One of the things I've been aware of lately is the needs of others and how so many are hurting around me. Just last week I prayed with a mother in my office who was at the end of her rope with many circumstances out of her control. There is a child from the same school as my own kiddos who has leukemia and is undergoing treatments. We have had several deaths in our church family. Lay-offs from the Space Center are leaving families in a tough situation and as prepared as they thought they were, there are no jobs to be found. My sweet cousin had bleeding on her brain and had to leave college to have surgery to stop the bleeding. Thank you Jesus she is on the road to recovery. Another sweet girl I know had her baby at 31 weeks due to complications with her blood pressure and her sweet baby boy is in the NICU. There are so many needs around me and at times I just feel overwhelmed. I have been praying day and night and I know that God hears those prayers and that His love never fails. As it is right now my prayer list is a mile long and I begin as soon as I wake up in the morning and pray throughout the day for all of those needs. My heart aches for all of those that are hurting and I have known what that hurt feels like when loved ones are sick or die or to have your sweet baby in the NICU and be so out of control or to have illness come on yourself. I have lived through all of that and I think that I big part of that is that I can now empathize with others in the same situation and see them through a different lens. I also know that God always keeps His promises and that He never leaves us. As all of this has come into my life, I have also discovered a new favorite song, which has come to mean a great deal to me.
We never know exactly what God has planned for our lives. We don't know what those trials will mean for us, but what if His healing comes through tears and we discover that the failures of this world serve to remind us that this isn't our home? I am so thankful for all God has done in my life. There is a reason he spared my life not once, but twice and I know that I still have work to do for Him. No matter the circumstance, God has a plan and I have learned that it is much better than anything I could ever dream up.