Friday, April 22, 2011

the Father's Love

The boys and I took dinner to a sweet friend this week whose husband has recently been diagnosed with cancer. She amazed me with her strength and encouraged me so much without even trying to. She reminded me that even though they struggle, there are hard days, they get discouraged, she and her husband know they are in GOD's will. They don't want to be anywhere else no matter how difficult it is.

I couldn't help but think how this applies in my life, too. I hate that Reese is not with us. I would not have chosen this for our family. I get upset and confused. I feel isolated and lost.

BUT I know without a doubt that GOD's hand was in Reese's life. He has proven this to me countless times. He has never left my side. He has helped me and carried me every step of the way. He has given me a peace that can only come from Him.

I definitely do not want to be out of His will, so I will continue to trust Him. He is so good, and I love that I can say this and believe it. "How Deep the Father's Love for Us" is a beautiful song describing what Jesus did for us. I can listen to it over and over again. I'm so glad I know Him.

I don't have a little girl to dress up this Easter, but I do have two very handsome little guys who are perfect for Jason and me. They are our precious gifts on earth, and we cherish their sweet lives.

He was despised and rejected by men, a man of suffering who knew what sickness was...He carried our pains...He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities...and we are healed by His wounds.

Isaiah 53:3-5


Leah said...

Oh, Katie! You are such an inspiration. I know not having Reese here to dress up this Easter must be so tough, but I admire your strength.

Tiff said...

You are an amazing pillar of strength! I know the Lord is smilng down on your faithfulness!

It's hard, but you have to remember Reese is having a BIG time celebrating Easter with Jesus!! :) And that is something to smile about!

Hillary said...

Thank you so much for this post! It was just what I needed to hear this morning!

Lots of Love xoxox

Sara said...

Katie, you have so much strength and grace!

I hope you have a blessed Easter with your entire family.

I know it must be hard thinking about dressing Reese up, but I imagine she is wearing the most beautiful angel wings looking down on her amazing family while celebrating with Jesus:)

Becky said...

When silence is God's only voice,
and waiting on Him my only choice
a banner of faith I humbly raise
and offer up a song of praise.

Though answers He may not impart,
FOREVER I can trust His heart.

Thank you Katie, for trusting His heart. Reese's little life has blessed us all. He's alive, and so is Reese!

Olga said...

You and your family have a beautiful little angel watching over you. Wishing you a blessed Easter Sunday.

Linds said...

I've been singing that song often this week too. Praying for you and your sweet family!

Melanie Mueller said...

You are such an inspiration to soooo many! Thank you for sharing such amazing and honest thoughts with us! I hope you have a special Easter remembering your sweet, beautiful baby girl and enjoying your handsome boys! Praying for you always!!

hi-d said...

You are such an inspiration to so many as well, Katie! God Bless You this Easter and just know that Reese is going to be wearing the most beautiful Easter Dress in Heaven.

Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.
1 Peter 1:22 (NIV)


Amy said...

I posted about the same song! I LOVE it and listen to it all the time and it still moves me each and every time! My favorite line is...."but this i know with all my heart, his wounds have paid my ransom!"
happy easter to your sweet family! praying for you today! :)

Rebekah said...

You DO have two handsome little guys here on on earth and one beautiful little angel girl celebrating Easter with Jesus. Katie, Jesus shines through you. You have a strength that I admire so much! I am thinking of you and praying for you today!

Mandy said...

I love you sweet sister. I love your honesty. I love your sweet boys and your precious daughter in Jesus' arms. She is with the RISEN Savior!!! Can't imagine a better place to be.

Run26.2Mom said...

Your words and genuine faith always without a doubt AWE me! Even in the storms....


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