One Day at a Time

11259196_982793978407110_546733615838848324_nAs mentioned, last summer we lost my dad, followed by losing my husband’s dad last fall.

Both to lung cancer.

I hate cancer.

Oh, and since I’m on a roll, I’ll add we had to put our beloved family dog down a few days after my dad passed.

Yes, you heard that correctly, a few days after.

Lots of grief, but in reflecting where I left off with this oye-vey-lung-cancer-fighting-year, while it’s confirming God is strength and peace in pain, and fills hearts with love even when suffering, more than ever I’m grateful for the gift of simply being able to take one day at a time.

One. Day. At. A. Time.

In taking one day at a time, I get in my proverbial boat each day, ask God for guidance, paddle, breath, take in the artistry of His creation, breath more, and when the storms of grief rise around me I exhale Jesus’ life giving, healing words:

“Be still” (Mark 4:39).

The gift of not having to be anything but still; in the “right-now,” even if surrounded by a storm of grief, reminds me Jesus’ trust in His Heavenly Father is so infinite, He slept trough a literal storm, on a boat.

On a boat!

Jesus comfortable rest as waves from the sea pummeled Him on a boat is reminder to let God be God.

After all, Jesus did.

Grace Gratitudes,

-rk

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God Fills Our Hearts with Love: Even when Suffering

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We lost my husband’s father (link for more)…

…had someone told my husband and I on our wedding day, that in the year of our 25th wedding anniversary we’d lose both dads to lung cancer, I think we both would’ve buckled in grief before walking down the isle.

Unimaginable!

But I need you to know that if our suffering ultimately encourages other souls around us to know God will help them with ALL things, filling their hearts with love–even when suffering–then I’m confident this will honor our memory of my husband’s father more than anything.

After all, nurturing souls was the core of my husband’s dad, wanting everyone to join him at his celebration party for and with Jesus, in all things.

Just like my husband’s father stood under the cross praying for us the day he married us 25 years ago, I believe in my heart these prayers continue even in heaven, petitioning on all our behalf we celebrate Christ’s love.

God FIlls Our Hearts with Love: Even when Suffering

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. 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. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 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. ~Romans 5:1-5

Grateful God fills our hearts with love. Even when suffering.

Grace Gratitudes,

-rk