The other night I felt the Lord impressed upon me to go to these scriptures while I was thinking about my son ~
I have hated those who regard useless idols; But I trust in the Lord.
I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, For You have considered my trouble; you have known my soul in adversities,
And have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy; You have set my feet in a wide place
Yes, He has certainly done these things for him. And for me in my own life. I am constantly amazed & baffled at His love & mercy. When I think about it all for more than just a few seconds it overwhelms me. Unfathomable.
We have all done things we are not proud of. Things we have been ashamed of.
Things we have struggled to forgive ourselves for.
And yet God never stops pursuing us to come to a place of redemption. Of restoration.
That’s His business. Only He can do it like He does. Only He can truly give beauty for our ash heaps.
He can take something so incredibly ugly & heartbreaking & turn it into something beautiful. And then multiply it over and over –
Paying it forward through us one to another.
We are all but cracked & broken cisterns lovingly put back together by our Master’s hands.
Where we once could not hold anything good – we now contain our God in all His glory.
We can have as much of Him as we want. That blows me away.
I am mindfully grateful for His strength in my frailties.
And I realize what an incredible mess I could be today.
Far worse than I am.
I realize at any given time I or my son could’ve been turned over to the enemy & left for dead.
Remember always that He holds the keys to death, hell & the grave. Every one of our hairs are numbered & every one of our days is written. We have worth & value & purpose in Christ.
And. We. Are. Safe. In His capable hands.
Much love y’all & much more building ourselves up on our most holy faith through His word – it is our Truth.
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