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Consider a Tree’s Canopy a Source of Comfort (Unafraid—Trusting God in an Unsafe World by Susie Davis Teaches Lessons from Trees)

When was the last time you plopped yourself down under a tree?  Yeah, that’s what I thought…tough to remember…

My most fun recollection of sitting under a tree was when I was helplessly star struck, head-over-heels-in-love with John, who would later become my sweet husband.  Back in our dating days at UK, we used to sit under a weeping willow.

Fast forward many moons, and envision Hubster pulling in the driveway, with something green and willowy hanging off the back of a pick-up truck.  Much to my surprise, he’d purchased a lovely, tall-but-skinny weeping willow!

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Now, only a couple of years later, our weeping willow occupies a good part of our circle out front.  Our little bench nearby is a sweet spot to sit when we take the time to do so. It’s not only grown up, but out as well, waving to us every day, grace overflowing.

Last week I shared a bit from Susie Davis’ most intriguing book, Unafraid: Trusting God in an Unsafe WorldI’ve now finished it and am stunned over occurrences in Susie’s life which led her from being terribly fearful, to becoming confident and completely trustworthy of God.

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You will not believe how God orchestrated various events in Susie’s life, always leaving “love letters” to her like we talked about last week.  (Click on SLIVER OF HEAVEN: COFFEE ON THE PORCH…..for more details.) As you progress thru’ the book, Susie shares some of her most fearful days.

To learn the “back story” and see where God was all along is breathtaking.  (I mustn’t  spoil the story…you’ll have to read it find out!)  You might say Our Heavenly Father was stitching in parallel fashion, Susie’s tapestry, which seemed awful and ugly to her, yet later became beautiful and miraculous.

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One of my favorite parts of the book is a thought I’d not considered before about trees.  As long as Susie can remember, her Dad has enjoyed planting trees, many times growing saplings from acorns.

He watered them and waited, nurturing them until months later, he brought a tiny sapling over to Susie’s house.  While Susie’s children watched, her Father planted a bur oak. He taught her, “Trees make the best preachers.”

Gardener with vegetable seedling. Spring garden. Plant seedling in farmers hands.

Susie says, “Trees are the conduits for some of the biggest messages God has ever spoken to me.”

She adds, “Our bur oak tree reminds me of my Dad’s funny obsession with trees….it’s a physical representation of my Father’s love and care for my extended family.  But mainly I love that tree because I love my Dad.  I am overwhelmed at how he’s loved me, cared for me, and encouraged me all my life.”

Old Oak Tree

“Just like my Heavenly Father.  He’s planted trees all over just for me.  To  show his love, his care, his encouragement.  I see God because of those trees.”

Susie reminds us from Genesis 2:15, “The LORD God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it.”  She points out,

“We’re still supposed to be tend-ers.

We tend hope and courage God plants inside our souls…

When we read what He says to us.

When we listen to the Spirit.

When we hold fast to the good news.”

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Dear friends, I hear her saying, “HOLD ON to Him for dear life!”  This puts the responsibility in our court, to cultivate, grow, and tend to our faith and hope… ultimately clinging to our Savior.

Susie says, “It means when you see a big ol’ tree, its leafy canopy reaching toward the heavens, you remember that tree was once a small seed.”  So it is with our faith….

Isaiah 61:3b says, “We are strong and graceful oaks for His glory.” (NLT)

Oaks Avenue Charleston Sc Plantation Live Oak Trees Forest Lands

Savor this noteworthy summary:

Susie reveals:

“When God makes a promise, YOU CAN COUNT ON HIM TO KEEP IT.

When He says you will see goodness in the land of the living, BELIEVE IT.

When He says He is a strong protector and completely trustworthy in every situation (Psalm 62:7-8 NET), YOU CAN COUNT ON IT.”

Effectively addressing fear and control issues, Susie gifts us readers with this:

“I don’t know what kind of hopelessness you face because of fear, but I know God has a promise for YOU, and because of that, YOU CAN LIVE UNAFRAID IN AN UNSAFE WORLD.”

If you want to grow your trust, and your faith, and witness Susie’s incredible testimony, this book is for you.

Now go find a tree, park yourself under it, glory in Him and His creation and REST!

‘Til next time!

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Sliver of Heaven: Coffee on the Porch (“Unafraid—Trusting God in an Unsafe World” by Susie Davis Gives Readers New Perspective)

Nobody can beat Hubster’s coffee.  Who knew I’d marry the best Barista this side of the Mississippi??? (Please don’t reveal this to Starbucks or they may recruit him.)

On vacation last week, our family rented a home near Lake Keowee in South Carolina.  (For you Clemson fans, we were only about twenty-five minutes from the stadium.)

Cloudless day on Lake Keowee

Cloudless day on Lake Keowee

I must insert this picture of LT, Lauren, a most decorative Clemson Tiger, Gordy and Woody at Mellow Mushroom in Clemson, or my friend Susan would never forgive me, avid fan that she is…)

I must insert this picture of LT, Lauren, a most decorative Clemson Tiger, Gordy and Woody at Mellow Mushroom in Clemson, or my friend Susan would never forgive me, avid fan that she is…

The home we rented has forever ruined any future family vacation (It had stellar finishes in every room that one only dreams about.) It has not one, but two porches.

One porch is screened-in with an outdoor kitchen (pardonnez-moi), while the other overlooks the golf course and mountains with lovely, sturdy rocking chairs.  Oh yes, those rockers called to us each morning.

Seated with a stack of books next to me, out comes Hubster, armed with two mugs of steaming coffee.  Mornings just don’t get any better than this!  (Surely this is a sliver of Heaven???)

Old books and cup of coffee on table

One of several books I packed for this trip, Unafraid: Trusting God in an Unsafe World by Susie Davis offers comforting perspectives.   (I’m only about half way into the book, so I’ll be sharing more snippets with you in the future when I finish.)

One perspective Susie gives us readers is this simple thought:

Open your eyes tolove letters from God”.

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Hey, God can write in any language He wants. (I happen to be a fan of the French language….)

What in the world is a love letter from God?  Anything you spy that catches your eye, STOPPING you in your tracks, causing you to instantly think of God, to literally stop and smell the coffee….even when you’re drinking coffee as John and I did each morning on the porch.

Allow me to give you a couple of examples from our trip.  Before we arrived in South Carolina, we began our adventure in Asheville, North Carolina.  We took our kiddos to The Biltmore Estate. www.biltmore.com  They’d never been, so to see it thru’ their eyes was our first love letter from God.

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After we toured the house, we ventured into the garden.  Oh the roses! And oh, the orchids!!!  Once in the conservatory, winding our way thru’ many hibiscus trees and other multiple-bloom-filled trees, I quietly, but urgently whispered to John, “Look!!!!

Within my arm’s reach, was the tee-tiniest hummingbird, flappin’ those wings faster than you could see, tasting nectar from one bloom, after another, after another.  He was not at all concerned about us and John was able to capture him in a video on his phone!

Allens Hummingbird (selasphorus Sasin)

We joined the kids at a nearby table and that’s when I shared with them the concept of “love letters from God.”  That little hummingbird was one of many “love letters from God” during our vacation. I enjoyed jotting them down each day, akin to Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are.

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Susie Davis, in Unafraid… says, “God has been leaving me love notes all my life—tangible signs of how much He loves me…saying,

I love you.

I’m thinking of you.

I’m protecting you.

I have good plans…”

Susie’s story, and how she overcame her many fears, is an only-God-can-pull-this-off-kind-of-story.  While her horrific experience from the late 70’s nearly paralyzed her, I believe we all should read her story given the scary culture in which we live.

Dear friends, we must not live in fear.

Susie recounts telling her children of all the great things the Lord has done, of all of His mighty miracles.  She calls them “God stories– so they can set their hope on God and live unafraid.”

Two of many beautiful Scriptures Susie reminds us of are:

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psalm 62

Stay tuned for more pearls from this most helpful book soon! And be on the alert for love letters from our Lord.

‘Til next time!

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