Clinging to The Word

I have wanted to post for a few days now, but my heart has been so heavy about the Newtown, CT devastation, a precious family who is sending their daughter home on hospice, and another friend who is facing trials, that the thought of putting anything to "paper" has just been too much.  Every time I go to write, I tear up about all of these situations and I can't find the words for all of the pain these families are facing.  I have also seen such strength and grace by these families.  It finds me asking myself how I would handle something so tragic...it is a huge reminder to me that I need to be so secure in the Word and hide His promises in my heart daily. Because, when I dive into the Word, I see God's promises to us all...despite our incredibly difficult, painful, heart-wrenching, raw, unimaginable, heavy, unfair circumstances, He is the Light in the darkness.  

"Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."
Psalm 46:10

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens;
a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance." 
Ecclesiastes 3:1,4

"Surely I am with you."
Genesis 28:15

"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
II Corinthians 4:18

Lord, let me focus on you and your promises and be a light to those around me.  Let me teach my children to love their neighbor and love You above all else.  Help the families who are grieving for their children and send angels to minister to them during this time.  I pray the lost return home to their first love, You.  We need you so desperately, Lord.  Amen.

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