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A Bit of Encouragement

I have to apologize for the decidely somber tone this blog has taken on in the past weeks. It has felt like the fire has been turned up a few notches again, and many days feel like a battle to keep believing and to keep trusting.

I admit that I've been tempted to try to find some kind of "distraction", something to keep my mind occupied and busy as we continue to wait (redecorate a room, start a new hobby, sign up for a 25k- not that these things are bad, but my desire to find relief in them is bad- who knows, I might end up doing all of these things in the next months- with a better motive).

I had to give myself a stern talking to the other night as I was making dinner and remind myself that if I'm not satisfied now, I'm never going to be satisfied, and that the answer to my "problems" is not going to be found in a hobby or even in a child (as wonderful as that is going to be).

The answer is to drive more deeply into Christ and to find comfort and satisfaction in his love.

So, on that note, I want to turn this somber tone around...

I hope you find as much ENCOURAGEMENT in this quote as I did:

“If you knew that there was one greater than yourself, who knows you better than you can know yourself and loves you better than you can love yourself, who can make you all you ought to be, steadier than your squally nature, able to save you from squandering your glorious life, who searches you beyond the standards of earth . . . one who gathered into himself all great and good things and causes, blending in his beauty all the enduring color of life, who could turn your dreams into visions and make real the things you hoped were true, and if that one had ever done one unmistakable thing to prove, even at the price of blood — his own blood — that you could come to him, and having failed, come again, would you not fall at his feet with the treasure of your years, your powers, service and love? And is there not one such, and does he not call you?”

A. E. Whitham


Hillary said...

I know in my own way how you feel. And I too am/was a runner. So, on days when I was feel impatient with God's plan for children for us I would go for a run and listen to "While I'm Waiting" by John Waller. If you don't already know it, I would highly recommend checking it out.

Ashley said...

This is so encouraging, Sara. Thanks for sharing. We're praying over here.

Rachel Jones said...
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Rachel Jones said...

Thanks Sara, very encouraging quote and blog post. Love you

Corrie and Phil said...

Amen to that!

Good for you, Sara!

Rochelle said...

I've also been struggling lately with feeling the need for distraction... you're so right that we can't allow ourselves to do those things in the wrong frame of mind. I long so desperately to WANT to want the Lord more, it's so much easier to allow ourselves to get caught up in our little worlds and not even seek after God each day. What a great quote!! This is such a good reminder.

Praying for you guys!

Chritina said...

I wrote a similar post yesterday.. "I smell what you're steeping in" as they say where I'm from ;)