I have been prayerfully quiet around here lately. I love this little blog and all of the years of encouragement and online fellowship it has provided. Aside from starting my new dyslexia site, I have been waiting on God to show me what to do with this space.
Many of you are here because I write about having a large family. If you’ve heard me speak on this subject, you know that if you have 2 or more kids, you are outnumbered and therefore have a large family and all of the challenges associated with that!
God has been impressing upon me more and more that my family is my ministry – and therefore a priority in my life – and sadly there has been little time for blogging these days. With 2 adult kids (and 2 grandkids!), two kids preparing to launch into the world and 4 kids still learning to read and write, my days are full!
This morning, I woke up early and could not sleep. As is my morning routine, I sat with the Lord before hitting the to-do list. Here is what God shared with me:
For The Mom Wondering Why
Many people question why God allows suffering in our lives. After all, if God is all-powerful (and He is) He could stop these troubles, right?
Here is what I have experienced in my life of following God for the past 20 years about difficulties and trials.
Human nature tends towards self-sufficiency. We take all the credit for every little success in our lives – attributing said success to our own strength and intelligence.
So often we misunderstand God. We know that He is strong and capable, even loving and kind. (Romans 5:8) We forget, however that He is God – the Creator. His strength and intelligence are beyond our comprehension – as is fitting for anyone claiming to be God, yes?
God said that all good things come from Him. (James 1:17) He said that we can do nothing apart from Him (John 15:5).
Yet, in our human nature, in our pride we walk around as if it is all us. I mean we all do it – it is in our nature to think of ourselves more highly than we should.
When we go through painful trials, God is calling us – trying to get our attention you could say. He desires that we seek Him and cry out to Him for wisdom and guidance – not to rely on our own strength and understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6).
I have experienced this so many times in my life. I’m going through a trial – either because of something stupid I’ve done or maybe for no known reason at all – and I get on my knees to inquire of God, my heavenly Father. It is through these times that God has revealed to me more of His nature, more of His faithfulness and strengthened my trust in Him.
There is nothing, and I mean NOTHING as powerful and exciting than walking hand-in-hand with your creator. Through these times I have come to know a depth of faith and a richness and meaning to life unlike I have ever known walking in my own strength!
If you are going through something difficult right now, pray and seek God, read the Bible and take the time to quiet your worried thoughts so you can listen to what God wants to say to you today.
God wants for you to know Him better, to have peace and to live life more abundantly. (John 10:10).
‘You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.’ Jeremiah 29:13
‘For I know the plans that I have for you’, declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not calamity to give you a future and a hope.’ Jeremiah 29:11