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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Holding on....


...when all our natural hope is gone.
...when life comes crashing down on you.
...when we have exhausted all options...and find no solutions.
...when we come to the end of our strength.
...when the storms of life is sweeping you off your feet.
...just hold on to God.

I was deeply touched by a recent e-mail from a dear friend.  A reminder of how God, through His grace have brought our family through tremendous trials and tremendous pain.  The e-mail gave me a lot to think about.  In our family 2010 will not be remembered as the year of the Soccer World Cup...it will be remembered as the year life came crashing down on our family.  Our oldest son's marriage failed and with that came the pain that goes with a divorce where there is little children involved. My younger son lost his sight after a brain bleed and it was discovered that he has an inoperable malformation of his brain.  A few months later my daughter ran away from home. I can not begin to tell you how devastated we were.  You would think that if you answer the call of the Lord and work for Him full time...this kind of thing wouldn't happen to you.  You forget that Jesus said in:

John 16:33:  I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”


When I look at my youngest son...I can only marvel at the Lord's goodness and grace.   In 2010 the prognosis by the specialists were heartbreaking.  We could have lost all hope...but the Lord gave a promise to this child of mine.  It was a promise of hope and a future.  In those days we had to decide whether we would believe the doctors or believe the Creator.  We clung to the Lord and His promises...and He gave my son the miracle of restored sight.  Today we seldom think about the malformation in his brain.  We don't fret or worry.  The promises of God took the sting of fear away.

At the end of 2011 my oldest son remarried his wife and they now have three little ones.  God has restored their marriage and increased their joy. My daughter also returned home at the end of 2011.  She gave birth to our beautiful little "peace child" Stefan in March and recently got engaged to a young man that loves the Lord as much as she does.  The Lord has in His grace brought our family full circle.

On Sunday evening a Pastor came to the Mission where we had Carols by Candlelight.  His message for the evening was on "holding on".  He used the scripture in Isaiah 40:31: "Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.    The Hebrew word for wait is "qavah" the literal meaning being to bind together like a cord.  In a way you could read this verse as follows :

 “They that have all aspects of their lives intertwined and bound together with the Lord, like threads are twisted into a rope, shall exchange their meager strength for the strength of the rope, they shall rise up to meet challenges as if they had powerful wings like an eagle, they shall run through life and not be weary, they shall walk through problems and not faint.”

Isn't that just beautiful.  I want to live my life so intertwined and bound together with the Lord.  Then no trial could be too difficult.  

Thank you for listening to my thoughts.

xx

17 comments:

  1. Hi.. Thank you for sharing the year that was for your family.. It is a great misconception that as Christians our lives will be easy, but they are not always easy to walk though.. but the joy is we are not alone, and always have the strength and guidance of our Lord with us.. We also are in the process of growth, God does not want us to remain as babes but we are to mature in all ways, spiritually as much or more than physically.. and each valley brings growth and each mountain top brings refreshing.. I praise God for the restoration you now see in your family, and I trust that your son will just outgrow any diagnosed malformation by the healing hand of Jesus... May God bless and keep you and your family and give you a fresh revelation of His might and love this Christmas.. xx

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  2. with Sandy Hook, this scripture has been all over some of the Christian blogs I read and I must say, it's uncomfortable but true.

    I love your awesome family testimonies!

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  3. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. You and your family are precious! You touch my heart, Lynette! Blessings and God's protection to you!

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  4. you brought tears in my eyes - again! thank you for it, Lynette! thank you for reminding again how wonderful he is. your family have been through so much pain and trouble in such a short time but because you made a decision to hold on Him doesn't matter what now you have this great testimony of His greatness and love!

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  5. You just brought tears to my eyes ... so many blessings you have ... and I love that you share both the good and the bad -- So happy for you and your family!!

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  6. This post choked me up, what a testament to your faithfulness and unfailing trust in our God. To see such restoration in the face of such devastation is just utterly humbling. I rejoice, again, with you in seeing His hand make new.

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  7. Miracles all around! So glad that all worked out great!!

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  8. So perfect, so true and unfailing is His grace and mercy. Thank you so much for the reminder and show of strength that we must trust in His promises and His word, no matter how hard it seems to be. By your testimony many have been renewed in their faith, thank you thank you for sharing! Merry Christmas!

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  9. Oh Lynette what a year 2010 was for you and what a wonderful outcome from it all! I have always loved reading your blogs and I thoroughly enjoy your testimonies and strength in faith. Thank you so much for all that you are and that you share!!! :) XO

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  10. Thank you for holding the light for us.

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  11. You are all an inspiration to me & I hope your Christmas is filled with His love & peace & the laughter of you all.

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  12. I always enjoy reading your story, your strength and faith, thanks for the encouraging words and most of all, thanks for sharing!

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  13. Thank you for opening your heart to share your tragedies of 2010 and how our Lord was with you every step of the way and now has provided these lights at the end of such dark tunnels. I'm sure your life story is an encouragement to so many. ~ Blessings, Tracey

    http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

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  14. Brilliant post! Thanks for sharing such a powerful message.

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  15. The Lord is merciful and He carries us through even in the toughest of times! This verse and Hebrews 11:1 are two of my favourite verses.

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  16. This post made me teary. I started reading your blog around the time your son lost his sight. I marvel at how God has worked in your family. Thank you for sharing so openly and freely. xx

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