God’s peace (cont.)

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

This would probably be considered one of my life verses. It makes me laugh when people I know comment on my attitude. A close friend once told me that I was like Mary Poppins, that I seamed oblivious to the trials in my life. She asked me how I stay in such good spirits? Of course like others I immediately thought of my grumpy and sinful side and wondered why she would even have thought such a thing, let alone ask me???? Then one day my mom said a very similar thing to me. She said I was clearly a different person than I was as a child growing up, and asked how I can handle such difficult trials with Joy?
As I thought back on my life, I can see where these comments were right. As a young person growing up I was often shattered in pieces by the weight of my life. I remember being often depressed as a teenager growing up. Then one day I met Christ.
I was 18 when I finally got saved, and had just started my senior year of high school. I had already for the most part changed completely on the outside. I had been attending my church for over a year and was already very involved and active, but inside I was struggling. Then one day on August the 15 of 2005, I decided to let it all go and lay it at the feet of Jesus… By that day I was truly broken.. I knew He was my only hope, so I gave it all to Him, I accepted His gift of His blood to cover my sin, and became a new creature.
He didnt change all the outward circumstances in my life, though my life was filled with many blessings, I still faced many hard things. The hardest being the death of my younger brother whom was truly my best friend. I was even shocked by the comfort God gave me in this time… I know the old me would have plummeted into despair and probably wouldn’t have been able to go on. But God gave me a peace that really did pass all understanding and I was able to continue not only living my life, but enjoying it as well.
Then when I almost lost my husband, I was really taken aback… How would I have come out on the other side? God uses these trials to truly mold is and make us stronger! I get so overwhelmed when I think of the peace and the joy He gives me! What a wonderful Savior we have!

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God’s peace

It has been a long time since I have blogged… And I have to admit, a lot has happened in our life since then! It has been back to back trials for our family! Back in May, we lost our home due to the discovery of mold in the walls, right about that time, Josiah came down sick with pneumonia and was admitted into the hospital for a few days. During the time our home was vacant, it was broke into twice and we lost thousands of dollars worth of stuff. We found a new place in late June/early July, it is a little 2 bedroom house on the north side of town. Things somewhat started to settle down when my mother in law broke her foot while still recovering from surgery on her arm. Then about a month ago my husband contracted a very serious, very scary bacterial infection in his thumb called “Necrotising Fasciitis” which almost took his life. Yesterday his grandfather passed away after a long battle of kidney failure and prostate cancer. Through all of this, I am thankful to say that God can give amazing peace! And that He truly has!
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I into you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27

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