My name is Heidi Viars. I am the mother of three teenage boys and have been married for close to 26 years to the most incredible man. I love to spend time in nature.
Here in the woods, by the lake, in an early sunrise, or sunset, God reveals so much of Himself. Pondering and questioning seems to come natural here, in creation. This blog reflects much of what I experience outside on my walks and what God reveals to my heart as I walk with Him.
I met Jesus Christ on a different path about 18 years ago. That path was mostly dark, though I had been blind to how dark it truly was, until I had reached the end. At the end of that road, in my home and drunk, I had planned to end my life. I was not able to see a way out. Lies and deception had been my reality. I had loaded a nine millimeter handgun, not knowing what else to do.
God did not allow for my plans to succeed, and instead He shone His Light into those dark days. One day at a time, He revealed to me Truth from His Word, the Bible. There He tells us that Christ came to die for our sins and that He rescued us out of darkness. (“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:13). Since then, I have found Jesus to be more than I could have ever imagined. He is the Light of my day and what drives me to live.
He might be reaching His scarred hands out to you today. If you hear His voice speaking to your heart, don’t harden it. Listen and trust Him. He is the Bread of Life, the Living Water, and everything you ever needed. No sin is too great, that He can’t redeem it and no life too far in the pit, that He can’t reach it. He longs for you to know Him. He gave His life so you would not have to pay for the sins you committed.
But even if you have considered yourself a good person, please consider that no one can measure up to a Holy God. Your sin, even the smallest, demands a payment. The Bible says that we all fall short of the glory of God. But He sent His Son to pay your debt and longs for you to know this.
My prayer is that these reflections and poems will encourage you to draw near to the Heavenly Father. I pray that, no matter how far you feel you are from Him, you will be able to see that He is longing to hold you in the palm of His right hand. My hope is for you to sense His hand leading you, even if you are “taking the wings of the dawn or dwell in the remotest part of the sea”. Psalm 139
Note: I have taken the pictures you see on this blog on my many walks, most of them at the Green Lake Conference Center Wisconsin (some in Germany and some on other walks). I would like to ask you kindly to request permission before using them . Thanks!