Monday, June 1, 2015

THE HARDEST PEACE-EXPECTING GRACE IN THE MIDST OF LIFE'S HARD



Occasionally I read a book so filled with truths, I want to get on my soap box and shout---READ IT--PLEASE READ IT!  This is one of those books--profound--timely reminder- truth woven throughout the tapestry of words which fills this "Last Testament" of a young woman dying from cancer.  

The story hit the national media when the author wrote a letter to another young woman who made the choice to end her life after the diagnosis of terminal brain cancer.  I am not on a crusade on either side of this issue with this post.  What drew the attention, is secondary to what this book really addresses.  I encourage you to not read it thinking it is a chronicle of how to die as a Believer or even  the autobiography of this amazing woman.  The story is not about death--the story is about how to live--in the midst of "hard".  How to live life to the fullest in the midst of pain, agony, grief, loss and all the other hards that are thrown at you with the assurance of Jesus and the abundance of love and grace He lavishes on you.

Here are a handful of quotes that will hopefully whet your appetite-

We are not the authors of our story, we are the characters.

In the absence of comforts and friends, is Jesus enough?

Your weak faith is enough when coupled with God's grace.

Christ can do wonders with a broken heart, if given all the pieces.

The problem isn't in God, but in us.  We can't see things from an eternal perspective.

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The books is so filled with wisdom and evidence of God's grace, I finally gave up writing all the quotes down.  I will go back--savor it--inhale the essence -and reflect upon it once again, but the first time through---I could not stop long enough to let the truths sink deep into my soul---always wanting to know the next truth--I devoured it quickly.  I read veraciously, many books of a many genres going at the same time.  This one kept me up late into the night and up early this next morning--turning each page with the anticipation of the next truth.

I walked away with a new joy--a new confidence--a new anticipation for the next thing.  A renewed sense of who God is and how He loves me.  A reminder of His purpose is beyond my imagination and redemption is woven all through His workings in me.   Read it---please read it! 


Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
II Corinthians 12:8-9



8 comments:

  1. Well....sweet friend....you could always share the quotes here and write about them, just saying (big smiles). I for one, would enjoy that. Thank you for the lovely post on this dreary Monday (here in New York, I mean, it is dreary as in rain and darkness). Have a beautiful week, Lulu. Blessings

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  2. I will be using inspiration from the books LOTS!! The sun is finally shining in TX-PRAISE THE LORD!!
    Blessings as we begin our week, Friend!

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  3. I'm expecting, needing, receiving His grace right about now. I am grateful.

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    1. An expectant heart--what a blessing!
      Blessings, Sweet Friend!

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  4. When we are at our weakest, and things are really bad, our Faith is strengthened. The very fact we think of praying shows that we believe there is Someone there listening.

    God bless you Lulu.

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  5. That does sound like a remarkable book. I'll definitely check into it. Thanks for sharing! And I pray that the blessings continue on for you. ~:)

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    1. So filled with truths, I wish I could send all my readers a copy, Sparky.
      Blessings!

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