Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Life in Death

This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24.

It has been an emotional couple months for my daughter, Kristen. For almost two years, she has been a single parent, a part-time college student, a sponsor in AA to several women and worked part time. She has taken hit after hit emotionally over the past year which culminated in the sale of her home last month. Last Tuesday night, as she carried her last box out of her home she walked room by room reliving the past 6 years of her life. She looked into the living area that held the Christmas tree for the visits from Santa Clause. She walked by the area where the kitchen table held family dinners and birthday cakes with burning candles to be blown out. She stared into the bedroom that held the ‘until death do us part’ dream. She moved through her children’s bedrooms, room by room remembering shared bedtime prayers, and times she comforted them from a bad dream or thunderstorm. As she closed the door for the last time on that life, she sat in the driveway and tearfully mourned a dream that had died.

But thanks to God’s promises, where we see death, He sees life. Where we see hopelessness, God shows faithfulness. I spent the night in her new home last night and couldn’t believe the sense of peace and hope I felt. She agrees that there has been a resurrection of hope and liberation in her heart…a cleansing of burdens and sorrow within those walls. As she opens the door to her new life, the life that the LORD has made, He has covered her with blessings and God-prints in every area of her life. His God-prints are putting action to His promise, ‘My daughter, this is the life that I am making for you. A life where dreams are going to come true and joy will replace any sorrow you have experienced. I want you to find joy in this day for I have specifically put in place daily blessings to claim our new dreams.'

No matter how grim today looks for you…no matter how much sadness or hopelessness you may be feeling…THIS IS THE DAY that your Father has made specifically for you in His perfect design. You can have total assurance, complete confidence and eternal gratefulness for all He is doing. Find joy in this day that our Father has made uniquely for you. 'Find the bless in the mess.' Choose Joy - When Happiness Isn't Enough.

“‘…for the old order of things has passed away.’ He who IS seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’”


Robin Henson said...

Very inspirational. Thanks Brenda. You know Kristen(actually both of your girls) has always held a special place in my heart, I will keep her in my prayers. I bet she is a great mom, but I'm sure it isn't easy.

Brenda Emmons said...

Thank you so much Robin. You know how I feel about your boys. Deep in my heart I have always wondered whether Will would be my family...God had other plans for them both...perfect plans I am know. Love you.