perplexed, but not in despair;
persecuted, but not abandoned;
struck down, but not destroyed."
2 Corinthians 4:8 (NIV)
My family is in the midst of an excruciatingly painful and difficult season. Our live had been turned upside down and the path we thought we were on turned out to be something very different. I struggle to find the words to express how much I am grieving and how much my heart aches.
Sometimes life just isn't what it appears to be. Sometimes God's plans don't align with our plans. Sometimes the people we love hurt us in BIG ways. Sometimes the people we love get hurt. Sometimes our dreams come crashing down and we want to throw in the towel and give up.
Is still sovereign.
Still loves us.
Grieves with us.
Understands our questions, our confusion and our human pain.
There isn't anything that He allows us to walk through that He didn't ask His Precious Son to walk through before us.
Suffering. Pain. Rejection. Abandonment. Betrayal.
He knows them personally. While He could have stopped Judas, he could have stopped the whips, he could have stopped the nails - He chose to sacrifice His one and only Son that we might have life eternal. Because He loves us.
One of my greatest joys in life is to express my heart in writing - but the stories that have been written on my heart this past year are too painful to express - at least not yet.
For now, I will simply share that my family is facing one of the most difficult storms one could ever imagine. Our hearts are bruised and bleeding and we have a long - new - road ahead of us.
This isn't at all where we expected to be. But God is not surprised. And He is trustworthy. And He is still in control.
I ask, humbly, that you would please cover our family in prayer - for wisdom, for guidance, for for strength and for healing.
And, I thank you, Sweet Friends, for your love, support and grace.
May God give you all that you need to fully embrace the present season you are in. Life is hard - but thank the Lord, He never intended for us to walk through it alone.
Together may we both keep pressing into Him and keep LIVING A BLESSED LIFE!
In His love and grace,