Here is a post from a fine young man who is fighting for joy in the face of death. I thank God for him and for the way the Lord is breaking his heart and healing it at the same time.
This has been a rough year for me, and in the days leading up to Thanksgiving Day, I’ve been contemplating what exactly I am thankful for. As some of you may know, my fiancé passed away February 5, and this whole year I’ve been struggling to find things for which I can be thankful. But over
the course of this past week, and my Bible study yesterday morning, I believe I’ve found what I’m thankful for.
In Ephesians 1 verses 15 through 19, Paul goes through how he prays for the church at Ephesus. I’m not sure why this text struck me in this way; I’ve read it so many times before. But it did strike me differently. Here is the full text (HCSB):
This is why, since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I never stop giving thanks for…
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When God tells us to not lean unto our own understanding, in the past few years I have begun to understand why. No human mind or heart could understand the plans or reasons why God fulfills his Glory the way he does. I just know in my heart, the reason, even though we may never understand it, will, in the end be all made right.
The Bible also teaches us that a lump of coal has to go through the fire to become a gem. Perhaps that’s why it seem at times those who are closest to the Lord are the ones that suffer in larger ways than most of us. It may be the plans he has for them in his Kingdom are far greater than anyone could imagine.
As I approach 58 years of age, I have learned that the tears we shed is the hearts way of cleansing our souls. As in my 58 years, I have lost a Brother, Mother, Father, Granddaughter, Grandparents, In-Laws and all my Aunts and Uncles except for one, and many friends I once knew and went to school with.
With every heartbreak I have suffered, every tear I have shed, I simply remind myself that the God of the Universe, The creator of Love and all living things, is in charge and in control, and when it’s all said and done, the bride and the bridegroom unite for all eternity and every tear is wiped away forever, no more Death, no more pain, no more loss, no more sorrow.
It is that promise from my God, that holds me together. God blessed this Grand Father with a wonderful women who in her very short life on Earth showed me the hope God had for all of us, for her and her love Tommy, they are living proof that even in this day and age, Young men and women can indeed live a Christ like life, and even teach us older people a thing or two about the Lords teachings.
Thanks, Steven. God bless you, brother. Thank you for your faithful witness.