We are doing better these days. The dark clouds that seemed to loom over our family for most of the last several months are beginning to part. While we miss Isaac so very much and still cry almost everyday, we are encouraged by our hope of seeing him again someday. We are now in the waiting period, trying to figure out how to walk out the rest of our time here on earth.
This event has changed us considerably. While we sought to follow the Lord before as a family, we are now pressing into Him even further. As I mentioned in a previous post, Heavenly Treasures, our hearts are not in this world but are in heaven with Jesus Christ. We are seeking eternal rewards and weeding out so much materialism that has choked our fruit. Are we successful everyday? No, we are not. But I can see us growing in our relationship with the Lord, especially my precious wife, Brenda. Her commitment and devotion to her Savior has been a motivator for me. She keeps me sharp since my flesh tends to crave comfort and ease. Brenda holds me accountable in a loving and respectable way as a God-fearing help meet should. How blessed I am to have her as my wife through thick and thin. I tell her that I believe she will hold a higher position in heaven than me :-).
We are aware of several families in the body of Christ that are facing intense trials right now. We pray that through these trials many will draw closer to God and experience His love, mercy and grace in accordance with His truth.
We are still walking day-by-day and not making any drastic decisions at this time. We are being patient and waiting on the Lord for His instructions. He may want us just to be still for a while or indefinitely, and that’s OK with us. We will rest in His peace and prepare ourselves in case He tells us to move. We have seen opportunities to reach out to others but are mainly receiving so many blessings. We are so thankful for all of the love, grace and help that has been extended towards us.
We are finding crowds and large social gatherings to be difficult for us. We are much better in one-on-one and family on family interaction. Please do not be offended if we withdraw from social events, at least for a season. It is nothing personal against anyone.
God’s Word seems to have a deeper and fuller meaning to us through all of this. I would like to share with you some of the scriptures among countless others that have encouraged and helped us through this tragedy:
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Rom 8:28)
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1Jn 1:9)
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Php 3:13-14) (My comment: We can’t change the past but we need to press on into the future.)
The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. (Psa 34:18)
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (Isa 26:3)
Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. (Hos 6:1)
The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. (Psa 9:9-10)
Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. (Psa 55:22)
He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. (Psa 103:10)
And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is. (Gen 21:17) (My comment: It is previously recorded that Hagar cried out; however God indicates that He heard the voice of her son.)
And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. (1Co 3:1) (Further explanation on this one may follow in another post.)
The next two are for battling spiritual oppression:
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. (Php 4:8-9)
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (2Co 10:3-5)
Thank you again for reading and providing your encouragement. Your prayers and help mean so much to us.
P.S. – I temporarily changed the theme color to red in honor of Independence Day. It doesn’t quite seem patriotic, but it was the best option available for this theme. May we treasure the freedoms that we still have in this country, while we still have them.