Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Beauty in the Loss

God loves to speak to our hearts in a variety of ways. A mentor-friend of mine had posted her reflections on what God has been teaching her family through their step-out-in-faith move across the country, away from all they knew. Her words were an encouragement to me, as well as a challenge to continue to "die to myself" and live for Christ (her writings below in italiacs). May you be encouraged and challenged to grow in Him as well, taking note of how He is speaking to you today.

We give God all the praise and glory for how He has provided and been at work! 

"Now to HIM who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to HIM be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever!" Ephesians 3:20

I read this in a devotional by Elisabeth Eliot yesterday - 
"God has allowed in the lives of each of us some sort of loss, the withdrawal of something we valued, in order that we may learn to offer ourselves a little more willingly, to allow the touch of death on one more thing we have clutched so tightly, and thus know fullness and freedom and joy that much sooner. We're not naturally inclined to love God and seek His Kingdom. Trouble may help to incline us - that is, it may tip us over, put some pressure on us, lean us in the right direction. If through losing what this world prizes, we are enabled to gain what it despises - treasures in heaven, invisible and incorruptible - isn't it worth any kind of suffering? What is it worth to us to learn a little bit more of what the Cross means - life out of death, the transformation of earth's losses and heartbreaks and tragedies?" 

Though the "giving up" part has been really hard at times through this move, what we have gained and learned and been able to experience - sometimes just those invisible treasures in heaven - has been far better! 1 Thessalonians 5:24 says, "Faithful is HE who calls you, and HE also will bring it to pass." YES! He will! May your hearts be reminded and encouraged today of these great and precious promises of God!

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