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Friday Words of Faith: Faithful

Today’s guest post is by Katie, a sweet and dear friend that I had the honor of meeting at church! She is a gifted writer and will be heading to China this summer! Be sure to check out her blog to keep up with her adventures!

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It was not going well. On Friday I was packing to move out of my college apartment for the final time.
Emotions were high and tensions tight. Mom wanted items packed this way, but I preferred to do them
that way. Dad wanted it all in the van, Mom wasn’t sure it was all going to fit, and I just wanted to be
done.

After three solid hours of this frustration, I said I was leaving, I didn’t know where I was going or when I
would be back. I am twenty-one years old and I was running away from home.

A few hours and plenty of tears later, I was brave enough to return to my disaster of a room. My
parents had respected my independence and left for the night. Alone, I slowly began to back up my
belongings from four glorious years of college.

Except this time my mindset had changed. Instead of looking to complete the project or make it all fit in
our van, I began searching for reminders of God’s faithfulness.

I was amazed at what I found.

A roll of stamps purchased for support letters for my trip to China… letters that were never sent because
God is actively providing in other ways.

Mickey Mouse tennis balls, a tangible reminder of a new friendship He’s formed in my life for the last
two months.

Heaps upon heaps of schoolwork that tell me He did get me through those stressful weeks.

The wedding invitation that inaudibly speaks, “Yes, God does answer prayers. Dreams do come true!”

The encouraging notes from friends, the photographs, and the bizarre gifts… they are all reminders of
what God has done and is continuing to do.

Sometimes we all forget that God has been faithful. We get so caught up in the current “hopeless”
situation that it takes the gentle (or not so gentle) nudge from a friend who’s willing to say, “Are you
looking for Him in this?”

Right there in front of us are reminders of God’s faithfulness, His love, and goodness, but we’re blinded
by our own feelings of discouragement, abandonment, and hopelessness. Sometimes we have to ask
God to open our eyes to see His faithfulness, His goodness.

Even though it’s sometimes hard to see, He’s been there with us the whole time.

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Friday Words of Faith: Spring

I think one of my favorite things about Spring is how it symbolizes a new beginning – a new birth. Trees get fresh green leaves. Flowers make their way out of the ground filling the earth with color and fragrance. Warm sunshine on your face awakens something within you. Easter is the perfect illustration of this awakening. Because of what took place on the cross, we are able to experience a new beginning in Christ. Of course this is something we should be mindful of every day but to see it displayed throughout creation this time of year makes it that much more personal.

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Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature ; the old things passed away ; behold, new things have come.

2 Corinthians 5:17

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Friday Words of Faith: 2 Years Ago

2 years ago I found myself in a dark place.

2 years ago my heart was shattered into a million pieces.

2 years ago I felt that my dream of motherhood would never come true.

2 years ago I honestly wasn’t sure if I could love again.

I was hurt. I was angry. I was grieving. I was bitter. I had every emotion possible circulating through my body. This time two years ago I was still reeling from our loss of Mia. It was a pain like I had never experienced. My faith was put to the test. How could a God of Love allow such hurt? Was this His plan or her choice?

My instincts were to shut down. Cut everyone off who had the potential to hurt me, including God. I just didn’t understand how He could bring good out of such a painful and dark situation.

But He did.

It would take 6 weeks but little did we know that His glory would be revealed on April 30th when we were matched with our miracle Abby. It was so hard to stay optimistic during our wait but we clung to His promise of hope and on June 22, 2009 we brought our little girl home and our family became whole.

We will never forget Mia as she is forever in our hearts wherever she is and thankful that she helped to teach us that even when things aren’t what that should be or what we had planned, that our God is always in control and one day we will taste the sweetness of the plans He has for us.

Our God in In Control by Steven Curtis Chapman

This is not how it should be
This is not how it could be
This is how it is
And our God is in control

This is not how it will be
When we finally will see
We’ll see with our own eyes
He was always in control

And we’ll sing holy, holy, holy is our God
And we will finally really understand what it means
So we’ll sing holy, holy, holy is our God
While we’re waiting for that day

This is not where we planned to be
When we started this journey
But this is where we are
And our God is in control

Though this first taste is bitter
There will be sweetness forever
When we finally taste and see
That our God is in control

And we’ll sing holy, holy, holy is our God
And we will finally really understand what it means
So we’ll sing holy, holy, holy is our God
While we’re waiting for that day

We’re waiting for that day
We’ll keep on waiting for that day
And we will rise
Our God is in control

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