October 17th, 2017

The Whole Truth

It started when I picked up the mail. I wondered what the large white envelope was in our box until I grabbed it and I heard the rattling of the pills. My husband’s medication that he needed since his heart attack.Colossians 3:1_2

Heart attack.

That was three weeks ago. Jeff is doing great…sticking to his diet, exercising, and back to work. Really, he’s doing fabulous. But in that moment, the only reality I was focused on was my husband had a heart attack and life isn’t the same. A dozen other truths followed, but not the encouraging kind of truth. The truth that rips the air from your lungs and leaves you gasping for breath.

I have a ton of work to do and a deadline rapidly approaching.

I’m so busy I’m not spending much time with my kids.

I haven’t wrote on my next book in over two months.

I have more tasks to do in the day than time to do them.

My best friend has cancer.

By the time I made the short drive home from the mailbox, tears streamed down my face. I’m used to battling the lies. I have practice in detecting and deflecting them. But when faced with the overwhelming truth of my life in its current state, I crumbled.

Are you at that point? Somewhere between overwhelmed and falling apart? I texted a friend the next day and told her I felt as if my reality was crushing me. Her response? Romans 8. My favorite chapter in the Bible. Nothing can separate me from the love of God.

There is no denying the truth of all the statements above, however, I had my mind set on earthly things not heavenly things. My reality in Christ?

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

He will give me all the wisdom I need.

He created me for His special purposes, which includes writing, so He will make a way for me to finish more books.

He loves and holds my children close even when I can’t.

God is refining the faith of my husband, my friend and her family through the trials.

He is doing a new thing.

He WILL work all the hard out for good because we love Him.

Those realities fill my lungs with air and my heart with hope. And when mixed with the hard truth, they tell a story of God’s glory and grace. The best is yet to come, my friend, if we keep our eyes fixed on Him.

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