The days have turned to weeks, the weeks to months, the months to years and the years to decades. My reflection over these times pose the questions of “How can it be”? “How can life be so long, but seem so short”? “How can time slowly disappear, but yet seem to hurry by with a neck breaking speed”? My life has climbed the mountain, reached the peak and is now headed down the other side, slipping into what promises to be a beautiful sunset. A life well lived indeed and with more life yet to come.

In this reflection, my heart is stirred by the beautiful care I have experienced from The One True God and surely overflows with the knowledge of all He is and all He has given. He has redeemed me and turned my mourning into dancing more times than could ever be measured.

From childhood to adulthood…from a single life to a married life…from college to a career…from children to grandchildren, God has been my mainstay, my strong tower to whom I run and find beautiful sanctuary for my soul. My journey through life has been one of joy and strong conviction. My path has also taken me through deep valleys, causing me to walk through the fire of brokenness and to drink of the bitter waters of betrayal.

The many ups and downs have sometimes caught me off guard and often brought me to my knees seeking God’s mercy over what seemed impossible. I have asked a million whys and uttered another million, “I don’t knows.” The storms have seasoned and shaped me in ways that could not have come by any other means as I have had the privilege to give it all to the God who created the world and to rest in His perfect plan.

And then the joy…there really are no words to adequately express the emotion that rises up as I reflect over God’s faithfulness every single day, over every relationship, over every gift, and over my very being. It is humbling without hesitation.

Ministry has been my calling and God has made every crooked path straight. The churches, the schools, the leaders, the missions, those who have mentored me and for those I have been privileged to mentor, every teacher, every parent, every student… more opportunities than I could have ever planned. It has been a desire of my heart fulfilled.

Today, I live fully and celebrate the many years of learning and growing, but bigger than all my years, I celebrate the God Most High and His amazing grace that has set me free! From the first breath until now, He is the keeper of my heart, watching over me for all eternity.

I am one grateful girl that will speak truth to live by on the good days and hope to anchor your soul when the days seem not so good. God will lead the way and we will reap the joy.

His Girl Always…

“The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
Zephaniah 3:17

Barb Camblin

About Barb Camblin

Barb Camblin is a KY girl living in the Sunshine State. She is a follower of the one true God, loving life, her beautiful family, her new role as MiMi, and the sweet 5th graders that she teaches about Jesus everyday! Her relationship to God, through Christ, is personal and intimate. She has committed her life to serving Him. She has a deep faith and a broad vision of God’s work in his world. Her heart’s desire is to know Him, to love Him, to serve Him, and to never lose the wonder of His great name. Barb would say, "God is my greatest treasure, my highest relationship and by His grace, I am His girl.” You can connect to Barb on Facebook, >Twitter & Pinterest. “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11

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