Jennifer Kostick– Jennifer has been married for twenty-three years to her high school sweetheart, Paul. She is the mother of three children, Paul IV (22), Samuel (6), and Grace (6). She also has six babies residing in heaven. It is those six tiny souls who have propelled her into women’s ministry. She is a conference speaker and author of the book Nothing to Hold but Hope (one woman's journey through miscarriage, stillbirth, and infertility). Jennifer blogs at www.Jenniferkostick.com and is passionate about encouraging women through a godly message of mercy and hope.
I don't know about you, but I am ever so thankful for new mercy this morning. Last week, I wrote a blog post entitled, "For When My Own Agenda Gets in the Way." I talked about a statement I made during prayer: I'm excited to see what You're going to do today, Lord.
I meant it. Every word.
The day after I wrote that was Dominic's birthday. It was our first one without him, and I was an emotional mess. After a full day of tears I decided we should go to the Chinese buffet for dinner. I'm certain that if there is one in heaven, Dominic was in line celebrating. He LOVED a good Chinese buffet!
Meanwhile, all throughout that day, my oldest son (who is 22) kept telling me he wasn't feeling well. He isn't a complainer, so I knew something wasn't right. To make a long story short, he ended up in the hospital with a diagnosis of appendicitis. I don't care how old our children become, they will always be our babies and seeing them sick is awful. We spent the next couple days in the hospital. In the middle of all that, countless other things seemed to go wrong. To say the least, my excitement to see what the Lord was going to do was dwindling...
But in all this I know God is good., He is faithful, and His love is never ending.
I am choosing to be excited because we serve a God who never lets go. He has everything under control and even when life seems to flip upside down, we can rest knowing that He has something beautiful waiting for us.
With every difficult day comes the gift of brand new mercy. He breathes hope right into our lungs. We awaken each morning because He deems it. He has a purpose for us.
This is a holy week. The week we commemorate His death and resurrection. And friend, I'm thankful for what He is going to do, but I will never stop praising Him for what He has already done. He took the penalty for our sin.
Let's walk through this new week fully aware of His mercy and love. Let's believe Him for what He is going to do according to what He has already done. Don't try to figure it all out, just trust that He's working. He's moving.
In the midst of every struggle you are facing, choose to trust Him.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
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