17436345_803763606455565_4709516858284693693_oThis I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”

-Lamentations 3:21-24

Loss and Learning

“Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.” -Psalm 50:15

Sunday afternoon, my niece moved away. Barring a miracle, the move is permanent and it is highly likely we will not see her often, if ever again. She has left a gaping hole in the hearts of me and my parents. We had cared for J almost full time for the past 19 months (she and her parents lived with us and both her parents worked) and she was the happiest part of our lives. Read More

Thank You, George

Sleep eluded me last night. I finally decided to read, and for some reason, an old childhood favorite came to mind. All I really remembered about it was that it had been one of my favorites in third grade and that it was full of stories of answered prayer. I knew there was a chance it would make me cry, but I also knew God had probably reminded me of it for a reason. Read More

Trust

“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him…” -Job 13:15a

I wish that those words were as true for me as they were for Job.

Some people say that trusting in God during times of grief is like believing in the sun even in the middle of the darkest night. I find trusting God in the midst of sorrow to be a bit more difficult. But I do know that, when grief overwhelms, you have to cling to the things you knew were true when joy abounded. You have to hold on like a drowning man to the knowledge that all things, yes, even this, are working to conform you to the image of Christ. He *is* faithful, He *is* trustworthy, even when you can’t make sense of what He sends.

“A bruised reed He will not break.” -Isaiah 42:3a