In the Wake of Comfort and Sitting Among Friends Blog Party #13

In the Wake of Comfort
First of all, I just want to say to all of you who prayed for me and my family this week, thank you so much. Your comments have been such a blessing. I have felt the peace so deeply this week. My son’s appointment went fine and all is well.

Last week’s post, Flooded with Peace, actually went beyond what I disclosed. I actually wrote last week’s post after the passing of  a dearly loved aunt. One week it was the uncertain doctor’s appointment with my son and the next week it was facing a dear loss.

I try to guard myself sometimes and not let people in for fear of giving too much information. So, I kept that private. I have been overwhelmed with the prayers from all of you, I thought it only fair to be a little more transparent.

God of All Comfort

I am reminded of the verses in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4.
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 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.

As I was writing last week's piece, I was in the wake of the unknown doctor's appointment and a death. Still, the peace and comfort kept flooding me. 


Tweet: #Christ knew what I was facing & He was right beside me. He was holding me tight and rescuing my #heart. http://ctt.ec/91K8J+ Christ knew what I was facing and He was right beside me. He was holding me tight and rescuing my heart.

Your prayers played a vital role in that. That you cared enough about me to go to the throne of grace on my behalf, bless your hearts.

My husband’s aunt passed from complications of Huntington’s Disease, which is a genetic disorder.  Her passing also brought back to the surface the idea that this could someday be us. The thoughts were terrifying and sobering at the same time. 

We are assured, God is good and we have the hope that He gives us in His Son.

Comfort in Trials

As we face these trials, I know we can seek His comfort. I know, God is in control. I know, He knows the path He has laid out for us. He knows me and calls me by name and I can rest my weary head in His comfort.


I know these words may need to be heard by someone today who is gripped by fear of the unknown. My job is not to just keep it inside but to share the comfort with others around me. If this brings comfort to one other person, then all Glory to God!

I love how those verses start out. ALL praise to God!
Life is scary. Life can have you feeling tangled in a web of defeat. But God is merciful and the source of ALL comfort.

Friends, this is why I write here. Because we are the church. We are the family of God. We are friends together Seeking God.

We are here to encourage, build each other up and when a brother or sister is hurting, we stand beside one another. We seek comfort for one another that can only come from Christ.

When God has poured all His comfort out on us, we are able to give that same comfort to others.

Hope in Christ, Alone

The reason I decided to let you in on my week was because I want to extend that comfort to someone else. I want you to know you are not alone. If someone is reading this today and feeling overwhelmed by what may seem like one trial after another, there is hope. That hope is in Jesus Christ.  

1 John 4:9 says, This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.

God loves us so much, He sent His only Son so that we might live. Choosing Christ is immediate. It doesn’t begin at death. It is immediate life. Transforming and renewed life, now, through God’s Son, Jesus.  

Why am I a Christ follower? Because I can’t do this alone. In 1 John, we are told we can live through Him. I need Christ. With Him, I have hope, peace, comfort, love and I never have to live life alone. 

Friends, the same hope is available to you. Seek God with your whole heart and you will find the hope you are seeking in Him!

Let's continue this conversation! Meet me in the comments. 


New Book From Lisa Murray                                         Peace For A Lifetime

Friends, this is a great time to introduce you to a new book I am reading. This wonderful book from Lisa Murray comes out in March. It is called Peace for a Lifetime. I am going to write a post for it on March 9, please stop back by. This book has been so beneficial to me and I know you will love it, too. I am excited to share it with you because it has been a blessing to my heart.   



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Thank you for posting and linking up. I try to read and comment on as many of these wonderful posts as I can and as time allows. I just want to say you are all doing wonderful work and praise the Lord that I have had the opportunity to come across the path of so many of you. 

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Flooded With Peace and Sitting Among Friends Blog Party #12

I was heading down the road to begin my hour drive to the University Clinic.

All of a sudden, I was overwhelmed with uncertainty and worry. The tears began to flow. I have been down this road before with my little guy.

Some of you may have experienced something similar. You go to the doctor for a routine or not so routine visit and they look you over and their conclusion, “I don’t know.”

I don’t know how many times I have heard this from doctors. These are top-notch doctors in their field of medicine. This is not about their lack of qualifications.

This is about a God who is not concerned with how much we know or think we know, he finds ways to remind us that He’s got this one. He knows.

I know that doctors don’t know everything but that is one diagnosis I don’t like to hear. I want to cry out, "tell me something, anything  at all but not, “I don’t know.”


Diagnosis - I don't know.
When my son was 7 weeks old, we opened a diaper to discover blood. Diagnosis, “I, don’t know.”

When he was 3 and 5 months old he had a systemic reaction to vaccinations (this is not a post about vaccinations). Diagnosis, “I, don’t know. In fact, we have never seen this before and can’t find any other cases.”

When he was 3 and 4 years old we questioned his balance and excessive falling. Diagnosis, “I don’t know.”

So here we are on another trip with Dr. “I don’t know.”
I think I am okay as long as I can get an answer. My drive alone with a small child depending on me is leaving me completely overwhelmed.

As I begin to quickly lay this at the feet of Jesus and cover this in tear-filled prayers, He gently reminds me, “I know.”

He knows. I don’t know and the doctors may not know but He knows.

I felt an overwhelming rush of peace and calmness flush through my aching heart. These words play over and over in my head like a sweet melody, He knows. He knows!

We can choose to be consumed by trying times. We can be overtaken with worry, regret, doubt and fear.

Or

We can take comfort and relinquish this to the All-Knowing God who has already seen this all play out. In fact, He has set a path for us and marked a way for us to see it through. 

With my son, this time, turned out to be okay and most of our “I don’t know” diagnoses have been revealed. God is awesome and always has a way of us relying on Him alone.

I hope these verses throughout were an encouragement and they speak to your heart in times like these when you, too, are in a place of uncertainty. Left with the question or the feeling of who knows.









Be assured, my friends,
God knows!


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Thank you for posting and linking up. I try to read and comment on as many of these wonderful posts as I can and as time allows. I just want to say you are all doing wonderful work and praise the Lord that I have had the opportunity to come across the path of so many of you. 

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Is Love Just a Trend? and Sitting Among Friends Blog Party #11

Is Love Just A Trend? and Sitting Among Friends Blog Party #11

Has love become a cultural trend?

With Valentine’s Day coming up we're constantly thinking about love. We talk about love, we read about love and we hang it on our walls.  

Some may be at peace with the love in their lives and others may struggle to feel loved or give love. 

Do you look forward to Valentine's Day as a way to celebrate the loves in your life or do you find it to be a point of stress and anxiety? 

Has this love word been tossed around so freely in our society that it has become a trend or another go to for the holidays? Comment below and share your thoughts.

Recently, on my site, I had a Loved Beyond Giveaway. I asked people who wanted to enter to leave me a comment telling me how they show love. Because love is more than a word it is an action. 

Here are two examples of love in action illustrated in the Bible. Check out the similarities.
1.       Jesus (without stating what may seem obvious) gave sacrificially His love regardless if that love was going to be reciprocated. In fact, it was given while we completely undeserved it. Why would a God of the universe give life to people who didn't deserve it? We see in Romans because He wanted to demonstrate or prove His own love and so He gave himself up for us.
        
       Romans 5:8 But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
       
       That is a love we will experience in no one and nothing else. Love from God is not just a trend, it is real and beyond anything we can comprehend. In fact, while we were pretty awful, Christ left His heavenly home and came to dwell among us and died to prove how great His love is.
       
       If this is a love that you have questions about, I am here, friend. I would love to have a conversation about the love Jesus has for you and demonstrated in the most amazing way.
        

        
2.       Ruth and Naomi (this fascinating story is found in the book of Ruth) – Naomi was from Judah. She and her husband left their country to move to Moab. They had two sons. Naomi’s husband died. The two sons married Moabite women. Then the two sons died. Naomi decided to go back to Judah and implored her daughters-in-law to go back to their families and back to their gods. After weeping, Orpah chooses to do just that. Ruth chose a different path. She chooses to give up her land, her gods and all she knew because she loved Naomi. She wanted to remain with her. Listen to the words of Ruth after Naomi insists she returns to her family. This is quite beautiful.

Ruth 1:16–17 But Ruth replied, "Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God will be my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me."

Ruth had made up her mind and gave up all she ever knew to show her love to Naomi and was resolved to stay with her.  

What kind of love is this? Is this a love we experience with others? Is this the kind of love we are willing to give to Christ?  

This beautiful demonstration of unselfish love is a love that we don’t often want to give at the risk of losing ourselves. This love, however, is the love that God asks us to give to Him.

Mark 8:34 tells us how we must follow Jesus. 
Then, calling the crowd to join His disciples, He said, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.

Daily, we must deny ourselves or turn from our selfish ways and take up our cross. 

Which of these two people do you most relate to today?

Orpah, who wept deeply at the idea of leaving Naomi but took little persuasion to go the other way.

As one commentator put it, it is like standing in the doorway. We want to give ourselves to God but we have all these other comforts, land, people, and little gods that we are not willing to give up. We look to God as our King and Savior but we hang out in the middle ground. In the in-between. We weep at the risk of losing Him but in the end, choose to go the other way, away from Him, back toward our old self.  (This is my abbreviated version)

Or we can choose to be like Ruth. Be willing to give up our land, our people, our gods, our comforts to the end. All for the sake of love. 

Those are tough questions; ones we have to ask ourselves quite regularly because even if we want to be like Ruth we often find ourselves turning back to our old ways. 

One thing I can testify to, although I get this loving thing wrong so often, is the more I give up myself to God, the more I love. The more I can share, give and be love. 

Will we choose to do more than hang love on the walls of our homes and hang it on the walls of our hearts?

Friends, Let’s talk. I would love to hear from you. Tell me how your journey is going. We all struggle and have victories on the same path. Let’s do this together.

While you're here, sit down with some of my friends. They are amazing writers with so many great stories to share with you. Just clink on a link below and you will go directly to their site where you can get to know them more. 

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Thank you for posting and linking up. I try to read and comment on as many of these wonderful posts as I can and as time allows. I just want to say you are all doing wonderful work and praise the Lord that I have had the opportunity to come across the path of so many of you. 



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Great Glory and Sitting Among Friends Blog Party #10

This week I had an amazing opportunity and I have to share with you.

There is a wonderful person in my life, whom I love dearly, that I typically steer clear of conversations that revolve around politics. Not that the conversations are bad, let’s just say they get very passionate.

Being an Iowan, we get a barrage of political campaigning in our state. Being the first state to caucus, politicians and political campaigns are unavoidable.   

I cannot say my favorite topic of conversation is politics. I do believe we need to do our part. Living in a nation where we are given the right and freedom to vote, we need to exercise that right. We can’t sit by and watch the world go round, God gave us a voice and reason and we need to use it.

After having a conversation, initially about whether or not it was going to snow here, I began reading for my Bible study. What was revealed to me is nothing short of amazing. Let’s just say God is good and knows what He is doing.

So, I begin to plow through this chapter. Chapter 1 of Ephesians. Verses 19-23. God reveals himself in this way (not just to me, to all of us!).

I was so excited with this reminder of our great Hope in Christ, I had to text this dearly beloved person, to encourage him with God’s Word. Later we got to sit down and have this amazing conversation about God as we read through this passage. I thank God for His goodness and divine timing. 

We have an option, we can stress about politics or as believers, we can trust Christ as the final authority.

I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God's power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God's right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else--not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself. 
Ephesians 1:19-23

These verses are packed with God’s great glory. Verse 19 starts with Paul saying that he was praying the people would understand the incredible greatness of God’s power. He reminds us, this power rose Christ from the grave and seated Him in a place of honor at the right hand of God.

Verse 21, tells us now, He is above ALL authority. Reminding us when Christ was lifted up, it was to the highest authority. Authority, far above or high above any ruler, authority, power, leader, or anything else.

So, while I believe we must exercise our right to vote. I believe we can go to the voting booth with confidence that Christ is the Authority over whomever the next elected officials will be.

Even if they do not act in accordance with God’s Word, we can be assured God has dominion over them.

I love the end of verse 23 when we are reminded that it is Christ who fills ALL things everywhere with His glory, ALL things by Himself.  


What an amazing opportunity to thank God for His great glory and power forever. Amen!

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Hope In Him Alone!

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Thank You, Lord, for deciding who I am!

Seek Him First! Today's Bible Reading

James 1:17
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

It is of utmost importance that you know that Christ died for you. He died for all sinners so that our relationship with Him could be restored.

Because of His sacrifice on the cross we can have peace. Are you seeking more peace today? Peace of the soul can only be given through the redemptive power of Jesus Christ.

I hope that you, too, know the saving grace of an amazing God.
If you have questions about how to know more you can email me at youresewtrendy@gmail.com

2 Timothy 1:7

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