From my Heart to Yours

From my Heart to Yours

Dear Sweet Brides,

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about loss.  The kind of loss that rips your heart out. The kind of loss that would try to convince  you that you can’t make it through another day.  I’ve experienced it and I know so many that have experienced it, too.  If you are walking through a season like this, I’m so glad you’re here!  I’m here to tell you, there is hope for you!

Death is such a hard thing for the ones left here to process.  Whether it’s the death of a child, a parent, a sibling or a friend, it crushes you like nothing else does.  I can remember the day that I lost my parents.  One of the first things I thought about was that there would be no more hugs, no more kisses and no more hearing their sweet voices.  When I close my eyes, I can still imagine the smell of my Dad’s aftershave and feel the unconditional love of my Mom’s hugs.

I lost them both tragically on the same day.  I’m sharing a little bit of my story because I want you to know that I’ve truly been there.  I had the same hole in my heart that you are feeling right now.   I had a lump in my throat every time I ran into someone that knew them, knowing they would ask how I was doing.  And the holidays…the first year of holidays were like living the first day over and over again.

But I can tell you, if you trust God, he will not only carry you through this, but he will bring purpose out of your pain.  {And I’d like to up the ante and say that the bigger the pain, the bigger the purpose!}  I know, this is a BIG ‘if’ and I’m not gonna lie, it’s hard!  Especially on the days that you can’t see beyond your pain.  But God promises in his word that he will never leave us or forsake us.  And he won’t.

My question is, will you let him carry you?  Will you give him room to move and birth a miracle out of your tragedy?  

I found myself being asked these same questions by God himself, just 3 days after my parents passed away.  It stopped me in my tracks.  I felt his Spirit saturate me in that moment and out of a place deep inside that I couldn’t have found on my own, I said, “Yes!”.  As soon as I did, he told me that if I would trust him, one day I would see why he allowed my family to suffer such loss.  Loud and clear I could hear him say, “This situation will have an impact on people that you can’t comprehend right now.  The awful, terrible and unthinkable will be turned around for your good and My glory”.  (((TEARS)))

I can say without a doubt, that moment changed the course of my life forever.  That was the beginning of my journey with God that brought me to where I am today.  This journey is the reason Romans 8:28 is my life verse.  I believed it, I stood on it and I let it become a part of who I was.  It says, “For we know that ALL things work together for the good of those that love God and are called according to his purpose”.  All means ALL.  The good, the bad and the really bad!  ALL.

This scripture also helped keep me grounded and spoke life into me on the days when I would doubt his Master plan. I pray it does the same for you.  {Psalm 139:5 tPt} “You’ve gone into my future to prepare the way, and in kindness you follow behind me to spare me from the harm of my past.  With your hand of love upon my life, you impart a Father’s blessing to me.”  Isn’t that perfect?  Understand me when I say this- You can trust him with your past and your future!

I woke up this morning and before I even opened my eyes, I could hear these truths ringing in my spirit…

“No life is cut short and no dream will go unfulfilled as long as God is on the Throne and we walk in obedience.  Loss is temporary, but life in Christ is eternal.”

Read that again!  NO life is cut short and NO dream will go unfulfilled!  God is and always will be on the throne, so the rest is left up to us.  But will we obey?  Do we trust him and believe him at his word?  Will we allow him to use us and our heartbreak for his glory?  If we say no, we will not only be distancing ourselves  from the One True Source of Life, we will be saying no to every person our story could touch and lead to Jesus-life eternal.

Please say yes!  Let God prove to you that he doesn’t lie and that every promise in his book is true!

I am living proof of this.  Will you join me and be one that says NO to death’s sting and YES to Jesus?  Until we are called home, there will be pain and suffering.  It will happen to someone you know.  Will you allow God to use your story to help them?  It won’t be easy but it will be so worth it!  You can do this, I believe in you!  Let’s read this scripture together:

“And when that which is mortal puts on immortality, and what now decays is exchanged for what will never decay, then the Scripture will be fulfilled that says:  Death is swallowed up by a triumphant victory!  So death, tell me, where is your victory?  Tell me death, where is your sting?” {1 Cor 15:54-55}

 

Here for you always,

polly