Praise Him in the Good Times and the Bad

So I have been totally out of the blogging world since Sunday morning. Finally, today I was able to read some other blogs and comment on a few. I will say, I missed reading everyone’s blogs. It’s weird how you form relationships with people who you have never met in real life! But I had been so busy I didn’t have anytime to blog or comment on other blogs. So Tuesday morning I planned to write a post last night about my most recent bridal shower on Sunday. But yesterday, some things happened and blogging or commenting on other blogs just didn’t seem right. My planned post about my last bridal shower will have to wait until later, it might even be next week. For now, I want to write about my need for God’s comfort and faith in His plan.

Jeremiah 29-11

Yesterday morning I was student teaching as normal. That morning Ryan text me, and we got some news that we weren’t going to get to end up living in the town we really wanted to live in. Some things had changed, and the plans we thought were going to be perfect weren’t going to happen. Ryan and I were both really confused by this, and a little upset to be honest. We thought we knew what was best for us, and in our minds moving to this one town would be best for us. This was a reminder to both of us that God knows what is best, not us, and that His plan is so much better than our plan. God sees all and knows all. We do not. Ryan and I cannot see in the future so we do not know what will end up being best for us. I do know, though, that wherever we end up, it will be perfect and it will be exactly where God wants us to be. After all, “Now faith is being sure of what he hope for, and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1. I have no idea where Ryan and I will be living in a few months, but I have faith that God has a perfect plan for us.

Faith in God's plan

Unfortunately, the sad news didn’t stop here. I got another text from Ryan after lunch. His grandmother of 95 years old passed away yesterday morning. His grandmother (called “Grandma” by all of her grandchildren) lived a long, good life, and it was her time to go be in Heaven with Jesus. Although it is sad that none of us will ever be able to see her here on Earth, we need to celebrate her death because she is no longer suffering or hurting here on Earth, but she is in Heaven worshipping God. That is something that is worth our praise! Plus, now Grandma gets to be with her husband, who was taken from this Earth 22 years ago. It is always hard when a loved one leaves us, but when they are a believer like Grandma, it should be a celebration.

When Ryan text me this news I called him immediately to see how he was doing. He as doing fine because he got a lot of his grieving out last week when she was first put in Hospice. But I was still worried about him and everyone in his family.

When I got home, I knew I just needed to spend some time with Jesus. We got some bad news and lost a loved one. It didn’t seem right for me to go on with my day like normal by working out, blogging, and commenting on other posts. I came home from school, read a Proverb, and just prayed. I prayed for God to help Ryan and I trust in His plan, even though things weren’t going according to our plan. I also prayed that God would give us all peace and comfort as we dealt with  Grandma’s death. Nothing just seemed to go right today, and all I could do was let God be my strength, because I didn’t have any of my own.

God is my strength

As I read Proverbs I was thinking about how tired I was, and I knew it was because of my lack of sleep the last two nights. I had been very busy and was running on about 12 hours of sleep from the last two nights combined. I felt like God just wanted me to rest in Him, and for once, not feel like I had to be doing something every second of the day. So I took a 20 minute nap, and this made me feel amazing! God knows what we need, and when we listen to Him, we will feel better.

I usually like my posts to be happy and positive, but the truth is, life is not always perfect and I never want to portray my life to be perfect. Sometimes life is hard and disappointing, and it is these tough times that we give God everything and say, “Lord, hold me up, I need you. I can’t do it on my own. Give me the strength I need. I know you are in control, and I have faith in Your plan.” It’s also these hard times when we have to praise God.

“I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1.

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

God’s Word tells us to praise Him at all times. Right now, I am praising God for Grandma’s long, wonderful life. I did not get to know her very well, but I have heard many amazing things about her, and I wish I could have known her better.

I am also praising God that Ryan has a job right when he gets out of college and he will be able to support us after we get married. This is a big praise!

Please pray for us and Ryan’s family this weekend as we go to the visitation tomorrow and the funeral Friday. Those things are never easy. This post ended up being longer than I planned, but I want to dedicate this post to Ryan’s sweet Grandma and the wonderful life she lived.

 

 

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5 comments

  1. I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your (Ryan’s) grandma!! I will be praying for you as you grieve. What a blessing that she leaves behind a godly heritage!
    I was really trying to focus on praising the Lord yesterday; I was feeling sorry for myself for a million reasons, but really- they don’t matter. Our Jesus is faithful everyday- the problems of this world cannot compare!!

  2. I’m so sorry for your and Ryan’s loss. I will be lifting you, him, and his family up in my prayers. I love your post today sweet girl! It is so hard to praise God something in the mist of pain and confusion. You are a very wise Godly woman. 🙂 I understand about being busy and not blogging or commenting on blogs. I have been absent too it seems like. However, keep your priorities on Jesus and all else will fall into place!

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