Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Restoring

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Jeremiah 29:11-14.


For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the LORD, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the LORD, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.



Two weeks ago I sat in church, listening to Nick Vujicic talk about his life without arms or legs. His is an amazing story of hope, joy, endurance, peace...despite the fact that he faces many challenges.

Talking about the fact that there are no medical reasons or explanations for his condition, nothing he can look at and say, this happened because....he quoted Jeremiah 29:11-14. He went on to say this is where his peace comes from...the knowledge that God has a purpose.

What struck me and has stayed with me, is when he said that he knew God could give him arms and legs. He is GOD, the Creator of the universe, after all.

But God hasn't given Nick arms and legs. He hasn't chosen to restore his body. And so Nick asked us...




When God doesn't restore the way you want/thought...do you still believe He is God? Do you still trust Him? Do you still believe He is in control?


I can tell you, I do. I do believe God is who He says He is. I believe He is in control--even in the midst of this mess that is my life right now. Even though my marriage ended. Even though my heart breaks, even though my children suffer, even though my life is totally different than I ever thought it would be.

And I believe that He is working out the plan He has for my life--and He is restoring. It's just not how I thought or even what I imagined it would be.

But I trust Him...with all my brokenness, pain and imperfections. I trust.


If you have a moment...please take time to read Ashleigh's recent post. What is the Author of your Life writing about you?

Hugs to you all... : )

Monday, May 3, 2010

Hanging out and catching up

Today is my 'extra' day off. I work four 10 hour days and then have Saturday through Monday off. Nice, huh?

So I am just hanging out, doing some laundry, cleaning, catching up on blog reading and later, I need to color my hair and paint my toe nails. (fun!)

Basically, I am enjoying my day off. : )

While I was blog hopping, I came across this post from Alyssa at Resolved To Worship. If you have a moment, it's an excellent read, especially if you have had any involvement in the homeschool movement or any type of legalistic background. I love Alyssa's photo journaling of her family's life...but I always come away from her blog encouraged in my realtionship with the Lord. In fact, Alyssa's dad (a long time friend of our family) was one of the very few men (if not the only one--but that's whole 'nother post) who scripturally confronted Rande when he left, asking him the hard questions. I will always appreciate the fact that Norm tried.

Anyway...that's my Monday so far! And you? How is your Monday shaping up?

Hugs and love to you all! ; )

Sunday, May 2, 2010




Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the LORD;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.


GOD, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer’s;
he makes me tread on my high places.


Habakkuk 3:17-19