For God So Loved the World

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This is our time third meeting around the book Hope in the Dark. To find the first two blog posts, click here.

Love the one you’re with.

As a mother, father, caregiver, spouse – do you ever feel like you struggle with this?

Me too.

Yet living with chronic disease continually reminds me of how fragile this life is; I’m shot right back into reality with each stumble. Today, I want to share with you an excerpt from a post I wrote a long, long time ago. A post that popped up and reminded me of how important it is to love well exactly where you are. Don’t wait.

Just a few weeks ago, our pup popped my son’s first ball. It was a Mickey ball…

It is the same Mickey ball that I bent over to pick up the day my back blew out. My forced reality-check. While it seems so insignificant to share that a ball popped, it is also a reminder of how blessed I am today… to walk, to be here – at home – with my two precious babies.

God doesn’t bring you to something that he doesn’t intend to bring you through. Sometimes, the learning is just what we need most. – June 24, 2014

While I would never want to relive the season in which I lost feeling in my left leg and had to re-learn how to walk, I would also not change it. Every stumble brings me to my knees, I look up, and there the Lord is – teaching me how to love better and more. Especially as a wife and mother.

As I have been digging into Part II of Hope in the Dark, I am humbled that I have experienced enough pain that I have needed to look up. I have most-desperately leaned into a God that I believe loves me enough to allow me to go through trials. I don’t like pain in the moment. But I love that because of it, I have become increasingly reliant on the Lord. George Mueller wrote, “If we desire our faith to be strengthened, we should not shrink from opportunities where our faith may be tried, and therefore, through trial, be strengthened.” Pain makes my faith stronger.

What does it do for you?

I’ll end today with a bible verse that happened upon my lips this morning as I woke up (it’s Valentine’s Day). It’s my son’s favorite verse, and it brings me to tears every time I read it – and really grasp it:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

If the Lord is willing to sacrifice His one and only son for you and me, what won’t He do for us in the midst of our greatest pains? His mercy and grace is without limit.

Believe it. Receive it!

xox J.



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