“From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another.” –John 1:16
During the last few months, God has made me very aware of His blessings in my life…one after another. In contrast to the darkness and death, tears and trauma, sorrow and stress, the blessings of God drop like quiet dew…jewels from Heaven’s treasure store.
One of the sweetest blessings God has given was years in the making, but timed perfectly to coincide with my hour of need. It has underscored my faith in the sovereignty of a loving Lord. Almost four years ago my daughter, Morrow, and her husband, Traynor, put their house up for sale. It was on the market for 18 months. There were many open houses and promising showings that resulted in buyers who made offers, only to withdraw them at the last minute. Traynor lowered the price twice. As other houses in their neighborhood sold, the Realtor couldn’t understand why their house didn’t sell. Finally, the decision was made to take it off the market.
This past April, Morrow felt God had spoken to her, telling her to get the house ready and put it back up for sale. Traynor agreed. So with nothing more to go on than their faith in what God had seemed to say to her, they packed up their house, put their things in storage, painted and cleaned once again, refurbished their yard, and in June put it back on the market. With the same Realtor, and the same realty firm. The house sold in less than a week!
They found a rental house that they could move into in August, and in the meantime, were free to come to the beach with the rest of the family for a couple of weeks. While there, before the closing, a significant and rather mysterious leak was discovered under their house that required ripping out much of the master bathroom flooring. The Realtor prepared Morrow and Traynor for what he said was a 99% probability that the buyers would back out. But they didn’t. The sale went through. And of course, Traynor made sure the leak was fixed.
The rental house that had seemed perfect and available after our family beach vacation suddenly was no longer available. So Morrow and Traynor, with smiles on their faces and faith in their hearts, moved into a hotel. Which is where they had been living for ten days when I found my husband of forty-nine years unresponsive in our pool. That very afternoon, August 17, they had an appointment with the Realtor to make an offer on a house they were interested in. It was an appointment that was never kept. Instead, Traynor rushed to be with me at the pool, and Morrow met us at the hospital emergency room.
During Danny’s time in ICU, whenever I slipped home, my youngest daughter, Rachel-Ruth, stayed with me while my son, Jonathan, stayed with his Dad in the hospital. When Danny moved to Our Father’s House on August 19th, Traynor and Morrow expressed concern that I would be by myself. With a twinkle in my eye, I responded that I wanted my son-in-law to ask me if he could move in with me, which he jokingly said had been his “dream.” And they did! I have not had one night alone in my house since Danny left.
More than any other single source during these difficult days, Morrow and Traynor have been a channel of God’s blessing to me. Morrow grocery shops and cooks for the three of us. Traynor looks for things he can do around the house and the yard—then does them. We share devotional thoughts each evening, discuss Scripture as well as the latest current events, and pray for each other with audible words that can be overheard by all three of us. After months and years of life-threatening emergencies, EMS calls, interacting with medical personnel, bearing responsibility for heavy duty medications and dialysis while trying to keep my husband’s spirits up and minister to him, God is blessing me with rest. Peace. Joy. Comfort. And hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
Our entire family has been acutely aware of God’s hand in this incredible process. As though He had nothing else to give His time to…whether planets to spin or blood moons to schedule or world leaders to gather or a nuclear agreement to void or His imprisoned and tortured children to care for…He has given me His undivided attention as He has arranged in the smallest detail for my comfort, companionship, and care in the wake of Danny’s Homegoing. He has proven Himself to be my Heavenly Husband…the Bridegroom who is coming…soon! (Isaiah 54:5; Matthew 25:6)
Until Jesus does come, I want to comfort you. Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? (Matthew 6:26) If the Heavenly Father takes care of birds…if He takes care of me …why do you think He will not also take care of you? Therefore, do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
So with tears on my face and hope in my heart, join me as I bow in humble adoration and worship before the God from whom all blessings flow.
For His glory,
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This October we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Daily Light for Daily Living. As our beloved nation has entered a period of spiritual drought, my prayer for these sixty-second droplets of truth comes from Deuteronomy 32:2: Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass… I praise God for all He is doing to provide Living Water through the medium of radio. Click here to learn more about our radio programs.
This picture was posted on Facebook September 25th with the following excerpt from one of Anne’s messages. We were blessed to receive almost 2 million views!
A few years ago I found myself groping for a way to explain the forgiveness of sin to a woman who had been on death row for multiple murders and would be executed within ten hours of my visit. Tears glistened in her eyes as she looked at me beseechingly, needing assurance of the salvation she had claimed by faith six years earlier. That very night she would be stepping into eternity, and she was desperate for reassurance of her forgiveness by God. I asked her if she had ever been to the ocean, and she nodded “yes.” I asked her if, as she had walked along the shore, she had seen small holes in the sand where ghost crabs had darted in and out. Again she nodded. I then asked if she had seen any larger holes, like those made by children digging. Beginning to look puzzled, she said “yes,” she had seen holes like that. I persisted gently to see if she had ever seen huge holes created by machines dredging a channel or burying pipe lines on the beach. Her brow furrowed as she again acknowledged a quiet “yes.” I then leaned toward her and pressed my point, “Velma, when the tide comes in, what happens to all those holes?”
A soft light began to gleam in her eyes, and a smile played at the corner of her lips as I answered my own question. “All the holes are covered equally by the water, aren’t they? God’s forgiveness is like the tide that washes over all the ‘holes’ of your sins and covers all your sins equally.”
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