Why By The Banks of Kerith?

I have moved 14 times in 21 years of marriage, and I’ve just completed my first ever cyber move from the free WordPress site to ByTheBanksofKerith.com. It is physically much easier than moving from one location to another, but my technical skills are a drag on the process. I’m armed with two books, and I have my nephew on speed dial. Hopefully, you will experience improvements in this site as I continue to learn.

The genesis of this blog was that God always seems to be dragging me out of my comfort zone and into places I do not want to go. Many years ago my husband called me from work to inform me that we were moving to Alaska. I was absolutely terrified at the prospect of moving so far away from everything and everyone I had ever known. It brought me to my knees, which I think is probably where God wants me anyway. During my prayers, God reminded me of Elijah and how He provided for him when he was running from Jezebel. Here’s the scripture:

2 Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 3 “Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. 4 And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.”

5 So he went and did according to the word of the Lord, for he went and stayed by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. 6 The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook.

Bear in mind that ravens are eaters of road kill, so the prospect of accepting a meal from an oversized crow is hardly appetizing. However, God always seems to use the most unlikeliest of ways to care for us in our moments of need. At any rate, God used those scriptures to remind me that He would take care of me and that He is enough. Thus, the idea for By The Banks of Kerith was born in one of the hardest moments of my life when God was His most faithful.

As you join me on my blogging journey, please know that I cherish having friends from all walks of life and friends who have wide differences of opinion. It is my goal to engage in soul searching, learn the scriptures, and share opinions. More than anything, I want to approach the world with an open heart and to engage in kind, lively dialogue. I would ask that you, as a participant, would also use kindness as your guide too. After all, we are all in this life together and to some degree it is what we make it.

Thanks so much!

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