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On top of the mountain
7/30/2008 5:19:59 AM    [ Flag as Spam or Inappropriate ]

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I am dreaming of living on my mountain in the middle of the forest and having cook outs and campfires with family and friends!!!  Yesterday, I let the vision go.  But it keeps coming back--stronger than ever.  And now I know, if we don't get the house we are looking at--we will find another near the Peaks of Otter, where I can look out my window and see God sitting on the mountain!

What changed from yesterday, when I gave it up, and today when I am all excited again?  I know what changed.  Before yesterday I wanted something.  I wanted it achingly, agonizingly, amazingly.  I wanted my house on the mountaintop but I wasn't sure if I should have it.  So, after much struggle, I gave it up.  We only have so many resources and I wasn't sure if we should put so much of ours into a house.

Yesterday, I surrendered my vision (my desire) to my Heavenly Father.  I don't have to have it.  I can be happy without it.

THAT, I believe, was the crux of the matter.  Anything other than God that we HAVE to have to make us happy becomes an idol.  Now, I don't have to have it.  But driving through the forest to a mountaintop to go home, and sitting in front of the Peaks of Otter to write my thoughts, rocking on the back deck while overlooking the valley--yes, that would delight me no end. 

Will I be happy if I don't get that?  Yes.  Absolutely, amazingly, awesomely happy--because I don't need a house on a mountaintop to be filled with joy.  I am in an awesome, amazing, astounding relationship with  the God who sits on the mountain--and that is enough.


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More Blogs by Linda Settles
• Redeeming Our Treasures One Day at a Time - Saturday, December 06, 2008
• Redemption... - Tuesday, October 14, 2008
• Redeeming Our Love for Christ - Thursday, October 02, 2008
• Holidays Can Be Trouble... - Sunday, September 28, 2008
• Dancing Daffodils - Thursday, September 25, 2008
• Assessing the Strengths of A Recovering Sexual Abuse Survivor - Saturday, September 20, 2008
• Good News for Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse - Friday, September 19, 2008
• My Trials Had to Stand for Something... - Saturday, August 30, 2008
• Renounce Negativity! - Thursday, August 28, 2008
• Antiseptic Grace - Monday, August 25, 2008
• A Safe Harbor - Sunday, August 24, 2008
• Honor-it is not what you think! - Saturday, August 23, 2008
• Break My Heart... - Saturday, August 23, 2008
• Letting go - Monday, August 11, 2008
• I'm Stepping - Saturday, August 09, 2008
• God Help Our Youth! - Tuesday, August 05, 2008
• Don't tell your children what to think! - Thursday, July 31, 2008
•  On top of the mountain - Wednesday, July 30, 2008  
• A Wrinkle in My Spirit - Tuesday, July 29, 2008
• Let us stand firm in our faith... - Sunday, July 27, 2008
• From Where I Stand - Wednesday, July 23, 2008
• WOW! What a Show! - Saturday, July 19, 2008
• When I Can't See - Friday, July 11, 2008
• Its Not Just Me - Tuesday, July 08, 2008
• Complications.... - Monday, June 23, 2008

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