Sunday, November 18, 2007

From Tears to Joy

I write this post as I reflect on truths that have helped me through some very tough times. Today is the anniversary of my baby girl's life and death. She would have been two years old. May she rest in peace.

Hurt and affliction will run a believer back to her knees more than any other emotional event. Loss has a profound affect on a person's faith. It can either enhance it, taking the believer to new heights or it can break it, casting the person into more despair.

When in your darkest hour, commit to run to your God. Follow Job's example. After his fortune, property and 11 children were wiped out; after his body was afflicted with disease, Job said this of God, "Though he slay me, yet will I trust him ..." (Job 15:11, KJV)

It's not that God caused all of that to happen to Job, or even us as bereaved parents, but now that we're in this mess let's thank Him anyway. Submit yourself to Him (despite your unanswered questions and deepest pain) and thank God because the thing the enemy tried to use to destroy you, your faith and your testimony has only made you stronger. (Although you feel weak, and can barely lift your head, you have the strength to get through this moment, and the next ... and the next ...)

Fueling our faith doesn't just benefit us. By overcoming we serve as examples for others struggling with the same hurts. Stay encouraged friend and know that "They that sow in tears shall reap in joy." Psalm 126:5. So there is hope.

Hugs!

P.S. As for me, I have a LOT of joy coming my way.



*Much of this message was taken from a sermon by Pastor William Luffman on November 18, 2007).

2 comments:

Maggie said...

Hey sweetie... Sorry I missed the meeting last night. I just wasn't feeling up to it. As for the news... Nothing last month.. TTC again this month. I have a page on Cafemom.com--- You should join! Armygirlmags
Maggie

Sharee said...

Hi Maggie ... I will visit the site ...I recommend www.welltellme.com as well. I'm registered as momax3angels ...

There were a few new families at the meeting in January. Blessings!