We have been through a very tough week around here. Circumstances took over our lives. Yet, The Lord was Faithful to ALL of us. Each of us had difficulties to face, personal mountains to climb, different, yet the same.
I had to concentrate on Erika, away from home. I poured my love into her as she faced some scary things. My heart was also at home as the other girls were without us. I worried, "How will they do with us gone?" Alli was very scared at the notion of Erika having surgery and us being gone.
Anna always misses us when we leave, and she had to be the big sister this time. Sarah, well Sarah is just Sarah. :) And then Daddy had to hold everything together.
Our dear friends also LOVED on us and took the girls each day so that Mike could work and I could relax.
What amazed me, was that everybody pulled together. Anna stepped up to the plate, and filled those very big shoes. Alli responded positively and trusted the Lord to get her through the rest of the week without us. Mike was patient and kind with the girls, and managed to talk with Erika on the phone too.
They each did THEIR part in the family, so that Erika and I could concentrate on the surgery aspect of life last week. What a BLESSING they were to us! They EACH showed TRUE LOVE and support for each other and for us. I am so thankful. My girls truly exemplified Corinthians 13 this week.
We should never lose sight of the incredible result of TRUE LOVE.
Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious or puffed up. It does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil, does not rejoice in iniquity but rejoices in TRUTH. Love BEARS all things, HOPES all things, ENDURES all things. LOVE NEVER FAILS.
And as our Pastor this morning so eloquently spoke about love and what it TRULY looks like... I was encouraged. (Erika insisted on going to services this a.m.)
True love does not find joy in another person's failure. It does not wish for another to have hardship. It truly is KIND and ENCOURAGING.... In the End.... the only thing that will last, when we get to the other side..... "LOVE". The true kind.
“I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me.”
― C. S. Lewis
― C. S. Lewis
I believe in the sun even when it's not shining. I believe in love even when I don't feel it. And I believe in God even when He is silent. (quote found on the wall of a concentration camp)