I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.


more thoughts on loss …

I mentioned yesterday that I was going to share a video from a dear friend of mine who has since gone to live with Jesus.  Unfortunately, the video wasn’t mine and has been made private.  Lori was facing an uncurable cancer diagnosis and her sweet words on that video would’ve touched you to the core … I’m sure of it!  She didn’t have all the answers, but she never. ever. doubted in a God that was big enough to handle anything she threw at Him.  He was her rock, her foundation … her everything.

I wrote this post over two years ago on some of my thoughts right after her passing.  You can click over to read the full post if you like … but what I’d like to share today is just a piece of that post.

By standing firm you will gain life.
Luke 21:19

True faith is not the capacity to believe that God will work a miracle.  It’s the tenacity to believe in God’s character when He fails to do the miracle you wanted.  To stand firm in God means to dig in your heels and cling stubbornly to confidence in God’s character, even when He doesn’t meet your obvious need.  Others may look at you and say “your God has failed you!” but you say with confidence, “my God has not failed me.  He has not met the need that I can see, but He cannot be cruel or make mistakes.  He must be meeting a greater need I cannot see.”

We may come to believe in God because of some miraculous act He performs, but He never intends for his children to let their faith remain on that immature level.  As soon as you begin to grow spiritually, you will find God seemingly to step away from your life or doing some other things you don’t expect.  When that test comes, make up your mind to trust in God’s character.

“I cannot understand what God is doing, but I believe He is a good God and He loves me!  I will trust in Him no matter what happens.”

As soon as you make that conscious choice, your life with Jesus will be lifted to an entirely new level.  Through His Spirit, you begin to understand that real life doesn’t come through God’s actions, but through God himself.  God is looking for people who will believe in Him no matter what.  He is testing to see whether you might be one of them.  Are you?

If you’re suffering through grief {of any kind}, I encourage you to look at two other posts I wrote relating to Lori’s loss … here and here.}

{read 31 days of faith from the beginning}

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4 Responses to “more thoughts on loss …”

  1. andrea says:

    I love how you can take such a deep and intense part of life and make it so clear! I wish the whole world could understand. Thank you for summing up such difficult times that we go through in our journey here on earth with all glory to God!

  2. Melissa says:

    This is very beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing your heart during your grief. I have a friend that I am sending this to, I think it will really be a comfort to her!

  3. “He must be meeting a greater need I cannot see!” So powerful. THANK you for sharing your faith and love in such a touching and inspirational way. As we age it is so astounding to see how God continues to work miracles from our pain…
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  4. Ovid Ricketson says:

    Ovid Ricketson

    I had a Near Death Experience on November 15, 1989. My Soul left my body, and I came face to face with Jesus. Death is only the beginning where we slip peacefully into that amazing light, which at best can only be described as the unlimited love of our Heavenly Father. Jesus will dry our eyes, and there will be no more tears throughtout eternity, and no longer even a faint memory of pain. The Bible is real. Heaven and Jesus are real. Soon, very, very soon, He is coming back for His beloved. We must let our friends and loved ones know. Start getting ready. We have to spread the good news and occupy till He comes. You can’t imagine how good His first hug is going to be, and then He looks down into your eyes; and with a big smile says, ‘WELL DONE, MY GOOD AND FAITHFUL, FRIEND’.

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