Monday, February 28, 2011

Don’t Lose Heart!

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. (Psalm 27:13)

On this side of a tremendously dark and painful season, (in which I was healed, our family was delivered and our son came home) I am so happy to say that the Lord really does give us beauty for ashes and joy really does come in the morning.

If you are in that dark season, please, please do not lose heart. You will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Especially as you look to Him each moment of the day recognizing the gifts He gives all day, everyday!

The counting continues . . . I am into the 800’s, closing in on One Thousand Gifts!

  • quiet times
  • Isaiah 48 and 49!
  • teaching the children to “speak” the Word of God
  • ‘your motorbike is fabulous’ says the 3 year old
  • sweet good-byes to husband each morning
  • seeing a dear friend after such a long time
  • house full of children
  • fingerprints on windows, again
  • laundry, laundry, laundry, all dirty, again
  • emails from mamas whose heart are full of ache
  • feeling the pain of others
  • praying in the middle of the night
  • sweet fellowship with Jesus in the night
  • joy and sorrow, mingled
  • Grey Flannel cologne
  • buttery popcorn
  • children who are so helpful with the running of this house
  • Pesto Sourdough bread!
  • Little boy ‘piggy toes’


  • Saturday morning latte meeting


  • Sweetness


  • Little girls who grow up way too fast, she is 10! now


  • Precious time with my grandson


  • Little boys who beg for ‘black bean salsa’ for breakfast instead of oatmeal


  • Crayons! 100’s and 100’s of crayons!


  • Little girls who love to read


  • Crazy family pictures


  • Matthew and Elisa home from GA!



Jamie said...

Thank you for sharing this. I am reading Ann's book and am loving it. We are going through the valley right now but seeing that there is beauty in suffering. Peace in acceptance, healing in thankfulness.

cooperkelly4 said...

LOVE your photos Michele!!! We have those same coffee mugs (valentines day =0)love them and I love watching what God is doing. I have been recording my list in my new journal. Finally bought one after a couple of full pages. =0)

His bondservant said...

It seems God uses you so often to speak to my heart at just the right time. I have been dealing with some debilitating illness (from mercury poisoning). It has been so hard and I feel like I am not there for my family when I need to be and it truly does break my heart. I have totally changed my eating habits, taking supplements, etc., but God has not seen fit to bring healing in this area yet. I needed to be reminded to not lose heart. His purposes are always good, no matter what they may look like to me while I am going through them. Thank you for your encouraging words.