Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Review: A Time to Embrace

A Time to Embrace (Timeless Love Series)

Karen Kingsbury has an amazing way of putting life's Interrupted Expectations into focus.  In her re-released book, A Time to Embrace (Timeless Love Series) I found myself healing from grief just a little more.  Even though it has been 10 years since my sister's death, I still struggle with the what-ifs, why, and pain that grief leaves.  But God uses books, life, the Bible, other people, and the Holy Spirit to slowly heal the hole in my heart.

Abby and John have just done the unthinkable in today's world - they have turned from divorce.  Everything was set and plans were made to make the divorce final but God stopped them at the very last moment.  Now, they are experiencing love and passion like never before.  But when Interrupted Expectations hit, life starts to unravel piece by piece.  Did God really bring them this far to loose it all again?

As the story unfolds, I find myself asking the exact questions that the characters in this story ask.  Answering them for me is the Holy Spirit.  This is a book that I highly recommend to anyone.  But, this is a book that needs to be read by those struggling with grief, pornography, death, paralysis, SIDS, anger at the unfair things that happen in life, divorce,  and trouble believing in prayer.  If you aren't dealing with one of these issues now, you either have or will. 

In the next few posts, I will be highlighting some of the places that God used to speak to me.  Until then, I encourage you to order or pick this book up from the library.

Thank you to Thomas Nelson for allowing me to review this book.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

He'll Lift Me Up


My mother-in-law sent me this card on the 10th anniversary of my sister's death.  I thought the words were absolutely perfect.

I believe if Jesus calls me to get out of the boat,
He is going to be there to help me walk on the water.
If I start to sink, which sometimes I do,
He'll reach His hand down and He'll lift me up.

God will give you everything you need
to do everything He has called you to do.
You are in His hands and in His will,
and there is no better place to be.    ~ Joyce Meyer

Matthew 14:28-29 (New International Version)

"Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water."
"Come," he said.  Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day Tears


Growing up, Father's Day consisted of a great pot luck meal with family running around.  Probably a little softball and swimming.  Memories that have latest a life time.  But as I get older I realize that my childhood wasn't normal.  I realize that not all families want to be together.  This is an absolute foreign concept to me.  I see it even with families that "get along."  It truly breaks my heart as I see these families missing out on joy, laughter, and memories - for whatever reason.

I don't know what your plans are for Father's Day.  Are you thrilled to be able to get together with family today?  Or, is the relationship with family and your dad an "Interrupted Expectation?"  I received a Facebook post from a friend who said that she hasn't spoken to her father in seven years.  This broke my heart. 

But it got me thinking...While great memories and anticipation for some, Father's Day brings tears for others.  I pray for you as you face today.  I ask God to remind you that He is the Ultimate Father.  May you feel His loving arms around you today. 

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Promise from God



Take comfort in this promise for the future, friend.

Phil 3:  20 - 21
20 But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.
21 He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.
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Friday, June 11, 2010

Tilt



This is a blog post written by a dear friend of mine who lost her Mom to breast cancer two years ago.  I immediately asked if I could share.  Thank you, friend, for using your story to bless others. 


In the days after the earthquake in Haiti, I remember listening to NPR (yes I do get my news, sometimes, from the leftist devil itself) and a geologist, or some other such earth-science person, commented that while it would not be physically detected, the math wizards who endeavor to understand such things, believed that the magnitude of the quake had actually altered our axis. Minutely. Minisculely. Yet, there it was. The earth was now moving ever so differently than it had mere moments before.
 
I totally got it. Because I too have had my axis altered. When death came for my mother, it was as if someone stuck a pin on my timeline. To the left of the pin, mothered. To the right of the pin, motherless. Tilt. It literally felt like I was walking cockeyed, or that I had entered a Magritte or Dali painting where the individual pieces make sense, but put together seem imcomprehensible. The Magritte where the smartly suited man has on a bowler hat and his face is a green apple. I felt as though when I looked in the mirror, yes of course there should be a green apple where my face was, afterall, my mom was gone. Things that had once been illogical I could now nod my head in agreement with.
 
Grief is so intensely personal. It never fully leaves you, rather, seems to linger in an ebb/flow pattern. Sometimes your far enough up on shore that the waves hardly touch you. Others, you are wading in and the tide threatens to overcome you, the sorrow pulling you out to sea. The tide of sadness comes in washing up memories, like shells, some whole and beautiful, others cracked or only pieces. Eventually it turns, and goes back out, taking with it the sharpness and detail of remembrance.
 
Time softens these memories, removes the clarity of her voice, the image of her face, the touch of her hands. This brings its own measure of grief, the sense of forgetting. Yet, my life is a testament to hers. Not only my literal life, which would not be without her own, but the simple fact that there was a measure of time before the pin, and there is now a life beyond it. Tilt.
 
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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Comforting Scripture


Romans 11:33-36 (New Living Translation)

33 Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible
it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!

34 For who can know the Lord’s thoughts?
Who knows enough to give him
advice?
35 And who has given him so much
that he needs to pay it
back?

36 For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended
for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.