When We Don’t Know Why, God is in the Why

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In less than a year, our community has lost two precious women I had the privilege of knowing. They both loved the Lord and lived for Him, teaching others His Word and shining brightly for Him. They leave behind husbands and children…and it all seems so unfair.

I find myself asking God a lot of questions– “Why?” “Why someone who loves You and follows You?” “Women who teach Your Word?” “Why someone so young?” “Why, Lord?” “Why these women, these moms still raising children?”

I know we are supposed to ask “What now?” rather than “Why?” But for today, I cannot stop the why. And that’s ok because God is in the why. It’s in our questions and our desperation that we seek Him and if we seek Him we will find Him.

I feel that when I doubt God’s plan or His ways I am disregarding all the truths I know to be true about Him, but as long as I find myself back at His truth’s, its’ OK to ask questions, right? Surely His grace still overflows when our hearts are breaking in the unfairness of life and the why’s that may never be answered.

As I wrestle with why, these truths stand out to me the most:

  • God is good even when life isn’t
  • He is always there with His people and to help His people
  • He can redeem hard situations
  • To these women, to live was Christ and to die was gain
  • Even in death and tragedy, others can be saved (hello, Jesus!- the cross!) or brought closer to Him
  • This place is not our home
  • We will be reunited again one day

We just don’t want these people gone from us, do we? We want them here to continue to do God’s work, don’t we?

Then I’m reminded that our work on earth is never done; even when we die, what’s done for Christ will last and these ladies certainly did a lot for Christ. A lot of eternal work. The impact they had on their families, friends, church, and community will live on forever.

“Only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.” C.T. Studd

God is always working for those who love him as I know these women and their families do. We must hold on to that truth and fill it in our minds when we wrestle with the “whys” of this world.

“God causes all things to work together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

To my town as we mourn…let’s turn to Jesus and seek His face as I’m sure these women, if still with us, would be so honored and happy if we would all do just that. And please pray- when the only thing you can do is pray, you pray.

In Jesus Mighty name, AMEN.

Verses to cling to from God’s Word, the Book both of these women stood on:

  • “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts. My ways are far beyond anything we could imagine.” Isaiah 55:8-9
  • “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
  • “O Israel, hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is lovingkindness, and with Him is abundant redemption.” Psalms 130:7
  • “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalms 34:18
  • “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

There are a million more I could post, but I encourage us all to get into His Word for ourselves and let the truths of who He is comfort and guide us.

For Wendy and Kristie ♥️

To the Anderson and Stokes families…you all are loved and prayed for by so many people who grieve with you. Praying you see, feel and know that the Lord is near.

 

G O A L

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When I was about 11, I played on a basketball league. We were the Rockets and my dad was the coach. Unfortunately, I was no good ~ one time I was put in the game and the ball was thrown to me. It was my chance to contribute to the team, I finally had the opportunity to make a basket. I turned towards the goal, jumped up…but the ball never left my hands.

Oops.

“Walking!” The referee yelled.

My one chance and I blew it. I was so embarrassed at the time but now it’s a funny story I like to tell my children. How I had the chance to make a goal and just couldn’t let go of the ball. I let my fear and nervousness get the best of me.

As Christians our ultimate goal is Christ, Heaven, Him; and I’m so grateful for the grace in the walking of this Christian life (pun intended! Ha!). Grateful for do-overs and second chances!

However, if we turn to the goal, jump to shoot and don’t let go, we won’t make the goal Christ has for us. We must let go of the ball. Give it to Him. Whatever our “ball” may be, give it to Him.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…” Hebrews‬ ‭12:1‬

Some days this daily letting go – surrendering – to make the goal is really hard and other days it’s might be easier.

Do your nerves get the best of you? Me too. Does what others think matter a little too much? Yup.

This little scenario from my childhood reminds me to get the ball, turn to the goal, let go and let God.

“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which god has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14

“So we make it our goal to please Him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.” 2 Corinthians 5:9

W O R L D ~ Five Minute Friday

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God created the world and everything in it;

But how often we look to this world to fulfill us.

To fill this hole inside our souls

An aching to belong and to be known.

When we already are so known, so loved by our Creator.

How often we miss it because this world distracts.

It vies for our attention but leaves us in lack.

Of the goodness and grace of the Father above

Of forgiveness and kindness, gentleness and love.

This world is a world in which sin gets its way

It destroys and deceives and ruins our stay.

But hope has a name, it’s Jesus Christ

None can compare. None can compete.

With the healing, freedom and wholeness He brings

to His children, surrendered, fallen on our knees.

Giving it up to Him this place in our souls

Granting the Maker complete control

One with the world or one with God?

It’s one or the other- which way do we fall?

Q U E S T I O N ~ Five Minute Friday Writing Prompt and Blog Link Up

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“Question” is the writing prompt for today from the Five Minute Friday writing prompt. The following is what came to my mind and heart ♥️

“W I L L Y O U ?”

Will you follow Me today, my child? Will you?

Will you take My hand and let Me be your guide?

Will you let Me lead the way and open your heart to all I have to say?

Will you?

Will you rest in Me and My love for you? Will you look to Me to make you new?

Will you?

Will you shine like a star in the nighttime sky?

And spread My love as the day goes by?

Will you?

Will you know of the grace in each step you make?

Whether tethered to Me or making a mistake?

Will you?

Will you die to yourself so you can really live?

For in your place, My Son did I give.

Will you walk today in light of the cross? With eyes on Jesus, there is no loss.

A question for today, My dear child I love you so…

will you stay with Me or will you go?

On your own way, doing as you please?

With temporary pleasures this world tries to appease.

To temp you with things too small to make you whole,

to fill you with distractions that is the enemy’s goal.

Will you know that in Me you will truly be free?

I will open your eyes and you will really see.

Will you let Me reign in your life and soul?

Will you abide in Me so I can make you whole?

I will show you the way and help you live. This side of heaven My Holy Spirit I give.

Walk with Me, take My hand.

I will lead you to the promised land.

I’ll be with you every step of the way and always remember to take time to pray.

You have My Word to hear Me speak, get in it daily and you won’t be weak.

Worship Me and show others the way,

Will you follow Me today?

Well

“It Is Well With My Soul”…we were meeting with the pastor who was doing my brother’s funeral and the song my dad chose to be sung was this. I couldn’t believe it. Why we we choose such a song when it was obviously NOT well with our souls? I wanted to scream “NO! Not this song!”

My mind kept unraveling…”Let’s sing about how un-well this is! It’s wrong. And why? This is not right or fair and I do not accept it, Lord.”

My soul was screaming in anger not in well-being.

By the time the funeral came around, a few days later, I had no choice. I think I sang the words through sobs, however, my soul certainly was not singing.

I’ve thought since then that maybe we sang these words as an anthem of what was to come; of our souls eventually being okay – well – with such a great loss. Maybe it was to lay the groundwork to be done to be healed of the pain? Maybe it was because my daddy knows Romans 8:28* and claimed it that day for himself, our family and everyone affected by my precious brothers death.

It took years for me to be “well with my soul” that my brother was gone. But eventually God brought that peace. My brother is free, he no longer hurts, he has a perfect body and is spending his time praising the Lord (and fishing I hope?). Things are well for him and because of that and God’s grace and faithfulness, things are well with my soul, too.

Daniel Matthew Sprott July 12, 1977 – October 19, 2006

“And we know God causes all things to work together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purposes.” Romans 8:28

Old Testament or New Testament, God is the Same and Each Word is Useful + Bible Reading Plans to Take You Through His Word

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Below is the Bible reading plan I’ve done twice- it’s so good and I experienced the most growth in my spiritual journey studying this way!

For the Replicate Ministries F260 Bible reading plan click below!

https://replicate.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/F260-Reading-Plan-2018.pdf