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It’s been a challenging, up-and-down, I-don’t-think-we-can-get-through-this sort of year.  As I read through my blog posts, notes, and emails my heart rate increases and a sense of apprehension settles over me.  remind myself–aloud–God has been with you through it all.

God was with me when I learned one child had been abused.

God was with me when another child was diagnosed with a life-long illness.

And before that?

God was with me when my husband was deployed in Afghanistan and I was raising four children at home.

God was with me when my daughter was born prematurely and then had to be resuscitated.

One heart wrenching, faith growing, I-don’t-like-this-plan-Lord sort of year.  Before that?  One year of struggle…another of joy.  Time kept moving, bringing with it moments of joy, celebration, grief, and sadness.  And through it all I was never alone.  

Maybe you are experiencing a challenging, up-and-down, I-don’t-think-I-can-get-through-this sort of year…or month…or moment.

Friend, remember!  “I (God) will never leave you nor forsake you, for (He) is with you always even unto the end of the age.  (Matthew 28:20)

 

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Orate Mirror in the Corner of a Room

“For now we only see a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” 1 Cor. 13:12 MSG

Don’t we all long to be known and loved despite the knowing? That sort of love exists in the only God who is bigger than imagination…the God whose very thought of You and Me gave us life, form, breath.

Loved despite the knowing? Yes. That sort of love pointed up to heaven while rough shards of wood pressed into His back and words were uttered on behalf of those who were there and those who were yet to be…”Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

Loved despite the knowing? Yes. That sort of love despite feelings of doubt…words spoken in anger …faith ebbing according to circumstance.

Loved despite the knowing? Yes. Regardless of Me–or You. He knows us fully, but loves Us ardently and completely–enough to be Our Savior…enough to be Our Soul Healer…enough to be raised triumphant that We might have hope that there is more than yesterday or today. There is Christ!

Identity in Him is more significant than identity of self.

Scripture for Reflection:

John 1:12 I am God’s child
John 15:15 I am God’s friend
Col. 3:3 I am hidden with Christ in God
Eph. 1:4 I am chosen
Eph. 1:9, 3:11 I have purpose
Eph. 3:13 I know there is a purpose in suffering
2 Cor. 5:17 I am a new creation
1 Cor. 6:19-20 I belong to God.

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