. We can choose how we act and react when it comes our way. It’s easy to focus on what we think we’re giving up and forget to look at what we might gain. Sometimes, all we need is a new perspective.

How about you…do you need to find a new angle to look at changes in your life?


Smooth Roads

I saw this freshly paved road on my way home a while back. It was smooth. Very smooth. Almost perfect.

It occurred to me that it weren’t for the potholes and bumps in the other worn roads that I travel, I probably wouldn’t appreciate smooth roads like this one quite as much. It’s just like life. Difficulties along the way make me appreciate the good times that much more.

We all have so much to be thankful for, regardless of whether we are currently on a bumpy road, or a smooth one. But when the road is smooth…enjoy every moment!

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Just Keep Climbing

Sometimes when I’m hiking, I just want to get to the top as fast as I can. I want to see the view! I want to experience the mountain top! I want to feel the accomplishment of reaching the summit!

But I don’t get to enjoy that view/experience/accomplishment unless I commit to finishing the other parts of the hike. Some of the lower parts of a hike can be beautiful and inspiring, but other parts can be a real drag. However, the summit wouldn’t be so amazing if I hadn’t experienced the variety of trails leading up to it from the valley below.

I have been absent from the blog for a while because we just went through a really nasty hike. We were selling our home and buying a different home closer to town. On the day of closing, our buyer walked. Actually, he delayed everything for a day and then backed out of the sale. There was no reason or explanation given, just that it wasn’t going to happen.

Because our new home purchase was based on the contingent sale of our old home, we immediately lost our new home. It was a great price, in a great neighborhood, in a great location relative to work/church/friends. It was exactly what we wanted…but it wasn’t meant to be.

And now, we have more of a nasty trail to walk on as we fight to get our earnest money back. It’s money that was supposedly protected by terms and clauses in our contract. But instead, we are getting bogged down in the mud of political red tape.

I really do have faith that God has a purpose in all of this. We don’t understand it. We don’t like it. We wouldn’t wish it on someone else. But in the end, it’s just a house. It wasn’t our health or some critically important thing.

And so we keep climbing. We navigate the trail and we look forward to what the view will be from the top! We may have a few more tough parts to walk through, but in the end, reaching the summit will be worth it.

Whatever you’re facing right now…just keep climbing and you’ll make it!


* And because every post is better with a picture, here is a picture that a friend took of me when I made it to the top of Bishop Castle!

Tower 01 Tower 02