In times of trouble…

I have a dear friend. Amongst the beauty, majesty, and sheer awe of this Christmas season. A time of hardship, heartache, and heart-attack has entered their home. When hard times hit, it seems as though the list of questions are long and the list of answers are hard to come by. I wonder how many are in looking into the same long, dark tunnel this season?

In my simplistic mind, when we arrive at these times, we have one of two options. We may look towards Him, or may look towards the world (for a variety of reasons), yet the choice remains. Where did my friend turn? Right into the loving, waiting arms of her Heavenly Father. The results? I’ll simply let her words fall upon your heart today…

  • I know our Lord has not abandoned me or our family.

  • While this was not appointed by God, because of the sinful world we live in, it was allowed by Him. We may never know His purpose in this circumstance for our family, yet if it is to testify of His amazing, never-leave-your-side love and to transform our brokenness and satisfy our hungry soul and walk more closely to Him and reflect Him more clearly, Glory to God.

Can you see it? Peace. Can you read it? Hope. Has her circumstance changed? Nope. During this Christmas season, may we again take a glance at the one who literally walked the road that you travel. He knows you. In fact, He knew you even before the world began. He knew this day would arrive. He knows the plans he has for you, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans for a hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) Though we can’t “see” all the whys, today we can choose to stand on the hope promised and trust in His Almighty Plan. Will this take away the pain of today? We want this is our fast-paced, fix-me now-convenience based society, but the fact of the matter is, he wants us to come to Him. All of us, just as we are. How much do we as parents cherish the times our children have approached us and poured out their hearts? How much more does our Heavenly Father want to pour back into us in our times of weakness?

Lord, may our “lifesong sing to you”. Praying for you my dear friend…


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