Be still and Hold on, friends

Be still

🌟 When the world feels too heavy and impossible, there is One who knows our burdens and wants to bear them.

🌟 When our daughter died at 18 weeks gestation, so much changed about our family. We were now a family with a daughter and sibling in heaven. We were faced with many awkward questions about how many kids we have and how it feels to only have one girl. (We are blessed with one living daughter and 4 living sons) Jokes about being outnumbered and feeling sorry for our living daughter for being the only girl. It goes on and on.

🌟But, the one constant was and is Jesus. Were we angry with the Lord? Yes. Did we question Him? Yes. Where was He when He was supposed to be “knitting Mary-Linda together” in her mother’s womb? We serve a Big God and He can not only handle our anger, questions and pain, but He wants to bear it for us.

🌟Remember that today and always. When things seem dark, know that the light is near. Hold tight. You are loved.

Ash Wednesday

After much thought about what I would “give up” for lent, I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to make time where I’ve been lacking. I can’t promise that my blog entries for the next six weeks will be interesting. However, I can promise that I will write something every day. I will make more time for my family. I am adding 20 minutes of time with God to my day. What does that mean? It just means that sometimes I’m going to stop and talk when I could walk away and tell myself I don’t have the time. It means that I’m going to make a phone call instead of sending a text. Or, send a text instead of not communicating at all. Or, that I’m going to work hard to spend more quality time with my children and husband. I want to make myself available to the community around me, available to my friends, available to my family and available to God’s plan in my life.

A friend of mine posted this article on her facebook page today. It talks a little bit more about saying yes during Lent. I am inspired.