It’s a Wonderful Life- in the Storm and in the Haven

“My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:1-5

After a season of what felt like blind and sometimes senseless trust in the Lord as our family saw many unanswered prayers and disappointments, God has given us so much more than we deserve in a matter of weeks!

In my last post at the end of 2014, I felt emptied and exhausted with lots of questions for the Lord. What was He doing? I knew my requests paled in comparison to the many sufferings of others, but I also knew that God cares for each of us and had given my husband and me specific promises that we longed to see fulfilled for His glory. I still had a mustard seed of faith left, though, and as Jesus tells us in His word, that is enough.

The Lord answered, “If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘May you be uprooted and thrown into the sea,’ and it would obey you! ” Luke 17:6

On Christmas Eve, my husband and I watched “It’s a Wonderful Life” for the first time. That’s right- neither of us had ever seen it. That alone seems crazy in itself! We were both in tears as we related to George Bailey and his family- (mirroring ours with 2 little boys and 2 little girls), and friends who surrounded them with love, support, and generosity when they needed it most.

In a time of God teaching us so much about Him, ourselves, and growing in faith, He has shown us so much love through His servants- our friends, family, and church who stood in the gap for us when we couldn’t believe for ourselves. Through their prayers, encouragement, and generosity, we never felt alone.  How I hope that I am doing the same for others!

On January 28th, my husband was offered a wonderful job WHILE we were moving into a home that is just perfect for our family. Exactly four weeks later, Baby Haven was born- a little girl who had been promised to us in many ways.

The timing of the pregnancy was surprising to us, and quite honestly, I was fearful. But we are instructed in God’s Word to praise Him through our fears and He has taught me how to do that these past few years.

“I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34: 1-4

Have you ever heard the expression, “I know the Lord won’t give me more than I can handle, I just wish He didn’t trust me so much” ? As I look behind me at all I have learned and in my arms at what I feared, oh am I thankful that He trusts me so much.

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“They were glad when it grew calm and he guided them to their desired haven.”

Psalm 107:30

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