Thursday, February 3, 2011

Seeing The Brighter Side of Life Through Faith

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Through our sufferings in life, we can either wilt like a desert flower, or we can persevere, shine and grow through faith….

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…and through faith, build character and hope.

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And hope doesn’t bring us to shame, but can only make us strong.

Building faith, through loss, only strengthens our spiritual relationship with our Father.

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God’s love is poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has been given to us as a gift, as a comforter. I like to think of the Holy Spirit as a warm and soft blanket that is draped over our shoulders to give us peace and comfort in our most sorrowful of times.

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Don’t let the hardships in life pull you down. Instead, seek out our Father for peace and for guidance. He is always there for us; in time of joy and in time of sorrow. I am a witness of His merciful love – for not too long ago, He draped that warm blanket over my shoulders to comfort me in the most difficult of all days. I am here, my friends, to tell you that He is there. I AM a witness of His glory – of His love.

The sun will never set on my love for our Father.

Never.

Peace…..always and forever……me.

(Romans 5:3-5)

68 comments:

Donna said...

You are a true testament. Reading your blog has meant so much to me since Amber went to Heaven.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Big HUGS!
Donna

Sandy said...

What a wonderful loving post..please know you are in my thoughts tomorrow....Sandy

Alice said...

Thinking of you and praying that your memories continue to comfort you.
Sincerely,
Alice

Into Vintage said...

Miss B - Thinking of you, Barry & Spencer. xo -amy

Anonymous said...

Becky,
This was so beautiful. God Bless you and your family. You are such an inspiration to so many people. You are in my prayers now and always.....

Jan

chair up said...

What a most beautiful post and what wonderful imagery of the Holy Spirit, our Comforter.
I will be remembering you in my prayers at this time.
Angex

marie said...

Sweet Becky. You inspire me. God is so evident in your life and in your words ~ and just look at the beauty He's put all around you. Those photos are amazing ~ He is the very best artist, isn't He!

You and your family are in my prayers and in my heart.

Blondie's Journal said...

Thinking of you, Becky...

XO,
Janie

kelly said...

A beautiful and poignant post. Thank you.

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

Becky, you are so strong and full of grace - those gifts come form our Father. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

xo
Lynn

Kathleen Grace said...

Dearest Becky,
You are an inspiration and God has given you a very special testimony. I have prayed for you that God would send the Holy Spirit to comfort you when you lost Jordan, and I am so happy that you have recieved that comfort. We all go through trials but we don't ever have to go alone. I love you.

Kathy

Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

Such a beautiful, thoughtful, and heartfelt post. You are a testimony to this peace and it so wonderful that you encourage others to hang on to Him through the storms life has brought. I have so admired your grace and peace through all you've been through.
XOXO
Joni

My Vintage Blankie said...

Becky, I'm tearing up reading this. I love your analogy of the Holy Spirit. It's so beautiful. Such comfort in your words. I'm thinking of you with love and prayers. ~amy

FourSistersInACottage said...

My Sweet Friend Becky....
Please know I have thought of you all this week....
Love you so much and know that in time...You will be with Jordon again.
Big Big Hugs, Amy

Joy said...

May Peace be with you.

Nicole said...

Thinking of you and wishing you comfort.

Connie said...

What a testimony of God love and care. Praying for you.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Another gorgeous post!
Have a loveliest of weekends!! xxxx

Elsie said...

Becky this is a beautiful, wonderful and meaningful post.
You and your family were in
my prayers last night. Your
photos are absolutely gorgeous,
a true testament that God is
good. He gives us so much if
we just stop and appreciate it.

Patty@sewingseeds said...

Beautiful post from one of my favorite, warm blanket scriptures. What a lovely tribute and powerful testimony...love in it's truest sense.

waveney said...

E'en for the dead I will not bind soul to grief;
death cannot long divide.
For is it not as though the rose that climbed my garden wall has blossomed on the other side?
death doth hide,
but not divide;
Thou art but on Christs other side!
Thou art with Christ, and Christ with me;
In Christ united still are we.

waveney said...

E'en for the dead I will not bind my soul to grief;
Death cannot long divide.
For is it not as though the rose that climbed my garden wall
Has bloomed on the other side?
Death doth hide,
But not divide;
Thou art but on Christ's other side!
Thou art with Christ, and Christ with me;
In Christ united still are we.

Angela said...

Thank you for sharing that and opening up your most painful of times to us. We all need reminded God is there, his plan is best, and the Holy Spirit is just as you describe. Peace and comfort to you.

Adrienne said...

Beautiful! Sending prayers and hugs your way.
~Adrienne~

Pondside said...

On this anniversary I wish you all the peace and love about which you've so beautifully written.
The Great Dane gets a little better each day, and your post was just the gentle jolt I needed this morning.

addie373 said...

What a beautiful and inspirational post. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
I want to thank you for sharing your faith in God with the blog world. You strengthen and inspire me as I'm sure you do so many others.
God bless you,
Sheila

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Beautiful post from a beautiful soul. Thanks for sharing your heart with us, Becky.

Shelley said...

A beautiful post Becky and a great testimony of true faith....God is good all the time...in sunshine and sorrow...in spring time and winter...God's Holy Spirit will continue to cover you through your journey....it will be worth it all when we see Jesus.....blessings to you dear friend....Shelley

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Dear Becky,
Gary and I are holding you and the family close in our hearts today.
And sending prayers up to heaven.

Love you and a really big hug, Elizabeth

Anonymous said...

((((( You are in my thoughts )))))

Anonymous said...

Please tell me how to get this peace. I have just lost my Mum and the pain is unbearable. Thank you for your lovely blog, you are a great inspiration. with love. Jeanx

The Strawberry Mallard said...

You know that you are in our prayers today dear one....no finer thoughts or prayers could have offered up by you today......loving you and your dear family!

Gayla said...

I love your blog and am blessed by your faith. Thank you so much for being such a voice in the wilderness to so many who have faced overwhelming loss. Your faith is inspirational to us all, and after all, that is what we are called to be--- salt and light... Hugs from Missouri.

Miss Jean said...

Sending you love and hugs to you today! I'm so thankful that the Lord has made it possible for our lives to cross and for us to become friends.

Beautiful post, my dear Becky!

skoots1mom said...

amen & amen
can't add any more to that testament :)

fiberdoodles said...

Sending love, happy thoughts, warm hugs and prayers to you and your family. You have such a sweet spirit and thank you so much for reminding us of the important things.

love and hugs,
Sharon and Max

The Green Pea said...

Becky, your boys are blessed to have a faithful mother. May God bless you and your family always.
Love to all, sandi

BrendaS said...

Thinking about you and your family today. Beautiful post and so true.

You are such an inspiration.

Take care.

"Create Beauty" said...

Gods grace, may He wrap you up in it, comfort you in His warm fuzzy blanket and hold you tight.

With Love,
Violet

Lori Lucas said...

The fact that you can wake up every day, live your life so fully, and write posts like this as an example for the rest of us to follow is a true testament to your beautiful spirit and wonderful faith. You will never know how many people your words really reach. God bless you today and each day. Lori L

Vee said...

You're a sweet and dear heart, Becky. Thank you for sharing these thoughts. I believe you!

Sandy, Sisters of Season said...

Your words are so true . . I loss my husband Dave last year. You can choose to be positive or negative . . with God it's all good. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful post, Sandy:O)

Denise said...

A warm blanket draped over our shoulders...... The Holy Spirit.. The comforter...... Nothing else need be said.....

Deborah said...

Thank you Becky for this beautiful testimony and reminder of how altogether lovely He is...
There is no comfort that compares to the "Comforter"..His Holy Spirit.

Thinking of you dear friend...
Those photos of you and your sweetie are gorgeous!!!
I have some news for you!!! :)

Deborah xoxo

Susan said...

Your faith is strong, my sweet blogger friend!! God is a good and gracious God, always there when we need him the most!

Kristen said...

Thank you for that. I needed it.

Esther Sunday said...

Thinking of you and your family. With much love, Esther

Liz said...

Blessings! What an awesome story God has told through you. Thinking of you!
~Liz

Denise said...

Beautiful pictures, Sherry sent me your way. Your blog is awesome.

Jean said...

Such lovely images.

PattieJ said...

Beautiful post. God bless you Becky ((hugs)).

**To Jeanx who posted under anonymous:
Here is a link for you:
STEPS TO PEACE WITH GOD

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Becky,

What a beautiful post. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. You are an inspriation to all that have lost a loved one.

Debbie

Mimi Sue said...

So enjoyed your testimony. Beautiful pictures too. Mimi

Rhonda said...

I love this post. It's brought me much comfort last night and again this morning. My faith is strengthened even in the loss of my Mom...He is good. I really like how you describe the Holy Spirit;
"I like to think of the Holy Spirit as a warm and soft blanket that is draped over our shoulders to give us peace and comfort in our most sorrowful of times."

Blessings.

Daisy Cottage said...

((((((Becky))))))

There are no words to express how much I love you and how much you mean to me. My thoughts and prayers are ALWAYS with you and you will forever hold a very special place in my heart.

This is a beautiful testament to your faith and precious soul... may God bless Jordan and you and your family.

Forever.


Much much love,
Kim

Rochelle said...

Beautiful post Becky....
xo Rochelle

Lallee said...

Becky, your beautiful words are an echo of the sermon at my church this morning. It was from the same scripture. So blessed to see you walking in God's truth with the blanket of the Holy Spirit (beautiful analogy).
Hugs,
Lallee

AshTreeCottage said...

My dear friend,
You are a blessing to me. You have entertained me, amused me, amazed me and enlightened me. You have given me hope and encouragement. You are a treasure to me and to every heart you touch. God Bless you my dear friend. You are in my thoughts and in my prayers.

Lots of love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

SRA said...

I woke this morning needing a little "spiritual inspiration" and your more than lovely words, faith and spirit have given me some of yours to sustain me on my quest! THANK YOU!

May God give you grace enough for this day as He directs your thoughts and guides your heart and moves your work forward and blesses it and you ALWAYS!

Emma said...

what gorgeous pictures you have shared with us today...he is a true artist!
Thinking of you xxx

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Thank you for your words of faith and love! ♥

Sinta Renee said...

Absolutely beautiful Becky! thank you for sharing this post!xxoo

Pretty Things said...

I love to find a blog with this sort of belief. (Sighs happily and Favorites it.)

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

What a beautiful post Becky. I know your faith has inspired so many here in blog land :-)
Blessings,
Marcia

Rose said...

very inspiring post. out of hurts and disappointments there can be good if we allow ourselves to trust in God, and allow hope to be our partner. God Bless rose

ChaChaneen said...

I see this as a great tribute to Jordan, very beautiful my friend! Just like you!

Cindy said...

Becky, you are such a strong and inspirational lady. I have been thinking of you during this week...may you find comfort in all of the wonderful years and memories, and that you are loved by so many as it is plain to see right here on your blog.
The pictures you shared are so beautiful. Sending you hugs!

twinkle said...

You are a blessing.
I just love that word...HOPE.
And...CHERISH.
And...RAPTURE.
And...GRACE.

You have found the TRUE and FAITHFUL Comforter. He is making ALL things new.