God Is Enough When I Fail - Guest Post

This is not a story of tragic scale on par with what is happening in the world today, but it is still a story of God gracious pursuit of my whole heart. God has freed me up by graciously allowing me to experience my imagined worst-case scenarios, almost all at once, and thus come to the end of myself in each these areas.

Read More

The Charlie Sawyer Project

Earlier this year I came across a blog called scribbles and crumbs and found a place where brokenness is welcome and hope is abundant. The author, Lexi, shares beautifully her journey through grief and motherhood. In honor of the son she lost she began the Charlie Sawyer Project

The site is a place for grieving mamas like me to share the story of the child that was lost. Today my post about Miles is featured on the site. Check it out and be sure also to visit scribbles and crumbs. Grief is not easy, but it is never without hope for those of us who believe in the love of Christ.

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
— 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

The burden is great but you are not alone. Never. Not for a moment. I hope you can know that today and find comfort, wherever you are, whatever you're grieving or wrestling with. 

It's Summer Vacation

We are one week into summer vacation at my house and for the life of me I have not been able to figure out how to blog with two kids in the house all day. I'm not super awesome at transitions - even fun, good transitions like summer break! I have a couple of guest posts I'm editing now and I want to get out asap. I promise I will figure out how to be a stay-at-home summer vacation mom and a blogger at the same time! (at least I hope)

I've been hanging out in this rich Psalm lately, I hope it encourages you as it has me.

God Is My Strength and Portion Forever
A Psalm of Asaph.

73 Truly God is good to Israel,
    to those who are pure in heart.
2 But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,
    my steps had nearly slipped.
3 For I was envious of the arrogant
    when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

4 For they have no pangs until death;
    their bodies are fat and sleek.
5 They are not in trouble as others are;
    they are not stricken like the rest of mankind.
6 Therefore pride is their necklace;
    violence covers them as a garment.
7 Their eyes swell out through fatness;
    their hearts overflow with follies.
8 They scoff and speak with malice;
    loftily they threaten oppression.
9 They set their mouths against the heavens,
    and their tongue struts through the earth.
10 Therefore his people turn back to them,
    and find no fault in them.[a]
11 And they say, “How can God know?
    Is there knowledge in the Most High?”
12 Behold, these are the wicked;
    always at ease, they increase in riches.
13 All in vain have I kept my heart clean
    and washed my hands in innocence.
14 For all the day long I have been stricken
    and rebuked every morning.
15 If I had said, “I will speak thus,”
    I would have betrayed the generation of your children.

16 But when I thought how to understand this,
    it seemed to me a wearisome task,
17 until I went into the sanctuary of God;
    then I discerned their end.

18 Truly you set them in slippery places;
    you make them fall to ruin.
19 How they are destroyed in a moment,
    swept away utterly by terrors!
20 Like a dream when one awakes,
    O Lord, when you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms.
21 When my soul was embittered,
    when I was pricked in heart,
22 I was brutish and ignorant;
    I was like a beast toward you.

23 Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
    you hold my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
    and afterward you will receive me to glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength[b] of my heart and my portion forever.

27 For behold, those who are far from you shall perish;
    you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you.
28 But for me it is good to be near God;
    I have made the Lord God my refuge,
    that I may tell of all your works.