Thursday, November 22, 2012


Darkness surrounded me.
Each direction I turned was a vast unknown.
"Hello?" My own voice sounded alien to me.
I stumbled forward, crying out for help.
I can get through this.
I can find the way out.
I WILL find the way out.
Another step.
Something sharp cut into my side.
Wetness oozed from where I'd bumped into whatever blocked my path.
I'm alone. Completely alone.
I don't know where to go!
There's no way out.
Hopelessness began to overtake me.
Surely there was no direction in this emptiness.
I didn't stop moving forward, fearing if I stopped I would be trapped forever.
A distant voice.
"Hello?" I called out, but the sound of my own footsteps drowned out any answer.
I continued forward, inflicting more injuries upon myself as more unknown obstacles blocked my path.
"Stop." The voice was quiet, barely audible.
I paused for a moment.
The silence was terrifying.
I needed to hear something, if only the sound of my own footsteps.
I started forward again.
But paused just long enough to hear the voice once again.
I stopped.
The voice called my name.
Softly, barely loud enough to hear, but definitely my name.
I wanted to move forward, but stood still. 
The voice was comforting.
"Listen," it said.
Listen? Listen to what?
"Listen to me." 
The voice had read my thoughts.
The voice was growing louder. 
Still soft, but gradually easier to hear.
I strained my ears and listened.
The voice called my name again.
This time so crystal clear it was almost as if the speaker stood right beside me.
But I felt no fear.
I knew the speaker could help me.
"Take my hand."
I blindly reached out and felt a firm grip.
Then, slowly, I was led forward.
Guided through the darkness.
The going was painfully slow, but each time I tried to go at my own pace, I would run into something in the darkness.
I let the hand lead me.
I did not speak for fear of not being able to hear the voice when it spoke in that soft, reassuring tone.
After what seemed like an eternity, the darkness began to fade.
I stood in an open field.
The most beautiful field I had ever seen.
I still held the hand of the one who had led me out.
I gazed at his face.
It was Him.
I knew Him, thought I had never seen Him.
"I was in there for alone for so long, why did you not come to help me sooner?"
He smiled.
Then I knew.
He had been there with the whole time.
While I stumbled and fell, He was by my side.
By my side, calling my name.
But I had let my own voice drown out His.
I had let my own impatience to get out of there cause me to not see what had been right with me the whole time.
If only I had listened sooner.
If only I had stopped relying on myself and my own direction.
If only I had stopped, and listened.
But I had listened, it just took time.
And I was determined to listen from this point forward.
He called my name.
This time I heard.

     It's so easy for us as Christians to ignore the voice of God and instead listen to ourselves. 
Sometimes we just need to stop and listen to God. To seek His guidance and follow HIS footsteps. 
     So often we call upon God for help, but don't listen for an answer. 

Psalm 91,
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you make the Most High your dwelling—
    even the Lord, who is my refuge—
10 then no harm will befall you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.

Monday, November 5, 2012

6 months...

Today marks exactly 6 months from the day that changed my life forever.
6 months from when my sister, with tears in her eyes, came in and said, "Clareesa, you need get on facebook." It was there I learned a very dear friend, Joshua Steven Eddy, slipped into the Rogue River and was missing. At first it seemed impossible to believe he could really be gone...I kept telling myself, praying, they would find him and he would be fine. But when I saw the post that the search had been called off, I knew he was gone. Sometimes reality takes awhile to sink in, for didn't take any time at all. I remember screaming-because it was all I could do-then crying for nearly 3 days straight.
Those were the most difficult and painful days of my life-and I can only being to imagine the pain felt by the Eddy family and those closer to Josh.

Now, half a year later, there are still days when the pain comes just as it did 6 months ago and I find myself asking "Why, God???" but the answer always comes right away: 'It has been in God's holy will and plan from the beginning of time.'
He knew Josh would go out there to take a photo, he knew Josh would slip, he knew that day would be Josh's last day on earth.
Both Josh's life and death have been an amazing testimony to me, and so many others, of what a life solely seeking Christ looks like. Everyone who knew Josh can testify that he impacted their lives in a huge way.
I often find myself smiling...then I realize I'm thinking of a memory of Josh.
Today, half a year after he went to be with Jesus, I'm not asking 'why'...I'm thanking God for placing Joshua Eddy into my life...for the perfect amount of time. :)

Part of an email Josh once sent:
"Sometimes it's so hard to see how God uses the hard parts of life to shape us into the Christ-bearers that we are intended to be. If you can trust that God really know what He is doing, He will use you for things that would've been impossible had you taken matters into your own hands. No matter how crazy your life may seem, and no matter how bleak the future may seem, follow His voice and guidance. He really does know what He is doing and He does have a plan."

You couldn't have said it better, Josh. Thanks for leaving an awesome testimony...for so many. Miss you. :')

Monday, October 15, 2012

A friend who won't change.

     They come in all sorts of forms... We make new friends, lose friends, become distant from other friends. It's life.
     I've had a lot of friends go separate directions in life, and I've grown apart from them. I've also made new friends, some whom I have grown quite close to. But friendships are always changing.
     People grow up. People change. People get into relationships. People...are people.
     Sometimes it's really hard to lose a friend or to become slowly distant... sometimes it's easy to feel like there's no one you can really depend on. Someone who WON'T leave, who will NEVER fail you, who will ALWAYS be there for you...
     Is it impossible to find someone like that?
     No one on this earth can guarantee to be that person for you.
     But there is someone who can.
     Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.
     He is the same. Yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
     He is ALWAYS there.
     He is ALWAYS faithful.
     He is ALWAYS watching over me.
     He will never leave me.
     Even when I 'spit in His face' even when I continually stray away from the path of His will...He ALWAYS forgives.
     Wow. I mean WOW. Even though I knew what I was going to write about when I first started this post, even as I right...I'm just...amazed. Really and truly amazed and awed and humbled and ...yea. :D
      Friends come, friends go... but God will never leave me nor forsake me.
      The day I turned from my sins and accepted Christ into my life, was the best day of my life. Forever changed. Forever in love with an unchanging God! :D :D :D
     "I the Lord do not change..." (Malachi 3:6)
     It's all too easy to forget how faithful God is... it's easy to feel we've hit the end of our rope and we're alone in our own little world. Like we've hit rock bottom and there's not way out. But God is also faithful in reminding us, continually, of His awesome is that?!?!

     And with that, I shall sleep tonight with a grin on my face because I KNOW I have the God of yesterday, today and forever in my heart. WH00T! :D


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

What does it mean to you?

(Before I begin this post, I would just like to state that I have failed many many times in this area, and am continually, by God's grace, striving to do better. So don't think I'm saying that I never do this as well.) :)

     Quiet time with God. What does it mean to you?
If your response is, "Oh, it's awesome. I read my Bible and pray half an hour every day!"...that doesn't answer my question. What does it
     Sure, maybe you take time aside each day to read the bible and pray. And that's good, really good! But what are you doing during that half hour?
     Are you watching the clock to see when half an hour is up? Are you seeing how many chapters you can 'squeeze' into that half hour just to say you read that much? Are you focusing on looking for a 'good' verse that you can post about it on facebook to make sure your friends know you're a 'good christian'? Are you checking your texts, fb or email every other verse? Do you the entire chapter and have you mind somewhere else the whole time? Do your prayers to God consist of asking God to give you things? The list goes on...
     If I were to ask you what you read about, what God showed you, would you be able to give me an answer?
     It is so easy to let 'quiet time' become 'distraction time'.
     What would happen if during 'quiet time with God' you sought to forget distractions, forget about posting that verse on facebook(side note: that's what the pharisees did, not with fb, but with praying in public places, etc)?
     Okay, here's a really crazy question: What if you made quiet time about God?
::mind bomb::
       I'll repeat case you didn't catch it the first time:
     What if you treated EACH WORD rfom the Bible as God speaking to you? What if instead of praying for what you want, you prayed for God's will and praised Him for all He has done and for Him to teach you His ways?
     Crazy thought isn't it? It shouldn't be, but so often we forget why we read the Bible, why we pray.
It's not an 'okay, my half hour is up, I'm done!' thing - it's learning about God, and His Son, Jesus Christ. Learning about what He did for us, learning about how to follow His will.
Psalm 119:10-17,
"I seek you with all my heart;
    do not let me stray from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart
    that I might not sin against you.
12 Praise be to you, O Lord;
    teach me your decrees.
13 With my lips I recount
    all the laws that come from your mouth.
14 I rejoice in following your statutes
    as one rejoices in great riches.
15 I meditate on your precepts
    and consider your ways.
16 I delight in your decrees;
    I will not neglect your word."
     Not only should we make quiet time soley about God - but we should take what we learn and apply to our lives each day. We should be meditating on God's word, living it through our lives.
     So I ask you again: Quiet time with God: What does it mean to you?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Surrendering my own precious dream

::takes a deep breath::
     I don't often write posts that are this personal. But God has taught me so much lately. So much that I can't keep it all inside.
     For a long time I struggled with letting go of something. Something I very much didn't want to let go of.
     Something that brought a lot of pain in the process of trying to let go, but still clinging on by my fingertips.
     A wish I had for my life.
     I made a lot of mistakes in the past few months. A lot of things I regret...but from them, I learned. God used my mistakes, to bring about His will.
     Oh, how I don't deserve the mercy and grace He has shown me in my life.

     Josh Eddy, just 2 weeks before his passing, wrote this post about surrendering a precious dream.
This post means a lot to me. Now more then ever. For many reasons.
      One of the reasons: I've finally learned, by God's grace alone, to surrender a this precious dream I had.
      I've finally learned to let go of this thing that I had been clinging to.
     This thing I thought would be the best thing that could ever happen to me...if only it would happen.
     This dream, this precious dream I had for me life.
     It didn't happen in a day. It didn't happen in a week.
     It was a long and very painful time. Filled with much sorrow...and much joy.
      But in the past two months, I have learned more then I ever thought possible.

     But letting go isn't a 'one time thing'.
     It's a forever-process.
     It's seeking to spend the rest of my life clinging SOLEY to Christ.
     It would be so easy to once again grab hold of this precious dream I had.
     But right now, I'm learning to grab hold of Christ...with BOTH hands.

     Keeping my eyes ONLY on Him.

     It's a struggle.

     It's a constant struggle.

     But I am learning.
Every day.
Every minute.
Every second.

     And I desire to spend each second shining for Christ. Each moment serving Him. Each moment take the life He has given me...and using it to further HIS Kingdom. Not seek my own desires and dreams.

     And in seeking Christ, I find my life filled with joy that is indescribable. Even in hardships, the joy of Christ is there.

      Life is far from the human view of perfect. Far from the way we, sinful humans, desire it to be. But life is just the way God planned it. And that's far better then perfect.

Don't you think? :)

Monday, July 9, 2012


Life is so short. 
So very very short.
Another life on this earth was ended today.
I didn't know him, but from what I see on his fb profile...he touched a lot of lives.
He died trying to save someone from drowning. (I don't know a lot of the details, but I think that the person he was trying to save also passed.)
This past year for me has been the first year where I have lost people close to me (Josh and my adopted grandpa). 
I never knew what the pain of losing someone was until this year.
I hurt for those who lost Brett today. But I also praise God that, from what I see, it was evident he shined the light of Christ. 
In a second. In a moment. Life can be gone.
Life on earth that is.
Next comes eternal life. 
Either suffering. Or joyously rejoicing with Christ in Heaven.
That's a long time.

But right now...I am content to rest in God's grace.
To rest and trust in His timing and will for everything.
To rest in His will for how long I have left on earth.
To rest in His timing on taking those around me away from this world.

To rest in HIM. And Him alone.

The Bible verse that brought me to salvation at age 13 comes to mind:  "Find rest, O my Soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him." (Psalm 62:5)

Monday, July 2, 2012


Why does it come to this?
Why does my heart seem to burn?
Why will I never feel the same?
Why, please just tell me why.

Why I have to say goodbye.

I wanted it forever to be
But I know now I will never see
Your smiling face, looking back at me
Please, explain to me why

Why I have to say goodbye.

Memories will forever remain
But lives will only last a day
So if I had one wish
I would want you, here, beside me

Tell me why I have to say goodbye

I never thought this day would come
When I wrote you a letter
And went to send it in the mail
Then I realized
There's no address
To heaven

Don't make me say goodbye

As tears fall down my face
I looked up and asked why
Who will fill the empty space you left behind
I don't understand why

Why I have to say goodbye

So wait for me, at those heavenly gates
Wait for me, with open arms
It's time for me to say goodbye
But wait for me.
Wait for me.


It's the hardest thing I've ever done
A struggle greater than I knew
Tears, laughter, sorrow and joy
Confusion surrounds me

I'm trying to so hard
Trying to keep one focus
Trying to only see Christ
I'm trying - trying so hard

It's like my heart is in a box
A war to always keep it safe
Pain, healing, sadness and delight
Desire surrounds me

I'm trying to so hard
Trying to live just one way
Trying to fully serve Christ
I'm trying - trying so hard

It's a constant battle
A constant tugging at my heart
Desire, needs, shame and pride
Many storms surround me

But I'm trying so hard
Trying to just remember
Trying to always seek Christ
I'm trying - trying so hard

Oh Lord, give me strength
To always
Always keep trying
Until the end of my days

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

silent prayer

Holding tight to the last words you said
 Quote them over and over in my head
Wishing that this were a nightmare
Wake up and wipe that last tear
Never thought our friendship would come to this
I was living a fantasy of hopeless bliss
Now I'm trying to keep holding on
Without dreading each waking dawn
Resting my world in the grace of my God
So that with a smile I can continue on
Harder than I could ever have imagined
Fighting not to feel abandoned
I know if I trust in His will
That His joy soon will fill
But I'm still clinging to the last words you said
I'm still wiping those tears I shed
And I'm trying, trying so hard
To realize I won't forever be scarred
And in the river of God's mercy and grace
I bow my knee before the God
Who took you from this place
For those last words I cling to
He always knew wouldn't last forever
The Lord gives and takes away
But abandoned, no not ever.
Remembering it's all in His holy will
At the edge standing still
Breathing deeply
Breathing slowly
But when the tears fall down my face
I'll stand firm in this place
It's not the end
For His Son did He send
And I know I'll see you again
Lifting my hands high in the air
Singing a silent prayer

Monday, June 18, 2012

God's Timing.

     Awhile back, I posted about my friend, Josh, who drowned. goes by when I don't think about him or have something remind me of him. And sometimes the pain that follows hurts just as much as it did a month ago.
I don't think that's ever going to change. For the rest of my life, however long God has for me, things will always remind me of Josh and there will always be moments of intense pain because he's gone.

     The initial pain of losing someone is hard. But in a weird sort of way, it kinda hurts more with the more time that passes.
     It's kinda like a good friend you haven't seen in a long time. If you don't see them for a week, you miss them...but if you don't see them for a whole month-you miss them a whole lot more.
     I miss Josh more now then I did a month ago.
     But there's also that feeling of knowing God had this planned from the beginning of time. Every time I think of Josh, that thought comes along with it. It's just right that Josh is gone. It's hard to say that is happened at a perfect time, because that just sounds so...wrong. But it's true. God took Josh up to be with Him on His can't get a more perfect timing then that.
     Understanding God's timing is often one of the biggest challenges for us as Christians.
     God's timing is SO perfect. He has planned the timing for billions of people...when they will be born, when they will get married, when they will get a job...when they will die. And he has worked them all together, so that some interact and come together, putting the right people in the place at the right time. That insane thought. Can you imagine planning that many lives? Putting them together? We serve such a powerful God-outside of time-omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent... all-powerful. Who has everything perfectly planned to happen in His perfect timing and His perfect and holy will.
     God brought Josh into this world in His perfect timing and He took him out of this world in His perfect timing.
      I'm so thankful that God worked into His holy will and plan to let me get to know Josh. God brought Josh into a lot of people's lives-He had is ALL planned. Every.single.person Josh came in contact with...God had it planned.
     Even right now, typing this...I am in awe. God's power is far far beyond human comprehension. The more I seek to understand God, the more I learn just how much more powerful He is then me. I don't even compare. It's...amazing, humbling and yet another reason to praise the Lord of yesterday, today and forever.

     I miss Josh. I always will. But I'm thankful and praise God for His timing in Josh's life. And I thank God that this goodbye is only temporary.

Song dedicated to Josh:
Josh's fb page:
Some really touching blog posts by others:

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Let Go

     If there were two words I feel God has been repeating to me this past week, those words would be: "Let go."

     Let go.

     It's so easy to cling to things of this world. Objects, thoughts...even people.
It's easy to hold such a tight grasp on these things that we nearly become obsessed.
Maybe it's not super obvious. But think about the thing that means the most to you, like something of this world. Is it your job? A relationship you desire? Music? A goal you seek? Money? A past friendship? A grudge?
Whatever it may be, if Christ is not the center of the desire or passion-it is worthless. Wasted. It doesn't have to necessarily even be a 'bad' thing, just something that you shouldn't be clinging to so tightly.
     Let go.

     I know that's easier said then done. Boy, do I know. To completely let go of something that means so much. You can't let go 'just a little bit'. To let go, you have to completely release your grip.
     Make a 180 turn around. Loosen your grip, let yourself fall back into the arms of Christ.

     Sometimes it can feel that if we let go, we have nothing to hold onto. Nothing to grasp. Our 'security blanket' is gone. If that's the case, it's all the more reason to let go!
      We shouldn't have a 'security blanket' on things of this world.
     Our one and only desire should be to fix our eyes on Christ, to serve Him and let Him control our lives in His timing. To let Him give us what we need.
     Psalm 63:8, "My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me."
     What are you clinging to?
     Do you have one hand clinging to Christ and another somewhere else?
     Let go.
     Cling to Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith. Cling to Christ, with both hands.

     Let go.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

A Legacy

Josh was and is truly a testimony of shining the light of Christ.
I pray my life may be the same testimony and leave the same legacy when I go to my eternal home.
Quotes on the left are all things Josh has said.

(See photo larger here )

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Josh, a true man of faith

     Oh how I miss Josh and long to be with him in heaven.
A quote from his last blog post:

"To surrender a precious dream is a fearful thing, but to pursue anything but the full measure of God's love is a wasted life." -Joshua S. Eddy
     Wow. If only he he knew those words he wrote would be repeated and remembered and change lives...he would be humbled and thrilled. :') 

     Two things he's said to me in email conversations just a few weeks ago:
"We must learn Endurance (through suffering), Self control, patience, trust, leadership, love, hard work. A man is made to sweat and bleed for those in his care and self sacrifice does not come naturally. And sometimes, divine discipline is the only way we learn the lesson. Most of the time, actually. It's often very hard and painful and we are stubborn creatures by nature. First we fight God, but eventually, He breaks us, and we become dedicated warriors for His army. That's the good side of stubbornness. But it's hard. Really hard. And the farther we go, the more we persist in this goal. The harder it gets; the more our determination is put to the test. Navy SEALs don't finish training overnight, but when they're done, you see a force to be reckoned with. So, wait, sister, wait. Do your part and trust God."

"Always, always, always trust God.  If He’s going to do it, you better be sure He’s going to do it.  Just do everything you can to stay where He wants you.  If you don’t know where to walk, stand still.   Get it?  Got it?  Good."
 A news report video about his passing:
    You will never be forgotten, Josh. Thank you for your testimony.