My Journey to Joy

February 14, 2015

Safe

Filed under: Notable Quotables — aunthoddy @ 5:00 AM
Tags: , , , ,

“…the reality is that life and relationships aren’t completely safe. Jesus said, ‘In this world you will have trouble’ (John 16:33). We will get hurt. We will face loss. We will be disappointed. It seems as if control is a cure for this- but it’s only an illusion. It traps us tight within our fears. Freedom only comes when we find security in Jesus, when we realize that life is hard but he is good and no matter what happens he’ll guide us through it.” Holley Gerth,

    You’re Already Amazing
Advertisements

January 9, 2014

Suffering

Filed under: Shared Findings — aunthoddy @ 5:00 AM
Tags: , , ,

“How can I get upset about something that’s gonna’ make me like Jesus?”  -Dr. Ken Hutcherson

I was so moved by this amazing testimony!  You can hear the interview here:

Hutch on Suffering

 

September 18, 2013

Songs from Granny’s Funeral

Filed under: Songs for the Journey — aunthoddy @ 6:08 PM
Tags: , , ,

 

My Granny always loved to hear us sing.  As children, she made us sing for her friends, bribing us with a nickel per performance!  My dad asked if we would sing at her funeral.  We didn’t see how we (her three grandchildren) could, but wanted to try.  God blessed us, and we were able to sing without tears.  We sang to the glory of God, for her and our dad.  We know she would have loved it.

 

 

 

July 20, 2013

Becky on God’s Goodness

Filed under: Notable Quotables — aunthoddy @ 5:00 AM
Tags: , , ,

“Why is it that we sometimes equate God’s goodness with the absence of personal pain?  Is not suffering God’s good gift to us too?  Isn’t it through pain that He reveals Himself in ways He could not in life’s joyful moments?”  Becky Keep, Eyes to See: Glimpses of God in the Dark

http://www.amazon.com/Eyes-See-Glimpses-God-Dark/dp/1934447528/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1374098551&sr=8-1&keywords=eyes+to+see+becky+keep

June 20, 2013

A Letter from Dad

Filed under: Shared Findings — aunthoddy @ 5:00 AM
Tags: , , , , , ,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Bg6Mmoer3rk

April 20, 2013

Ann Voskamp on Suffering

Filed under: Notable Quotables — aunthoddy @ 5:00 AM
Tags: , , ,

But Becomers, they don’t pull away from the suffering but lean into it, “knowing that suffering produces endurance and endurance produces character and character produces hope and hope does not disappoint” (Ro. 5:1)  and there is no. other. way. You can’t call yourself Christian, one of Christ’s, and live trying to make wide circles around pain.  You don’t close your eyes to the hurting, pretend the wounded don’t exist.

To follow Christ means to follow Christ into suffering, not onto easy street.

To be a Christian means to suffer — that’s what Christ did.

April 4, 2013

Mercy

Filed under: Contemplations — aunthoddy @ 5:00 AM
Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

“therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he had been taken.  And He drove out the man. And He placed cherubs at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.”  Genesis 3:23-24

This has always seemed like such a sad verse to me.  Getting “kicked out” of the Garden of Eden seemed a severe punishment.  But read verse 22:

” And the LORD God said, Behold, the man has become as one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever…”

Now imagine…you had been created with a perfect body, and lived your entire life in a perfect place.  Because of your choice to disobey, all of that perfection has changed.  Do you really want to stay around and watch the decay?  Do you want to live forever, seeing the far-reaching consequences of your sin?  Was this expulsion truly a mercy, from a protective Father?  Things are not always as they seem…*

“God never witholds from His child that which His love and wisdom call good. God’s refusals are always merciful — “severe mercies” at times but mercies all the same. God never denies us our hearts desire except to give us something better.”― Elisabeth Elliot

When we were told we were infertile, I was utterly devastated.  I struggled for months (years?), crying and asking God “why?”.  If someone had told me that our infertility was a blessing or a mercy, I’m sure I would have been grossly offended.  It was so very hard.  So very painful.  It seemed so “unfair.”  I couldn’t imagine the plan that God had for our family.  In the midst of my hurt, I couldn’t see the work that God was doing- changing my heart…teaching me to rely on Him…forging stronger bonds in my marriage…showing me the great love and support of dear friends…and preparing our family for our son at just the right time.  It was His mercy to me.

“Who would ever know the greater graces of comfort and perserverance, mercy and forgiveness, patience and courage, if no shadows fell over a life?”  Ann Voskamp

A friend of mine is a quadriplegic.  He’s been in a wheelchair since he was 17 years old; he’s now in his late 50’s.  We were talking about how God works in our lives, and he said that his accident is what God used to get his attention.  He said God knew that is what it would take, and that he was grateful.  He found Jesus in a rehab hospital… and it was God’s mercy.

“This paralysis is my greatest mercy.” ―Joni Eareckson Tada

God is changing my vision.  Trials take on a different hue when I truly believe “…that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  Romans 8:28  I don’t often have the answers or know the reasons, but I’m looking.  And trusting.  And clinging to what I know to be true of God’s character, when things don’t make sense to me.

Let us fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy is great;  2 Samuel 24:14

What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise
Laura Story, “Blessings”
*I’d love to give credit, but I can’t remember where I read this idea!

February 13, 2013

God, Why Won’t You Heal? by Steve Bundy

Filed under: Shared Findings — aunthoddy @ 5:00 AM
Tags: , , , , ,

http://ht.ly/hd34T

February 12, 2013

Songs for the Journey- Who You Are

Filed under: Songs for the Journey — aunthoddy @ 5:00 AM
Tags: , , ,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLnz2vo5Z40&feature=player_embedded#at=213

January 31, 2013

Trust

Filed under: Contemplations — aunthoddy @ 5:00 AM
Tags: , , , , , ,

God’s persistent, isn’t he?  I’ve always liked CS Lewis’ description of him as “the hound of heaven.”  Faithful, determined, unrelenting grace shaping me into His vision for me. 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding…  Proverbs 3:5

He’s been nudging me for a while about this trust thing.  A couple of years ago we even wrote it into our family’s creed: Trust Completely, Live Joyfully, Serve Authentically.  It looks really good on the wall, but “trust completely” is a pretty tall order in day-to-day life.  Like I said, He’s been nudging, so when I read a few posts about selecting a word for 2013, “Trust” seemed like an obvious choice.

Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.  Psalm 9:10

Well, He’s been digging around deep in my heart.  Turns out some of the trust issues tie in with the control issues.  Which tie in with fear.  Which is not how I want to live my life.  Something is going to motivated me to do and be, and I don’t want fear to be that force!

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.  Psalm 62:8

At this point, the awareness has gone from uncomfortable to actually painful.  My wimpy self says that I should just shove that big mess back under the rug and pretend it isn’t there.  Weren’t we doing just fine?  And there’s the rub.  I want more than “fine.”  (Which it really wasn’t…)  I want to live God’s big, scary, wonderful plan for my life.  For my future.  For my family.  I’ve had a taste through our infertility and adoption of how He can redeem tremendous pain into a most beautiful thing.  It makes safe seem sort of second class now.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13

 

*This post got us thinking about a family motto: http://simplemom.net/back-to-the-basics-create-a-family-mission-statement/

Next Page »

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: