Monday, May 23, 2011

Tougher than I thought.....

So this week is going to be tougher than I thought. With the 1 year anniversary of Wyatt's birth and Ryder's death fast approaching God's timing is always perfect.

My mom reads this blog. Today Leah Richardson posted this (I know it's a bit long but it you read you won't be disappointed...)

My heart is heavy this morning as I pray for everyone devastated by tornadoes and floods.
Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh.
“For,” he said, “God has made me forget all my hardship and all my father’s house.”
Genesis 41:51
MANASSEH MEANS…HE HELPS ME FORGET.
At times, all of us have felt betrayed by those closest to us…maybe even God.
Betrayed
Wounded
Let down
Hurt by carelessness
maybe even vindictiveness.
Our hearts don’t heal overnight nor is our memory washed away instantly, but, like Joseph, we can watch our sweet Lord purposely fill our cup to the brim and use all he gives as salve to slowly heal until we do forget…
forget
forgive
find peace
even thanksgiving
among
the ruins.
If you remember Joseph’s story in the Old Testament of the Bible…he waited, but only trouble came.  Maybe after many, many years he questioned his dream…maybe he heard, saw or remembered it wrongly.  Joseph thought his family would be a safe place to share his dreams and visions, however crazy, with openness, candor, and a naive trust in man, which landed him in a deep pit.  The hand of the enemy was his own brother. Ouch!  Jealousy, so common, so real turned to envy, which blinded and deceived.  That story plays out the same today.
But God, who is infinitely patient and all knowing, uses the finite lines we draw in the sand as we cry out…Why Lord?
Are you suffering from a very close sting?
Weeping endures for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
Psalm 37 tells us to
Commit your way to the Lord, trust him and he will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness, the light and your justice as the noonday sun.
For those who wait on the Lord shall inherit the land…
the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.
God is good and his promises enduring…
Let me encourage you.  Joseph’s second son was named Ephraim, which means double portion…double blessing! Joseph, like us, put one foot in front of the other and kept walking the right path trusting God.  He kept going, knowing that God’s hand is not too short to pull him, you, or me out of the pit and set our feet on a path of blessing.
Commit your way to the Lord.  Hold on to nothing…but Him.  The Lord owns cattle on a thousand hills…
Oh Lord we tie one to our heart to help us forget and ask you to add another to cause our cup to overflow until our hearts sing your glory and praise!


My mom then leaves a comment in Leah R. blog:

May 30, 2010 was a bittersweet day. My daughter delivered identical twin boys. One is sitting on Jesus’ lap and the other is here on earth with us. She was congratulated days before delivery by her doctor that she did everything right and we would be celebrating in just a few days. What we never expected was the cord wrapping around Ryder’s neck days before labor began. A day that emotion was beyond words. During the days after the birth “double blessings” was mentioned several times by completely different people. One being a note from Beth Moore’s daughter praying “double blessings” for Wyatt, our little grandson we cherish. At the funeral of his brother the pastor prayed for “double blessings” for Wyatt also. Now, as we approach the birthday you mention “double blessings”. My heart is so full at this time I am beyond words. Thank you. God is working in you in ways you cannot know. Much love and prayers for you and your ministry, Lisa
P.S. I have bought your book and given to others and recommended it to many. It is my daughter’s new favorite book (she is 22 and a newlywed). Thanks again.

Then....Leah so kindly responds to my mom:

Oh Lisa...sweet Jesus is surrounding you with confirmation that He is opening Heaven's windows in preparation of pouring out more than enough, more than needed... that wonderful more that only He can give.   Like King David, Wyatt will know one day that his lines have fallen in pleasant places and surely he has a delightful inheritance!  When you are full, share it just like you did with me.  We bless others when we share our story that brings God glory.

You are a precious encouragement to me today...thank you.

Shine your face brightly on Wyatt, Lord Jesus, heaping out a double measure that can only be explained in terms of a huge God we love and serve.  

Love you sweet sister,
Leah

WOW! God's timing is perfect....this is just what I needed to hear on this Monday night. 
(I hope you didn't mind mom that I copied and pasted) Thanks! ;)




1 comment:

  1. Thinking about you, Mark, Wyatt, and the rest of your family this week. Nobody should have to go through something like this!! :(

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