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                                                                                                              "Her Favorite Place" by Daniel F. Gerhartz
       I titled my website "Sailing by the Ash Breeze"  because of the meaning behind it.  We came across this term while reading a book in our homeschool literature time called, Carry on Mr. Bowditch.  
In the golden age of sail, this was a saying used in reference to pulling the ship when becalmed.  There was no alternative power at this time period, and there was total dependence upon the wind.  A ship was helpless when it found itself in a total calm. In most instances the crew could do nothing but wait for a "breeze". But, in the case of an emergency, as coming under attack for example, a crew would secure lines to a small row boat, and with the oars of the boat they would dig into the water to move the "becalmed" ship forward. Because oars were made primarily of white ash, the term "sailing by ash breeze" was born.

There are times in life when we are brought to a place of  becalm with great purpose for God desires for us to be still so that we can hear His voice. Yet, there are  times that we must "sail by the ash breeze"...  picking up our oars and using the wisdom, knowledge and understanding He has given us to get the job done.                                    
Excerpt from "Carry On Mr. Bowditch"... Sam said, "Bah! Only a weakling gives up when he's becalmed! A strong man sails by ash breeze!" (p. 47)

..."When a ship is becalmed - the wind died down - she can't move - sometimes the sailors break out their oars. They'll row a boat ahead of the ship and tow her....Oars are made of ash - white ash. So - when you get ahead by your own get-up-and-get - that's when you 'sail by ash breeze'." (p. 48)
               

 

     






 

Welcome!  I  have created this website to share what is on my heart with the world. This is my life~
I am a wife of a caring husband, a homeschooling mother to 4 unique and wonderful children, and a daughter to a Loving and Holy Lord God...  Adonai Elohim! There has been no greater joy in my life then when I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. He has never failed me, nor forsaken me. He has been my provider- Jehovah Jireh, my Comforter, and my guide through life of the highest mountain glee and through the darkest valley of sorrow.  I have failed to be all He has created me to be at times... yet, He still loves me. This Love is greater than I have ever known.  My heart is set to walk in the Shadow of the Almighty~ to be so close to Him that I can sense His Presence always. I desire that it is His light and warmth that shines through me for others to see.
There are times my eyes lose focus and  my heart grows weary, for my focus is on "me" and this world and not on what the Lord has for me. It only takes me a little while to realize where my joy has gone...  it truly had never left me, for it is I that had wandered from the joy of my salvation, My Savior Jesus.
Many whom read this may feel this is a cop-out or a dillusion of reality. There are others that have told me that God is just a crutch for me to lean on "to cope with life"... Well, guess what? I will freely and unashamedly say you are partially right!  He not only is my crutch, He is my Rock!  "The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,  my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold."  Psalm 18:2 
We were all beautifully and wonderfully made by a Creator for a purpose. You may walk this earth denying your Creator, for He has given us freewill to do so, but in doing this~ you will never fulfill your purpose nor fill that void in your heart. You will always be seeking to fill that empty place within your soul with "material things" of this world, with ideas of philosophical intrique, with intellectual pursuit or with physical stimulation that is here for a pleasure moment ~ but, gone the next. There is only "one" thing that can fill that place deep within you that longs to be unconditional loved and accepted... and it is your Creator. He placed that deep void within you, so that you would draw near to Him. There is NO ONE on this earth be it your father, mother, sister, brother, friend, spouse or child that can give you what your heart most desires.   God's Word says... "You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes." Haggai 1:6 
If you feel your wheels are spinning and you can not get ahead or nothing seems to satisfy the longing of your heart, it is because you are filling it with the wrong things. I know, for I have tried. We have access to the most wonderful and satisfying ever- flowing waterfall of Living Water that will fill the depths of our souls and refresh us in our time of need... this  pure Living Water is  Jesus Christ. "Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." John 7:38  There is no way for you to know if what I or the Word of God says is true until you seek this out for yourself. I can only share Whom has changed my life and the inner peace He gives me.
I lay no claim on being perfect, for those who know me well... know that I have areas that I am working on or need to work on.  I was a wretch whom was saved by the grace of our Loving God~ just as the song speaks of  in  Amazing Grace. I stumble from the path He has for me at times, and He gently brings correction to bring me back to the path of righteousness. I find no other place of true peace, but when I am walking with My Lord Jesus. It is a choice that I must make daily. "And the LORD will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail." Isaiah 58:11
My hearts one desire is to live out my days for the Glory of my Heavenly Father... to see my children follow after Him with one accord  and to share my faith through action and deed, and not just a plethora of words. If I have ever hurt you, been cross with you or caused you to question Christianity because of my actions or words~ I beg of you to look through my human heart, to please forgive me of any wrong done and to not judge Jesus because of the errors of my ways~ For He is good, perfect, loving and Holy.
I pray that you will seek the kingdom of God... to find the Truth that will set you free. "But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul... And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  Deuteronomy 4:29 and John 8:32  His Love is overwhelming and true~

I hope you will take a browse through my website as I share what is happening in the life of  Our Family... about our Tree Nursery, our present events and links to some inspiring websites!

       
         Nature


     The painting above titled "Her Favorite Place" really stuck a chord within my heart. I could picture myself in this young woman's place... in the midst of nature, in solitude, observing and listening to the sounds of God's creation, drinking in it's loveliness while reflecting upon my life and God's Words to my soul.
     The moments in my life that I have heard the Lord with greatest clarity have been when I am alone and within the great outdoors of Creation.  These moments have happened at my home and in my travels....  When I was on my front porch in the early morning light on my wicker chair as a delicate hummingbird hovers right in front of me looking within my heart as if time had stopped but for a moment, or when I was sitting on a beach as the sun rose and the first gleam of dawn shined right on me in the exact alignment of where I rested,  or when I sat on a boulder along a gentle rambling creek that ran along a mountian side full of evergreens and hardwood trees listening to the rythmic sounds of water passing me by and a dragonfly lands beside me... Yes, in these moments and others like~ the Lord profoundly spoke to me. 
    I do understand and  believe the scripture  in Psalm 46:10 that says, 'Be Still and Know that I am God."  This  rings so true and clearly in my heart... Be Still and KNOW that I AM GOD.  When we "set aside time" to be still before God and to listen for His voice , He speaks. It may be a whisper as in a hummingbirds wings, or it may be in the first gleam of dawn shining victoriously so much so that it penetrates your soul.  May we be there when God speaks~for  He is with us always.