But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope
1 Thessalonians 4:13
English Standard Version
Over the course of many years I have watched friends,family and our church communities as they have walked through the valley of the shadow of death.
I recall close friends of ours as they rushed to the bedside of their young daughter after a car accident, only to find she was already in the lap of Jesus. The next morning they were in worship, casting all their cares on God and hoping in God in the midst of profound loss.
I remember standing by the bedside of another dear friend after she had delivered her newborn who went to be with Jesus shortly after her birth. Her response? I know God has allowed this for a reason and He will use it for His glory so I may help someone who has walked this path, and she has. Her hope was and is in God.
I could go on for many paragraphs regarding those who have taught me how to grieve, how to lean hard on God, but until I experienced the death of my dear dad many years ago did God really teach me. Loss does teach us, suffering does teach us, and although death brings sadness and deep grief God does love and teach in our deepest sorrows.
- God is truly sovereign at the same time holding us close to Himself, giving us peace that be cannot explained.
- Learning to hold things lightly in this world, holding tightly to the Hand of God through His Word and prayer.
- Treasure Jesus, loving him more and more everyday rather than wondering if all the bills will be paid(still working on this one!), or what to wear the next day.
- God loves me, His way is best even when the path is dark, confusing and pain is a constant companion.
- I no longer cry “not fair” believing God took my dad too soon. It was His plan.
- I am more anxious for those who don’t know my Savior to simply know Him and the eternal life he offers.
“In our deepest loss, we need more than friendship and a listening ear–though they are wonderful. We need more than mere arguments–though in some cases good arguments stabilize us. We need the reality of God himself–God as he has spectacularly and definitively disclosed himself to us in the person of his Son. He will require of us that we focus our attention on him, both for this life and the one to come.”
Scandalous, page 130
There is hope!!
…the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
It is the eve of a Valentine’s day 2015. I have mixed emotions on this frigid February Day because a movie that encourages abuse, bondage, prison and VERY WRONG IDEAS of what love is will be released tonight. I’ve remained quite silent on the matter, except to encourage my friends, especially my Christian friends to not see the movie. Who am I to tell you what you should see, read or do in the privacy of your own home? Well, if that home was fire, I would run in and rescue you. And I don’t have to eat dirt to know it tastes bad. This movie will do nothing to help your marriage or spice up your love life. It will not push you to love God and your neighbor more, nor will it fill your mind with what is true, lovely, right or pure. (Philippians 4:8)
In celebration of love I am re-posting what I love about my husband who has been faithful, loving and true. He is a man of God I CAN trust. You cannot trust Mr. Grey.
This post was written in 2009 but was inspired by my friend Elaine to write about how Rob and I got together. That story follows the list of characteristics written in 2009.
Far too often I sometimes focus on the things that annoy me about my husband. I thought it was about time to make a list of his great qualities. And if it’s bragging, oh well, maybe today’s marriages would be even better if we bragged instead of complained.
Twenty Great Characteristics Rob
1. He is a man of God.
2. He is a man of prayer.
3. He is a man of his word.
4. He is faithful, something I’ve never had to worry about.
5. He is funny.
6. He is the smartest man I know.
7. He changed the diapers of our babies.
8. He helps me to be the woman of God I need to be.
9. He is trustworthy.
10. He takes care of our family when we are sick, known as Dr. Rob.
11. He thinks of my needs ahead of his own.
12. He is the same person at work and at home.
13. He is a great and faithful father.
14. He perseveres, getting to Iowa when I needed him the most.
15. He is stubborn, not always a bad characteristic.
16. He gets up in the middle of the night to help with sick kids.
17. He teaches our children God’s Word, sending them Bibles out of his stash when they asked for one of his at Christmas.(2015)
18. He absolutely loves to read and study.
19. He encourages me to be a woman of God’s Word and not a “fluffy” Christian.
20. Most of all he loves me no matter what and I know he always will.
If you would like to read more about how we came to meet and eventually marry, you can buy Confessions of a Farmer’s Daughter by clicking on the link in my sidebar.
December first is almost here bringing us that much closer to Christmas.
A favorite verse reminding me of what the Lord has done is found in 1 Samuel
“Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart, for CONSIDER what great things he has done for you.”
1 Samuel 12:24
I love Christmas.
Music, which we started playing a little earlier this year.
Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.
But I love my Lord more, so I am praying today that God would continue to speak to my heart, mind and soul so I may consider the great things he has done for me.
The greatest event of all time.
God came in human form as a baby.
Born in a manger, probably in a cave.
He came to die for my sins
Taking them to the cross.
Applying his blood and righteousness to my dark and wicked heart.
What a reason to celebrate.
“…that Christ died for our(my) sins…”
1 Corinthians 15:3