Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Real Faith

I am reading SLOWLY through this book by Beth Moore, The Beloved Disciple, and today she was talking about how John must have felt after his brother James was killed and then Peter was imprisoned. As John cried out to God, confused about what He was allowing to happen, don't you know that his heart just ached with loneliness and grief as his picture of how things were supposed to go was crumbling in front of him. Beth used this to illustrate that our faith is most tested when we are asked to follow Him in our moments of greatest heartache and loneliness. In those times when all we have is our relationship with Christ, we will have to choose to trust and walk with Him or to lay it all down and walk away. I pray that if I ever found myself in that kind of situation that I would have what it takes to walk with Christ and trust his sovereignty.

Yesterday I listened all the way through Steven Curtis Chapman's new CD, Beauty Will Rise. I can't think of a better modern day testimony to what Beth is talking about. This CD is a compilation of songs that Steven wrote while he was dealing with the tragic death of his little girl. I would recommend this CD to anyone and especially anyone struggling to take one more step in their circumstance. You can listen to it here


Today's Side Note- Jack received an award at school today for good character. They give it to 2 kids in each class every 6 weeks. He had no idea that he was getting anything.

This is Jack sitting before the award clueless as to why we were there and what was about to happen.


Jack with his award. Still a little shocked.


Ruthie cheering for her bubba.


Jack and Mom after the ceremony. We are so proud of you Jack!

2 comments:

Barb Hardeman said...

Hi Ginny, I haven't been following your blog,(or anyone else's for that matter) lately. I'm just up to my ears in raising 16 month old twins and a 3 1/2 year old. We've had them just over a year now and our time is all to quickly coming to an end. But that's not why I'm commenting...
I was in tears reading your post about following Jesus when the going gets so tough that there really is no where else to go. I have experienced that pain so deeply as both of our adopted children abandoned us to move out into lives of sin, betrayal, lies and darkness. I understand just how John must have felt, and I did reach a point where I was overwhelmed with dispair and grief that nearly consumed my faith. BUT GOD! Oh my goodness, how gently and lovingly he guides us through those desperate days, helping us to overcome the flood the enemy tries to destroy us with. Don't ever question how you would cope with days like that, He sees you through, even when you are giving up your hold on that last thread. I love your walk with the Lord. You are so honest and transparent and I've learned so much about you and your walk by reading your posts. Hopefully there will be days in the future when I can follow you more closely, but until then....

Anonymous said...

Yay, Jack! I'm so glad his school honors and rewards good behavior and good character. He'll remember his reward for a long time...probably forever. Plus, it will help you remember you're doing a great job at raising a great little boy. Keep up the good work-shannon