Friday, March 18, 2011

Life- on both ends

This has been a last 6 months with so many of our friends having babies and new lives starting! This is always such a joy to watch and exciting for the new parents!

But this month has been a bittersweet time to celebrate life.

One of our close friends had a baby who did not survive when she was born and this was one of the saddest things we have witnessed. Watching their heartbreak and seeing the anguish of the family made my grief so small in comparison and my heart was just broken for them!
We had been so excited because it was one of the 1st friends of ours to have a girl. We love to run together and we had been planning to go running together with the babies. We were also looking forward to birthdays, summer swims and so much more together. When God took Molly home with Him instead, it meant grieving all those plans and the life you expected to have! I sit here with tears in my eyes and pain in my heart knowing that theirs is so much more!
Father, only you can heal this hurt and mend these hearts! PLEASE HELP US! Each day means new challenges and new encouragement. You suddenly realize that it is a miracle that any of us make it here and truly a testament that God gives life and He takes it when He desires too.

Then today God drew my eyes up to Him once again in worship and heart ache! We visited another precious baby girl who graced the world with her prescence. Such a sweet one who is a joy to her parents and to us. We are grateful for the miracle of this little bundle. But the heart also cries as it remembers the loss of the one who didn't get to stay.

So God gives and God takes away! Our hearts ache in this place with the hurt. But we can only turn to Him for healing and with praise that He does know best even when we can't see it!

Lamentations 3:32 NASB
For if He causes grief, Then He will have compassion, According to His abundant loving kindness.

Verse # 6

It's that time again!

John 14:21 NIV
Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Verse # 5

It's that time again. Another verse to ponder and meditate upon!

James 1:19 NIV
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.