Monday, August 22, 2011

Let the Winds Blow

We were so privileged to have our friend Tricia take family pictures on the morning of the 4th of July to capture our growing family and my belly brimming with promise. She was preparing to move to Alaska days later and Shane had asked her if she could do pictures of me and the kids, but it didn't seem right to do anything other than family pictures. I'm so thankful for the images she captured. I received this slideshow on a disk today, and Tricia included a lovely note dated August 8, 2011. At one point in the note she says, "You may wonder about my song choice--When I think about your day...the comings and goings of little (and big) & out the door--coming to you with questions, ouchies, hugs, creatures, flowers, complaints, and tears--I feel the sensation of wind circling you--the Holy Spirit carrying you through your day. The lyrics are perfect for how you have given yourself, your marriage, your family & your life over to the desires of God." After I read her note I popped in the disk and sat back in awe with tears streaming down my face at the beautiful faces of my family. The words of the song spoke to me powerfully. Neither Tricia nor I could have known on that date how meaningful and perfect the song would be today. So no, Tricia, I do not wonder at all about the song choice. God chose it for you. Here are the lyrics to "Fling Wide" by Misty Edwards:

Awake, awake o north wind,
Awake awake o south wind
Blow over me

Come o winds of testing
Come winds of refreshing
Blow over me

Let the winds blow...

Fling wide the door to my soul
Open up the door to my heart
Have your way, have your way
Have your way

I won’t be afraid
I will face the wind
I won’t be afraid
I'll embrace the flame

Let the winds blow...

Take me through the fire
Take me through the rain
Take me through the testing
I’ll do anything
Test me, try me, prove me, refine me
Like the gold, like the gold


  1. Tears and smiles here in Indiana. I am so humbled and amazed at how the Holy Spirit of our living God speaks to us via our brothers and sisters in Christ. Oh, my heart is full of wonder. Thank you so much for sharing this testimony!

  2. Kelly, The new normal makes this song more sweet!!!

  3. I stand in awe of God's amazing providence and omniscience. Oh Kelly, I hurt for you but I praise God with you. He is being belief so good even through the fires of testing, and even because of those same fires. To be surrendered to His will is something we cannot even describe as to why we are, but we are. Aren't we? I groan in the Spirit with utterings beyond words for you. Love is so sweet and deep, and so painful. I hear the thunder outside as I write and I know God is saying, "Amen!"