Our family has been through a lot of grief and struggles – especially in the last six years.
Six years ago we suffered the sudden loss of my younger brother Joe. Two years ago we nearly lost my father to complications in his ongoing battle with COPD. Just 3 1/2 weeks ago my older brother Andy, succumbed to a short four-month battle with liver disease and last week my mother was hospitalized with AFIB. She is still there undergoing tests and procedures to see if her heart is enlarged.
I would be remiss to not first acknowledge that, as always, we have found God’s presence and peace and people to be our strength and sustenance – but I suppose it isn’t too surprising to admit that we are somewhat weak and weary.
When I read this verse this morning –
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NLT
it seemed fitting to share – as a reminder that even though God allows His children to go through trials and sorrows we can have peace in Christ – knowing that He has overcome sin and death ✝️ ♥️
As the devotional that accompanied this verse said,
“… we have the hope of Heaven and eternity with God – full of joy – free from sickness, sin, death, pain and anxiety.”
What a day that will be 💜🙌
It would have been fitting to end this post with that declaration of my heart – but I find it more fitting to point out the Fingerprints of God in His perfect timing to share with me the much needed words of comfort and encouragement written in this devotional and the TRUTH from the Scriptures it references.
May His intimate knowledge and loving response to our needs never ceases to amaze us. – Me from the inside out 💕