Somewhere in the midst of these summer days, sunshine warm on skin and wind blowing through messy hair — it has turned into July. Yet it is written into the soul of these days, the empty ache of dreams frozen or shattered, the piercing grief of loved ones lost, the overwhelming hurt of a heart broken. It is there, in the quiet whispers of the ache of the mundane and never-changing circumstances, in the shaking ground of the changes that life brings and the overwhelming feeling of not being strong enough for any of this.
But it is here — the comfort spoken to us broken and fallen people; grace woven into the fragile parts of our heart. He is here, God with us — and we know, we can never break apart because we are always a part of Him. No matter the darkness we face, the morning breaks in light and we know, we are going to be alright.
Here, to fill in the gap before I pen down the words growing in my heart — these glimpses of grace, always finding me in the unexpected moments. These days, I am listening to Lamb of God and On and On by Tenth Avenue North. They are both highly recommended for some soul rest.
“Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls—
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
The Lord God is my strength;
He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills.” (Habakkuk 3:17-19)
Three Things to Remember When Life Is Hard. “When the noise in my head is disorienting, my flesh is wanting to escape and numb the pain, the trials in front of me are suffocating, and the future looks too daunting, I must remember.” Remembering is such a crucial part of our walk of faith — to remember God’s past faithfulness, to remember God’s love and purpose in our suffering, and to remember God’s promises of a future hope.
Speak into Suffering. “While it’s not ours to invent or assume others’ aches, it is ours to listen well, to acknowledge back to the sufferer what we hear, and trust that for every need of the heart, God has spoken abundantly and sufficiently in His Word. You can learn skillful application of His Word to human aches and be empowered to give others more than yourself—you can speak His Word.”
Marriage Isn’t Hard. “We hear over and over again that, “Marriage is hard. It reveals the depth of your sin. You’ll see how selfish you really are.” And it’s true, marriage is paramount in our sanctification – it allows us to become more like Christ, and it is sweet. But I can’t imagine “hard” being the picture that God intends to paint as the perfect love between Christ and the Church. Yes, we are faced with difficulties, sins and brokenness but those things exist whether you are married or not.” This article is one of the best I have read on marriage, as I love the perspective.
There’s something about small yeses. “Sometimes we’re asked to help and it’s a giant, heroic thing. But other times, the help needed is pretty small. The ask isn’t so big and when I say yes to that, when I’m willing to step just a little out of my way, great things can happen.”
Bikinis and Modesty by John Piper. I feel like the more time passes, the more of an issue modesty is becoming — in the world, but especially in church. John Piper has some good words regarding bikinis and modesty.