For quite a while now, I’ve been feeling led to write a book about how God has built our family – including the times of waiting, the times of loss, and the times of incredible joy!
It’s taken me a long time to get to this point, even though God has been nudging me to write for quite some time. I’m not sure how to explain all my hesitations, because there were so many!
I’m not an author.
I’ve never published anything.
Who wants to read about my life, anyway?
It’s uncomfortable to share such private experiences with strangers.
The truth is though, that Kevin and I have some incredible stories to tell. For real. Sure, the stories are about us. But, if that’s all they were about, I can promise I’d never bother to write about them. On our own, we’re just not that interesting.
The reason I now want to write about them – the reason I feel compelled to write about them – is because the Bible is full of scriptures that emphasize how important it is to tell of the wonderful things God does! The reality is, that in our mundane everyday lives, in the times of trial and testing, as well as the moments of imperceptible joy – God is unmistakably active in our lives.
Over the years, I’ve scribbled down my notes – reminders of what He has done. I carry them with me, like stones from the river Jordan. We hold these memories closely, never to forget God’s goodness.
“That this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be a memorial to the children of Israel forever”(Joshua 4:6-7)
When God led His children into the Promised Land, they crossed the Jordan river. Miraculously, as God had promised – He stopped the waters of the river, allowing the Israelites to cross on dry ground. At this time, God told Joshua, their leader, that one man from each of the twelve tribes should take up a stone from the middle of the river. These stones would become a memorial for God’s goodness and faithfulness.
In this sense, the stories I’ll share in my book are my family’s riverbed stones. They commemorate the incredible ways God has shown up in our lives.
I’ve chosen verses from Psalm 73 as the theme and title for this book. After our daughter Cara died, the one thing I heard over and over again was ‘you are so strong‘. It is true that in the wake of loss, unbelievable strength carried us through each day. But, it was not, never was – our strength. It has always been God’s strength upholding us.
“…those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength…” (Isaiah 40:31)
“…My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness…” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)
“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me…” (Psalm 28:7)
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever…But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.“
(Psalm 73:26, 28)
This book is about just that: telling of God’s wonderful deeds! Really, it is a book for anyone. Although loss and grief are themes within our struggles, the stories will offer encouragement to anyone.
Currently, this book is well on its way to being written. The first draft is coming along nicely. When it’s finished, I’ll make sure it is edited well and in good form to be read! So, while I don’t have a firm release date yet..I anticipate it being completed in 2018 at some point.
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