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Saturday, July 16, 2011

But take heart!

In my Bible time today, I came across a passage that really spoke to me. I'm blessed to have some of the friends that I do. The bible study I'm doing was a gift from a dear IRL friend, and every time I'm obedient enough to pick it up I'm blessed with a message God is speaking straight to my heart.

Tonight I'm left with the sweet reminder that God is faithful and His Word is truth, even in tough times.

I don't want my struggles to pull me away from God. I want them to draw me near. In times of trouble it's so difficult to remain faithful, and trust in His plan. But, if I'm going to teach my boys to rely fully on God then I'm going to have to live it out!

Even though God has thrown me a curve ball recently with my son, he has surrounded me with tangible reminders of his love and faithfulness. I feel like he's telling me, "Hold out!", "I've got this!"

A couple of weeks ago we were in church and to the right of me sat one of my best friends. The one bearing gifts mentioned above. Over the past two years she has struggled through the devastating loss of a 7 month pregnancy over two years ago. Since then she's battled infertility, a second miscarriage, and months and months of spiritual battles. Somehow in the midst of her struggles she was able to inspire me and many others through her friendship, fellowship, and leadership. God shows me he is faithful when I can sit next to her now in church as she is 9 months pregnant and about to pop! We were at worship together a couple of weeks ago. Since then she's had the baby! I've got to hold the little princess, and I'm hopelessly in love! 
God is good!

"Put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption!" ~Psalm 130:7

To my left sat my husband. Yet, another sweet reminder of his faithfulness! I've written about our spiritually mismatched marriage and my husband in the past. Not too long ago I was really struggling in this area. I was losing hope in our marriage and in God. Not too long ago this was the trial that I felt like I couldn't get through.Sunday mornings haven't always been the easiest, and sharing my faith with my husband has been trying over the years. Yet, in the midst of this new valley (struggles with my son) He shows me a mountain top! He is bringing my man to church over and over. My husband has probably been to church more in the past 6 months than his whole life!
God is faithful!

"Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's." ~2 Chronicles 20:2

Even as I type this post I'm reminded of where we are compared to a year ago. A year ago we were stressed to the max over financial decisions that had to made, we were at the crossroads of some major turning points in our lives, and I felt like I wasn't going to make it through that either! The last year or so was like an emotional roller coaster I was never going to get off of. Yet, in an unexpected twist, and a path I had no idea was in the works, God provided a perfect new start. My husband's business has been thriving, and better times are ahead. All Glory to God!

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine!" ~Ephesians 3:20

I won't lie, I spent months crying my eyes out to God while I sweat my butt off on the elliptical. I have no idea how to spell the name of this hated machine, and I refuse to give it more attention than I already do 3 times a week.

I prayed and prayed for direction and wisdom in our decisions and move. I thought once we put the financial mess behind us and moved on all would be perfect. Really! I thought everything was wrapped up in this move. Stupid me! It's never what we think. Unless we are puting Him first. My satisfaction needs to come from God and God alone.

I had no idea that this new journey would begin with a downward spiral for my son. This has really thrown me for a loop! But tonight I will remain faithful that all of this is part of the plan I know He has for us. Things are getting better. My son is showing a lot of improvements, and I will continue to rest in his Truth! I will take heart! I know He's got this!

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." ~John 16:33

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At July 16, 2011 at 11:05 PM , Blogger Tiffany said...

You know, that word Faith is what keeps me going. It has been the word that pulls me through in the bad times. Praying for you my friend. There is always a plan and we must have faith. Through Christ all things are possible.

At July 17, 2011 at 12:20 AM , Blogger Karen Mortensen said...

Wow. I am so glad you are being able to work through your issues. May you have continued strength. I really love that last verse.

At July 17, 2011 at 1:07 PM , Blogger Jenny said...

What a great is amazing when you actually read it out loud, how it all makes sense. This really helped me!

At July 17, 2011 at 1:51 PM , Blogger becca said...

what a beautiful message and i'm glad you found some comfort

At July 17, 2011 at 5:26 PM , Blogger Peeper said...

Going out on a limb here...I'm an a terribly unfaithful follower of God. I refuse His plan over and over again, I question Him, and I lack the trust that you write about here.

I love reading your words on this, though. It makes me think that maybe one day I too will know - really know - the deep, fundamental comfort that faith brings.

At July 18, 2011 at 10:36 AM , Blogger Shell said...

I'm so happy for you that things seem to be heading a good direction! It's hard to have faith sometimes, but keep praying!

At July 19, 2011 at 12:27 AM , Blogger WhisperingWriter said...

I'm so glad things are getting better!


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