Friday November 6, 2009

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

Dear brothers and sisters

First we want to thank you for lifting our family up in prayer and for being the loving hands of our Heavenly Father to us. It has meant a great deal to us.

Last evening the Lord called our fifth arrow home to glory to enter the Lord’s rest, joining three siblings there.
We now ask that you would mourn with us the loss of Peace Nikonos. The name Nikonos means “of the one who overcomes“. Our little one–as a child of the covenant–has overcome the death imputed to all men through Adam, and has entered into the peace and rest imputed by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ through faith. Praise be to God that death is not the end, but it has been vanquished by Christ. Sin and death no longer have any hold over this precious child. Surely the resurrection is our hope and our peace. And our portion may be found before the throne of Christ.

Please pray with and for us. This loss, the death of our child, is extremely difficult for us to bear. We feel extremely weak in emotions and spirit. Pray that God, our high tower and our refuge, would comfort us. Pray that God would deliver us from the temptation to doubt, fear, despair or become bitter. And pray that the Lord would hear our cry to enable us to serve Him in the raising of children.

May the Lord give strength to His people! May the Lord bless His people with peace!” – Psalm 29:11
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
The one who overcomes will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before His angels.” – Revelation 3:5
Behold I am making all things new. … It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who overcomes will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.” – Revelation 21:5-7

~thank you

Go on and faint not, something of yours is in heaven,
beside the flesh of your exalted Saviour, and ye go on after your own.
~Samuel Rutherford
They are not lost to you that are laid up in Christ’s treasury in heaven.
At the resurrection
ye shall meet with them:
there they are, sent before but not sent away.
Your Lord loveth you, who is homely to take and give, borrow and lend.

~Samuel Rutherford

Tuesday October 27, 2009

“The resurrection of Jesus issues the surprising command:
don’t be afraid.
Because the God who made the world
is the God who raised Jesus from the dead
and calls you now to follow Him.
Believing in this God means believing that
it is going to be all right,
and this belief is ultimately incompatible with fear.”
~NT Wright

thanks Daddy. I love you. xx

Thursday October 15, 2009

Today is October 15th, the national Pregnancy And Infant Loss Remembrance Day.
I remember my babies every day of the year.
But today they are nationally recognized.
Right now I am continuing to learn how to praise our great God and King for their brief lives in my womb.
And also for the grace to praise Him now for their eternal lives in heaven!
My three babies in heaven are more fully alive than we can even imagine! And although I may not fully comprehend the gravity of that right now, I hope that it will be revealed to me when I join them in paradise.

Please remember with me today my first baby Covenant Hope, my third baby Glory Hesed, my fourth baby Promise Anastasis — and praise the Lord with me for His everlasting mercy and indescribable love.

Psalm 33

The Steadfast Love of the LORD

Shout for joy in the LORD, O you righteous!
    Praise befits the upright.
Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre;
   make melody to Him with the harp of ten strings!
Sing to Him a new song;
   play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.

For the word of the LORD is upright,
   and all His work is done in faithfulness.
He loves righteousness and justice;
    the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.

By the word of the LORD the heavens were made,
   and by the breath of His mouth all their host.
He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap;
   He puts the deeps in storehouses.

 Let all the earth fear the LORD;
   let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him!
For He spoke, and it came to be;
   He commanded, and it stood firm.

The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
   He frustrates the plans of the peoples.
The counsel of the LORD stands forever,
   the plans of His heart to all generations.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,
   the people whom He has chosen as His heritage!

The LORD looks down from heaven;
   He sees all the children of man;
from where He sits enthroned he looks out
   on all the inhabitants of the earth,
He who fashions the hearts of them all
   and observes all their deeds.
The king is not saved by his great army;
   a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
The war horse is a false hope for salvation,
   and by its great might it cannot rescue.

Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him,
    on those who hope in His steadfast love,
that He may deliver their soul from death
   and keep them alive in famine.

Our soul waits for the LORD;
   He is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in Him,
   because we trust in His holy name.

Let Your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us,
   even as we hope in You.

“O God I believe that in the darkness Thou art brewing light,
that in the storm-clouds Thou art gathering sunshine,
that in the deep mines Thou art fashioning diamonds,
and in the beds of the sea Thou art making pearls.

I believe that however unfathomable may be Thy designs, yet they have a bottom.
Though it is in the whirlwind and in the storm, Thou hast a way,
and that way is good and righteous altogether.
I would not have thee alter one atom of Thy dispensations, it shall be just as Thou wilt.
I bow before Thee, and I give my ignorance the word to hold its tongue,
and to be silenced while Thy wisdom speaketh words of right.”

~Charles Haddon Spurgeon

One of the hymns that never ever ever fails to make me cry is William Cowper’s “God Moves In A Mysterious Way.” We sing a congregational version of it every so often, and today I found a lovely choral version, complete with lyrics. Click here and share in acknowledging the mysterious gloriousness of our God’s sovereign ways.