What a beautiful Sunday it has been. It was so nice to be back in God’s house, worshiping with our church family today. Caring for Kayleigh, as well as Grace and Cole, has been such a joy these past few months – but I have very much missed the simple joy of being in God’s house. Yes, I can still study and worship from home, but worshiping with other believers always refills my soul with just a little more pep.
Today, our pastor spoke from Romans 5:1-5. Verses that I have held onto since Kayleigh became sick. They remind me that God has a plan. And even though I don’t know what it is, His plan is testing, breaking, changing me. It certainly isn’t always a pleasant or easy experience but there is always a purpose.
I don’t pretend to know what God’s plan is for us. He tells me that His ways are higher than my ways – and I’m ok with that. Because I trust Him. But I do know that the changes He is making in me were needed. Being broken is hard, but by allowing Christ to put the pieces back together He’s making me better. He is sifting through the pieces, throwing away the junk, and only using the best. He’s making changes that only He can. Strengthening my character. Which in turn strengthens my hope in Christ.
Hope. What a beautiful word. I pray the Lord will strengthen each of you. That as you face your personal storms that you will stand firmly rooted in the word of the Lord. That you will increase in endurance, grow stronger in character, and find confident hope in our Lord and Savior. Knowing that He is our salvation.
1 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. 3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
This is the beautiful cross in front of our church. We love you Kayleigh Blair, now and always.