Seeing that the Northern Lights might make an appearance I made the impulsive decision to head out a couple nights ago! I hadn’t even reached the spot I’d previously staked out when the sky suddenly lit up in colour! I found a driveway to chuck a uey in as I’d just driven past a lake, pulled off on the side of the road and for the next half hour I enjoyed an incredible show of the lights ‘dancing’ and even experienced pillars of light right above me! Was the best show I’ve witnessed yet! Had trout jumping out of the lake right next to me, a pack of coyotes howling in a nearby field, and a Great Horned Owl flying inches from my head all in the pitch black. Also nearly lost my boot in the mud…
Got incredibly blessed with some awesome light on Sunday and we made the most of the sunshine by heading to the little town of Canmore to do some exploring. Open roads, still lakes and paths leading to epic bridges! With the leaves starting to turn colour and the temperature hovering around 22 degrees it felt more like spring than summer ! Days like this somehow make you feel that much closer to God I reckon! Something about getting away from it all and enjoying the simple things in some glorious sunshine… 🙂
These guys signalling spring the other week! Cheeky little birds that come right up to you to check out what’s going on!
Made the most of the sunshine on this beautiful winters day and walked down to this local reservoir… saw some coyotes in the woods too.
I reckon this is one of my most favourite times of the year, when the canola crops splash the country with some colour!
As another year closes and a new ones starts, Christmas always brings an element of reflection looking back on what the year brought. I can safely say, 2015 has been a mountaintop experience for me! For me, this year brought me so much closer to God, or rather strengthened my faith and trust in Him, who is good! I am amazed to see how He worked in so many ways in my life, both little and big, to direct my paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” This verse is one I find myself continuously thinking about, reciting and battling with as I learn to trust in Him. But God surely has led me this year, opening doors up for me to attend Capernwray Bible College over in N.S.W for a semester, and walking right beside me as my love for who He is deepened so much more. I felt a peace I have rarely felt, in surrendering myself completely to Him and an incredible freedom I tasted which left me wanting more. I am absolutely staggered at the character of God and it is slowly dawning on me that all I need is Him. Coming back from bible college has been a battle, being taken from a group which became like family to me held by strong bonds firmly planted in Jesus, and having to face yet another semester of uni. Thankfully, I made my way through that one and with a big sigh of relief, graduated this semester. Yet again I find myself facing uncertainty, but I think God has prepared me better for the unknown this time and I find myself facing 2016 with excitement, particularly as I find my heart in two places. I am excited to see where He will lead me next. Excited to see how much deeper my relationship with Him will become. And excited to honour Him with everything I do.
I feel incredibly blessed to have met so many people this year who have encouraged me in my walk with God (Capes crew) and to have been apart of their lives and also to have had the privilege of encouraging others in their faith. I feel blessed to have seen some incredible places in this amazing country of ours and overseas exploring New Zealand… and soon (very soon) getting the opportunity to travel overseas to see a girl who means more to me than words can say!
It is my prayer for you that God touches your heart and you reach out to Him and anchor your very being in Him.