“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.” Romans 5:3-4 NLT Heavenly Father, thank you for the hope of salvation. Thank you for sacrificing your son to give us … Continue reading Meditation Monday: Rejoice in times of trouble
““You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.” Matthew 5:4 MSG Heavenly Father, thank You for your loving kindness and faithfulness. You comfort us when we are sad and strengthen us when we are weak. You are … Continue reading Meditation Monday: Blessed are those who mourn
“He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” 2 Corinthians 1:4 NLT Heavenly Father, thank you for your unfailing love and comfort. Thank you for wrapping your arms around me in times … Continue reading Meditation Monday: Comfort Others
Leave it to a cemetery to be the one place I can seek refuge from the scurry and stress of the holiday season. There's a sense of peacefulness here that wafts through the air. The only break in silence is the chirping of birds and a soft buzz of cars passing by. The weather is … Continue reading Missing Someone at Christmas
“See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.” Isaiah 48:10 NIV Heavenly Father, thank You for refining, reshaping, and renewing me. Thank You for every experience I've had in life, which has helped me to grow and mature in faith. I'm thankful not only for … Continue reading Meditation Monday: Furnace of Affliction
It never gets easy, celebrating your child's birthday at a cemetery--that never gets easy. Especially, on a milestone birthday like today; Aryanna would be 15 years old. I remember the day she was born, the nurses rolling her into my room and swiftly disappearing. I remember looking at this 8lb. 12 oz. tiny human and … Continue reading A Harvest of Joy, Planted With Tears
"If you've ever experienced deep-seated agony, then you know the stinging pain that reverberates throughout your entire body. One that brings with it a burning sensation that never dissipates. Like Novocain to a throbbing and relentless toothache – you numb the pain, vowing never to feel this hurt again."
Why is it, in seasons of brokenness, God's voice seems louder, his embrace tighter and his presence closer than ever? There's something about being broken that produces profound intimacy with the Lord. It's often in the pit of despair, where the door to God's glorious grace is unlocked. As we're surrounded by songs of Joy … Continue reading Joy To The World (A message of Hope to a hurting heart)
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”Romans 8:28 Father God, your truth and your promises are like medicine to a wearisome soul. No other can make such bold statements and fulfill them - but YOU can … Continue reading Meditation Monday: All Things Work Together for Good
Pain, heartache, loss, trials, what are they all for anyways? Do you ever wonder why we must endure any of this? I know this question has crossed your mind at least once in your lifetime because I don’t know anyone who has never experienced a trial. I can’t help but have these questions that fill … Continue reading Does Pain Have Purpose?