Do y'all remember back in the week of New Year's when I first said I was going to go into this year expecting good things because I believe that God meant what He said when He promised that He has a future and a hope for our life... and that He came not only so we could have life, but have it to the FULL? I talked about it here too. And blabbered some more here.
Lately, we've been dealing with a lot of random crisis moments that I can't share details about here. My Dad who pretty much knows about all of them, had a really good chat with me on Saturday morning. He told me that Adrain and I remind him of those people in circuses spinning lots of plates. I laughed. Truth, right there. As we verbally walked through so many of my fears, worries, frustrations and hopes, we were talking about how it seems everyone out there is experiencing so many of the similar issues. No one is spared from a life without issues at one time or another, but it matters how we move through those trials.
We were reading some amazing books and encouragement was ripe for the picking. We were getting so excited, and we had promised to put the kids to bed that night and really focus on the amazing changes our hearts were beginning to take. Then we got the frantic phone call from my mama who had come home to find our dog missing from her backyard. We loaded up the kids and headed back home. After driving for seven hours through the night, with many phone calls from my police officer brother who had been calling buddies in our city trying to locate any stray dog reports... we arrived home just in time to put her to sleep.
first passing through the hand of God. He knows my family (and so many of yours) is weary. But He also made me a promise several years ago and just this morning, the words of that promise sprang back into my view. "Because of the LORD'S great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." (Lamentations 3:22-23)
I believe it. And oh how I love it. I feel like I kind of came back full circle in so many ways with just the reading of this sweet promise in our family devotional today.
We all juggle plates... but we can do so expectantly. Because great is His faithfulness.