Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Breath of Life...

Do you guys watch Survivor? I have never seen a single episode, but I know it's very popular and has a loyal following because it continues to come on season after season. This morning, my radio show was talking about the last episode and the fact that the casted off contestant, Krista, left her luxury item to another player as she left. Their luxury item is the ONE item they are allowed to bring from home to the island. Krista brought her Bible. As she left, she asked if she could give her item to another player and she gave it to Matt, another believer who did not have his Bible with him. As she gave it to him, he smiled and hugged her and then he said these words....


"I can't explain how much that meant to me because...


that book just breathes life..."


In the last 3 months I have found myself in the biggest trial period of my life outside of my mother battling breast cancer. It has truly been a low period of my life which I have chosen to not blog about and am still not ready to fully disclose. However, as I listened to those words this morning I was overjoyed with how true Matt's statement is. "That book just breathes life."


For whatever reason God has called David and I to this place, but he has a plan and a purpose for us. I know this in my heart and I trust Him with our lives so I have hope and a peace for tomorrow. Please do not get me wrong, I know the way I want it to work out, but I also know that God is SO good. All the time. And He may not bless me the way I thought He would or the way I want Him to, but I feel certain the blessing will far outweigh my wildest dreams. I am certain in that. I've had the joy of a few travels in my life and I'm blown away at the beauty of this earth and I know that was all a design of the creator and a reflection of His love for us and His creativity. I know my situation is not new to Him and He will be so creative in His plan for us. I'm finding peace in that.


It doesn't mean I don't cry sometimes (and by cry I mean sob uncontrollably) or tell Him how mad I am at Him sometimes (He's big, he can handle it), but I tell Him that I am clinging to the promise that He gives me in Jeremiah 29:11 ~ "For I know the plans I have for you...plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." And I'm depending on Him to make good on His promise and fill me with hope, joy, peace, patience and an understanding that He is sovereign and He has this all figured out.


And the truth is, while I struggle with the desires of my heart that are so real it goes from the top of my head to the bottom of my toes, He calms me and reminds me that He is all I ever need. So I'll find resolve in that and beg Him to fill me with himself.


I'm not sure who first said it, but I know my mom always says it:


"Sometimes God calms the storm and sometimes He lets the storms rage and He calms the child."


So I will praise you in this storm.

18 comments:

Lauren said...

These words were never so true for me as well...sometimes those storms rage, but I just have to remind myself that "God is SO good," just as you said. Thank goodness he is SO good, because I am SO not good on my own.

Jennifer said...

These are such beautiful words that I cannot hear enough lately! Praying for you and that your storm doesn't rage much longer! :)

Chic Runner said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. I truly needed it today. Thinking of you and your family during this time and praying for your strength!

Liz said...

Love you, friend. Thank you for sharing your heart with us. :)

Sara said...

I love you, I love you, I love you. Just know that I'm here if you ever want to talk. :) We are sisters in this together and I'm so honored to have you as my friend. Praying for you.

Jessica said...

Praying for you my friend!

kristin fulghum said...

thanks for sharing. that's a great reminder. i just prayed for you that the Lord would give you strength to trust Him through all of the trials.

Tim and Laura said...

Love you, Friend! Praying, praying, praying for you. Thank you for uplifting us!

Susannah said...

Thinking of you and praying for you. I know it will work out though.

Elicia said...

Love your heart Tiffany. You will be in my prayers!

arg said...

my thoughts and prayers are with you, sweet girl!

Vicki said...

My prayer is that you and David never grow weary in trusting God fully with this. I believe He has chosen you both to steward the story well and for His glory. xoxo,

lesli said...

Beautifully put. Love you friend and praying for overwhelming peace and joy.

Lenzi said...

Beautifully said. You have such a great outlook and strong faith. Keep trusting in Him. Will be praying for you!

annalee said...

you are teaching me lessons through your sweet mindset and focus. thank you for sharing your heart and this mighty encouragement. just prayed for God to overwhelm you with comfort and guidance today especially.

Kelly said...

Saying lots of prayers for you!

Kristen said...

Love you Sissy...

DaisyGirl said...

I just came across your blog. This post meant a lot to me. There is some comfort in hearing that others have something they are struggling with that leaves them feeling in a way that sounds similar...although I know one person's trials are never the same as anothers.

And on another note...I haven't watched Survivor in years so I was unaware of the story about the contestants and the Bible. But that is really something!

Hope you have a great weekend!