How has your summer been going? Has it been everything you hoped for? Has it been difficult? Has it seemed to pass too quickly or felt like a long season?
This summer has been a very good one for our family. I am especially grateful since it began with a very painful breach of relationship, which we never saw coming.
As we wrestled with words spoken, trust broken and the realization that certain things would never be the same, I felt assurance from the Lord that He was with us and that His favor would continue to rest upon our family.
His favor upon us - imperfect and undeserving, but beloved - His children.
He had family members and friends stand in where those we were separated from may have been involved in the past.
We probably miss His provision sometimes and chalk it up to coincidence, when it is really our Heavenly Father showing His love and meeting our needs in a tangible way.
"God is always doing 10,000 things in your life and you may be aware of three of them." - John Piper
As waves of sadness and resentment would come - and they still do at times - He has been faithful. Faithful to remind us to look up. To keep our eyes on Him. To seek His will. To yield to His timing. To see His goodness. To thank Him. And to trust Him.
He gives peace and joy in exchange for our heartache and heaviness.
As the boys and I drove home the other night, we were excited to spot two hot air balloons above us. Shortly after we arrived home, they sailed right over our barn...
A visual reminder to keep looking up!
Love and blessings to you, whatever you are facing today...
Psalm 121: 1-2
I lift my eyes to the mountains.
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD,
the maker of heaven and earth.