January 21, 2010

I think we’re finally feeling like we’re on holidays. Although College broke up in late November family illness, baby issues, writing talks etc have made the last couple of months really tough. But we’re finally doing small holiday-type things like visiting the local pool or going to the beach. That summer/holiday feeling has finally begun.

One thing (among many) I’ve found hard is not being able to help those around us. With lots of friends moving and with others on holidays I would have love to help more with moving or had people over for dinner. But we just haven’t been in a position to do so and the couple of times I have helped others move it has been quite costly to my family that day. I guess it’s just not the time to be helpful and trust that God will provide for the needs of others without me.

However, reading a bit of the Bible this morning was timely reminder:

  • Romans 5:3-5 – we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;  perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

How comforting to know that hard times are not meaningless but are being used by God to give us hope, the certain expectation of God’s love. I look forward to looking back at this time and seeing how God used it so that I trust him and depend on him more deeply.


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