Nothing Is Wasted

I was talking to a friend a while back about things that had happened in our past that we regretted.  Things that caused us regret and still pain at times, even though we’re years past the initial incidents.  Toward the end of our conversation on the topic I think I said something like, Man, I wish I could just have a do-over…start from scratch and make better decisions or go back to before the bad things happened and see what I could have prevented.

She looked at me and said, I know.  But the only thing that gives me comfort over the regret and over the pain is to remember that nothing is wasted.  God wastes nothing in our experiences.  If we let him, our pain will turn to joy and our darkness to light.  It may take longer than we’d hope, but the things that we think are lost, the time we feel like we’ve wasted, God can redeem.

So as you’re dealing with loss, or pain or regret this season, I hope you will be comforted in the fact that your circumstances can be redeemed.  Old can be made new because He will restore our souls and make them new.

Peace be with you, friends.

Good, Good Father

Hey, Journey family.  Julie here.  It’s been a while since we’ve posted anything on this site.  Hopefully, we’ll get up and going again soon on a halfway regular basis.

Things have seemed to be a bit more difficult than normal these days.  People we love are hurting.  We’re learning to comfort each other and just support one another on this journey we call life.  The word “crucible” keeps coming up in front of my face, so I figured I’d better check into it.  One of the definitions of Crucible is “A place or situation in which different elements interact to produce something new.”  Another is “A place or occasion or severe trial or test.”  I really don’t like either of the definitions, to be perfectly honest.  But I do feel like something about that first definition gives us hope.  Hard situations and interactions to make something new.

He restores our souls.

Jesus came to make all things new.  He had a crucible moment in the garden right before his crucifixion.  He could have stopped everything and went back to the way things were.  He could have played it safe and gone away from the pain that he was about to endure.  But he came and died and made all things new for us.  And because of that we still have hope and He still continues to make all things new.

I’ve been listening to some new music, a band called Housefires.  There is a song called Good, Good Father that from the first day I heard it has become an instant favorite and a go-to for me in this season.  It just speaks that regardless of the circumstances and hurt and pain that He is good.  That is who He is.  And we are loved by him because that is who we are.  We are loved by the father, and nothing else can compare to that.  I just wanted to share this video of the song with you because it’s been such a comfort to me.

When everything seems to be coming against you all at once, I pray that you will remember that you are loved by the Father.

On Being Present

'Og Mandino Cherish each hour of this day for it can never return' photo (c) 2014, BK - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

You woke up today.  You’ve been given another opportunity to live your own life.  Be present today.  As much as you can, turn off the screens in front of you, whether it be your phone, computer or television.  Open your eyes to what is going on around you.  Be amazed at creation today.  Ask that God will reveal himself to you.  I think you’ll have no choice but to be amazed.

“When it’s over, I want to say:  All my life I was a bride married to amazement.  I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.  When it is over, I don’t want to wonder if I have made of my life something particular, and real.  I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened, or full of argument.  I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.”

Mary Oliver from “When Death Comes”

 

Camp!

'Long-shutter blob' photo (c) 2007, Tim - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

This week a lot of our church family is at church camp.  Please remember to pray for safety and lots of fun, but most importantly that God would open their hearts to what He has to say to them this week!  I can’t wait to hear from all of them when they get back!

Announcements

Happy Mothers’ Day to all you mothers!  I hope your were spoiled on your day!  Make sure to watch this video just so you know how awesome you are!

Just wanted to do a quick check-in to give you the announcements.

Don’t forget this coming Sunday we’ll be traveling down to Garden of the Gods.  Pack your lunch and we’ll drive down together and eat once we get there.  It’s supposed to be sunny at 84 here with a slight chance of rain, so here’s hoping it’s the same for down there!

Bible Bowl will be at Garden of the Gods, so bring your kids’ folders.  It will be short and sweet!

New Bible study at Julie Shreve’s house will be starting in June.  Stay tuned for the date and time.

Let me know in the comments if I missed something, and have a great day!!