follow I experienced loss at a young age…
It was my first day of fourth grade. And as I nervously scanned the room, my eyes rested upon a girl sitting in the second row. She had a warm smile and sparkling eyes. And she was beautifully bald. I sat down beside her and just knew that Susan and I were meant to be friends. She was one of those rare and amazing gifts in my life placed there by God…one I treasure to this day.
http://jojofane.com/?njd=op%C3%A7%C3%B5es-bin%C3%A1rias-aula&b8f=e3 Throughout our three year friendship, Susan battled cancer, and battled well. I was in awe of her strength and courage. She fought the good fight and all the while was completely and utterly in love with Jesus. At her young age, she knew Him and trusted His will for her life. I know she had her hard days and maybe even in the privacy of her own home, with her family, she may have asked all the questions I asked God a thousand times. Why God? Why would you allow such a thing?
go to link Even at the end of her short life, she shined. Cancer never stole the best parts of her. All these years later and I still think of Susan often. I’ve often wondered, what was it she had that helped her suffer so well? Even at young age, how was she able to endure with such grace and acceptance? Now I know. It was her rock solid faith and absolute trust in her God. Her foundation was formed early on and she just believed with every part of her being. So when the raging storms of life came, she was ready to stand firm. She focused on Jesus as much as she could and let Him comfort and carry her.
http://medeniyetvakfiadana.com/?baewr=video-come-fare-trading-on-line&3d3=ef Her unwavering faith in the midst of such a difficult prognosis, was what led me to Jesus and helped begin the process of my own foundation-building process.
I think back now on times in my adult life when my weariness felt heavier and my heart felt absolutely broken. And I know, it was Jesus, my Rock, carrying me through every time. It was Him who interceded for me when I had no more words as the doctors wheeled my sweet son into the operating room, away from his mamma, where he would endure cranial surgery four times in the last six years. It was Jesus who sat with my husband and I and spoke words of encouragement and prayer through faithful friends who sat with us for hours on end in the hospital during each of those surgeries. I know He wept with us too when we were afraid and it was Him working through all of those sweet blessings who brought us meals in our greatest time of need.
http://podzamcze-dobczyce.pl/index.php/restauracja/assets/assets/images/home/e0d723107b8e8c1f844858d6ad8a3a5d.jpg And even now, as I sit in a hotel room typing this, my heart aches over the recent circumstances we’ve found ourselves in. We haven’t lost anyone or suffered through tragedy, but it seems as though our home is built on “sand” instead of on solid Rock. A pipe burst causing massive water damage, enough so that our house will not be livable for at least a month. But our faith remains strong. The enemy has tempted me many times over the last few days to give up, be mad at God, and just wallow in my own self pity and defeat. Don’t get me wrong, there have been tears, but I am continually being reminded by the Holy Spirit to trust…just trust….that He will take care of me and my family. Living and homeschooling in a tiny hotel room without a kitchen is not easy. The financial strain of it all is hard. And being displaced is wreaking havoc on our boys’ routines so they are struggling quite a bit. And this mamma is suffering too, but because the cracks in my spiritual foundation are getting filled one bit at a time, I can honestly say…it is well with my soul.
migliori siti per operazioni binarie I want to be an “it is well with my soul” kind of believer all the time. Don’t you? If God allows difficult circumstances into my life, I want to be used by Him to help another, for it to be redeemed somehow and make me more like Jesus. The tragedy would be if it all got wasted . Our circumstances do matter to God, but our hearts are what He’s after. We can know that no matter how hard this life is or how much it hurts, Hope is real because of what Jesus did on the cross for you and me.
http://cartuccea.it/?oasop=iqoption-versamenti-disponibile&2ad=d9 Do you look around and see all the hurt, the loss, the constant struggles, the weariness in your soul an begin to sink? Do you doubt that God can change your heart, or your children’s. Or do you set your eyes on Jesus? I am so thankful for a God that would reach down and save me anyway…even when my faith is weak. Let’s focus on Jesus in all our weariness and find the Hope that He promises.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade-kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. -1 Peter 1:3-5
http://poloclubmiddennederland.nl/https:/houseofeleonore.com Week Nine Links:
- Monday: http://thesportsinjuryclinic.org/?author=14 Brooke’s video message
- Wednesday: Megan’s reflection post (this post)
- http://statusme.com/wp-json/oembed/1.0/embed?url=^(#$!@#$)(()))****** To see all of the posts for this study so far, you can view them here.