He is good...

Thank you all for your prayers and comments of encouragement.  Although I have not be posting about life here, we have been busy living it.  We are all doing well and the days in our home are very full.  Things continue to move according to the Lord's sovereign plan for our lives and I am so thankful to rest in this. 

He is good.

The loss of a loved one can bring about so many things.  So much learned and continue to be learned as we journey on this road of life.

Life IS a vapor...

God has fixed our day of birth, just as He has fixed our day of death...

Grief is personal, yet His peace does provide comfort which surpasses all understanding...

Lives lived according to His word brings blessing and hope and contentment {striving for that} ... 

Soon after Mom's passing, life as I knew it changed forever.  Many truths were revealed.  My grief is not at her passing so much.  I rely on the truth that her last two years were a gift of time...a gift for her to reconcile many relationships she had.  A gift to our family to be able to minister to her, sharing truth with her, helping to care for her and investing in memories for my children to draw from over the years.  A gift in being able to not only witness His mercy, faithfulness and grace, but to experience it as well.  A gift...one received with a thankful heart.

My sadness comes more from understanding the life Mom had growing up, the burdens she bore as well as consequences of many choices she made...just very sad for her.  So many things I'd like to elaborate on, but now is simply not the time.  I am still walking this out and praising the Lord for His control over EVERY aspect of each life lived.  I hold on to the truths of His word...

  • I will not leave you or forsake you.  Joshua 1:5
  • My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.  2 Corinthians 12:9
  • Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.  1 Corinthians 15:58
  • And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28
  • If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?  Romans 8:31, 32
  • I can do all things through him who strengthens me.  Philippians 4:13
  • Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  1 Thessalonians 5:18

NOTHING that happens in our lives is a surprise to God. 

In the midst of our past few months, we continue to live.  We continue to celebrate the lives He has given, making the most of each opportunity He gives us and doing so heartily as unto Him with thanksgiving.
Happy 6th Birthday!

Happy 9th Birthday!

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Thankful for family time together, good weather and time to relax in the midst of this season of life.
Happy 16th Birthday!
Enjoying some time with friends target shooting

Teething...crawling...pulling herself up AND standing ~ won't be long before she makes that move to WALK!

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Spring Frolic ~ April 2012
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Football Playoff Game... a knee injury not long after this shot was taken.  Thankful that His hand of healing has restored it...only bruised and maybe strained.

Much more living has taken place, but not enough time now to finish posting about it.  As much as I enjoy blogging, my season has needed me to be active in it, so posting about it will be as time permits.  Thankful for you for your emails, comments and prayers.  They are an encouragement and blessing to me!

Continuing in His grace and for the purpose of His glory ~

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Lauren Hope said...

Thank you so much for those encouraging words and verses, Mrs. Smith... They were exactly what I needed to hear this morning. May the Lord richly bless you this day.

With love,

Kathleen said...

I am so sorry at your Mom's passing. It sounds a like what we went through with my Dad's passing three years ago. I am so grateful that after his long life, filled with a lot of grief and crazy choices that he new His Lord and Savior and is now celebrating eternity with the heavenly Father. You have a beautiful family. Have a wonderful day :)

bp said...

You have a nice, welcoming blog. Thank you for sharing your heart here on Thankful Thursday. God bless you.

LAURIE said...

So thankful to hear your grateful heart here on THANKFUL THURSDAY today. I'm a firm believer that God will use the difficulties in our life to encourage and bless others. As He speaks to you during this time of sorrow, I know that He will use you to encourage someone else that may walk down this same path someday. I lost my dad a year ago, just take one day at a time. ((blessings))

Make a Joyful Noise all ye Lands said...

Your family is a blessing to so many..
May the Lord continue to heal and encourage you all during this time.

In His Love,